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Welcome New Fashion Title Vamp Magazine, from the Founders of Hercules

It's always a pleasure to welcome a new magazine into the mix. Vamp Magazine, from the founders of Hercules, is the latest publication for fashion lovers. The magazine believes in featuring profiles of strong women and fashion stories photographed by up-and-coming photographers. Fashion spreads will resemble aesthetics from American magazines during the 70s and 80s.

For its premiere issue, Vamp has created six covers with models Emily DiDonato, Andreea Diaconu, Liya Kebede, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karmen Pedaru and Carolyn Murphy. All of the covers were photographed by Argentinian photographer Paola Kudacki.



I, for one, welcome Vamp with open arms. They've given us some very stimulating covers for the first issue and are already off to a very good start. I look forward to seeing the evolution of this particular title (as well as Diaconu).

Stay tuned for more content and get involved in the discussion here.

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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. Watch: Where Do Fashion Trends Come From? [theFashionDish] — We bet fashion trends affect how you get dressed every single day. But what causes those sartorial shifts? Where do fashion trends come from? Our panelists fill us in.
  2. Fashion Editor Street Style: Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014 (Forum Buzz) — Anna Dello Russo, Giovanna Battaglia and more pulled out all the stops as they hits the streets of Paris.
  3. Model Grace Hartzel: Meet Hedi Slimane’s Muse and Fashion’s Next Big Thing — Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane's new muse might look a little familiar. 
  4. Katie Cassidy: How to Get the Perfect Brow — Our March guest editor shows us how with just a few tricks and products, the ultimate brow is just a couple minutes away.
  5. Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014 Hits and Misses: Part 3 (Forum Buzz) — Paris powerhouses like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and more rounded out the collections we loved and loathed this season. 
  6. Watch: Do Runway Models Perpetuate an Unattainable Beauty Standard? [theFashionDish] — In the latest clip from theFashionDish, our panelists talk about how high-end fashion plays into the unattainable beauty standard.
  7. Watch: Is Lincoln Center Fashion’s High School? a tFS Roundtable Discussion [theFashionDish] — Is Lincoln Center fashion's high school, a necessary institution for advancing America's design talent?
  8. After the Oscars: What the Stars Wore Party Hopping — From the annual Vanity Fair Oscars Party to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Party, glamorous gowns weren’t just reserved for the actual award show ceremony.
  9. Beauty Report: Barefaced Beauties at Stella McCartney — Massive flicks, victory rolls and high-maintenance up-dos step aside, this is a look we'll definitely be trying. 
  10. #ModelStalking: Kanye West Poses with a Fan and Even More Eiffel Tower Snaps — What Really Happens Backstage at #PFW — Over the last few days of Paris Fashion Week, everyone went festive. 

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Claudia Schiffer is Looking Better Than Ever on the Cover of Vogue Germany’s April Issue (Forum Buzz)

It's not all that often we're treated to a real 90's 'supermodel' on the cover of Vogue nowadays. Claudia Schiffer fronts the April 2014 issue of Vogue Germany, photographed by Luigi Murenu and Daniele + Iango and wears Schiaparelli Haute Couture.



The Fashion Spot forums were quickly set alight when the cover was posted by Srdjan. There's no wonder the majority of members are in favor of this, because it's absolutely wonderful to see Schiffer on the cover of Vogue and looking better than ever.

"Oh my God!!! I'm in love with this cover .Finally a great cover from German Vogue so cool and modern! this magazine is getting better!" exclaimed bridgettetson

Starry wrote, "Always happy to see a supermodel like Claudia on the cover." Creative also agreed, writing, "Claudia! It's been such a long time since her latest Vogue cover. Glad she's back. She's eternal."

Nymphaea made a reference towards to evident gothic inspiration, "A bit too much The Addams Family for my taste. Always lovely to see Claudia on a cover." she wrote.

I couldn't agree more with these comments. It's a pleasure to read positive reactions to the cover of a fashion magazine. Personally, I don't notice a single negative element. Here's to hoping the accompanying story (if there actually is a one inside) is just as stunning!

You can join the discussion here.

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Flashback: Vogue Paris August 2006 with Hilary Rhoda by Mario Testino

I can remember it like it was an hour ago. I was on vacation with my family in Spain and we were strolling through the streets when out the corner of my eye, I spotted a stunning magazine cover. I had just started to become obsessed with fashion magazines and seeing a foreign edition of Vogue was surreal for me. We could only get the British version back home in our small town. I hadn't a clue who the latest model was or what everyone was wearing, but I loved the look of this girl on the cover of Vogue Paris — and that girl was Hilary Rhoda. My obsession with models and French Vogue was about to start.

The August 2006 cover of Vogue Paris featured a glamorous Hilary Rhoda wearing a Christian Dior jacket and skirt, photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld.



As vaguely as I remember seeing this cover for the first time, I can also remember tearing it up not long after I was back from Spain (yes, slap on the wrist for me). I'm just thankful we now have access to online auctions. It was like a trip down memory lane when I purchased another copy a couple of years ago.

The content offers just as much pleasure as the cover shot. Inside there are stories from Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.

My favorite story from the whole issue is entitled "Toute Allure" with Estonian model Carmen Kass, photographed by Richardson and styled by Emmanuelle Alt. The pictures are very different to what we're used to seeing Richardson produce nowadays, so it's nice to reflect on the excellence he used to produce for magazines back in 2006. This particular set of images are a delight and the editorial still remains a favorite of mine to this day. The editorial is almost like a storyboard of Kass and her lover (played by Olivier Zahm) running around Place de la Concorde in Paris on a summer's day. It's extremely chic and very Parisian. Alt's use of Chanel is also very good.

They don't make fashion magazines like this anymore, so why not familiarize yourself with this issue from 2006 by clicking here.


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Your Toronto Fashion Week Survival Essentials

Toronto Fashion Week is just over a week away, which means it’s time to make like a beaver and get busy preparing all your outfits, appointments and survival essentials. There’s nothing I love more than a good survival kit and, having spent enough time wrangling the fashion and festival circuits, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things. Pack them in your tote, store them at the office or keep a stash in your car — just make sure you have these can’t-live-without products on-hand during Canada’s most stylish week.

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1. No matter how slammin’ you want to look in your five-inch stilettos, a lot of standing (and walking) goes on during Fashion Week as you wait to go into the next show. Those feet are going to get tired, so make sure you pack a pair of compact flats in your bag like Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats ($12.47 at Walmart).

2. It’s not just feet that will be feeling fatigued, since your eyes are also in for a rough ride of late nights (did anyone say after-party?) and early morning wake-up calls. Canadian skin care company Elizabeth Grant has just the remedy for your tired and puffy peepers in the form of their Collagen Re-Inforce Rejuvenating Gel Eye Pads ($35 CAD, available at

3. Ah, Batiste Dry Shampoo. This little beauty gem will help extend your blowdry and let you go an extra day without washing ($8.99 from Shoppers Drug Mart).

4. I’m currently obsessed with Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother because, unlike other skin primers and perfectors, it comes in a great big generous tube ($19.99 at mass market drug stores).

5. The most important thing to remember during Fashion Week is to stay hydrated! It will keep you awake and looking fresh, but to save the planet from plastic bottles, plan on carrying your own drink canister at all times. Vancouver-based Obakki’s Of BKR Bottle ($29) will do just the job, while also contributing to building wells in South Sudan.

6. And while you’re hydrating that body, don’t forget to spritz that skin with Kosmea Australia’s Hydrating Rosewater Mist ($26.99, available at Made with a thousand delicately distilled rose petals, it will hydrate, refresh, soothe, cool and protect you from the bitter winter and harsh heating in the tents.

7. SkinCeuticals Serum 10 ($96 CAD, available at is a one-stop, do everything beauty product to both prevent and fix any Fashion Week skin problems. Use it as a detox at the end of the week or lather it on at the beginning because once absorbed, this defensive serum can't be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours! Mind is sufficiently blown.

8. So here’s my dirty little secret: I always keep some sort of snack in my bag because food is sparse and far-between at the tents. I’ve also recently discovered Canadian-based company Girlnola, makers of a yummy, gluten-free Berrynana Mix for just $4.99.

9. Finally, for all those Fashion Week quick fixes, you’re going to need the help of a good concealer (both for hiding dark circles and the occasional pimple). I love Hard Candy Cosmetics' new Glamoflauge Light ($5.98 CAD, available exclusively at Walmart), which is cheap enough to keep one in each of your bags, allowing you to cover at will all those pesky imperfections. It also comes with two different colour tips for customizable colour combinations, allowing you to achieve the perfect skin-tone match.


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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Model Underwear in Bryant Park [Season 2, Episode 1]

[Season 2 of The Face premiered last night and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native will be blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 9/10 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot on Thursday, for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]


Yay! The time has finally arrived and I am so glad The Face competition has finally started.

Originally, I had no idea what was in store for us at Bryant Park. I figured we would see the coaches walk, and maybe we would as well, BUT only in a bra and underwear??…I definitely did not see that one coming. On top of that, there was a full audience of complete strangers just waiting to watch us.


I am pretty comfortable in lingerie so thankfully that wasn’t too nerve wracking for me. My biggest concern was, oh my…when my dad watches this ha! I was a little bit nervous and I definitely feel I could have done better. Watching, I also remember how hot it was outside! We were all so sweaty. Hopefully it was not too obvious!


Getting back to the loft, nobody was really sure what to expect. When we walked in they had it completely hooked up! Each team room had a completely different style, which I liked.

Then it was time for the choosing of teams…Talk about nerve wracking! I had it in my head that I wanted to be Team Anne because of her Sports Illustrated and Victoria's Secret background, which is the path I want to take. However, I was one of the last to go in and team Anne was full already.


As you saw, I am Team Lydia and so excited about it! I am really glad everything happened the way it did. My teammates are Ray, Allison and Nakisha. 

The first challenge was at Juicy Couture and pretty challenging. I definitely thought we could win it, but it was hard for us in certain ways just because we all have such different personalities. I must say though, we got better by the minute! It was our first time working together and we pulled it off.


When Nigel revealed Naomi had won, their team was happy and screaming. We didn’t see the other team’s window, but it was disappointing we didn’t win. The worst part of not winning isn’t missing out on the prize (even though that stinks too), it is knowing Lydia has to put one of us up for elimination. When it came time for her to choose someone, I wasn’t too nervous, but the whole situation got emotional.


Early tears started flowing for Ray and Allison. I knew Allison had trouble with the perfume bottle, but I really wasn’t ready to see her go…or any of my teammates. I liked Isabelle a lot as well, even though she was not on my team. Elimination days are always tough but thankfully for our team, Ray pulled it off and came back! Lydia is absolutely amazing and so supportive. I can’t wait for you all to see everything our team and the competition has in store as the weeks continue to unravel. There is so much to come and I can’t wait to watch it all with you all!

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 10/9C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter at @A_Gullickson.

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