She may be best known for her prowess as a model, actress and industrial pouter, but 27-year-old Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is adding even more to her already bursting CV with a sneaky hint to her possibly working as a denim designer for Paige Denim.
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The Devon-born model has been signed as the new face of the denim brand, but took to Instagram today with an image of her holding a pair of the label’s jeans with the teasing caption #projectintheworks, suggesting she may be doing more than simply wearing the brand. Rosie would not be the first woman to walk off the catwalk and into the denim powerhouse’s design studios since Paige Denim was founded by former fit model Paige Adams-Geller.
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It seems like this move may be a tactical decision for the model, who recently opened up to Industrie magazine about her fears for her future: “I realised early on that nothing lasts forever, especially as a model — you have to build something for yourself from it. Looks go and you fade. Modelling is short lived.”
Rosie is already behind Marks & Spencer’s Autograph lingerie range, which incidentally was the fastest selling lingerie in the brand’s history, so she already has a good idea of what people want. She also spoke to Industrie about her work with Marks & Spencer: “I wanted something for when I want to take a back seat. There’ll be a brand that I’ll be sitting at the helm of and enjoying. This is really the start of something I see as a long-term thing.”
So perhaps she is simply moving from D-cups to denim. Either way, we can’t see Rosie palling into insignificance anytime soon.
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- How one woman turned her bridesmaid duties into a business. [Vocativ]
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- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designed a wedding dress for their friend, the world seethes with jealousy. [Vogue]
- Hot off the heels of their Calvin Klein Jeans collaboration, Mytheresa.com buying director Justin O’Shea says the site will launch an exclusive collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood, due out next April or May. [WWD]
- Rachel Roy‘s label has a new parent company. [Fashionista]
- Comicon is putting on a “Geek Culture” fashion show. [Zennie 62]
- Before his aspirations turned to becoming the Steve Jobs of product, Kanye West was just a kid tryna rap with the big dogs. Check out this video of the 19-year-old artist rapping at an NYC record store back in the day. [Independent]
- The CFDA added 30 new members yesterday and extended Diane von Furstenberg‘s presidency another two years. [WWD]
- Alexandra Shipp has replaced Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic. [Perez Hilton]
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After rave reviews of Miranda Kerr‘s Vogue Australia cover, the magazine’s August cover has surfaced on our forums. Australian model, actress and TV presenter Sarah Murdoch snags the cover photographed by Steven Chee. The 42-year-old wears a polka dot dress from Dolce & Gabbana and is seen posing inside a dance studio donning a pair of ballet shoes, joined by a group of ballerinas who are seen in the background.
IMAGE CREDIT: DIGITAL EDITION OF VOGUE AUSTRALIA’S AUGUST ISSUE VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of our forums have different opinions on the cover. Bertrando3 certainly shares a positive view as he posted, “GORGEOUS! First of all, I really like Sarah Murdoch, she’s a VERY intelligent woman, always nice, business driven, trendy and to see her on another Australian Vogue cover is just the icing on the cake!! So nice!!! I like the coloring on the cover, the ballet slippers, the theme, the title to introduce her on the cover, the other person on the back. All works, I’m not a big fan of that dress though, but it’s a nice cover.”
“Looks like a beautiful cover to me, like the way she is posing on the cover, it’s not the usual stance one finds on magazines. And the minimal amount of text is always a plus too,” wrote YoninahAliza.
“What a nice surprise to find Sarah Murdoch on the cover, sweet editorial, too,” complimented justaguy.
Srdjan, on the other hand, doesn’t rate the cover whatsoever: “I don’t like her pose, it’s like she’s trying to be a ballet dancer and a model at the same time. And I don’t like the other person there.”
“First Look at New Season Style…wearing last season’s Dolce & Gabbana dress…well done,” noted a savvy Kite.
Forum member Zorka has kindly provided the thread with digital HQ’s of the contents, including a fashion story with Ashleigh Good by Dan Martensen. Check it out as well as Sarah’s cover story and share your own opinion here.
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Last week, J.Crew announced that it would add to its already ridiculous selection of vanity sizes and introduce a new 000 option for some extra-extra small women. The new addition sparked a lots controversy–even daytime TV personality Rachael Ray was compelled to add her two cents: “(It’s) the most silly, asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” Ray told the Daily News. “What human with any sort of reasoning skills wants to be a 000? It’s just ridiculous. Is there a need for triple 0? No…” But according to the folks at J.Crew, there are millions of reasonable human beings in the world who can’t help but fit into a size 000…and they live in Asia.
Right now, J.Crew is looking to Asia to expand its brand, and the new size 000 is part of that effort to cater to the customers in the region. “Our sizes typically run big, and the Asia market runs small,” a J.Crew spokesperson told the New Yorker. According to the piece, the average American woman’s waist measures 37.5 inches–the waist on a size 000 pant is about 23 inches. Apparently, Asian customers had a hard time fitting into J.Crew’s clothes, as the smallest pieces are sometimes too large. This new size should make the clothes more accessible for shoppers in the Far East.
Sure makes Rachael Ray’s comment sound a little like body-shaming, doesn’t it?
[via The New Yorker]
Earlier this month, French-born, London-based designer Roland Mouret announced that he was releasing an eight-piece capsule collection made from Australia Merino wool. After weeks of counting down and an official launch dinner, we’re finally able to get our hands on the collection.
The designer’s had a busy week. He’s been Instagramming his activities, including boating around Sydney Harbour, announcing the Woolmark Prize to Strateas.Carlucci and meeting up with Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor Kellie Hush. Last night was the big one, though, with the international designer launching his colourful range at a dinner held by department store Myer.
As the exclusive stockist of the highly-anticipated collection, Myer helped Mouret celebrate the launch by calling in guests like Marie Claire Australia Editor Jackie Frank and designers Johnny Schembri of By Johnny and Alex Perry. Face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins, was also in attendance, wearing the collection’s orange and fuchsia Leana dress.
The rainbow-coloured tops, pants and dresses, all in Mouret’s signature draping technique, are now available at Myer Melbourne City and Myer Sydney City. If you live elsewhere, you can snap up the limited-edition pieces through Roland Mouret’s online store.
Upon hearing the announcement that Blake Lively was launching a new site, Preserve, everyone wondered two things: Do we really need another celebrity lifestyle site? And how will it differ from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop? Vogue magazine gets the scoop on her latest venture in its August issue featuring Lively on the cover (her third for the fashion bible).
The magazine describes the site as “part digital monthly magazine, part e-commerce venture, part video blog.” Blake will be selling items crafted by American artisans (aka people who hand make their goods) — promoting wares that have a folksy, small-town charm. You’ll find apparel, accessories, home goods and food on Preserve, which aims to inject a little more life into the artisanal economy.
If you’re already drawing comparisons between Preserve and Gwyneth’s Goop venture, Blake is quick to dispel such likening, stressing that the site is “not trying to show you the perfect life or the aspirational life. It’s real life.” She goes on to explain, “It’s the thing that blindsides you on an idle Tuesday that’s tragic but that also makes you who you are. It’s not about me.”
I take it that means no $500-a-day dieting tips or crazy-expensive, limited-edition designer wares. No, Blake’s site is all about bringing American-made artisanal goodness to the masses.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will say horrible things. I’m sure this interview will be picked apart. But you can’t worry about it. There have been so many things written about me that are untrue and horrifying… People like to gossip. They bond over it. They don’t bond over complimenting famous people. I’m always the first person to defend Gwyneth Paltrow. Or any woman in a position of power, like Martha Stewart or Oprah, who gets burned. Because they have paved the path for so many other women who are doing something they believe in.”
Blake’s site is due to launch later this month.