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Ksubi Feels the Wrath of Australia’s Fickle Retail Landscape


Bad news, denim junkies of the antipodes: Beloved Australian label Ksubi has gone into receivership.

The youth market staple, founded by George Gorrow and man-about-town Dan Single 13 years ago, has appointed receivers following a financially rough few months. Ksubi’s parent company Bleach (now trading as Mentmore) was placed under voluntary administration just this past August.

The brand’s six stores nationwide will continue to peddle stock while receivers decide the fate of the label.

“While there has been some necessary rationalisation of overheads including staff at head office, the companies are continuing to trade seven retail outlets throughout metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, in addition to a popular online retail store,” the firm said in a statement.

But if you’re feeling bummed about the rocky future of your wardrobe’s denim component, spare a thought for the thirty employees at Ksubi’s Rosebery headquarters. With just a week to go before Christmas, they’ve not only lost their jobs but are apparently being denied their final week’s salary and their superannuation.

“A lot of people who have been there for quite a while who have left and are owed a substantial amount of super,” a source at the company told the Daily Telegraph. Nor can they drown their sorrows at the company’s expense, with the staff Christmas party also being abruptly cancelled.

The news follows a string of closures within the local industry. Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan have all recently announced the closing of their doors, though Dinnigan will continue with her diffusion and children’s lines.

Meanwhile, Single still has his new General Pants-parented baby Daan. And affordable fashion fiends will have plenty of options in the way of overseas youth market chains – the continuing prevalence of which has no doubt played a role in all these shutterings. 

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Pink Tartan’s Collaboration Binge Continues…

I have to say that Pink Tartan — the Canadian ready-to-wear luxury brand from designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran — is one of my favourite labels this side of the border. That said, I can’t help but notice its gone a little collaboration crazy lately.


The first pairing came back in October 2012 with the Pink Tartan x ALDO RISE collaboration for Spring/Summer 2013. This particular collab was both suitable and expected given most label’s tendency to branch into footwear. Plus, as far as Canadian shoe stores go, ALDO was the most obvious choice. But fast-forward a year and we come to…

PT x Tide

Pink Tartan x Tide Pods. Sure, I see the connection between beautiful clothing and wanting to keep it so fresh and so clean, but this September 2013 campaign was a little more on the nose. You see, for the collaboration with Tide, Pink Tartan designed a 10-piece capsule collection of streamlined looks that were fully washable. A “washable wardrobe” may have been a first for PT, but teaming with a laundry detergent kind of took away the squeaky sheen from the novelty. But we’re not yet done…


Next up, PT has teamed Keurig brewers, those single cup coffee makers that offer oh-so-many choices. What could a luxury clothing brand possibly have to do with a coffee maker? Well, Kimberley Newport-Mimran has now designed a limited-edition collectable designer cup for $19.99. I will give credit that profits from the mug will go to Toronto’s East General Hospital, but why Keurig? I fail to see the connection and just hope Tide pods remove coffee stains in case of spitting out my surprise on a wearable PT shift. In the meantime, do you recall any other strange design collaborations? Like that time Kate Moss worked for Sushi Box…

Images via Pink Tartan/ALDO/Tide/Keurig

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Alexa Chung to Launch Own Label in 2014

After receiving much recognition for her impeccable style and fronting many fashion campaigns, Alexa Chung plans to launch her own clothing range during 2014.

For the moment, she’s revealed that she has no idea what theme the label will encompass, and is planning to sit down and consolidate her ideas during 2014. Celebrity or not, launching your own label is a lot of work in such a fickle industry, but at least she’s well connected with an army of acquaintances within the fashion industry to offer her support and advice.


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The label will likely focus on Alexa’s own signature style, that effortless laid-back look she does so well. But for now, while you all eagerly wait in anticipation of Alexa’s own label launch, why not steal her party style from the high-street right now? 

1) Opt for a festive white dress like French Connection’s, £48. Then add a pair of strappy black heels such as 2) Office’s for £65, and accessorize the look with a striking clutch like 3) Accessorize’s Shelly Gem clutch, £35. Complete the look with a splash of luscious red lipstick from MAC for £19. Voila! You’re Alexa style party ready!.


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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. 21 Questions with… Norma Kamali — "The best style advice I ever got was… 'know thyself.'"
  2. From Zara to Jimmy Choo, Here Are 19 of the Hottest Party Shoes for Every Budget — Your new dancing shoes. 
  3. Top 20 Looks from the Pre-Fall 2014 Collections — Crossing our fingers that these looks make their way into the stores.
  4. Liquid Assets: Holiday-Ready Metallics to Wear All Winter — Out with the old and in with the gold.
  5. The Food Police: Why You Might Want to Rethink Your Views on Organic, Local, GMOs and More — Pollan and Bittman's arguments may be more flawed than you think. 
  6. Style Showdown: Dita Von Teese and Sarah Paulson Take the Plunge in Carolina Herrera and More Matching Celebs — The downside of wearing designer fashion is that other people can wear it, too. 
  7. Your Totally Non-Traditional Holiday Playlist — What is it about the holidays that has otherwise cool and discerning music listeners cranking up the Mariah Carey?
  8. Alanis Morissette on Men, Marriage and Raising a Humanist — Alanis Morissette talks about men, marriage and raising a humanist.
  9. LK Bennett: Give a Girl the Right Shoes and She Can Conquer the World — Marilyn Monroe put it best.
  10. Runway to Real Life: Naya Rivera in Michael Kors, Kristen Wiig in Prada and More (Forum Buzz) — Actresses and songstresses stepped out in looks that did and didn’t work when taken off the runway.

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Link Buzz: Christy Turlington for Missoni; Lena Dunham Responds to Terry Richardson Criticism

Image: Forums

Image: Forums

  • Feast your eyes on Christy Turlington for Missoni Spring 2014, photographed by the wonderful Viviane Sassen. [Forums]
  • 2013's top fashion news stories, in 90 seconds. [FabSugar]
  • Best beauty books to buy before beefy Beyonce burger bombast bullocks bounty bluster boredom boys bounce baseball backless beams bolting burning believing brightly. [BellaSugar]
  • Cara Delevingne and Poppy Delevingne are sisters and famous and clothes-wearers and Internet sensations you like to click on. [Fashionologie]
  • Lena Dunham was called out for appearing in photographs by Terry Richardson; she proceeded to back-and-forth with critics via Twitter. [Flavorwire]
  • BONUS: Viktor & Rolf for Candy mag. <3<3<3<3 [Twitter]
Image: Twitter/Viktor_and_Rolf

Image: Twitter/Viktor_and_Rolf

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Sally Singer Explains Why a 14-Year-Old is On Vogue’s ‘Ten Women to Watch List’ [Video]



"These woman on the best dressed [lists] are interesting for fashion. They move fashion forward, they're part of a business and an industry. They're a component of an industry that is a worldwide thing. It's a big thing, fashion," explains digital creative director Sally Singer at the outset of a video interview on the Fusion digital network.

Singer was promoting Vogue's recently published list of 10 women to watch in 2014, except the "woman" she was most eager to talk about is actually a 14-year-old girl — Kiernan Shipka, the actress who plays Sally Draper on Mad Men. 

"[She] always looks young and she looks appropriate and she looks like she's having fun with the retro nature of the part she plays on TV and with being a young woman," says Singer. "I think she's someone whose quirky style is going to evolve over time. She also makes really good choices with new designers. She wears Delpozo, she wears Preen — a lot of labels that are smart and right for now and right for her age group."

Although it's true that Shipka is a precocious fashion plate with surprisingly sophisticated taste, it's always a little odd to see such a young woman glorified as a style icon by the fashion industry. And this isn't the first time Shipka's been subject to this kind of drooling treatment by the fashion press. At eleven, her Los Angeles home was photographed for The Coveteur

I found it equally unsettling when the Urban Outfitters dress Malia Obama wore in the First Family holiday portrait was picked up by fashion outlets as a shopping tip — "Although 15-year-old Malia is more than a decade my junior, I am seriously considering taking a style cue from her and purchasing this dress right now," wrote one blogger. At least there's some reticence.

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