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Condé Nast Sells Fairchild Media to Penske Media Corp.

Image: WWD.com

Image: WWD.com

There seems to be a lot of shakeups going on at Condé Nast this year. Just recently, the publisher announced that it was spinning off Lucky magazine to create The Lucky Group, a new editorial/e-commerce venture in partnership with BeachMint. But bigger news came in late yesterday afternoon, as Condé Nast announced it was cutting Fairchild Fashion Media from the roster — the company that owns trade publications Women’s Wear Daily, Footwear News, Beauty Inc and M magazine — and selling it to the Penske Media Corp. 

PMC is reportedly purchasing Fairchild for about $100 million, which is $500 million less than Advance Publications, Inc., the parent company of Condé Nast, paid for the publication back in 1999. PMC currently owns Variety, Hollywood’s trade publication, as well as Hollywood Life, Deadline and more. 

WWD is arguably one of the most important publications in the fashion industry. The fact that it has been so devalued over the past 15 years is reflective of the changing media landscape. Fashion blogs and websites consistently look to WWD for industry news — it’s the publication many designers and retailers go to in order to break major developments. WWD has a pretty pricey (depending on who you ask) subscription rate, and if readers can just go to, say, theFashionSpot to learn that Olivier Theyskens is stepping down from Theory for free instead of having to shill out $100 bucks a year to get the information at 12:00 a.m. (around the time WWD publishes its daily editions) every morning, it’s easy to see why it has become devalued over time. Condé’s holding firm to Fairchild’s Style.com and NowManifest, which is quite telling as both are digital destinations.  

Fairchild staff will move to one of Penske’s corporate buildings in New York in early 2015. Jay Penske, PMC chairman and CEO, seems jazzed about the acquisition. He already has his paws on Variety, so it seems he’s trying to build his company into some sort of industry trade juggernaut: “We believe there is great opportunity for each of the brands to thrive in our organization. PMC looks forward to setting the stage with you for the next 100 years of Fairchild success, for what is sure to be an exciting new era for WWD, M, Beauty Inc, Footwear News and the Fairchild Summits and events business.” 

[WSJ, WWD]

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Hong Kong Skylines, Koi Fish and Paper Fans for House of Cannon’s New Collection

House of Cannon Hong Kong

Photos: Christopher Morris/ House of Cannon

Although Australian label House of Cannon launched just last year, its unique, travel-inspired pieces have quickly made waves in the fashion industry. With only two collections under designer Annie Cannon-Brookesbelt, including one based on Kyoto and the other on New Orleans, the impressive dressmaker is now launching her third, dubbed Halcyon Hong Kong.

Like all of House of Cannon’s ranges, which are based on different places in the world, Halcyon Hong Kong encompasses the chosen region with a bold and colourful paper fan print, an exotic golden Koi fish darting through dark-blue water and a picturesque skyline reflecting this exciting and pulsing city.

The striking designs are fresh and contemporary with its fabrics and silhouettes of kimonos, silky tops and floating dresses, while still reflecting the traditional side of Hong Kong with the bright and captivating prints. Take a sneak peek at some of the upcoming styles before they’re available in-store this September.

 

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Interview Delivers Six Strong Covers for Its September Issue (Forum Buzz)

We have been spoiled with supermodel extravaganzas on September issues, and it looks like Interview  has zero intention of lagging behind. For its September issue, the magazine is offering us a choice of six covers, three of them featuring supermodels, while the other three star actresses.

image credit: wwd.com via the tfs forums

Image Credit: wwd.com via the tfs forums

For the “Photographers Issue,” the publication hired Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to shoot Naomi Campbell. Craig McDean shot Amber Valletta and Mikael Jansson picked Daria Werbowy. The actress covers feature Léa Seydoux by Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman by Steven Klein and Keira Knightley by Patrick Demarchelier. Is this as great as it sounds? Well, our forum members sure think so.

Interview comes to save this boring September,” swooned Marc10. “Spectacular covers, each one represents each photographer really well. Amber and Keira’s are my favorites, Daria’s being the weakest. She looks… rough.”

Daria’s cover seems to be the most controversial one with several members declaring it their favorite or least favorite of the set. 

MissMagAddict is a fan of the cover. “Daria’s is by far the best for me,” she posted.

Contrary to that, Benn98 wrote: “This is it!! The best offering for September, thanks Interview! All the covers except 1 does it for me. Daria really looks much too haggard and the forehead looks so leather-ey, and I actually prefer mature women on covers. Perhaps it’s time for her to take another break.”

That last statement is, perhaps, an overreaction. But out of the model covers, Daria’s is the least striking one to me, too. My favorite covers star Amber (pictured above) and Naomi. Which cover gets you most excited? See all the covers and join the lively discussion on the forums

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Why Miranda Kerr Was Ranked One of the Highest-Paid Supermodels for 2014

The stats are in and Miranda Kerr has been crowned as one of Forbes‘ highest-paid supermodels for 2014, with a whopping $7 million to her name over the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, Gisele Bündchen took the major prize, but Miranda still managed to make more coin than the likes of Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Alessandra Ambrosio. Looks like you don’t need those Victoria’s Secret wings to help you fly.

So, what has our dimple-faced, doe-eyed sweetheart been up to over the last 12 months to overtake these other big-name, super-trendy models? Other than causing fist fights in Ibiza between the barely-legal Biebs and baby-daddy Orlando Bloom, Miranda has been one busy woman.

We’re talking magazine covers, advertising campaigns and more. We see her face so darn often that it’s easy to forget what she’s been working on. Scroll through some Miranda moments from the last 12 months below. If anything, it’s an absolute joyride seeing how she swaps from good girl to bad girl so often.

Miranda Kerr 7 for all mankind

Photo: Sebastian Faena/ 7 For All Mankind

Miranda got up close and personal with Spanish actor and model Jon Kortajarena for the 7 For All Mankind Fall 2014 campaign dubbed #7Obsessions, with the steamy images released earlier this month.

Miranda Kerr Escada

Photo: Franco Gulotta/ WENN

Miranda has been gallivanting around for Escada, after being named the face of its new Joyful fragrance in March. It’s been all sunshine, rainbows and pretty floral ensembles for this particular job.

IMAGE: CHRIS COLLS/ NET-A-PORTER.COM

IMAGE: CHRIS COLLS/ NET-A-PORTER.COM

Her girl-next-door image was completely ditched in her shoot with Net-a-Porter, straddling motorbikes and rocking plunging necklines for the online retailer’s The EDIT magazine.

Vogue Australia July 2014 Miranda Kerr

IMAGE CREDIT: DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU VIA TFS FORUMS

Miranda caused a stir for all the right reasons when she graced the cover of Vogue Australia’s July issue. One of our forum members, fluxxx, commented, “I kinda like it, it’s nice to see her not in the oversexualized styling.” Miranda was also picked as the cover girl for this year’s May issue of Vogue Taiwan and ELLE Spain, plus the June issue of U.K. Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few.

Image: Royal Albert

Image: Royal Albert

We’re not going to lie, the model had us a little confused when she decided to design a tea set range for Royal Albert. Nonetheless, it’s been one of Miranda’s biggest projects as of late that doesn’t completely rely on her face or body.

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It’s without doubt that Miranda’s contract as Swarovski‘s global ambassador brings in some big bucks. She models in its campaigns, features in the commercials and attends all of its glamorous events.

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

It was a little predictable when Miranda was named the face of H&M back in February, but also fitting in the lead-up to the Swedish retail giant’s first Australian store. Either way, it’s a huge brand to add to an ever-growing portfolio.

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Jaime Lee Major’s Custom-Designed Outfits for Kimbra’s ‘Miracle’ Video Will Blow Your Mind

Kimbra Miracle

Photo: Youtube

The second single from Kimbra‘s critically-acclaimed The Golden Echo album is here, and, as expected from the quirky, Grammy Award-winning musician, the costumes for the “Miracle” music video are freakin’ amazing.

Kimbra Miracle

Photo: Shayan Asgharnia

The clever designer is Jaime Lee Major, who has collaborated with Kimbra in the past. The smiley singer kicks off the video in a sheer, beaded bodysuit teamed with tiny red hot pants (later swapped for a 3-D floral skirt), chunky lace-up platform boots and an adorable fluffy red backpack. She later changes into a truly phenomenal long-sleeve flippy dress with super-funky matching shoes for the finale.

Kimbra

Photo: Shayan Asgharnia

It was no easy job, though, taking Jaime Lee over four weeks to hand bead the final outfit, which has over 200 metres of hand-cut, silk Georgette flowers sewn through the hem. It was well worth the wait, but funnily enough, the piece was meant for Kimbra to wear at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony.

Kimbra Miracle

Photo: Shayan Asgharnia

“It’s great to be working with Kimbra again, we share such a common creative vision, it’s very kindred,” Jaime Lee said in a news release. “It was really special with our history to be able to create something extraordinary for this video.”

Kimbra Miracle

Photo: Youtube

Jaime Lee flew out to New York for the fun-filled shoot, with director Thom Kerr saying, “I wanted the audience to really see Kimbra in this clip, and watch a performance that showcases not only how beautiful she is, but her eccentricity as a live performer.” He added, “Jaime Lee was the perfect fit as her vision is parallel to those magical ideals – her clothes are truly something special.”

If you want to watch the entire video (trust us, it’s all kinds of fun), you can do so here.

 

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The 7 Most Featured Models of the Fall 2014 Campaigns

September is fashion month and we’re just on the cusp of being bombarded with about a million looks for Spring 2015. But before we get a peek at all the pieces we’ll be coveting — but not able to buy — for the next six months, let’s take a look at this season’s clothes. The Fall 2014 campaigns are in and we’ll be seeing them in just about every magazine for the next few months.

We scoured through 283 campaigns this season to see which faces we would be seeing the most and which models were the most in-demand. We left out beauty and fragrance and just focused on fashion, tallying up how many times each girl appeared in a major ad campaign. 

Below are the top seven, most frequently featured models this season. Many are girls we usually expect to perform, but there are a few surprises. Unsurprising, however, is the lack of diversity among these seven, which certainly speaks to improvements that still need to be made in the industry. The models predominantly hail from European countries (Estonia, the U.K., Romania, Poland) and the rest from Australia and Brazil. Let’s hope this is a trend that doesn’t continue on the runways; we’d love to see a bit more diversity.

See which girls made the cut for the most appearances. 

Karmen Pedaru (7)

Image: Michael Kors

Image: Michael Kors

Appeared in Gucci, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Comma, Etro, Francesco Scognamiglio, IRO and Michael Kors.

Cara Delevingne (6)

Image: Mulberry

Image: Mulberry

Appeared in Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Pepe Jeans and Topshop.

Gisele Bündchen (6)

Image: Balenciaga

Image: Balenciaga

Appeared in Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Falabella, Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and Stuart Weitzman.

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