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Alice and Olivia’s Spring 2013 Campaign Video Is Just What Your Monday Needs

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Here's a fashion film that won't make you want to roll your eyesAlice and Olivia's Spring 2013 campaign video which, despite going a little too hard on moddish graphic prints (I get it, every designer working in fashion today: If I'm not wearing black-and-white vertical stripes in a month's time, I shouldn't even be allowed to leave the house) is charming and delightful. It's refreshing to see a campaign video which doesn't pretend to be anything else (a vehicle for showing clothes, selling clothes), but it also seems like whoever made this had a lot of fun. 

Credit's due to videographer Rowena True and models Stacey Bendet (also the brand's founding designer), Tali Lennox, Georgiana Saraev and Ksenia Vasylchenko. Music is “Overdose” by indie pop trio Little Daylight.




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Would You Like to See Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Making Babies on the Cover of L’Officiel Hommes?

The answer to the question posed in the headline should be, according to all that is good and just and fair in the world, "No!" – and yet here we are.

Yes, you did want to see Kim Kardashian and Kanye West copulate on the cover of L'Officiel Hommes Paris' Spring 2013 issue. And now that you've seen it, you can't unsee it. I'm sorry. We don't offer lobotomies here at The Fashion Spot. 

This is really the problem with all things Kimye: They are no longer (in Kim's case, particularly) famous for being famous, they are famous for being hated, and it's this self-perpetuating thing, an infinite feedback loop of their fame and our hatred of them and how our hatred fans their fame. It's like a bad codependent relationship. 

It's probably beyond the scope of this blog post to try figure out why we're stuck on Kim and Kanye, but I can't fault L'Officiel for this cover. It's cynical, but sometimes at work you just have to do things that … work. Nearly every blog on the Internet is a cup of coffee away from putting up a post with a headline like, SEE KIM AND KANYE SEX ON MAGAZINE SHOCKING. And L'Officiel is going to get more attention and more newsstand sales than if they ran a cover which featured a real person who does interesting things. 

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DKNY Owns Up to (Inadvertently) Stealing Photos From Popular Blog ‘Humans of New York’

Even if you don't follow Humans of New York (HONY) on Tumblr, you've likely seen images from the street photography blog in your Facebook newsfeed, on Pinterest or featured in various publications. HONY was started in 2010 by a former Chicago bond trader, Brandon Stanton, who quit his job to move to New York City and take photos all day. The work he's been posting found a large audience: on Facebook, the street photography blog has 561k followers (in comparison, Scott Schuman's The Sartorialist has "only" 154k). Presumably, some of these many thousands of followers contributed to Stanton's Hurricane Sandy relief IndieGogo campaign, which raised $318,000 — well above its $100,000 goal.

This is all to say: Humans of New York is compelling and has a proven track record of engaging and mobilizing a large fanbase. 

So it's no surprise that big fancy brand DKNY was interested in acquiring some of Stanton's photos for marketing purposes. From a post which went up on Tumblr today [via Gawker]:

"Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows 'around the world.' They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said 'no.' 

Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation."

You can see the photo above. 

Stanton says he doesn't "want any money" and is asking DKNY to donate $100,000 to the YMCA in Bed-Stuy (an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn) on his behalf.

DKNY PR Girl quickly posted a statement to Tumblr which owned up to using Stanton's images, but claimed it was a mistake: 

"It appears that inadvertently the store in Bangkok used an internal mock up containing some of Mr. Stanton's images that was intended to merely show the direction of the spring visual program. We apologize for this error and are working to ensure that only the approved artwork is used. 

DKNY has always supported the arts and we deeply regret this mistake. Accordingly, we are making a charitable donation of $25,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn in Mr. Stanton's name." 

It's commendable that DKNY moved to respond to the charges so quickly, but this is less apology, more equivocation. Most detail-oriented luxury brands don't commonly mistake internal mock-ups for the final product, and it seems miserly for a major label like DKNY, which is owned by LVMH, one of the biggest companies in the world, to donate only a quarter of the $100,000 Stanton requested to the Bed-Stuy YMCA, where it'll do a lot of good. 

But Stanton says he's happy with DKNY's pledge: "$25k will help a lot of kids at the YMCA. I know a lot of you would like to have seen the full $100k, but we are going to take them at their word that it was a mistake, and be happy that this one had a happy ending."

For DKNY, this is less "happy ending," more big blue bruise:

Got that? If you want to keep being a "guest" at DKNY shows, don't say things that'll tar the brand's image in the public eye. Even if they're true. 

[UPDATE: As of 5:50 PM on Monday, February 25, DKNY's Twitter no longer displays the tweet embedded above.]

Image via Humans of New York

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Ginger & Smart’s New Diffusion Line Makes Being Young and Broke a Lot Less Sucky

Anyone who had to pay their way through university after mid-2008 will tell you it’s a sucky time financially to be young. But being light of wallet and bereft of a steady income doesn’t have to mean filling your closet with boring staples – especially when designers do nice things like making diffusion lines that don't suck.

Dion Lee’s tailoring-focused diffusion Line II has already proved a wild success, and camilla and marc celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with a youthful, accessible spin on its luxe mainline. Now, Ginger & Smart has joined in the game with ‘Akin’ aimed at girls over 18 and under 30. Just like Dion Lee and the C&M siblings, they’ve taken the hallmarks of their brand — here it’s eyeball-piercing prints and smooth, billowing silks — and channeled them into pieces with price tags that still make it possible to drop half your weekly paycheque on sashimi and cocktails. Hey, you need somewhere to wear this stuff right?

Akin’s first outing is a fun yet polished approached to dressing up. Fun comes in the requisite prints (here, heavily pixilated florals and monochrome shapes) and polish in the refined silhouettes that pervade the mainline. Party dresses are short yet structured, and the trousers are begging to be taken out on the town with a simple pair of stilettos.

All pieces are priced between $129 and $339 and are available on Ginger and Smart’s e-boutique

Image: Ginger & Smart's Facebook.

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Rejoice! Zara Finally Offers Online Shopping to Canada

Good news public transit users and slaves to their 70-hour jobs! If you've ever had trouble reaching your nearest Zara store, then the fast fashion retailer is finally joining the web revolution and opening an online boutique. What was once a pipedream and still is for many — here's looking at you H&M — Zara will offer online shopping in Canada starting March 6.

Being a loyal European, Zara is one of my favourite ready-to-wear brands, especially when it comes to easy, breezy, beautiful workwear. In that vein, and in honour of this momentous Internet launch, let's take a look at the company's new February 2013 Lookbook.

This season features an eclectic mix of colourblocks, animal prints and loose-fitting knits and pants, all with a subtle element of androgyny. It offers a modern twist on everyday essentials that are easily adaptable for work, play or stay-at-home Saturdays. Choice pieces include the animal print shirt-trouser combo and blazer with gold buttons. If there's one thing Zara knows how to do well, it's a crisp blazer, but don't let me be the one to preach panache, judge for yourselves…

Left model wears blazer with gold buttons and shirt with concealed button closure. Right model wears balloon sleeved top.

Left model wears flowing trench coat, cropped t-shirt and wide crossover trousers. Right model wears thermofix sweater.


Left model wears loose cropped sweater and short studio trousers. Right model wears printed shirt, animal print trousers and colour block clutch bag.


Left model wears plain poplin shirt and two-tone combination jeans. Right model wears a studio dress.

Images via Zara

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Link Buzz: Isabeli Fontana for Vogue Mexico; Has Vittorio Missoni’s Missing Plane Been Found?

  • I do not like thinking about how non-bitterly cold and windy it is in other parts of the world right now, but I do like this Isabeli Fontana x Vogue Mexico cover so you can see how posting it was a big dilemma. [DesignScene]
  • The best Oscars beauty looks of all time — what a way to spend a Friday. [BellaSugar]
  • Milan Fashion Week show-goers are probably the best-accessorized group of people alive. [FabSugar]
  • If you've been following the sad story of Vittorio Missoni's missing plane, investigators have possibly discovered it in Curacao. [Fashionologie]
  • Hailee Steinfeld will recieve the Women in Film MaxMara Face of the Future Award which is weird because I thought the only "Face of the Future" MaxMara was interested in is the one that resides in Kate Middleton's womb. [StyleBakeryTeen]

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