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The New Face of Saint Laurent Mens? Marilyn Manson

Stylist and designer Nicola Formichetti posted the above photo to Tumblr earlier today. Yes, that is what Marilyn Manson looks like posing for Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent lens. 

The shock rocker and legendary French fashion brand make strange bedfellows, and I expect that some of our readers might be particularly resistant to what has seemed like a total disavowal of Yves Saint Laurent's established schtick in service of Slimane's unapologetically Slimanish (esque?) vision. Whether you feel that way or not will correspond exactly, I think, to how you've felt about the other decisions the new designer has made since taking over at the label. If you haven't liked Slimane rebranding Saint Laurent and relocating to L.A., if you haven't championed his collections, this ad probably makes you a little queasy. (I totally get it, I just had some deviled eggs.) If you're in that camp, the best way to preserve your sanity in the coming years is to let go, move on, detach whatever emotional stuff you have invested in the most recent iteration of (I can't believe I'm not technically allowed to call it this) YSL

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Forever Unique’s Latest Collection: Selected

Looking for a party outfit but you’re stuck for ideas? Well, look no further than the luxury label Forever Unique that’s just launched its stunning new Selected collection. If you’re looking to invest that little bit extra for a special occasion, then this new range would be perfect for you, as prices range around £200 to £800, and you can choose between cute party skater style dresses or full on glamorous gowns. It’s such a diverse mix that there’s a piece for almost any celebration.

The collection was curated by top fashion stylist and InStyle Magazine Fashion Director, Amanda Bellan, and contains 13 must-have pieces. It only launched at the beginning of the week, and pieces are almost already sold out. It’s being described as Forever Unique’s most trend-led and fashion-forward collection yet, and we couldn't agree more. The Frenchie Sequin  £165 (below left) or the Felicity black, £550 could easily be the outfit of choice for our fav celebs to wear on the red carpet.

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The Lacey nude, £220 (below left) or the Bessie black £220 (below right) are great examples of the collection’s less glamorous pieces that would work perfectly for a night on the tiles yet ensuring that you still look stylish.

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The entire collection is available to buy online, so check out their site and make your wish list now!  

Images: Snow PR

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Hudson’s Bay Says “Yes” to Kleinfeld Bridal

I love reality wedding shows, who doesn't with such stellar titles as Four Weddings, Rich Bride Poor Bride, Bridezillas, and the creme de la creme of them all, Say Yes to the Dress? The latter TLC show takes place in Kleinfeld's 35,000 square-foot bridal store in Manhattan and, until now, many blushing brides were creeping past the border for the same Say Yes to the Dress experience.

With exclusive rights to the brand in Canada, Hudson's Bay — who recently rebranded with a new logo and name — will open a 20,000-square foot Kleinfeld flagship in early 2014.  Brides will now have access to expert bridal consultants and the same scope and breadth of designer gowns available at the New York Store.

"This is a thrilling day for our team at Kleinfeld," says Ronald Rothstein, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal in a press release. "We are the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world and look forward to bringing the finest selection of exclusive designer wedding gowns to Hudson's Bay."

Along with dresses, Hudson's Bay already popular bridal registry will be expanded to offer brides an unmatched addition to its current line of gifts, home and lifestyle products. A wise move given the current Canadian wedding industry is worth an estimated $750 million.

But what of the dresses themselves? If you ever watch the show then you'll probably know that wedding gowns range from $2,000 to $30,000, however, in Canada they'll start closer to $1,500. Kleinfed's most expensive gown was an $80,000 custom-made one, making the targeted $1000 in sales per square foot completely attainable (in contrast, Hudson’s Bay generated a mere $133 per square foot in 2011).

Still, as the betrothed prepare to lace themselves into fitted Kleinfeld bodices, this is what I really want to know: Will the new Canadian partnership come with its own pack of cameras waiting eagerly for a shopper to say yes to that dress? Gawd I truly hope so. 'Till TV ratings do them part.

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‘Before Midnight’: Checking in on Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s Relationship

I don't know who you are and what you've been doing for the past two decades, but I've been living a personal life loosely structured around ideas about romance I acquired from Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise, about a chance encounter between French student Celine (Julie Delpy) and American tourist Jesse (Ethan Hawke). Because it was basically the best movie ever made, the director reunited the actors for a sequel nine years later, Before Sunset. It was delightful.

Still more delightful: now it's getting its own sequel, Before Midnightdue out in theaters on May 24.

The trailer is below. I wish I could eat it, roll around in it, bring it with me as a plus-one to events. Could someone please send me a review copy? 

[h/t Slate]

Image via WENN

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Here’s Beyonce’s Vogue UK May Issue Cover

So here's Beyonce's Vogue UK May Issue cover. Yes, despite all evidence to the contrary (that electric blue sequin skirt lends credence to the fashion truism that "the Spice Girls did it all first") this is not of Nineties vintage. 

The Beyonce backlash has been lashing hard ever since the release of the megastar's HBO documentary special, Life Is But a Dream, which disappointed even many of her diehard fans. That's not surprising: once you perform at the Superbowl, there's really nowhere your career can go but down, even if only for a bit. This is all to say, I don't think this cover will help matters. 

It's worth noting that this is Beyonce's second recent appearance posing front of the book for the Vogue family. She's currently on the March Issue of the American edition, looking a little waxy, sure, but that's par for the course given the publication's hardcore Photoshop habit. 

[tFS Forums via GlossyNewsstand]

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The V&A Teams Up with Coast for an Exclusive Ballgown Collection

Last May, we eagerly attended and reported on the Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 exhibition at London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum, which featured an array of iconic pieces such as the late Princess Diana’s pearl encrusted Elvis style suit and memorable pieces of Alexander McQueen couture. Although the exhibition has sadly closed, we are excited to report that British high street retailer Coast has teamed up with the V&A to create a capsule collection of gorgeous dresses that have all been inspired by the exhibition.

Coast is all about creating stunning occasion pieces that are perfect for special events in your life, so this collaboration is a perfect fit. The collection is comprised of six dresses that encompass the charm and elegance of the past century. Such an extravagant collection doesn’t happen overnight; it took a year for the head designers at Coast to search through the V&A’s extensive archives of vintage dresses.

To add to the lavish feel of a 1950s ballgown, Coast adopted the techniques of couture design houses from the 30s and 50s whilst constructing the dresses, which means that the gowns’ insides are just as extravagant as their exteriors. The detail on all of the gowns is utterly remarkable, and if you look at the Blanche Dress (above left, £550) for example, it has 280 petals just on its bodice, which alone is an indication of just how much work has gone into these gems. The Pheobe Maxi (above right, £695) looks all the more intricate.

The gowns from this collaboration range from £550 to £895 and are being dubbed as modern day pieces of history that you’ll never want to throw away. If you’re intrigued, check out Coast’s site for more info here. We particularly love the Lottie Maxi dress, £695 (above left) and the Patience Maxi £895 (above right) as we can already imagine our favourite Hollywood stars gracing the red carpets in them.

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