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Mambo Pairs Up with Emma Mulholland for a ‘Distinct Perspective’

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Globally recognised surf and streetwear brand Mambo is hooking up with emerging Sydney designer Emma Mulholland for a capsule collection.

WWD reports that the 35-piece range will be called Emma Mulholland x Mambo Goddess, and is inspired by “the psychedelic marine life of the Great Barrier Reef”. The collection will boast mix-and-match swimwear, T-shirts, jackets, leggings and sunglasses with prices beginning from a reasonable $39.95 AUD.

Emma has been blessed with nothing but success since she launched her namesake label straight out of design school in 2011. She’s shown at MBFWA, has had her designs seen on the likes of Kanye West, Azealia Banks and Kimbra, and won Australia’s BT Emerging Designer Award earlier this year. (more…)

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We Love Magdalena Frackowiak but This Vogue Mexico Cover Is Awful (Forum Buzz)

One thing about Vogue Mexico is that it constantly secures relevant models for all its covers. After scoring names like Adriana Lima, Edita Vilkeviciute and Catherine McNeil this year, Magdalena Frackowiak is now added to its growing list of cover girls. Photographed by David Bellemere for the August issue, the Polish model wears a glitzy sequined top (à la Daria Werbowy on Vogue Paris) teamed with a pair of understated blue jeans.

Vogue Mexico August 2015 Magdalena Frackowaik by David Bellemere


Members of our forums shared mixed feelings toward the cover, though. “I’m glad to see her on every mag or campaign, but this cover it doesn’t work for me, it’s very lazy,” said burbuja8910 once the cover surfaced.

“It’s so good to see Magda! She looks beautiful even with this bad styling,” noted narcyza.

Sharing the same underwhelming sentiments was MON: “It had the potential, but failed miserably.”

“It really did, once you cut out that awful and cheap looking denim. The rest of the shot actually looks OK but I’m over that glitter polo neck and the layout could be better,” replied Benn98.

“Magdalena looks gorgeous, but everything else from the outfit to the font is terrible. It screams teen magazine, especially with that white background,” The Stylopedia acknowledged.

Oxymore certainly wasn’t a fan, agreeing, “What is wrong with their layout! Magda looks beautiful, but that pink and that font.”

Check out some previews of Magdalena’s cover story and add your own two cents here.

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Lindsey Wixson Channels Little Red Riding Hood on Vogue Turkey’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey is not generally noted for creating innovative, unique and eye-catching covers. The magazine has undeniably let standards slip lately, producing covers that attract attention for all the wrong reasons and it seems as though the mediocrity continues for August. Fresh off the cover of Vogue Russia, Lindsey Wixson is doused in red for the magazine’s annual Turkish designer issue, but the Richard Burbridge image makes the current face of Chanel resemble Little Red Riding Hood in the worst way possible.

Vogue Turkey August 2015 Lindsey Wixson by Richard Burbridge


Forum members couldn’t wait to let rip. “Eeck! Too much red, and Lindsey’s expression looks off. The shot doesn’t work as a cover I’m afraid,” complained Benn98, setting the tone for commentary to come.

Vogue Turkey consistently makes a fool of themselves. I am amazed,” replied a horrified MON.

“Reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood … I like that BUT I don’t like Lindsey’s face/expression,” DutchHomme expressed.

Also unimpressed was narcyza. “It’s too much red. Red is everywhere. And the nude makeup doesn’t fit at all. Even red lipstick would’ve been better!” she suggested.

Forum member justaguy wasn’t exactly shouting from the rooftops, either, writing, “I think this could have worked much better with a different model. Anytime I see Lindsey in a photo, my eyes go immediately to her open mouth.”

“They had Lindsey on the cover before. If it’s the start of the fall collection issue it’s still far too much red. Even Spanish magazines who love red don’t use this much vibrant red. I wish they used a less vibrant color and another model. Mostly magazines love to use red in December issue covers, not August issues,” laughed glamrockgal.

Impressed much? Join the conversation here.

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Watch: News Anchors Mock Cara Delevingne, Tell Her to Take a Nap and Have a Redbull

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne, touring around to promote her latest film Paper Towns, stopped by Good Day Sacramento on Tuesday for a quick interview. And apparently, the anchors weren’t aware of her playful and sarcastic personality, as the interview instantly turned south. 

The first awkward moment was when the host asked Delevingne if she had read the book prior to filming. In true Cara form, she replied, “Uh, no. I never read the book or the script. I kind of winged it. No, of course. It’s a lovely book. John Green is an incredible author, so really if you haven’t read his books, you should.” 

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And it only went downhill from there. The crew began to bash her for being tired and unexcited about the movie. “You seemed a lot more excited about [the movie] than you do right now?” one newscaster asked. “Are you just exhausted?”

“No, I mean, I’m still very excited,” Delevingne explained. “The premiere was last night and it felt like the end of an era, but I’m not any less excited than I was a couple of weeks ago.” She then went on to say that she’s not a morning person and that perhaps she had a bit more energy during the premiere, which led to the crew asking her if she was annoyed. “You seem a bit irritated, perhaps it’s just us?” “No,” she replied, “I think it’s just you.”

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The newscaster then cut the interview short and snapped, “We’ll let you go then, how about that? We’ll let you go and take a nap and maybe have a Red Bull.” Brush it off, Cara. Brush it off. 

Check out the awkwardness for yourself in the video above.

[via US Weekly]

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Forums React to Alexander Wang’s Departure from Balenciaga (Forum Buzz)

If 2015 has taught us anything about the fashion industry, it’s that change is inevitable. From Frida Giannini parting ways with Gucci after a rapid decline in sales to now Alexander Wang‘s departure from Balenciaga. The news came as a shock to the fashion community earlier today after WWD published confirmation that Wang’s last collection for the French fashion house will be shown during Paris Fashion Week this September. Wang joined Balenciaga back in November 2012, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière who subsequently joined Louis Vuitton. While Wang’s debut collection for Fall 2013 became an instant hit with the fashion press, Kering has ultimately decided not to renew the American designer’s contract and is currently scouting his successor.

Surprisingly, our forum members seem unfazed by the news. “Wow. His tenure sure was short and sweet,” khyrk commented the minute the news broke.

“Finally. Bye!” added a relieved Scotty while HeatherAnne simply said, “A big fat: whateverrrrrrr.”

Also not too fussed was KissMiss who hailed, “Thank God! Time for some elegance.”

[ See: Alexander Wang’s Fall 2015 collection for Balenciaga ]

Zelda Zonk was quick to write, “That’s a shame, I really liked what he did for Balenciaga, more than what he does for his own label. But I guess it already takes a lot of his time, and it’s his own label that is making him really successful. So maybe he wants to focus on that? I’m really curious to see who is going to work for Balenciaga now.”

“Kering [French Luxury Goods Company] is ridiculous with their constant shuffling of designers. If I was a designer I’d never agree to work for one of their houses because you know you’ll be out in about 5 years max,” pointed out lelaid.

“The name Alistair Carr comes to my mind,” posted momo526, already playing the guessing game as to who’s set to replace Wang.

We will miss Wang’s eye-catching and visually-stimulating campaigns for Balenciaga. Take a peek at the Fall 2015 campaign featuring Kate Moss and Lara Stone here and sound off about Alexander Wang’s surprising departure inside our thread here.

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Hermes Responds to Jane Birkin’s Plea to Remove Her Name from Birkin Bags

With its five-digit price tag and storied legacy, the Hermes Birkin bag has long been considered a high-fashion status symbol. It is one of the most sought-after accessories on the market—until now, that is. Jane Birkin, the 68-year-old British actress and singer who inspired the original, is voicing her opinion on the alleged inhumane practices used to create the Birkin Croco bag. 

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

“Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermes to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” Birkin said in a statement. 

The brand designed the Croco bag in 1984 for Birkin. “A young mother at the time, she complained she could not find a bag that was both elegant and practical,” Yahoo! reported. The Birkin Croco, starting at $36,000, is considered one of the world’s most expensive handbags and is a favorite amongst A-list celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian

PETA Goes After Hermès for Inhumane Crocodile and Alligator Harvesting ]

One handbag reportedly takes 18 to 25 hours to make by hand in France, and also comes in ostrich, cow and calf leather. And it’s only natural that PETA chimed in. “At just one year old, alligators are shot with a captive-bolt gun or crudely cut into while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain,” PETA said. “The investigator saw alligators continuing to move their legs and tails in the bleed rack and in bloody ice bins several minutes after their attempted slaughter,” it added.

PETA announced on its website, “On behalf of all kind souls in the world, we thank Ms Birkin for ending her association with Hermes.” They also asked Hermes to “stop plundering wildlife, factory-farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins.”

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Hermes has released a statement in response to Birkin’s request: “Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.”

Hermes denies that the farm in the report belongs to them and claims the crocodile skins produced are not used for fabricating Birkin bags. “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned,” the spokesperson said.

Between Birkin and PETA, it’s safe to say that the waitlist days for Birkin Croco bags are over. 

[via Yahoo!, Vogue UK]