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Roberto Cavalli: ‘What is Not Fashion is American’

Image: WENN

Cavalli Caffe Opening in July 2013 / Image: WENN

Yesterday evening, Roberto Cavalli delivered a talk to students at Oxford University (not pictured). As reported by, the designer expounded on a variety of subjects including minimalism, mountains and his mom. 

He also took the opportunity to cast aspersion on American fashion:

"I like fashion that is different, minimalism is boring. I am a mountain in the minimalism. Fashion that is not crazy is not fashion. And what is not fashion is American."

And two more excerpts:

"I learnt to read and write, but my biggest problem was my stutter. I used to tell my mummy, 'Why should I learn when I can't even repeat what I know?' She'd cry and say, 'What a disaster of my life.'"

"It's not fair. Big companies pay stars to wear on the red carpet. Young designers can't do that, so they will never have the same success. There is also so much advertising today, I don't like it. I don't like to suggest what a woman should wear – I want her to choose my clothes without any suggestion."

[Cavalli: "I Am Human Again" -]

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Yigal Azrouël Reintroduces E-Commerce, Launches Digital Campaigns with Alana Zimmer and Kelly Mittendorf

Alana Zimmer for Yigal Azrouel

Alana Zimmer for Yigal Azrouel

Yigal Azrouël Reintroduces E-Commerce, Launches Digital Campaigns with Alana Zimmer and Kelly Mittendorf

Following a brief hiatus, Yigal Azrouël has reintroduced an e-commerce component to the label's website, as part of a broader redesign. (The label's e-commerce was briefly shuttered earlier this year.)

The website relaunch features new digital campaigns for Resort 2014, with Alana Zimmer modeling for the main line and Kelly Mittendorf for the label's contemporary collection, Cut25. It also boasts expanded editorial content, including styling guides, behind-the-scenes access, GIFs (!) and video interviews. 

“I’m so thrilled to play in the digital space. The opportunities for a company like ours are limitless," says Azrouël. "Production happening right here in New York gives us vast opportunities of creating special items for online; and with localized access to our NY based headquarters and design atelier, and an incredible support team of creative partners collaborating to bring my vision to life, we are all very excited for the successes to come.”

Alana Zimmer for Yigal Azrouel

Alana Zimmer for Yigal Azrouel

Kelly Mittendorf for Cut25

Kelly Mittendorf for Cut25


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Link Buzz: App for Rating Ex-Boyfriends is Taking Off; Testino Releases Photos Documenting Peruvian Style

  • Image: Getty

    Image: Getty

    The ​Lulu app, which allows women to anonymously review men using Facebook Connect (yes, really), is taking off — its audience has grown 600% in the past six months. Very promising. Because the best way to get to know someone is to find out what others think of him. [NYTimes]
  • A handy how-to video guide for pronouncing designer names. [FabSugar]
  • Lupita Nyong'o from 12 Years a Slave is "blowing up the beauty world." [BellaSugar]
  • Inside J. Brand's Los Angeles denim factory. #MadeInTheUSYay [Fashionista]
  • Brownstone Brooklyn's independent retailers "aren't afraid of being replaced by J. Crew." [Racked]
  • Mario Testino has released new photos documenting traditional Peruvian style. [Fashionologie]

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Sneak Peek: French Connection’s S/S 14 Shoe Collection

We may not have even reached the thick of winter yet but we’re already having a sneaky peek at what some of our favorite retailers are offering in their stores next season, and we have to admit that we’re totally excited about French Connection’s S/S 14 shoe collection.

The new collection embraces a fresh feminine vibe with a color palette that strikes quite the contrast from soft nudes and peaches to bright neons. The softer hues adorn perfect summertime heeled sandals and flats that we can already picture accessorizing our cute summery dresses.

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Laser cut and scallop edge detailing transform what would otherwise be timeless pieces into on-trend party heels, whilst the forever classic monochrome colorway definitely makes a few of the heels stand out from the rest.

Embellishment comes in the form of studs that, rather than inject the heels with that typical edgy feel, add a touch of feminine elegance. And best news yet: the heeled mule is back in classic tan or black colorways.

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Expect a perfectly on-trend S/S 14 collection from French Connection with a splash of timeless pieces that will most definitely carry us through the seasons… especially those party heels!



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Another Cover for Cara Delevingne: Numero Tokyo January 2014



Here's another Cara Delevingne cover, the second we've come across this week: The British model appears on the front of Numero Tokyo's January/February 2014 Issue, photographed by S. Sanchez & M. Mongiello. Although her pose is a standard one — 'Model Having a Hard Time Wrapping Her Mind Around Something' — and there's hardly a Delevingne deficit in the world of fashion publishing, this cover still feels fresh. That's partly due to the effective styling, which is inventive and assured, and partly to Cara's facial expression: girl has range. [via Forums]


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Jennifer Lawrence vs Vogue Australia: Who Did Sheer Dior Better?


Images: Getty, Vogue Australia

Not one to let her new haircut court all the mixed opinions, Jennifer Lawrence stepped onto the arrivals carpet at the Hunger Games L.A. premiere wearing a totally see-through Dior Haute Couture gown that had the Twittersphere buggin’. Jennifer Lawrence fanatics, which total about 99% of the first world population, for the first time experienced a feeling that was not unconditional love towards the actress who once halted a red carpet to comfort a crying fan.

But it wasn’t just the fact her thighs were showing that had us looking twice. It’s also that it’s hard not to remember a completely see-through dress, and we’ve definitely seen this one before – on former model/socialite Erica Packer, for the cover of Vogue Australia’s November 2013 issue. Or was it Tatler’s November 2013 issue? Either way, the cover was pretty unremarkable considering the dress was worn the same NSFW way it was on the runway (i.e. with no swimsuit-like leotard to cover Packer’s top half).

Lawrence made an important adjustment to her dress, wearing a strapless bodysuit underneath it. Other than that, both women wore the same black patent belt that matched Lawrence’s Roger Vivier box clutch. In terms of bling, Packer added a string of pearls while the Hunger Games star had on some crystal wing-shaped earrings.

The dress is gorgeous, but something is a little off in both instances. Vogue Australia’s celebrity cover is a bit tabloidy for a high fashion publication, and we sometimes wish someone would get Lawrence tight with a ‘younger’ designer. We’d say Marc Jacobs, but with that haircut, we might then have some Miley Cyrus comparisons to deal with.

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