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A Chat With Christian Louboutin at the Toronto Design Exchange

Shoes, shoes, shoes, did I get your attention ladies? What if I was to tell you that Christian Louboutin, the very mind and master behind the iconic red sole, was in Toronto this week to launch the North American debut of the highly anticipated Christian Louboutin retrospective at the Design Exchange, Toronto?

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

I attended a conference with the man himself, before being given a guided sneak peek at the collection, which if I had to describe in two words, I borrow from an aesthetically similar Baz Luhrmann film and call it: Spectacular, spectacular.

Talking about the inspiration behind his many, many creations, the stylishly dressed Louboutin (he wears a camel colour, piped blazer) simply says, "Women. Women themselves and life. What I was saying is that when I'm designing, there is a designer, there is a man, and there is a friend of women."

When asked if he has any special places "to find his muse" he adds, "When I'm designing summer shoes, I stay in my house in Egypt or travel to visit friends in Brazil. But when I'm designing for winter, I head to my cottage. If it's cold then that's great, but if not then I turn off the heating! I love working there, but I have difficulties working anywhere that I can see a garden. I love to garden."

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

Christian Louboutin, Designer Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

As an international jetsetter with not-so-humble abodes on virtually every continent, it therefore begs the question, why Toronto for the first North American Louboutin World exhibition? "It's such an international city and the Bata Shoe Museum shows a love for shoes."

Christian Louboutin at the Design Exchange, Toronto

Christian Louboutin at the Design Exchange, Toronto

Eloquent and articulate in the discussion, Louboutin shares an endearing anecdote about a woman who went to jail for stealing a pair of his coveted footwear: "When I heard about it, I wanted to send her a pair in jail! Nobody should go to those extremes, but it is flattering the passion that people show."

I can relate with that very jailbird. Touring the exhibit, the shoes were mouthwateringly decadent, adorned with feathers, jewels and lace. Alas, they were all glued down (obviously), but if you'd like to look and not touch, the exhibit will be at Canada's design museum, the Design Exchange from June 21 to September 15, 2013. You can find tickets on www.dx.org, but in the meantime fellow shoe lovers, await my next post where I'll be publishing some teaser photos of the retrospective…

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Catherine McNeil is a Tattooed Glamazon from Space for H&M’s Summer Magazine

Every time Catherine McNeil reenters the frame of a camera, it’s labeled a comeback, if only because every time she does so is better than the last time. This time she’s reinvented herself as a tattooed glamazon from space who crash-landed in a desert. A ballsy backstory cooked up by no less than high street behemoth H&M.

It’s a bold move for the British chain, who you’d think would have gone into safe mode after (deservedly) feeling the wrath of Beyoncé for reaching the retouching tools. Perhaps leaving Catherine’s tattoos fully in tact and on fully display is their take on damage control – either way, we’re not complaining.  

The new campaign is titled ‘Fantastic Voyage’, and mixed in amongst the space blankets are plenty of wearable pieces that you might more readily associate with H&M. With this and a Dior eyewear campaign both done and dusted, we foresee a lot more ‘comebacks’ heading her way.   

For proof the campaign is all Catherine and minimal airbrush too, watch the behind the scenes video of H&M's shoot below.

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Images: Fashion Gone Rogue

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Daria Werbowy Covers Vogue Spain’s July 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)

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Patrick Demarchelier photographed Daria Werbowy for Vogue Spain’s July 2013 cover and not one, but two editorials within the issue. And we in the forums (for the most part) are so glad to see her. One of those supermodels who supposedly hates modeling, we don’t get graced with Daria’s presence as much as we all would hope. But here she is. Looking her tousled, beachy best for this summer issue.

“Like the pose and Daria's expression! The overall composition is actually really cool,” justaguy commented.

“Gorgeous! That stare!” MON exclaimed upon viewing the cover. And oh (not to belabor a point), how we’ve missed it.

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Several forum members called out the odd leather-jacket-on-the-beach styling, but shouldn’t we all be accustomed to things that don’t make sense in the pages of our fashion mags at this point? In the end, the somewhat off styling didn’t really matter. “I do find the leather jacket on the beach to be strange, but her face and hair look gorgeous,” ALAUU admitted.

Creative had a stronger reaction to the iffy styling. “Belén Antolín is the worst stylist I've ever known,” he declared. “Her fascination with Vogue Paris makes her want to copy whatever she sees in the French magazine, but through her filter everything looks one million times worse. Her styling is so bad that it ‘affects’ me even physically,” he laughed.

Styling aside, I’m glad Daria took time off from her non-modeling adventures to humor us all with a few photos. I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next appearance. No matter what she’s wearing.

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All images via Vogue Spain.

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Man Detained for Threatening to Kill Miranda Kerr

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Image Credit: Wenn.com

Australian top model Miranda Kerr seems to be a having a turbulent year so far. The ever cheerful Kerr already made headlines this year after losing her two major contracts with Victoria’s Secret and David Jones, which was followed by reports about her supposedly being “difficult.” But Kerr will most likely be even more stressed out by the news that surfaced yesterday about a crazy man having been detained for threatening to kill her. According to CapeCodOnline, 52-year-old Steven C. Swanson from Cape Cod in Massachusetts called the Los Angeles County sheriff's department to announce his plans to fly to LA to kill Kerr, whom he calls his “soul-mate.” He informed the department that he intended to take two handguns with him and “rescue her.” He also threatened to "turn the place upside down." Swanson’s home is said to be plastered with pictures of Kerr. Diagnosed by a doctor with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Swanson pleaded not guilty following his arrest. Swanson is due back in court July 19 for a second hearing. 

It is very scary to think what could have happened had Swanson not called the sheriff's department himself. It is good to know Kerr is safe and Swanson did not get anywhere near her or her 2-year-old son, Flynn. After this concerning news, we hope the former Victoria's Secret Angel will provide us with more positive news to report about soon!

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Link Buzz: This Whole Dolce & Gabbana Tax Evasion Thing is Confusing; Rachel Zoe May Be Pregnant

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    Image via IMAXtree

    I think we can all agree that the will-they-or-won’t-they-go-to-jail aspect of this Dolce & Gabbana tax evasion case is pretty confusing. Maybe this will help shed some light? [The Cut]
     
  • The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini passed away on Wednesday at age 51. Here’s how we should remember him. [Vulture]
     
  • In happier news, Rachel Zoe is reportedly preggo! Could it be a girl this time? [Fashionologie]
     
  • Karl Lagerfeld has officially been turned into a video game character. It was only a matter of time. [Fashionista]
     
  • Also only a matter of time? Tom Ford's launching of a Men’s grooming line. All you men out there are going to look so handsome. [WWD]
     
  • Had a few too many last night? (We've all been there.) Here’s a way to wipe that hangover off your face. [She Finds]

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There’s a Whole Lot of Hair and Denim in the New GUESS? Campaign

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GUESS? has released its new campaign for the Fall/Winter 2013 season, starring models Gigi Hadid, Natasha Barnard, Megan Williams, Kate Bock, Gui Fedrizzi and Jacey Elthalion. Shot by Raphael Mazzucco in Joshua Tree, California, the images show the denim-clad models looking cool and badass while posing on motorbikes and hanging out in the desert, and most likely also provoking major hair envy. Under the creative direction of Paul Marciano, GUESS? continues to stay true to its youthful, laid-back and sexy signature style while adding an array of vintage Americana influences. The campaign features several strong denim on denim looks, overalls, jumpsuits, moto styles and jeans in various shades of indigo.

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The images actually remind me of my favorite GUESS? campaign series with model Megan Ewing from the early 00s. And although we have seen GUESS? successfully venture into doing more glammed up celebrity campaigns and trying other concepts multiple times, this campaign shows what may currently work best for the brand. With a convincing model cast and just the right mood for the transition from Summer to Fall, this campaign has a wonderful vibe to it that sets it apart from other commercial fashion brands campaigns.

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