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Westfield Announces Partnership With Dion Lee, Romance Was Born and We Are Handsome

Fashion models in Australia posing in colorful flowing dresses

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It’s been a dream month for young Australian designers, who are currently getting funding, awards and Vogue Italia attention left, right and center.

Now, Westfield is also showing the love to the next crop of talent. This week at an intimate presentation at Café Sydney, they announced a partnership that will reward three of our most heralded designers: Dion Lee, Romance Was Born and We Are Handsome.

Each brand will get not only funding for their MBFWA show and floor space in two Westfield Sydney installations running concurrently, but the opportunity to break in an entirely new bespoke retail space. ‘InHabit’ will launch at Victoria’s Westfield Doncaster in August, hosting the respective next-level tailoring, trippy prints and halcyon swimwear of the aforementioned brands. The concept aims to get multiple Australian designers prime real estate in a high-traffic mall for a short-term residency.

“We are pleased to be working with three incredible designers and show our support of Australian talent,” Peter Leslie, Westfield’s Director of Leasing, told the crowd on Monday. “The retail space is changing and we want to embrace the evolution of this industry by providing opportunities that will foster established and emerging Australian talent.

“We are working on other ways to fulfill our program of nurturing and offering guidance to Australian designers later in 2014 to build on our current program of activity.”

Westfield: Not just for last-minute presents and sneaky binges in the food court.

Each designer starred in a short film directed by Hugh Stewart as part of the mutual back-scratching. We’re particularly into Romance Was Born’s, which prominently features Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales’ four-legged company supervisor “Moni” Monaro.

MBFWA kicks off April 6, so watch this space! And by “this space,” we mean Carriageworks.  

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Global Fur Trade is Valued at $40 Billion, Largely Due to Fashion Runways

Whether we like it or not, the omnipresence of fur on the catwalk is inescapable, with every season bringing an increasing number of fur looks into the magazines and stores. The figures released by the International Fur Federation currently value the fur trade at $40 billion (£24 million), on par with the value of the global Wi-Fi market.

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Lady Gaga snapped wearing a large fur coat this year (image: WENN)

 

Fur has become an almost expected part of celebrity culture with the likes of Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe all pushing the trend throughout the year. While we are becoming used to its appearance, does that make it acceptable and should we be allowing designers to raise the percentage of fur in collections, year upon year?

The Telegraph spoke to Mark Oaten, the CEO of the IFF, who pointed out that alongside the recent cold weather in North America, the recent surge in popularity of fur on the catwalk was one of the main factors contributing to the increase in popularity of the fur trade. "It's easy to get caught up in the emotions the business can generate, but the truth is that the fur trade is an economic cornerstone in Europe and beyond. Much of the fashion and increasingly the soft furnishings world relies on fur — and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future."

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Fendi was among many designers who featured fur in their Fall 2014 show (image: WENN)

Whether this is the case or not, there are many who do not see these figures as something just to accept. Vogue Uk spoke to PETA today who told them, "No matter what the industry has to say for itself, ripping the fur from animals who did not want to die just for a coat can never be defensible."

It cannot be denied that the industry is certainly profitable, but it is unlikely that the issue will ever remain uncontested.

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Zoe Saldana is the New Face of L’Oréal Paris: Do You Care?

Image: L Oreal Paris via EOnline

Image: L Oreal Paris via EOnline

​Early this morning, E! Online reported that cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris tapped actress Zoe Saldana as its new international spokesperson.

In the first campaign shot, pictured above, the actress is impeccably made up with a subtle swipe of shimmery lipstick, velvety lashes and luscious brows. Saldana looks like many millions of bucks, the presumed value of her contract with L'Oréal Paris — and yet, I don't care?

Based on the number of people that have spent their Friday morning Tweeting the news, I am in the minority here, but to me, the photo above looks like a highly produced but fundamentally generic headshot.

And although Zoe Saldana has been the international spokesperson of my heart ever since she snuffed out a cigarette with her pointe shoe* in the 2000 movie, Center Stage, blabbering about her new deal with L'Oréal as if it were pop culture or art or something when really it is just A CONTRACT makes me feel slimy. I love creative, innovative ads, and many of the fashion ads we cover on tFS are sterling examples of how fantastic advertising can be when it's original — but most beauty ads don't do it for me. They're all Photoshop and flawless foundation; it's probably an effective way to sell lipstick, but to me, there's no story.


*I couldn't find a GIF but if you've ever seen that movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about. 

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Behati Prinsloo Covers The April Issue Of Vogue Spain (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain released its April cover a week ago, and theFashionSpot forums have become very quiet when it comes to the Spanish title. Although, with two pages of comments from the members, the cover has proven to be a hit. Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo is photographed by Greg Kadel and wears a shirt and skirt by Burberry Prorsum.

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/VOGUEESPANA VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/VOGUEESPANA VIA TFS FORUMS

"Stunning cover, Behati looks flawless & finally something good on their covers," wrote burbuja9810.

"I love Behati, and she looks soooooo gorgeouss," enthused thatsfierce.

The diversity of the forums is what makes it such an enjoyable read and not everyone was completely taken with the cover. Miss Dalloway wasn't impressed with Havana Laffitte's styling: "Wow way less text than usual, I like everything but the styling!"

Sailor also shared the same opinion and wrote, "I agree with Miss Dalloway, this is a lovely shot ruined by the styling. Everything from hair to layout works for me except what she's wearing."

"A fantastic cover, not so much fond of the styling but it's nice all together," wrote TeeVanity.

What are your views regarding the cover? Join the discussion here.
 

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Gucci Releases New Timepieces and Jewelry Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Gucci's latest advertising campaign surfaced earlier today. The campaign was released at Baselworld 2014. The images were shot by Sølve Sundsbø and evoke the creative aesthetic of 1960s photographers Franco Rubartelli and Olivo Barbieri. Nadja Bender and Tommaso De Benedictis were selected to front the campaign which is slated for release in April.

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

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IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Check out the rest of the campaign and join the discussion here.

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Karl Lagerfeld Photographs Vanessa Paradis for Elle France (Forum Buzz)

Long-term Karl Lagerfeld muse and Chanel campaign girl, Vanessa Paradis fronts the latest issue of Elle France. The French actress is photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and is wearing a piece from Chanel's Spring 2014 collection.

This isn't the first time Paradis and Lagerfeld have worked together. The pair has collaborated for numerous magazine spreads and advertising campaigns. Paradise has also fronted various Chanel campaigns (my personal favorite being from 2005 for Chanel's latest handbag line).

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/ELLE VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/ELLE VIA TFS FORUMS

What are your views regarding the cover? Are you a fan of Vanessa Paradis? Check out the thread and subscribers cover here.

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