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Watch: Where Do Fashion Trends Come From? [theFashionDish]

Whether you think about it consciously, we bet fashion trends affect how you get dressed every single day. But what causes those sartorial shifts? Where do fashion trends come from? And what does Fashion Week have to do with it? We put the question to Jaclyn Jones, the Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm. WGSN starts tracking season trends two years in advance.

"I think fabrics really set the tone," Jones says in the clip above. "You can go to a fabric tradeshow and really predict what you're going to see coming down the runway."

Jones and her team pay close attention to how runway shows play into and transform existing trends. At the Fall 2014 shows, Jones spotted plenty of outdoor influences — there was hunting gear, there were Western-inspired pieces. This trend may have started at summer music festivals (you can read all about it here), but it really coalesced at the Chanel Paris-Dallas Pre-Fall show, which took place right before New York Fashion Week. 

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blogTomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 


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LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize: London Designers We’re Tipping for the Top

It’s been widely reported that luxury powerhouse LVMH is looking to support emerging designers from this year with its new initiative, the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.

With a judging panel consisting of leading fashion industry players like Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, the standards are going to be insanely high. Entrants had to be under 40 years old and have sold or presented two ready-to-wear collections, with one lucky winner receiving a grant worth €300,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring.

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The winner isn’t set to be announced until May, but recently works by all 30 of the shortlisted designers were on show in Paris for one very fashionable inspection, which included Anna Wintour. The task at hand is to now whittle the list down to 10 finalists from which an overall winner will be selected.

We’re excited to see that several London-based designers have made it into the final 30, and we’re crossing everything for at least two of them to be recognized within the final set. Our money is on either Simone Rocha or Meadham Kirchhoff.

Both are Central Saint Martins alumni who have gone on to receive an accolade of positive mentions following their Fashion Week collections and are steadily building their design houses. Watch this space to find out who makes the final 10! 

Images: ImaxTree 

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Link Buzz: Target is Practically Giving Away Its Peter Pilotto Collab Leftovers

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    Those of us who are rooting for the swift demise of designer x fast fashion collaborations will be heartened to hear that Target is practically paying people to take its Peter Pilotto leftovers. (By "paying people" I mean giving them a 30% discount, but considering how fast these collaborations typically sell out, it's a bad sign.) [SheFinds]
  • London's digital fashion scene is thriving. [HuffPo]
  • Buzzfeed's Jonah Peretti expounds on bundling and the role of advertising on the site: “The way we think about it is, it goes back to the best of advertising in magazines, where you pick up a women’s fashion magazine, and you take all the ads out, it would be a worse experience for the consumer. The advertising is high-quality fashion photography and so are the editorial spreads, and that’s something to aspire to for the Web.”

    The last time I looked at an issue of Vogue (not sure if it was the February or March issue), I must have flipped through 200 pages before I even hit the table of contents. Just saying, fashion magazines are maybe not the best model for thinking about how to balance editorial and advertising. [WWD]

  • New York City's "top" tech start-ups are sooo sooo … nauseating. [Refinery29]
  • Sky Ferreira speaks out against abusive Internet trolls. [DazedDigital]
  • Fashionista speaks to costume designer Janie Bryant about her post-Mad Men career aspirations. [Fashionista]
  • Paris Fashion Week may be over, but these photos of what the runway beauty looks were are probably forever. [BellaSugar]

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See How Katie Shillingford Styled Gareth Pugh’s Fall 2014 Collection for AnOther Magazine

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

For AnOther magazine's current issue, stylist and fashion editor Katie Shillingford collaborated with her longtime friend Gareth Pugh (the pair met when they were both studying at Central Saint Martins) on a fashion story featuring the designer's Fall 2014 mens and womenswear collections.

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Referring to the collection as a turning point, Pugh and Shillingford named the editorial, 'A New Perspective.'

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

As the designer put it, "This show was my attempt to begin to see things differently – to try and find some sort of truth in a constant swirl of opinions and ideas. This sounds very grand indeed, but essentially I felt the need to take things back to zero: to hit the reset button." 

To see more on or check the newsstand.

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

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Katie Holmes is UK Elle’s Latest Questionable Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

UK Elle is usually the first of the British monthlies to surface but this month is an exception. Elle has landed Katie Holmes for its April 2014 cover wearing a Prada coat, photographed by Thomas Whiteside. She looks radiant and is a refreshing cover choice for a British magazine.



"Just saw this on the newsstand… Random! It's a nice cover though, I like it," wrote honeycombchild

KissMiss questioned Lorraine Candy's (UK Elle's editor-in-chief) choice in cover subject and posted, "Really? The cover is nice though… I find her so intensely uninteresting though…"

Catherine88 also didn't seem to understand the cover choice, "Why did they choose her?" But Luxx reassured her, "She has 4 movies coming out in 2014 – though I don't feel like one is scheduled for release ASAP so I'm not sure. The picture is nice though and she looks refreshingly adult — she should embrace this style in her day to day life."

I do agree with the comments theFashionSpot members are making towards this particular appearance, but it's a refreshing one. It's a pleasure to see a different face on the cover of a magazine. We often get the same recycled celebrities over and over, I like this. The composition and overall look of the cover is excellent.

Join the discussion and take a look at some previews here.

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Topshop x Adidas Originals are Brightening Up Your Gym Kit


image: Topshop

Before you give in and let your New Year's resolution routines slow down a little, there is a new line to pick you right up and back on the treadmill as the eagerly awaited Topshop x Adidas Originals collaboration launches on March 20.

The high street giant tweeted an excited link to the site, telling fans of the infamous sportswear label to get ready for the 20-piece collection that will be released in-store and on the website, available worldwide.

Delving into the Adidas archives, the two brands have come up with a collection that reimagines vintage designs with a fresh twist. There will be a real emphasis on femininity throughout the collection with a fresh, spring palette that can be worn in the gym or simply out and about.


image: Topshop

Loose tanks featuring a floral Adidas logo feature alongside tailored sweatpants and soft cotton sweatshirts in dove greys and peach melba hues, as well as retro-style running shorts perfect for any holiday wardrobe. With prices starting at £25 for clothing up to £90 for the collaborative footwear styles including Tech super trainers.

No excuse to wear that old T-shirt and leggings combo at the gym from now on then.

Sign up to get updates on Topshop x Adidas Originals on now.

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