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Express Fall/Winter 2013 Preview

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Pops of scarlet red, houndstooth and statement necklaces are the leading trends in Express' Fall/Winter 2013 collection. How do I know? Because on a hot and sticky summer day, I was munching on mince pies and sipping warming winter cocktails at their preview event.

We all know Express as the go-to-get-everything store for a reasonable price, whether it be workday essentials, an "I just want to look cute" outfit or a sparkly party dress. The latter most definitely dominates the new line as the store is kicking up its holiday offerings with sequins and faux fur galore. Snoods graced most of the mannequins, while handbags and shoes were bejewelled in studs and bling. But about those shoes… did you know that Express' designer, Deborah Castle, hails from Toronto and studied at Ryerson? Pretty neat huh?

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Also catching my eye at the event was Express' vast array of statement necklaces, which range from $20 to $80. I can understand the higher price on some as they weighed their coinage in metal and jewels, making them the perfect piece to jazz up a plain dress or tee. Oh, and let's not forget the guys, who this season can look forward to Chuck Bass bow ties, beanies and thick cable knit scarves. I'll let you peruse some photos of the upcoming styles that will be hitting stores within the coming month, but let me know what you think of the new threads in the comments section below.


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She’s Just Being Miley? Chrystal Copland Dons Fall’s Best Couture for Elle Vietnam

Inside-Cover-Chrystal-Copland-in-Dark-Couture-by-Benjamin-Kanarek-for-ELLE-Vietnam-1Looks like Chrystal Copland’s done a Miley Cyrus on us. No, she hasn’t buzzed the sides of her head or professed her love for grills, thankfully, but she has been lensed in Fall 2013’s fanciest couture for a September issue glossy.

For Elle Vietnam’s ‘Dark Couture’ spread, Chrystal was shot in Paris by Benjamin Kanarek wearing – take a deep breath, now – Chanel, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Stéphane Rolland, Maison Martin Margiela, Atelier Versace, Dior, Armani Privé, Alexis Mabille, Gaultier Paris and Schiaparelli by Christian Lacroix. Phew. Those responsible for dressing her must have been given the best workout of their lives considering the Mabille and Schiaparelli gowns alone feature more fabric than an Ikea.

The dilapidated, graffitied warehouse setting is basically the polar opposite of Miley’s mansion, so it’s nice to see the gowns in a different context. Chrystal even wears the exact same Atelier Versace gown that Miley wore atop the seat of that shiny black motorcycle, the glitter-trimmed sheer paneling somehow looking almost virginal in comparison. The absence of rhinestone pumps and Terry Richardson probably helped with that.

See all the standing ovation-worthy gowns, and a behind-the-scenes video, on Kanarek’s blog



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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! 

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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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