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Lara Stone Is US Harper’s Bazaar’s April Cover Subject (Forum Buzz)

Stop right there. A model (once again) makes the cover of American Harper's Bazaar in 2014. Dutch model Lara Stone is on Bazaar's April cover wearing Lanvin. The cover shoot was photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Julia von Boehm.



It should be no surprise that theFashionSpot members are ecstatic to see another relevant model on the cover of an established fashion magazine.

"OMG. Even though it's the typical Harper's Bazaar cover, the image itself is still striking," wrote Style Savvy

Miss Dalloway also shared the same sentiments writing, "Amazing they are doing model covers now, so I wont criticize the usual awful text layout, because how wonderful to see Lara on US HB!!!"

"I'm glad Lara's back, nice to see her landing a US Harper's cover. They're on a model streak clearly," exclaimed honeycombchild

I share the exact same enthusiasm towards Lara Stone fronting US Harper's Bazaar. The fact Daniel Jackson shot the cover and editorial images with Stone, makes it all the more pleasurable because the outcome is very natural and flattering.

Check out the inside pictures and join the discussion here.

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Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson Launches Creature Jewellery

necklaceKnown for their enviable designer wardrobes, several of the Made in Chelsea cast are not only influential style icons but also budding designers, and have even launched their own fashion or accessory collections.

This time, it’s Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson who’s turned her hand to the design world, and is set to launch her very own jewellery range called Creature Jewellery. If you’re a lover of kitsch designs or even just partial to making a bit of a statement with your jewellery of choice, look no further.

It’s all animal inspired, which apparently stems from Lucy’s love for our favourite furry friends due to growing up on a farm in Devon. Featuring snake fang themed rings and tiger teeth earrings, we're not quite sure that those animals lived on her farm, but they’re the perfect choice for injecting a little bit of edge into your outfit.

Prices range from around £50 upwards, with all of the current designs at Creature Jewellery available for pre-order and set to become available in mid-March.


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What Makes a Model ‘Jolie Laide’? (Forum Buzz)

"Jolie laide" is French and translates to "pretty ugly." Not as in "quite ugly," but something described as pretty and ugly. Or pretty in spite of being ugly? TheFashionSpot forum members debated over this question when trying to apply the term to top models who don’t quite fit the criteria of being conventionally beautiful. According to some members, quirky beauties are a staple on runways and in editorials these days. But which ones of are actually 'jolie laide'?

Jamie Bochert @ Viktor + Rolf Fall 2014

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Forum member modelista, who started the discussion on the forums, nominated Jamie Bochert (pictured above), Edie Campbell and Lily McMenamy as potentially ‘jolie laide’ models. 

“I personally don't mind the look, if anything I like it. These models tend to be more unique and stand out from the majority. Just look at Jamie [Bochert], she has been modeling for more than 10 years!” shared Firefly216 

Teaars agreed that there seems to be a tendency for these models to enjoy unusual longevity in the fast-paced modeling business. He wrote, “I kind of find that these girls also last the longest, Daiane [Conterato] started out in 2006 as a Prada exclusive and look at her now, seven years into her career and Miuccia [Prada] still loves her. Same goes for Jamie and her decade long career, and still booking all the same shows (and new ones) like no other.”

Mr-Dale offered another viewpoint: “For me, jolie laide counts as having absolutely nothing conventionally attractive/beautiful to your features but still possessing a poetic quality to your presence and bone structure. Androgyny or having harsh/uncommon features like some of the girls posted above is something different IMO. Girls like Sasha [Pivovarova], Irina [Lăzăreanu], Hanne Gaby [Odiele], Daiane [Conterato] and many, many girls from around the zeroes, I perceive them as jolie laide.”

TheBlueRider also had her own definition. She posted, “Jolie Laide models have something very asymmetrical and jarring as opposed to models that have a unique feature that is otherwise symmetrical on a symmetrical face. Charlotte Gainsbourg is a good example. Jolie Laide girls aren't the kind of models that are good for beauty campaigns.”

An interesting topic with so many different opinions being shared. How would you define ‘jolie laide’? Comment below or join the discussion here

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion World is Coming to Melbourne


Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Gemma Ward and Andrej Pejić — they’ve all played muse to Jean Paul Gaultier and they’ll all be featured in a special section of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk when the exhibition lands in Melbourne this October.

Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Asia-Pacific venue for the critically-acclaimed exhibition, which has so far done stints in Montreal, London and New York, drawing over 1 million visitors and becoming the most popular fashion exhibition in the world. Even more exciting is that the French enfant terrible himself will by flying in for the opening. Gaultier last visited Australia 20 years ago for Mardi Gras.

The exhibit will feature around 140 looks spanning the designer’s 40-year-plus career, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot. Among the most recognizable are the conical bra and the corsets he created for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour, designs crafted for Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as well as collaborative pieces he designed with other luminaries, including Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon.

The Australian Muses section is obviously Melbourne-only. “As a long-time fan and admirer of Jean Paul Gaultier and his work, it was a great thrill to collaborate with him for my tour costumes,” Minogue said in a statement. “His skill at creating drama and fantasy are second to none.”

“I love your models, your actresses, and the music and cinema,” Gaultier said in turn. “You can feel all the youngness and creativity of Australia, which is not like France where we [live] under so much history and old values. Australia is fresh, spontaneous and happy, and I love the Australian sense of humour.”

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from October 17th, 2014 through February 8th, 2015. 


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Soia & Kyo Celebrate a Decade of Style at Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014

The countdown is officially on with only a week to go until the start of Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014. I’m getting the feeling that this is going to be one of the biggest and best yet, which is only bolstered by news of all the amazing clothing we can expect to see in the coming season. That being said, if anyone is going to have their best Fashion Week ever, you can almost be certain it will be Montreal-based brand Soia & Kyo, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Debuting the Fall 2014 collection on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m., Soia & Kyo will continue to move its brand forward through the beauty of contrast, the main inspiration and defining theme behind the new lineup entitled Quiet Storm.

Soia and Kyo

“Our newest collection shows the progression of the Soia & Kyo aesthetic, as we remain dedicated to creating beautiful styles for our customer,” says Creative Director Ilan Elfassy. “For Fall/Winter 2014, we adopted a new approach in order to achieve oversized silhouettes, cocoon shapes and dropped shoulders that serve both form and function.”

The collection combines sharp men’s tailoring with a strong feminine undertone to create modern, effortless outerwear, while the juxtaposition of grainy wools with soft leathers amplifies the disparities featured throughout. Brushed down coats and tweed wool jackets offer a casual yet polished alternative to mass market outerwear, while I love the cool palette of ivory, nude, tan and soft gray, which provides a refreshing alternative to the typical Canadian winter uniform of all-black.

It goes without saying that this Fall 2014 show isn’t one to miss as the company celebrates 10 years of sublime styling, but should we come bearing gifts of tin, aluminium or diamond? What’s the traditional material for marking a truly fashionable decade?

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Link Buzz: Arizona Muse on Being a Teen Mom; What’s the Law on Moschino’s McDonald’s Collection?

  • Image: Lia Toby / WENN

    Image: Lia Toby / WENN

    Arizona Muse "opens up" about modeling and young motherhood. [Telegraph]
  • Swishing olive oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes might have AMAZING health benefits but I think this fad is not for me, thanks! [BellaSugar]
  • Moda Operandi's co-founder is launching a new e-commerce site which brings lets users customize luxury items. 50 labels (along the lines of Marchesa and Rodarte) have signed on. [WSJ]
  • Where do lesbians and queer women fit into fashion and what does the phrase "girl crush" have to do with it? [Fashionista]
  • Greenpoint vintage boutique Fox & Fawn (<3) has figured out a way to sell stuff using Instagram. [NYTimes]
  • So, if you were curious about the legal/trademark dimension of Moschino's "fast fashion" collection, I have a link for you. [TheFashionLaw]

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