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How to Pronounce Fashion Designer Names Like a Supermodel

As defined by the modern neologisms blog, wordbirds, a "mumblenym" is a word you don't know how to pronounce because you've only seen it written, but haven't heard it said. Mumblenyms are especially common in fashion, a niche global industry which attracts talent and fans from all over the world; consequently, the number of pronunciation guides available online currently hovers somewhere near in infinity. There are Vogue slideshows, explainer videos, even mobile apps all dedicated to the topic of how to pronounce fashion designer names. And now, i-D has made its own contribution to the genre with a model-packed A-Z guide.

Directed by Barnaby Roper and styled by Michelle Cameron, the video stars a pair of big, pink glossy lips belonging to Lindsey Wixson. Wixson narrates the fashion alphabet, accompanied by models from all over the world: Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds (USA), Grace Bol (Sudan), Grace Mahary (Canada), Hanne Gaby Odiele (Belgium), Josephine Skriver (Denmark), Sigrid Agren (France), Soo Joo (South Korea), Tao Okamoto (Japan), Tilda Lindstam (Sweden) and Xiao Wen Ju (China).

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Ola Rudnicka Makes Numéro April 2014 Her First Major Cover (Forum Buzz)

Aleksandra "Ola" Rudnicka was one of the outstanding new faces on the runways this season (she came in 9th in the tFS Fall 2014 Model Scorecard). Last season, she was a Prada exclusive in Milan and ended up starring in the brand's Spring 2014 campaign. Now she deservingly landed her first major cover. For the Numéro's April issue, the Polish model was photographed by Richard Bush and wears a dress by Saint Laurent Spring 2014. 

image credit: Facebook Numéro via the tfs forums

image credit: Facebook Numéro via the tfs forums

Members of the theFashionSpot forums were quick to congratulate Ola on her first international cover, but opinions about the cover shot were divided. 

"Her tight mouth is bothering me, but I'm happy to see her on a cover," commented TREVOFASHIONISTO.

Nudeunderwater was not too bothered by how Ola's mouth looks on the cover: "I personally love it. The mouth is a little tense but it's honestly not thaaat distracting," she wrote.

Nepenthes shared the same feelings, "Ah it's so good to see Ola score a major cover. She looks really intriguing and mysterious. Also love the blueish hue of the image."

Other members were not so impressed. Elfinkova posted, "When's the last time Número had a great cover? This magazine bores me to no end now."

This may not be the most memorable cover and Ola is presumably capable of producing more interesting images than this, regardless, this is a good cover. Feel free to share your opinion on it here

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An Effortlessly Beautiful Scarlett Johansson Is WSJ’s April Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

Rarely do we see such an effortlessly beautiful cover shot with a celebrity, minimal cover lines and terrific styling. The Wall Street Journal's April cover star is Scarlett Johansson, photographed by Alasdair McLellan. The actress is wearing an Alexander Wang shirt, selected by stylist Marie Chaix.

IMAGE CREDIT: ONLINE.WSJ.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: ONLINE.WSJ.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Members of theFashionSpot have spoken very fondly of the cover with honeycombchild simply commenting, "Ah, it's beautiful."

KINGofVERSAILLES wrote, "She is so beautiful, I like these covers of her best, with her looking like herself, not overly styled."

"Now that is how you capitalize on beauty. Stunning!!" added maxlinden.

LastNight also shared the same sentiments: "This is wonderful! Scarlet looks great — really lovely photographs. The lighting is very beautiful." He went on to add, "I'd love to see Alasdair Shooting for U.S. Vogue, he could really freshen it up in my opinion."

"…Interesting, I actually hate this, she's so photoshopped! Nice to see her in non-sexy styling for a change, but beauty wise I've seen far better from her," wrote HeatherAnne, who didn't share the same opinion as the majority.

IMAGE CREDIT: ONLINE.WSJ.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: ONLINE.WSJ.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

What are your views? Join the discussion and see more of Scarlett here.

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Become a Prada Shoe Designer

Nothing is better than owning a pair of Prada shoes, but why settle for what everyone else has when you can simply have a pair that you have designed yourself?

For just two days, Prada is giving its loyal London customers the chance to customise their own pair of shoes from the coveted Made To Order Décolleté collection. 

A rainbow of different colors of suede and leather to make high heels

Just have to pick the right colour… (image: Prada)

On March 26 and 27, Prada aficionados will be able to create their own designer masterpiece at the Sloane Street store, customising one of the nine available styles. You can select everything from fabric, be it satin, suede or the infamous Saffiano leather, to the ever important colour of both the shoe and the sole, not to mention making the tough decision as to how high that heel should be.

One black, baby blue and nude Prada sole

Personalised initials on the sole of each shoe (image: Prada)

After that, the final finishing touch is the addition of your initials on the sole of the shoe in warm amber metal, so if anyone even dares to try and borrow them, you know they won’t get far.

Once the shoes are designed, they will be ready a month later and delivered in packaging that coordinates with your design (of course), then all you have to do is sit back and adore your handy work.

The prices start at £500 and are available only at the Prada Sloane Street store (43-45 Sloane Street London, SW1X 9LU  Tel: +44 207 235 0008). 

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Vogue L’Uomo Celebrates ‘Powerful Australia’

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It’s the second time this year Cate Blanchett has donned a suit for the cover of Vogue.

The Oscar-winning actress now fronts Vogue L’Uomo, the magazine’s Italian men’s edition, posing with director Baz Luhrmann for the March 2014 ‘Powerful Australia’ issue. Wearing a smooth tux and bow tie combo, slicked back hair and a disarming smize, it’s one of her best covers to date.

Blanchett and Luhrmann are part of a mixed bag of local talents celebrated in the issue, including designers Dion Lee, Josh Goot and Michael Lo Sordo, actors Hugh Jackman, Abbie Cornish and Chris Hemsworth, and musicians Iggy Azalea and Nick Cave. Though the main star is Australia’s wool industry. L’Uomo has partnered with The Woolmark Company on the issue (Italian Vogue EIC Franca Sozzani is part of the International Woolmark Prize judging panel), which was timed to coincide with Woolmark’s 50th anniversary this year.

Sozzani will fly to Australia this week for the first time to fête the issue with three days of shopping and events in Sydney. Thursday’s World Wide Wool will see Sydney boutiques host shopping nights in the vein of Fashion’s Night Out, the Museum of Contemporary Art will open an exhibition of the images shot by L’Uomo Vogue, and the most promising University of Technology students will be paid a visit from Sozzani.

Special kudos to Strateus & Carlucci, Dion Lee, Josh Goot, Christopher Esber and From Britten, who will have their designs showcased in a special fashion installation after being heralded by Sozzani as Australia’s most talented emerging designers. 

[WWD]

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A Jumping Marion Cotillard Returns for Lady Dior Handbag Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Marion Cotillard, long-term face of Christian Dior, returns for another season fronting Dior's Lady Dior handbag campaign. The French actress is photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino wearing a range of looks from Raf Simon's Pre-Fall collection for the historic fashion house. A behind-the-scenes video is set to be unveiled on Diormag.com this Thursday.

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

"The first image is so lovely! I adore the colours and styling of the second image, but the first one is really captivating. Can't wait to see more, it's very different to what we're used to from this partnership," enthused birdyandme.

Member Nymphaea also shared the same positive sentiments and added, "Great pics, love them."

Be sure to check out the thread and discover Marion's previous campaigns here.

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

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