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

Bottega Veneta Resort 2013 - Bette Franke

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.

Who's modelling the collection? 

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. 

Wanna know more?

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


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.


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Maybelline Canada’s Grace Lee on Toronto Fashion Week Faces

Now that Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2013 is over, I'm sure many of you are wondering how to recreate all those flawless runway faces at home. While hanging out backstage and trying to keep out of harm's way, I caught up with Maybelline New York Canada's lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, tasked with creating the freshest looks for the event. Here's what she had to say. . .

On eyes: "There's a new mascara that's coming out in January called The Rocket, which is all about the brush. I do find that with technology and innovation, mascara changes completely every 10 or so years. This is going to be one that changes everybody's view on mascara as it instantly gives volume, lengthening all in literally two swipes. It's going to be amazing for the woman who wants something fast and easy."

The foundation: "For the base, we've been using a Fit-Me foundation or a BB Cream. For those who would like a little bit more coverage, we use Fit-Me, but they're the two staples."

Creating contour: "To shape the face, we use a bit of Age-Rewind concealer as a highlighter. The brightening one is also great as it has some pink in it to take out any blue underneath the eyes. We then contour the skin with Dream Mousse Blush in Coffee Cake and put a little bit of the Peach Satin just on the cheeks. [All the models] want contouring, so we make sure to carve just below the cheekbone to give the skin more shape, though highlighting is key as well."

Pictured: Baby Lips, The Rocket Mascara and Colour Tattoo

Product versatility: "What I also like to do for highlighting is mix the clear Baby Lips with a Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded as it makes a beautiful highlight. We've been doing this a lot backstage on the cheekbone area. Baby Lips gives just the right amount of dew to the skin without making it look glossy."

A perfect pout: "On the lips, we've used two new colours (depending on the model's own lip hue) from the new Whispers collection, which are coming out in 20 shades in January. They're very sheer, very pretty and we're using them to bits. Literally, I don't even have any left as we're gouging them out and screaming 'I need more!' So the two main colours we use are called Petal Rebel and It Mauve. They're great for the everyday woman who doesn't want a lipstick per se, but also doesn't want to do a lip balm. It's kind of that perfect in-between."

What's trending: "One of the key trends for this Spring is definitely a bold lip. Joe Fresh, Arthur Mendonca and Evan Bidell all did their own versions of a red and, whether it be a little more orange or fuchsia, it's still sticking in that tone. I would also say they all wanted that beautiful dewy skin, so yes, those are the two main trends that are screaming out at me. As well as pastels. Like Easter egg eyes to match all the colourful leathers on show this year. I think little eye accents will be making a big comeback in the way that coloured jeans did."

Pictured: Grace Lee tends to an Arthur Mendonca model

Images via Maybelline Backstage Canada

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Crystal Renn and Candice Swanepoel are 10’s Cover Girls (Forum Buzz)

10 Magazine - Crystal Renn photographed by Cedric Buchet10 Magazine - Candice Swanepoel photographed by Gregory Harris

Since we’re on the subject of 10 Magazine, Crystal Renn and Candice Swanepoel covered the ladies version of the publication, and they’re not too shabby. Well… Crystal maybe looks a little shabby (are those streaks of makeup on her face supposed to look like dried blood?!) in Chanel on her Cedric Buchet-photographed cover. Candice’s cover, photographed by Gregory Harris, on which she’s wearing Giorgio Armani, has a decidedly more romantic and seductive feel to it.

“Wow, I love both,” TeeVanity shared. “Crystal and Candice are everything on these covers.”

Justaguy was not as impressed. “Don't care for either cover, but I love the layout,” he conceded.

I would probably end up buying 10 Men if I had to choose between the two Winter/Spring 2012/2013 issues, just so I could stare at David Gandy and imagine romance novel-esque scenarios of our life together in which he never wears a shirt. But if you’re interested in the whole women’s fashion aspect of it all, here’s a video preview of the entire issue in under a minute:


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