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Harrods Teams Up With Eight Super Bloggers

These days, bloggers and brands go hand in hand when it comes to developing successful coverage but whilst some premium high street brands are all too quick to turn down the opportunity to work with bloggers, others realise just how beneficial working with the real influencers can be. Luxury British retailer Harrods is the latest to embrace the power of the blogger and develop a campaign around them. 

Harrods Teams Up With Eight Super Bloggers

Harrods chose the crème de la crème of the blogging world, of course, and decided to invite eight of the world’s most powerful fashion bloggers together for a digital style summit at Harrods HQ. This included the Fashion Fruit, Tuula Vintage, Song of Style, Blame Fashion, Wendys Lookbook and Fashion Squad.

The ladies travelled from around the globe to attend the event, where they chose their favourite new season pieces and showed us all exactly how they would style them, resulting in one very stylish campaign shot.

If you’re a sucker for a little outfit inspiration from a fashion blogger, you can shop the entire look over at right now.

Images: Harrods

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Alessandra Ambrosio Gets ‘Inspired’ for Coachella with a Native American Headdress

"Becoming more inspired for Coachella with this amazing Native American headpiece," wrote supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio on Instagram, in a caption accompanying the photo below.

Alessandra Ambrosio wearing a Native American headdress

Image: Instagram/SlessandraAmbrosio

"This will be causing major controversy in like 5 minutes," quipped blogger TheFashionLaw on Twitter. True story: appropriated Native American headdresses are a guaranteed shitstorm factory.

Just ask Ambrosio's employer, Victoria Secret: In 2012, the lingerie brand issued an apology and pulled a look from the televised broadcast of its annual runway show, in response to the outcry over a feathered headpiece modeled by Karlie Kloss.

Karl Lagerfeld learned the lesson late last year, when he sent out a runway look inspired by a Native American bride suit for Chanel's Paris-Dallas Pre-Fall show. Chanel issued a sort-of apology ("We deeply apologize if [the look] has been misinterpreted…"), responding to the subsequent controversy.

As for the piece Ambrosio's wearing above, created by LA-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche, it surely won't be the only Native American-inspired accessory we'll see at Coachella this year; the headdress trend and the corresponding backlash has been in full swing for several years. 

"The Hipster Headdress Abounds at Coachella," ran a headline on the website NativeAppropriations in 2010.

In 2011, a thread appeared in the Coachella Forums titled, "Hipsters In Headdresses; Don't Be That Guy."

The following year, Fashionista editor Tyler McCall included headdresses among a list of "Coachella Trends That Need To Die." "It’s just culturally insensitive," she wrote.

The subject was the topic of a Jimmy Kimmel skit in 2013, in which festival attendees were asked whether they knew the true meaning of the word, "Coachella." (Punchline: "Coachella is the American Indian word for dumb white guy.")

This year, Coachella hasn't even happened yet, but bloggers are already rolling their eyes in anticipation of the headdresses. A Lucky mag feature headlined, "How To Dress For Coachella Without Looking Like A Crazy Person," is encouraging readers to swap out Native American-inspired headpieces ("just…no") for a statement snapback hat. The headdress was also included as an item in a feature published on Complex earlier today titled, "How to Not Look Like a Douchebag at Coachella."

So, to all aspiring headdress wearers: If you're not concerned about appropriating something which is used in sacred rituals by a marginalized community for your hipster parade, consider the fact that wearing a headdress isn't just offensive to Native Americans, it also kind of makes you look like you've been living under a rock. And that applies to Alessandra Ambrosio: either she is clueless or she is courting controversy. It could go either way. 


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Naomi Watts is Pretty in Pink for Australian Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

There's always one magazine which completely takes my fancy each year and thus far, that magazine is Harper's Bazaar Australia. I noticed its streak of excellence a few months back and have been anxious to see each issue ever since. This week, we're taking a look at the May 2014 edition with Naomi Watts on the cover. The British-Australian actress is photographed by James White and wears head to toe Burberry on the cover image.

Harper's Bazaar Australia May 2014 Naomi Watts


We're also treated to an editorial which is just as pretty as the cover shot, doing justice to a range of coveted designer looks. One image includes Watts wearing a $33,000 Balmain dress.

"I love the cover, I really enjoy it when mags use a set instead of a color background," wrote kokobombon.

Forum member fluxx was also very fond: "Gorgeous! Love the layout here. Everything works perfectly."

|PerfectTonight| liked "the unusual perspective of the cover" but "the styling is a bit off."

As usual, not everyone was as enthusiastic, with Bertrando3 writing, "Hum, the composition is off and she looks tired or weird. She looks like the actress on the Carrie Diaries for some reason here."

Harper's Bazaar Australia May 2014 Noami Watts


Check out the thread and join the discussion here.


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Flashback: Vogue Italia ‘A Black Issue’ July 2008 with Naomi, Liya, Sessilee and Jourdan by Steven Meisel

We're back after a little hiatus of our flashback series. Ask yourself this question: What first comes to mind when thinking of a themed issue of a fashion magazine? Vogue Italia's controversial, yet powerfully stunning, 'A Black Issue'? Correct.

I can vividly remember the mass of buzz circulating the forums regarding this issue of Italian Vogue. I hadn't taken much notice of Franca Sozzani's Vogue until I had become interested in this particular hotly-debated issue featuring only black models, photographed by Steven Meisel. After a thread of almost 800 comments had spawned within the forum, I was becoming increasingly transfixed on this historic edition.

Naturally, I rushed out to the store to make a purchase and came home with Naomi Campbell's cover. My local store had all four covers (Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez and Noami Campbell), although what was I going to do with four covers of the same issue? I left the store with Noami's in hand and thought I would let other customers have their pick of the others (a sorry mistake after realizing how much the issue would later retail for online).

Vogue Italia July 2008 Jourdan Dunn


The contents of this 346-page issue are a sheer delight. Italian Vogue regular Steven Meisel photographed six stories with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Toccara Jones, Yasmin Warsame and Sessilee Lopez, to name only just a few.

My favorite story from the entire issue is 'How to Dazzle' which was shot by Meisel and features American model Sessilee Lopez. The black and white images consist of a fierce and ruthless-looking Lopez shot in the studio and wearing creations from fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent.

Vogue Italia July 2008 All Covers


Which cover did you get for yourself? Are you still on the hunt? You can familiarize yourself with the content and lose yourself amongst the two threads here.

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Exclusive: Arena Homme+ Goes Intergalactic for the Spring 2014 Issue

Arena Homme + Spring 2014 Cover David Sims

Image: David Sims for Arena Homme+

For the Spring 2014 issue of Arena Homme+, the biannual men's fashion journal has released three space-themed covers (two of these were photographed by David Sims). The issue also features an exclusive look at designer Raf Simons' collaboration with the artist Sterling Ruby (we'll have a preview up on tFS tomorrow). 

Lee Scratch Perry Arena Homme+ Cover

Image: David Sims for Arena Homme+

Elsewhere in the issue, Peter Doig interviews fellow painter Markus Lupertz, photographers Araki and Juergen Teller write about one another, and shoe designer Manolo Blahnik talks classic Hollywood. And that's the reason the AH+ tagline reads, "All Killer, No Filler Since 1993."

Arena Homme + Spring 2014 Cover

Image: Arena Homme+

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Jean Paul Gaultier Took the Queen to the London Opening of His Exhibition?

Never one to conform to the norm, the classic ‘enfant terrible’ Jean Paul Gaultier entered the press viewing of his retrospective exhibition, The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk, with none other than the Queen of England on his arm, of course. Well perhaps not the actual Queen but a fabulously stylish lookalike in full finery, whilst Gaultier in true form arrived in a tuxedo with a twist as he flashed his white thigh out of a thigh-high split maxi skirt.

Jean Paul Gaultier entered the press viewing of his retrospective exhibition The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk

Gaultier and his new gal (image: WENN)

The exhibition opens to the public at London’s Barbican Gallery today after travelling the world since it opened in Canada three years ago, and expectedly everyone has been eagerly awaiting its opening in its new London home until August 25.

Out to celebrate with the Gallic designer were many of his close friends and collaborators including a heavily pregnant Erin O’Connor and his long time friend and muse Farida Khelfa, who were serenaded by Rufus Wainwright on the piano whilst sipping cocktails handed out by waiters decked out in Gaultier’s classic nautical stripes and conical bustiers.

Gaultier exhibition Punk enthused patriotism for Britain

Punk enthused patriotism for Britain (image: WENN)

Whilst Gaultier might appear to take nothing seriously, you can immediately see in the 165 ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces on show, just how painstakingly dedicated he is when it comes to fashion and design.

Working for over 38 years in the industry, the self-taught designer has created a creative and controversial legacy for himself, from the infamous conical bra of Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour to his more recent homage to Amy Winehouse in his Spring 2012 collection, there is definitely more to the man than mere whimsy.

There is almost too much to take in at the two-floor retrospective with every piece telling another story, but one thing for sure is that you can never get bored of Gaultier!

Up close and personal with the infamous Gaultier conical bustiers

Up close and personal with the infamous conical bustiers (image: WENN)

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