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London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique’s Set to Create a Virtual 3D World

If there’s only one show you manage to catch the full coverage of this London Fashion Week, make sure it’s Topshop Unique. It was one of the most sought-after shows to attend last season, and the Arcadia Group is known to be one step ahead of the rest when it comes to creating shows that push the boundaries in terms of digital experiences and engagement. And boy, do they have a treat in store for us this time around.

London Fashion Week SS14  - Topshop Unique

The goal is to create a 3D digital world for the show this season, which should be just as exciting as it sounds. Not only will the show be livestreamed, but they are also offering five customers the chance to watch it in 3D. The stage this season is the Turbine Hall at the innovative Tate Modern, and in addition, a virtual front row will be set up at their London flagship store where the selected five will don headsets and be immersed in the full runway experience, from all of the backstage gossip to a FROW-like experience as the models strut their stuff down the runway.

 London Fashion Week SS14  - Topshop Unique

Prior to the show and even during, the Tate Modern will also be opening its doors to visitors with open viewing platforms to let people see how the show is put together. It’s a must-see opportunity for anyone who longs to go to Fashion Week, but has never quite gotten their paws on a ticket.

And don’t worry, if you miss the livestream coverage online, Topshop’s London flagship will be playing it on its screens from the 16th to 18th of February.

Images: Lia Toby/

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Flashback: Linda Evangelista’s Stunning Return on US Vogue’s September 2001 Issue



Am I alone when I say I'm in a constant state of nostalgia? I constantly find myself comparing magazines these days to magazines from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

This week I found myself hunting out a treasure of mine: the September 2001 issue of American Vogue. I'm a huge Linda Evangelista fan and I remember picking up this particular issue from an online auction website for a very good price. For me, it's one of those issues you just have to have. I hadn't a clue what to expect when the magazine arrived in the mail, but I was amazed at how Anna Wintour's Vogue had remained the same for all those years.

The issue boasts 722 pages of fall fashions and includes spreads from Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Raymond Meier.

The main focus of this all-important September issue is, of course, the stunning return of Linda Evangelista. Linda who had a 'cooling off period' decided to make a comeback after three years in seclusion at her home in St. Tropez. The feature is 28 pages long, with a very in-depth article and the accompanying photographs were shot by Steven Meisel. What more could we possibly want?

Why don't you take a trip down Linda-lane and visit the issue's thread, here.


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Jill Zarin: ‘My Fashion Week Must-Have is a Giant Hermès Bag’ [Video]

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Image: Brad Triffitt for Next Artists

Last Thursday, we ran into Jill Zarin at the Next Artists Beauty Suite, which kicked off New York Fashion Week. The Real Housewives of New York sat down with us to gab beauty essentials (fake eyelashes), her big Spring purchase (which will be a new Birkin to add to her extensive collection) and her Pinkberry addiction.

She also discusses the line of shapewear she created in her post-RHONY days, Skweez Couture. (As she mentions in the video, Zarin and the Skweez collection appeared on Oprah's Where Are They Now last Friday; you can watch clips from the episode here.)

Watch the video below:

Video by Jennifer Davidson and Nika Mavrody / Post-production by Lindsay C. Harris 
Filmed at Dune Studios at New York City / Special thanks to Next Model Management's Artists Division

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Andre Leon Talley Wears Uggs and Other Tidbits Learned in a Trapped Elevator at the Oscar de la Renta Show



Whilst Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2014 show yesterday was a cascade of luxurious femininity and calm sophistication, the swift exit made post-show by a number of top fashion editors was very, very far from calm as they found themselves trapped in the elevator leaving the 25th floor show destination for 50 minutes.

Whilst we obviously felt very concerned for the party at hand, there was also an inkling of Schadenfreude, for those who so often swan out of shows and are immediately whisked away in a car had found themselves so ultimately inconvenienced. THEN you find out that among the group was the wildly entertaining and outspoken former editor-at-large of Vogue, Andre Leon Talley. Suddenly, the whole affair becomes a farce and we thank our stars that Style Editor Sophie de Rosée from the UK's Telegraph newspaper was one of Andre's cohorts in the lift and recounted the whole affair for everyone to enjoy.

Writing for the newspaper today, Sophie regaled how the team of show-goers that included "WSJ's Meenal Mistry and Paula Knight, Le Figaro's Godfrey Deeny,'s Kate Davidson Hudson, the Telegraph Magazine's Daniela Agnelli and me [de Rosee] (and three more I have yet to identify), plus Jim the elevator man" became trapped after being the first to leave the Oscar de la Renta show. She then gives a hilarious account of Mr. Talley's actions, watching madness descend as he gets his head around a world with no mobile phone reception: 

"Can't you email someone?" Talley continues. No. There's no reception. "Maybe you could text someone?"

Of course, panic situations help you learn more about people and at 35 minutes, 4 seconds after Andre had already threatened to strip, the group find out he "is wearing Uggs, which he says he's been wearing for three years, but no one noticed." If there is any report worth reading this Fashion Week, it is definitely this one and it will make you love Andre Leon Talley more than you ever did before.

Read the whole story on the Telegraph here.

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Denis Gagnon Spring 2014 Peers Into a Retro-Future of Shimmer and Volume

I’m generally envious of people who live in Montreal. That ooh-la-la European culture, the sexy French accent and the unique style that even celebrities can’t help but notice. Now there’s yet another reason to start apartment hunting in the Quebec capital — Denis Gagnon’s chic boutique.

Known for his “couture” approach to leather, precise cuts and talent to create airy and spectacular silk pieces, Denis Gagnon is an icon on the Montreal fashion scene, a maestro of his treasure trove store located on rue Saint-Paul O.

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For Spring 2014, Gagnon has assembled a collection of streamlined tuxedo jackets, satin trenches and beautiful Art Deco pleated skirts that ask for nothing other than to be twirled around. Iridescent fabrics and abstract prints (almost like dragged paint) set apart statement pieces as we peer into a retro-future of shimmer and volume. It’s all rather athletic-looking, which is typical in keeping with trends of late, as fashion and fitness fuse for cuts and colours that are both complementary and contradictory in a good way.

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“It has continuity with the last collection, but it’s a summer collection," Denis Gagnon told Cult Montreal of the 36 ensembles that make up his Spring 2014 line. "This one is fresher, there’s more light. It’s a collection that’s fresh, dynamic and happy. We want it to be sexy, wearable and accessible, but at a reasonable price.”

I would have to agree with the “reasonable” comment given that the coveted skirts are only priced at $325. The fabulous beige coats meanwhile come in at double that, but still, the wearability of such pieces is timeless. The name “Denis Gagnon” is synonymous with innovation and modernity, so I feel like his collection is almost future proof.

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Pop Portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace by Takashi Murakami for Harper’s Bazaar

Just landed in our inbox: selections from a new series spotlighting iconic designers with exclusive portraits created by the artist Takashi Murakami for Harper's Bazaar

"I have been referred to as the Asian Warhol for some time now," Murakami says. "Portraits are the quintessential work of Warhol, so in building a career worthy of the moniker, this was one genre I would eventually have to tackle…Warhol's portraits were done using Polaroid cameras and photo reproduction methods, giving them a very raw feel. I have captured that same rawness using computers and the Internet. I was sent photographs of each subject and then added effects and composited them with images from my work."

Below, see the Tashified versions of Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld. And to see more, head over to Harper's Bazaar




All images courtesy Harper's Bazaar

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