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Karmen Pedaru Takes Us Back to the 80s on the Cover of French Elle (Forum Buzz)

There comes a time when an effortlessly stunning cover comes along, and right now it's that time. Karmen Pedaru is 80s-inspired perfection on the cover of French Elle's latest issue, dated March 14, 2014. The Estonian model is photographed by Miguel Reveriego wearing Christian Dior.

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See what I mean? Isn't this just delightful? Everything from Karmen's smile to the font of 'beauté' works. My sentiments were shared by Rigida who wrote, "That Elle France cover with Karmen is perfect!"

It's a rare occasion that I purchase Elle France, however, I couldn't resist making an order online and my copy arrived this morning. The issue has two fashion stories with Karmen Pedaru, both photographed by Miguel Reveriego. One of the editorials accompanies the cover shot and is very beauty orientated and the other is more fashion with Karmen wearing a range of looks from Saint Laurent, Gucci, Fendi, Balmain and Balenciaga.

Why don't you check out the editorials here and here.

 

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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Talks Tyson Beckford, Pamella Roland [Season 2, Episode 3]

[Season 2, Episode 2 of The Face aired on Wednesday and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 9/10 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every week for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

Yet another episode has passed and things continue to get more and more down to the wire. At the beginning of the episode, you see the aftermath of last week's elimination. Naomi [Campbell] is absolutely furious and it was really hard to see how much tension came about between her and Lydia [Hearst]. I felt bad, but I know that Lydia’s intentions were never harmful. All I knew is that we had no time for negativity! We had to win this next campaign! We could not lose anymore of our team. 

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Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

When it comes time for our next challenge, we arrive to see THE Tyson Beckford. He was just as eye-catching in person as in pictures. It was intimidating to have him judging, but at the same time that much more motivation to look good! For this challenge, we find out we will be in a latex skirt which will definitely restrict our legs, and super high heels. However, all of that sounds just dandy until you throw in some steps! That is where the real challenge lies. All I remember telling myself was to keep my head up and use my leg strength to stretch that latex as much as I could. 

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Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Overall, I felt good about my performance and think I did a very good job with it. The fact that Tyson liked my pose and Naomi noticed my confidence meant a lot. It was very reassuring to hear their positive feedback. Now it was time for the Pamella Roland campaign. I really knew how important it was for us to win this and on top of that, of course we wanted a bag and dress to go along with it! This runway was tricky considering it was on a fully set dinner table…with people sitting there. 

I can’t say I wasn’t nervous, but Lydia told us to have fun so that’s what I did. Walking on the runway and having to follow the figure eight pattern was no easy task, but I knew I had to just keep my head up. More then anything though, I remember those shoes had my toes feeling like they were breaking every step. Haha! I just could not let that show. I made it through and as a team we did a good job. 

Unfortunately, I was critiqued yet again, and yet again it was for being too sexy. Before when we were practicing, we decided as a team I should blow a kiss to set a “cute” and “girly” tone to fit the gowns, but now I feel we would all agree that was a mistake. I will say though, like I said last week, if being too sexy is the only critique…I will take it! I feel it was really close, but Team Anne wins this week. This puts Ray back in the elimination room for our team. It was scary, but I agree with Lydia that it was the extra push she really needed to break through her shell. Unfortunately, the loft lost Kira but I got my teammate back! Now it is time to prepare for the next campaign!

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us About Her Frederic Fekkai Makeover [Season 2, Episode 2]

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Flashback: Vogue Paris September 2007 with Natasha Poly by Patrick Demarchelier

Yet another superb issue of Vogue which I had completely forgotten about. I wouldn't have given this particular September issue another thought if it weren't for my bookcases deciding to buckle under pressure this week. The cover just stood out amongst the rest (and for good reason). You can guarantee if I were to describe to you a Vogue cover shot with leopard print overload, you would be horrified at the thought of such a fashion faux pas. Although, the French Vogue team have showed us how it's done.

Vogue Paris' September 2007 issue has Natasha Poly photographed by Patrick Demarchelier on the front cover. The Russian model is decked out in leopard print Givenchy haute couture, which was styled by then editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

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IMAGE CREDIT: BLOG.NAVER.COM

This 458 paged issue has something for everyone, with fashion stories from photographers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, David Sims, Terry Richardson, Mario Testino and Mark Segal. We are also treated to appearances from Daria Werbowy, Sasha Pivovarova, Alice Dellal, Raquel Zimmermann and Lara Stone to name a few.

My favorite story from the issue is an editorial entitled 'Chic en Seine' photographed by Terry Richardson. It is a storyboard of Brazilian model Raquel Zimmermann and her male companion around the streets of Paris. The story consists of a glamorous Zimmermann wearing a range of jeans, blazers, jackets and shirts, in a successful attempt to emulate a young Parisian woman. Emmanuelle Alt styled the shoot and it's evident throughout. Many of the looks created seemed to have been pulled right out of Alt's closet. The outfits are simply gorgeous and this is exactly the type of fashion I love — relatable, comfortable and most of all, wearable.

Check out the thread from 2007 and familiarize yourself with the content here.
 

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Toronto Fashion Week Day One: Amputee Runner Amy Winters Wows at VAWK

Vawk 1World Mastercard Fashion Week is officially underway, having kicked off last night’s celebration with a headlining show from Sunny Fong of VAWK. Returning to Toronto with a highly anticipated Fall 2014 collection entitled “1,001 Nights,” Fong, a Project Runway Canada winner, was able to draw a real crowd of movers and shakers at last night’s show, with Jeanne Becker and Elisha Cuthbert both occupying the front row. As a Happy Endings fan, I totally gushed over Cuthbert, but notwithstanding the A-list presence, most fashion-goers appeared enthralled by Amy Winters’ catwalk debut.

The ultramarathon runner, who lost her left leg after a 1994 motorcycle accident, made her appearance midway through the show wearing a uniquely designed and blinged-out prosthetic leg by Alberta-based company Alleles. The eye-catching, Canadian-made accessory perfectly complemented her sleek black fit-and-flare dress as the audience whooped and clapped at her appearance.

Fong has always made an effort to ensure models of all shapes and sizes are represented at his shows, but Winters' debut was a real anomaly and turning point in the acceptance of real women. “It's actually quite part of the collection – more so than just saying, ‘Let's use your thing, and try to make it work,’” Fong told BlogTO in advance of the show last week. "Any other season, I don't think it would have worked."

What made this season so unique? Perhaps it was the collision of classical and modern, blended with the luxury of Dubai and the organic style of 90s street fashion. Pleating, metallic and animal textures featured prominently, while the minimalist matte black canvas was broken only by cut-outs exposing models' skin. He had me at “90s street fashion,” but I think few could have walked away without being wowed by last night’s pioneering spectacle.

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Michael Lo Sordo Wins BT Emerging Designer Award

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Michael Lo Sordo’s show is already one of the most highly anticipated on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia calendar.

Now he’ll really be feeling the pressure, having been named the winner of this year’s BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award at the annual BT Runway for Success event in Sydney. The win will give Lo Sordo a total value of $40,000 to fuel his escalating business, consisting of a $10,000 cash grant, financial planning service and mentoring, and return flights to New York to literally further his brand. The designer was up against By Johnny and Strateas Carlucci. 

But while that’s all very exciting, we’re just as interested in who’s bestowing the award – the newly-launched Australian Fashion Chamber. After the string of label closures at the end of last year, we were deploring the lack of something similar to the British Fashion Council or CFDA, and indeed it was Anna Wintour herself who suggested the Australian version during a conversation with Vogue Australia EIC Edwina McCann last year. McCann will preside as the AFC's first chairperson, with the rest of the 20-strong board comprised of industry heavyweights including 10 Magazine editor Alison Veness, Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Kush and designer Nicky Zimmermann.

“The AFC is a welcome addition to Australia’s fashion landscape that will help foster young talent and create sustainable, unique and inspiring businesses of which we will all be proud,” McCann said.

Of selecting Lo Sordo for the BT prize, she added:

“Michael’s talent has been recognised tonight due to his exploration of textures and materials, and his design ethos showcasing elegant and flattering shapes. His vision for the future of his business is very clear and winning the BT Emerging Designer Award will allow him to take the next step forward.”

The AFC aims to further the growth of Australian fashion locally and globally. As part of this it plans to launch the AFC Awards this year, which will reward established designers to support the globalization of Australian talent.

Lo Sordo, meanwhile, is focused on local assignments. He just designed a coffee cup in collaboration with LaVazza for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, which kicked off on Monday.

[WWD and Ragtrader]

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Link Buzz: Lululemon Launches Fashion Line; Cathy Horyn Remembers L’Wren Scott

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Image: Facebook/Lululemon

  • Activewear brand Lululemon has just launched a fashion line called &go. The range includes sheer-paneled leggings, leather shorts, and peplum workout tops. [ELLE]
     
  • Speaking of leather — leather pants appear to be an important component of Cosmo's digital editorial team's office uniform. [Racked]
     
  • Beyonce appeared on stage the other night wearing that glittery Tom Ford sequin dress which was designed in homage to Jay Z. [FabSugar]
  • If you're interested in seeing what's in Rita Ora's Rimmel beauty collection, trace your cursor all the way along this line until you reach the end and then click. [BellaSugar]
     
  • An emerging start-up category aims to make television more shoppable. [Fashionista]
     
  • Readers band together to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help an abuse victim who was outed by XOJane. [TheGloss]
     
  • Cathy Horyn remembers L'Wren Scott. [NYTimes]

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