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‘The Bling Ring’ — the Book Version — Is Out Today

Real-life Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers, right

Real-life Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers, right / via WENN.com

A month ahead of the Sofia Coppola film, The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World, a nonfiction book about the celebrity-obsessed teenagers who made headlines when they were arrested for their habitual raids on Hollywood celebrities' homes, is out today (available in paperback, ebook, audio versions). 

Nancy Jo Sales, the writer behind the Vanity Fair piece you might have read, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins", expanded on her original reporting in just six months, after being approached by HarperCollins. 

With actors like Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and Gavin Rossdale, The Bling Ring is sure to have well-photographed red carpets and a well-attended premiere — meaning lots and lots of publicity. If you have any intention of eventually watching the film (and from what we've seen of the trailer, you should have lots of intention) you probably will see it. And so maybe you'll also want to read the book. 

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Raf Simons’ Dior Resort 2014 is a Hit! (Forum Buzz)

Raf Simon’s Dior Resort 2014 is a hit! (Forum Buzz)

Last weekend, Raf Simons presented the new Christian Dior Resort 2014 collection in Monaco. The elegant setting with a stunning view over the Mediterranean Sea was not the only aspect that managed to excite the fashion crowd. The collection spanned 59 looks and seemed seemed bolder, more experimental and more fluid than Simons’ other collections for the Dior house. TFS forum members are loving this less minimal and more daring side of Simons and believe he is finally feeling more confident designing for the iconic Dior house.

"Raf is really putting Dior into shape, with a clear, clean and elegant vision! This is one great resort collection and the venue is a dream!" exclaimed miguelalmeida.

TianCouture agreed: "These colors—I want to live in them! Amazing. I feel like he's taking parts of previous collections and adding them with new looks, slowly removing the old pieces until the once new looks become the older ones, with a new set of looks that will antiquate the former. Forces the viewer to find the new, if that makes sense. And there is a lot of new here." 

VogueDisciple93 fawned over the great use of color as well and added, "Absolutely amazing! Breathtaking use of color. Agreeably much like his offerings thus far, but was different enough to be a solid step forward. I commend him for sticking to his vision of what he wants the house/ Dior woman to be and not falling prey to trends."

Lee MG Tisci pointed out the use of lace, a material that Simons admittedly hadn’t worked with before: "This is so much more contemporary, fresh and even sexier with all the sheer he used. I just love the mix of all the textures and fabrics, interesting work with the lace and the layering is great too…"

Forum members made excellent points about what sets this collection apart from the more repetitive and safe collections that Simons had delivered thus far. This collection has everything a good Resort collection needs: summery colors, light fabrics, sexy and feminine cuts and flattering silhouettes. Looks like this is a new Dior that we could get used to!

Raf Simon’s Dior Resort 2014 is a hit! (Forum Buzz) Raf Simon’s Dior Resort 2014 is a hit! (Forum Buzz)

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Andreea Diaconu Covers W Magazine’s Trends Supplement

Andreea Diaconu for W Magazine by Lachlan Bailey

Andreea Diaconu for W Magazine by Lachlan Bailey / via Andreea Diaconu Instagram

When the largely unknown Romanian model Andreea Diaconu appeared on Paris Vogue's June/July 2013 cover, I assumed she'd be back in the spotlight soon — but it happened so quickly, I'm getting whiplash. 

A few hours ago, Diaconu Instagrammed a snapshot showing her cover of W Magazine's Trend Supplement, photographed by Lachlan Bailey, which runs the same month as her appearance on the front of the famous French glossy. Prior to this small burst of high profile editorial gigs, the Bucharest-born model had only appeared on the covers of Eastern European publications, with sporadic story assignments from various international editions of Vogue.  (You can read a more thorough rundown of her career here.)

What seemed like a lucky fluke when it was just a Paris Vogue cover now seems like something which was more deliberately plotted. We should all assume that Diaconu has a very clever agent … one who's doing backflips right now. 

 

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What’s Really Driving the ‘Hot’ Accessories Market?

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WWD is calling it "the fall of apparel."

A report released by Credit Suisse this week found that the growing accessories market is stealing away mall sales from fashion apparel at a significant rate. 

The actual numbers, as reported by WWD: From 2007 to 2012, apparel sales at American malls had a compounded annual growth rate of 0.8%, compared to a 5% growth rate during the same period for accessories and beauty products; apparel lost two points of its share of mall sales (down to 58%) while accessories gained five percentage points (up to 32%).

We've been reading about the declining apparel market and booming accessories sector for a while. Last year, The New York Times reported on the shift, attributing the uptick in accessory sales to a more frugal recession-era buying public. Both WWD and market analyst IBISworld support the view that the lower point of entry makes accessories well-suited to the stagnant economy and lackluster consumer confidence.

I find the Great Recession argument deeply unsatisfying. The total revenue for all apparel (including accessories) in the United States was $482 billion last year. According to the EPA, we throw out 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year. Yes, apparel is not performing according to the wishes of executives and market analysts, but — and especially in the wake of the tragedy in Bangladesh, where the death toll has maxed out at 1,127 — it seems crazy to worry whether people are buying enough stuff. 

The current "hot" accessories market has been in the works for the past couple decades, from when fashion companies repositioned themselves as global brands. In Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, a representative from BETC Luxe, a creative strategies agency, tells reporter Dana Thomas how Tom Ford's success at Gucci in the 1990s created a model for accessories-based revenue which essentially made clothing sales irrelevant to major fashion brands: "[Ford] made beautiful dresses, but he always stuck a great bag on them. How many $2,000 white satin gowns are you going to sell? Luxury brands know that clothing is a loss. The bag is the introduction to the brand. Even if it's a ready-to-wear ad campaign, what you're really selling is the handbag. Thanks to Tom Ford, pret-a-porter is the decor for the accessory."

In its Annual Report for 2012, H&M posted a 29.76% increase in revenue over the past year. A 2010 report by New York's Economic Development Corporation called Fashion.NYC.2020 showed similar growth over a multi-year period for other fast fashion outlets like Forever 21, Uniqlo and Zara.

Clearly, people are buying clothes. We're just not buying as many from companies that are secretly just trying to get us to buy sunglasses. 

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Link Buzz: Anne V for Elle Russia; Beyonce for H&M Magazine

Anne Vyalitsyna for Elle Russia by Asa Tallgard

Anne Vyalitsyna for Elle Russia by Asa Tallgard

  • Orange you glad there's a camera lens, a layer of Photoshop and a computer screen standing between you and Anne Vyalitsyna's lipstick?  [DesignScene]
     
  • Taylor Swift's Peter Pan collar top: Her cutest look ever or just another cute look? [FabSugar]
     
  • Dior's Resort 2013 collection was designed by Raf Simons so surely you either LOVE it or HATE it. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Here's a slideshow of 20 brunette celebrities that have dyed their hair blonde because it's Monday and I'm a dreamer. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Tracy Reese did more design things for Anthropologie and it went well. [SheFinds]
     
  • Now even fancy French tea companies are trying to get in on the BB Cream craze. [Fashionista]
     
  • Beyonce's on the cover of H&M Magazine Summer 2013 because Barack Obama was busy being overexposed. [Forums]

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Hanne Gaby Odiele Wears Romance Was Born, Dion Lee and Ellery in Jasu’s Latest Campaign

If you thought Hanne Gaby Odiele would be ranked higher than #34 on models.com, it’s probably because she has a face you can’t stop looking at and a mind-altering wardrobe and legs that are out of proportion to her body in the best way possible. Hence why she’s covered all the coolest magazines and walked for designers including Valentino, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Versace and Prada.

So props to the people behind forward-thinking Australian retail platform Jasu, who have tapped the Belgian superstar to front their AW2013 campaign. Hanne Gaby was in town to take over Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in April, which probably made things easier, but it’s testament to the pulling power of this relative newbie in the online retail game.

In the campaign, Hanne Gaby wears bits and pieces from all the top dogs of Australian fashion. Girl looks good in everything, but in elegantly futuristic separates by Ellery, Romance Was Born and Dion Lee she kind of really is the new frontier of fashion. And since Jasu exists on the Internet, you can too — if it’s not currently the wrong side of pay week. 

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