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Paul Zahra Quits Role as Chief Executive of David Jones

David Jones Paul Zahra Jessica Gomes

Photo: Don Arnold/ WireImage

He’s had the pleasure of working with Australia’s most beautiful women like Miranda Kerr, Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox, but now Paul Zahra has quit his role as David Jones’ Chief Executive.

It was a timing thing, to say the least, following the $2.2 billion takeover of Australia’s oldest department store by Woolworths South Africa. Paul also got to hang around just long enough to celebrate the Spring 2014 fashion launch only a couple of weeks ago.

In a good-guy move, Paul isn’t moving on for another three months, making sure it’s a smooth transition for his replacement. The man next in line for the throne? Ian Nairn, chief executive of Country Road (which is also owned by Woolworths), will take on the role, along with colleague and Country Road chief operating officer David Thomas, who will be David Jones’ new chief operating officer.

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Isabelle Cornish Has Been Crowned Alice McCall’s Spring Muse and We’re Not Surprised

Alice McCall has just introduced Isabelle Cornish as its muse for Spring 2014, and we’re not slightly surprised. How could we be? The Aussie designer brought Isabelle along as her muse to the David Jones Spring 2014 fashion launch, with the pair proceeding to spill the beans of their upcoming collaboration in an interview that night.

The Aussie designer revealed she was shooting Isabelle later in that week for the new campaign, telling Sydney Confidential that the Puberty Blues star “really emulates that bohemian look.” And if you missed the interview, the label continued to reveal behind-the-scenes shots to its Instagram, further spoiling the surprise. Isabelle joined in too, posting a selfie with a caption reading, “I was a fairy/bohemian flower girl yesterday for @alicemccallptyltd.”  (more…)

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Link Buzz: Kate Moss Keeps Getting Richer, Barneys Settles Racial Profiling Case

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

  • Kate Moss is said to be making more money than ever since she turned 40. [Guardian]
  • Joe Zee can’t stop, won’t stop. The Yahoo! Fashion EIC has added another gig to his already-busy schedule. He’s just signed on as Old Navy‘s Style Ambassador [WWD]
  • This writer is #sorrynotsorry that she wears high heels all the time…we’re just sorry for her little piggies. [Popsugar Fashion]
  • Tavi Gevinson talks acting and being a teenager with New York Magazine. [NY Mag]
  • Barneys New York settled that racial profiling case for $525,000–that’s a lot of Céline bags and Ferragamo belts. [WWD]
  • The Gap caught some flack for tweeting an image of an extremely skinny model. [People]
  • Just in time for pre-Fashion Week: 10 street style clichés that need to die NOW. [Jezebel]
  • Kylie Jenner shaved the back of her head, world continues to spin. [Marie Claire]
  • Is this proof that Beyoncé‘s been Photoshopping her Instagram photos? [BuzzFeed]
  • Are you a Manhattan resident? Are all your friends moving to Brooklyn? Then this video is basically your life right now. [NY Mag]

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Shoes for the Soul: The Sully Wong x ONEXONE Hope Sneaker

It’s rare that a shoe turns out to not only be good for your sole, but also your soul. But that’s the mission of the new Sully Wong sneaker collaboration with the ONEXONE foundation, a charity that seeks to raise money for the pediatric wing of the Hospital Mirebalais in Haiti and the Million Meals project here at home in Canada that provides meals to children in need.

Sully Wong x ONEXONE

Image via Sully Wong

The new sneaker is a unisex creation, which features ONEXONE’s iconic red and black signature colours, combined with Sully Wong’s clean, low-cut silhouette style. With only 360 pairs available, the Sully Wong x ONEXONE Hope shoe retails for $150, with 50 percent of those proceeds going to the charitable cause.

“I have always encouraged everyone to leverage their business for good,” says Joelle Berdugo-Adler, founder of ONEXONE foundation on the brand’s site. “George and Henry’s sneaker is a prime example of their commitment to creating ‘good’ with their incredible talent and creativity. We are so proud and honoured to be collaborating with Sully Wong.” (more…)

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Lucky Magazine Leaving Condé Nast to Start E-Commmerce Venture

Image: Lucky

Image: Lucky

For a while now, rumors have been swirling about the future of Lucky magazine. Just this April, Page Six reported that the magazine was fixing to shut down — a rumor Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen quickly came out to deny. Today, more news about the Condé Nast title, or rather the soon to be ex-Condé Nast title: Lucky is set to combine its editorial content with an e-commerce site in partnership with BeachMint (the kind folks who bring you JewelMint, ShoeMint and StyleMint) called The Lucky Group, which will be headed by BeachMint co-founder Josh Berman. Chen will stay on as chief creative officer and Anna Wintour will still work in an advisory role for the site. 

This makes a lot of sense for Lucky. It’s a shopping magazine after all and to have all the products you’ll see in the issue in one online space seems like a natural progression for the title. “If you pick up a copy of Lucky, there’s probably 200-plus different brands that Eva and her team are talking about, but they all linked to other sites,” Berman told Adweek. “We realized that there’s a gap there. If we created our own e-commerce site and brought the women all the way from discovery to purchase, that could be an incredible opportunity.”

The new platform is set to launch in early 2015. “Start saving now because it’s going to be dangerously good,” Chen warned her 76,000 followers on Twitter this afternoon. Lucky will keep its editorial staff, but will be looking for merchandisers once the new site gets working. As a result of this new move, The Lucky Group is now on the hunt for new offices, and won’t be joining the rest of Condé Nast at the World Trade Center.

According to WWD, Lucky magazine’s September issue pages were down 34.3 percent, so this is some much-needed good news for the magazine, which has continued to struggle since Condé Nast tapped Chen to revitalize the title. 

[via Adweek]

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Karlie Kloss’ Shadowy Figure Fronts Chanel’s Coco Noir Campaign

Karlie Kloss, is that you? The 22-year-old model is no stranger to scoring major ad campaigns, but this most recent one is a first for her. Karlie has been tapped to front Chanel‘s Coco Noir fragrance campaign. Lensed by Sølve Sundsbø, the images are simple and arresting: a silhouette of Karlie next to the sleek, black bottle of Chanel’s potion.


Image: Chanel

This is the first time Karlie’s posed in a major campaign for Chanel. You can just barely see her face in the ads, but her profile is pretty unmistakable. It’s kind of a testament to her power — she’s so recognizable that even in the shadows we can tell exactly who she is. It’s also doubly impressive that the brand chose to obscure her face, especially since she’s such a high-profile model. Karlie’s countenance is absolutely everywhere and her involvement in, well, just about anything, is bound to create a lot of buzz. 

We have no doubts Karlie’s performance here will do the same.

[h/t Fashion Times]

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