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Fashioncan’s Fall 2014 Collections Put Designers on the Matrix

Fashion can be many things. It can be a new image, a boost of confidence, a protective shell or a shopping experience. Fashion can be, a new online boutique that specializes in the development and management of emerging fashion designers. You see what I did there?

Rachel Sin

Featuring womenswear and jewellery from designers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, the shopping hub brings brands with a strong retail presence to the online shopper, compiling all the best of our local designers online.

“The brand names may be familiar to boutique shoppers, but it was my goal to give the labels a wider audience by getting them online,” says Fashioncan owner Leigh Thompson, a Toronto-based innovator who first dabbled in e-commerce through her former online store, Paper-Doll, in 1998. Now she shares her knowledge by developing and managing online boutiques for independent Canadian fashion designers. This includes the online stores for all of her trendsetting designer clients as well as the Fashioncan Shops page. “I’ve been working with Canadian fashion designers for over 15 years so I know the talent that exists from coast to coast.”


Pictured Right to Left: Birds of North America, Rachel Sin, Oyuna, Valerie Dumaine

For the Fall 2014 season, Fashioncan is showcasing Canadian-designed seasonal trend pieces and collections from Allison Wonderland, Pillar, Birds of North America, Broken Doll Clothing, Dagg & Stacey, Jennifer Glasgow, Laborde Designs, Mia Melon, Oyuna, Rachel Sin, Skinny Sweats and Valerie Dumaine.

It’s an absolute treasure trove, as you can see from a few of the favourite looks I’ve pulled from the site, all of which can be snagged with the knowledge that you're supporting local products.

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Link Buzz: Is Kim Kardashian the Marilyn Monroe of Our Generation? So Sayeth Riccardo Tisci

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    Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has fallen in "love" with Kim Kardashian. "She's the Monroe of our age," he says. Before you freak, please remember that 1) everyone is entitled to their own opinion and 2) Kim K. is a human person like the rest of us. []
  • I spy with my little eye a small child with a mullet who grew up to become January Jones. [Racked]
  • Speaking of hair, Nicole Richie's is purple now. [Fashionista]
  • Thirty-four different ways Lupita Nyong'o has painted her face with makeup prior to this moment. [BellaSugar]
  • Would you like to figure out how to wear boyfriend jeans, apart from pulling them on, zipping them up and buttoning them? No, trust me, this is a process that you can familiarize yourself with, no matter how intimidating it might seem to you right now. [FabSugar]
  • Alec Baldwin has been driven out of New York City by the Gay Department of Justice. [NYMag]

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Former British Vogue Editor Beatrix Miller Remembered By the Fashion World (1923 – 2014)

UK Vogue January 1980, via tFS forums

UK Vogue January 1980, via tFS forums

There are only a few stellar individuals to which the fashion world will truly be indebted and Beatrix Miller is certainly one of those people.

Passing away on Friday at the age of 90, Beatrix has left behind a legacy that not only included her own success as editor of British Vogue from 1964 to 1986, but that of countless editors, photographers and writers whose careers she launched during her time at the helm of Britain’s most influential fashion publication.

A very private, yet open-minded individual, it was under Bea (as her very close friends referred to her) that some of those most memorable cover images and shoots were commissioned featuring everyone from Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall to Sophia Loren and fresh faced Marie Helvin, shot by newcomers like David Bailey.

She was a staunch perfectionist and it was not uncommon for her to scrap an entire shoot over an imperfection, but she also relished talent and change taking the magazine through some of the most exciting changes from the Sixties to Eighties.

Tributes have flooded into today by those who had the privilege of working with her.

Grace Coddington, who left modelling to work for Miller, remembers her interview for the job: “She seemed far more interested in what I was reading than in what I was wearing,” recalled Coddington, “I could sense myself being mentally marked down as a dimwit. Nevertheless, by the end of the meal I was recruited.”

David Bailey, who was notorious for falling outs with the establishment recalled how "she was a breath of fresh air as an editor, all the editors before her were ladies who wore white gloves." He continues, "She was the first British Vogue editor with any gumption. She hired art directors who weren't yes men, who had an opinion. She was the reason that I came back to Vogue."

Similarly, Vogue's fashion director Lucinda Chambers remembered that "under her leadership, fashion editors such as Grace Coddington, Liz Tilberis and Anna Harvey flourished, as did photographers such as Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, to name but a few. I started as her secretary. Miss Miller encouraged me to follow a dream. She used to say to me, 'You have lots of furniture in your head darling, now you have to organise it.' She gave me a shoot to do when I was just a lowly — and very bad — assistant, and told me I could do it with whoever I wanted to. So it was that I found myself on a plane to New York to work with Patrick Demarchelier. Incredible."

The fashion world has a lot of thank her for and will remember her for her unfailing dedication and lasting influence.

View a retrospective of Beatrix Miller's work for British Vogue in the tFS forums.

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A Beautiful Doutzen Kroes Covers Vogue Turkey’s March Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey released its March cover this afternoon via Twitter. The cover features Doutzen Kroes, photographed by Turkish photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu and wearing a dress from Lanvin.



The forum has given the cover rave reviews with Nymphaea being the first to comment posting, "Nice legs, very Grecian. Always lovely to see her on a cover."

"Wow I love it. She looks stunning!" agreed littlekiki

Miss Dalloway also loved the cover and wrote, "How beautiful! I am always for a full body on the cover, and they really made it work," she explained.

Thus far, Vogue Turkey's take on Doutzen has proved popular (I, too, think the cover is very beautiful and effortless). Check out the thread and have your say, here.

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That Was Fast! Anna Dello Russo Has Already Been Photographed in Jeremy Scott’s ‘Fast Fashion’ Moschino Collection

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

The day after Jeremy Scott's debut Moschino collection appeared at Milan Fashion Week, a ten-item capsule range from the line dropped at the British boutique, Browns, and was also made available online at The swift runway-to-retail turnaround makes sense for a collection titled ‘Fast Fashion: Next Day After The Runway,’ which takes its aesthetic cues from McDonald's iconography.

A Moschino 'golden arches' backpack has already sold out online, but you can still purchase the other items — among them, a matching 'Over 20 Billion Served' jersey t-shirt dress ($350), small leather clutch ($865) and an iPhone 5 case that resembles a container of small fries ($85). Naturally, Anna Dello Russo has already been photographed wearing this ensemble, by street style photographer Tommy Ton for Her Instagram regram of the occasion is embedded below: 


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Rose Byrne Joins the Front Row at Milan Fashion Week


Australian actress and full-time stylish person Rose Byrne traveled to Milan last week to attend the Max Mara show and meet the Maramotti family.

Byrne has recently been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award, which recognizes “outstanding acting achievement and embodiment of style and grace.” Women in Film is a non-profit that works toward gender equality on screen and behind the camera.

At the show, Rose looked her usual blithely chic self in wide-legged white trousers, a black Max Mara blazer, and a liquid gold singlet loosely tucked in. Accessories she kept minimal, choosing only a small gold plate necklace, a gold ring and an equally well-trousered friend.

However, our favorite part of the whole look has to be her new bob cut. At the Michael Kors show in New York she looked pretty with bouncy curls and blonde highlights, but we much prefer this sleeker, chicer style on her. Well played, Rose. 

She will be honored at the 2014 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 11 in LA. 

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