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Zimmermann Play a Game of Two Halves at New York Resort 2014

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There’s more than one duality present in the good girl/bad girl Resort collection Zimmermann showed in New York last week. Zimmermann has long had their eyes cast towards the Northern Hemisphere, recently opening flagships in both New York and Los Angeles, and the Resort shows have provided them with a chance to appeal to the best of both markets.

Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann wrote an article in the Sunday Telegraph over the weekend explaining how Resort gives designers the opportunity to appeal to two markets simultaneously: something that has been a constant source of frustration to Australian designers. Zimmermann was particularly bummed out about the timing of MBFWA, which now sits awkwardly between Resort and Spring.

Resort, in general, is often sneered at, thought of as unnecessary for people whose jobs don’t allow them to skip winter for the South of France and existing only to maintain a designer’s presence on shop floors. But, as McCann points out, Resort serves a different purpose for Australian labels. It’s one of those rare times in fashion where the hemispheres are in synch. The wearable swimwear and wide-legged trousers hit shelves just as rich Northern Hemispherians start wanting a break from the cold and Australians need stuff to wear for summer.

Probably unintentionally, yet rather fittingly, Zimmermann’s Resort 2014 collection was a game of two halves. Designer Nicky Zimmermann was inspired by a good girl corrupted, the monochrome runway split into white and black outfits. The silhouettes, too, were either figure-hugging or long and loose. Perfect for both long weekends in Montauk or lazy nights by Bondi Beach. Not quite sure where you'd wear a French lace one-piece with sculpted wings and risqué sheer panneling, but we'd be more than willing to find an excuse. 

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5 Reasons We Love Candice Swanepoel’s New Platinum Blonde Hair (Forum Buzz)

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Image credit: Instagram angelcandices

If Karlie Kloss’ PR team taught us one thing, it’s that a model’s drastic hair change can make for a newsworthy story. Unlike ‘The Karlie,’ the story about Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel’s new platinum blonde hair may not have made it into US Vogue (yet), but the new look sure has sparked a lot of agitation among her fans. However, the majority of reactions to her new look, which she first showcased when attending the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York with designer Olivier Theyskens last Thursday, were positive. Albeit, for obvious reasons, comparisons to Donatella Versace could not be avoided (it was my first thought, too), and not everyone was happy about Candice’s bold move to go nearly white blonde.

Candice Swanepoel (L) and designer Olivier Theyskens attends the 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York at The Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Candice Swanepoel (L) and designer Olivier Theyskens attends the 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York at The Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

For those not convinced yet that the hottest of all models just got even hotter, here are 5 reasons why you should love her new hairstyle, courtesy of our forum members:

  1. Candice looks like the Games of Thrones character Khalessi now, according to liralita.  
  2.  LegsXI  and Fashiognosis think she looks more "high fashion." (Which is what all Victoria's Secrets models want, right?)
  3. “Her blue eyes pop more with that hair color,” as fashionlover2001 pointed out.  
  4. “She looks like a VS angel version of Donatella Versace minus the plastic surgery gone bad.” (Fashiognosis)
  5. And, well, “She's a pretty girl. Anything would suit her.”  

Read more of the debate about Candice’s new hair in her thread on our forums, here

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Olga Kurylenko Graces Vogue Ukraine July 2013 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Image Credit: Facebook/Vogue Ukraine via the TFS Forums

Image Credit: Facebook/Vogue Ukraine via the TFS Forums

Actress and former model Olga Kurylenko covers the July issue of Vogue Ukraine. Photographed by Phil Poynter, the somewhat plain image of Olga, who starred in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, shows her wearing a Miu Miu Spring 2013 dress while posing against an anthracite background. Opinions by tFS forums members about the simple cover differed. Miss Dalloway commented that she found Olga “crazy photogenic and beautiful” and that it is “a gorgeous cover, even if the layout could have been better.”

“I don't know who she is or the photographer or what she's wearing but to me it looks like a campaign, not like a worthy magazine cover image, I don't know, the pic looks great but perhaps it's the Photoshop or the lighting but to me there's something that doesn't work with this picture,” analyzed Bertrando3.

Bertrando3  wasn’t the only one to complain about the excessive use of Photoshop: “This is nice but quite boring when compared to their previous covers. Olga is a stunning woman and they shouldn't have photoshopped her face so much,” wrote Elfinkova.

And MyNameIs disagreed about it falling flat in comparison to their other covers and summed up: “Although they haven't had a bad cover yet, this is probably my favorite one. It's so crisp, fresh and chic. Love the colors, love the lighting, love that they don't overkill their cover with text. Olga looks beautiful. If I had to find a negative, I'd say it's a bit over-photoshopped, but somehow it works with the overall cover.”

As a Ukrainian native, Olga is a great choice for the cover of this Vogue edition. Despite having been a successful model for several years before branching out into acting, 34-year old Olga has never appeared on a Vogue cover before. Olga is a stunning woman, indeed, and women like her making it onto the cover is one of the many reasons to appreciate the various international editions of Vogue that emerged more recently. It is a shame this cover shot doesn’t quite do her beauty justice, but it is a delight to see someone as unexpected as her on a high fashion magazine cover. And MyNameIs rightfully pointed out that Vogue Ukraine is yet to have a 'bad' cover. Although this is only its 5th issue, they have been fairly consistent in delivering unusual and interesting covers and a let-down is definitely not in sight yet!

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Tom Ford Releases Previews for Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

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Tom Ford has released previews for his upcoming Fall/Winter 2013 campaign, which is set to debut in August magazines. The ads star Korean model Soo Joo Park, new face Gemma Refoufi, Tanzanian beauty Herieth Paul and the Polish model Zuzanna Bijoch (not pictured here) in the womenswear ads and Oli Tyler, Conrad Bromfield, and Juan Betancourt in the eyewear campaign. The controversial Fall 2013 womenswear collection, which fashion fans either loved or hated, gets a simpler look for the campaign, with the white background toning down the extravagant look of the eccentric clothes. And although the styling was excessive in the runway show, the simpler version seen in the ad campaign isn't very convincing, either.

“Lackluster. To save this disappointing collection he needed BIG models with BIG photography. Not this," wrote CharlottefromCA.

Vogue28 noted that Ford isn’t the most skilled photographer and maybe should have brought someone else in to shoot this campaign: “These are probably the most unappealing and unattractive images Tom Ford has ever produced. I'm just amazed at how lackluster, lifeless and flat the two images posted are. Maybe he should have hired Mert & Marcus to take care of this particular collection.”

And anlabe32 praised the diverse casting but found the images “too simple even if the clothes are being displayed well."

But the resonance wasn’t entirely negative. Some forum members loved the image. Miguelalmeida commented: “Love it! Great choice of background, because the clothes are very loud, and the white background make the looks pop! Great ad! FABULOUS!”

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Creative voiced his disappointment with what Ford has been delivering lately. “I could have never imagined his comeback would be so bad. It's really hard to believe this is the brand of the man who was at the helm of Gucci and YSL nine years ago… What he does now is laughable… and not in a funny way."

I share anlabe32’s sentiments about the diverse casting and agree with the majority that this campaign has no 'wow' factor. I belong to the category of people who disliked the collection to begin with and I believe if Ford had gone all out, creating an over-the-top flamboyant campaign, I would have probably ended up understanding the collection better — and maybe even appreciating it. But the unimaginative concept here does nothing to convince me I need giant star prints all over my clothes next fall. Try harder next time, Mr. Ford!

 

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Daria Werbowy And Tyson Ballou Star In Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

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Topmodels Daria Werbowy and Tyson Ballou have been cast in the new Salvatore Ferragamo Fall/Winter 2013 campaign. Photographed by David Sims the campaign shows the two models in separate shots, posing in a sterile-looking mansion. The stern facial expressions on the models and the very beige setting make this campaign look a little too severe — tFS forum members said it was "too plain."

"I love Daria but something looks a little off. I don't like it," commented Aedlacir.

And Flashbang found that the campaign didn't do the clothes justice: "Honestly disappointing. Massimiliano [Giornetti] created a superb fall menswear collection with so many desirable strong coats that I immediately want to wear anytime, even if I would be sweating bricks. These look very blunt, much like a catalog shoot."

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"Daria is so great for this brand. Pity the images look so stiff and bland," wrote anlabe32, who thought the photography might be to blame.

TREVOFASHIONISTO also wasn't wowed by the images saying, "No personality in these ads which is sad because both models are exceptionally excellent at producing captivating images."

I think TREVOFASHIONISTO hits the nail — these images lack personality. One can't help but have high hopes when Werbowy and Ballou are involved, but all we get here is a set of dull catalog-like images that could have featured anyone, and it wouldn't make a difference. If the point here was to portray solitude by not having the models appear beside each other in the same shots, then they successfully executed that concept. But while past Ferragamo campaigns oozed sex appeal and glamour, this looks too mature, conservative and depressing. We definitely expected more from this top notch combination of two brilliant models, one of the best photographers of our time and a consistently convincing luxury brand like Ferragamo.

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