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Bassike Spring 2013 is Loaded with Tailored Basics and Elasticated Sweatpants

Bassike is the OG of luxe minimalism and crisp, masculine tailoring, and Spring 2013 is loaded with both.

This latest offering loads up on neutrals for its base, as is standard practice for the brand, then pimps that out with quality materials and inventive detailing. A good T-shirt is something you can always rely on Bassike for, as is a perfectly tailored pair of pants. 

The first comes in silhouettes ranging from relaxed to sharp, cropped and darted. The second is sweatpants, in either soft cotton or elasticated leather (we’re calling a trend). It’s a smart move from a brand with its roots in wardrobe staples: Just try choosing between unrivaled comfort and subtle edginess. If the pants fit, buy them in every fabric.

Also, can we talk about the rebirth of Birkenstocks? Here, the two-strap version adds a little Japanese simplicity to the beachy Australian foundations, and they look surprisingly excellent with sweatpants. 



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Link Buzz: Prada Shows ‘Great Gatsby’ Costumes; Amanda Seyfried is the New Face of Givenchy

  • Last night, Prada celebrated the opening of an exhibition of costumes designed for the upcoming film The Great Gatsby by Miuccia Prada and costume designer Catherine Martin. The exhibit will be on view at the Prada New York Epicenter at 575 Broadway in Manhattan through May 12, before traveling to Tokyo and then Shanghai. [WWD]
  • And here are eight other fashion exhibitions you should see before the punk show opens at the Met next week. [Fashionologie]
  • Do you watch Betsey Johnson's reality show? She thinks you should, as I've gleaned from this interview she did to publicize it. [FabSugar]
  • Burberry has a new eyewear campaign because it's sunny out. [DesignScene]
  • Amanda Seyfried replaces Liv Tyler as the new face of Givenchy. Is she happy about it? "F-ck yeah," as she told reporters. [BellaSugar]
  • The downside of loaning celebrities dresses is that sometimes they don't give them back. And that's why "when it comes to stars designers won’t touch, [Lindsay] Lohan reigns supreme." [NYPost]

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Meet Madeline Gruen, the Winner of the Liz Claiborne Award at the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion Show

Last week, the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion show opened with Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles presenting the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award to designer Thom Browne. Those are both big names, but the real stars of the night were the 17 graduating students that sent their final senior collections down the runway to a packed audience of parents, friends and fashion people (Bill Cunningham showed up to photograph the front row, which included Fern Mallis and Alina Cho). 

At the end of the show, Pratt exiting senior Madeline Gruen was presented with the Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product, which includes a $25,000 prize to develop a collection. She also received the Pratt Fashion Entrepreneurship Award, which will allow the young designer to spend one year rent-free at the Pratt Design Incubator. 

"It totally caught me off-gaurd," Gruen told me at the reception following the show. "I'm just so excited to continue doing what I'm doing, with no limitations, really. I can can still make beautiful things."

Gruen distinguished herself by showing elaborate, exquisitely-constructed garments with impressive embellishment and hand-detail. She was also one of the few students whose collection included both womens and menswear, the wardrobe for a kind of fairy tale wedding. 

Click through for a slideshow of Madeline's award-winning designs.


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Cara Delevingne Covers the First-Ever ‘Miss Vogue’ (& Kate Moss Covers Mother Title, British Vogue)

Back in January, British Vogue announced that it would be launching a 127-page supplement, Miss Vogue. Though the new title launches with its mother glossy on May 6, the publication will feature separate original content aimed at teenagers and the forever young.

The debut cover was released online this morning and it pitch-perfectly features British model Cara Delevingne, as photographed by Angelo Pennetta. Delevingne has her detractors, but her high fashion cred and quirky, playful sense of style makes her the ideal choice for the new Vogue title. 

Advocates for seeing more models placed on mainstream fashion magazine covers should be doubly happy: even though Kate Moss is a celebrity in her own right, she's still one of the original supermodels and her May 2013 British Vogue cover (the counterpart to Cara's) is stunning. (Though the talon nails, Bardot tousle and cat-eye liner may borrow a little too much from the fashion stylings of Lana Del Rey.)

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My Condolences to Miley Cyrus Fans (V Magazine Summer 2013)

Miley Cyrus has a lot of devoted fans, but even if you count yourself among them, you'll have to agree that her just-released V magazine covers are, at best, disappointing. Since the pop star looks uncharacteristically confused, distant and awkward, I'm just going to assume that one of the V interns spiked all the coffee with hallucinogens the day of the shoot.

That would explain the following: Miley's hair spiked à la Backstreet Boys reunion tour and dyed Halloween candy vomit-colored; the world's worst-ever pun accompanies the images ("Go the extra Miley!"); one of the covers has her carrying a giant orange tote (graffiti-taped with her name for the added benefit of any V readers that have spent the past five years living under a rock) in her mouth (sending a terrrrible message about tooth care); A PHOTO OF MILEY HIKING UP HER UNDERWEAR TO SHOW HER CROTCH.

But maybe V's just trying to reflect the risks the pop star's taking with her style? As she tells the glossy: “I’m going to change, I’m going to be different, I’m going to do what I want to do. I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back.” That pull quote could totally be a Taylor Swift song. 

Images Mario Testino for V Magazine

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Aussie Surf Brand Mambo Goes International, Tapping Barbara Palvin for Spring 2013/2013

From a farting dog to one of the hottest young models on earth, the new ambassador of Aussie surf brand Mambo proves the label has come a long way since the mid-80s and trippy printed board shorts. For Spring 2013/2014, Mambo has tapped Hungarian stunner Barbara Palvin, currently ranked #23 on’s list of Money Girls, to star alongside Australian model Ashley Hart

At first the 19-year-old Victoria’s Secret model seems an odd choice of ambassador for a surf brand that’s as Australian as Vegemite and VB. Particularly when you look at the lineup of previous Mambo ambassadors, which includes Jodhi Meares, Cheyenne Tozzi, Jess Gomes and Ashley’s sister Jess Hart. But she translates into backwards caps and denim cut-offs as well as she does ludicrously expensive push-up bras, and does an admirable job of not appearing anemic in comparison to her bronzed yoga-loving counterpart.

Mambo’s managing director Angus Kingsmill says of the choice, “We think it’s a phenomenal mix, teaming the best of Australia with the best in the world as Mambo chases global domination. Both are fantastic, fun and ridiculously attractive girls. Perfect Mambo goddesses.” Palvin adds that the Mambo guys have promised to take her surfing next time she finds herself on our shores, which will probably be later this year.

The campaign was shot in the Venice Beach, California by Los Angeles-based photographer Jason Lee Parry. The rest of it drops in August, but until then you can enjoy “Aussie Barb” dancing around in GIF format. 

Image: Fashion Gone Rogue

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