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We Are Infatuated with Givenchy’s New Campaign Model, Riley (Forum Buzz)

image credit: style.com via the tfs forums

image credit: style.com via the tfs forums

For an absolute newcomer to score a campaign as huge as Givenchy is quite something. But after seeing the first preview of the campaign, tFS forum members wasted little time wondering how the über-stunning Riley, whose test shots first showed up just a month ago, nabbed this campaign. 

“WOW! I'm actually blown away by her beauty and her potential. I can't wait to see where she goes because this girl has it. Riley is someone to look out for! I can't stop looking at her she's so pulchritudinous (I ran out of adjectives),” posted TheoG, one of many forum members who instantly fell in love with the gorgeous new model.

image credit: newyorkmodels via the tfs forums

image credit: newyorkmodels via the tfs forums

Commenting on the Givenchy campaign — which also stars Erykah Badu, Asia Chow and model Maria Borges — HeatherAnne wrote, “She kind of knocks the wind out of Erykah's sails. Stunning girl, lovely shot.”

“Whoa. This is one of the most stunning girls I have EVER seen! She is a keeper, for sure,” noted valliaddict.  

Having been discovered by Riccardo Tisci and having been selected by him for a campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott can only mean good things for this beauty’s future career. Remember how it catapulted Joan Smalls into supermodel stardom a few years ago? Fingers crossed that this girl will follow the same path.

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Jane Birkin’s Daughter, Kate Barry, Dies from Four-Story Fall in Paris

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Image: WENN.com

Photographer Kate Barry, whose work appeared in British Vogue, Paris Match and Elle, was found dead outside her Paris apartment after suffering a four-story fall. Police sources tell The Telegraph that antidepressants were found in Barry's apartment and that she was alone at the time of her death. 

Barry is the daughter of Jane Birkin and John Barry (who composed soundtracks for eleven James Bond films). In 1967, the year of their daughter's birth, the couple split. Until she turned 13, Barry was raised by Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. Her family included half-sisters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon

According to The Guardian, Barry leaves behind a 26-year-old son. 

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Band of Outsiders Designer Scott Sternberg: ‘The Fashion Industry Is Retarded’

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Image: Getty

For the Apartmento's Fall/Winter 2013 Issue, Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg opened up in more ways than one, following up a home tour with an on-record rant. The article isn't available online, but FashionWeekDaily did the Internet the favor of posting some highlights. 

Sternberg reveals a profound sense of misanthropy: “I have 26 employees. I used to do everything myself. It was ten times easier and more enjoyable. Now I have to socialize with all these people and tell them what I want, which would be much easier to do myself.”

Then some remarks on how and why fashion is a warped industry: “The fashion industry is retarded. It doesn’t make sense. There is too much product out there and when you’re a wholesale business it’s really impossible to resolve. You can’t, because if you want to be in a store like Barneys, you can’t just deliver twice a year. You can’t just have two runway shows.” 

Maybe he was drunk? “There’s this layer in fashion in between me and the person buying the clothes, which is the buyers and the press. They’re this kind of hilarious community, this council of judges. They love a dog and pony show. They complain about it to no end.”

More thoughts about the all-pervasiveness of the dog and pony show: “With women’s, they pretty much spend half the year on the dog and pony show ‘cause they’re always looking at collections, we’re always presenting them. We present four times a year and they just sit there and they wait for us to show what we do. Even though with men’s, for example, there’s probably like three editors in the U.S. that like matter, you’re still doing this. You’re still having to go through this because the stores need to know that you did that show or that thing that the press are watching to have some feeling that there’s not so much risk involved with buying all this product from you.” [via Forums]

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Miranda Kerr Strips Down For Terry Richardson (Again)

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Miranda Kerr might have struck a less-than-memorable pose for Harper’s Bazaar’s December cover, but you can bet that what she’s doing on the inside won’t be forgotten so quickly.

Teaming up with noted sex creep/photographer Terry Richardson for the first time since she gave him his Vitamin B12 injections in his butt, Miranda poses topless and wearing a very shiny pair of patent leather boots. Hey, as Beyoncé might say, if you can’t eat them…wear them?

You might remember a similar pair of boots playing a starring role in the black-and-white shoot for Harper’s US that followed the butt injection incident. Terry and Miranda’s spread for the Australian version of the glossy is somewhat more SFW, though she’s still topless in 66% of the shoot.

But enough about flesh ratios. This time around there are words to read instead of just things to look at, with Miranda dishing to Harper’s about her recent and much publicised split from Orlando Bloom. “It’s difficult for anyone to go through a separation, whether it’s on a public scale or not,” she reveals in our new issue, on sale today. “We still love and care for each other deeply. Flynn [their two year old son] is the most important thing in both our lives. And because we share that bond, we both feel that it’s important to be united.”

Her rumoured relationship with Australian billionaire James Packer remains unaddressed by the supermodel – much to the disappointment of those who misinterpreted the “meet the Packer dynasty’s glamorous new face” headline on the cover. Turns out they were referring to Packer’s niece Francesca, who gets a five-page spread about her coming out ball in Paris. 

We’re not dissing the model just because she took her clothes off. If we had her abs we’d probably get them their own separate Instagram account. But we have to wonder why, with what she referred to as the difficulty of going through a separation in the public eye, she’s choosing to get quite this public. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly a good advertisement for high-intensity yoga and a superfood-only diet. 

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Debating the Native American Headdress at Chanel’s Dallas-Inspired Show (Forum Buzz)

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Image: Getty

For Chanel's Pre-Fall 2014 show, designer Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from two cities that are rarely mentioned in the same breath: Paris and Dallas. The former is the birthplace of haute couture; the latter is best known for its football team and Texan charm. With such a gimmicky concept, certain aspects of the collection were bound to be contrived and borderline offensive. Such as: the American Indian bride suit, complete with feather headdress, which closed out the show.

Brands, pay attention: Stop fetishizing Native attire. In the U.S., American Indians were victims of a mass genocide and today, many Native communities struggle with high rates of drug and alcohol addiction, poverty and crime. Feathered headdresses are sacred items for spiritual rituals; using them as fashion statement fodder perpetuates the same erasure that Native people have faced for centuries. 

But that's just my opinion. When the look above appeared in the forums, the response was immediate:

"I was wondering if anyone would mention the cultural appropriation," said pixiedust1603.

"Isn't that the essence of his pre-collections? Let's travel to some country/city, Google about the culture, make themed outfits, wrap it in tweed and voilà," said Marc10. "Anyway, this looks terribly predictable and ugly."

"So is anyone allowed to be inspired by cultures other than their own, then?" asked Dior_Couture1245. "I take far more offense to the fact that the clothes are revoltingly hideous."

LabelWhore4: "Those headdresses are sacred to many tribes and hold deep spiritual/religious meanings. They're not just meant to be pretty."

OliverForever: "The thing about the headdress that upsets me is how it lightheartedly mocks people who were slaughtered en masse throughout the colonial times. The headdress is not like a bindi or a beaded necklace, they signify rank and bring back painful memories of patriotism. 'I killed the savage and now I'm wearing their funny hat,' is the message this has. I am incredibly disappointed and will no longer support Chanel."

"One can also say it's a cultural appropriation when models wear cowboy-inspired outfits," argued Lax89. "Is anyone going to say it's racist? I doubt it."

A rebuttal from OliverForever: "Those poor cowboys, victims of anti-cowboy genocide and of course the 'trail of cowboy tears.'"

Lax89 comes back: "I'm not denying any of the history of the Indian people and what happened is completely wrong but a collection inspired by a culture is not always racist, at least to me. I see it as a homage. And frankly, those headpieces won't be worn by anyone besides models in photoshoots. It's not like we're going to see everyday people parading in headpieces like those."

MyNameIs had extended response for Lagerfeld's critics: 

"Crosses are 'sacred' and 'hold deep spiritual religious meanings' to a lot of people. Those religious icon images that have showed up on dresses are 'sacred' and 'hold deep spiritual religious meanings' to a lot of people. Was anyone 'offended'?

…. This is something I've never understood. What do past wrongs have to do with a fashion collection today? And why is paying an homage to a culture a bad thing? When did it become a bad thing? Are people in Europe as trigger-happy to start complaining about it, or is this just an American thing?

Karl did a Russian collection a few years back. Russian/Slavic people have suffered all kinds of tragedies too, did anyone complain about that? And as a Slavic person myself, I personally wasn't offended by it either. Why is it usually the people who aren't even in the given group that seem to be the most 'offended' by the whatever currently hip insensitivity taking place?"

LabelWhore4 replied: "When was the last time people who hold crosses so sacred were the victims of genocide? When [was] the last time they were made to live on some of the worst pieces of land in a huge nation? When is the last time the government actively refused to provide any type of social and financial aid to said group? Hmmm? By all means, go out of your way to not get it but that doesn't make this collection any less wrong. But its okay because its fashion, huh?"

Phuel had a different perspective: "It's Lagefeld. It's hard to find him politically and socially offensive since he's so stunningly clueless. His 'creative' process is so utterly predictable: Dallas = Rodeos = Cowboys = Cowboys & Indians. I think that's about it."

There's way more argument where that came from in the tFS Forums — check it out. If you're not a member, you can share your opinion below. 

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ASOS Collaborates with Cool East London Brand House of Hackney

If you love both fashion and London, then no doubt you’ve been to the bubbling Hackney area. More specifically, Dalston, based in the trendy East side of the Capital. It’s a hub of emerging designers, fashion forward students, and general creatives floating around here and there, and is therefore the perfect area for new fashion trends to develop.

Many emerging (and actually some established designers too) often admit to visiting the area as a source of inspiration to influence their designs. And of course, several young brands have set up home there for that very reason, and one label that you definitely have to get on your fashion radar is the House of Hackney.

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The cool brand is extremely influenced by the area’s students and what’s become the typical grungy Dalston girl look, and they have taken their design signatures and teamed up again with the leading fashion e-tailer ASOS to create a cool new capsule collection called Dalston Tart.

A selection of festive feeling tartans and sumptuous velvet pieces are key to the collaboration and already stocking those virtual shelves, so take a look at some of their striking printed smocks and separates available on at ASOS

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