Australian brand Bless'ed Are The Meek has caught on to the need for wardrobe staples and created its very own basics collection dubbed B.C (an acronym for Basics Collection). But before you start writing the range off as just another plain-old T-shirts and tights range, the label's designer, Tarek Kourhani, wants us to know this B.C is not your standard basic offering.
"The concept is not about creating another basics range, but to provide a base collection that can be easily integrated with the Bless'ed Are The Meek main line," Kourhani explains. "There are no jeans or denim jackets, just modern, polished, on-trend shapes that work for everybody, every day.”
By making use of the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic so prevalent in Scandinavian design, Bless'ed Are The Meek taps into luxurious fabrics like high-twist crepe, 80s count cotton poplin, superfine voile, modal jersey, double-faced sateen and extra-soft lambskin. Think a monochromatic palette with pops of orange worked onto flattering shapes like boxy shifts, midi dresses, tailored crops and slouchy shirts.
Not only can these pieces, ranging from $79.95 to $349.95, seamlessly slot into your wardrobe among your existing goodies, they also speak volumes all on their own. We're predicting B.C will be a big hit for an effortless office getup. Extra points are given as you don't need to drop home for an outfit change before social affairs. The range will be available to buy online in August.
Prabal Gurung is collaborating with M.A.C on a holiday collection…but (boo!) you'll have to wait till November to get it. [Popsugar Beauty]
Anna Wintour's got a new daughter-in-law; her son, Charlie Shaffer, wed fashion executive Elizabeth Cordry this weekend. [Page Six]
These were the best-dressed ladies at Men's Fashion Week. [Popsugar Fashion]
Those railing against Zendaya Coleman being cast as Aaliyah in a Lifetime biopic that now might not even get made will be happy to hear that the teen star has backed out of the role. [Celebbuzz]
Why beauty brands need to start cashing in on the all-natural trend. [Fashionista]
A bunch of teenagers sat front row at the Saint Laurent men's show this weekend. [WWD]
Just when we thought Lupita Nyong'o couldn't be a better candidate for our imaginary BFF, we find out that she can also braid hair. Really, really well. [Vogue]
These app developers are hoping to create an emoji-only social network. [Cosmopolitan]
Models 1 has announced the winner of its competition, in association with online store ASOS, to find the next curvy UK supermodel. And the lucky girl is the beautiful 20-year-old Lauren Punter.
image: Models 1
The modelling agency was looking for women between 17 and 28 who wore a dress size of 18 or more, asking women to post a picture of themselves on Instagram with #MakeMeACurveModel as the entry handle. Lauren was among thousands of entries that not only opened up the modelling market to a wider audience, but also created a hub of truly inspiring self-promotion and expression, celebrating the entrants' incredible curves.
It's encouraging that Models 1 launched a competition like this to break down some of the stereotypes in the fashion industry today: "The prospect of walking into a model agency can be daunting and Models 1 wanted to open their doors to a wider audience by utilising the power of social media and assuaging those initial nerves. We believe that beauty comes in different sizes."
The prize itself is a highly-coveted contract with Models 1’s plus-size division Curve, as well as a chance to model for ASOS’s Curve collection with £500 of vouchers to spend on the site.
Speaking to Vogue UK today, Lauren said, "I am still in shock, I entered the competition on the final day and I have never done anything like this or entered a competition like this before. I feel so proud and grateful to be representing plus-size models and women alike. Growing up it wasn't cool to be curvy, and the brands around at that time weren't cool either, but now thankfully times are changing." Indeed.
No, you're not looking at a Saint Laurent ad with incorrect branding. These are the images from Miu Miu's Fall 2014/2015 campaign, lensed by Steven Meisel. The label tapped Nymphomaniac actress Stacy Martin to front this latest set of black-and-white ads.
Image: Miu Miu
Our forum members were pretty divided on the images.
"A bit too much like the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2013 campaign, not very original," wrote an unimpressed Nymphaea.
"Beyond insipid and even pointless. I have the impression I saw nothing. Plus, this concept has been done a million times and much better than this," Creative said.
And it seems 'insipid' was the vibe many others were getting, too: "[This collection] had such beautiful colours, it's a shame they shot it in black-and-white. Such an insipid campaign. What a shame," lamented Thefrenchy.
But a few people seem to dig the black-and-white images, or at the very least, appreciate the label's artistic direction for the campaign. "I do like it," gazebo said, "The colors were amazing so I would love to see them, but I get why she chose black-and-white, it's less obvious."
Elfinkova was also feeling the images: "I have loved Stacey Martin since I saw her in Nymphomaniac. She has a strange, delicate beauty that is perfect for Miu Miu. On the campaign itself, I think it's perfect. She reminds me a lot of Natalie Wood in these shots, especially the first. Very Mod."
Thoughts on Miu Miu's latest? Add your two cents to the discussion in our forums.
Image: Just Cavalli
Just Cavalli's latest fragrance ads are causing a stir in the Sufi Muslim community, which says that the brand has "desecrated" and "cheapen[ed]" their holy symbol for Allah. Protestors took to the streets on Saturday in Chicago to protest the offensive images.
The ads picture a topless Georgia May Jagger straddling a shirtless male model, with an H-symbol tattooed on her neck. It is this logo that Sufis have taken offense to being used in a commercial (and sexual) capacity, launching a petition in the U.K. currently over 3,000 signatures strong, as well as protests in Germany, California, Texas and London. It's difficult not to see the similarities between the two characters–Cavalli's is turned on its side and slightly less ornamental than the "Allah" symbol, which usually appears vertical. However, protestors say that the meaning does not change, no matter how it is positioned. “It still spells out ‘God.’ When he’s using it tattooed on naked models… he’s literally saying this is a sign of sin and it represents lust," demonstrator Nasim Bahadorani told The Independent.
Cavalli's people said they did not use the sacred symbol as a point of reference. The M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School of Sufism brought an infringement case against the Italian label to the European Union trademark commission, saying the logo violates their trademark on the Sufi character in question. The courts, however, were not convinced and ruled in Cavalli's favor.
But as far as the Sufis are concerned, justice has not been served. Demonstrator Saleh Ziabari sums it all up: "He’s basically stealing an identity, a religious identity, and doing this."
[via Chicago Tribune]
Making a glamorous return since her last Max Mara campaign back in 1999, Carolyn Murphy serves as the face of the brand's Fall 2014 ad campaign. Mario Sorrenti photographs the American model against a subtle gray backdrop for the new ads, which are already surfacing in various publications. Carolyn lets the clothes do the talking with her hair slicked over as she showcases the Italian brand's signature pieces of the new season, from thick chunky outerwear to ladylike leather handbags, scarves and sunglasses.
IMAGE CREDIT: DIGITAL EDITION OF HARPERS BAZAAR HONG KONG JULY 2014 VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of our forums have mixed reactions toward the campaign. "YES! I love this with all of my heart! Carolyn shows so much confidence and looks mature but with a hint of sexiness. A lot better than [the] last campaign," comments bluestar.
"Carolyn back for Max Mara! I still love her campaign for the brand in the late 90s/early 00s!" wrote Starry.
The same positive opinion was shared by justaguy: "Love this! The layout, styling and Carolyn looks great!"
Not everyone was in such high spirits, though. "Something's wrong, perhaps the background?" questioned GIVENCHYlover.
"I generally like Max Mara campaigns and I adore Carolyn, but I wish her hair was down here. It's a bit meh like this," debated Srdjan.
Nymphaea seemed disinterested and wrote, "Feels very one dimensional, but I didn't expect better from Max Mara."
The full campaign has been posted within the thread. Check the images out and join the discussion here.