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Debenhams’ Latest Designer Collaboration

The department store, Debenhams has been a firm fixture on the British high-street for what seems like forever. It’s true that at a point, it did develop quite the reputation for frumpy fashion offerings, but over the years, they’ve managed to successfully revamp their ranges, and become a sought-after fashion destination amongst the younger generations once again. This attraction is also heightened by the fact that they offer exclusive designer collaborations at a reasonable high-street price, which even includes a fab Henry Holland collection.

Ossie Clark Joins Debenhams

The latest designer to jump on board the Debenhams’ ship is none other than Ossie Clark, a label that was the dernier cri during the Sixties and Seventies, with regular customers including Elizabeth Taylor and Twiggy. The new Debenhams range will feature pieces inspired by the designer, as well as some limited-edition unreleased vintage pieces that have been fittingly remastered for 2013.  In fact, it was Alison Mansell Ltd. who most recently won the Ossie label, and chose to appoint Nicholas Georgiou (a Central Saint Martins graduate) as its creative director, who will also oversee the Debenhams range. It doesn’t officially launch until Spring 2013 and will only be available in a select number of stores and online in February.

More About the Label

After the much publicized murder of designer Ossie Clark in 1996, his label was bought and relaunched by Marc Worth under the creative control of Avsh Alom Gur, and shown at London Fashion Week (above), but it was unfortunately poorly received due to the fact that Ossie Clark fans believed that it didn’t stay true to the brand’s heritage. Let’s hope that this time things are significantly different, bearing in mind that it’ll feature remastered vintage pieces, we’re pretty sure that new launch should incorporate Clark’s most sought-after signatures. 

Images: Daniel Deme / WENN

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Theory and Uniqlo Partner Up to Make Chic and Affordable Puffy Coats (Forum Buzz)

Theory x Uniqlo - T DownMen, women, kids and babies rejoice! Theory and Uniqlo have collaborated to produce a capsule collection of puffy down jackets and vests called T Down. Both brands are owned by Japan’s Fast Retailing, which had to have helped this collaboration go smoothly. Theory was responsible for the design, while Uniqlo took care of the manufacturing, which helped keep costs low. Prices start at $99 for a baby jacket, and top out at $129-$149 for adult jackets, making these slim cut coats some of the chicest affordable puffers around.

“This is so random, even if they're owned by the same corporation,” Psylocke posted. “But I do actually like the black and white and the grey jacket; those are really cool and interesting for down jackets,” she admitted. 

We’ve only got images of the women’s styles thus far, but look out for the entire collection in Theory and Uniqlo stores, and on Theory.com come November 15.

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Images: style.com and fashionista.com

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Joanna Coles Asks: What’s the Sexiest Body Part?

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Cosmopolitan Magazine's New Editor-in-Chief Lays Out Ambitious Agenda:

"'We sat down and we talked for two hours about what we thought is sexy now. Is it cleavage? Is it legs? Is it all of it together?'” she said. They’ve not yet arrived at a conclusion.

- WWD 

That does not sound like a very sexy conversation. 

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Tyra Banks is On ARISE (Forum Buzz)

Tyra Banks on ARISE Issue 17

Tyra Banks is on the most recent issue of ARISE, Africa’s Global Style & Culture Magazine, getting “Down to Business” and looking subtly fierce as only she can. Tyra was photographed in New York by Seiji Fujimori and styled by Ty-ron Mayes and Sabrina Henry. She chatted with the magazine about her awkward teenage years, making it as a black model in an industry dominated by white women, and more.

“WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORK!” Bertrando3 posted (is anyone else now hearing echoes of Ru Paul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)" in their head?). He continued, “But I have to say that they made her look like Beyoncé. She looks fierce, that's obvious but the hairstyle and pose made me feel that she looked more like a performer than herself here. I'll buy this without a doubt.”

Tyra Banks in ARISE Issue 17

“She does look like Beyoncé in ‘Single Ladies,’” TeeVanity agreed. But it’s not like that’s a bad thing, right?

Even IsabelMarantBoy, who is not a Tyra fan, begrudgingly praised the cover. “I really don't want to like it because it's Tyra (cause she kinda scares me) but I can't help but like it,” he confessed. “She just looks cool and not like she's trying to be corny and smiley like I was expecting when I saw her name on the thread.”

Tyra’s not the only worthwhile reason to pick up this issue of ARISE. The magazine put together their first-ever ARISE 100 list of “100 amazing women who are changing the face of Africa in business, sport, fashion, politics and activism. From model/campaigner Waris Dirie to courageous journalist Serkalem Fasil, and South African actress Charlize Theron to Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the ICC, each and every one is doing their bit to change perceptions in and of Africa through their tireless and inspiring work.” If they aren’t more role model-worthy in the Girl Power department than anyone since the Spice Girls popularized the term, I don’t know who is.

Images: Arise Magazine

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The Boys of One Direction Cover Teen Vogue Because Oy Vey

The boys of One Direction (please don't make me list all their names!) are all over the December/January issue of Teen Vogue because many people find them desirable. Look at how Harry bites his lip! It almost makes up for the fact that he's like, 4'7"*.

Sorry! Just keep forgetting that these over-Photoshopped seventh grade gremlins are actual real people. To be honest, I don't know anything about them (please don't make me look it up!) but when I was in Junior High I was really into Hanson and, to a lesser extent, the Backstreet Boys, and I 1) think crushing on boy bands is a rite of passage 2) wish some aspects of it could be carried over into adulthood, because the noncompetitive communal crush is the best possible version of romantic longing.

So in conclusion, I think there should be boy bands for grown-ups, but they should be better looking, smarter, more interesting, more talented, and taller than the boys that make up One Direction. Um, and they should be available. And all of them should be in love with me. 

Images via Fashin


*It's been brought to my attention that Harry is actually a respectable 5'10" and not really in 7th grade.

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Gaspard Ulliel Will Play Yves Saint Laurent in a New Biopic (Forum Buzz)

Gaspard UllielFrench actor Gaspard Ulliel is no stranger to the fashion world. He’s currently the face of Bleu de Chanel, Chanel’s male fragrance, and has appeared alongside Kate Moss in a Longchamp ad campaign, but now he’s set to take on another fashion-related role. Ulliel has been cast as the iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent in a new biopic that’s set to be directed by Bertrand Bonello. Bonello cowrote the film with Thomas Bidegain, and filming is set to start next spring. The film, which will be in French, will focus on Saint Laurent’s success in the 60s and 70s. Forum members are looking forward to seeing Ulliel at the helm.

“Oh, Gaspard,” MulletProof sighed. “He used to be so handsome and charming until he realized he looked handsome and charming. I feel like the role would've worked at the time he started, when he looked shy in that Yves Saint Laurent way. Looking forward to this film anyway, Yves led such an interesting life. He truly lucked out in the time/generation department,” she added.

Les_Sucettes posted, “Great choice. Gaspard is a good actor. And contrary to popular opinion I think he looks way more interesting now.”

“He is a great choice,” heelscatchfire agreed. “I have always been a fan. I agree with MulletProof, I wish he was still shy, but I will always think he looks good!”

Ulliel is probably most recognizable for playing a young Hannibal Lecter in the 2007 film Hannibal Rising, but I would recommend watching him in 2004’s A Very Long Engagement with Audrey Tatou, so you can see the old Gaspard that forum members love so much. If you have a heart it will probably make you fall in love with him a little bit. Also, just watch it because I’m telling you it’s really good. I swear.

Image: getty

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