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The Oscar de la Renta Fall Campaign is Flawless and Fantastic (Forum Buzz)


Image Credit: Facebook ODLR

Oscar de la Renta released the new campaign for the Fall/Winter collection via the brand’s Instagram account this week and the images turn out to be quite the success among tFS forum members. With a team consisting of U.S. Vogue regulars — photographer Norman Jean Roy, stylist Alex White, make-up artist Gucci Westman and hair stylist Orlando Pita – the campaign obviously resembles some typical Vogue editorials, which doesn’t take away from the fact that the campaign is striking and beautiful. Unlike in recent seasons where top models Candice Swanepoel and Karlie Kloss starred in Oscar de la Renta campaigns, the cast features less famous models this time. Kate Bogucharskaia and Patrycja Gardygaijlo are both new additions to the roster of OdlR campaign girls, whereas Iris van Berne was already cast for the brand’s “Something Blue” fragrance campaign earlier this year.

Forum member Bruce7Lee  called the campaign “flawless,” Greenway described it as “absolutely gorgeous”  and anlabe32 found it “fantastic.”

“Best AD in this season! Love it very much!” wrote Verhangenheit

His opinion was shared by fashionlover2001 who commented, “IMO, this is one of the best campaigns of this season. Love!”


Image Credit: Facebook OdlR

Nepenthes also praised the campaign and added, “Beautiful campaign. I love the set, the styling and the whole mood!”

Albeit responses to the campaign were mostly positive, some members pointed out that the models lacked depth and looked too young to be convincing in the Oscar de la Renta gowns in this campaign. 

Valentine27, however, analyzed, “Ravishingly beautiful. I'm definitely putting this one in my favorite campaigns of the season. Nice background which makes the clothes and the colors look even better. I find the casting a bit boring though, I agree with people saying that they might be too young to pull it off but honestly, this is so well executed that I can forget about that.”

Indeed, this campaign is done so beautifully and the strong colors flatter the dresses so well that the models wearing them are not the most prominent part of the campaign anyway. The feminine elegance, the strong contrasts and great use of accessories make this campaign one of the standouts of the season, and I can only agree that this is pretty fantastic!

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Meet Marla: Fiorelli Launches First Real Leather Collection in Ten Years

Fiorelli has been a high street favourite for years. We mean, what’s not to love about being able to buy designer-looking handbags at affordable prices? Each season, Firoelli manages to nail the latest catwalk-inspired trends and leave us feeling like we need, rather than just want, one of its latest collection, and this season they’ve gone and done it again in the form of the gorgeous Marla grab bag.

Fiorelli has decided to launch a real leather collection, and the Marla bag is the first bag of choice to kick off the new range. Plus, it’s the first time that the brand has released a leather range in ten years, which makes it all the more exciting, and the launch just so happens to tie in with their birthday celebrations. 

It has to be said that the Marla has won us over — not only is the reptilian effect perfectly on trend for this season but it’s also just the right size to hit the shops with. It’s got style and functionality all wrapped into one, and we can see why it’s already being dubbed the work-to-weekend staple.

Marla burgundy

Marla is available in burgundy or a more classic black for £149. You can view the collection and many more gorgeous pieces on their websiteKeep your eyes peeled for what key shapes will be launching next as part of the real leather collection.

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Toronto Premium Outlets Grand Opening on August 1

Toronto Premium Outlet 1

This is a high priority bargain alert, and it's not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill! If you're one of the many high-fashion lovers living on a low-budget wage, then you'll be pleased to hear about the new Toronto Premium Outlets, a luxury outlet mall at 13850 Steeles Ave. W. in Halton Hills (about an hour’s drive from downtown) that's set to open on August 1. That's next week!

So what's in store, or rather, what's in outlet at this new, colossal shopping space? Well, during its "first phase" it will house over 85 retailers including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein (featuring 8,000 square feet of apparel), Coach, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and many more (you can find a full list here).

General manager Megan Johnson says Toronto Premium Outlets will dramatically change the shopping landscape in Ontario, offering their goods at up to 65% off in the 350,000 square-foot space: “It’s exciting because for the first time in Canada, shoppers will have an impressive collection of outlet stores close to home. And not only will the centre serve area residents but will serve as a destination for area visitors. We are looking forward to our centre having a positive impact for the area.”

Of course, many of you are likely to be most excited about Canada's first Hudson Bay Outlet store, which will also open August 1 and act as the central party-piece to the shopping centre's launch event. Hudson's Bay made the decision to carry purely clearance merchandise in its outlets after a successful run with bargain buys at sister store Lord & Taylor in the United States. The Canadian retailer has also found success with their hr2 stores, which carry more budget-priced brands to meet the pockets of us peasant folk who can't afford to shop at The Room.

Intrigued? So am I. While there's still no word on what kind of merch will be available at the Hudson's Bay Outlet, there's sure to be a bargain to be found amidst the discounted stripes and even more brands shilling shiny things when the outlet announces its "second phase" of retailers. Watch this space for more info when available.  


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Link Buzz: NYFW is Moving To a Shed; D&G Boys Threaten to Close Stores

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • New York Fashion Week is planning to move shows to a canopy space in development at the Hudson Yards called the Culture Shed. [Fashionologie]
  • Reese Witherspoon wore the same dress twice, and survived. [FabSugar]
  • Just because it's hot out doesn't mean your foundation has to get melty. [BellaSugar]
  • A French watchdog agency is investigation Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating in hiring staff based on appearance. Because all the other Parisian boutiques hire based on integrity alone. [Reuters]
  • CEO Mickey Drexler tells a disgruntled J.Crew customer: "Some of the styling [has] perhaps strayed too far." [Fashionista]
  • The Dolce & Gabbana designers claim they will have to go out of business if forced to pay their £300 million fine. [Telegraph]
  • Kate Moss' new tech accessories collection was inspired by her own sweet self. [SheFinds]

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‘Fedoras for Fairness’ Taps Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore and Others to Promote Immigration Reform

Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez and thirteen other celebrities have joined Fedoras for Fairness, a national campaign promoting a comprehensive immigration reform bill that treats women and LGBT families fairly. 

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Why a fedora? From the campaign website: "Originally worn by women’s rights activists in the early 20th century, the campaign is using the fedora—an iconic unisex American fashion accessory—as both a metaphor and symbol: a metaphor for women’s multiple roles and identities; a symbol of support for reform legislation that is inclusive of the needs of women."

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Immigration issues are on the national stage right now as the House of Representatives gets ready to vote on the Senate's proposed bill, but Fedoras for Fairness draws attention to a multitude of policies that have been sidelined in the debate over whether or not any reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.

The campaign promotes a path to citizenship that incorporates the needs of women by recognizing the role of domestic work, ensuring protections to victims of violence and trafficking, and protecting the rights of families by preventing deportations that separate parents from their children.

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

The celebrity campaign was photographed by fashion photographer Albert Watson and the accompanying video (at the top) was directed by John Huba, based on the idea that immigration is part of the story of every American.

The tech industry has thrown its weight behind immigration reform in an attempt to bring more high-skilled foreign workers into the U.S., but at its heart, this is an issue that disproportionately affects the literally disenfranchised — people that have no vote, no power in our society. If we do pass a bill that lays out a path of citizenship to undocumented workers currently living in the U.S., especially according to the terms laid out by Fedoras for Fairness, it'll be an act of justice.

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Submit your own photo and see the rest of the campaign on the Fedoras for Fairness website or tweet your support using the hashtag #Fairdora. 

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