Industrie, the insidery London-based fashion publication, has just released its Issue 6 cover, which features Cara Delevingne. To say that the British model is having a moment is an understatement.
This season alone, Delevingne appeared in campaigns for Fendi, YSL Beauty, Mulberry, DKNY and Saint Laurent; she was tapped for two high-profile September issues, W and Vogue Japan.
She's an especially fitting choice because this is Industrie's 'Influence'-themed issue. The model is currently riding a wave of success, but she also entered the fashion industry with a measure of notoriety due to her upper crust background and reputation for partying; later, she built her career by winning powerful industry friends*. In many ways, Delevingne's story is a case study of how influence works, demonstrating how certain kinds of privilege and connections dictate success.
And on a purely visual level, it's a stunning cover. Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the effect is very intentional and controlled, but it's still young and simple.
*For example: one of Delevingne's first big jobs, for Burberry, was photographed by Mario Testino (working with the influential photographer puts a model on the fast track) and also featured Jourdan Dunn (Delevingne and Dunn's social media lovefest has benefitted both of their careers).
image credit: facebook.com/vogueukraine via the tfs forums
American model Guinevere van Seenus, who has been active since the mid -90s, graces the September issue of Ukrainian Vogue in a Hitchcock-inspired look and wearing a dress from the latest Chanel collection. Shot by up and coming Turkish photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu, the cover story has made an impact on the tFS forums, wowing loyal fans of the model and finding disapproval among many of the other members who commented.
“Beautiful, she never fails,” said Mat Cyruss.
“She just can’t produce bad work, what a model, what a woman, I love this so much!” continued Miss Dalloway with praise for the model.
Bruce7Lee and justaguy stated that this was their favorite September cover thus far, and Royal-Galliano shared, “I love it! It’s a pure grown-up glamour and no tackiness,” whereas jmrmartinho found that the cover was “other world amazing.”
But not everyone was head over heels for the cover. Several members who admittedly have never understood van Seenus’ appeal failed to see anything special about these images.
MyNameIs wrote, “Maybe it's because I've never found the appeal of Guinevere, but I think she looks especially terrible here. Other than the face, the rest of the cover is nice. I really like the colors – there's something so luxurious about them.”
“I never got her appeal… this cover isn't great,” posted gossiping.
image credit: fashiongonerogue via the tfs forums
Unrelated to the model choice, some members had other reasons not to be wowed by the cover shot.
“To me it doesn't look like a Vogue cover, it looks like the portrait of an actress or at best a photo from a beauty spread about hair, but nothing screams Vogue here. The image is creative but is it fashion?” Bertrando3.
“Her eyes look ill to me… I don’t like it, it is so ordinary and unoriginal,” stated GlamorousBoy.
I found the ambivalent feelings towards the cover and the accompanying editorial rather surprising as this is simply everything I expect from a September issue. It’s glamorous, it’s dark and romantic, the styling is on point and the model choice strikes me as one of the cover's biggest strengths. Van Seenus is one of those infinitely versatile and fascinating models that can pull off any theme and any look, but the lascivious and sexy old Hollywood glamour she models here has me convinced entirely. The cover and the cover spread are gorgeous and this is a job well done by the newest of all editions of Vogue. Keep it up, Vogue Ukraine!
There’s no doubting it: The 90s supers are having a major glossy comeback. But Emma Balfour’s resurgence has been more of a slow boil. The waifish androgyne from Adelaide has flown relatively under the radar over the last decade, but has a consistent cult appeal that makes her able to pick and choose gigs such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang runway appearances (Spring 2010, at the age of forty), Russh and Vogue Italia spreads and Dion Lee’s Line II campaign.
The most recent confirmation of her awesomeness is this shoot for 10 Magazine Australia – the Alison Veness spin-off of Britain’s luxury glossy. Titled ‘American Psycho’, it’s slicked up, monochromatic and reeks of the confident yet self-conscious, Zagat Guide-obsessed 90s. 10 Editor in Chief (and notorious Kate Upton hater) Sophia Neophitou was behind the styling, which makes excellent use of both sequins and mannish yet closely-tailored suiting.
The new issue is out this week, but you can watch the shoot in action below. Ideally over and over, because you never know how long you’ll have to wait to get another Balfour-starring hit.
Sarah Burton, WENN.com
It’s always exciting to hear about new fashion collaborations, so to whet your appetites, here’s our pick of the top three collaborations on the autumnal horizon.
1) Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst
To celebrate ten years of the McQueen iconic skull print scarf, they’ve asked Artist Damien Hirst to reimagine their skull motif, and create 30 limited-edition scarves with a typical Hirst-infused twist. They won’t be available to purchase until mid November and are estimated to start retailing at around £315. It’s quite the investment for just a scarf… But then again who needs to eat if it means bagging a limited-edition McQueen?
2) Designers at Debenhams x Todd Lynn
Debenhams, the high street department store which is legendary for collaborating with leading designers to create affordable high-fashion feeling collections, has just announced its new collaboration with designer Todd Lynn. It’s already being described as your one-stop shop for all of your winter essentials, so get ready to stock up when it hits stores in October.
Todd Lynn, WENN.com
3) Superga’s Blogger Collection
Leandra Medine, AKA The Man Repeller, has been commissioned by trainer brand Superga to create a cool capsule collection just in time for autumn. Her designs stay true to her own style rules, so expect all of her Superga trainers to be infused with that special ‘Medine’ style twist. Get ready for the collection to hit stores at the end of August.
We love their pastries and now the Danish are bringing another delicious delicacy to our borders: eponymous designer and retailer Mads Norgaard.
Starting this fall, the acclaimed Danish brand Mads Norgaard will be available in Canadian retailers, including Eugene Choo, The Block and Zebra Club in Vancouver; Moule Vancouver and Winnipeg; Still Life For Her in Victoria; DWND Clothing, Drake General Store and Anthropologie in Toronto; Newman’s Menswear in Hamilton; and Tozzi Boutique in Montreal. Norgaard is well-known in Denmark and Europe for his art and literature-inspired designs, which incorporate quality materials and intriguing details with European-based production.
The first Norgaard store was opened in Copenhagen in 1986 and sold men’s fashion exclusively. It continued to expand refine the shop’s offerings, up until 1995, when he created his own menswear line, Mads Norgaard – Copenhagen, with a women’s collection launching the following year. In 2001, the collection began to garner international attention and demand and Norgaard held his first major fashion show during Danish Fashion Week in 2005. From there, he has designed costumes for the Royal Ballet and four personal skins for iGoogle, along with top designers including Philippe Starck, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Diane von Furstenberg.
Norgaard now produces four seasonal collections per year for men and women. The Mads Norgaard Fall 2013 collection, titled The Red Collection, includes a series of luxurious knits, patterns, tailored shirts and jackets in a variety of textures.
"Our Autumn 2013 collection, named The Red Collection, is a display of homage to the late Swedish playwright, novelist, poet and painter August Strindberg and his novel Röda Rummet (The Red Room)," said Norgaard in a press release to support his Canadian expansion. "The collection is inspired by the pottery of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei, the high spirit of David Shrigley, the Han sculpture by Elmgreen & Dragset in Helsingor, the carpet of the Bouroullec brothers, The Stool 80 by Alvar Aalto, the song 'Happy When It Rains' by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Hotel Amour in Paris and a few emptied bottles of contemporary Australian white wine." Wait, what?
For women, Norgaard focuses on a mix of luxe fabrics, chic shades of colour and classic shapes, punctuated with pops of neon, gold and silver. Personally, I love foil-textured flippy skirts and tops, as well as the graphic, paint splash sweats (as worn by the model in the very top photo). There's also timeless winter staples, like the Klicka sweater ($255) with a subtle light to dark grey ombre, and the Danga dress ($185), made with a Norgaard-created fabric called "Denim Sweat," which has the look, texture and durability of denim.
You can check out most of the women's collection here. Meanwhile, there's also a stellar lineup of men's apparel, consisting of thick sweaters and long-sleeved cotton tees, which needless to say, will make for perfect Christmas gifts. Not that I mean to scare you with the C-word just yet.
Images via Mads Noorgard
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