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ManiaMania’s Latest Collection is Morbid Exotica For Your Home

maniamania-candleAustralia’s favorite purveyors of morbid exotica are now making macabre accessories for your home. Jewelry brand ManiaMania has come out with a new capsule collection entitled ‘Curiosities,’ a small range of home goods and key chains that reek heavily of the decadence and occult vibes of their necklaces and rings.

The collection is launching just in time for Christmas, and though ManiaMania doesn’t exactly scream of Yuletide glee, the holiday provides a fantastic excuse to bejewel your mantelpiece and key sets with their new offering. The Black Dahlia Candle features a deep smoky glass hand carved with palm fronds and serpentine shapes, and an exotic Black Dahlia scent in rich black wax – providing 40 hours of illumination and a perfect centerpiece for less traditional Christmas spreads. And the one-of-a-kind Crystal Geode Bookends in mixed tones of blues, cream and brown are really the only way to display your collection of erotic fiction.

Other items in the collection include key rings with moonphase, eye and serpentine pendants and bars of soap that are cast from and resemble real quartz and peach apophyllite crystal clusters. The only downside is that they’re so pretty you won’t want to erode them in the shower.

Head to ManiaMania’s website to view the whole deliciously macabre range. 

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Watch: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Alumni and Judges Reminisce

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2010 CFDA/Fashion Fund Award Winner Winner Billy Reid with Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, finalist Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg, and finalist Eddie Borgo / Image: Getty

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an award which honors and provides support to emerging American designers, Vogue cut a nostalgic short clip. The video focuses the first step of the competitive awards process, and includes interviews with Anna Wintour, Vera Wang, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, and others. 

If you like what you see, a documentary series following the 2013 awards process is making its television premiere on Ovation next Tuesday, November 12, at 10 p.m. EST. Vogue has been building up to bringing The Fashion Fund to TV for at least two years: the show launched as a series of digital webisodes on Vogue.com in 2011 and then moved over to Hulu in 2012. 

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Gisele Bundchen and Daft Punk for WSJ Mag Cover, Photographed by Terry Richardson

Image: Instagram/WSJmag

Image: Instagram/WSJmag

For the cover of The Innovators Issue, WSJ Mag tapped Terry Richardson to photograph Gisele Bundchen with Daft Punk.

The French electronic music duo apparently makes fashion feel warm, fuzzy and loved: The faceless robot DJs previously appeared in the pages of Vogue (with Karlie Kloss) and CR Fashion Book (with Milla Javovich); the group soundtracked the Spring 2013 Saint Laurent show and lent their hit song, "Get Lucky," to the CFDA Awards for use in a promotional video. And unsurprisingly, they've already been photographed by Terry Richardson, for GQ's May Issue. But never before with Gisele! How innovative. 

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Kate Middleton’s Stylist Revealed

Jardine-Paterson is being credited with Middleton's stunning Alexander McQueen skirt and jacket for the Christening. images: Getty

Jardine-Paterson is being credited with Middleton’s stunning Alexander McQueen skirt and jacket for the Christening. Images: Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge and Emilia Jardine-Paterson, an interior designer and little Prince George's new Godmother, have been friends since they were 13. It's being reported that Jardine-Paterson has been responsible for all of Kate's public outfits for the past few months, and had some input on Kate's fashion choices before that.

"Kate admires Emilia’s style," a source told Grazia. "Emilia has become increasingly important to her and Kate always uses her as a sounding board. Emilia is trying to move Kate away from the Middleton neutral palate and push her towards colour or pattern. Emilia loves vintage and tries to get Kate to be a bit more quirky. When they were at school she used to tease Kate about her prim Jigsaw shirts and hated those fur gilets [vests] Kate wore."

It makes sense that with the birth of Prince George, Kate would need more help managing things like her wardrobe for public events. Jardine-Paterson is being credited with Middleton's stunning Alexander McQueen skirt and jacket for the Christening. She is also reportedly advising on the redecoration of Kensington Palace for the new little family.

Her personal style seems to include lots of color and interesting prints, so we'd love to see that rub off on Kate.

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Mario Testino Delivers ‘China Special’ for Vogue China’s 100th Issue (Forum Buzz)

Shu Qi on the cover of Vogue China December 2013

image credit: weibo/voguechina via the tFS forums

I sometimes cannot help but be a little amused by Vogue China finding a reason to celebrate some kind of anniversary almost every other issue. But at least this results in them trying to frequently produce ‘special’ content that rarely disappoints. This month, Vogue China celebrates its 100th issue. The cover and all the fashion editorials were shot by Mario Testino. The cover star is model and actress Shu Qi, and the image itself seems to be heavily inspired by an iconic shot by Irving Penn (for the cover of the June issue of British Vogue with Jean Patchett in the year 1950), which featured a similar pose and similar styling, as Jelavender pointed out.

The opinions expressed on the tFS forums about the cover shot were divided.  

“WOW that's a very striking shot! This [has] got to be Testino's best work in months, this is such a powerful image, LOVE IT!” exclaimed miguelalmeida

And testinofan lived up to his name and gushed, “WOOOW looks so fantastic, great cover!!”

Several members failed to see anything good or special or about the cover.

Chanelh posted, “OMG…what a horrible cover, it looks so fake and unnatural….this is what they got with Mario Testino for their 100th issue? Such a disaster and disappointment.”

And gossiping agreed but blamed Testino. “Bad cover, to be expected from Mario Testino though,” she commented.

Personally, I am undecided about the cover shot. It has almost become Testino’s signature style to make human beings in his photography look unreal and retouched beyond recognition. However, I find that it suits the idea here. But is Testino really the best person to create a special issue for Vogue China?

 

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