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5 Killer Swim Brands From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival to Shop Now

A model showcases designs by XXX on the runway at the MBFWA Trends show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2013 at Sydney Town Hall on August 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

A model showcases designs by XXX on the runway at the MBFWA Trends show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2013 at Sydney Town Hall on August 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty

No matter how much we try to love our rainboots and leather, winter in Australia is a sort-of sartorial moot point: We’re just not that into it.

So Sydney's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, which wrapped up last week, serves as a double bonus. First, it delivers a chance to put your inner fashion freak on show for three whole days in August, celebrating and shopping the trends currently hitting stores. Second, those trends are spring/summer ones, meaning excitement levels are particularly amplified. 

It’s little wonder that swimwear was the bright nylon jewel in the crown of this year’s event: Swim came thick and fast down the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, and we’re veritable world champions when it comes to the important sport of bikini shopping. Here are five brands we’re dying to shop once things heat up. 

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Inez & Vinoodh and John Baldessari Collaborate on Adriana Lima’s Garage Magazine Cover

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Image: Garage Magazine

Garage magazine's fifth issue comes with a dual cover collaboration between photographers Inez & Vinoodh and the conceptual artist John Baldessari. Supermodel Adriana Lima posed for the photographers as a cowgirl, styled in impractical denim cut-offs and Inez & Vinoodh’s own line of jewelry. Baldessari created the second cover by manipulating the original photograph, flattening the image into neo-Warholian pop print. The issue features an interview with the artist by the publication's editor, Dasha Zhukova

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LFW’s Sister by Sibling and Michael Van Der Ham to Feature in the Swarovski Collective

Sister by Sibling, Imaxtree

Sister by Sibling, Imaxtree

The sparkling Swarovski Collective was founded in 1999 in order to support both emerging and established designers to help them broaden their design knowledge by experimenting with the use of crystals. Each year, new designers are chosen from the leading fashion capitals New York, London and Paris, on the basis that they are considered cutting edge talent. The selected designers are then supported financially and loaded with Swarovski crystals as they are given free rein to use the luxurious gems in their innovative designs.

This year, Swarovski has chosen Sister by Sibling and Michael van der Ham from London Fashion Week’s bill, in hand with 10 other Designers from the other featured fashion capitals. This aside, it’s already been a very successful year for both Sister by Sibling and Michael van der Ham, as both have been honoured with leading industry awards and financial support.

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost London Fashion Week again and we’re very excited to see how exactly the designers will choose to use the crystals. It will be hard for Sister by Sister to top its creative knitwear from the Fall 2013 collections (above). Either way, we’re guessing we’re probably in for a real treat at their shows in September!

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Link Buzz: Kate Middleton is Back; Karolina Kurkova Leaves ‘The Face’

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  • Kate Middleton gets back to being a shining beacon of hope for the United Kingdom and humanity in general. [FabSugar]
     
  • Hopefully she can pull it off even without a blowout. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Beyonce's new music video was filmed by Terry Richardson at Coney Island in Brooklyn, will feature a Jourdan Dunn cameo. Gross (not the Jourdan Dunn part). [Fashionologie]
     
  • Lena Dunham covers Marie Claire UK's October Issue. [MarieClaireUK]
     
  • It's almost Labor Day weekend and we all know what that means. No, not fun in the sun. Compulsive online shopping, go forth and blow money. [SheFinds]
     
  • Betsey Johnson sent out fashion week invitations in the form of a prescription pill bottle because she's a genius. [Marie Claire]
     
  • Karolina Kurkova will not return to The Face for its second season. [PageSix]

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Designer Copycats: A.F. Vandevorst Rips Off Christian Dior Couture (Forum Buzz)

Whether it’s Zara knocking off Céline (and just about everyone else), or everyone knocking off everyone, there’s a whole lot of borrowing, stealing, or should we just say “inspiration” in the fashion game. TheFashionSpot forum members are especially adept at seeking out those noteworthy copycat moments that make you shake your head and just kind of say “WTF” to yourself — and I’m going to help spread the word. 

Here, Koibito called out a Fall 2013 A.F. Vandevorst creation that seems to have been heavily inspired by one of the closing ensembles in Raf Simons’ Fall 2012 Couture collection (the designer's debut) for Christian Dior

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 versus A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2013. Images via style.com and IMAXtree.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 versus A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2013. Images via style.com and IMAXtree.

Sure, there are a few differences from the colors to the materials and the styling, but the essence of the look can’t be ignored. The seams in the pants. The cups of the fitted strapless top that trails behind the model. A.F. Vandevorst totally ripped off Dior.

Discuss.

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Doutzen Kroes Covers Elle France’s Fashion Special Issue (Forum Buzz)

Doutzen Kroes on the cover of Elle France's Special Fashion Issue

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To say that Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes is currently on a roll would be quite an understatement. This year she covered a whopping four major editions of Vogue September issues (Vogue Italia, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Spain and Vogue China!) and recently appeared in prestigious editorials for Interview and Industrie Magazine, and it looks like she will continue in the same vein for a while. For Elle France’s Special Fashion issue, Doutzen posed for three different but equally nice covers and stars in the issue’s grand collections editorial. Not surprisingly, tFS forum members keep being wowed by Doutzen’s staggering success at the moment and got excited about the three covers.

“I like the top one best… but they're all beautiful,” wrote gossiping.

Avogadro shared that opinion and posted, “They all look nice.”

“Doutzen is on fire!!! Love all three covers but the Miu Miu one is my favourite!” gushed Nepenthes.

Another vote for the cover with the white background and the Miu Miu outfit came from justaguy who stated, “All are nice but the cover with the white background is a standout!”

That version of the cover seemed to be the favorite among tFSers, though some members preferred the other covers, like DutchHomme who remarked, “She is a hard working model. The first one with white letters is the best. She looks moody in Miu Miu … looks a bit [as] if she's sitting on the toilet.”

Miss Kroes keeps consistently delivering and it seems as though there is no stopping her! Luckily, I am not tired of her in the least, yet. And I feel like I cannot even pick just one cover here, they are all great in their own way and Doutzen manages to bring personality and a certain allure to each of them. Which cover is your favorite?

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