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Dowager Dresses and Khaleesi Cloaks Coming to Canada

TV addicts and costume fanatics listen up! We Wardens of the North love nothing more than a ruddy good period drama, which makes the news of both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey costume exhibits all that more exciting! Yes, in the period of one week, there's been separate announcements that each of these shows – HBO and BBC/PBS respectively – will be putting their wares on display, kicking off highly-anticipated Canadian tours in Toronto.

First, the Game of Thrones details. Having been featured at the TIFF Bell Lightbox last year, the GoT exhibit drew crowds from all corners of the seven kingdoms, nay, the GTA as it showed off an array of costumes, props, armour and weapons.

Game of Thrones

Now set to return once again to the Lightbox from May 14-18, we can this time expect to see costumes “created by artisans whose extraordinary craftsmanship has lent authenticity to the show since its inception.” The free exhibit will then move to Vancouver where it'll be housed at the Pacific National Exhibition from August 16 – September 1.

Now for all you Crawley fashion admirers. The Downton Abbey exhibit is being curated by the Spadina Museum and will be on display in Toronto from March 11 to April 13. It will be the first Downton tour of its kind in North America and is set to coincide with the Canadian premiere of Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Tickets will be priced at $25 to $35 and for that you can expect to see twenty costumes, all seen in the first three seasons, along with nine accompanying hats. Lady Sybil's nurse's scarf, Lady Cora's wide-brimmed picture hat and the cloche Lady Mary wore with her pregnancy suit will be just some of the famed pieces on display.

“People will have a fun experience seeing the costumes from the show, and get a better understanding of how fashion trends travelled very quickly around the world,” Karen Edwards, Spadina museum’s administrator, told Star. “Toronto women were able to keep up very quickly with what was happening in Paris and London.”

Now I don’t know which exhibit I’m more excited about. The opportunity to gander at the grandeur of Lannister robes or to covet the romantic idylls of the Downton ladies’ formalwear that has inspired so many modern fashions of late? Decisions, decisions…which are you most eager to visit?

Images via HBO and PBS Media Handouts

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David Bailey Becomes a Fashion Designer?

After spending half a century photographing fashion, it seems only fitting that legendary photographer David Bailey has finally turned his hand to design.

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Bailey teamed up with East London Design studio The Bleach Room to create a T-shirt range based on his most infamous artwork. You can buy the shirts from now for a rather reasonable $115.

Although the designs took over a year to perfect, Bailey characteristically downplayed the collaboration by stating that “it’s not fashion, it’s just a T-shirt.” The images include portraits of Grace Jones, Boy George and Johnny Depp that pretty much no one would be able to afford to hang on her walls, so this is the perfect way to own a Bailey work of art.

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As the 76-year-old artist said himself at the launch this week, “Not everyone can afford a print [so] it’s a nice way of making [my work available] for everyone… I think it’s quite nice that everyone can have a T-shirt that has an image with some history behind it.” 

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Bailey is his national habitat the studio in 1966 (image: GETTY)

If you want to go for the full Bailey experience, you can wear your T-shirt to his upcoming exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London. The photographer has partnered with Hugo Boss to showcase over 250 portraits personally selected by him, and with a career spanning over 50 years that must have been one mean feat. The images range from a dishevelled Kate Moss to a haunting image of the artist Francis Bacon, so you can take in a world of faces while trying to spot the ones on the T-shirts.

Bailey's Stardust runs from 6 February – 1 June,

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Link Buzz: NYT Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Resigns

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn has announced her retirement. Horyn's decision to leave the paper reportedly involves the health of her longtime partner, Art Ortenberg, who is sick. You can read the official Times announcement here and the internal memo (from executive editor Jill Abramson and Styles editor Stuart Emmrichhere. Horyn is at work on a book about the history of the paper's fashion coverage, from the 1850s to the present. [NYTimes]
  • DIY a Super Bowl team jersey for your cat. (Not really for cats, just wishful thinking.) [FabSugar]
  • Watch Girls actress Allison Williams ham it up with Harper's Bazaar editor Laura Brown. Opening line: "What do you do when you have to shoot in those Brooklyn places?" To Williams' credit, she responds hilariously. [Bazaar]
  • Does Kerry Washington deserve a Vogue cover? Does anyone "deserve" a Vogue cover? Does anyone deserve anything? We are a nation of Kanyes. [HuffPoStyle]\
  • 15 backstage beauty tips to get you "revved" for 2014. Vroom vroom. [BellaSugar]
  • Eva Chen's assistant got her job by sending out lots and lots and lots of emails. [FashionWeekDaily]
  • Fitbit, Nike and Garmin may be planning to sell your personal fitness data. Something something Karl Marx. [MotherJones]

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Claudia Schiffer is ‘Super Sexy in Spring’s Hottest Pieces’ for The Edit by Net-a-Porter

Supermodels are always welcome on magazine covers and this week we welcome Claudia Schiffer on the cover of The Edit magazine by Net-a-Porter. Claudia is photographed by Nico and styled by Natalie Brewster for the effortlessly beautiful photo shoot. 





The story consists of 8 pages of the blonde bombshell wearing fashions from Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs to Altuzarra. Natalie Brewster also incorporates items of Claudia's own into the shoot. 

Claudia talks to Kay Barron about supermodel rivalry, new business ventures and what her signature everyday style consists of. Be sure to check out the full story and accompanying video available within the forum, which was kindly posted by OliviaObsessed


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Leak: Miley Cyrus is Nude for the Cover of W Magazine; Interviewed by Ronan Farrow for the Issue (Forum Buzz)

Image: beautifulballad via Forums

Image: beautifulballad via Forums

Oh look. W Magazine's March 2014 cover has appeared in the forums ahead of its official release, and it stars the polarizing Miley Cyrus. The pop star is pictured lying nude in bed, covered with a puffy white pillow, lots of ornate metal bracets and plenty of chunky rings.

The accompanying caption reads: "NO APOLOGIES: Miley Cyrus Laid Bare, by Ronan Farrow." (Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra — the matter of his paternity recently became a media controversy — will launch his own show on MSNBC in February.)

A naked Miley Cyrus cover teasing a probing interview with the young starlet? Clearly intended to provoke. And it's working:

"I cannot wait for the meltdowns this will cause," said GarageGlamorous.

"I don't know whats worse — Miley's face, Miley's hair, or the headline 'Instaglam,'" said Cosmic Voices. "W Magazine, we were all rooting for you."

Cottonmouth13: "I have to admit I got a little excited when I saw the thread title but God, this is awful. Such a failed attempt from them to make her look sexy or sultry or whatever."

But not everyone is onboard with the negativity. LabelWhore4 had a different perspective: "What type of goddess?!? So glam imo."

So did KINGofVERSAILLES: "I may be alone in this, but I think the worst thing about this is that Ronan Farrow's name is on the cover. I don't mind Miley generally, but this is just not a good photo. She looks like a bored alien miming a sexy pose."

But no matter what we think of Cyrus, Farrow or the cover above, I think we can all agree with VogueDisciple93: "My eyes rolled out of my head at 'instaglam.'"




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Link Buzz: Barneys Taps Transgender Models; Kanye Thinks Kim Kardashian is ‘Just as Talented As Lena, If Not More So’



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    Image: WWD

    Bruce Weber photographed 17 transgender men and women for the new Barneys New York campaign, "Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters." [WWD, Barneys/TheWindow]
  • Here's a tutorial on how to wear skirts with boots, in case you've lost cognitive functioning. [FabSugar]
  • If you want to prevent dry skin in winter, you better introduce yourself to my friend, Moisturizer. [BellaSugar]
  • Or maybe you'd prefer the company of the woman with longest legs in New York City — nay, the world? Whatever works. [NYPost]
  • Ten years of Prada, can your eyeballs handle it without falling out of your scalp? Let us know in the comments! [Fashionologie]
  • Beyonce wore $10 million worth of jewels to the Grammys, chiefly because she is a good person. [SheFinds]
  • Kanye West is allegedly annoyed that his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, didn't get the cover of Vogue's February issue, which "instead" went to Girls creator Lena Dunham, as you know. The story continues: Kanye apparently "insisted" to Vogue editor Anna Wintour that Kardashian is “just as talented as Lena, if not more so.” [Radar]

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