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Inside the Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith Exhibition

Last weekend, we went along to the Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith exhibition at London’s Design Museum to gain an insight into the career of one of Britain’s leading fashion designers. From what inspires his designs to how he broke into the industry, this exhibition covers it all, and is not only perfect for the Paul Smith fan but also for those looking to break into the world of fashion and design.

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How it all began…
The exhibition opens with a replica of Paul Smith’s first-ever shop, Paul Smith Vetements Pour L’Homme, a tiny 3×3 metre square space in Nottingham. In face of his success these days, it’s hard to believe that his business started out so small and that his first show took place in a friend’s flat in Paris. It was even more surprising to discover that his first showroom was a bedroom in Paris featuring just six shirts, two jumpers and two suits! Apparently, only one buyer turned up to place an order and that was the real beginning of his business.

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Finding Design Inspiration
The exhibition helps visitors to see that design inspiration really can come from anywhere, explaining that films, artists, photography and general observations can all trigger a design. Would you believe that the Paul Smith stripes are developed by simply winding coloured yarn around cardboard to see if different shades work together?

It does feel that you are being guided around the exhibition by Paul himself thanks to personalized messages and short video content. Add to this pieces from Paul’s own collection of photography and art, family photos and two replicas of his Covent Garden-based office along with his design studio, and you feel totally submerged within the world of Paul Smith.

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If there’s one thing that anybody takes away from visiting this exhibition, it’s that if you have skill, work hard and put all of your efforts into your project, you can achieve anything! If you want to check it out for yourself, it's running at the Design Museum until June 2014 and you can find more details here

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The Spring 2014 Oscar de la Renta Campaign Disappoints (Forum Buzz)

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014

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Last season, members of the tFS forums were swooning over the visually striking Oscar de la Renta campaign, which captured the collection so perfectly, resulting in images that were utterly gorgeous. This season, however, the campaign fails to make the same impact. Kate Bogucharskaia repeats the campaign. She is joined by Maybelline spokesmodel Emily DiDonato, who’s enjoying a major momentum, having just scored her first two Vogue covers (Vogue Paris and Vogue Turkey). The cast sounds promising. So what are the issues with this campaign?

“The models look frozen while the clothes are girly and light,” according to Nymphaea.  

HelaFav5 shared similar sentiments: “Last season's campaign was so much better. The models look dead,” she posted.

It's nearly impossible to disagree with those statements. The models lack presence and almost fade into the boring background. But not just the underwhelming performance by the models earned criticism. Thatsfierce dislikes the hair, while ChristyLeReveur thinks the styling "is awful." 

And kab348’s verdict? “This. is. not. good.”

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Watch: Natasha Ramachandran (Next Models) Answers tFS Questions Ahead of the Fall 2014 Shows

Image: NextManagement.com via tFS Forums

Image: NextManagement.com via tFS Forums

Natasha Ramachandran (Next Models) has just arrived in New York City, ahead of her debut NYFW fashion week. Born in India and discovered in Mumbai, this is Ramachandran's first time in the United States — but not her first taste of fashion. A design student back home, the stunning young model is already well-versed in the industry, dropping references to designers like Haider Ackermann, Balmain and Viktor & Rolf. She is also appearing in a forthcoming Vogue India editorial. 

Below, watch Ramachandran talk about her love of design and the upcoming show season. The video was produced by Next Models in cooperation with theFashionSpot.

Damien Neva, head of social media at Next Models, filmed the video, using questions submitted by theFashionSpot.

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Watch: Next Model Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds Talks Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs and Katie Grand (Forum Buzz)

Image: Damien Neva for Next Models

Image: Damien Neva for Next Models

Just one season into her modeling career, Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds (Next Models) was picked as a Katie Grand exclusive for the Spring 2014 shows; last September, the 16-year-old American model walked the runways for Marc Jacobs, Giles, Fendi and Louis Vuitton. She was also tapped to appear alongside Miley Cyrus and Natalie Westling for Marc Jacobs' Spring 2014 campaign and in editorials for LOVE Issue #11

Just ahead of her second season of shows, Seay-Reynolds sits down to talk about some of the experiences that shaped her first few months in fashion and what she's looking forward to in the coming weeks. The video below was produced by Next Models in cooperation with theFashionSpot.

Damien Neva, head of social media at Next Models, filmed the video, using questions submitted by the tFS Forums.

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Edie Campbells Stars in i-D’s Single Cover Pre-Fall 2014 Issue

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Image: i-d.vice.com

For its next issue, i-D is running just a single cover: Edie Campbell appears on the front of the publication's Pre-Spring 2014 Issue, photographed by Alasdair McLellan. In place of the iconic i-D wink, the British model rubs her right eye, her gaze sleepy.

"There are no rules," reads the caption running along the bottom of the cover, to which tFSer Avogadro replied, "So there are no rules to stop Edie from appearing everywhere?" It's not a stretch to say that the British model is having a moment. This year alone, Campbell has starred in campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, Dior and Sandro; she's also appeared in three international editions of Vogue (Paris, Japan and UK). It's only Feburary. 

RelatedWatch: Cara Delevingne, Lily McMenamy, Joan Smalls and Other Top Models Celebrate the i-D Wink

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Robyn Lawley Covers Cosmopolitan Australia’s March 2014 Issue

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She’s had her share of page time in Cosmopolitan Australia, so it’s about time Robyn Lawley scored her very own cover. Now the 6’2” Aussie stunner has done just that.

Managing to capture our attention in spite of some very Cosmo headlines and a shocking pink background, the coup is definitely deserved. The magazine previously cast her in December 2013 for a bikini shoot in which she wore her own swimwear line.

Scoring magazine covers is hardly a new experience for Lawley. In 2011, she scored the cover of Elle France (alone) and Vogue Italia (alongside Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine), and in that same year starred in a spread for Vogue Australia – the first time (welp) the magazine had ever shot a larger model.

The following year she was the first non-sample sized model to be hired by Ralph Lauren. And in 2013 she really cemented herself into the fashion zeitgeist, penning an article for the Daily Beast addressing the same dangerous “thigh gap” trend referenced here.  

But this is the first time, to our knowledge, one of her covers hasn’t been tarred by the words “plus-sized.” Perhaps 2014 will also be the year Lawley gets a cover that makes no reference to her size at all?

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