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Talia Shuvalov: Meet the Sydney-Trained Designer Revolutionising Grey Marle Knitwear

At an age most people are navigating one mistake at a time, Talia Shuvalov is weaving together a reputation as one of the most exciting young designers on the scene. She trained at Sydney’s University of Technology before sojourning in London to intern for Alexander McQueen, and was shortly after seized by the discerning hand of Narciso Rodriguez to become his Senior Knitwear Designer in New York.

While in London, Shuvalov attended Parsons, where her Spring 2013 graduate collection was sent down the runway as part of the prophetic “First Eighteen” show. That collection makes it easy to see why she was so instantly appetizing to Rodriquez. Shuvalov’s structured knitwear demands your attention with powerful shapes and methodical splashes of stark hospital green and yellow, making plain grey marle into something that demands to be stared at. 

There are hints of things one might be tempted to call Navajo, but modern materials, blown-up shapes and a sterile colour palette (emphasised to great effect in the Cara Stricker-lensed campaign) allow Shuvalov to eschew cringey cultural appropriation. ASOS and Urban Outfitters, take note.

Talia Shuvalov might now be based in New York, but we’re just going to go ahead and claim her as our own. 


Images: Cara Stricker for Russh

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DVF and Anna Wintour Auction “Amazing Fashion Experiences” for Sandy Relief [VIDEO]

Diane Von Furstenberg just released a video to announce the CFDA and Vogue initiative to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. The only thing DVF and Anna Wintour love more than American fashion is "mobilizing" the fashion industry to "raise funds" for stuff like presidential politics or natural disasters. 

I don't want to be overly sarcastic, because money is exactly what Hurricane Sandy relief needs right now, and I think it's better for the fashion industry to make these kinds of efforts (and to actually concretely help people that need help) than to completely retreat into nihilistic coke-and-diamond-fueled dens of couture and grey lipstick, but there's always a level of comedy to DVF and Wintour's charity and public good projects. 

For Hurricane Sandy relief, the CFDA and Vogue are auctioning off "amazing fashion experiences." DVF says, "You can have lunch with me, attend a fashion show with Anna Wintour, or meet Michael Kors." You can also meet the cast of Girls on set, attend Victoria Beckham's NYFW fashion show and meet her afterwards, play golf with Michael Bloomberg(!). When I say "you can," it's shorthand for "if you can and are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars, you can…" I can't wait to find out how much Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg and Victoria Beckham and Lena Dunham are personally donating to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 

Proceeds will benefit Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (because DVF/Wintour are nothing if not Bloomberg fangirls) and similar organizations. You can check out and bid on the 144 available items on CharityBuzz here. Auctioning for most offers ends on December 5. 

Image via WENN

[via Fashionologie]


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Noooooo! Lady Gaga. Terry Richardson. Cake. A Video.

It's obvious that Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson are just trolling me personally at this point, because there can be no other explanation for the clip the duo's just released, to tease the upcoming video for Gaga's song, "Cake." It's filmed by Terry (of course), one of the most villanous villians in all of fashionland, a total creep with the moustache to prove it. 

The video shows Lady Gaga rolling around in cake (way to be literal) while wearing lingerie and heels, before washing it all off. If this is supposed to have some kind of body image-pos message that somehow ties into Gaga's Body Revolution campaign, that's cool — but the performer needlessly wastes A LOT of cake to make her point, squishing it into uneatable glop instead of eating it, the way God intended. 


Image via screenshots

[via DailyStab]

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Kate Upton to Play Herself, an “Object of Desire” in a Super Bowl Ad

Kate Upton was born to be in a Super Bowl commercial: she is so bright and shiny, vaguely tomboyish but still extremely feminine and blond. Her hair bounces. She looks like she really, really likes puppies. I will not discuss her bosom, except to say that it's the center of a lot of attention (for the record, breasts are not a particularly neglected female body part even on an average day, but their appeal still somehow manages to spike on Super Bowl Sunday). 

Within the past year, Upton's been on the cover of both Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Vogue Italia, making her practically (and I think probably) the only model working today who's booking top tier commercial jobs while also steadily growing her high fashion career. Now, she's adding on a new accomplishment to her list of accomplishments: this weekend, the model filmed a Super Bowl commercial for Mercedes-Benz. Usher is also going to be in the ad, because apparently it became the 90s again while you were sleeping. 

According to The New York Post, the ad is "a tongue-in-cheek depiction of how far a person might — or might not — go to get their heart’s desire.” I expect it will also be about how great it is to drive a Mercedes, one of the spot's two objects of desire. The other one? Duh, Upton. She won't be behind the wheel (real women don't drive. Actually, I can't drive, but at least I'm embarassed about it), but I bet she'll look pretty. Because that's her job. 

Image via WENN

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Here are the Rest of i-D’s ‘Wise Up Issue’ Covers (Forum Buzz)

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As promised, i-D’s “Wise Up Issue” features eight covers. We’ve already shown you the inimitable Grace Coddington’s cover (don’t even try to argue that this one isn't the best of the bunch), and Lara Stone and Laetitia Casta’s covers (they look pretty awesome too), and now we’re bringing you what’s left. Lena Dunham was photographed by Todd Cole for her cover, Will Chalker was shot by Bruno Staub, Arizona Muse by Richard Bush, Neneh Cherry by Mark Lebon, and Cara Delevingne by Angelo Pennetta.

“That Lena Dunham cover is awful…” widowsofculloden posted. I guess she’s not a fan.

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Arizona’s cover elicited a better response from forum members: “WOW at Arizona's cover,” Valentine27 wrote. “I'm far from being a fan of hers, but this cover has something really appealing to me and is simply sensational! Love the shade of black and white, the bow tie and the hair.”

Phuel really fell for Neneh Cherry’s cover. “Neneh leaves them all in the dust,” he posted. “Such a face – what a cover! Her and Mark are a lethal duo. And Neneh on the cover of i-D is perfection. She's brought that much needed energy, dynamic and ferocity that the magazine has been missing for so long. If I can find this cover, this will be a definite purchase – and it's been a very long time since I've bought i-D.”


Even Cara Delevingne and her tarantula-covered eye got some love from forum members (many of whom claim not to "get" her appeal). “That's sick! I love it,” ALAUU declared.

When there are this many covers to choose from, you’re bound to find one you like. If I were you, I would go with Grace, Lara, or Laetitia, but that’s just because I love them and their covers are obviously the best.


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Ruby Jean Wilson Stars in Marc Jacobs’ Striped Spring 2013 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Juergen Teller (no surprise there) photographed Ruby Jean Wilson for the ad campaign of Marc Jacobs’ stripe-filled Spring 2013 collection, and while the campaign is sort of business as usual, mirrored surfaces reflecting the riot of stripes on Ruby Jean’s dress add some additional interest. Forum members had a mixed reaction to the initial campaign image.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 ad campaign - Ruby Jean Wilson photographed by Juergen Teller

“Not a good start to S/S 13 campaign season…” Dutchhie remarked.

VogueDisciple93 called it a “boring campaign for a bad collection.”

Psylocke saw the image in a more positive light. “I expected something different for this collection but quite like it,” she commented. “I love the composition, the pose is nice and I don't feel overwhelmed by the image in spite of all the stripes and mirrors, it kind of works. And Ruby Jean looks great. Excited to see more!”

I don’t know what to think of the campaign thus far. Sure, it looks like Ruby Jean’s covered in prison stripes and looks like some sort of human-spider hybrid, but there’s something fun and interesting about the mirroring that makes me want to keep looking so I can get a sense of the space she’s in. Plus, if you’re going to do a collection full of big bold stripes, you might as well go all out and emphasize that.


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