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We’re big fans of designer Roksanda Ilincic’s work, especially her signature colorblocking that’s often the outfit of choice amongst British fashion ambassadors such as Samantha Cameron. Well, technically, colorblocking may not be Roksanda’s signature but you have to admit that she does do it so often and so well!
We’re excited to spread the news that this Central Saint Martins graduate is finally set to open a boutique, and has opted for the lucrative London Mayfair district as her location of choice. It’s aiming to open around the beginning of 2014, but in the meantime, there's no standard boarded up storefront with a "coming soon" sign; Ilincic has teamed up with designer Gary Card to transform the building site into an art installation complete with several of Ilincic’s designs.
So, now we’re wondering which exclusive London based boutique will open first, Ilincic's or Victoria Beckham’s?
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“For those who aren't Australian, the cover model is Erica Packer, wife of James Packer. The Packers are certainly one of Australia's great dynastic families,” explained tFS forum member AL92 about the cover of Vogue Australia’s November 2013 issue, which was shot by Steven Chee and styled by Christine Centenera. He further added, “This [a bit of a] coup for Australian Vogue since James and Erica have just announced they are divorcing. This was shot in July, so well before the split. She's in Dior…I think the shoot is pretty much featuring all Dior since she's a client. I like this cover (subscriber's?), especially given it is a celebrity cover.”
Maybe this provided information influenced the opinion of other forum members on this cover? The majority of people who commented were not excited by the fact that Vogue Australia went for such a tabloid-y direction in its latest issue.
Jeffandtheworld was hoping this was not the actual cover and commented, “Maybe a supplement? Could be a Hello! magazine if that is a real cover.”
“It's boring and looks like a Tatler or Hola cover indeed,” agreed Bertrando3.
“Indeed, very Tatler and extremely bland — so yeah, very Tatler,” wrote vogue28.
And YoninahAliza analyzed, “I think the cover looks nice, I like the way she's styled and the outdoors shot. Though I think it's a bit funny that they chose someone whose story seems like it's tabloid worthy. I wonder if they were going to use these pictures for a story on the inside and then when the divorce was announced they decided to capitalize on it? Certainly seems like it.”
Although Erica Packer is wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture on the cover and the shot itself is quite nice, this does not feel like a cover of a high fashion magazine and it is an extremely unremarkable cover for any edition of Vogue.
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Numéro China has proven to be one of the strongest fashion publications in recent months by consistently delivering impressive covers and editorials. For this month’s cover, German model Toni Garrn posed in front of photographer Txema Yeste’s lens for an image that beautifully represents this Haute Couture themed issue. The outcome is gorgeous, to say the least, and was met with a lot of praise on the tFS forums.
“Stunning cover, Toni blends very well with the rest of the cover. Kind of experimental mystical Indian vibe,” wrote Nymphaea.
And justaguy swooned, “Toni's innocence is what makes this cover really work. She almost acts like a backdrop which really complements the styling of the cover. Just beautiful!”
Forum members also discussed the model choice following MyNameIs's post, which said, “Interesting idea but terrible model choice. Don't get me wrong, Toni looks beautiful as usual, but she has no attitude in print and her facial expression is not strong enough to shine from all that noise going around her. What ends up happening is that she's completely overpowered and that tulle becomes the star of the cover. Not a good result.”
“This is gorgeous, I think it is the perfect model choice. I couldn't have imagined someone who is 'stronger' in print for a cover like this. (And that being said, I think Toni has improved a lot in the last couple of years.),” defended sore.
I couldn’t agree more with justaguy and sore who find Toni to be the perfect model for this concept. Toni, who’s probably best known for dating Leonardo Di Caprio and being a Victoria’s Secret model, is possibly used to having her modeling skills questioned, but with this cover being thoroughly flawless in my eyes, I have very little reason to do this here at this point.
The love-hate relationship between Toronto and its mayor is legendary. There’s none other like it in the world and, while Rob Ford is regularly blasted in the news (read: The Star) for his indiscretions (read: smoking crack), we still find something endearingly comical about him, something that makes brands want to capitalize on his bad reputation for a good cause. Kind of like what new startup RYB Denim is doing.
Homegrown designers Chandel Bodner and Modrobes founder Steven Sal Debus recently teamed up on a crowdsourcing project for locally made RYB Jeans, literally meaning “Ride Your Bike” jeans, which aim to enhance movement while cycling. Their newly designed pants stretch, breathe and have extra fabric in all the right places to prevent wear, while rising a little more above the derriere to prevent a builder’s butt crack scenario from going on. There’s even a lock holder, a key holder, pocket placement and reflective seam piping because these guys have thought of everything!
As of now, RYB Jeans are seeking funding on Indiegogo – like so many new brands do these days – but you’re probably wondering, where the heck does Rob Ford come into all of this? Well, according to Bodner and Debus, "Mayor Ford repeatedly talks about creating jobs and helping the local economy. If we succeed we'll potentially be creating hundreds of jobs in this city. We want the Mayor to know that supporting a cycling inspired company means more good jobs in this city. So if we meet our goal, we will personally fit and deliver the jeans to the Mayor." #robfordjeans
Seeing the Toronto mayor squeeze his cushy behind into a snug fitting pair of skinnies and cycling off into the sunset? Surely that’s reason enough to invest.
We’ve had the ‘Australian designers in New York’ conversation many times over the last few weeks. But Phoenix Keating makes it sounds like a fresh subject. The Sydney-based designer made his stateside debut at Chelsea’s Go Studios last week with Spring/Summer’s ‘Vaudevillian,' and it’s not difficult to see why he didn’t waste much time in the Australian market before shifting his gaze overseas. Keating’s designs are statement-making, slightly eccentric and not exactly in tune with the rest of the local market.
But in New York City — stomping ground of his most notorious early supporter, Lady Gaga – he might have found his home away from home. ‘Vaudevillian’ is a dramatic and ultra-modern collection that has all the power of its backstory and none of its convolutedness (to experience the full force of a Keating collection is to be treated to an inspiration rundown that borders on epic). The designer explains this season’s roots thusly:
‘In a future where time travel is reality, androids are sent back to the distant past, gathering information about the missteps of humanity to ensure a successful, progressive future for civilization. Our story surrounds one particular female android, sent back to the 1920s, gripped by confusion and emotion when she happens upon a pre-ordained Love whose discovery of her very own android nature sets into motion a cinematic, tragic turn of events leaving her human counterpart in crestfallen agony and forcing her into an Apocalyptic future, forever to endure without what could have been.’
Other unconventional inspiration worth mentioning is aircrafts. Structured tops, skirts and a bomber jacket are given a futuristic effect with patchworked silver leather and anchored with studs, making them resemble the wings of an airplane, and are married to panels of romantic chiffon. Other pieces using the same metallic fabric include a 1950s pointy brazier and a cinched-waist dress for the sexy android in all of us.
The softer, 1920s-inspired half of the collection takes its cues from Josephine Baker and the Vaudeville circuit. The studs and silhouettes (and another pointy bra) marry the two sides together, but here Keating introduces a traditional English plaid that he douses in bleach to a very cool effect. Ribbed finishes add a little wearability – not that that’s Keating’s mantra.
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