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Inside the Graduate Fashion Week Exhibition 2015 in London

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The best thing about Graduate Fashion Week is not only checking out the runway shows to try and spot the next big future designer, but also exploring its exhibition. It presents you with the chance to get closer to the designs than the runway shows allow, whilst gaining a better, more visual idea of the designers’ inspirations thanks to the surrounding mood boards and sketchbooks on display. Plus, there’s also the opportunity to have a quick chat with the lecturers and get a real feel for each university. All in all, it’s a much more fulfilling experience than simply watching a three-minute runway show. 

So as this year’s Graduate Fashion Week descended upon Brick Lane’s The Old Truman Brewery in London’s hipster Shoreditch district, it was almost compulsory for us to wander around the exhibition and snap a few of our favourite finds. We were welcomed by creative artist Ant Carver painting a colourful picture of model Erin O’Connor. Judging by the quality of the work on display, there’s a bright future ahead for many of these aspiring designers and we wish them all the very best of luck. Take a look through a few of our favourite pieces from the exhibition in the slideshow below.  (more…)

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John Galiano Changes Its Logo

New John Galliano Logo

Image: John Galliano

The house of Galliano has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years, mainly losing its namesake designer. But the John Galliano label just got another major update. The fashion house recently inked a deal with Modalis and under the new licensing agreement, it seemed like a great time to change the logo. Nicolas Ghesquière did it at Louis Vuitton, Hedi Slimane did it at Saint Laurent and now it’s Bill Gaytten’s turn to switch up the house of Galliano’s swag.

The gothic type of the Galliano house has been replaced with less ornamented lettering. “Embedded in this new identity is the energy of late Eighties London, when artists and designers twisted established ideas,” said Frank Durand, the man helping to bring the new Galliano image to life. “This refined-meets-raw attitude, also at the heart of the Maison, has strong graphic potential, so we played off that.”  Galliano label CEO Dominique deLongvialle also seems excited about the house’s new look. “We believe this new visual identity expresses a resurgence of Maison John Galliano’s creative output and revival of its original ideas,” he said.

We suppose it was high time the logo changed, since John Galliano is no longer at the brand and it doesn’t look like he will be returning anytime soon. He’s clearly moved on to his post at Margiela so it seems like these changes were long overdue. At any rate, are you feeling Galliano’s new look?

[via Vogue UK]

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Want to Be a Successful Model? Better Beef up Your Instagram Following

Gigi Hadid Kendall Jenner

Image: @gigihadid

We’re firmly in a new era of modeling where the key to success is not just about the way you look or about how many designers like your personality – it’s also about how popular you are on social media. With the dawn of the “Instagirls,” there have been countless think pieces on how social media has birthed this new generation of models, but in terms of the actual fashion business, it’s easy to see just how important a large Instagram or Twitter following is, especially for brands looking to expand their reach. 

Storm Model Management Sarah Doukas explains just how important social media has become in casting a girl for a campaign. “Looks are obviously still first and foremost, but if you have two girls who are both perfect for something, without a shadow of a doubt the one with the bigger social following would win the job,” Doukas said. “If Cara does a big campaign, you quote for her to model and then you quote separately for the fact that she has 13m followers.” This phenomenon explains how Kendall Jenner, who might not be everyone’s cup of tea in photographs, has become such a hot item in the industry these days. Whether or not you like her as a model, those 27.5 million Instagram followers are a valuable currency of its own that clients see can translate to actual dollars. It’s business, after all – and you’ve got to find someone who is actually going to get people to buy your product.

Storm Model’s Simon Chambers elaborated: “This is a media space that belongs to that person — it’s an asset and if a brand wants access to that, then they have to treat it like buying media. The cost grows as the girl’s following grows.”

So, you aspiring models out there might want to start taking more Instagram selfies – and don’t skimp on the hashtags.

[via Vogue UK]

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James Bond Costume Designer Julie Harris Dies at 94

Casino Royal 1967

Image: MGM

The woman who helped set the pace for the image of “Swinging London” in the 60s has passed away. Julie Harris, the costume designer who dressed the Beatles and James Bond, passed away at the age of 94 after leading an illustrious career for which she was honored with an Oscar in 1965 for the film Darling.

Harris is responsible for the outfits in the Beatles’ Help! and HA Hard Day’s Night, and created the costumes for Bond films like 1967’s Casino Royale and Live and Let Die. She also did the costumes for Rollerball, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Great Muppet Caper. British Film Institute curator Jo Botting confirmed Harris’ death as she was a close friend. 

“In a career that embraced more than 80 films and television productions, as well as several stage plays, Julie worked with some of the greatest international stars in the history of cinema, and for some of its most legendary directors and producers,” Botting said. “Her outstanding work was constantly nominated for awards. She was an amazing woman.”

Her work will live on forever in film and she will always be remembered for bringing the London look to life on the big screen.

[via NYT, Rolling Stone]

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Alexa Chung Sits Pretty on the July Cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

After the British edition of Vogue received dismal reviews for its July cover with Stella Tennant, Harper’s Bazaar brings us sunshine and flowers to help make up for it. A youthful Alexa Chung graces the cover while on location at an 18th-century manor in the English countryside, looking terrific wearing an embroidered tulle top and skirt by Simon Rocha on the subscribers’ cover (pictured right). On the newsstand cover (left), the current face of Longchamp wears a dress from Burberry Prorsum.

UK Harper's Bazaar July 2015 Alexa Chung by David Slijper

IMAGE: FACEBOOK.COM/HARPERSBAZAARUK AND MARK E

Forum members flocked to the thread once the covers surfaced. “Wow, I quite like this, especially the setting. It’s the season for hydrangeas after all. Glad to see David Slijper back at HB U.K.,” Benn98 appreciated.

“Oooh now this is lovely! Really pretty image, I really like it a lot. Harper’s Bazaar U.K. always [does] a great job with Alexa, UK Vogue should take notes because every shoot they’ve done with her has been dreadful,” LastNight added.

In agreement was justaguy who hailed: “Very beautiful cover!”

Emmanuelle also showed the subscribers’ cover some love, writing, “I love the picture in the boat ! The angle is nice and the background is incredible ! Very very pretty. The newsstand cover is cool too, but the makeup is not very good I think.”

“The picture on the boat is just so lovely, I love it!” raved Zelda Zonk.

“Not what I expected when I clicked to open this thread. It’s a lovely, evocative photo and it’s perfect for a July cover. My only issue with it is that the hand placement combined with her mouth being slightly open makes it look a bit like she’s biting her nails. Aside from that, it really is a very pretty cover,” shared KINGofVERSAILLES.

Which do you prefer? Voice your opinion inside the thread here.

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Urban Decay Is Releasing a NEW Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette; Image: Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette; Image: Urban Decay

Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are widely considered to be holy grail items for makeup fans around the world and now, the company is about to launch another iteration of its famous product, this time for the girls who want to achieve a smoky eye.

Urban Decay’s new Smoky palette is due out July 8 and will offer a range of neutral shades that you can put together to create smoky eye looks. The palette has matte and shimmery shades (12 in all), arranged on either side from lightest on the outside to the darkest colors on the inside, making it easier for the user to combine colors. You’ll find bronze, rose, gray, metallic and brown shades, so there are a million ways to build that sultry look. The palette also comes with a double-sided brush, so you have all the tools you need in one place to get your smoke on. 

The makeup brand has already released a smolderingly sexy teaser video promoting the new kit, which we have no doubts will sell out quickly – better sign up for the wait list here!

Watch the promo video above and get psyched for the big launch next month! 

[via Refinery 29]

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