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ASOS Bags Markus Lupfer for Its Latest Collaboration

ASOS has done it again – and by this we mean that they’ve only gone and bagged yet another hot collaboration with none other than fashion designer Markus Lupfer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with London-based Lupfer’s work (those of you who have been residing on Mars perhaps), he started his career upon graduating from London’s University of Westminster in 1997 when his final year collection was instantly bought by the London boutique Koh Samui. He went on to regularly showcase at London Fashion Week, aided by his British Fashion Council New Generation win, and with awards such as Designer of the Year, and his appointment as Design Director for Spanish fashion house Armand Basi, the rest his fashion history.

Markus Lupfer for ASOS

Lupfer is known for artful takes on everyday basics, and perhaps this is the reason why ASOS has appointed him as a guest designer for its latest capsule leather collection. Expect hot skaters and jackets in a colour palette ranging from black and navy to orange. The best bit is that although the capsule collection is high fashion designed, it’s not high fashion priced. So, these edgy pieces are set to make the perfect pre-Christmas treat without breaking the bank.

A High-Street Favourite

This isn’t the first high-street chain that Lupfer has been associated with, as he’s also previously created a womenswear range for Whistles, as well as a childrenswear range for Debenhams. His current ASOS collection will, however, feel a lot more high fashion than his previous high-street collabs, simply due to the fact that it's leather based, which always makes for a lovely luxury feel. 

Images: WENN 

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Meet Your New CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner: Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman

Last night, Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman was awarded the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which pairs him with a business mentor and includes a cash prize of $300,000.

Runners-up Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Tabitha Simmons will also get the gift of mentorship, as well as $100,000.

Chait makes the kind of high-quality knitwear that's almost unbearably appealing, like a kitten — one would use words like "chunky," "cashmere," and "cozy" to describe it, so you can see how his beard is really brand-consistent. Cuddliness should always be recognized and rewarded.

The Elder Statesman is based out of LA, carried by Barneys, and really hipster-y, which isn't unusual for a Fashion Fund-recognized brand. 

Joseph Altuzarra, Billy Reid, Sophie Theallet, Alexander Wang, Rogan, Doo.Ri, Trovata, and Proenza Schouler were all previous winners of the prize, maybe the most effective launching pad for young American designers today.

Image via Getty 

[via WWD]

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Toni Garrn Looks Weird on the Cover of Vogue Germany’s December Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Germany Dec 2012 - Toni Garrn

I think most of us can agree that Toni Garrn is a beautiful woman. But, she just did not bring it for the cover of Vogue Germany’s December issue. Somehow the picture she teased us with on Twitter back in October is more dynamic than the final cover shot. Her “dead eyes” or “droopy eyes” as forum members seem so fond of calling them, and her dull facial expression kind of ruin the shot and draw all the attention away from her frou frou Alexander McQueen dress.

“I feel like she makes every picture she's in a carbon copy of everything else she's been in,” Psylocke lamented. “The concept itself is nice for the festive season and it would probably have looked okay with someone more expressive.”

Jelavender posted, “The green masthead is a bit random. The model looks lifeless. There is nothing about this cover that screams 'Christmas mood.'”

“Yeah, this cover might have been a lot better if she was a bit more excited looking. I am not convinced,” TREVOFASHIONISTO commented.

First American Vogue, and now German Vogue. What’s with the sad and droopy December covers this year?! If ever there's a time for a smile or a glimmer of excitement in a model's facial expression, it's now.

Image: vogue.de

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Taylor Swift Hates Wearing the Figurative Pants

My love/hate relationship with Taylor Swift is in the "hate" stage right now. The pop star covered the December/January issue of Harper's Bazaar, and the accompanying profile is a disaster. Since the piece opens in a delightfully hackneyed way — "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Taylor Swift loves dresses." — we can't hold the pop star solely accountable for all the mess that follows.

But still, Swift's words are her own, and the parts of the profile that really grate are the ones that let Taylor speak for herself.

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter may love wearing literal dresses (especially vintage frocks that make her feel like a "50s housewife" because she knows what 50s housewives felt like and take her word for it: they felt so, so good), but she cannot stand wearing figurative pants. 

"It needs to be equal. If I feel too much like I'm wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up … It's wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with." 

Wait, that doesn't annoy me at all now that I actually read it. Have you ever tried making a decision? It's the worst. Yesterday I had to decide where to go for dinner and it nearly killed me. In fact, even President Obama refuses to make decisions about what he eats or wears, to preserve his decision-making capacities for things like running the country and not getting us into another war.

Listen, Taylor Swift *does* have a high-pressure life. She even has her own pair of branded Keds! Stop asking so much of her, like to wear relationship pants. She's just a girl.  

Wait, I promised to use this post as an opportunity to hate on her, but instead this is nothing short of a love fest. I reserve the right to change my mind, just like I reserve the right to wear my denim jacket even though I haven't washed it in a really long time. 

Image via Harper's Bazaar

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Marc Jacobs’ Implied Masturbation Sunglasses Ad is One of the Reasons I Hate Everything

I think that even when I was in 7th grade, the boys in my class had a better-developed sense of crude humor than the embarassing nudge-nudging on display in Marc Jacobs' latest sunglasses ad. 

Duh, of course that dude isn't masturbating in the middle of a city park, and even if he were, why would that compel anyone to buy the sunglasses he's wearing? Marc Jacobs does realize that people normally walk fast in the opposite direction when they see solitary men masturbating in public parks, or public spaces of any kind? I would rather come across a public defecator than a public masturbator, I think. 

[h/t Racked]

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Gap is Feeling the Love this Holiday Season (Forum Buzz)

Gap Holiday 2012

The Gap is really feeling the love for their Holiday 2012 ad campaign. “Love comes in every shade,” they declare, and do their best to exemplify that with ads showing people expressing the kind of love they have for each other. All while wearing holiday duds from the Gap, of course.

Gap Holiday 2012
Actress Diana Garcia And Musician Greg Rogove: In Love
      Gap Holiday 2012
Director Gia Coppola And Actress Nathalie Love: Best Friend Love

“This is quite harmonious, not bad,” ChristyLeReveur noted.

“I've always loved these Gap ads. So sweet,” ALAUU commented.

Abadonna called the campaign “so emotional and colorful, fantastic.”

Gap Holiday 2012
Actor Jack Huston And His Dog Orso: Puppy Love 

Gap Holiday 2012
Michael J. Fox And His Wife Tracy Pollan: True Love 

The fact that the ads portray relationships between real people (for the most part – the New Normal cast pic may be the odd man out here), really adds to the impact of the images. Forum members were particularly drawn to the ad featuring rapper Nas and his father, blues musician Olu Dara. It’s nice to know that we’re not looking at pictures of models faking it for the camera, for once.

Gap Holiday 2012
Musician Rufus Wainwright And Artistic Director Jörn Weisbrodt: Married Love

Gap Holiday 2012
The Atomics: Sibling Love

Gap Holiday 2012
'The New Normal' Cast: Modern Love       

Gap Holiday 2012
Rapper Nas And His Father, Blues Musician Olu Dara: Fatherly Love 

Even if you don’t yet feel like the best way to express your love is by dressing up everyone on your Christmas list in Gap clothing, the ads are nice to look at.

 

Images: Gap

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