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Georgia Hardinge’s Collection for River Island

London-based designer Georgia Hardinge has just teamed up with high street favourite River Island on a new limited-edition collection. As part of River Island’s Design Forum for 2013, the collaboration is set to fly off those shelves.

Hardinge’s signature style encompasses an aesthetic that is both avant garde yet wearable, and her collections are often inspired by her love for architectural shapes and sculptures, which is exactly what we are seeing with her River Island collection.

The collection is comprised of just fourteen pieces with a 2D greyscale pattern that’s key to most of the designs, which totally takes us back to those hours spent shading objects back in art class at school. Hardinge likes to form landscape shapes that accentuate the female silhouette and this kind of shading does that perfectly.

We love the printed crop top (£35) and the printed cut out wedges (£60). If you fancy checking out the entire collection, head over to River Island’s site, where you can also peruse her gorgeous maxi skirts and clutch bags.

This designer is definitely one we’ll be keeping an eye on, and we’re guessing that this is something that the celebrity world is already doing as she’s recently been commissioned to create bespoke outfits for musicians such as Alicia Keys and Jessie J. So, keep this one on your fashion radar!  

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Abbey Lee Kershaw Removes Clothes in the Name of Gun Control, Almost Has a Punk Moment

Abbey Lee Kershaw, long-time advocate for both nudity and DIY, is now lending her body to a more commendable cause.

On Monday night, the Aussie model caused a stir at a Met Gala after party by indulging in a very literal interpretation of the evening’s "punk" theme, lifting her sheer Rag & Bone dress to reveal "GUN CONTROL" Sharpied across her torso. It would have been more punk if she’d done it on the red carpet a few hours earlier, but given then she’d also be running the risk of having her political statement drowned out by Miley Cyrus’ Guy Fieri-inspired hairdo.

Instead, Kershaw chose the Standard Hotel as the scene for her statement-making, flashing the message mid-dance alongside Mad Max co-stars Nicholas Hoult and Riley Keough.

There’s no question of whether or not the move was contrived (the pre-gala photo posted to photographer Cara Stricker’s Instagram (right) shows the letters carefully outlined on the model’s stomach), but it’s still punk to diligently plan your evening and outfit around a diluted display of rebellion, right? Well, more punk than frosted tips anyway.

And while we’re on the subject of hair, can we take a moment to appreciate Abbey’s newly brunette locks? They ought to translate into editorial just as well as they do into a rat tail, and it’s about time she made her way back onto our radar for doing things that involve putting clothes on rather than taking them off. 

image: Instagram

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Link Buzz: Tilda Swinton for Chanel Paris-Edimbourg 2013; Suri Cruise Not Getting Clothing Line

  • Karl Lagerfeld photographed Tilda Swinton for Chanel's Paris-Edimbourg line. Read more about the collection on Susie Bubble's blog and check out the rest of the campaign in the forums
     
  • I try to stay away from nail art tutorials but this Gatsby-inspired manicure may break me. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Chanel Resort 2014: I want to have whatever they're putting in Karl Lagerfeld's water. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Anything you can do, your LWD can do better. [FabSugar]
     
  • In the cards: A Vanity Fair interview with John Galliano. Yes, that one! [WWD]
     
  • The Carrie Diaries gets a second season which is a shame for anyone that's waiting for the Sex and the City dream to die. [SBT]
     
  • Is Suri Cruise getting her own fashion line? I'm sorry we even had to ask that question. [StyleBistro]

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Crystal Renn Styled by Crystal Renn for Rad Hourani

If you like experimental, minimalist design but worry that you need to have the body of a Dior Homme model circa Hedi Slimane to pull it off — nope. In what might be an effort to shatter some illusions about who can wear avant garde fashion (or simply to produce a fantastic campaign), Paris-based couture designer Rad Hourani photographed Crystal Renn self-styled in his unisex line. Renn is so often photographed glam and feminine, but she really seems to come alive for these more androgynous characters. 

 

Images via RadHourani.com

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Dutch Vogue Uses Reprint from Doutzen Kroes Vogue UK Editorial for June 2013 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Last month, Vogue Netherlands surprised us by using its first non-Dutch model on a cover since launching the magazine in April 2012. This month, they went back to Dutch with Doutzen Kroes on the cover, but it’s another first for the publication: its first reprint. Forum members debated over the reasons for Vogue NL using an image from the Vogue UK January 2013 editorial shot by Josh Olins for its cover and raised the question of whether this means the magazine is already running out of budget

“Using a reprint is a very stupid decision for Vogue Netherlands. They won't be able to book a major top model for their cover anymore…. using reprints is perhaps their only option,” noted DutchHomme.

“Just gorgeous, interesting they went for a reprint, wonder if it was the case of low budget for this month, or just putting a beautiful image to good use!“ stated Miss Dalloway.

happycanadian also doesn't mind that the cover image is not new: “Reprint or not, it's a truly impactful cover which would stop me dead in my tracks in the magazine store. Doutzen is serving some epic face right here. Just breathtaking! And the colors are so dog-days-of-summer. Love it! Wish it were the cover of an issue with bigger circulation.”

“I don't think reprints are so bad… at least not when the results are as stunning as this. Every once in a while I think it’s ok to see great work a second time in a fresh way,” agreed fee de foret.

Turning reprinted images from editorials into covers is nothing unusual for international editions of Vogue. But I normally tend to think reprints fail to make good cover images since it is often clear that the image was not originally meant to be used for a cover when it was shot. But I would have to agree with the majority here that this beautiful and summery image of Doutzen makes for a great cover. Interesting fact: Doutzen was rumored to be on the cover of the Vogue UK January 2013 issue with an image from this editorial but ended up losing the cover to Kate Upton

Image: vogue.nl

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