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Helen Rochfort Bags to Quench Your Kitsch Cravings

Ever fancied channeling your inner Katy Perry? If so, let us introduce you to the Helen Rochfort brand — that’s if you’re not already a massive fan. The UK-based brand perfectly mixes the world of vintage with pop art inspiration to create statement framed box handbags. The bags may not be to everybody’s taste but if you’re the kind of gal who likes the eccentric, be sure to check out their latest collection.

Helen Rochfort has just released the arm candy collection which is inspired by our favourite treats. We particularly love the Cherry and the Custard Cream bags (above, both retailing for £65) and best of all, they’re even scented! 

If you’re intrigued, then, pop over to their site here and check out all of their currently available collections. They also collaborate with other artists, such as the Su Lin Panda Love bag (above left) by the artist Kitty Finegan, and the Owl A Rama by the Fashion Designer Emma Bell (above right). Believe us, this section is definitely worth a look.

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Natasha Poly Makes Her 10th Appearance on the Cover of Vogue Russia (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Russia May 2013 - Natasha Poly

Patrick Demarchelier photographed Natasha Poly for her tenth appearance on the cover of Vogue Russia, and it is awesome. Also awesome? Natasha’s editorial within the issue.

TeeVanity called it “a stellar way to celebrate her tenth cover. Just perfection, Natasha forever slays,” he added.

“Looks like I finally have to buy me some Vogue Russia,” Sweet rus shared. “There is something a bit off about Natasha's eyes, like she is bored and is purposely trying to show as little expression as possible, but overall it works somehow. Maybe it's the reds that get me, maybe it's Natasha's persona but when I saw this cover I realized I wanted to get my hands on it.”

Vogue Russia May 2013 - Natasha Poly photographed by Patrick DemarchelierVogue Russia May 2013 - Natasha Poly photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

MON essentially fainted over the cover. “Perfect in all aspects!” he exclaimed. “That stare haunts me!! It’s so beautiful! I can’t even… the colors fit perfectly, the lights also and that stare!!! That stare!!! So innocent, so pure! I love it. Although, the masthead should’ve been behind her,” he conceded.

For the record, I’m cool with the masthead being exactly where it is. It works, it’s punchy and the magazine is called Vogue after all – why try to hide that?

Images via Vogue Russia and

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Eugene Hütz & Katlin Aas Cover Vogue Ukraine’s May Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Ukraine May 2013

I have to confess – I think I may be completely charmed by Vogue Ukraine based on their covers alone. They featured Daria Werbowy on their debut cover and now model Katlin Aas joins Ukrainian actor/musician Eugene Hütz on the cover of their latest issue (photographed by Mark Seliger).

I think it’s a gutsy move to make a man the main event on a women’s fashion magazine cover – especially a brand new women’s fashion magazine – but if Vogue Ukraine is going to feature someone, I’m glad it’s Eugene. His Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello has a sound that’s… shall we say, unique, and if you haven’t seen him in the film Everything is Illuminated, then I urge you to drop everything (seriously, you can even stop reading this post) and find a way to watch it RIGHT NOW. He’s simultaneously hilarious and utterly charming, I promise. But, I digress. Back to Vogue Ukraine’s May issue.

This is wonderful. Again. Not a big fan of Katlin, but she looks really good,” MyNameIs commented. “And putting Eugene Hütz on the cover is such a fresh and cool choice. I love the styling and the colors,” he added.

“This cover is great,” Luxx agreed. “It is definitely unique and attention getting.”

Some forum members weren’t too keen on the fact that Hütz is the cover’s main attraction, or that the color scheme on the cover is a bit dark for May, but let's just rememer that this is Vogue Ukraine. If you know anything about Hütz then he’ll certainly be of interest, and call me crazy, but I like the ethnic, dark, covered-up vibe of the cover. I don’t know much about Ukraine, but this feels right to me.

Image via Vogue Ukraine

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Hooray for Freja! But, What’s the Deal with this Vogue Paris Cover? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Paris May 2013 - Freja Beha Erichsen by Inez & Vinoodh

Forum members were excited to see that Freja Beja Erichsen is French Vogue’s cover subject for May, but I think it’s safe to say that this cover will not go down as one of her career highlights. It’s really been too long since she was in the spotlight, but couldn’t her reemergence have been a whole lot better? What’s the deal with this Inez & Vinoodh–photographed image?

“First off, FREJA!!!! VogueDisciple93 exclaimed. "But this is an awful cover, some of the worst styling I've seen. Just a cacophony of patterns and colors – WHY IS THAT LEOPARD THING THERE? This isn't punk, this is ugly.”

Luxx commented: “This cover is a mess and having a good model can't save it from itself. I don't care who is on the cover, the pose, the horrible leopard print, even the ensemble – none of it is working for me.”

Mat Cyruss called out Freja’s “strange pose” and the “pattern nightmare” on the cover as particular eye-sores.

I’ve tried to be a defender of Vogue Paris and Emmanuelle Alt since she took over as Editor-in-Chief, but there’s really no defending this. Freja’s giving great face, but that’s nowhere near enough to make this cover work. 

Image via Vogue Paris

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A Twist On the Classics with Dion Lee’s Fall 2012 Lookbook

For the Fall 2013 season, Dion Lee is keeping to Line II’s crisply tailored, sports-luxe aesthetic but injecting some bold colours and lazing-appropriate shapes which are perfect for the colder months.

If you don’t yet own a pair of drawstring leather trousers, this is the time to remedy that situation: Lee’s come in a leather so smooth it’s almost silky, and look perfect with everything from triangle bras to man-style shirts.

Another thing Lee does most excellently is grey marle, but this time around it’s the coloured pieces taking centre stage. Oxblood (the color trend is still going strong on the red carpet) is now given the androgynous treatment in a pair of mid-thigh drawstring shorts.

The lookbook was shot by Bowen Arico and stars Dutch up-and-comer Marthe Wiggers (a.k.a. Marcia Brady incarnate, but with even better cheekbones). 


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5 Festival Essentials: High Street Edition

Festival season kicked over the weekend, and if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with regards to what you should be packing in your overnight sack, look no further. We’ve selected five essentials every girl should bring along.

1. Wellies

On your feet or in your bag as a backup plan, a great pair of wellies is the no-brainer piece that you need for trekking the mud at any festival — and that’s especially true if you have to contend with soggy UK weather. So make an investment and splash out on a pair of Hunters, which are available in funky cool patterns or block tones, which can we worn with a plethora of outfits. Why not go a bit crazy with a pair of their Carnaby snakeskin numbers for £125.

2. Sandals

A pair of sandals are a must just in case the weather takes a turn for the hot side of life, and the most appropriate pair of festival sandals has to be a flat pair of gladiators, as the straps on these babies will ensure that your feet don’t budge and nobody wants to deal with a nasty blister when they're trying to have fun. Try on Aldo's at 50 for size. 

3. Denim Shorts

Everybody needs to wear a trusty pair of denim shorts to a festival, as they are just so versatile. You can simply take a long a few different tops to help change the outfit, and very easily dress the look up or down. Topshop are currently doing a great pair for £32.

4. Fringed Bag

Channel your inner festival hobo with a fringed bag. This black one by ASOS at £24.99 would do the job perfectly. 

5. An Army Coat

A good coat is always a wise choice as to brave the elements, and ASOS are currently offering the festival staple in the form a khaki army style coat for just £58.

Well, now that are your basics sorted, go and enjoy yourself. 

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