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Style Yourself Quirky for Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2013


Every August bank holiday, Europe’s largest street festival descends upon London in the form of the renowned Notting Hill Carnival. Attracting spectators in the thousands, they’re treated to spectacular performances from live street music to the show-stopping giant floats which make their ways through the winding streets.

Carnival fashion is loud, bright and fun, so, you can always expect to see Notting Hill’s revelers dressed as flamboyantly as possible… And of course, that’s not just the actual performers! 

So, if you’re feeling inspired by Notting Hill's festivities, here are our top five quirky pieces to help you feel carnival ready! 

Notting Hll Carnival Inspiration

1) Nothing screams carnival more than an eccentric pair of heels, and Irregular Choice always ticks this box. Their We Found Love flower toe embellished heels (£89.99) would be perfect.

2) The bright colours of Topshop’s Electric Ray bodycon (£29) are awesome for carnivals and festivals alike, with the injections of black also making it a piece which could see you into the warmer side of Autumn.

3) Transform any outfit with a flamboyant necklace just like New Look’s beaded bib necklace (£9.99) available at ASOS.

4) There’s also no better time to pull off a pair of kitsch sunnies, and again Irregular Choice is master at creating fun pieces such as these. Try on the High Jinx pink flower detailed sunglasses (£85) for size.

5) Carnival wear demands fringing, and although Topshop’s kimono print jacquard top (£45) may seem a little too dark for a bright fun-filled carnival, its jacquard pattern totally lifts the feel, and it’s also the perfect piece to wear again and nail A/W 13’s dark floral trend. 

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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. 21 Questions with…Designer Cynthia Rowley - "The last thing I Googled was cool sweatbands and A Streetcar Named Desire."
  2. Designer Knockoffs: Is Zara Copying Celine or Is Everyone Copying Everyone? - In fashion, is there a difference between allusion and straight-up theft?
  3. Style and the Successful Girl with Celeb Stylist Gretta Monahan - Editor-at-large Julie Bensman catches up with Gretta Monahan, the insanely savvy businesswoman, TV stylist and soon-to-be-author.
  4. Seeing Double: Ciara and Jennifer Hudson Both Get Spotted in Versace and More Matching Celebs - This week’s celeb style showdown revolves around celebs doubling up on everything from leopard prints to leaves and even florals.
  5. Beauty Foods: Eat Your Way to Gorgeous, Young-Looking Skin - For healthy, glowing skin, consider adding these nourishing beauty foods to your diet.
  6. Shoe Porn: 20 Designer Shoes at the Top of Our Lust List - The most jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-beating shoes Fall 2013.
  7. Lucy Hale Meets a Unicorn and Other Celeb Twitpics of the Week - Snap-happy celebs this week also included Camilla Luddington facing off against a steak, Milla Jovovich and her summer selfies and Rebel Wilson having a Super Fun Day.
  8. Four Runway Skirt Trends We’re Wearing This Fall - Whether you prefer your separates subtle like Celine's flared midi or more statement-making like Moschino's box-pleated mini, we've got the key to your Fall wardrobe right here.
  9. The Best Beauty Products for ‘Down There’ - Feminine products designed specifically to care for your lady parts.
  10. Primary Colors: Designers Get Back to Basics for Fall - Vibrant looks in red, blue and yellow ruled the runway color trends Fall 2013.

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Link Buzz: Street Style Stars to Watch; See Cara Delevingne as a Cake

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

  • Twenty street style people who will probably dress good this fashion week. [Fashionologie]
  • Lily Collins wears many crop tops. [FabSugar]
  • Take a quiz to find out your perfume personality. Or should I say scentsibility? [BellaSugar]
  • Survey finds that J. Crew's e-tail experience is the best ever. [HuffPo]
  • Female readers: If you're willing to submit photos of yourself for  "pre-approval" and wear lingerie socially, you too can attend a party at Corey Feldman's house. [Vice]
  • Someone made cake in Cara Delevingne's likeness. And then ate it. [Telegraph]

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Tao Okamoto Scores Vogue Japan’s October Cover (Forum Buzz)

Tao Okamoto on the cover of Vogue Japan October 2013

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Although Japan is known to be a very fashion-forward country and it has spawned some of the most talented designers in the world, not many fashion models have managed to establish themselves among the slew of supermodels that regularly grace covers of the most important international high fashion magazines. Tao Okamoto is a rare exception. She has been modeling for several years, always with quite notable success, and has managed to attract an even broader fan base recently after starring in this year’s summer blockbuster The Wolverine. That’s reason enough for her to land another Vogue Japan cover, her second one after November 2009, when she had the whole issue dedicated to her. Forum members were pleased to finally see a Japanese model on Vogue Japan again and most of them liked the cover image, which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

“It's so good to see a Japanese model get the cover after 3 years! Go Tao!!!” cheered LabelWhore4.  

“I love this, so amazing to see Okamoto score the cover, and the despite the crazy text I like the cover,” added Miss Dalloway

Luxx praised the great styling on the cover saying, “Tao and Celine, I couldn't ask for more! Love that they're showcasing those phenomenal boots – I'm convinced every woman blessed with great legs ought to be a pair. They look divine on Tao!”

Bertrando3 agreed about the boots but wasn’t entirely happy with the cover. "Those boots are hot on her… héhé and I like her face but the rest not so much and the amount of text is insane,” he laughed.

Never did I think anyone could make this Celine dress look appealing to me, but Tao Okamoto has succeeded in making this whole outfit look interesting and perfect. It doesn’t really matter that she is drowned in a stupid amount of text and the Go British! tag seems somewhat puzzling, this cover is well-deserved and solid and we are excited to see more!


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Watch Alexander Wang and Annie Leibovitz Behind-the-Scenes for Woolmark

Image: Annie Leibovitz for Merino Wool

Image: Annie Leibovitz for Merino Wool

Last week we brought you Alexander Wang's latest campaign, to support his partnership with The Woolmark Company Merino wool. If you loved seeing seeing the designer just chilling in a tiny New York City street with one very attractive sheep, here's a suggestion for what to do with the next two minutes of your life: Watch the behind-the-scenes video below, which shows Wang and the campaign's photographer, Annie Leibovitz, chatting in proximity to sheep. 

The video was filmed by Leibovitz's sister, Barbara: 

PreviouslyAlexander Wang Sells Merino Wool in a New Annie Leibovitz-Lensed Campaign

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Suzy Menkes: ‘The Fashion Industry is Broken’



Last February, in anticipation of Fashion Week, Suzy Menkes published an editorial takedown of street style culture titled, "The Circus of Fashion." With the next round of shows just a couple of weeks away, the legendary critic is back to decry another kind of circus: This time, Menkes is going after fashion's accelerated trend cycles, specifically, the growing importance of mid-season Resort and Pre-fall collections.

By her count, top brands are currently designing an unprecedented number of collections, around ten a year: two ready-to-wear shows, two Haute Couture shows, two mens shows, one Resort, one Pre-fall and maybe "a couple promotional shows in Asia, Brazil, Dubai or Moscow."

Menkes argues that fashion media and critics are out of sync with the new pace. Editors typically write about Fall and Spring collections extensively (and disseminate photos of runway looks) many months before the clothing appears in stores — and by then, it's already old news. Not only do fast fashion retailers (Menkes calls out H&M, Zara, Topshop, Target and J.Crew) replicate and produce imitation versions of designer pieces months ahead of the high-end brands, ready-to-wear is also forced to compete with the label's Pre-fall and Resort collections. As Menkes put it, "The Fall collection will be gone from the stores in approximately two months, with unsold pieces we had raved about hanging forlornly as markdowns."

In her sweeping assessment of the fashion industry, Menkes finds fault with e-tailers and limited-edition collections for creating a "phony current of desire and longing" in consumers. She suggests that ready-to-wear might be joining couture in its role as a "laboratory of ideas," valued more for its creative vision than its commercial viability. 

It's a passionate and perceptive editorial right up until the ending, when Menkes reveals her obliviousness to the true cost of this accelerated fashion cycle:

Does this nonstop parade of what’s new have an upside? With global warming upsetting traditional summer and winter climates, and with a global market expecting clothes at once suitable to a warm and humid Singapore, the deep freeze of Russia and the upside-down seasons in Australia, all these fresh fashion shows each month could be seen as logical for customers.

But whoever said that logic and fashion make a good fit?

Global warming is changing our seasons, but that's not a "logical" reason to ramp up production. Increased clothing manufacturing has a devastating impact on the environment (not to mention its impact on factory workers), one that's more likely to speed up, not reverse, global warming. If anything, climate change only makes it more illogical for fashion trends to keep on at an accelerated pace. Menkes is a powerful figure with a keen sense of how the industry operates on a structural level;  it's disturbing that she doesn't see how changes in fashion intersect with what's happening in the outside world. 

Sign of the Times | The New Speed of Fashion [T Magazine]


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