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Whistles to Launch Spring 2014 Menswear Range

There’s no denying that Whistles is embarking upon quite the expansion plan this year, as we’ve already seen the brand break into the massive retail markets of China and Hong Kong for the first time last June. Now, we’re delighted to hear the news that they are also set to launch a menswear range. They’ve solidified their womenswear design credentials, so now it’s time to fight for a share of the menswear market.

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Apparently, Whistles has always intended to venture into menswear ever since they started back in 2008. The range will launch in time for Spring 2014, and a design team has already been established under the supervision of design director Nick Passmore.

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Not Confirmed: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Last week, the Singapore-based men's fashion outlet, Men's Folio, wrote a post claiming that Nicolas Ghesquière's rumored position at Louis Vuitton had been confirmed. Today, the item was picked up by the Luxury Society, an influential network for luxury business news, further stoking speculation that Marc Jacobs' successor at the LVMH brand had been anointed. The story tore across Twitter and various fashion news websites where it was, in the manner of the Internet, treated as fact. That is, until Financial Times correspondent Elizabeth Paton Tweeted word that luxury conglomerate LVMH had refused to confirm the appointment, telling the UK paper, "No official decision has been made."

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Someone Stole Anna Piaggi’s Stiletto Shoe Hat

Image: Instagram/FashionIrony

Image: Instagram/FashionIrony

“We tried to keep this unpleasant event secret until the end of the exhibition, but it’s leaking out."

Sad news for all emerging hat historians and future millinery maestros: An item has been stolen from "Hat-ology," exhibition in Milan of Anna Piaggi's legendary collection of hats. The stiletto show hat was designed by Bill Cunningham, the pioneering street style photographer who famously got his start designing inventive, over-the-top hats. WWD reported the news after speaking with the recently departed Italian style writer's nephew, Stefano Piaggi, quoted above.

But despite its new stiletto hat-shaped void, the show will go on. Curated by the milliner Stephen Jones, the exhibition will be on display at Milan's Palazzo Morando through November 30. 

 

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Watch: Karlie Kloss, Poppy Delevingne, Anna Dello Russo, Leandra Medine & Others on ‘The One That Got Away’ for Moda Operandi

At Moda Operandi, the real fun of fashion week comes after the runway shows — the luxury e-commerce site has made a name for itself with its straight-off-the-runway trunk shows — and we've been visiting the retailer semi-regularly since the collections wrapped, to satisfy our curiosity about luxury pricing and imagine what we would wear if a sudden windfall transformed us into modern-day princesses (this dress)

On that note, our friends at Moda Operandi reached out to share a series of interviews they filmed with some of fashion's so-called royalty in Paris, during the Spring 2014 shows. The luxury retailer tapped Karlie Kloss, Poppy Delevingne, Caroline Issa, Elettra Wiedemann, Anna Dello Russo, Giovanna Battaglia and Leandra Medine for a campaign called, "The One That Got Away."

Produced and directed by Bettina Santo Domingo, the videos explore star-crossed romances between each woman and a piece of runway fashion she's loved and lost. (Except in the case of Dello Russo, who says, "It doesn't happen to me, ever. I miss so many boyfriends, but not outfits.") 

The videos are exceptionally charming, but the campaign's underlying message is (of course) mercenary: Moda Operandi trunk shows are open for a limited amount of time only — don't let the one you love get away

Watch them all here:

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Link Buzz: How Dior Created the Hanging Garden Set for Spring 2014; Bloody Halloween Nails

  • Dior-(The beautiful hanging garden set at the Dior Spring 2014 runway show didn't just create itself. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Fool all your friends into thinking you're taller than you actually are for true everlasting happiness. [FabSugar]
     
  • Tis the season for bloody nail art tutorials. No wait, that's Christmas? [BellaSugar]
     
  • £70,000 platinum stilettos. Because you're worth it. [Telegraph]
     
  • M.I.A.'s Versus collection was inspired by Versace knock-offs. Because you're worth it. [SheFinds]
     
  • Somehow we completely dropped the ball on the Fancy Feast-sponsored cat fashion show, amidst all the other NYFW excitement. [BetaBeat]

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Burt’s Bees Knows You Love ‘Little Women’ and Bearded Old Men

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File Burt's Bees' new 6-Second Classics Vine series under 'Marketing Initiatives That Definitely Worked On Me.' Immediately after discovering the brand's clipped take on the novel, Little Women (below), I sent it to three people. And now I'm sharing it here: 

The short video shows five tubes of Burt's Bees classic chapstick dressed in as the characters of Little Women, the 19th century American novel. The frame zooms in on two of the figures, who are shown in conversation. 

"We really are quite little," says the first. 

"And each of us women!" replies the second, inanely. 

The absurdist humor of the clip is well-suited for the Internet, where everything is meaningless and repetitive and still endlessly captivating. That's one of the video's advantages. 

As for the other advantages: I'm not sure whether this is a universal experience, but Burt's Bees chapstick was one of the first 'It' items I ever come in contact with. At a certain point when I was in elementary school, nearly every girl in my class acquired one of the little yellow tubes. We sported them in the back pockets of our jeans and spent our days fidgeting with them. You would pull it out and swipe the chapstick across your lips whenever, all the time — in class, at lunch, while having a conversation. I always peeled off my labels and envied girls that didn't.

Image: Instagram/BurtsBeesUS

Image: Instagram/BurtsBeesUS

I read Little Women in the same environment, surrounded by the same people. I'd bet many other young women of my generation first became aware of Burt's Bees around the time they read the classic novel, and seeing the two linked in the brand's Vine video might affect them the way it affected me, triggering a flood of visceral memories. It's a subtle and clever way to play into 90s kid nostalgia — currently a dominant Internet theme. 

Burt's Bees is playing into another kind of nostalgia with its Instagram, which launched just a week ago. The skincare brand got the reclusive founder — yes, Burt himself — to come out of hiding and pose for a series of weirdly glamorous photographs with his dog. I (happily) don't have the same kind of Proustian associations with bearded old men that I do with the Little Women, but the photo series is still very nicely done. A+


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