It goes without saying that Paul Hardy is one of the most successful fashion stars to come out of Calgary over the years. He’s running a multi-million dollar gambit and his clothing has been worn by the likes of Kate Hudson, Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Hudson. Hardy is a big deal, which is why it makes perfect sense for him to partner with the Calgary Stampede to create a western retail experience unlike any other.
Spawning the new retail concept, CS Mercantile Collection, Hardy has put together more than 1,000 new pieces, ranging from a custom-designed Wrangler baby line to sterling silver necklaces, vintage-inspired belt buckles, home décor and bold urban-western apparel. Drawing from his years of experience as a personal shopper for Holt Renfrew, he spent months pouring over archival photographs provided by the Stampede, before pulling strings and utilizing his personal contacts to secure some of the pieces. Really, he’s acting as the curator or creative director of the collection, if you will, painstakingly putting together pieces that preserve the Stampede’s tradition, yet providing a modern update.
“I expect many of these pieces will be included into one’s wardrobe year round," says Hardy on the Stampede's blog. "There is a deep appeal to those who embrace style regardless of age, regardless of where you work or play, regardless of where you live.”
Hardy ensured his choices balanced out the latest 21st Century retail trends with respect for the institution’s history. As he tells the Calgary Herald, some of his favourite pieces include “designer cowboy boots from Mexico, cheeky T-shirts from Los Angeles and pop-art paintings of historic First Nations chiefs by Calgarian Jane McCloy Pierce.” I think it’s also worth remembering that in 2012, Hardy designed a commemorative white hat for the 100th anniversary of the Stampede and the 50th anniversary of the white hat, making him no stranger to the boot-stomping, dirt-kicking, yee-hawing ways of the west.
The lineup launches online on July 2 and at three locations on the grounds in time for the 2014 Calgary Stampede — if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who get to go.
Images via CalgaryStampede.com
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The much-awaited Louis Vuitton Foundation, a new museum just outside Paris in Bois de Boulogne, is set to open its doors on October 27. The 126,000-square-foot building designed by Canadian architect Frank Ghery (who was recently tapped for Louis Vuitton's 'Icons and Iconoclasts' project) will house LVMH's corporate art collection, with space for 11 galleries and an auditorium for events and special performances. The building, which cost about $136 million to build, is supposed to resemble a glass cloud.
The Foundation is a testament to the luxury conglomerate's financial success over the years, though officially, the institute's purpose is to "encourage and promote contemporary artistic creation both in France and internationally,” rather than showcase the glory of LVMH. LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault has been very involved, telling WWD that “this a small payback to the public, and to our employees."
The very first exhibition will be quite close to the building's history: it is to be devoted to Ghery's architectural contribution to the Foundation. You'll be able to catch it for free at the institue for the first three days after its opening, as LVMH is inviting the public to reserve complimentary tickets to the museum.
“[The Foundation] will express the artistic, cultural and emotional values, as well as the art of living, promoted by Bernard Arnault and the LVMH Group," said LVMH advisor Jean-Paul Claverie. "But it is truly a charitable foundation, devoted to the public as a whole,” he notes. How might a multi million-dollar glass building you'll have to pay to get into be a gift to the public? Claverie says that LVMH has only a 55-year lease on the building, essentially making it a gift to Paris.
Joel Madden might be falling increasingly in love with our country after three consecutive seasons of The Voice Australia, but it's his better half, Nicole Richie, that we're all seriously girl-crushing on. Whether it's her impeccable style or ever-changing hair colour, the girl's got us hooked. ELLE Australia seems to think so too, choosing the House of Harlow designer to front its July 2014 issue in a circus-inspired shoot.
Shot by Justin Coit and styled by Nicole Bonython-Hines, the editorial took place in an L.A. circus scrap yard with Richie wearing dramatic head pieces and zebra-print frocks fit for your high-end carnival folk. It seems the clothes could come secondary to her tell-all interview though, with ELLE Australia hinting at what you will find should you buy the issue that hit stands today.
So if you've always wanted to know more about her 82-minute stint in jail or what her hubby thinks of her dad, Lionel Richie, then this might be the issue you want to fork out $8.50 for.
Australians have good reason to enjoy a designer's resort collection. It's delivered at the same time our warmer months kick in, and it's 10 times more likely to end up in our wardrobes. It's not like we needed any justification to fall madly in love with Zimmermann's
Ready-To-Wear Resort 2015 collection though, we reckon the dreamy holiday aesthetic is reason enough.
Although The Light Riot collection was inspired by nostalgic summer holidays in Bali, designer Nicky Zimmermann has cleverly managed to combine island living with the big smoke of the city into a truly gorgeous range. Crisp whites, burgundy, navy and a splash of metallics and captivating batik prints help translate the designs from poolside to city pavements.
The collection's eyelet embroidery was executed perfectly in true Zimmermann style, and with its use of spotted sheer panelling, risqué cut-out detailing and plunging necklines, the brand captures femininity and sex appeal all in one hit. The bohemian, flowing silhouettes and one-of-a-kind swimwear also get a big tick from us.
It's clear we'll all be wanting a piece of Zimmermann's top-notch Resort 2015 collection, but now the only thing left for us to do is patiently await its arrival in stores this October.
After Isabeli Fontana's disastrous June cover, Vogue Mexico is back on track with its latest installment. The magazine released the July 2014 cover via Twitter just before the weekend. Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge fronts the new issue, photographed by James Macari. The American model wears a top from Rag & Bone teamed with a pair of beige leather pants from Salvatore Ferragamo.
IMAGE CREDIT: TWITTER.COM/VOGUEMEXICO VIA TFS FORUMS
Even after getting a more simplistic cover, members of our forums aren't so convinced. "Dreadful! Who chose those pants for the cover? It looks imbalanced like her torso is very short," comments Urban Stylin.
After a comment regarding Isabeli's cover, Bertrando3 replied: "To me both covers look bad. This one we have a pair of pants that look huge, a top that looks messy (I mean her chest looks weird and the top could have been easily adjusted from her back to look nicer on the front), they mixed gold and silver and her face doesn't say anything to me. I'll give this cover a 4/10."
Discussion later shifted to the styling: "I loooove the pants, rings and bracelets, I haaaate the crop top and necklace," wrote GlamVal.
"Lily looks good here but can 't say the same for the styling," echoed justaguy.
Await the accompanying cover story inside the thread and join the discussion here.
Three years since her last Isabel Marant campaign, Gisele Bündchen returns as the face of the French fashion label's Fall 2014 collection. She replaces Daria Werbowy, who served as Marant's campaign girl prior to Gisele's return. The Brazilian model dons pieces from the latest collection, which features menswear-inspired items with casual tailoring and thick knit sweaters. Gisele embodies Parisian chic perfectly, while being photographed in both the studio and the outdoors.
IMAGE CREDIT: ISABELMARANT.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Forum members are delighted with the outcome. "This is flawless," comments Nepenthes.
GIVENCHYlover shared the same outlook and wrote, "So cool, great styling." Cool being a word often used to describe the Marant aesthetic.
ALAUU noticed a lack of over-airbrushing which is always refreshing: "Love the freckles. The campaign doesn't seem to make much sense just like last season, but Gisele looks great."
"I love every single shot (although they went overboard on the freckles), but I'm confused. Is this an outdoor campaign? Studio? Regardless can't wait to see more. Gisele is perfection," wrote Elfinkova.
Check out the thread for more images and share your opinion here.