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H&M’s Upscale Sister Label COS is Coming to Australia


If you’ve been following news of H&M’s impending Australian takeover closely, you’ll know it’s only two months before you can storm the Melbourne gates of fast fashion heaven as Miranda Kerr’s magnified dimples beam down upon you from a higher place (Sydney, you’ll have to wait 16 months longer).

But the best part of the Swedish high stalwart’s infiltration has been less extensively documented on Instagram. H&M has also leased a site in The Strand at 250 Elizabeth for its cult-favourite sister label COS — a minimal, still affordable line in the aesthetic vein of Celine and Stella McCartney.  

The older, chicer sibling of Hennes & Mauritz AB is the chain’s most popular in-house brand, and sartorial crack for editors who flock to London and Paris during Fashion Week to fill every gap in their suitcase with its pared-back wares. Even New York is still awaiting its own COS outlet, slated to open in the U.S. in the spring, and for years you couldn’t even shop it online.

“We are all looking forward to opening COS in Australia,” said Overall Brand Responsible of COS Marie Honda. “Melbourne is a vibrant, cultural and exciting city which we feel will be the ideal setting for our first store.”

The COS site was chosen to complement the first Australian H&M store in the adjoining Melbourne GPO building. The brand has also called dibs on three levels of Sydney’s 345 George Street as well as North Ryde’s Macquarie Centre. 

[Sydney Morning Herald]

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Vancouver Fashion Week Fall 2014 Goes Global with an Expansive List of Designers

We can’t begin trumpeting Toronto Fashion Week without mentioning the West Coast’s biannual fashion soiree. Known as the fastest growing Fashion Week in the world, Vancouver Fashion Week is due to click its heels together and strut its sexy stuff down the runways from March 18 through March 24.


So, what are we to expect at the Fall 2014 shows? Approximately 80 designers from more than 30 countries are set to show off their treasures, with the likes of Argentinian designer Gabriel Lage, Peruvian designer Noe Bernacelli, South Korean designer Soojin Lee, London-based designers Nadia + Zehra and Peruvian designer Evolét- by Jercy Gutierrez all hopping on long-hauls to attend.

In terms of Canadian talent, Vancouver-based designer Stephanie Hung of Nina Tan will be waving the maple leaf flag with her collection of women’s ready-to-wear along with cocktail and evening dresses. Last season, Hung showed a bold array of blue, cream and red pieces with brocade and lace details, as well as chiffon-printed dresses in shades of lavender. This year, she plans to stick with the ladylike frills and “accentuate the feminine lines of a women’s body by making pieces that both look good and feel good.”

Also rounding out the home team is Vancouver-based designers Evan Clayton, Dandi Wind Opaine, Grandi’s Atelier and JFG Designs, Toronto designer Garde Del Avante, Thunder Bay resident Lisa Loveday and Ottawa designer Sonya Jang. You can check out the very comprehensive lineup over at VFW’s site and remember that tickets start from just $30 for a double show pass.

Images via Vancouver Fashion Week

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The Gentlewoman Releases Yet Another Amazing/Fantastic/Delightful Cover — Featuring Vivienne Westwood

Image: magculture via Forums

Image: magculture via Forums

The Gentlewoman's Issue 9 cover, featuring designer Vivienne Westwood photographed by Alasdair McLellan, popped up in the tFS Forums early this morning and it is delightful, but that's not surprising — the biannual London-based fashion journal's black-and-white covers are typically standouts. Last Fall, The Gentlewoman appeared on newsstands covered by actressa Seydoux, wearing a simple black dress and a discreet, sensual gaze; this season, the publication swaps out the Ingenue for the Dame. In McLellan's portrait, Westweed is vibrant and smiling and strong, she is the woman who ages but doesn't get old. 


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Nadja Bender and Saskia de Brauw by Karl Lagerfeld for French Numéro’s March Issue (Forum Buzz)

On a rare occasion do we get color photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, so it's during times like this where we should relish the fact that Numéro have given us color cover shots this month.

Numéro has produced two covers for March: The first is Nadja Bender wearing a piece from Chanel Haute Couture and the second features Saskia de Brauw wearing Christan Dior Haute Couture — both shot by Lagerfeld and styled by Vanessa Metz.


"Nadja looks kind of uncomfortable and the hair is dreadful. But Saskia looks smoking hot. The makeup is perfect and I love how confident and effortless she looks!" said Nepenthes

Justaguy commented, "Nadja's cover is good, but the lighting is working against her. On the other hand, Saskia's cover is awesome and the lighting is perfectly showcasing her."

Nadja's cover seems to be in favor, with littlekiki commenting, "I prefer Nadja's cover over Saskia's."

"I don't like what Saskia is wearing, but she looks absolutely stunning!" explains mikel. Woo hoo — someone on #TeamSaskia!

Which cover do you prefer? Check out the issue's content and have your say, here.


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Wait Until You See Jennifer Lawrence in Her Gorgeous New Dior Campaign

Dior dropped its third campaign with Jennifer Lawrence in WWD earlier today, and it is exquisite. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the print ads will appear in British Marie Claire and then in Vanity Fair's April Issue (just in time for the Oscars). Dior will also feature the campaign on its website, along with a video which shows Lawrence talking about what it was like to visit the French fashion label's couture atelier to select her Oscars dress. 

The face of Dior since 2012, Lawrence has reportedly just renewed her contract for three years, at $15-20 million.

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

Image: Forums via WWD

RelatedWhat Does Jennifer Lawrence Wear When She’s Not Wearing Dior?

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Natasha Poly Returns to the Runway at the Prada Fall 2014 Show

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

We suspected that Natasha Poly was on the verge of making a post-baby comeback in a big, big way (the tFS favorite recently appeared on the covers of Vogue Japan and China), but now that the Russian model opened today's Prada Fall 2014 runway show, we can say it's official: Natasha is back, wearing shiny red wedge boots and a satiny tunic, marching along on Miuccia Prada's prison-style runway set. Does this make you feel feelings? Tell us in the comments! Or don't (my cat will still love you). 


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