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Arizona Muse for Estée Lauder’s New ‘Modern Muse’ Fragrance

“This is the most important fragrance moment we’ve had in a decade.”

— Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global president of Estée Lauder

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In an effort to reclaim their fragrance legacy, cosmetics brand Estée Lauder is launching a new scent called "Modern Muse," their first new offering in the fragrance category since 2003. If I were a heritage brand with a weakness for facile puns and I was launching a new perfume with the word "Muse" in the title, I would probably do as Lauder did and pull model Arizona Muse to be the face of the campaign. The first glimpse, from the Craig McDean-lensed print ad, appeared in WWD today; a TV spot shot by Stuart Dryburgh is also in the works. 

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You Know What’s Not Punk?

The fashion industry. 

Honestly, I'm losing my mind trying to pretend this year's Costume Institute punk exhibit ("PUNK: Chaos to Couture") isn't really happening. I realize that I haven't yet seen the show and also that curator Andrew Bolton was aware of the complexities inherent to putting together a museum exhibition which essentially celebrates the way the fashion industry helped commerce appropriate and defang the punk subculture (or, as he puts it: "Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”) — but the way the fashion Internet is vomiting up the word "punk" right now… it's giving me emotional problems. "I'll show you punk," I say as I punch my Apple computer in the face.

Even if the exhibit itself turns out to be thoughtful, all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming Met Ball ("fashion's Oscars") is anything but. In The New York Times, Eric Wilson reports that a lot of gala guests are having a hard time planning their outfits for the big event (because rich people don't actually want to look like crusty gutter punks, go figure): "Gill Linton, the chief executive of the site, said she suspects most guests will end up playing it safe, as in safety pins as accessories."

The problem is: safety pins were originally worn by punks in a utilitarian, non-decorative way — to hold tattered clothes together. Punks didn't want to spend money on clothing, in part because they were broke, in part because they objected to the fashion industry on principle and didn't want to feed it. Punk is anti-fashion at its core.

Look, I completely sympathize with anyone who wants to experiment with their look, express some hidden part of their personality, or just wear something fun — I just think that the best style is also substantive. 

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Link Buzz: Karlie Kloss Covers 032c; See the Lancome by Alber Elbaz Collection

  • Karlie Kloss and her rippling (who knew?) abs cover one of 032c's three spring covers. [DesignScene]
     
  • 2012's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners have designed limited-edition pieces for J. Crew. I would be curious to see how they sell. [Fashionologie]
     
  • So many different ways to wear Balmain, let Nicole Richie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley be your fearless guides. [FabSugar]
     
  • Gwyneth Paltrow wants her own talk show, reports one tabloid. I want a hat. [CelebDirtyLaundry]
     
  • Want to know who's going to the Met Ball? Some earlier reports have trickled in. [Fashionista]
     
  • Annnd here's an up-close-and-personal preview of Alber Elbaz's Lancome collection. [BellaSugar]

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Monsoon’s Anniversary Heritage Collection Finally Launches

High street favourite Monsoon has come to be a brand with an easily recognisable identity, and by this, we mean that Far Eastern feel that oozes from its garments and accessories. Monsoon believes that this feel was initially captured back when Monsoon began sourcing its fabrics from India, Afghanistan and the Far East, and it’s a theme that still defines the brand despite its team of designers now gathering inspiration from around the world.

For its 40th anniversary, Monsoon celebrated with a competition at the Royal College of Art Fashion and Textiles. They challenged first-year students to design a range of prints and garments that remained true to the Monsoon signature to create a special anniversary collection. Just launching in stores, the winning designers from the college were Jessica Edwards and Kyle Spires, who derived inspiration from archive textiles and silhouettes with a nod towards Indian block printing.

Check out Monsoon’s limited-edition Heritage collection online here, and yes, that is Amber Le Bon you see modelling the collection. Such a great prize for a first-year student to receive!

Eastern prints reign supreme on the Deepa jacket, £89, and Deepa kaftan, £79, whilst intricate floral woodblock printing techniques have been utilised to create the dainty  Woodblock paneled skirt, £65.

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Star Bloggers Help to Launch ASOS’ New Jeans Line

You either love jeans or hate them, but either way, there’s no denying that a good pair of our denim friends is always a very handy addition to our wardrobes. If, however, you really do detest the nation’s favourite staple, we suggest that you check out ASOS’ latest range — they’ve completely relaunched their jeans collection just in time for spring.

ASOS has created so many different variations of denim that there’s a pair to fit every personality and look, including six key cuts in a million different washes. The new cuts are available in Ridley (ultra skinny), Elgin (skinny), Brady (slim boyfriend), Saxby (loose boyfriend), Lennox (kick flare) and Marney (straight leg).

If you’re still feeling uninspired and rather unconvinced that there’s a pair of jeans waiting with your name written all over them, ASOS challenged five of the most sought-after fashion bloggers to style up their fav new pairs and show you exactly what you’re missing out on.

You can check out exactly what Marion of Fringe and Frange, Jasmin of Friend in Fashion, Jade Elise of These Days, Aude of The Little World of Fashion, and Lucy of Lovely By Lucy came up with over at asos.com. For now, here are our five favourite looks from the girls above.

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Glamour UK Names Kristen Stewart ‘Best Dressed’ for the Second Year Running

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Kristen Stewart beat out Emma Watson, Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift and every other woman in the world for the top spot on Glamour UK's Best Dressed Women of 2013 list. Now, despite the fact that the actress topped the British publication's 2012 list as well, people's heads are exploding Internet-wide. 

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:






Let's set aside the actress' past indiscretions and talk about the issue at hand. Even if you love Stewart (as I do) and hate seeing people come down so hard on her for winning something (it's not like she nominated herself), you'll have to agree on at least one point: she was a surprising choice. Next to runner-up Emma Watson, who's never stepped out in public looking anything less than picture-ready, it's practically Stewart's hobby to show up on red carpets with unwashed hair, weird printed pants and a glower. Despite her close relationship with former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, she seems to resent the red carpet and the fashion community more than most starlets — and that makes her awesome, but it's not clear that makes her best dressed. 

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