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Vancouver Fashion Week Fall 2014 Goes Global with an Expansive List of Designers

We can’t begin trumpeting Toronto Fashion Week without mentioning the West Coast’s biannual fashion soiree. Known as the fastest growing Fashion Week in the world, Vancouver Fashion Week is due to click its heels together and strut its sexy stuff down the runways from March 18 through March 24.

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So, what are we to expect at the Fall 2014 shows? Approximately 80 designers from more than 30 countries are set to show off their treasures, with the likes of Argentinian designer Gabriel Lage, Peruvian designer Noe Bernacelli, South Korean designer Soojin Lee, London-based designers Nadia + Zehra and Peruvian designer Evolét- by Jercy Gutierrez all hopping on long-hauls to attend.

In terms of Canadian talent, Vancouver-based designer Stephanie Hung of Nina Tan will be waving the maple leaf flag with her collection of women’s ready-to-wear along with cocktail and evening dresses. Last season, Hung showed a bold array of blue, cream and red pieces with brocade and lace details, as well as chiffon-printed dresses in shades of lavender. This year, she plans to stick with the ladylike frills and “accentuate the feminine lines of a women’s body by making pieces that both look good and feel good.”

Also rounding out the home team is Vancouver-based designers Evan Clayton, Dandi Wind Opaine, Grandi’s Atelier and JFG Designs, Toronto designer Garde Del Avante, Thunder Bay resident Lisa Loveday and Ottawa designer Sonya Jang. You can check out the very comprehensive lineup over at VFW’s site and remember that tickets start from just $30 for a double show pass.

Images via Vancouver Fashion Week

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The Gentlewoman Releases Yet Another Amazing/Fantastic/Delightful Cover — Featuring Vivienne Westwood

Image: magculture via Forums

Image: magculture via Forums

The Gentlewoman's Issue 9 cover, featuring designer Vivienne Westwood photographed by Alasdair McLellan, popped up in the tFS Forums early this morning and it is delightful, but that's not surprising — the biannual London-based fashion journal's black-and-white covers are typically standouts. Last Fall, The Gentlewoman appeared on newsstands covered by actressa Seydoux, wearing a simple black dress and a discreet, sensual gaze; this season, the publication swaps out the Ingenue for the Dame. In McLellan's portrait, Westweed is vibrant and smiling and strong, she is the woman who ages but doesn't get old. 

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Nadja Bender and Saskia de Brauw by Karl Lagerfeld for French Numéro’s March Issue (Forum Buzz)

On a rare occasion do we get color photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, so it's during times like this where we should relish the fact that Numéro have given us color cover shots this month.

Numéro has produced two covers for March: The first is Nadja Bender wearing a piece from Chanel Haute Couture and the second features Saskia de Brauw wearing Christan Dior Haute Couture — both shot by Lagerfeld and styled by Vanessa Metz.

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"Nadja looks kind of uncomfortable and the hair is dreadful. But Saskia looks smoking hot. The makeup is perfect and I love how confident and effortless she looks!" said Nepenthes

Justaguy commented, "Nadja's cover is good, but the lighting is working against her. On the other hand, Saskia's cover is awesome and the lighting is perfectly showcasing her."

Nadja's cover seems to be in favor, with littlekiki commenting, "I prefer Nadja's cover over Saskia's."

"I don't like what Saskia is wearing, but she looks absolutely stunning!" explains mikel. Woo hoo — someone on #TeamSaskia!

Which cover do you prefer? Check out the issue's content and have your say, here.

IMAGE CREDIT: LEKIOSK.COM VIA TFS MEMBER MATCYRYSS

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Wait Until You See Jennifer Lawrence in Her Gorgeous New Dior Campaign

Dior dropped its third campaign with Jennifer Lawrence in WWD earlier today, and it is exquisite. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the print ads will appear in British Marie Claire and then in Vanity Fair's April Issue (just in time for the Oscars). Dior will also feature the campaign on its website, along with a video which shows Lawrence talking about what it was like to visit the French fashion label's couture atelier to select her Oscars dress. 

The face of Dior since 2012, Lawrence has reportedly just renewed her contract for three years, at $15-20 million.

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

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Natasha Poly Returns to the Runway at the Prada Fall 2014 Show

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Image: IMAXtree

We suspected that Natasha Poly was on the verge of making a post-baby comeback in a big, big way (the tFS favorite recently appeared on the covers of Vogue Japan and China), but now that the Russian model opened today's Prada Fall 2014 runway show, we can say it's official: Natasha is back, wearing shiny red wedge boots and a satiny tunic, marching along on Miuccia Prada's prison-style runway set. Does this make you feel feelings? Tell us in the comments! Or don't (my cat will still love you). 

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Cara Delevingne Walked Exclusively for Fendi Just to Model Karl Lagerfeld’s Stupid Fur Doll

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Image: instagram/chaosfashiondotcom

Wearing a fitted black puffer coat with a fur hood and "snow boots," earlier today Cara Delevingne appeared in her Milan exclusive, opening the Fendi Fall 2014 show. The British model followed her Giles video selfie with another runway gimmick: she carried a furball resembling Karl Lagerfeld which had a camera hidden inside.

The Internet was beside itself, for reasons related to Cara's enormous popularity and the profound marketability of Lagerfeld's narcissism. But I object. Yes, Delevingne's celebrity surpasses her currency as a pure fashion model and yes, catwalk presentations are giant publicity-generating organs for brands, but runway shows are supposed to at least pretend to be about the label's creative vision. But of all the Fendi Fall 2014 looks, this one will be the most widely distributed of the entire runway show. And look at what she's wearing: a coat. What's the fashion here? What's the story? "It's winter. Also something about Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi fur." Such creativity. 

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