Within twelve hours of stumbling across a grainy Instagrammed snapshot of British Vogue's July 2013 cover featuring Helena Bonham Carter photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, tFS Forum member vogue28 received a copy of the publication in the mail. In response to the Forums' immediate enthusiasm for the unconventional subject and seemingly impeccable styling and layout, vogue28 scanned it to the boards. It's stunning. Chanelcouture09 points out that the actress is wearing a dress from Ralph Lauren's Spring 2013 collection. Her feather hair thingy has not yet been identified. Check it out.
Some days, it feels like we’ve morphed into the Cara Delevingne Spot, but in our defense, she is everywhere lately. As much as people love to love, hate, disparage and critique Hedi Slimane’s work for Saint Laurent, his campaigns for the brand have been undeniably captivating. It only makes sense that cool girl Cara would model his latest grunge-inspired collection. She’s the It girl of the moment and she’s got the broody glam vibe down pat.
Of course, forum members had a thing or two to say about the campaign – which also features Cole Smith, and was lensed by Slimane himself (as we’ve come to expect).
“Cara in a campaign is becoming like florals for spring. Hell, that girl is everywhere!” AnaO quipped.
“I’m loving it to be quite honest. There’s something appealing about these images,” Flashbang admitted.
Kokobombon shared, “I like the melancholy vibe of it. And all the textures, from the model’s hair to the drapes… However, it looks way too ‘angsty teen’ for a high fashion label like Saint Laurent.”
Slimane strayed from his preferred black and white shooting style (just a little bit) for this campaign, incorporating some color images. I think that really works in this campaign’s favor. We’ve gotten so used to seeing things in monotone that even when muted, his color shots feel somewhat vibrant.
“Photos from Hedi with color!!!!! Praise the Lord!” miguelalmeida burst out, before getting philosophical. “Like the concept, seems like she's looking at the future, with the big window open for her to take over the sky, and with the window open comes a new breath of fresh hair (Hedi's creations for the house). That's how I feel about it! LOVE IT!”
Others felt that Cara was miscast and that another model would be a better fit for the campaign. But, Cara is as of-the-moment as it gets. She may have socialite roots, but she’s a model through and through. She wouldn’t have risen so quickly in the business if she didn’t have the chops. For me, this campaign is another win for the brand. Even if I continue to not really care for the clothes.
Peep some more of the campaign images in the video below.
This week, new retailers have announced plans to ship to Canada: Urban Outfitters Europe, Demeter Fragrance and Sole Society (now offering a $9.95 flat rate). I'll spare you my rant on the barriers between US-Canada shopping, but the news from these retailers had me thinking of compiling a list of major brands who do give two hoots about their cross border customers.
Yes, we're used to getting a rough deal after custom fees and postal charges, but here are a few websites that are making our fashion splurges a little more attainable:
So that's what I have so far, but do feel free to add your own dirty little shipping secrets in the comments section below. Do you know of any fabulous fashion sites that ship to Canada?
After four-and-a-half years of crying money, Italian fashion house Versace has won a legal victory against Griffith Suisse Luxury Group, which is the misleading name of a Philippines- and Australia-based company which sold knock-off versions of the label on eBay.
Counterfeit designer goods have been a huge problem for the online auction giant. Tiffany & Co. sued the company after the jeweler determined that 83% of its listed products were in fact counterfeited. In 2010, eBay won a dismissal of the case.
Another high profile legal tangle: in 2008, a French court ordered the retailer to pay luxury group LVMH $61 million in damages — but the decision was overturned in 2012.
Pursuing legal action against eBay hasn't proven to be the most effective route for companies seeking to protect their trademark in online sales. eBay currently has a policy against counterfeiting, promising customers a full refund in case they inadvertently buy a knock-off. The retailer has also been hosting an anti-counterfeit online campaign, You Can't Fake Fashion, in partnership with the CFDA since 2011.
Versace's recent lawsuit and victory show the fashion industry taking a different approach to reducing online sales of designer fakes. Instead of holding eBay responsible for listed knock-offs, the Italian brand took action against the actual counterfeiting group. And won!
But the lengthy litigation seems like a testament to how inhospitable the legal climate can often be to companies hoping to protect themselves against even the most blatant forms of trademark infringement. For Versace, the process took almost five years and who knows how many millions of dollars.
[Update, July 15th, 2013: Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group has contacted me with a statement refuting the above report and claiming they were the ones to initiate a lawsuit.
"It was Griffith Suisse Luxury Group who first initiated the lawsuit against Versace and eBay in 2008. Versace was alleged to have abused its VERO rights by instructing eBay to take down multiple of Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group’s listings even though they were evidently all authentic. eBay took the listings down without the required NOIC (Notice of Claimed Infringement), clearly abetting the luxury brand’s attempt to control the market by removing goods without evidence or basis. As a matter of fact, eBay has not been able to produce a single properly filled out NOIC document for any luxury items de-listed on Griffith-Suisse Luxury Group’s eBay account. It is obvious that eBay has been making biased decisions in favor of the luxury brands at the detriment of it’s own sellers [sic]."
The company sent me a copy of the complaint filed with the Santa Clara County Court, urging me to verify it with the courts in California. The document is dated October 2011.
Versace's four-and-a-half year legal battle and subsequent victory was initially reported by WWD, and then broadly covered by many other media outlets.
I reached out to Versace for a comment on the victory back in May. Separately I also wrote to Susan Scafidi, a copyright lawyer who specializes in fashion law, for more context on whether this was, as some were claiming, a "landmark decision." I haven't heard back.]
For anyone that prefers fashion celebrity to tabloid or mainstream celebrity, the appeal is twofold: 1) As shiny and beautiful as any reality star, Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs & co are also the public faces of a multibillion dollar global industry. Forget what you've heard: the fashion elite don't just stand there looking pretty, they do things. Important things. Like photographing models eating meat. 2) Celebrity is a distorted image. What we see of famous people isn't fake, it's just an out-of-proportion take on their personalities. But pairing a warped celebrity lens with a larger-than-life fashion persona? The result is magical fairy happiness laughter fireworks.
Which is why I wanted to share a few installments of the fashion comic "When They Were Kids" which imagines outsize fashion personalities as wee little babes. I think we all need a laugh today, especially after viewing the Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 ad.
Which, speaking of…
Elizabeth Debicki’s star is set to rise at light-speed thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s decadent 3D dazzle-fest The Great Gatsby, but it’s not only excessive theatrics (and an otherwise A-list cast) from which she’s managing to set herself apart.
For the Sydney leg of Gatsby’s premiere last week, Debicki wore a floral-skirted Christian Dior gown from the Spring 2013 collections. It’s not the first time the dress has appeared on a lanky Aussie blonde with a rapidly escalating career – Brisbane model Nicole Pollard was the one who wore it down the Dior runway last spring — and certainly a six-foot frame is a desired asset when you’re hoping to look this stunning.
Before Gatsby, Debicki’s acting career consisted only of a bit part in Stephan Elliott’s comedy A Few Best Men. With the stoic red carpet presence of Rooney Mara, the doe-eyed innocence of Sophie Lowe and the elfin balletic athleticism of Cate Blanchett, Debicki is fully equipped to be Australia’s next major export. And if her next role isn’t a 3D motion one, we can fully see her as the face of a big fragrance campaign.