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Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst and Other Hot Collaborations for Fall

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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

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.

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Danish Designer Mads Norgaard Paints Canada Red

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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?

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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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Link Buzz: Prabal Gurung’s Instagram Reveal; Your ‘Blurred Lines’ Halloween Costume

Image: Facebook/PrabalGurung

Image: Facebook/PrabalGurung

  • Prabal Gurung bested every other Instagram campaign reveal. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Would you like to see Megan Fox in an Avon ad? Please say, "duh." [BellaSugar]
     
  • Such pretty little liars, don't you want to dress identically to them? [FabSugar]
     
  • Hearst glossy magazine websites Elle.com and Cosmopolitan.com make some very exciting hires. [Refinery29
     
  • You're doing 80s fashion wrong, says lady who dressed Keri Russell in The Americans. [Telegraph]
     
  • No, the "Blurred Lines" Halloween costume does not actually involve being naked. [SheFinds]

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Oscar de la Renta Explains Why Hillary Clinton Cut Her Hair

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Oscar de la Renta isn't the young, sexy starlet we typically see on September issue covers, but all the better: The American designer and one of his lovely creations appears on the upcoming issue of Gotham magazine. Because de la Renta's work is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Clinton Presidential Library (and also because of his willingness to play fairy godfather to John Galliano), the designer's been on a bit of a media tour

For Gotham's September 2013 issue, the designer was interviewed by his friend and colleague, the beloved Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman.

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Some revelations:

He lets Fargo in on his less-than-complimentary opinion of Coco Chanel: "You know my first wife was French, and every Wednesday she would have lunch with Coco Chanel, who was not the nicest person, but they had a lot of fun. And Coco said something that rings so true: Birthdays are only important to a woman before 18 and after 90."

And here, he explains the fascinating reason Hillary Clinton couldn't cut her hair until she stepped down from her role at the State Department: "Doesn’t she look great now? I told her a while back [when she was Secretary of State] she should cut her hair. She said she couldn’t do it then because when she arrived in a foreign country and asked for a hairdresser, Homeland Security would have to check the person out. [Editor’s note: With long hair, she could style it herself.] But doesn’t she look fantastic now?"

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

Image: Jason Bell for Gotham Magazine

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Vs Magazine’s Fall Issue Has Four Covers: Courtney Love, Eva Green, Hailey Clauson & Luma Grothe, Jessica Stam [First Look]

Vs Magazine sent us a first look of its four Fall/Winter 2013 covers, which are out in September. The biannual print magazine tapped musician Courtney Love (photographed by Vincent Peters), actress Eva Green (Ellen von Unwerth), models Hailey Clauson and Luma Grothe (also von Unwerth) and Jessica Stam (Guy Aroch) for the issue. The issue is titled PLAYFUL, maybe in part because it makes playful use of hashtags as cover lines. 

See all four covers below:

Jessica Stam by Guy Aroch

Jessica Stam by Guy Aroch

Courtney Love by Vincent Peters

Courtney Love by Vincent Peters

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The Carine Roitfeld Documentary, Mademoiselle C, Might Be Fashion’s First Superhero Movie

Image: Cohen Media Group

Image: Cohen Media Group

Even though director Fabien Constant's latest contribution to the growing genre of fashion documentary films, Mademoiselle C, hasn't opened yet, it's already practically a classic. The film, which follows former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as she launches her own publication, CR Fashion Book, has been subject to the kind of obsessive pre-release coverage typically reserved for big budget superhero movies.

And that's for good reason, since Roitfeld is kind of like a superhero herself: Blessed with superstyling abilities, she is an outfitted vigilante, fighting the villainous forces of banality, ad pressure and societal taboos. But there's always one bad guy standing in her way: former friend Condé Nast has turned evil arch-nemesis, ousting Roitfeld from her throne at Paris Vogue and prohibiting many of fashion's top photographers from working with the editor on her new venture (to be fair, the photographers willingly signed exclusive contracts, so I might be mischaracterizing the publishing giant, which is less arch-villian than legal stickler). 

Mademoiselle C will feature cameos from Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz and many, many, more — all fashion superheroes in their own right. And importantly, the film was reportedly made according to the highest ethical and creative standards; Roitfeld had no say over final cut and actively made an effort to suppress her desire to control how she appears onscreen. 

Or, as she put it: "I warned Fabien from the beginning that I would not judge the movie based on my image and I wouldn’t censor it on the grounds that I thought I looked bad on screen. I accepted his rules and trusted him as I trust everyone I work with. He had the same freedom in this movie that I have in my magazine, and I need that freedom."

Mademoiselle C opens in select theaters on September 11. 

The trailer: 

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