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Malaika Firth Scores the Valentino Campaign! (Forum Buzz)

image credit: facebook.com/InoubliableModelArmy via the tfs forums

image credit: facebook.com/InoubliableModelArmy via the tfs forums

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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Google+ and Topman’s Innovative Coverage at London Collections: Men

This week marks the return of London Collections: Men featuring menswear collections from some of our favourite designers including Paul Smith and J.W Anderson (images below). Running through today, London has been hailed as the menswear capital of the world as leading fashion movers and shakers hit the city to mark its fourth season.

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Topman’s Show
We’ll be providing you with a review of our favourite menswear shows, but we feel the need to talk about Topman’s show, as it was just so innovative! This season, they teamed up with the social media network Google+ to heighten the interactive and social experience of their runway show.

Oh So Social!
Together they not only provided the public with an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the runway show, but also made it shoppable with the help of a cleverly created Google hangout. Meaning, viewers could snap up their very own Topman Fall 2014 pieces directly from the catwalk or even select the clothes that its hosts were wearing as they went behind the scenes and conducted interviews.

Emulate the Models’ Experiences
One thing about any Fashion Week is that everybody who has never modelled always wonders what it’s like to walk down the runway. So, in hand with live streaming on their site and social media, Topman planted tiny little micro cameras on each of the runway models to capture exactly what they see as they showcase the collection. This was then simultaneously screened in the corner of the main show’s footage.

As the tendency to use social media continues to increase, brands are continuously striving to come up with cool new concepts, which is great news for those of us who can’t make it to the shows, as we can feel part of it without even leaving the comfort of our own homes.

Images: ImaxTree 

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Here’s a Preview of Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 Campaign, Starring Elle Fanning

Image: Snapshot by t-rex in the tFS Forums

Image: Snapshot by t-rex in the tFS Forums

Here's a photo posted in the forums: A glimpse of Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign, which stars actress Elle Fanning posing for photography duo (and aspiring lifestyle brandInez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Although celebrities don't typically appear in fashion campaigns (starring in a brand's fragrance or cosmetics ads instead), earlier today we were treated to news that a top model (Daria Werbowy) had nabbed a major glossy magazine cover, a spot typically reserved for actresses and pop stars. So I guess today is Opposite Day.

As FashionCopious quipped, the strength of this Miu Miu ad might make up for the lackluster Prada campaign released last week.

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Prada’s Spring 2014 Fur Coats: Anna Wintour Shows Marc Jacobs How It’s Done

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

We don't know whether Anna Wintour's appearance at the third season premiere of Girls has anything to do with Lena Dunham's rumored Vogue cover, but we do know this: Wintour attended the event wearing one of the distinctive multicolored fur coats seen on the runway at Prada's Spring 2014 show.

Since the collection took its conceptual cues from feminism (designer Miuccia Prada explained the show as her attempt to translate today's "debate about women") and the occasion was about fêteing a show that's preoccupied with women's rights, Wintour's sartorial choice seems like a resonant and thoughtful one.

Wintour isn't the first big fashion influencer to try on one of Prada's latest statement pieces. A week ago, designer Marc Jacobs was spotted wearing a similar fur coat while on vacation in St. Barths, where the temperature hovered near 75℉. Here in New York City the weather is, as The New York Times put it this morning in a front-page headline (on the iPad version), "life-threatening."

As The Telegraph points out, this duplicated coat situation is hardly unprecedented: At a screening of The Great Gatsby last year, Jacobs and Wintour were spotted wearing identical Prada fur jackets. 

Image: Instagram/AmyAstley via The Telegraph

Image: Instagram/AmyAstley via The Telegraph

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The Return of the Supermodels: Daria Werbowy Covers Harper’s Bazaar

Image: HarpersBazaar.com

Image: HarpersBazaar.com

Over in the forums, members are delighted to see one of today's top working models, Daria Werbowy, on the cover of Harper's Bazaar for February. Werbowy may one of fashion's "hottest supermodels," as stated in the accompanying caption, but she doesn't have the mainstream fame of Kate Moss or Christy Turlington, 90s-era fashion models who long ago acquired full-blown celebrity status. (Moss and Turlington are the only two models who have appeared on the cover of Bazaar in the past two years). 

Photographed by Daniel Jackson and wearing a full Proenza Schouler Spring 2014 look, hair windswept, Werbowy gazes straight-on at the camera. It's a lovely photograph, but some forum members think the cover is too crowded with cover lines. 

"Lol at those cover lines ('The Orgasm Shot!' 'Look Younger, No Doctors!'). Did they feel they had to overcompensate since she's not a celeb?" asked fee de foret

But for Miss Dalloway, none of that matters: "Gorgeous and I love the styling. Even the sea of text cant ruin it."

And as Marc10 points out, this is the second American commercial fashion glossy to feature a true fashion model on a 2014 cover: One of Bazaar's main competitors, Elle, opened the year with a stunning cover starring Joan Smalls

Return of the supermodel? Let's hope. 

[Daria: The Face of Beauty NowHarper's Bazaar]

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Cambodia’s Violent Garment Industry Protests

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Garment factories in Cambodia's capital resumed operations today after a two-week long strike turned violent this weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least four apparel workers and countless injuries.

Military police opened fire on protesters striking to raise the national minimum wage to $160 a month. Over the past year, the government made several increases to the minimum wage, bringing it from $60 to $100, which is a significant improvement but still far below the living wage ($177 a month, as determined in research conducted by the country's largest non-government union).

Cambodia's garment industry is growing 20-30% a year and accounts for 80% of the country's exports. 

Here's some of the best reporting on this weekend's events: 

Industry Still on Edge After Deadly Violence in CambodiaWWD

"Angered by the authorities’ use of force the day before, workers on Friday retaliated by throwing Molotov cocktails at the security forces gathered there, burning tires and flinging rocks to damage the factories. Eyewitness accounts said the military police then fired live ammunition and started pummeling protesters.

…Swedish clothing giant H&M — which sources from more than 30 factories in the country — condemned Friday’s violence and urged that unions and manufacturers continue wage negotiations."

Cambodia: garment workers increase pressure for higher wages Christian Science Monitor

"With overtime and weekend work, Ms. Maordy can make up to $130 a month at the factory, which makes jeans and T-shirts for a retailer in Canada — well above $80, which until recently was the legally mandated minimum wage. The problem is that wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. Rent is up, and the price of groceries has risen considerably in the past month, ever since the government started enforcing certain import duties. Yellow noodles cost more. So do lemons, sugar, and chili peppers.

'I borrow the money from people almost every month, especially towards the end of the month,' she says.

That’s at the heart of the labor dispute that sent tens of thousands of garment workers out on strike last week, shuttering scores of factories, hamstringing an important part of Cambodia’s economy, and challenging well-connected foreign clothing manufacturers, many of whom supply goods for global brands like H&M, Nike, Asics, Gap, and Adidas."

Cambodia Reverts to Harsh Approach in Protest CrackdownWall Street Journal

"The People's Party realized that the protests posed 'a terrible, unprecedented threat to them. …It's a matter of survival' for the ruling party, Mr. Rainsy said. 'Once they have contained [the protests], at least on a temporary basis, then they will turn to the negotiating table.'

Government officials, however, denied any partisan political motivations behind its security operations last week. Of Friday's shootings, police said they used deadly force only after protesters threw rocks at officers, though witnesses said the demonstration was peaceful before the police moved in."

Cambodian Forces Open Fire as Factory Strikes Turn Violent — Reuters

"The strikes and protests represent a rare challenge to the 28-year rule of Hun Sen, who has been credited with attracting investment and creating jobs in the once failed state scarred by war and the bloody 1970s Khmer Rouge era.

He has also earned a reputation for being intolerant of opposition and rights groups have said abuses are common."

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Related: U.S. Flouts Its Own Advice in Procuring Overseas ClothingThe New York Times

"At Zongtex Garment Manufacturing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which makes clothes sold by the Army and Air Force, an audit conducted this year found nearly two dozen under-age workers, some as young as 15. Several of them described in interviews with The New York Times how they were instructed to hide from inspectors.

'Sometimes people soil themselves at their sewing machines,' one worker said, because of restrictions on bathroom breaks."

Previously: 5 Things to Read About the Tragic Bangladeshi Garment Factory Fire

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