The NYFW map just got bigger: Alexander Wang is moving his show from Pier 54 in Manhattan to a Brooklyn venue. The eco-friendly new space, called Duggal Greenhouse, is located close to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [Fashionista]
Tim Gunn will reveal a "darker, more tempestuous side of his personality" on his new reality fashion design show. [Racked]
The Hayden Panettiere x Tom Ford off-the-rack Golden Globes gown scandal is giving me a headache. [DailyMail]
Miley Cyrus got a new bowl cut. Do you have an opinion on it yet? Hurry up, time's a-wasting. [BellaSugar]
Michelle Obama wouldn't rule out getting plastic surgery, which seems like a sensible position for anyone who's ever heard the saying "never say never." (The saying originates from a Justin Bieber song.) [HuffPoStyle]
- Who would you cast in a biopic about your life, if you were a famous designer? Personally, I would have to go with Bill Murray. [FabSugar]
Paula Reed has been announced at the new Creative Director of German luxury retailer MyTheresa, working with the store on its editorial content and global branding.
The Munich based fashion store opened its bricks and mortar store originally in 1987, subsequently launching the online site MyTheresa.com to bring its luxury fashion to the world. Stocking over 180 designers, the German store has a well-defined brand that will only continue to push boundaries under the direction of Paula Reed.
Founder Susanne Botschen said in a statement that “Paula’s extensive experience across many fields of fashion including retail, journalism, style direction and editorial will make her a great addition to the Mytheresa.com team.”
This position is welcome news after Paula left her last post at Harvey Nichols suddenly after a year in the position after allegedly breaking the company’s 10-year ‘no-fur policy’. Previously, she held the title of style director at Grazia magazine in the UK. Speaking to Business of Fashion, Paula sounded very excited about the new opportunity:
"My first role is kind of as an agitator a bit — to suggest things they haven’t even thought of before, things that come very naturally to me as somebody with magazine experience: ways of presenting things, ways of introducing designers, and ways of actually introducing customers to newness; ways of supporting partners we do business with through events and editorial projects, ways of supporting new brands that we’re bringing on. They are seeing massive success in taking merchandise personally to the customer and introducing designers and exciting players in the industry directly,”
With such a strong brand to work with, the scope for opportunity and expansion is certainly there and we look forward to seeing the results of this new partnership.
Ever since seeing Blake Lively swan across Manhattan in an array of beautiful blazers on Gossip Girl, I’ve been obsessed with Smythe jackets. The Toronto-based label is well worth an investment and no Canadian closet should be without its wear-anywhere blazer. Of course, the brand is slowly starting to branch into other areas like pants and shirts, but still the Smythe original blazer remains a favourite piece for us peon peasants and celebrities alike — Kate Middleton, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway and Rachel McAdams are just some of those fans.
Now waking us from our winter slumber with the very thought of blazer weather – a rare phenomenon in T.O. – Smythe has recently released its Spring lookbook of board meeting basics, weekend debauchery and brunch time tailoring. It’s a mixed bag of versatility to say the least, but here are a few of my favourite looks.
The Spring watch military-style jacket in surplus grey is a perfectly casuas weekend piece to team over a maxi dress or with fitted jeans. I also adore the wrap skirt in desert print, here ideally matched with black ankle booties.
After a string of sartorial and award show victories, Australia’s unofficial figurehead has finally been dealt a harrowing blow – at the hands of Photoshop and Vogue Australia.
Cate Blanchett was shot by photographer Steven Chee for the magazine’s February 2014 cover. At least we’re told it’s Cate Blanchett. The forums aren’t entirely convinced it isn’t the equally phenomenal but much older Helen Mirren, leaving a little perplexed as to why Blanchett’s alabaster skin has been ravaged by a few too many trips to the digital sunbeds.
“This would have been nice and fresh but what the hell did they do to her face,” asks UrbanStyling of the weird tan she definitely doesn’t have in real life. “Oh my god, what did they do her skin and hair?!" adds commenter t-rex, while jmrmartinho thinks she looks sunburned.
We can’t help but agree with DelicateFlower that maybe Vogue Australia’s retouching team got their January and February briefs mixed up.
“Last month Jessica Hart looked like a ghoulish water creature, now they make Cate Blanchett look ordinary? Very disappointing run of covers. What’s happened to the creative flair that Vogue Aus USED to have, cover-wise anyway?”
The cover is getting slammed even harder over on the magazine’s Facebook page.
At least the clothing is beautiful, Blanchett was styled by Jillian Davison in a bronze suit from Gucci’s Resort 2014, which is perfect on the actress and against the ocean background. The accompanying editorial is equally great.
Let this be a lesson not to mess with Australia’s spirit animal.
The annual G’Day USA Gala, a kitschy intersection of Hollywood and clichéd Australiana, took place at Los Angeles’ JW Marriott Hotel over the weekend.
Commemorating the work of our shiniest stars, the 11-year-old event was just one of many held the weekend before the Golden Globes. As such, you wouldn’t be blamed for not following the wine and prawn-fuelled stream of “shrimp on the Barbie” jokes, polite banter, and Geoffrey Rush giving lessons on the perfect twangy pronunciation of “G’Day USA.” But the red carpet looks are definitely worth a refresher.
Already on a high after taking out the best international lead actress AACTA award for Blue Jasmine, Australia’s silver screen darling Cate Blanchett absolutely killed it in a look from Prabal Gurung’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. From afar it looks like a belted dress, but is actually a strapless satin gown with a beaded embroidery bodice, worn with a matching crop top.
The combination of hem length and its wearer appearing 11 feet tall suggests Cate might have styled the look with a pair of Helen Mirren’s stripper heels, but she’s actually just wearing normal-height Christian Louboutin d’Orsay pumps. The earrings are blue sapphire clusters by Chopard.
Coming a close second in the sartorial stakes is borrowed-from-the-Brits Australian Naomi Watts. The equally ethereal actress wore an ice-blue dress from Marchesa’s Spring 2014 collection. It’s a daring look that skews boudoir, especially with the teased bed hair, but Watts pulls it off with ease. Bonus points for the blood red clutch and matching-but-not lipstick.
Vogue Russia sure loves its blonde, native models. After Daria Strokous (November), Maryna Linchuk (December) and Sasha Luss (January), we have yet another blonde Russian model on the cover of the February 2014 issue. Anna Selezneva's third cover for this edition of Vogue shows the model wearing a Spring 2014 Tom Ford mosaic dress. The cover and editorial, which were photographed by Hans Feurer, got mixed reviews on the tFS forums.
“Anna <3 But meh, the pose is contrived. The eye makeup is too much in my opinion and that huge white text ruins it,” noted ash92.
“I really like her but this cover is annoying!” agreed KissMiss.
Other members disapproved strongly of the dress choice.
TREVOFASHIONISTO didn’t like the cover but enjoyed the editorial. He wrote, “Hans [Feurer] loves Anna and it’s so good to see her on a major Vogue cover. I’m not a fan of the pose and makeup but the editorial is great.”
See more editorials from this issue on the forums, generously shared by Stereo_Flo: Vogue Russia February 2014