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CFDA and Target Present the 2014 Fashion Incubator Digital Showcase


A look from Kaelen. Image: Daisy Johnson

This week, the CFDA’s new crop of designers for its annual Fashion Incubator showed their collections. A total of 10 lucky up-and-coming designers showed their wares for next season in a digital showcase you can see online, sponsored by Target.

“The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy,” Steven Kolb, CFDA CEO said in a press release. “Target’s on-going support of our CFDA Fashion Incubator program and the Digital Showcase perfectly supports our efforts to promote American design talent internationally.”

Designers include A Peace Treaty, Misha Nonoo, DezsoIsa Tapia, Katie Ermilio,  Kaelen, Kara, Orley, Lucio Castro and Nomia. You can check out each of their showcases at In each video, we are introduced to the designer and taken behind-the-scenes into their studios to get a peek at their sketches and their collections being put together. Also included are images and lookbooks of their offerings. 



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Kiehl’s Raises Money for the Simple Plan Foundation

UFC_Jar_KiehlsRockForKidsIf you’ve ever wanted to marry your love for rock ‘n’ roll and shopping with supporting kids in need, this is your weekend. For every Kiehl’s product purchased from September 12 through 14, $1 will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation, an organization founded by the eponymous Canadian rock band to support children and youth in need.

Kiehl’s stores across Canada will feature Simple Plan’s top 10 products to connect customers to the band and the initiative, including a limited-edition Ultra Facial Cream whose full proceeds will be donated to the charity.

In addition, on September 13, select Kiehl’s stores will be giving away tickets to a Simple Plan concert scheduled for September 19 at The Hoxton in Toronto. The Kiehl’s store locations participating in the giveaway include Toronto Queen Street, Yonge Street, Sherway Gardens Mall, Yorkdale Mall, Mapleview Mall, Upper Canada Mall and Square One Mall. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the live show because the beauty brand will donate $1 per share or stream of the concert. Together, Kiehl’s and Simple Plan hope to raise $40,000 for the initiative.    

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Is Peter Copping Joining Oscar de la Renta?

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Peter Copping may join Oscar de la Renta; Image: Getty

Oscar de la Renta may have found his successor. Insiders are whispering, according to WWD, that the designer is one step closer to poaching Nina Ricci’s creative director Peter Copping, who’s been eyed to take over the reigns since May.

But this isn’t the first time rumors circulated about a suitor for de la Renta’s label. In February 2013, de la Renta hired former Dior designer John Galliano for a three-week residency and insiders speculated that he was grooming the controversial designer to take over the helm. By April 2014, however, negotiations were called off. Some say talks halted over money; others speculate it was all about the design teamnamely, who Galliano intended to bring on board. 

At the end of the day, Peter Copping is a safer choice, and seen as a good match for the venerable brand. Prior to Ricci, where Copping has spent the last five years, the English-born creative interned for Christian Lacroix and worked as head of atelier at Louis Vuitton for 12 years, reporting to Marc Jacobs.

Neither camp has confirmed or denied the reports. Stay tuned as the story develops.


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What Happens When All Your Friends Are Models?

“I just so happen to have a group of friends who are all working successful models,” says fashion stylist, Sasha Benz. And after living a fabulous life surrounded by beautiful models for years, she’s decided to launch a website, All My Friends Are Models, which is wholly dedicated to the sometimes stereotyped souls.

She’s got an impressive support network on her side, including the likes of Catherine McNeil, Cheyenne Tozzi, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lara Bingle to name a few. Seriously, all the hottest Australian models you can think of can be found on this website and are helping break model stereotypes one elongated pose at a time.

Aiming to “bring forward the issues surrounding the life of being a model” and to teach readers “not to feel intimidated by their lives, or the false ideas that surround them,” the website currently touches on a whole lot of industry beef. Think personal stories straight from the models themselves, the pressures of modelling nude and of course, controversial topics like the appropriate age to join the cut-throat industry and weight expectations.

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Shanina Shaik is Bright and Bubbly for Women’s Fitness’ October Issue

Shanina Shaik‘s been popping up everywhere lately, and there’s no signs of the Aussie model slowing down. She’s just been tapped as the October cover girl for Women’s Fitness magazine, showing off the body which wins her time on the Victoria’s Secret runway.

Shanina looks bright and bubbly for the glossy, and it’s not because of her colourblocked swimsuit. Her side-swept locks and huge grin against the watery background have us all insanely keen for poolside weather.

The wardrobe choice, although simple, was a good one for Women’s Fitness. The bright, zipper-adorned top created a sporty look perfect for the magazine’s audience, while the crop cut and neoprene fabric are bang on-trend for swimwear this season.

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