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Vivienne Westwood Makes Virgin Look Good (Forum Buzz)

Vivienne WestwoodWith her latest collaboration, Vivienne Westwood is officially joining the ranks of Julien Macdonald, Balmain, Pucci and Halston by designing airline uniforms. Westwood has teamed up with Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic to revamp the brand’s signature red ensembles. The collaboration is set to run for ten years and promises to completely overhaul the airline’s outfits in all areas.

Westwood has already tackled the cabin crew uniforms, giving female employees a nipped-in jacket and pencil skirt with a “cheeky dart and double pleat at the back,” and a three-piece Savile Row-inspired suit in burgundy wool for the men. Sounds like Virgin could be up for the unofficial chicest-in-the-sky award (according to me, anyway).

Vivienne Westwood for Virgin Atlantic UniformsPhuel is a bit more skeptical, though. “Interesting – in concept,” he commented. “I don't think it'll look remotely outstanding once it's on the actual crew. When people who don't really care for fashion are made to wear fashionable items, it rarely, if ever, turns out well. Crews are going to wear their own footwear, accessories, hairstyles, etc. with this uniform and it's going to be a mess for the most part.”

Even if the individual styling is a bit off, doesn’t it help to have a fashionable base?

Pilot uniforms are set to be unveiled later this year and I think it’s a safe bet that they’ll look sharp. It’s kind of impossible for a pilot to look bad, right?

 

Images: IMAXtree and telegraph.co.uk

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Target Builds Lifesize Dollhouse in Grand Central

"Man, it must be fun to work with Target's budget," is all I could think when I attended the launch event for its Threshold home décor line last night. Why? Because to celebrate it, the retailer built a life-size dollhouse in the middle of Grand Central Station. And not just anywhere in Grand Central — right in the middle of Vanderbilt Hall (cue confused rush hour commuters…).

The 1,600-square-foot dollhouse, which will remain on view through today, comes complete with a patio and lawn area. There are somewhere between 3,500 and 4,000 products on display in the house and, with few exceptions, all are available for purchase at Target.

Among those that I spotted meandering the faux abode were newly engaged couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent gushing about the kitchen furnishings (Berkus has designed a home line for the retailer), all of which were instantly shoppable via smartphone.

I was particularly impressed with the tapletop settings, furniture and the kitchen goods. Check out the new in-house brand here for some quick and easy ways to freshen up your abode on a budget.

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Let’s Just Admire David Gandy and Bianca Balti in Dolce & Gabbana’s “Light Blue” Fragrance Campaign [VIDEO] (Forum Buzz)

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - David Gandy & Bianca Balti

If Dolce & Gabbana does one thing right, it’s casting blue-eyed, bronze-skinned, smoldering Italian-looking models in their fragrance campaigns. Bianca Balti is the new female face for the brand’s Light Blue fragrance. She joins David Gandy, who already represents the men’s version. Shot in Capri, Italy by Mario Testino, the models were captured in white swimsuits – somewhat of a tradition for Light Blue – and the ads continue to convey that relaxed yet super sexual energy.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - David Gandy

“The one with the both of them is awesome,” Urban Stylin posted.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - Bianca BaltiSome forum members might beg to differ about the couple photo. “They Photoshopped Bianca so so so much they had to do the same with David,” macBarna commented. “His skin looks much more natural in the solo pic, especially his chest and face.”

Vogue28 shared this lament: “You'd think as time has gone by and technology has become more advanced, the level of photography and images would only develop and improve. Unfortunately, that's not the case here… The first set of Light Blue ads are immaculate, they seem to be untouched and look very natural. However the latest set with Bianca Balti and David Gandy are more or less an eyesore. Yeah, the atmosphere is wonderful and the couple looks desirable. But they look as though they were both shot in the studio and placed before the Capri background post-production.”

As Photoshopped as the campaign images are, the video maintains a (somewhat) naturally sun-drenched feel and definitely ups the ante in the beautiful-people-seducing-each-other department. Watch below:

Images via vogue.co.uk and davidgandysource.blogspot.com

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Link Buzz: Dolce & Gabbana Celebrate New NYC Flagship; #PUNK

  • This weekend, L'Uomo Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia hosted a cocktail reception celebrating the opening of Dolce & Gabbana's new NYC flagship boutique, located on Fifth Avenue. [BellaSugar]
     
  • "Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About the Met Gala," if you're so inclined. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Want to see what Kate Bosworth's wearing to the Met Ball tonight? #PUNK [FabSugar]
     
  • Fashion critic Suzy Menkes saw the Met exhibit AND all the relevent fashion shows back in the day and she says: #notpunk. [IHT]
     
  • BUT do you want to see what Anna Wintour looks like as a punk? An illustration alllmost made the cover of NYMag this month. [The Cut]
     
  • Just two weeks after her highly-publicized arrest, Reese Witherspoon is walking around wearing a City of Atlanta Police baseball cap. Sorry to be beating a dead horse with a stick but #PUNK. [HaveUHeard]
     
  • Bergdorf's has the punkest windows ever right now. [Racked]
     
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will trademark their baby's name for a clothing line. #notpunk [CelebDirtyLaundry]

Image via Dolce & Gabbana

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Canadian Women and Their Hairbrained Obsessions

There's nothing I love more than a good solid statistic, but I'm not sure about how much stock to put in this one. According to a recent survey conducted by John Frieda, 39% of Canadian women have worked from home, stayed home from a party or worn a hat purely because of a bad hair day! That's absolutely crazy. Hairbrained, even. The study was from a sample of 1006 women, all aged between 18 and 64, who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members; however, with a figure like that, it's almost implying that more than one in three women will put their life on hold for the sake of their untamable mane.

Another interesting fact that stood out from the survey is that 58% of Canadian women colour their hair, but Quebec dips into the die more than any other province with 66% (BC in the lowest at 49%). The majority of these hair colour practitioners indulge in their least favourite pastime at home (51%).

I can't say I find these numbers surprising, but being at the crossroads I am in life (the silver-lined ones), I so hope less women would colour and embrace the grey. For years and years I coloured my hair, until the damage and slavery to my roots forced me to go cold turkey two years ago. Since then, I've sported my natural mousy brown, but as the silver creeps in, I ponder whether I should again hit the bottle. That is, until I read articles like this or see photos like these of Kelly Osbourne and Pixie Geldof:

 

Naming male silver foxes is easy (George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Richard Gere anyone?), but as liberating as it seems, how many of us women are really brave enough to grow grey gracefully? Should we feel more confident in our decision to go au naturel and show off what I like to call grey hair, our wisdom? Does one's ability to celebrate silver demonstrate a new age feminism akin to the burning bra scenes of yore? Sound off about this fashion grey-area in the comments below!

Images via WENN

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Trip Out to Bambi’s Uber Bright Spread for Foam Magazine

Girl of the moment Jessica Hart scored the cover of Foam’s May/June 2013 issue, but it’s this psychedelic spread starring the equally in-demand Bambi Northward-Blyth that we can’t avert our eyes from.

Snapped by American photographer Dove Shore, Bambi hits a series of angular poses in outfits playing equal tribute to geometry. Having the best eyebrows in the business doesn’t impair the visual impact either. The spread features pieces from the Spring 2013 collections of Longchamp Paris, Stella McCartney and Moschino Cheap and Chic, styled impeccably by SoCal’s Gena Tuso. Apparently the print-mixing trend is going into graphic overdrive this season, so bad news if you were still getting comfortable mixing florals. 

Images: Fashion Gone Rogue

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