Photos: Christopher Morris/ House of Cannon
Although Australian label House of Cannon launched just last year, its unique, travel-inspired pieces have quickly made waves in the fashion industry. With only two collections under designer Annie Cannon-Brookes‘ belt, including one based on Kyoto and the other on New Orleans, the impressive dressmaker is now launching her third, dubbed Halcyon Hong Kong.
Like all of House of Cannon’s ranges, which are based on different places in the world, Halcyon Hong Kong encompasses the chosen region with a bold and colourful paper fan print, an exotic golden Koi fish darting through dark-blue water and a picturesque skyline reflecting this exciting and pulsing city.
The striking designs are fresh and contemporary with its fabrics and silhouettes of kimonos, silky tops and floating dresses, while still reflecting the traditional side of Hong Kong with the bright and captivating prints. Take a sneak peek at some of the upcoming styles before they’re available in-store this September.
We have been spoiled with supermodel extravaganzas on September issues, and it looks like Interview has zero intention of lagging behind. For its September issue, the magazine is offering us a choice of six covers, three of them featuring supermodels, while the other three star actresses.
Image Credit: wwd.com via the tfs forums
For the “Photographers Issue,” the publication hired Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to shoot Naomi Campbell. Craig McDean shot Amber Valletta and Mikael Jansson picked Daria Werbowy. The actress covers feature Léa Seydoux by Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman by Steven Klein and Keira Knightley by Patrick Demarchelier. Is this as great as it sounds? Well, our forum members sure think so.
“Interview comes to save this boring September,” swooned Marc10. “Spectacular covers, each one represents each photographer really well. Amber and Keira’s are my favorites, Daria’s being the weakest. She looks… rough.”
Daria’s cover seems to be the most controversial one with several members declaring it their favorite or least favorite of the set.
MissMagAddict is a fan of the cover. “Daria’s is by far the best for me,” she posted.
Contrary to that, Benn98 wrote: “This is it!! The best offering for September, thanks Interview! All the covers except 1 does it for me. Daria really looks much too haggard and the forehead looks so leather-ey, and I actually prefer mature women on covers. Perhaps it’s time for her to take another break.”
That last statement is, perhaps, an overreaction. But out of the model covers, Daria’s is the least striking one to me, too. My favorite covers star Amber (pictured above) and Naomi. Which cover gets you most excited? See all the covers and join the lively discussion on the forums.
The stats are in and Miranda Kerr has been crowned as one of Forbes‘ highest-paid supermodels for 2014, with a whopping $7 million to her name over the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, Gisele Bündchen took the major prize, but Miranda still managed to make more coin than the likes of Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Alessandra Ambrosio. Looks like you don’t need those Victoria’s Secret wings to help you fly.
So, what has our dimple-faced, doe-eyed sweetheart been up to over the last 12 months to overtake these other big-name, super-trendy models? Other than causing fist fights in Ibiza between the barely-legal Biebs and baby-daddy Orlando Bloom, Miranda has been one busy woman.
We’re talking magazine covers, advertising campaigns and more. We see her face so darn often that it’s easy to forget what she’s been working on. Scroll through some Miranda moments from the last 12 months below. If anything, it’s an absolute joyride seeing how she swaps from good girl to bad girl so often.
Photo: Sebastian Faena/ 7 For All Mankind
Miranda got up close and personal with Spanish actor and model Jon Kortajarena for the 7 For All Mankind Fall 2014 campaign dubbed #7Obsessions, with the steamy images released earlier this month.
Photo: Franco Gulotta/ WENN
Miranda has been gallivanting around for Escada, after being named the face of its new Joyful fragrance in March. It’s been all sunshine, rainbows and pretty floral ensembles for this particular job.
IMAGE: CHRIS COLLS/ NET-A-PORTER.COM
Her girl-next-door image was completely ditched in her shoot with Net-a-Porter, straddling motorbikes and rocking plunging necklines for the online retailer’s The EDIT magazine.
IMAGE CREDIT: DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU VIA TFS FORUMS
Miranda caused a stir for all the right reasons when she graced the cover of Vogue Australia’s July issue. One of our forum members, fluxxx, commented, “I kinda like it, it’s nice to see her not in the oversexualized styling.” Miranda was also picked as the cover girl for this year’s May issue of Vogue Taiwan and ELLE Spain, plus the June issue of U.K. Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few.
Image: Royal Albert
We’re not going to lie, the model had us a little confused when she decided to design a tea set range for Royal Albert. Nonetheless, it’s been one of Miranda’s biggest projects as of late that doesn’t completely rely on her face or body.
It’s without doubt that Miranda’s contract as Swarovski‘s global ambassador brings in some big bucks. She models in its campaigns, features in the commercials and attends all of its glamorous events.
It was a little predictable when Miranda was named the face of H&M back in February, but also fitting in the lead-up to the Swedish retail giant’s first Australian store. Either way, it’s a huge brand to add to an ever-growing portfolio.
The second single from Kimbra‘s critically-acclaimed The Golden Echo album is here, and, as expected from the quirky, Grammy Award-winning musician, the costumes for the “Miracle” music video are freakin’ amazing.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
The clever designer is Jaime Lee Major, who has collaborated with Kimbra in the past. The smiley singer kicks off the video in a sheer, beaded bodysuit teamed with tiny red hot pants (later swapped for a 3-D floral skirt), chunky lace-up platform boots and an adorable fluffy red backpack. She later changes into a truly phenomenal long-sleeve flippy dress with super-funky matching shoes for the finale.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
It was no easy job, though, taking Jaime Lee over four weeks to hand bead the final outfit, which has over 200 metres of hand-cut, silk Georgette flowers sewn through the hem. It was well worth the wait, but funnily enough, the piece was meant for Kimbra to wear at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
“It’s great to be working with Kimbra again, we share such a common creative vision, it’s very kindred,” Jaime Lee said in a news release. “It was really special with our history to be able to create something extraordinary for this video.”
Jaime Lee flew out to New York for the fun-filled shoot, with director Thom Kerr saying, “I wanted the audience to really see Kimbra in this clip, and watch a performance that showcases not only how beautiful she is, but her eccentricity as a live performer.” He added, “Jaime Lee was the perfect fit as her vision is parallel to those magical ideals – her clothes are truly something special.”
If you want to watch the entire video (trust us, it’s all kinds of fun), you can do so here.
September is fashion month and we’re just on the cusp of being bombarded with about a million looks for Spring 2015. But before we get a peek at all the pieces we’ll be coveting — but not able to buy — for the next six months, let’s take a look at this season’s clothes. The Fall 2014 campaigns are in and we’ll be seeing them in just about every magazine for the next few months.
We scoured through 283 campaigns this season to see which faces we would be seeing the most and which models were the most in-demand. We left out beauty and fragrance and just focused on fashion, tallying up how many times each girl appeared in a major ad campaign.
Below are the top seven, most frequently featured models this season. Many are girls we usually expect to perform, but there are a few surprises. Unsurprising, however, is the lack of diversity among these seven, which certainly speaks to improvements that still need to be made in the industry. The models predominantly hail from European countries (Estonia, the U.K., Romania, Poland) and the rest from Australia and Brazil. Let’s hope this is a trend that doesn’t continue on the runways; we’d love to see a bit more diversity.
See which girls made the cut for the most appearances.
Karmen Pedaru (7)
Image: Michael Kors
Appeared in Gucci, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Comma, Etro, Francesco Scognamiglio, IRO and Michael Kors.
Cara Delevingne (6)
Appeared in Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Pepe Jeans and Topshop.
Gisele Bündchen (6)
Appeared in Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Falabella, Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and Stuart Weitzman.
Photo: Mark Metcalfe/ Getty
Sarah Murdoch looked like she was on her way to a chic business meeting when stepping onto the red carpet for the 2014 Helpmann Awards in Sydney. We totally dug the look, though, with the model making some clever choices in both the wardrobe and beauty department.
The 42-year-old veered away from an all-black outfit by incorporating a brown collar and pussy bow style scarf, which were complemented by her bronzed eye makeup. The shapely midi skirt feminised her workwear attire, while the sheer fabric of the blouse added a little sex appeal.
We admire Sarah’s ability to work black and brown, while nailing sexy, pretty and on-duty all in one outfit. If this really was a business meeting, Sarah would definitely be getting the job.