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Nicolas Ghesquière is Leaving Balenciaga (Forum Buzz)

Nicolas GhesquiereFor fifteen years, since 1997, Nicolas Ghesquière has been synonymous with Balenciaga. Under his creative direction the brand was revitalized and rejoined the ranks of the most powerful and influential fashion houses. Ghesquière is unarguably one of the most acclaimed designer’s of his generation, and his and Balenciaga’s “joint decision to end their working relationship” on November 30 has sent ripples of shockwaves through the fashion industry today.

“I'm so shocked,” Psylocke posted. “Did not see this coming at all. He was perfect for Balenciaga. Just look at the hundreds of ‘this looks like Balenciaga’ comments in every collection thread on tFS. He has really made the brand his own and developed such a distinct look for the brand that has become so influential and popular, I can't imagine him getting replaced by anyone else, those are some huge shoes to fill. I really wonder what his plans are for the future. This is so strange.”

“Definitely takes me aback,” Scott shared. “I just wonder what he has up his sleeve? Does he want to take a break from fashion? Does he have another venture planned?”

Marc10 simply wrote, “I'm having a stroke.”

No information has been released as far as where Ghesquière will go next, or who will replace him as creative director at Balenciaga. Could he potentially have plans for establishing a brand under his own name? Either way, it looks like we’re in for another round of designer musical chairs.

Images: IMAXtree

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Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn Will Make Their Victoria’s Secret Runway Debuts

If we cast our minds back to the SS/13 runway shows, there’s probably one name that will always stay in our minds, and that’s obviously model Cara Delevingne. She was the most booked model of the season, and graced some of the most sought after catwalks of Paris, New York, and of course, London. Her supermodel credentials are certainly going from strength to strength at the moment — and even Sadie Frost recently said she wanted to cast Cara in an upcoming film.

Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn, Daniel Deme/WENN.com, Lia Toby/WENN.com

As the face of British heritage brand Burberry, Cara is currently featuring in their freshly-launched beauty campaign for the new Lip Velvet matte lipstick range, which is available in shades ranging from Peony Rose to Bright Poppy. If you thought she couldn’t get a more high-profile role than that, then you better think again: she’s set to grace the Victoria’s Secret catwalk in New York, next week.

The infamous annual Victoria’s Secret show will be featuring its usual angels (Miranda Kerr, Lily Aldridge, and Candice Swanepoel) alongside its exciting new addition of Miss Delevigne — but guess what? There’s also another Londoner getting ready to join the girls, and her name is Jourdan Dunn. This flawless model already counts walking the likes of Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent’s catwalks amongst her achievements.

This year has most definitely been an exciting year when it comes to Victoria’s Secret in the UK, with two of its stores recently opening in London, and now we’re super excited to watch some London-born girls grace one of the most famous catwalks in the world. Prepare yourself for the Victoria’s Secret media frenzy which will follow on November 7! 

 

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Bette Franke Models Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2013 Collection (Forum Buzz)

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Bottega Veneta Resort 2013 campaign - Bette FrankeBottega Veneta tapped the lovey Bette Franke for their Resort 2013 ad campaign, and as she is wont to do, Ms. Franke delivered. Forum members responded well to the simple and straightforward approach of the campaign.

“From the makeup to the setting, I love how simple this is,” LagerfeldBoy commented. “It highlights the wonderful clothes and that exquisite bag. Plus, Bette looks phenomenal.”

Anlabe32 wrote: “It's very simple, but that's kind of the power of Bottega Veneta campaigns. And Bette as a model can do no wrong in my eyes,” she added.

When the clothes and accessories are good, simple is all you need. But having Bette Franke model the stuff doesn’t hurt either.

 

Image scans by Fashion Spot forum member Northern Star. 

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Introducing Project #3: Miss Selfridge’s Latest Must-Have Collection

In the notorious London fashion buying scene, it's not often that the buyers will take a step back and let their assistants actually showcase their talents, but this is exactly what the heads at high-street favourite Miss Selfridge are doing! The company’s Creative Director, Yasmin Yusuf called upon their assistant buyers as to design a new ‘Must-Have’ item for the Miss Selfridge customer, as part of a ‘Must-Have’ capsule collection.

It turned out that what the assistant buyers came up with trumps everything in the books: their collection is already being tipped to sell straight out! This innovative concept not only showcases exactly what the company’s next generation of talent can do, but after looking at the range, the pieces really are gorgeous and will inject a much needed breath of fresh air into the company’s designs.

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The project is being called Project #3, and the assistants were also given the task of choosing their favourite currently leading Fashion Bloggers as to model the collection. The selected bloggers were Stella Katermann from Stella’s Wardrobe, Amy Spencer of The Little Magpie, and Jazmine Rocks from Jazzabelle’s Diary. The trio completed the looks with their own accessories. 

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Inspiration for the collection was derived from the assistant buyers’ own hectic London lives, so expect a collection that’s filled with items that are fit for partying at a gig or popping to a bar. Awash with black in a plethora of textures, the pieces will channel your Gothic side a bit — and with prices ranging between £28 and £160, you can choose between purchasing a little treat for yourself or investing in a party season piece. To see exactly what we mean, check out the full collection here

              

 

Images via MissSelfridge

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Nicole Pollard for Camilla & Marc’s Opulent Resort 2012 Campaign

If you’ve got a massive box of ostentatious costume jewellery lying around and you don’t know what to do with it, camilla and marc have answers. Clusters of heavy crystal jewellery provide both the accessories and the signature print for the designers’ Resort 2012 collection, The Radicals, which takes inspiration from the lavish architecture and interiors of Versailles.

Shot by Bec Parsons in some lavish interior of Sydney, the book stars model-of-the-moment Nicole Pollard in a slew of opulent outfits that make floaty dresses and thongs seem like seriously ill-considered holiday choices. Heavy metallics, glossy taffeta, and a shiny coated snakeskin are used to excellent effect in cleanly structured dresses and separates, with silhouettes which are so reminiscent of ritzy île-de-France lodgings. 

All those heavy textures and Dello Russo embellishments are made appropriate for normal life with clean tailoring. Stand-out pieces include a taffeta suit in shiny duck egg blue that doesn’t look at all like your high school prom dress got a sex change, and anything bearing that aforementioned print of magnified jewellery clusters. This opulent collection is further affirmation of the gap between the sibling designers’ C&M diffusion and their luxe mainline, and why we’re still willing to make some ill-considered financial decisions to own a piece of the latter.   

The Radicals is available online now at www.camillaandmarc.com

 

Images via Stylezilla

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Wanna Smell Like Marni? The Fashion Label is Getting Into the Fragrance Biz (Forum Buzz)

Raquel Zimmermann photographed by Nick Knight for Marni's new fragranceCome February 2013, Marni will be launching its very first scent, fittingly called Marni. The full fragrance range will include purse spray, body lotion, and body cream as well as the standard eau de parfum, and eau de toilette. Marni’s creative director Consuelo Castiglioni told WWD:

“It’s a perfume that’s quite individual, that doesn’t evoke anything in particular. It’s for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn’t follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric.”

Raquel Zimmermann has already been photographed by Nick Knight for the ad campaign. Though we can’t yet judge the scent, which is reported to be a “blend of spicy and woody notes,” forum members had plenty to say about the campaign image.

“I'm sorry but the shadowing on Raquel's face is horrid, not to mention the hair awkwardly placed over her face somehow ages her very badly in this image,” GERGIN critiqued. “What's even scarier is that usually everyone looks good in black and white…guess I was wrong.”

Jenna16 posted: “It's great to see her in a new campaign, but it's not a very appealing ad. A complete waste of Raquel and Nick Knight.”

AnaO isn’t a fan of the image either. “Boring, boring, boring campaign. And wow, they managed to make Raquel look ugly and forgettable. A difficult task,” she quipped.

I actually don't think the campaign image looks so bad and that the forum members who've weighed in thus far are being kind of harsh, but to each their own, I guess. Whether you like the ad campaign or not, it seems like Marni is worth a sniff.

Image: wwd.com

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