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Carla Zampatti Announced as ‘Mercedez-Benz Presents’ Designer for MBFWA 2014


Carla Zampatti has been announced as the “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014.

Zampatti will take the opening spot when things kick off on Sunday 06 April, marking an impressive 49 years in the volatile industry. It will be the second time MBFWA has been held at Carriageworks after its game-changing move was announced in 2012, and only the second time Zampatti has showed at the event in its 19-year history. Her shows traditionally take place off-site at an earlier date.

The “Mercedes-Benz Presents” award commends designers for dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style, and innovative design. It will place Zampatti, who previously received the Australian Fashion Industry’s prestigious Australian Fashion Laureate, among overseas “Mercedes-Benz Presents” luminaries including Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez, and Schumacher. Locally, Easton Pearson and Johanna Johnson have been recognized in previous years.

“Carla Zampatti  is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most established and influential designers,” Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific CEO Horst von Sanden said. “We are honored to welcome her into the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ program, which continues to support the industry globally.”

Zampatti is about to take over Collette Dinnigan’s former store in Sydney’s Woollahra (RIP) and will also open a new boutique in Brisbane’s Indooroopilly. In a retail climate where local labels are increasingly threatened by overseas fast fashion chains, it’s nice to see one of our stalwarts thrive in the face of them. 

Image: Carla Zampatti's Facebook

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Zoo Magazine Releases Its Spring 2014 Covers with Malgosia Bela and Lily McMenamy

Quaterly magazine Zoo released its Spring 2014 #42 covers via Facebook today. The minimalistic covers feature models Malgosia Bela and Lily McMenamy. McMenamy's cover was photographed by Dancian and Bela's was shot by Bryan Adams.





Malgosia's cover is my favourite, although I am partial to Bela's beauty and insane modelling ability. She just excells at every shoot. Which cover will you choose?

Check out the thread here, and join the discussion.

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Link Buzz: Sky Ferreira Covers Miss Vogue Australia; Arby’s Bought Pharrell’s Grammys Hat



  • Miss Vogue Australia's second issue, covered by Sky Ferreira, is available on newsstands today. In an obvious play for my attention and affection, the issue also features Greta Gerwig, Suki Waterhouse, Metronomy and Tommy Ton. []
  • Last night at the Oscars, an elite cadre of actresses appeared on the red carpet dressed in DIOR. Take a few moments to prepare yourself and then click on to see it for yourself. [FabSugar]
  • Suzy Menkes is leaving the International Herald Tribune for a gig at Condé Nast International. [WWD]
  • Some 'barely-there' makeup looks from Stella McCartney's Paris Fashion Week show, if you're into that kind of thing. [BellaSugar]
  • Arby's bought Pharrell's now-infamous Grammys hat for the low, low price of $44,100. [The Cut]
  • Timberland's classic yellow boot is having "a moment," as they say in the biz. Will its success help the footwear company sell other styles? [Fashionista]
  • NastyGal has hired a former Lululemon exec to help the e-commerce site expand into new product categories, like home and swimwear. [Racked]

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Is Subscribing to Magazines Worth It?

After a thread was bumped on theFashionSpot last week, I began to think: Is it worthwhile to subscribe to magazines?

I used to subscribe to UK Elle but decided to cancel my subscription because I disliked its new format after a redesign. I replaced Elle with UK Vogue after I happened to stumble across an excellent subsription deal. I also subscribe to UK Harper's Bazaar because it offers subscribers an exclusive cover, so the thought of exclusivity forced me to make the annual commitment.

I was (secretly still am) a fanatic about getting a magazine in pristine condition, so never in my wildest dreams did I consider a subscription to Vogue. The thought of getting a damaged copy through the mail was almost unbearable (luckily no complaints thus far). Vogue's just one of those magazines which is an investment and a real coffee table statement.

What advantages does a subscriber get? Like Bazaar, many publications use exclusive subscription covers to entice new readers. Price is also a factor. My current Vogue subscription allows me seven free issues a year (paying full price for the remaining five). 'Free issues' being an incredibly clever choice of words and an excellent marketing tool. It's imperative you find yourself a good deal.

My one complaint is that sometimes you will see an issue in the stores before you recieve it through the mail, which can be frustrating after most publications entice their customers by stating they'll receive issues before its on-sale date.

Below is the subscription cover to UK Harper's Bazaar's April 2014 issue with Sarah Jessica Parker, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.



See what I mean? Why wouldn't you want to subscribe to recieve this beautiful cover?

Overall, I am very content to subscribe to a magazine. My main reason is to keep the print industry alive. Ever since I started to collect fashion magazines in 2005, I've only ever known print versions and I'm still not completely fond of digital copies. There's something about holding a tactile issue and admiring the content in person which seals the deal for me.

I'm curious, which magazines (non-fashion magazines welcome) do you subscribe to? Check out the thread here. You can also visit 'Subscription Help' for questions you may have regarding subscribing to a particular publication.


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As Seen on Screen Jewelry from Brooklyn Designs

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Brooklyn Designs is a new discovery for me, but being a screen junkie, I can officially say that I am obsessed. If you’ve ever watched a TV show and coveted a piece of jewelry worn by one of its stars, or generally channelled your inner Olivia Pope/New Girl/Snow White on a daily basis, then you may want to check out the Vancouver-based maker of pretty, shiny, jangly things.

Brooklyn Designs is regularly featured on television programs like The Vampire Diaries, Scandal, The Crazy Ones, The Doctors, Hart of Dixie, The Bachelorette, and Once Upon A Time to name just a few. Having been founded by Surrey, B.C. native Brooke Mosher in 2003, the brand has steadily grown as a coveted label and been embraced by television wardrobe departments. You can see some stars donning Brooklyn Designs’ jewels over on the webpage, which evidences the versatility of the handcrafted pieces.

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Mosher’s SS14 collection is likely be just as successful, combining earrings with dewdrop inspired gems, which hang delicately like slowly rolling raindrops. The colour palette for this season includes cool neutrals like grey, aqua, milky white and seafoam green that reflect the waters of the west coast.

Everything is crafted in labradorite, grey agate, aqua chalcedony and rainbow moonstone gemstones, as well as sterling silver and 14kt gold-filled components (ranging from $40 to $200). Nothing is too fussy or chintzy, which I think makes Brooklyn Designs the kind of jewelry brand for those who don’t wear jewelry. As Mosher says, “The simplicity of the piece makes it a great staple but it is also a symbol to remind yourself to love the skin you’re in.”

Maybe it’s that lack of camera distraction that has made the label so popular onscreen, but I can tell you, I will seriously have my eyes on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s earlobes from now on.

Images via

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Naomi Watts Sparkles at BVLGARI’s Decades of Glamour Pre-Oscar Party



Sartorial chameleon Naomi Watts is no doubt saving her most opulent efforts for Sunday, but the look she wore to BVLGARI’s Decades of Glamour Pre-Oscar Party in Los Angeles on Tuesday is giving us high expectations.

After jetting back from the brand's presentation in Milan, Naomi played host for the night in a strapless, straight-off-the-runway Altuzarra gown from the designer’s Fall 2014 collection. On the runway it was worn with slicked-back hair and bare shoulders, drawing attention to the designer’s careful use of cut and color, but Naomi took a risk by adding bright lipstick and a vintage necklace with amethyst and emerald jewels.

Given that she was hosting the event, it was a risk that paid off. The jewels and lipstick complemented the neon accents on her dress perfectly, more than standing up to equally solid efforts from her red carpet companions Camilla Belle, Kate Hudson and Emmy Rossum. We’re also thinking it’d be an easy look to emulate on a non-Hollywood salary. Well played, Naomi. 

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