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Frank & Oak Launches First Footwear Collection

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Contemporary menswear brand and e-tailer Frank & Oak already has modern men covered on the clothing front, but we all know how a stodgy pair of shoes can ruin a good thing. As a result, the Montreal-based label has launched its first footwear collection for the discerning dude.

Unsurprisingly, the collection of shoes, sneakers and boots draws its influence from the clean lines of Scandinavian design. The country’s stark landscape and contemporary architecture were reference points for the classic slip-ons and lace-ups that have been reimagined with a minimalist spin. The high-top Apollo style ($155 USD) comes in a leather and suede mix, while the classic Parc sneaker ($135) and Charlie slip-on ($95) come in sleek, unadorned leather and suede respectively.

“It can be difficult to find versatile men’s shoes that are well made, on-trend and accessible,” said Ethan Song, co-founder and CEO of Frank & Oak in a statement. “We’ve created a new classic, and we’re confident it will check all of the boxes.” And so are we.

The three aforementioned footwear styles are currently available here, while November will see the launch of a selection of Chelsea boots, brogues and chukkas.

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Gisele Bündchen Makes an Appearance at Chanel’s Spring 2015 Show (Forum Buzz)

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Many forum members take note of the casting at the shows during Fashion Week as opposed to the actual clothes on display, so it’s no wonder we couldn’t help but notice Gisele Bündchen‘s nonchalant presence at Chanel this morning. The Brazilian beauty, who’s no stranger to the French fashion house, walked the Spring 2015 catwalk presentation for Karl Lagerfeld held at the Grand Palais during Paris Fashion Week. Gisele remains selective of the brands she struts for, but walked solo after an array of models like Cara Delevingne and Binx Walton opened the show. The current face of the brand’s Les Beiges cosmetics collection walked before hundreds of onlookers wearing a taupe swimsuit with matching striped cardigan teamed with a pair of knee-high boots. Gisele even joined in with the feminist riot toward the end of the show.

If the runway appearance wasn’t quite enough for you, we have the much-anticipated ad for Chanel No. 5, which Gisele was tapped for back in May, to look forward to because it is due out at the end of 2014.

Forum members voiced their opinions regarding Gisele’s latest gig inside her dedicated thread. “I suppose Chanel is the one show that Gisele can’t dictate whether she opens or closes,” shared ALAUU, surprised at the fact Gisele didn’t open or close the runway spectacular.

“Yeah, my bad, I saw her picture posted first in the thread, so I thought she opened. Kinda random for her status to be somewhere other than opener/closer spots,” replied Littlearthquakes.

Are you happy to see Gisele make a runway appearance or is she a model you prefer in print? See inside Gisele’s thread and join the discussion here.

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‘Everything Is Too Much’ with Jessica Chastain’s UK Harper’s Bazaar Cover (Forum Buzz)

We just love it when a magazine enlists someone unexpected as its cover subject, but it appears Harper’s Bazaar got it all wrong with its latest installment. The U.K. edition of the Hearst-owned title tapped Jessica Chastain for the November cover. Photographed by David Slijper, the 37-year-old Golden Globe winning actress posed wearing a show-stopping piece from Armani Privé.

UK Harper's Bazaar November 2014 Jessica Chastain

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Impressed? Our forum members sure had a lot to say. “Looks more appropriate for December than November. Glad that the color is more intense on the cover, because the editorial previews looks very dull,” stated Benn98, who then went on to say, “What a surprising choice, of course I don’t mind her at all.”

“It is too festive…but anyway the cover is very charming and glamorous,” replied GlamorousBoy.

KateTheGreatest shared her view: “I find her so incredibly boring but I like the pic of her in the green dress (although her eyes look weird).”

Another forum member with mixed views was Kanna, who commented, “Both on the cover and in the ed the dresses are fabulous, and I love the setting also, but it’s Jessica’s face that bothers me. She looks manly and stiff in these.”

“This has a lot of potential because it’s beautiful at a glance, but I hate how stiff she looks in these photos or the Photoshop that’s done to her to make her look that way,” posted lawaldorf.

“I don’t really like her makeup, it is so pale. And the photos could be more colorful, but she is gorgeous!” noted Anna147.

 “Ouch, everything is too much! She looks like [a] Christmas tree,” declared a dissatisfied narcyza.

Are you a fan? You may prefer the images of Jessica inside the issue, which can viewed in our thread. Check them out and join the discussion here.

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Here’s What Amal Alamuddin Wore for Her Wedding to George Clooney

Amal Alamuddin pretty much killed it in the wardrobe department this weekend at her four-day wedding celebration in Italy. One almost forgot that she was taking George Clooney, one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, off the market. But of all the outfits we saw her wear this weekend (the lacy Giambattista Valli Couture dress, that chic ivory Stella McCartney pantsuit), we’ve been waiting to see the most important look she rocked. We are, of course, talking about her Oscar de la Renta designed wedding gown, which we finally have a look at thanks to People.

Image: People

Image: People

The bride wore an off-the-shoulder Chantilly lace gown festooned with beads and pearls, and a matching cathedral veil. For accessories, she stuck with pearls and diamond earrings, keeping the jewelry relatively simple. For the post-wedding festivities, she slipped into another de la Renta piece, this one from his Fall 2014 offering. 

DUH: Amal looked amazing. It’s easy to forget that she wasn’t the famous thespian getting married this weekend, since she spent much of the four days proving that she is a style star in the making. But in spite of the fact that she can wear the hell out of a pantsuit, something tells us that as a lawyer, she might have more pressing issues to attend to post-nuptials than her next outfit. Still, we’ll be waiting to see what she turns out!

[via People, Vogue]

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Miranda Kerr Returns to the Runway for Paris Fashion Week

Miranda Kerr

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For a while there, we forgot Miranda Kerr was even a model. She’s been too busy causing punch-ups over in Ibiza and making headlines as James Packer‘s possible squeeze to remind us. The only thing we’ve got to go off is her recent Vogue Japan cover, which was deemed “horrible” by theFashionSpot forums.

But now she’s gone and walked for Sonia Rykiel at Paris Fashion Week, joining the all-star model lineup including Kendall Jenner, Cody Simpson‘s ex Gigi Hadid and Georgia May Jagger. We’re actually surprised everyday models (without famous parents) made the cut for this high-profile show. (more…)

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Cate Blanchett Steps Out in Stella McCartney, Christian Dior Couture for 2014 Zurich Film Festival

Cate Blanchett was on the 2014 Zurich Film Festival Circuit over the weekend, turning to high-end designers for two appearances on Saturday, September 27. The 45-year-old maintained her feminine sophistication, as always, in ladylike getups by Stella McCartney and Christian Dior Couture.

Cate Blanchett Stella McCartney

Photo: Lennart Preiss/Getty

For the IWC Photo Exhibition opening, the actress stepped out in a textural blue dress from Stella McCartney’s Resort 2015 collection. There was definitely a vintage vibe with large buttons and side pockets, but the piece stayed fresh and on-trend with a triangular midriff cut-out. She teamed the dress with dark-mahogany pointed-toe pumps, which tapped back into the retro feel.
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