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Guess Who’s On the Cover of the Vogue Paris ‘Top Models’ Special Issue?

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For its February 2014 issue, Vogue Paris is highlighting today's top models and the stars of tomorrow. As Anne-Sophie Mallard wrote in the Vogue Paris blog: "First, we spotted them on the runway, then we called in some of the biggest photographers in the business to immortalize them for the glossy pages of Vogue Paris. Meet the next generation of modeling stars in the February issue, out January 22."

And from editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt's front-of-book letter: "Fresh-faced and schoolgirl-style, smooth and sophisticated, classic beauties and edgy new faces, 22 models feature in this issue. Like Emily, Edita, Amanda and Andreea, you might know some of them if you saw them on the street. Others — think Freja, Saskia, Edie and Georgia — are already established stars. In their wake, a clutch of the new faces that we're backing."

Photographers Inez & Vinoodh, Terry Richardson, Mario Sorrenti and Mikael Jensson were all tapped for the issue; so were models Edie Campbell, Andreea Diaconu, Sam Rollinson, Amanda Murphy, Vanessa Axente, Freja Beha Erichsen, Saskia de Brauw, Georgia May JaggerMalaika Firth and Riley.

A name we haven't mentioned: Emily DiDonato, who appears on cover of the fashion glossy, as photographed by David Sims.

Having worked with brands like Maybelline, Victoria's Secret and Juicy Couture, DiDonato is one of the industry's top earners, but has fewer editorial credits to her name (although she did appear on the cover of Vogue Turkey in January). Landing on the front of Paris Vogue is a breakthrough moment for any model. But appearing on the front of the 'Top Models' special issue? For DiDonato, who's best known for her commercial appeal, it's a coup. 


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A New Fashion Accelerator Program is Hunting for Australia’s Next Dion Lee

After a not-very-positive year for Australia’s local design industry, it seems there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Creative Enterprises Australia has launched an accelerator program for fashion start-ups in an attempt to jump-start a few international career trajectories. CEA Fashion Business Accelorator Program is now open for applications, and up to four participants will be selected after panel interviews later this month.

“We have several programs here for emerging designers who are at the really early stages but this program is stepping it up a notch and looking for about four designers who are really ready to take their brand to an international platform,” program coordinator Cynthia Macnee told StartupSmart.

She continues, “We will be looking for designers who not only have a unique and strong design presence but also the drive and willingness to develop the business acumen they need to survive and thrive in Australia’s fashion industry and internationally.” 

Though it’s tough to make it as a fashion designer no matter which corner of the globe you’re based in, the program will address concerns unique to budding Dion Lees of the Southern Hemisphere. In particular, physical proximity to the New York, London, Milan and Paris runways, and season reversal. Only a handful of Australian designers have figured out how to work the latter to their advantage.

“Few designers have the broad set of left and right brain skills needed to operate a successful fashion business, and they fail to think of it as a business and therefore don’t cost things with the idea of clearing a margin and earning an income,” says Macnee.

The program will run for just over a year after it launches in February. Winners will be trained and mentored by both designers and business executives, including ex-David Jones head buyer David Bush. And while it’s based in Brisbane, candidates nationwide can reap the benefits via the wonders of Skype.

It might not come as much relief to the slew of local designers who’ve recently closed their labels amongst huge financial loss. But to the new wave of talent, it’s an incentive not to be disheartened by those events. With all the overseas high street chains poised to launch in Australia over the coming months, they need all the positivity they can get. 

via StartupSmart

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Kristen Stewart for New Balenciaga Fragrance Campaign: ‘It Looks Like She’s Holding a Bottle of Alcohol’

Image: Forums

Image: Forums

Balenciaga's new campaign for the brand's Rosabotanica scent has popped up online (above). It stars Kristen Stewart, who also appeared in last year's ad for the related fragrance, Florabotanica (below).

This is a repeat performance in more than just one sense: As E! Online points out, the two campaigns look very, very similar. In both images, Stewart poses topless with her hair pulled back, her body draped in a vine of tropical flowers.

What's going on here? Two guesses: 1) Either last year's campaign performed so well that Balenciaga decided not fix what wasn't broken or 2) The fashion house ran out of budget and pulled an outtake from 2013's shoot.

Either way, the first iteration of the ad was probably the more successful one. The newest campaign image has just appeared in the tFS Forums, and the early response is not favorable.

"Looks like she's holding a bottle of alcohol," said Hector.

"Could she look more dead in the eyes?" quipped Thefrenchy

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

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The Face: Here’s What You Need to Know About the Second Season of Naomi Campbell’s Modeling Show

Naomi Campbell's reality modeling show, The Face, will return to Oxygen Media with a ten-episode second season on March 5. Industry legends Lydia Hearst and Anne V join Campbell as mentors to the twelve contestants; photographer and television personality Nigel Barker reprises his role as host. The winner will become the face of Frédéric Fekkai for the beauty brand's 2014 national ad campaign and receive a spread in the July issue of ELLE magazine. 

To promote the series, the supermodel mentors were photographed wearing one-of-a-kind pieces by Israeli designer Alon Livné. You can scroll through the campaign in the slideshow below:

The Oxygen network has also released the names of the twelve aspiring models cast as contestants in the show's second season.

(If you missed it, we stopped by New York City's open casting event for the season last summer. We also attended the filming of the debut episode — you can check out the Instagram videos here, herehere, here and here.)




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Trendspotting: Mickey Mouse Headgear at the London Men’s Shows

The wonderful world of Walt Disney has been a fount of fashion inspiration for years: Alexander McQueen was quoted citing the animation giant as a reference in his 2002 collection; a few years later, Marc Jacobs took a bow following his Spring 2007 show wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt (below); in Vogue Nippon's August 2008 issue, Coco Rocha licked an ice cream cone wearing furry mouse ears; for Fall 2009, Jeremy Scott showed a yellow dress polka dotted with Minnie Mouse heads (the dress would later appear in Lady Gaga's music video for Paparazzi, styled with the designer's thick-framed Mickey sunglasses, which have pop-up ears [Beyonce also wore the glasses in Gaga's epic Telephone video]); the same season, Moschino Cheap & Chic showed Mickey Mouse headgear on the runway; that December,Vogue Germany tapped Chanel Iman for an 8-page spread highlighting the Moschino headgear; the very same month, Rihanna wore a Mickey Mouse military-inspired helmet designed by Jeremy Scott in her music video, Hard

Marc Jacobs at his Spring 2007 show

After D&G showed a Minnie Mouse T-shirt with a pair of brown leather hot pants for Spring 2010, the Disney trend quieted down for a few years, but has recently reemerged, full force. In 2012, Barneys New York created a Disney-themed holiday window display called Electric Holiday; in 2013, Minnie Mouse appeared on the cover of Love Magazine's 10th anniversary issue; that same month, Comme des Garcons unveiled a Mickey Mouse capsule collection for Fall 2013.

Most recently, the iconic American cartoon character appeared at London's Fall 2014 menswear shows. At both MAN by Bobby Abley and Katie Eary, the Mickey Mouse ears were, unlike past iterations of the trend, far more disturbing than playful. For MAN, Abley paired the bubblegum color headgear with silver metal gags which stretched the models' lips apart; at Kanye West collaborator Katie Eary's show, plastic Mickey Mouse heads topped off a few of the runway looks, like a Halloween costume version of Maison Martin Margiela's crystal masks. 

Marc Jacobs photo: Getty / Slideshow images: IMAXtree

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Malaika Firth Scores the Valentino Campaign! (Forum Buzz)

image credit: via the tfs forums

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It may not be entirely unexpected after she opened and closed the latest Valentino show, but it’s exciting nonetheless that the new British model sensation Malaika Firth scored the fashion house’s Spring 2014 campaign. Valentino is known for its predominantly white castings and Malaika’s opening and closing gig was believed to be merely a reaction to the increasing criticism for that. Fortunately, the campaign does not disappoint. The first preview of the campaign that leaked on the forums today shows Malaika in a magnificent image, shot by Craig McDean, for which no other model could have been a more perfect choice.

“So happy to see Malaika! Her shot is absolutely breathtaking,” wrote teaars on the tFS forums.

TREVOFASHIONISTO added additional information about the full cast of the campaign. “Auguste Abeliunaite, Ine Neefs, Elisabth Erm and Ether Heesch are also in this,” he posted. 

Malaika is following up her strong runway season with impressive campaign presence. She is repeating the Prada campaign this season and also stars in the Burberry Prorusum ads, making her one of the brightest stars of the season. With good reason. Congratulations, Malaika! 

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