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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. Backstage Diaries: Milan Men’s Fashion Week with Wilhelmina’s Damien Neva - Damien Neva, Director of Social Media at Wilhelmina Models, gives us an exclusive backstage look at Milan Men's Fashion Week.

  2. Fascinating: 10 (Way) Out-There Hats from Royal Ascot 2013 - Looks that can only be described as "interesting."

  3. You’re a 90s Kid If…The Love List - Remember Game Boy, midnight snacking and Babar? Check out these cute buys for some fun nostalgia.

  4. Vine vs. Instagram Video: The Non-Techie Breakdown - Why did Instagram's game changer blow Vine's out of the water?

  5. The Best of Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Boys, boys, boys! Important fashion week fashion.  

  6. 21 Questions with… Sonia Kashuk - "My biggest beauty pet peeve is too much makeup."

  7. Seeing Double: Supermodels Play Peek-a-Boo in Givenchy and Other Matching Celebs - Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls both had the same idea — “I’m a supermodel, so I might as well show off my legs.”

  8. 4 Steps for Overcoming a Bad Mood - A tried-and-true method involving half-naked male models. 

  9. 14 Need-to-Know Sun Protection Facts - You're going to be wearing that skin of yours forever, so be good to it. 

  10. 10 All-Season Pieces Every Woman Should Own - Stand-through-time staples to wear all year round.

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Link Buzz: Kate Moss Body Double; Feminist Shoes

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  • "There's only one Kate Moss — that is, except when there are two of her!" But even when there are two Kate Mosses, there's only one Nika. [Fashionologie]
     
  • "You don't have to be a supermodel to dress like one." You don't have to be a cat to dress like one, either. [FabSugar]
     
  • "Blackheads, surprisingly, aren't caused by dirt. Shocked?" Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I feel. [BellaSugar]
     
  • "A source claims to have seen Miley [Cyrus] snorting a white powder off of a toilet during the punk-themed Met Gala." A source claims to have seen Nika rolling her eyes at her work-themed desk. [DailyStab]
     
  • "The first movie in the [Fifty Shades] trilogy is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014. Until then, we are left with nothing but speculation as to who will be playing the role of the billionaire S&M loving executive." Left with nothing. [EarSucker]
     
  • Left with something: Vogue Paris June/July issue for the publication's new iPhone app is free right now, for everyone. [WWD
     
  • Georgia May Jagger: "There have been some interesting debates about my teeth on Instagram. When 12-year-olds tell you to go get braces and then someone answers, 'Don't tell her what to do,' that's really sweet." I love having interesting debates about teeth. [HuffPo Style]
     
  • "The Most Feminist Shoes In America Are These Red Sneakers From Amazon…Get your very own pair for $114 here (because if she can stand on her feet for 11 hours defending your lady rights in them, you can wear them to the gym, okay!?)." Spend $114 at Amazon and get feminist solidarity with your lady parts free! [SheFinds]
     
  • "What are the maternity leave benefits at Amazon?" / "They might give you a book to read in the delivery room.. " [Askville] (edited for typos)
     

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Bring On the Broga! Lululemon to Open Standalone Menswear Stores

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Guys do yoga (broga?), guys drink those green slime coloured health drinks and, heck, apparently guys even wear Lululemon. In fact, sporty dudes wear the stretchy active wear (originally founded in Vancouver) so much that the brand is planning on opening a chain of standalone men only stores.

In a bid to sustain the massive growth they've experienced in the past few years, the only thing left for Lulu is to reign in those XY chromosome dollars, or else face a plateau in sales. Of course, this plateau would have nothing to do with its recent see-through pants scandal, no siree, but still, the brand is attempting the impossible by reinventing itself for another audience.

Up until now, Lululemon has catered to its male customers with simple tees, kahuna shorts and caps, but while this merch has sold well, existing female-orientated brands have had problems reaching the other half. Think Uggs, Toms and even Forever 21.

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Men's apparel currently counts for 12 percent of Lululemon's business, which is a small slice of pie considering Lulu's Chief Executive Officer, Christine Day, revealed that the chain will start opening standalone men’s stores by 2016; a revelation that comes only days after she announced her retirement from the company.

In all fairness, the brand has wrangled its underwear onto the tushies of NHL players, but would your partner/husband/beer-swilling-crumb-maker ever don Lulu gear? Maybe they already do, in which case, do you think the menswear shops will be a success?

Images via Lululemon.com

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LIFEwithBIRD and Sophie ‘Hirschy’ Hirschfelder Pay a Neon 90s Homage for Spring 2013

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Fashion has a borderline-obsessive view towards Nineties nostalgia, and it’s not hard to see why. But the new LIFEwithBIRD campaign has no need for grainy retro filters and gives the decade a sharp modern spin.

Much of it is to their choice of model, Sophie ‘Hirschy’ Hirschfelder, the Melbourne stunner who could give Bambi a run for her money in terms of both eyebrows and catchy moniker. Her razor features and steely glare are the perfect match for LIFEwithBIRD’s loose, minimal silhouettes, and toughen up even the floatiest of printed chiffons.

LIFEwithBIRD celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year by opening Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with a series of breezy tanks and silky pyjama jumpsuits swathed in all-Australian sea spray prints. This collection is a little more street and packs a more graphic punch, but there’s no loyal customer who’d be turned off. Particularly with Hirschy as sales girl.

The campaign photos were inspired by Corinne Day’s shoots for i-D magazine in the 1990s. We reckon she’s done them justice. 

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Erdem Pre-Spring 2014 Collection Review

If you haven’t yet laid your eyes upon Erdem’s Pre-Spring/Summer 2014 collection, you’re missing out. The inspiration behind the latest collection stems from the sense of escapism mixed with that feeling of excitement triggered when you venture somewhere new, which was initially instigated upon the designer seeing old photographs of his own mother on holiday.

The collection swings between dainty dark floral day dresses and light elegant lace separates, with the fabrics of choice being a mix of sheers, tweeds and leather pieces. There’s a clear battle between the perceptions of the female form too, as the collection opts for clearly feminine attire in the form of flowing dresses and flared skirts, versus a more androgynous vibe portrayed via sharp tailored suit numbers. The collection definitely caters to both kinds of style tribes.

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Erdem Pre-Spring 2014

The floral detailing comes in the form of delicate prints or bead embellishment (below left), appearing on both sheer and leather pieces, which makes for the perfect summer trend. Check out the floral leather jacket (below right) for instance, it’s got the aesthetics of a cool biker jacket but then it’s beautifully decorated with a floral print.

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The overriding colour palette of choice varies between black and white with the obvious addition of colourful floral detail. Perhaps, the choice of black and white for a Pre-Spring collection was somewhat influenced by the dreary British weather! Darker pieces are perfect for those gloomy weather days, whereas whites always fit in well when the sun decides to come out.

To sum up, it’s one collection that fits all, be it feminine or masculine styles for both sunny and not so sunny days.

Images: Erdem

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Is There an International Vogue Conspiracy to Ruin Bette Franke?

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​Successful runway models often face a difficult transition into prestigious print work. Booking high profile campaigns and top magazine covers is probably the dream of nearly every unknown catwalker, but when opportunities finally begin to present themselves, models find that the already excessive scrutiny of their appearance heightens.

As Ashley Mears, a former model who's now a sociology professor at Boston University, detailed in her book Pricing Beauty, bookers and agents often prefer a challenging, unconventional look. With so many models competing for the top jobs, it's natural that uncommon beauty is so highly valued — but the problem with uncommon beauty is … well, not everyone agrees that it's beautiful. Cara Delevingne is an example of a model whose newfound print success has opened her to criticism most of us couldn't bear. As Paulina Porizkova put it in the HBO documentary About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, "What I didn't know [when I was getting into modeling as a teenager], is that when they tell you you're beautiful, they can also say you're ugly."

This is all to say, I don't know what happens in Bette Franke's private casting meetings, but at least on the Internet, the rising model's beauty is as uncontested as it gets. The 23-year-old Dutch model has a look that's both alien and classic — no surprise that her career's climbing steadily. After a couple outstanding runway seasons, Franke started booking more and more print jobs, recently appearing in Miu Miu's well-received Spring 2013 campaign. She's also covered Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Japan, a Vogue Japan beauty supplement — and now Vogue Turkey. 

Not all Vogues are created equal (the American, French, British and Italian editions are arguably the ones to lead the pack), but a Vogue is still a Vogue and models strive to appear on one of its covers or in editorials as it often leads to more high profile editorial gigs and lucrative commercial work. So there's something seriously disturbing about the raw deal Franke's getting from the Vogue family. 

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