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RW&Co. Answers Our Pleas with More Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. Summer 2014 Collection

Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. Summer 2014 Collection

Great news boys, gals, Jedis and Ewoks! On the back of his highly successful Christmas capsule collection – do you remember?Hayden Christensen is returning to Montreal-based retailer RW&Co with another line. This summer edition marks the second collaboration with the model/actor/light of our life because, frankly Canada, we can’t get enough of him.

“It was exciting to take the creative process a step further and bring the summer collection to life,” he says in a press release. Having spent much of the past few months sunning himself in the Caribbean, Hayden took much inspiration from the relaxed feeling of dressing for beach vacations, where fashion and freedom collide. “Style comes from how the clothes feel on you, and comfort was a key factor in creating this collection,” he adds.

As such, the new offering of T-shirts, pants, shorts, shirts and lightweight knits will feature a “cool, hipster vibe” to reflect the relaxed mood of summer. Fabrics have a washed and worn finish, while colours include a modern mix of cool neutrals such as heathered grey, vintage indigo and midnight with accents of tangerine.

Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. Summer 2014 Collection

Horizontal stripes add graphic interest to tops as well as a pair of rolled-cuff shorts in French terry. Sweatshirts and a zip front hoodie are among the pieces that convey the season's athletic trend and exemplify the collection's unique, signature details. But as per Hayden’s own suggestion, there’s one very crucial change to the summer capsule collection: it will include footwear, specifically a stylish take on a high-top sneaker in black denim and leather.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to check it all out, more so because I’ve been having Hayden movie withdrawals since when… 2010? This new trailer can thankfully tide us over, at least until the collection hits 65 RW&Co. stores across Canada and online in early May.

Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. Summer 2014 Collection (CNW Group/RW&CO.)

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Prada Releases ‘Double Bag’ Campaign by Steven Meisel (Forum Buzz)

Prada has released its latest campaign entitled the 'Advertising Campaign April 2014' on its website where we're treated to a set of effortless and subtle images taken by Steven Meisel. The adverts feature American model of the moment, Lexi Boling, modeling handbags and pieces from the Pre-Fall collection.

Prada Advertising Campaign April 2014


Prada 'Double Bag' collection


The main focus of the images is to showcase the latest 'Double Bag' collection, designed by Miuccia Prada. These creations are available in white, caramel, sand, yellow and red.

Forum member justaguy commented, "Love the simplicity of this collection and Lexi really looks fantastic here."

"So smooth and calm. Love the simplicity and colors combinations!" wrote Egoiste.

Although not everyone was fond of the campaign, with fashionlover2001 posting, "IMO, the only thing working in those shots is Lexi. I dont like the placement if the bags."

Whilst there's no denying these images are simple for Prada's standards, I find them to be a welcomed addition to Prada's campaign archive. They're like a breath of fresh air. We're just too used to Meisel creating dark and mysterious images for the Italian fashion house.

Check out the thread and join in the discussion here.

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Amanda Gullickson: It’s Getting Down to the Wire on ‘The Face’ [Season 2, Episode 5]

[Season 2, Episode 5 of The Face aired on Wednesday and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 8/7 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every week for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

As we go to our next campaign, Team Lydia is lucky to still have three girls, but we will need to work that much harder to make sure we don't lose anyone. The first thing Nigel [Barker] said when we saw him was, “We are halfway through the competition." It's a great feeling to know that I've already made it this far! Things are getting down to the wire and it's important that we start to win! We were told this week we need to create a viral video using handbags for the German brand, Liebeskind.

Team Lydia / Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Team Lydia / Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Initially, I was excited that this week’s campaign involves showing your personality, because that's one of my strengths. I was a little worried about how we would do as a team because we were performing a dance routine – and I've never seen Ray or Allison dance. We didn’t have much time to get our routine together, but we did the best with what we had.

Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

I got nervous when I first heard the music we'd be dancing to; it was very fast-paced and it was hard to tie down our moves on the right counts. Finally, Lydia [Hearst] came to help us out — which we definitely needed. She had a dance in mind and we started working on it right away.

It was not the easiest, but I knew I just needed to be positive and focus on getting the moves right. I could tell [my teammate] Allison was struggling, but I figured with the little bit of time we had left, she would be able to get it down. Toward the end of the rehearsal, the amazing Karen Elson came around to give us her input. Unfortunately, she was not the biggest fan of what we had going on. But, like Lydia said, it was already too late to change it. We just had to make the best of it.

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Some of the other contestants made the shoot look easy so mentally I thought, “No big deal, we've got this!" However, that mindset changed quickly when we got on set and the cameras started rolling. It was difficult to remember the choreography, but at the same time look cute, focus on my facial expressions and try to catch a flying bag.

Time was going by so fast and I knew we were doing the best we could with the time we had, but it was not going to be pretty at all. I could tell Lydia was disappointed, and I felt bad that we couldn't pull through for her. After all the videos were finished, the client chose Team Anne and I can't say I disagree with her decision.

The toughest part of losing a campaign is it means time for elimination. Lydia was very upset with us, and I can't say I blame her. She made the decision to put up Allison. I really liked having Allison as a teammate and she can be such an amazing model, but her mindset had to change. Being that she had just been in the elimination room and promised Anne she would not be back, I did not expect her to make it through. But still, it was tough losing her. Team Lydia is now a two-girl team — and so is Team Naomi. This episode was a gamechanger. Seeing Lydia so upset and disappointed did something to me; I refuse to let her down again. I shouldn't have waited so long to get started, but now it's really game on.  

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 8/7C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @A_Gullickson.

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Shoot a Commercial [Season 2, Episode 4]



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First Impressions: Porter’s Second Issue with Lady Gaga by Inez & Vinoodh

Porter's latest issue surfaced on the forums earlier this week. For its second issue, Lucy Yeomans (editor-in-chief) and team enlisted Lady Gaga as the cover subject for Summer 2014. The musical icon is photographed by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweede & Vinoodh Matadin and wears her grandmother's precious robe on the cover, whilst also wearing an oxidized silver and pearl necklace from Inez & Vinoodh's jewelry range.



I was extremely satisfied with Porter's premiere issue with Gisele Bundchen on the cover, so I was excited to pick the new issue up from the newsstand early this morning. Porter's covers are printed onto a thick glossy card and from the offset, you just know you're in for a real sophisticated read. Issue one wasn't a disappointment and neither is issue two.

This 274-page issue consists of three main fashion stories. These include: Angela Lindvall by Tom Craig, Karen Elson by Jeff Bark and Isabeli Fontana by Yelena Yemchuk. Angela's story entitled 'Sheltering Sky' is a hefty 28 pages long, so it's hard not to stumble across at least one shot whilst leafing through the magazine. The stand-out editorial is Isabeli's, which shows the Brazilian model wearing a wide range of jewelry and oozing her natural beauty via Yemchuk's lens.

We're also treated to articles with Vanessa Paradis, Abbie Cornish, Andre Balazs, as well as a few other hidden treasures amongst the contents.

Porter's Summer 2014 is available now on newsstands worldwide. Be sure you check out the thread and join the discussion here.


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Lupita Nyong’o Is the New Face of Lancôme: ‘Beauty is Compassion for Yourself and Those Around You’

Lupita Nyong'o with smokey blue eye shadow

Image: WENN

"I'm sure all the makeup and skincare brands were after her," said tFSer t-rex, responding to the news that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o had signed on as the new face of Lancôme. Although the Nyong'o's rise to fame has been predicated on much, much more than her phenomenal style (there's also that "acting" thing she does), when she first emerged in the public eye last Fall, the fashion and beauty worlds fell all over themselves praising her easy elegance and color sense.

"It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight," wrote last November, in a post titled "The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o." Fast forward to six months later: Clarins' HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm sold out and went viral because Lupita pulled it out of her purse during the Oscars

Although the actress appeared in her first major campaign for fashion brand Miu Miu's Spring 2014 ads, cosmetics contracts are typically considered the most lucrative and prestigious deals — the "crown jewel" of spokesmodel campaigns. With Lupita's distinctive makeup look and immense popularity, it was only a matter of time before signed on with a big beauty brand. 

Speaking with WWD, Nyong'o explained what led her to sign on with the cosmetics giant: "I had to give a speech about beauty right before the Oscars and for me, beauty is a compassion for yourself and those around you. And I think that in focusing on that, the light inside illuminates the beauty outside. The idea that Lancôme now has a few actor ambassadors is significant because actors are not just faces, they are spirits that people enjoy and relate to more than in an aesthetic way. We have the privilege of standing for something other than just looks.”

Although that statement might scan unfavorably to readers who prefer to see models — rather than celebrities — cast in fashion and beauty campaigns, Nyong'o follows her remarks by name-checking South Sudanese top model Alek Wek as an inspiration: "When she came on the scene, I felt more seen. Having me on a huge campaign like this will hopefully do that for other girls or people who feel unseen or underseen.”

Nyong'o is the second high-profile black woman to sign a contract with a major cosmetics within the past week: Last Friday, L'Oreal Paris released a campaign image with the brand's new spokesmodel, Zoe Saldana



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It’s a Wrap: Diane von Furstenberg Goes Digital to Celebrate Her Iconic Dress

Diane von Furstenberg and Coco Rocha celebrate the iconic DVF dress

Image: Getty

When the world was first introduced to Diane von Furstenberg’s versatile wrap dress in 1974, the World Wide Web was purely the stuff of science fiction. Now as the signature piece marks its 40th anniversary, the designer is diving head first into the digital realm in a concerted attempt to ensure the silhouette stays relevant in the new millennium. A cavalcade of celebs and social media mavens have been enlisted to tweet, upload Instagram photos, as well as blog about their experiences being wrapped up in different versions of the dress.

According to Fashionista, everyone from Emma Roberts to Coco Rocha is jumping on the promotional bandwagon. So be prepared to be inundated with behind-the-scenes snaps and styling how-to clips as these designated ambassadors strive to inspire the tech savvy to reach back into the fashion archives. This new media saturation follows closely on the heels of von Furstenberg’s wrap-centric Fall 2014 show in February and LACMA’s ongoing Journey of a Dress exhibition.

It remains to be seen if a little star power will go a long way or if this year-long blitz will simply get lost in the heavily trafficked information superhighway.

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