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Discover Which Emerging UK-Based Designers Have Made the EcoChic Design Awards’ Semi-Finals

The semi finals of the EcoChic Design awards are in full swing, and we’re super excited to find out that three emerging UK-based designers have made it into the cut of 20. This includes Catherine HudsonClémentine Sandner and Eleanor Johnson—fingers crossed for the Brit entrants!

In case the challenge is totally new for you, it’s organized by Hong Kong NGO Redress, and challenges emerging designers to create sustainable lines with minimal waste. The eight finalists will be presented with the opportunity to show their eco-friendly designs during Hong Kong Fashion Week in January 2014. The winner will then be selected and take away the prize of creating a sustainable collection for Esprit.

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The collections are being judged on sustainability, originality, and marketability, and the UK-based entrants utilized the three sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, upcycling and reconstruction.

Redress is extremely passionate about promoting the creation of sustainable fashion, and working with emerging designers is one of the best ways to do this. From February to March 2014, the finalists’ creations will embark on a travelling exhibition, so get ready to check out the new look of sustainable fashion when it hits London.

Good luck to all of the inspiring entrants, you’re doing a great job! For more information, check out the official website

Images: EcoChic Design Awards

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Link Buzz: Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme Ad; Kim Kardashian is Now Blonde

Image: Twitter/Dior

Image: Twitter/Dior

  • Robert Pattinson's full commercial for Dior Homme is here and now we know why he was paid $12 million for it. [YouTube]
     
  • Stacy London has a new book out. Find out what it's about from someone who's actually read it. [FabSugar]
     
  • A look back at the dewy-skinned ghosts of Fashion Week street style past. [BellaSugar]
     
  • A well-connected lady named Tatiana Santo Domingo was married at a beautiful wedding. In attendance were a cute dog and Karl Lagerfeld. [Fashionologie]
     
  • This headline frightens me –> "11 Fall Trends You Hate Now–But Will Be Wearing Next Month." Omg sounds brutal. [SheFinds]
     
  • Kim Kardashian is blonde now, which was not the situation last time she went out in public. [E]

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Hedi Slimane’s Directorial Debut for Saint Laurent is Lovely [Video]

Image: Screenshot

Image: Screenshot

Hedi Slimane made a dance movie, his first film for Saint Laurent. Featuring the label's new line of Ballerina flats and starring house favorite Lida Fox, who dances to an original compostion by Clementine Creevy from Cherry Glazerr, the film mashes together the light, elegant aesthetic associated with traditional Saint Laurent codes and the hipper, harder California grunge direction set by Slimane in his controversial role as designer for the fashion label. Filmed in an open, airy New York City loft space in black and white, the video may not persuade you to adopt a leather bandeau top as a new wardrobe staple, but it's the most convincing expression of Slimane's vision for the house I've seen to date. 

[via DazedDigital]

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Kate Upton Channels (Wait for It) Marilyn Monroe for Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary Issue

Image: WWD

Image: WWD

Although Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary issue cover does have an appealing vintage feel which fits the centennial occasion, there's nothing like seeing Kate Upton styled as Marilyn Monroe (photographed by Annie Leibovitz) to make my eyeballs go shooting into the back of my head. It could have been any bosomy blonde bombshell having a "Happy Birthday Mr. President" moment and it wouldn't have helped matters because: Monroe herself has risen from the grave three times since 2008 to grace the cover of Vanity Fair. Furthermore, the publication was criticized for what was seen as an opportunistic decision to run a photo of Princess Diana on the September cover, to correspond with the Royal Baby birth. Upton may be an especially unfortunate casting choice for this concept because the whole of her celebrity is predicated on an implicit comparison to Monroe — but, whatever. 

WWD's Erik Maza notes that Vanity Fair itself was revived after a fifty-year hiatus in 1983 by Condé Nast, so the whole conceit of a centennial anniversary issue is a little bit of a joke to begin with. Still, the issue has been under development for over a year and is expected to do well at the newsstand. 

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TheFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. StyleSaint: ‘Luxury Apparel at Zara Prices’ from a Unique Internet Start-Up - Adorning your body in finery is a lifelong journey. 
     
  2. Stars Give New Meaning to Glam Rock at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - And other stars gave new meaing to the term, "ecch."
     
  3. Get Zen: 4 Luxe Spas for a Dream Getaway - Make vacation happen now, please.
     
  4. Fashion Week on a Budget with Cheap Chica’s Lilliana Vazquez - Eff spending tons of money on stuff. 
     
  5. The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Sneakers with Dresses - Everyone will be like, "You look so cute!"
     
  6. Seeing Triple: Several Stars Are in Full Bloom in Dolce & Gabbana and More Matching Celebs - Sometimes some things are just really popular. 
     
  7. Fashion Week Preview: Designers Share Spring 2014 Sketches and Inspiration - Next week is almost this week.
     
  8. Who’s This Year’s Top Model? Inside the New Models.com Rankings - Models / models / models. 
     
  9. So Pinteresting: Our Ultimate Fall Lookbook - Fall style, why don't you stay awhile?
     
  10. Eyes On: Glasses Trends and How to Find the Perfect Frames for Your Face - Fit your frames to your pretty face. 

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Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax May Sue Kitson Over Brian Lichtenberg-Designed Jerseys

Image: Shopkitson.com

Image: Shopkitson.com

Following criticism from the organization DrugFree.org, TMZ reports that the makers of Xanax are considering legal action against the clothing store Kitson for carrying a collection of Brian Lichtenberg-designed jerseys printed with the words Xanax, Adderall and Vicodin. 

Lichtenberg is known for his brand parodies (his most famous item might be the sweatshirt printed with the word "Homie," in an approximation of the Hermès logo), a growing trend in streetwear. A growing number of young designers have been incorporating elements of luxury iconography in their work, testing the boundaries of copyright. (WWD posted an in-depth feature about the trademark issues earlier this week.)

The designer released a statement through Kitson's Facebook page following accusations that the shirts glamorize drug use (below). His office could not be reached by phone today. 

Image: Facebook / Shop Kitson

Image: Facebook / Shop Kitson

 

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