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Simone Rocha x J Brand; a collaboration made in heaven

Hang on a moment while we compose ourselves upon hearing the news that London fashion new generation luminary Simone Rocha is teaming up with LA's favourite bum sculpting denim label J Brand.

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Simone Rocha at the British Fashion Awards, 2013 in her own designs (image: WENN)

The Irish-born daughter of designer John Rocha is currently preparing to showcase her fifth collection to the fashion elite at London Fashion Week, but has amassed a large and loyal following since 2012 including red carpet favourites Rihanna and Alexa Chung and Chloe Grace Moretz, who have all stepped out in the 27-year-old's designs.

The industry is no stranger to her talent either; awarding Rocha the Emerging Designer awards at last years British Fashion Awards. And seemingly nor is J Brand, with its own hoards of fans, the well-established denim brand has just about everyone on its customer list from Kate Moss to the Duchess of Cambridge, so this collaboration is sure to fly off the shelves as soon as it launches later this year.

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Alexa Chung in Simone Rocha (image: WENN)

Having signed up for two capsule collections, Simone follows the footsteps of high profile designers Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane, who have both worked with J Brand in the past. These past partnerships have brought an exciting directional element to J Brand’s classic cut designs and with Simone’s feminine, yet forward thinking collections; we cannot wait to see what the two brands will come up with. 


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Link Buzz: Marc Jacobs Might Take His Show to Paris; Designers Seek to Capitalize on Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Sun setting … Marc Jacobs x NYFW. You feel me? / Image: IMAXtree

  • Since leaving Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs is redoubling efforts at his eponymous label. Related: In a new interview, the designer reveals that he may move the Marc Jacobs runway show from New York to Paris. [W Magazine]
  • See what the Olympic athletes of Team USA like to wear when they're not competing for gooold. [Fashionista]
  • What did it take to transform Naomi Watts into Princess Diana for an upcoming biopic? Hair, makeup and (probably) the Meisner technique. [FabSugar]
  • The braid trend will continue to trend for at least another year, if not forever more. [BellaSugar]
  • Want to crash that party? My cat says, "Don't bother!" If you're not going to listen him, then you may be interested in recent innovations to anti-gatecrashing technology. [NYTimes]
  • WWD's beauty editors are spending their fashion week with Jan Brady's brother-in-law, Google Glass. [WWD]
  • Erm, it appears that some fashion labels are using the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a PR peg. Please…stop? [PageSix]

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Miranda Kerr Is the Slightly Predictable New Face of H&M


In the least difficult game of “guess who?” ever, Miranda Kerr has been unveiled as the new face of H&M.

“This is our new #HMSpringFashion model. Guess who!” the brand posted to their Instagram account on Monday, along with a photo of Kerr’s idiosyncratic dimples peeking out from under a noughts & crosses board. The suspicions of 1.6 million followers were confirmed via Twitter shortly afterward. Kerr will front the brand’s global campaign, taking over from Gisele Bündchen, her angelic dimples magnified and plastered on billboards all over the world.

But the new gig will have special significance back home, however. H&M’s spring campaign will be unveiled in March, coinciding with the opening of its first Australian store in Melbourne in April. It makes sense that they would have chosen an Australian model.

The campaign will be good news for the legions of Australian fans who miss her face from David Jones. But we have to wonder if Kerr’s post-breakup (with both Jones and Orlando Bloom) career is taking off a little too well? She’s also recently signed on as the face, body and hair of ShopStyle, Clear Scalp & Hair and Swarovski, as well as promoting her Kora Organics skincare range (which she arguably does just by way of existing). We’re not sure if that constitutes overexposure, but we do know who we’d like to trade bank accounts with next season.   

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This Year, the Historic McKittrick Hotel Will Set the Stage for Alice + Olivia’s Enchanted Fairytale Collection

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Image: Alice + Olivia

As more and more designers defect from Lincoln Center, off-site show and presentation venues have already become central to this season's New York Fashion Week story. With so many labels choosing their own unique space, location is now a crucial show element, one that can communicate just as much about the designer's vision for the collection (and influence its reception) as the hair and makeup styling. 

To that end, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet was mindful about choosing a fitting venue for her dreamy, fairytale-inspired Fall 2014 collection; she decided on the historic The McKittrick Hotel, home to the interactive theatrical production, Sleep No More

Like the original play, the presentation will proceed as an immersive theatrical experience. The Alice + Oliva team have devised a fantastical storybook narrative which winds through the restored hotel, the models styled as dark fairytale characters.

“I loved how the Shakespearean atmosphere lent itself perfectly to our fairytale enchanted theme,” Bendet told theFashionSpot.

LCD Soundsystem's Phil Mossman has created an original soundtrack for the presentation. Alice + Olivia will be the first fashion brand to show at The McKittrick Hotel. 


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Watch: California Girl Maddie Cook (Next Models) Talks Fashion Week Firsts and Saint Laurent


It's Maddie Cook's first-ever New York Fashion Week show season and she is "buzzing all the time."

"To be a part of all of that for the first time — like, getting your first show card for the first time — there's this feeling of crazy exciting nervousness," says the California girl, who left UCLA when she was signed by Next Models. (She attended an open casting call at the urging of her friends.)

In the video below, Maddie talks about her plans for the future (she likes writing, especially poetry) and shows off her new pair of super-high Saint Laurent heels. The model relates to the vision of the label put forth by creative director Hedi Slimane: "Coming out of LA where that grunge scene is so big and can be done so wrong, I think he does it in a way that's fresh and interesting."

The video was produced by Next Models in cooperation with theFashionSpot. Damien Neva, head of social media at Next Models, filmed the video, using questions submitted by theFashionSpot.

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Boy Meets Girl in Vanishing Elephant’s Fall 2014 Collection

ve4Even when the Vanishing Elephant boys were only designing for their own sex, we were exponentially jazzed with every new collection. They took note, much to the relief of girlfriended males whose new paisley shirts kept inexplicably disappearing, launching their debut womenswear collection in Spring 2012.

Fall 2014 is the latest from that line, and the hype is still strong. Enticing us into the chillier season is a curated selection of tomboy-meets-girl pieces that are everything we’ve come to love about the label. Denim plays a starring roll, with purposely unsexy overalls and dark denim dresses mixed in with idyllic prints and clean-cut separates. Suiting can be scary, but a relaxed gray blazer and trousers paired with a colourblocked sweater seems like a relatively non-threatening entry point.

The rest of the looks skew sporty — swelling florals adorn bomber jackets, hot pants like you’ve never seen them and T-shirts looking cooler than ever (yay). Think hot, as in the hottest girl in gym class, which is sort of fitting considering this will probably be your winter uniform. 


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