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Would You Spend $275 On This Key Ring from Barneys?

Image: Barneys.com

Image: Barneys.com

Barneys has taken the humble carabiner to the next level, as they say, with a sterling silver version (right) which retails for $275. The going rate for one that's not made out of a precious metal is about $8 at the mid-range. 

Caribiners have been a staple of hipster male fashion for years ("Keeping Their Keys in Their Pockets" was a 2010 entry in the then-popular Tumblr, Stuff Hipsters Hate), but were initially created for climbing sports, construction and industrial work. 

The appropriation of these items as key rings by bougie city-dwellers has attracted some criticism, because it's seen as a disingenuous way of invoking working class authenticity for people who are neither working class in the traditional sense, nor particularly authentic. 

And now it's only a matter of time before Barneys figures out how to sell handcrafted Murano glass Mason jars. 

RelatedThe Paris Review Is Now Selling Branded Swim Trunks at Barneys (In Collaboration with Orlebar Brown)

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Zimmermann Will Be the Only Australian Designer to Show at New York Fashion Week

zimmermannSeems Zimmermann’s love affair with New York is becoming more of a bona fide relationship. But any grudges we claim to hold are really just thinly-disguised humblebrags, and the waves the brand is making overseas certainly aren’t ebbing the swell down under.

Zimmermann has been known for its swimwear, but lately they’ve been set on proving their ready-to-wear is equally worthy of space in wardrobes and on shop floors. They showed a well-received Resort 2014 collection in New York in June, and this September, they’ll be the only Australian brand to show at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014. The new collection will be shown in the Lincoln Center’s Studio space at 9 a.m. on September 6.

Absent from the New York Fashion Week schedule, however, are two local labels that are also casting their sights further abroad. Last season, Ellery and Christopher Esber staged a joint presentation at Lincoln Center, breaking the tradition of Australian labels testing foreign waters in London, while Michael Lo Sordo showed his collection to an influential group of buyers in Milan.

But word on the street is that Lady Gaga favourite Phoenix Keating will bringing his Spring 2014 offering to the U.S. this Autumn. And if there’s one thing we like as much as bragging about Aussies finding success overseas, it’s claiming Kiwis as our own: New York Fashion Week mainstay Karen Walker will provide plenty of opportunity for that. 

See a look from Zimmermann's Resort 2014 collection below. 

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Images: Fashionising

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Mulberry Plants its Roots in Yorkdale

A while back I mentioned that British luxury bagmaker Mulberry was planning to cross the Atlantic and establish itself in Canada. Well, I can now say with the glee of a bratty child on Christmas morning, that it's finally here!

Mulberry has opened not one, but two swish boutiques in the past month: One on premier shopping avenue Bloor Street on August 2 and another within the new luxury wing of Yorkdale Shopping Centre on August 9. I attended the store opening of the Yorkdale location to preview the setup and the goods, before leaving a little bit poorer.

Both stores have been designed by renowned British architects Universal Design Studio, who focused on creating a connection between store design and Mulberry’s dedication to craftsmanship. Tactile, natural materials like timber and limestone provide a welcoming and warm environment, while oak is used as a subtle reference to the English countryside and Mulberry’s rural roots.

Mulberry Yorkdale

Design-wise, the Yorkdale store has a double height façade, unique to the store, designed with an intricate visual texture. 5,000 individually made leaves were created by taking a leaf from the Mulberry logo, and used across the entire store frontage. The Mulberry is an iconic symbol for the brand as there is a real Mulberry tree outside the grounds of the brand's flagship factory in Somerset, England.

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Marchesa Launches Its New Contemporary Line, Marchesa Voyage

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A few days before the start of last Fashion Week, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig announced that they would be launching a contemporary line in the fall. While the duo already has a lower priced line, Notte by Marchesa, their new diffusion collection, Marchesa Voyage, marks their first foray into casual daywear.

The designers describe the collection as more loungewear-like ("the Marchesa in her palazzo"), so it's fitting that while most of the pieces are casual in cut, they are often embellished with golden detailings and other adornments. Hitting stores September 1, the collection retails for around $250 to $1,000 and my money is on the silver-toned animal print pants and gold embellished jacket being the top sellers.

Flip through our slideshow featuring some images from the Marchesa Voyage launch party and lookbook.

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September Issues: Victoria Beckham Covers Harper’s Bazaar Singapore

Image: Facebook/HarpersBazaarSingapore

Image: Facebook/HarpersBazaarSingapore

Here's a September Issue that might not have been on your radar: Photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth and styled in a kind of haute-PVC burgundy dress by Kenneth Goh, Victoria Beckham covers Harper's Bazaar Singapore for September 2013. The former pop star defied everyone's expectations when she launched her namesake fashion collection to critical acclaim in 2008 at New York Fashion Week. Earlier this year, Beckham introduced her line to buyers in China, representing her first foray into the Asian market. Despite reports of slowed growth, Asia's luxury market continues to be one of the largest in the world and Beckham clearly wants a piece of it.

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V Festival Essentials From Your Very Own Tent

Just when we thought we couldn’t love very.co.uk any more, they announce their newest collaboration: They’ve teamed up with V Festival (one of the UK’s hottest festivals) to develop a special festival themed capsule collection. And the best bit? You can get it directly delivered to your tent within an hour.

Offering everything from festival clothing essentials to quirky glow in the dark wellies (exactly like their cute pink pair, £20 below) the 25-piece capsule collection is set to go on sale on their site this weekend, and at their special V Festival Very tent. Who said camping couldn’t be luxurious?

Since they’re the official style partner for V festival, their website is an absolute must at the moment if you’re looking for some festival fashion inspiration. It’s an emporium of tips that’ll help you to create an array of different festival looks from Woodstock hippie chic to the ultimate raver.  

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Key to any kind of festival-goer's wardrobe, though, has to be a good pair of wellies, just in case those autumnal showers arrive a little earlier than usual. And if the out-there glow-in-the-dark pair are a bit OTT for your liking, why not opt for a pair of trendy Hunter wellies (above right) with a cool neon buckle twist? Available for £115 at Very.

If you are lucky enough to be heading over to the V Festival, then be sure to keep an eye out for their special vending machine where you can snap a picture of your festival fashion and vote for a winning look.

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