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Jil Sander Names Rodolfo Paglialunga as Its New Creative Director

Rodolfo Paglialunga is the new creative director at Jil Sander

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Musical chairs is kind of the fashion industry's steez, and no other brand can play the game like Jil Sander, whose founder has left and returned to the company a total of three times. This October, Sander announced she was stepping down yet again as creative director, after having returned to her post in February of 2012, when Raf Simons was reportedly "unceremoniously dumped" from the label.

Today, about six months after Sander's final departure, the brand has announced that Rodolfo Paglialunga will take over as creative director for the label, with his first collection set to bow this September.

The Italian designer is an alum of Prada, where he served as womenswear design director from 1996-2006. He was named creative director at Vionnet in 2009, where he stayed until the fall of 2011. “He is the most fitting designer to write the new pages of the Jil Sander story,” said Jil Sander CEO Alessandro Cremonesi. “He has the right characteristics and the experience to evolve the Jil Sander brand in a new direction while respecting its essential traits.”

This appointment couldn't come a moment too soon, as Jil Sander's been eyeing the U.S., Japan and Asia at large as points of expansion in 2014.

Paglialunga is predictably stoked about his new position. “I’m deeply honored to have the opportunity to take on this role. I have boundless admiration for the brand as I strongly believe in its pure vision and values,” he told WWD. “My aim is to carry forward the fusion between sophistication, luxury and innovation and bring the house [to] the next level.”

We can't wait to see what he churns out.

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Terry Richardson Photographs Mariah Carey for Wonderland Mag: ‘Why Are You So Obsessed With Me?’

mariah carey in black lingerie for wonderland magazine photographed by terry richardson

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Wonderland Magazine has just posted its Summer 2014 issue cover, which stars Mariah Carey dressed in an opulent all-black lingerie get-up (an embellished bra-and-panty set, sheer stockings, garters, an open robe and shiny leather gloves). She clutches a long strand of pearls and a flute of wine. Carey was photographed by Terry Richardson and I wouldn't be surprised if the accompanying caption — "Why are you so obsessed with me?" — were meant to be as much about him as it is about the superstar posing on the cover. Richardson hasn't been a popular guy on the Internet for the past couple of years, but he's certainly been ubiquitous. 

In the forums, tFSers are not impressed: "When is the Fall 2014 issue coming out?" asked subway 123

"When you think things couldn't be any worse…" wrote Stavros.

Kuli trendy questioned the styling: "Is she trying to be one of the VS's angel..? Come on Mimi…"

What's your opinion? Join the discussion here.

With additional reporting from Mark E


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How Does Chanel Spokesmodel Kristen Stewart Really Feel About Karl Lagerfeld?

Earlier today, Chanel officially dropped its Métiers d'Art Paris‐Dallas collection campaign; as announced late last year, the ads star Kristen Stewart and were photographed by designer Karl Lagerfeld.

kristen stewart chanel paris-dallas campaign karl lagerfeld

Image: GraziaDaily

In an interview with the British publication Grazia Daily, the actress spoke at length about how "amazing" it was to shoot a Chanel campaign with Lagerfeld.

On the red carpet, Stewart has been known to exude a strong don't-give-a-f*ck-about-fashion vibe (lots of hoodies and slouching and scowling), but she's maintained strong ties to fashion brands and designers over the course of her career. In fact, her relationship with Nicolas Ghesquière was legendary: "I will totally run away with you," she reportedly told the designer when he was fired from Balenciaga (Stewart did not actually cut ties with the house, and remained the face of the brand's Florabotanica fragrance after Alexander Wang came on board). 

kristen stewart chanel paris-dallas campaign karl lagerfeld

Image: GraziaDaily

Whether or not things are still warm and fuzzy between Stewart and Ghesquière, the actress is certainly throwing some of her love in Lagerfeld's direction. Maybe she gets a commision on each Lagerfeld-related compliment as part of her Chanel contract? 

From the Grazia interview:

  • "When you meet him, he's the opposite of intimidating, he is everything that my experiences taught me about true artists which is that they do what they do because they love it and they need to do it and they have fun doing it." 
  • "Everything today [on the set] was like breathing, it was so easy and he knew as soon as he saw what he wanted, it was like 'done!' It was effortless and he's awesome and he's so sweet."
  • "It always felt like a privilege to wear Chanel and to be around Karl who is an artist that, for me, constantly inspires. He manages to never stop moving forward while remaining completely quintessential."
  • "The idea of Karl, what he has accomplished, the role he has created for himself in the arts and in society. The only intimidating thing about him really is that scary unapproachable facade which is something people project onto him I think. Because when you meet him or you have the opportunity to watch him work or in my case 'work with him' he is so awesome."
  • "Basically and obviously, he is so much more than a fashion designer; he is a true renaissance man, one of the greatest artists of our time."
kristen stewart chanel paris-dallas campaign karl lagerfeld

Image: GraziaDaily


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Vogue Taiwan Scores Miranda Kerr for Its May 2014 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Typically, Vogue Taiwan is bashed and dissected pixel by pixel by theFashionSpot forum members. However, it seems the magazine may have reached a turning point with its May 2014 issue. We actually have an internationally relevant cover subject fronting the issue! Miranda Kerr stars on the front cover wearing a retro-inspired outfit, donning a pair of high-waisted shorts, a bikini top and matching jacket. The 31-year-old Australian beauty now has seven Vogue covers to her name and is currently also on the cover of Elle Spain's May issue.

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Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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Watch: Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse Hit Shanghai with Burberry

It’s an exciting time for British heritage brand Burberry as it opens up its Shanghai flagship store, and who better to invite along to help kick off the celebrations than two of Britain’s favourite models, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse?

Last Thursday, the brand threw the party of all launch parties in Shanghai for an evening of celebratory performances and a recreation of its amazing Fall 2014 runway show. The event ended with Cara channeling her inner Mary Poppins as she flew across the sky with her umbrella in hand.

Cara Delevingne Burberry Shanghai

Image via @Burberry on Twitter

If you’re feeling a bit sad about not being part of the evening, fear not as @Burberry live tweeted throughout, so you can still catch the highlights over on Twitter. Plus, the social savvy @Caradelevingne also showed us the event from her perspective as she documented her funny Shanghai shenanigans and gorgeous wardrobe on social media throughout.

Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne Burberry Shanghai

Image via @Burberry on Twitter

Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne Burberry Shanghai

Image via @Caradelevingne on Twitter

Judging from Cara’s photos, one thing is definitely clear, that she and long-term friend Suki seemed inseparable throughout the visit, causing some to speculate that their close friendship was the cause of Cara's recent split from girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez.

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Ingrid Verner’s Politically Charged AW 2014 Collection ‘White Washed’

Ingrid Verner White Washed collection


Fashion has long looked to Australia’s ostracized indigenous culture for inspiration. But it looks like this might finally be having an effect that goes beyond a new summer print. Desert Designs was one of the highlights of MBFWA recently, breathing new life into the artwork of a deceased Aboriginal artist. The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, which fell only a day later, picked up where they left off with a showcase of indigenous culture and design that sought to show the world “it’s not just dots.”

Now Ingrid Verner is issuing another challenge to the industry. The designer only launched her namesake brand Verner in 2012, but her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, titled “White Wash,” is very confident in its criticism of the “white Australia policy” favouring Caucasian immigrants. This is a collection that was made to cause a stir.

If the phrase “White Wash” didn’t have such negative connotations attached, the collection is certainly able to be very appreciated on a solely aesthetic level. Shape-wise, it’s big on oversized street wear, vibing a litte off children’s wear too. Think comfy things you can move around in. It’s also more understated than we’ve seen in the past. Chalk that up to normcore, if you will. Midi lengths and loungey separates run throughout, and the socks-and-Birks styling can’t go without a mention.

But the fabric details are where things really get interesting. Off-whites and greys suggest “white” is more complex than it may first seem, and textural details like quilting, ribboning and puffy dots add a further element of diversity. Verner was also inspired by the work of Aboriginal artist Destiny Deacon, who made heavy use of Australian kitsch iconography, black memorabilia and dolls.

If you needed another incentive to stay away from all those overseas chains popping up this winter, Verner is it. 

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