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Strateas.Carlucci Wins VAMFF National Designer Award

Victorian-based label Strateas.Carlucci has already captured the attention of Vogue Italia EIC Franca Sozzani, who has named Peter Streateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci two of Australia’s most promising emerging designers ahead of her visit this week.

Now they have extra reason to be watched closely, having just won the Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). The prize package includes $10,000, a trip to New York and a private meeting with the Tiffany & Co. design team, and a one month pop-up store at Westfield Doncaster.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t know much about the rising duo, they only established their label two years ago after working together on streetwear label Trimpee, and bravely made the decision to do so in Paris before setting their sights on the Australian market. Fellow homegrown talents Kym Ellery and Collette Dinnigan have also found success in Paris, but only after spending years putting down steady foundations back home. The boys are known for quality leathers (their jackets use kangaroo) and a monochromatic palette.

The duo were also finalists in the Australian division of the International Woolmark Prize, and are one of three designers up for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award this year.

The National Designer Award recognises emerging designers who excel in creative design and quality and demonstrate potential for growth. Fellow finalists included Vul (VIC), Christina Exie (VIC), Haryono Setiadi (NSW), Livia Arena (VIC) and Pageant (VIC). 



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Grab Your Boards and Skate Into Selfridges

It may not be the first place you would think to go for extreme sports but Selfridges has brought skating to the shoppers with the unveiling of Britain’s largest indoor skate park, within the walls of the Old Selfridges Hotel, situated just around the corner from its infamous London flagship store. 

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Selfridges brings bags of fun to London skaters (image: Getty)

Bringing fashion and technology together through skateboarding, Selfridges has teamed up with brand HTC to bring an 18,500-square-foot HTC One Skatepark to the public to be used by anyone with a board — and if you don’t have one, you can buy one of those in the store, of course.

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A range of the exclusive designer skateboards available. (image: Selfridges)

As well as creating this exciting sports space, the department store has transformed the boardroom into somewhere you can really take on a new challenge with the opening of its skateboarding concept store where you can pick up a limited-edition board designed by the likes of Giuseppe Zanotti, Peter Pilotto, Jil Sander and Kenzo for just £75. Or if you’re feeling really flashy, you can step into Maison Martin Margiela’s creative design affixed with cloven hoof leather ankle boots priced at £2,000. These are all available online so even if you can’t get down to the skate park, you can still join in. If you are around but a little rusty on your feet you can book a free hour lesson. Although the skateboards look more appealing just to look at if you ask me.

The space will be open from March 27 until April 19 only for skateboarders. Lessons are available with all information available here

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Vogue Brazil Fails to Impress with a ‘Flat Looking’ Cover for April Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Brazil's April issue features six of the country's finest models posing on its fold-out cover. Photographed by Jacques Dequeker, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Aline Weber, Ana Cláudia Michels, Ana Beatriz Barros, Renata Kuerten, Rhayene Polster and Babi Beluco all wear Raf Simons' creations for French fashion house Christian Dior.



Members of theFashionSpot forum concluded that the cover wasn't up to expectations.

"The matching styling is not bad IMO, though with that title they could have made something more interesting… the bland expression on their faces bother me, at least Aline is showing some attitude," wrote kokobombon.

Vivaglam described the lack of effort: "I don't mind it only being Brazilians on the cover, but this sucks. They didn't even try."

Psylocke shared the same sentiments: "LOL. I actually got a little excited when seeing the title of this thread, expecting a sexy group shot like in Ana BB's and Isabeli's early modeling days, but this is just so lame. Concept, styling, creativity, fonts are all meh. They all look good, but it's super boring."

"How flat looking, no sparkle at all, fast forward in the trash bin," exclaimed Nymphaea.

Marsnoop2 made some very interesting suggestions: "This is HORRIBLE! You have some of the most beautiful models in the world and this is what you come up with? Why didn't they took a look at U.S. Vogue's September 2004 cover to see how to do a fantastic models cover? Also, their choices, I mean really? These are the most relevant Brazilian models? Where's the glamour, where are the icons?"



Do you like the cover, or think the team behind the shoot could have done something better? Join the discussion here. We would love to hear from you.

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Karim Sadli Shoots i-D Magazine’s Spring 2014 Cover with Daria Werbowy (Forum Buzz)

i-D magazine released its Spring 2014 cover earlier today via its website. The cover features Daria Werbowy photographed by Karim Sadli. Daria wears a coat by Calvin Klein which was styled by Alastair Mckimm.



"Daria on the cover of i-D!" enthused Starry. "And I think this is only her second cover for the magazine. Can't believe this!"

"Very intense and personal. Love the minimalist aspect of this," wrote |PerfectTonight|.

TREVOFASHIONISTO also shared the same positive attitude: "I love this! The pose, the colors, the minimalism of it. Perfect"

Naen was fond of i-D's minimal layout: "Great cover, I'm very fond of the clean layout."

Although not everyone was completely overwhelmed, with VogueDisciple93 commenting, "I HATE the film around the masthead," but did go on to further say, "But great cover otherwise, happy they didn't photoshop her age away."

I agree with VogueDisciple93. The transparent background overthrows the masthead here and without, I think this cover would have been note-perfect. I still love myself some Daria Werbowy, so I'm content nonetheless.

Get yourself involved with the discussion here.

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Jamie Peck on Terry Richardson: “It’s Not His Art That’s Being Attacked, But How He Goes About Making It”

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Four years ago, Jamie Peck wrote a firsthand account describing her experience shooting with Terry Richardson. Following the photographer's recent statement denying the allegations against him, Peck has now published a response reaffirming her initial claims.

"Four years ago," Richardson wrote in the letter which appeared online a couple weeks ago, "I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me…When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

"He purports to want to correct the rumors," responds Peck, "then goes off on a grandiose tangent situating himself as heir to the artistic legacy of Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe. Like so many before him, he uses 'I’m an artist!' as a blank check to do as he likes, missing the point by about a mile. It’s not his art that’s being attacked, but how he goes about making it. It’s just as possible to sexually harass people while making still lifes, snow tires, or office furniture as it is making 'challenging artporn' or whatever he calls his work. I won’t get into how deeply unchallenging to the status quo I find his images, because like I said, it’s irrelevant."

Read Peck's entire argument at The ObserverPhotographer Terry Richardson’s Pervy Behavior and Phony Defense


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Link Buzz: Luxury Brands Go After Status Conscious Young Urban Males, Termed ‘Yummies’; Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Coordinate Their Birkenstocks

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

  • Sorry ladies: Luxury brands are moving to greener pastures and going after status-conscious young urban men, odiously called "yummies." [BusinessWeek]
  • Happy birthday Sarah Jessica Parker! Something something Carrie Bradshaw hair retrospective? Okay, we'll take it. [BellaSugar]
  • "We're not interested in talking about cheese all day; we want to hear about the lifestyle." Okay but can we still talk about cheese??? [Racked]
  • Anja Rubick moonlights for bizarre Polish music videos — who knew? [Fashionista]
  • GChat's steaming pile of poop emoji is now a fashion accessory; now only a matter of time before it gets its own Vogue cover. [Refinery29]
  • Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen did the twin thing at the airport, wearing matching Birkenstocks (the fancy kind). [FabSugar]

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