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Here’s US Vogue’s September Issue Cover, With Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino

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Mario Testino for Vogue / Calvin Klein Collection

To me, Jennifer Lawrence has the kind of intensely expressive face that's always seemed way more telegenic than photogenic. Unlike, say, Coco Rocha or Cara Delevingne, who contort their faces in over-the-top ways which read perfectly in 2-D, Lawrence's expressions are more subtle, reflecting minute shifts in her interiority, something which can be difficult to capture in a still image. Needless to say, she's absolutely beautiful, possibly too beautiful to have been cast as Katniss Everdeen for The Hunger Games, if not for her glowing inner whatever, which is (unusually for a young actress in Hollywood) the whole thing with Lawrence: her beauty is a perk, but it's her charm and talent that make her so appealing. 

That's why, I think, we can all extra-appreciate her cover for the all-important September 2013 issue of Vogue, photographed by Mario Testino. Yes, it's here.  And I think it's great; Lawrence looks fresh, lovely and genuine. Fashion director Tonne Goodman styled Lawrence with a windswept 'lob' and her trademark black eyeliner, wearing Calvin Klein Collection. The actual fashion is, frankly and typically, indecipherable in the photograph, but the label reports that those impressionistic blobs hinting at expensive fabric are a "papyrus/black glen plaid wool flared waist shell and pleated skirt with a black leather/gold oversized military belt" from the Fall 2013 collection, designed by Francisco Costa.

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Discover How 80s Fashion Trends Developed with V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ Exhibition

If you’re a retro fashion lover or a fashionista who loves to learn a little more about trends from different eras, then you’ve got to pop down to the Victoria and Albert museum in London and check out its current Club to Catwalk exhibition.

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Running from July until February 2014, it’s a feast of Eighties fashion favourites, and as the name suggests, the V&A exhibition looks at how the Eighties club scene actually affected the fashion scene at that time.

The Eighties, of course, is still considered one of the most creative eras for fashion, and especially for pioneering young London-based designers. The capital’s bubbling club scene was a theatrical platform for all different kinds of creatives to dress as experimentally as possible, and from which we saw new styles such as the New Romantic and High Camp bubble up onto the catwalks. The introduction of specialist clubs created for the different style tribes fuelled the phenomenon even further, and the creative link between fashion, music and catwalk has gone on to define the style of the Eighties.

So, if you’re partial to a bit of Boy George-infused fashion, you’ll definitely be inspired by this V&A exhibition, which includes 85 pieces from fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Betty Jackson. For more info, visit the V&A’s site


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Bambi Northwood-Blyth Goes Platinum Blonde For Daan’s First Campaign

daan1Sydney slashie power couple Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Dan Single aren’t ones to rest on their laurels – or their natural hair colours.

Ksubi co-founder Dan has been platinum for a while, but to fête the launch of her soon-to-be-husband’s new clothing range, Bambi’s had a pretty dazzling makeover. Okay, so her look is obviously a wig – and at least her Cara Delevingne-rivalling brows haven’t been bleached into oblivion, but it sure makes Single’s campaign that much more glaring.

The clothes themselves are a mix of staple graphic tees and pieces with a bit more flare. There’s all the paisley we were promised – cropping up on men’s board shorts and blown up on tracksuit separates – and the line’s founder has definitely stayed true to his intended aesthetic of menswear drawing inspo from womenswear. We kinda wish he’d hired his future wifey to model for the online store, just for the sake of seeing what that ‘Model Eating Death Eagles’ jacket would look like minus the broad shoulders.

With regards to Bambi’s own General Pants-released line, she’s just named the winner of her T-shirt design contest. The winning image – brace yourselves – is an ‘artistic homage’ to Bambi’s famous eyebrows. The tee is currently in development and the line is set to hit stores this September.

So back to the hair – oh the things we do for love. If you’re not pregnant or a sufferer of epilepsy, watch the campaign in motion over on General Pants’ website. And let us know what you think of Bambi’s über-bright makeover below. 


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Iman Proposes Boycotting Designers Who Only Use White Models

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Image: WENN

Yesterday, The New York Times ran a big story by Eric Wilson spotlighting the growing concern over fashion's predominantly white runways. It included something of a call to action from supermodel Iman and the legendary agent, Bethann Hardison, who both argue that the time has come for consumers to demand more diversity in fashion, by boycotting designers and rallying against them on social media. (This September, Hardison plans to spearhead a social media campaign calling out designers who have non-diverse casting at their shows.)

Iman: “It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the 1960s, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.”

Runway shows often have more to do with generating publicity for a brand (which later pays off in, say, handbag or fragrance sales) than selling clothes, so it does seem possible that the threat of so much negative scrutiny could pressure some designers and bookers to cast (ha?) a broader net. ​

Fashion’s Blind Spot [The New York Times]


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In Court, Ex-Staffer Accuses Naeem Khan of Gifting Fake Birkins, (Maybe) Using Cocaine

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

Today in Manhattan's Supreme Court, Naeem Khan faces charges of breach of contract brought against him by ex-staffer Lionel Geneste.

A former Halston apprentice, Naeem Kahn launched his eponymous collection in 2003. Since then, the 55-year-old Indian-born designer's clothes have appeared on Sarah Jessica ParkerBeyonceEva Longoria and more. He became a household name when Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to a state dinner in 2010; the First Lady also appeared in Naeem Kahn at the 2013 Oscars

Geneste (currently with GCK Partners, a communications firm that names Catherine Malandrino, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue among its clients) first brought charges against the designer in July 2009, asking for a total of $1.8 million. 

Khan's ex-staffer claims he was unfairly terminated, as he tells the New York Post, for “becoming more associated with the Naeem Khan brand than Mr. Khan himself." Furthermore, Geneste alleges his former employer withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in commissions (the Post reports the figure as $350,000) and defamed him.

From the court documents: "Beginning in July, 2006 and continuing to date, Defendant Naeem Khan has made false and defamatory statements concerning the Plaintiff [Geneste]. … The false and defamatory statements were made to a prospective employer with whom Plaintiff was negotiating for a position… The statements included, but were not limited to, statements that Plaintiff was incompetent, had no 'connections' in the fashion business, was deceitful and should not be permitted to work the fashion industry."

(In January 2007, Fashion Week Daily reported that Geneste had been hired as the EVP of global communication and development at Catherine Malandrino.)

Linda Fargo, Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman, has been named as a prospective witness for Geneste in the court documents. 

WWD has been live-tweeting the drama unfolding in the courtroom:

Ouch! I find it hard to believe that a designer who's reached Khan's level of success would be stupid enough to think he could get away with gifting a fake Birkin to a woman like Fillip, the Couture Evening & Fur Buyer at Neiman Marcus. But who knows?

And there's also this, which WWD deleted shortly after sending:

WWD-CocaineIt's hardly a shocking revelation that someone in the fashion industry might use cocaine at a party, so why even say it? It looks like both men are trying to win this by way of character assassination: For his part, Khan's defense strategy is reportedly to "claim that Geneste has a pattern of dishonesty."

[Update 8/12: Khan and Geneste reportedly settled for $125,000 this morning, well below the $1.8 million the designer's ex-staffer had originally demanded. "I will give Geneste a fraction of what he wants, otherwise I want this thing full-on," Khan told WWD shortly before an agreement was reached.]

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