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Harrods Closes Its Famous Animal Kingdom

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Originally famed for being the place that you could buy anything, Harrods has closed its infamous Animal Kingdom, that has sold everything from lions to guinea pigs since it first opened its doors in 1917, to make room for another womenswear section.

From an Alligator gifted to Noel Coward to a baby elephant named Gertie for Ronald Reagan, the early days of Harrods’ pet department were filled with intriguing and exotic creatures. The most famous being Christian the Lion who was bought by two Australian backpackers in 1969 for the price of 250 guineas (£3500). The lion lived with its owners John Rendall and Anthony Bourke on the Kings Road until it unsurprisingly outgrew its abode and was released into the wild in Kenya a year later by conservationist George Adamson.

Of course, such infamy often leads to uproar and when it became common knowledge that the store’s menagerie was better stocked than London Zoo, The 1976 Endangered Species Act was passed and the luxury pet store reduced its rather tropical tastes down to the finest domestic specimens money can buy.

Up until today, you could leave the sartorial madness of the store and be surrounded by a host of Pedigree pugs and Chihuahuas ready to hop right into your newly purchased Celine tote.

The Quatari royal family’s fund Qutar Holding, who currently owns the department store has apparently closed the area to make room for a further extension to the store's womenswear department, which currently boasts two levels, as part of a £200 million refurbishment.

"The Pet Kingdom department will close to make way for further exciting planned developments in our womenswear offering," a spokesperson for Harrods said.

It seems a little sad that such a famous part of London’s history has closed to open up more floor space for luxury goods rather than designer doggies, but the news has been welcomed by many animal rights groups, as The Dog's Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin told The Telegraph:

 "A pet shop is not an appropriate environment in which to sell puppies and kittens and our supporters have long expressed their concern about the UK's most famous department store selling pets."

SO, while you can continue to buy top of the range pet wear in Harrods, you will not be getting the dog. 

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Link Buzz: See the Preliminary NYFW Schedule; Juicy Couture Brings Back Velour Sweatsuits

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

  • And now, ladies and gentlemen, a poem about the preliminary fashion week schedule (see it here –>  Fashionologie). 

    nyfw is (almost) here
    maybe we will see a collection inspired by pioneers?
    get used to it!

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  • Juicy Couture is bringing back the velour sweatsuit. Timing is perfect, I need some new clothes to wear while vegging cutely. [HuffPo Style]
     
  • Is the man bun attractive in a "Bedford Avenue dumpster diving sort of way?" [Fashionista]
     
  • Beyonce wrote a blog post titled, "Gender Equality is Myth!" Hey lady, okay! [TheShriverReport]

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Jean Paul Gaultier Uses Runway Shots for Spring 2014 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2014

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Usually considered a prestigious blue chip campaign, it seems Jean Paul Gaultier cut his budget for the new Spring 2014 campaign rather drastically and the result is confusing, to say the least. While the cast may make you think the campaign should be top-notch, tFS forum members were not fooled: the image that features Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha is a collage made of runway shots. Feelings about the campaign which was posted on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Instragram today were mixed, but most had a laugh about the ‘cheapness’ of this.

TREVOFASHIONISTO commented, “These are shots from the runway edited into a mess.”

“This looks like a poster for a bad dancing movie. Like the fourth sequel of a bad dancing movie,” wrote valliaddict

Hot Cowture expressed disappointment over the campaign. “The S/S 2014 was such a fantastic show and we are given this abomination of an ad.”

“The images are from the runway show, terrible, cheap, bad taste OMG,” posted testinofan

Would the judgment about the campaign be less harsh if we didn’t know those are just runway shots? Perhaps not. The collage is hardly a masterpiece and the way the topmodels have been used here hardly does their status justice. We are not impressed.

Runway shots from the Spring 2014 collection: Coco Rocha (left(, karlie Kloss (right)

Jean paul Gaultier Spring 2014 runway show (image credit: imaxtree)

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Net-a-Porter Teases Peter Pilotto for Target Collaboration with Jessica Stam Preview Campaign

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The Peter Pilotto for Target collection — the single most highly-anticipated designer/fast fashion retail collaboration since Isabel Marant-designed pieces appeared in H&M stores eons ago (November) — will launch on February 2. We have been waiting for that day quite eagerly but also patiently. And today we were rewarded for our forbearance with a preview of the London-based designer duo's colorful range, via Net-A-Porter

For the first time ever, Target has partnered with the luxury e-commerce platform to make its designer range available worldwide. And while Target is busy promoting its new free credit monitoring and identity fraud prevention program (created to address the massive credit card data breach that made news late last month), Net-A-Porter is enjoying being the messenger of another kind of good news. The website has posted the collection's first campaign image, which stars Jessica Stam voguing in a colorful matrix of Pilotto-esque prints. Styled to match the background, the Canadian model wears a mixed print, long-sleeved mini-dress with an attached apron (???). She appears to be holding a plastic pencil pouch. School supplies! Target knows me. 

PreviouslyTarget Announces Collaboration with Peter Pilotto; Will Be Available Internationally Via Net-A-Porter

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Lupita Nyong’o Wears Prada Brights for Dazed & Confused for ‘Girls Rule the World’ Issue

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Image: DazedDigital

Dazed & Confused has just released its "Girls Rule the World" February Issue cover. It features Lupita Nyong'o photographed by Sharif Hamza, suitably styled in pieces from Prada's feminism-inspired Spring 2014 collection. (The 31-year-old was recently announced as one of the faces of Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign.)

The 12 Years a Slave actress, who has also earned plenty of attention for her sartorial choices, wears a yellow-shift dress encrusted with emerald-colored gems and a complementary blue military-style jacket with yellow jewels. A red and cyan colorblock background sets off the bright styling.

The issue will also include a spread with Lottie Moss (Kate Moss' 16-year-old sister) photographed by Sean and Seng, an essay by Rookie Mag founder Tavi Gevinson, a conversation about "post-digital" pornography between Beauty Myth author Naomi Wolf and novelist Evie Wyld, and an interview with the first female menswear model, Casey Legler. Sounds like ammazing content, I would eat it for breakfast. 

PreviouslyLupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen and Bella Heathcote Join Elle Fannning for Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 Campaign

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Suvi Koponen Stars on Vogue Germany’s Messy February Cover (Forum Buzz)

image credit: zinio.com via the tfs forums

image credit: zinio.com via the tfs forums

Suvi Koponen is usually a safe bet for a striking Vogue cover. But on Vogue Germany’s messy February cover, not even her appearance can save the cover from being a disaster. In what tFS forum member Mat Cyruss calls a “complementary color nightmare,” the Finnish topmodel is wearing a Valentino Spring 2014 outfit and is surrounded by a clutter of text in matching colors.

“They are seriously crazy. Who approved this design?!” asked a shocked Royal-Galliano

Similar sentiments were shared by A.D.C.. He wrote, “This looks seriously amateur… If an art student turned this in it probably wouldn't even get a passing grade. I made better covers in seventh grade using Photoshop.”

"The colors of the print on the cover are horrendous, makes Suvi look so washed out and dull," commented tarantino

The accompanying collections editorial shot by photographers Knoepfel & Indlekofer and starring Suvi also failed to excite.

“I appreciate the simplicity of the main cover story. I just feel perhaps Suvi lacks the conviction necessary to carry such editorial…a bit too vacant looking?” posted AL92

Forum members, however, agreed that the styling (by Nicola Knels) in the editorial was strong enough to make the cover story work anyway and also found other editorials in the issue to be making up for the poor cover. ‘Femme Universelle’ featuring Katlin Aas, and ‘Signalreize’ starring various redheaded models (including Maggie Rizer!), were both well-received on the forums.

Katlin Aas in 'Femme Universelle' (by Giampaolo Sgura) and Maggie Rizer in 'Signalreize' (by Greg Kadel)

image credit: zinio.com via the tfs forums

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