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See the Red Carpet Looks from the Australian Fashion Film Awards

Gracie Otto at the AFFAs

Photo: Ashley Mar for theFashionSpot

Westfield Sydney’s luxurious Sky Lobby hosted the first-ever Australian Fashion Film Awards last night, May 20, appreciating work by the likes of Baz Luhrmann, Gracie Otto and Catherine Martin, plus brands such as Chanel, Country Road and Fendi.

A mix of models, directors, actresses, presenters and stylists hit the red carpet for the big night, stepping it up in suits, embellishments, neck scarves and more. It really was a mixed offering, with so many different people from different professions stepping out to celebrate the fashion film genre.

Check out the looks in our gallery below, plus the full list of winners. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Alexander McQueen Designs a Ballet Shoe, How Bloggers Make a Profit on Instagram

image: Twitter

image: Twitter

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Alexander McQueen Could Be the Next Face of the £20 Note

Alexander McQueen

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Stateside, Americans are debating whether Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks should be on the $20 bill and across the pond, folks are weighing Alexander McQueen as an option for their own £20 note. The Bank of England is asking the public to help them choose visual artists “of historic significance” as contenders for the face of the bill. 

Included in the category of visual artists are fashion designers, which is why some are thinking that McQueen could be a good fit for the honor – and it looks like he is already an early favorite in the running. So far, painter and satirist William Hogarth and actor Richard Attenborough are each favored to win at 4-1, but McQueen is hot on their tails with 8-1 odds.

As fashion people, we are obviously biased, but McQueen’s legacy in British fashion is undeniable. He was truly an innovator and created some stunning, groundbreaking pieces, which in themselves are works of art. McQueen’s house still lives on under the direction of Sarah Burton, who helped usher the McQueen name into the history books by creating Duchess Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. The house of McQueen is already a part of British history – might as well make it official and put its founder on some money.

[via Vogue UK, the Guardian]

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Watch: Karl Lagerfeld Has Very Nice Things to Say about Kendall Jenner

Whether you love her, loathe her or just want to stop hearing about her, Kendall Jenner has become a bonafide fashion darling and she’s got designers of all stripes singing her praises, including Karl Lagerfeld. Jenner is one of the faces of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest eyewear campaign and the notoriously outspoken designer has nothing but nice things to say about the buzzy model. 

At this point, Lagerfelds’s love for the reality star-cum-It-model is clear. He’s included her in enough of his runway shows for us to know that he’s a big fan, but this time, we get to hear straight from the kaiser’s mouth just how he really feels about Jenner in a behind-the-scenes video from the set of his namesake label’s spring campaign.

“She’s great and modern and the girl of the moment,” Lagerfeld explains quite matter-of-factly to the camera. And he’s right. At this point, it’s getting hard to keep track of all the campaigns Jenner has scored with brands like Penshoppe, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and more. And let’s not forget that Estée Lauder contract she’s sitting on at the moment.

Watch Karl pile praise onto Jenner in the clip above.

[h/t ELLE UK]

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Now Your Man’s Skin Can Look as Good as Rob Lowe’s

Rob Lowe

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Anyone with two eyes can see Rob Lowe’s got great skin and, like any business-minded celebrity, he’s looking to cash in on one of his best features. The actor is delving into the grooming world with the launch of his very own skincare brand for men, Profile, a line which Lowe makes very clear that he himself founded and built over the past six years. “I’m not the celebrity endorser, I’m not the face of the product. I’m the developer of it. I have an entrepreneurial spirit … I’m just very proprietary about my communications and my aesthetic.”

The products in the “performance grooming” line all have an anti-aging aspect and include a cleanser, shave gel, aftershave serum, eye serum and a moisturizer. The soon-to-be available products are free of toxins and aren’t diluted with extra water. Profile for Men will launch e-commerce this week and will roll out in Nordstrom stores this fall. Lowe said he specifically created the collection to address the unique needs of men’s skin, assuring users that this isn’t simply a women’s line repackaged as a men’s product. Lowe has plans to expand the range into haircare products and he’s working on creating the perfect SPF-infused moisturizer.

Prices for the collection start at $24.50 and peak at $59.50 – so fellas, there’s now no excuse for your skin to not look as flawless as Rob Lowe’s.

[via WWD]

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