In addition to being the best airline ever, Virgin Atlantic now has the best-dressed flight attendants in the game, thanks to Vivienne Westwood, who was tapped to design the uniforms for the airline's esteemed fleet. The designer unveiled the new looks at London's Village Underground last night, with special guest Debbie Harry, who performed in the new, bright red uniform jacket with standing collar Westwood designed.
Including the blazer (also available in gray), ladies have the option of a sculptural white or burgundy cowl neck blouse, red pencil skirt, leather bag and sensible heels. In cold climates, they can keep warm with a red coat with an asymmetric closure and oversized collar. The look for male attendants features a deep burgundy or gray three-piece suit with a white shirt and a red tie.
Net-a-Porter will launch a new high-end athleticwear site called Net-a-Sporter. [WWD]
Sales of plus-sized clothing increased 5% this year…hopefully this means more clothing options for full-figured gals in the near future! [Fashionista]
Dov Charney is more than just a creepy pervert…he's got some redeeming qualities, too. [The Atlantic]
Headed to the beach this weekend? Here are some tips on how to get your bod bikini-ready before you hit the waves–no crunches required. [PopSugar Beauty]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holding its first fall exhibit in seven years and the theme is a little morbid. The Costume Institute's latest will be called "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," displaying a selection of dresses worn by mourning women between 1815 and 1915. [WWD]
Balenciaga and Nicolas Ghesquière have their day in court. [The Fashion Law]
STOP THE PRESSES. Kate Middleton wore that eyelet Zimmerman dress again to Wimbledon. She first rocked it on her Australian tour, and guess what y'all, it's still white and made of eyelet. [PopSugar Fashion]
This March, it was announced that e-mail newsletter DailyCandy would be shutting down. The news was greeted with a lot of disappointment from longtime fans who had looked to the email for over a decade to give them the lowdown on cool things to check out in food, fashion, entertainment and more. The newsletter had been active since 2000, and in 2008, founder Dany Levy began the hunt to look for a firm to buy her company. Comcast stepped up to the plate, scooping up the brand for $125 million just before Lehman Brothers fell and the recession began.
In a video interview with Inc., Levy says that the financial landscape quickly caused Comcast to change its tune about DailyCandy. It was enthusiastic at first, but soon began to scramble for ideas to make the newsletter more profitable. "I think Comcast felt as if they were sold a false bill of goods," Levy says. "Nobody knew the market was going to crash, so Comcast was like, WTF? These numbers are not gonna happen." It was then, she said, that they started to look to other e-business models like Gilt and Groupon to see which methods they could borrow in order to beef up the revenue DailyCandy was bringing in. "It became this desperate clamoring to find something that was going to make money, where you were getting potentially 8 emails a day. So, to be frank with you, I unsubscribed. I couldn't watch it."
"From my perspective, I watched them destroy a brand," Levy says, although she admits she understands why they nixed her company. "We were such a rounding error." By 2011 when Comcast had merged with NBCUniversal, DailyCandy seemed to be just a huge speck in an enormous company. "I get it. To them, in their mind, they tried. And they did try…I think what they didn't try is maintaining the integrity of the brand."
Levy does have a point, but structural changes are pretty much part and parcel of merging with a larger brand. DailyCandy was loved by millions, but perhaps it was a combination of Comcast's off-brand ideas and DailyCandy's dated email model that made the company take a turn for the worse. There are significantly more ways to share information, particularly with the advent of social media, that didn't really begin to pick up in a major way until after 2006. By the time the recession happened, Facebook and Twitter were all the rage–DailyCandy could have rebuilt its business model to really get the most use out of those platforms.
Watch Levy tell the saga of what happened to DailyCandy after the Comcast buyout in the video above.
Ever wanted to try your hand at the ball cap trend without looking like you just came from a Jays' game? When we want nothing more than to throw something on our head and call it a day, there’s only one accessory that can instantly amp up an outfit and give it a nostalgic 90s nod. Meet your new best friend — the Calla Dogtown blue denim baseball cap.
After first making waves on day one of the Spring 2014 shows, Toronto-born Calla Haynes has since received rave reviews for her beach-friendly digs that consist of crop tops, skater dresses andcute headgear. I’m in love with this printed baseball hat that’s both fresh and fun. It comes in a black or pale blue floral print called “Dogtown."
It was available on Avenue 32 for $75, but has since sold out. Edmonton-based fashionistas can still get their fix of Calla, however, at Coup Boutique in Alberta.
The latest advertising spots to surface on our forums are from Gucci. The Italian fashion house retained Turkish duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to lens its Fall 2014 campaign, shot in the studio with muted backdrops to complement each look. We're treated to a set of fashion's finest models with Raquel Zimmermann, Anja Rubik, Natasha Poly, Suvi Koponen, Joan Smalls and Karmen Pedaru all fronting the campaign and looking every inch the Gucci woman, clad in the designs of Frida Giannini.
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IMAGE CREDIT: A-STATE-OF-BLISS.TUMBLR.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
"Wow, I can't even pick out a favorite picture. All four shots are fantastic. The cast is awesome, though some diversity wouldn't hurt. These girls are selling everything!" enthused Seaj.
"Great great great!! Love seeing Raquel, one of my first model loves. They all look great!!" wrote Srdjan.
Nepenthes also had a very positive attitude toward the images: "What an amazing cast! Especially happy to see Natasha. The girls look beautiful. At the same time, if there were some unknown models instead of Natasha, Raquel, Anja and Suvi, I wouldn't even look twice at these shots."
Not everyone was sharing the same sentiments, though. "Who cares about the casting, it looks like a catalog. Super lame," disapproved HeatherAnne.
"Definitely a total waste of such amazing casting. Maybe you can say 'less is more,' but I call it LAZY," commented Avogadro.
TaylorBinque was on the fence and wrote, "Don't get me wrong. This is one fabulously stunning cast. But I wish they use them at their most potential. I think the collection itself is quite lovelybut it needs a little push from a great to make a wonderful collection as a whole."
Check out the thread for more campaign shots and post which model is your favorite here.
Australia's best models have turned up to David Jones' Sydney and Melbourne stores in a bid to walk the runway for the highly-anticipated Spring 2014 fashion launch. With the opportunity to appear alongside the store's fashion ambassadors, Jessica Gomes, Montana Cox and Jason Dundas, the pressure was definitely on for the long-legged hopefuls.
The models brought along their portfolios and best runway faces before walking in front of former Miss Universe Australia contestant Rachael Finch, JETS swimwear designer Jessika Allen and head stylist Kelvin Harries. With both genders modelling swimwear for the collections dropping over the warmer months, there was the added stress of looking super in the designer swimwear.
The girls stripped down to bikinis and one-pieces to be worn with heels, while the boys showed off their washboard abs in swimming trunks. The models not only had to impress the judging panel, but their fellow models were watching on, too. I guess now we'll just have to wait until the annual show to see who made the cut and, of course, the upcoming collections.