Lara Stone has just landed one of the most visible beauty contracts in the industry, with global cosmetics brand L'Oreal Paris. Although the Dutch model is best known for her extensive work as the face of Calvin Klein, Stone has also appeared in ads for Givenchy, Belstaff, DKNY and others. Previous campaign models include Laetitia Casta, Doutzen Kroes, Scarlett Johansson and Beyonce. [via Style.com]
Over on Moda Operandi, the so-called Apricot Washed Double Armure V-Neck Blouse (above, left) is currently featured among the "Most Wanted" items from Marni's Spring 2014 collection. And no wonder: In addition to its universally flattering color and structural shape, the top is also one of the world's most cleverly-named garments. In English, "armure" refers to fabric with a pebbled surface texture; in French, the word translates to armor. The garment's name is both literally descriptive of its own design and also a play on the bilingual double-meaning of the word "armure" — there are hints of knights armor in the blouse's stiff, pleated shape.
I've had my eye on the Marni top, but today I spotted two other appealing apricot pieces from the Spring 2014 collections, also available for pre-order from the luxury e-commerce site. The first is a pared-down, minimalist apricot sweatshirt (above, center) from the Russian designer, Vika Gazinskaya; the second is a shift dress with laser-cut embroidery in the same color, from Alessandro Dell'Acqua's No. 21 label. Like the Marni top, both items are tagged "Most Wanted," indicating a healthy level of demand for boxy pastels, even beyond the pink coat.
Thought Givenchy’s crystal-studded Spring 2014 beauty look was intense? Check out the body art on top fashion month model Gabby Dover. Nine hours of body art (plus another three hours of hair and makeup) are what it took for this fabulously garish spread shot by Tom Kerr for New Zealand’s Black magazine, trumping Paris Fashion Week’s most painstaking look by eight hours of application time.
The sleeves are the work of Sydney-based Becca Gilmartin, our Pat McGrath of intricate body painting. They’re complemented by makeup from MAC’s Amber D and a slightly tripolar hairstyle combing three of the biggest hair trends du jour: afros, hair chalking and wet-look gel.
It’s some feat, then, that the clothes don’t serve as a mere backdrop. In the spread, Gabby wears ornate fall pieces from a mix of international and local designers, styled by Sarah Birchley. Heavily textured Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent meet their matches in an appliquéd tie-dye skirt by Romance Was Born, thigh-high laced boots by Tony Bianco for Alex Perry and jewelry by ManiaMania.
Sitting still for nine hours to get the same look sounds almost as painful as actually getting inked, so maybe it’s time some brave soul tasked themselves with reinventing those Ed Hardyish tattoo arm stockings. With this and the plastic choker necklaces at Carven, we’re not ruling out the revival of bargain bin 90s body accessories.
The British brand STORM has been around since the 80s and was the brainchild of two fashion industry insiders who wanted to create must-have fashion pieces but at affordable prices. When they initially launched their designs, they were so quirky in comparison to the industry’s current offerings that factories actually struggled to interpret the designs and create the final products, which led to STORM having to work more closely with the factories and develop new production techniques.
Their pioneering designs have gradually evolved over the years, and you can take a walk down memory lane by checking out their vintage offerings. Do you remember the 90s bubble watch?
These days, STORM still designs with the element of creating well-designed pieces in mind, but their offerings have a more sophisticated take. We recently got a sneak peek of their latest collection which incorporates minimalistic design to create beautiful timeless pieces. The Slimrim style watch is definitely the stand out piece of the collection; in brown, it's elegantly styled with an appearance that reminds us of a reptilian effect, yet in classic rose gold, it's completely transformed into a wardrobe staple.
Check out their current offerings at their site, and take a look for yourself at just how far their designs have come.
We're ridiculously excited to announce the first annual tFS Style Awards (The Tiffies), which have just opened to Forum members for nominations.
Nominees will be determined exclusively by the tFS Forums — so if you're a member, go vote! (Voting on the finalists will be open to the public in November — stay tuned here for more info.)
The full announcement and links to individual categories:
2013 tFS Style Awards
theFashionSpot is excited to announce the launch of our first annual tFS Style Awards, recognizing exceptional contributions in the following categories:
In addition, we’ll present two honorary awards:
Nominations will be determined exclusively by tFS forum members. From October 11th through 25th, forum members can nominate their favorites in each of the categories by visiting the corresponding threads. From these nominations, the moderators and tFS staff will narrow down the list to 5 finalists per category.
In November, we will open up voting on the finalists to all tFS forum members and tFS readers via a ballot on the tFS homepage. The winners will be announced on the site in December.