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Gabby Westbrook-Patrick Scores Elle Australia’s Debut Issue Cover (Forum Buzz)


The competitive would of print mags leaves no room for platitudes about not judging things by their covers. And in Australian newsagents, despite the apparent demise of print globally, the section reserved for fashion glossies is especially crowded. In recent months, we’ve heralded the arrival of Miss Vogue Australia as well as the local version of Elle.

The cover of the first was a resounding triumph – only the most dedicated pessimist could find anything to dislike about the holy Spring/Summer trinity of pretty pink flowers, a beaming Elle Fanning and that Givenchy bambi sweater. But Elle Australia’s Gabbby Westbrook-Patrick cover has people a little more divided.

Firstly, Gabby still flies relatively under the radar. Two forum commenters mistook her for Tahnee Atkinson, who’s known mainly known for defeating Cassi Van Den Dungen on Australia’s Next Top Model four years ago. Cicciolina was "expecting someone who was more recognisable," adding that it looks more like an image from a shoot inside rather than for the cover.

There’s also a lot going on clothes-wise for an October issue shot on sand dunes. Forum member Greenway calls the accessories "overpowering." YoninahAliza adds, "I could do without the scarf, it’s making me feel disgustingly hot just looking at it with that desert background." Other commenters dig the retro 90s vibe but were expecting more from a debut issue cover.

Elle’s choice of cover star is unexpected, but it makes sense the more you think about it. Spring 2014 has definitely been Gabby Westbrook-Patrick’s season, with the 17-year-old cropping up on the runways of Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and being booked as an exclusive for Versace. The ‘New Modern Australian’ theme would seem a bit incongruous if it printed next to a household name like Miranda Kerr or Elle Macpherson. 

Do you think Elle Australia’s cover is eye-catching enough for a debut issue?

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PPQ Collaborates with Eshvi Jewellery at London Fashion Week

A ticket to PPQ’s London Fashion Week show is one of the most covetable around, and that’s proven by the army of celebs who eagerly want to sit in its front row.

The label is known for quirky aesthetics and signature printed patterns, and this season they opted for full on glamour with breathtaking gowns in an array of eye popping colours including vibrant yellow and orange for Spring 2014. Prints were mostly bold and often tropical on separates with the addition of printed scarves tied around the middle of outfits to create somewhat of a colour clashing effect. We were also treated to the inclusion of a few staple polka dotted numbers and classic LBDs.


If you've taken a look through images of the show, no doubt the dazzling choice of jewellery has also caught your eye, which included amazing jewel-encrusted rose gold cuffs, stunning chandelier earrings and thick chain chokers.


Eshvi Jewellery from PPQ show

The runway jewellery was created by new designer label Eshvi in collaboration with PPQ and was debuted on the runway during London Fashion Week. Eshvi is a London-based jewellery brand that creates statement pieces via attention to intricate design detail and the choice of vibrant colours, which of course, fits in perfectly with PPQ’s style.

You can find out more about their jewellery designs on Eshvi’s website.

Images: Imaxx Tree, Eshvi

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Sneak Peek Preview: Liu Wen Wears Chanel Couture on the Cover of Vogue Thailand

Image: Vogue Thailand

Image: Vogue Thailand

This morning we opened our inboxes to a note from the lovely people at Vogue Thailand, who wanted to pass along a preview scan of their October Couture Special Issue cover, which features top model Liu Wen styled in a piece from Chanel's Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection. Hello, cheekbones! What a pleasant way to ease into the work week.

The cover was photographed by Marcin Tyszka, styled by Ekaterina Mukhina and art directed by the glossy's editor-in-chief, Kullawit Laosuksri. The shoot took place in Paris during the couture shows in July. 

Vogue Thailand debuted in Feburary earlier this year, making this the publication's ninth issue. Previous cover stars have included Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy and Si Tanwiboon


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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. London Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2014: Individuality Reigns Supreme - Indulge your concrete catwalk cravings. (Want something more refined? Try some fashion editor street style.)

  2. Best of Beauty: London Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Pretty ladies had pretty things done to them, nothing wrong with that.

  3. Can’t Stop Thinking About…LFW Spring 2014 Edition - Ten things we can't get out of our minds.

  4. Front Row Fabulousness at London Fashion Week Spring 2014 - How the famous do fashion week. 

  5. Motivational Must-Haves: 50 Fitness Experts Share Their Favorites - Yes, fifty fitness experts try to motivate us to work out. 

  6. Top 10 Bags: New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 - And accessories and shoes. Feast your eyeballs. 

  7. 50 of the Silliest and Sweetest Shots from Backstage at London Fashion Week - In case your eyeballs get hungry for something sweet. 

  8. Model Scorecard: The Top 15 Catwalkers of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 (Forum Buzz) - See who dominated the runways. (Lovingly, with a silk scarf.)

  9. London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Hits & Misses: Part 1 (Forum Buzz) - Some hilarity for you. (& don't miss Part 2!) 

  10. 21 Questions with… Comedic Legend Joan Rivers - Speaking of hilarity, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to click through. 


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Link Buzz: Jourdan Dunn on Diversity in Fashion; Blake Lively Has Already Appeared in Gucci Spring 2014



  • Jourdan Dunn supports of Bethann Hardison's runway diversity campaign: "The people who control the industry … say if you have a black face on a magazine cover it won't sell, but there's no real evidence for that. It's lazy." [Guardian]
  • A closer look at the manicures seen on the runway at Milan Fashion Week. [BellaSugar]
  • Ashley Madekwe is "all about PVC." [FabSugar]
  • A few more items from Isabel Marant's H&M collection have been revealed. [SheFinds]
  • A 17-year-old girl with Down Syndrome launched a Facebook campaign to model for Wet Seal — and it worked. [TheFrisky]
  • Yes, Blake Lively wore Gucci's Spring 2014 collection the day after it walked the runway in Milan. [Fashionologie]

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Daria Werbowy Channels Prince (Looking Very, um, Tan) on the Cover of Vogue Russia

Image: VogueRussia

Image: VogueRussia

Styled with a pompadour mullet and a very dark tan (oy, on both counts), model Daria Werbowy appears on the October cover of Vogue Russia, photographed by Willy Vanderperre. According to images from the accompanying editorial, which have been posted to the tFS forums, the model is meant to be channeling pop legend Prince

The title of the spread translates to "Known as Prince." The intro copy reads, "Jackets with epaulets, bows, platform shoes: Fashions of the 80s superstar shown through the eyes of our contemporary street style." That's a rough translation, but you get the point: Vogue Russia wanted to pay homage to Prince and show how his iconic style is still relevant today. 

The fact that Werbowy manages to make the mullet look almost cool is a testament to her modeling ability, but you couldn't say the same for the second skin of bronzer piled on by the creative team (led by stylist Sarah Richardson, with makeup by Yadim).

On the cover, the Ukranian-Canadian model's tan is merely weird, but in the accompanying editorial (you can see it in full here) some shots are borderline-offensive. Prince has never publicly confirmed his ethnicity (he may be biracial, he may be African American), but he is certainly a person of color and Vogue Russia could have hired any number of black or multiracial models to represent him without the bronzer.

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