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And Just Like That, Kate Middleton’s Issa Engagment Dress Is Sold Out Again

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If you’re still kicking yourself for missing your chance to buy the dress that Kate Middleton wore for her engagement photos, you’ll be doing so again today. Harvey Nichols capitalized on the dress’ popularity by selling a re-issue of the silken navy blue Phylis wrap dress from Issa. And almost as soon as it was made available, it sold out online.

This should come as little surprise considering the ever-enduring Kate Middleton effect. Pretty much anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears winds up getting scooped up by the women who want to dress like her. Though Middleton’s actual fashion sense has been questioned by a few skeptical members of the fashion industry, you can’t deny the woman has some pull when it comes to clothing. 

[ See Kate Middleton’s 10 Most Memorable Maternity Style Moments ]

The simple navy frock was selling for £575 (around $894), but you really can’t put a price on looking like Kate Middleton, now can you? Those fans of the dress who missed out on scooping it up this time will just have to wait to see if Harvey Nichols (or any other store for that matter) will be merciful and release the dress once again. 

[via Grazia]

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Demi Lovato Is Coming to Australia Next Month

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato is coming to Australia this August for a whirlwind promo visit. This will be Demi’s second time down under, following her first-ever visit in April earlier this year for her “Demi World Tour”.

The 22-year-old will be in town to promote her current single, “Cool for the Summer”, which reached #1 on iTunes in over 37 countries.

It’s the debut single from Demi’s forthcoming fifth studio album due later this year, and her first with Safehouse Records, a venture she launched with partners Nick Jonas and music executive Phil McIntyre.

Demi’s schedule and date of arrival is yet to be confirmed, but she is expected to land any time from August 10 and will only be hanging around for a couple of days. (more…)

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Jennifer Kate Heads Back Down Under After a Strong International Focus

Jennifer Kate

Photo: Josephine Willcox for theFashionSpot

Aussie label Jennifer Kate will return to domestic wholesaling after a successful 12 months building its international presence.

Jennifer Kate’s founder and head designer, Jennifer McCloy, told Ragtrader, “Our success in the US has been a huge driver for us – we have strong relationships with a number of retailers there which we will continue to build upon.”

Jennifer also noted that key international clients quadrupled their orders for Spring 2015, the same collection shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia earlier this year. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Rihanna Looks Like a Barbie in Latest Fragrance Campaign, Caitlyn Jenner’s Shoe Game Is on Fleek


Excited to announce my newest fragrance “RiRi”… coming soon! #ThisIsRiRi

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  • Tanya Taylor and Siki Im will represent the U.S. in this year’s International Woolmark Prize. [Forbes]
  • Kate Hudson and Michael Kors team up for Watch Hunger Stop. [WWD]
  • Watch out, Barbie Fashionistas! Rihanna is coming for your spot in her latest fragrance campaign. [@badgalriri]
  • Everyone’s in a tizzy that underage models are back on the runways. [NYT]
  • There is an emoji movie in the works. [Deadline]
  • Reformation has released a line of clothing just for its well-endowed fans. [Refinery29]
  • Band of Outsiders is auctioning off what’s left of the brand. [WWD]
  • But of course Caitlyn Jenner has a fantastic shoe collection. [People]

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Malgosia Bela Takes the Spotlight in Jason Wu’s Fall 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Along with Tom FordJason Wu has a penchant for starring in his own advertising campaigns, much to our dismay. After the unveiling of his Fall 2015 campaign, however, the designer seems to have received the message loud and clear by remaining on the other side of the lens. Dutch photographic duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin granted Malgosia Bela the spotlight as she poses against the majestic setting of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in Manhattan.

Jason Wu Fall 2015 Ad Campaign Malgosia Bela by Inez & Vinoodh


“Finally no Jason Wu in it,” posted Avogadro in relief.

Also thankful was thatsfierce: “Malgosia looks really good, she saves it. Anyway, thank god Jason is not in it, hopefully he doesn’t surface in another shot.”

“Malgosia is always fab. And let’s not jinx Jason not being in the ad!” VersaceVixen009 responded.

[See Jason Wu’s Fall 2015 Collection]

In agreement was narcyza: “Malgosia is the perfect choice! Can’t wait for more. She looks really elegant here (and it’s nice to see her ALONE!).”

Discussion soon took a turn for the worse, however. “Is he selling home decor?” asked gazebo.

“What’s with all the furniture store/restaurants setting? Like seriously, Jason, move on already,” TaylorBinque suggested.

“This is just an advertisement for home furniture,” declared DutchHomme.

Await the rest of the campaign and share your sentiments here.

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Forum Buzz: It’s Gwendoline Christie Like You’ve Never Seen Her Before in Vivienne Westwood’s Fall Campaign

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Image: Vivienne Westwood

Game of Thrones might be over for the season but fans have something to be excited about now that Vivienne Westwood has tapped actress Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne in the HBO series) to pose in her latest campaign. Christie really embraces the role of the creepy weird girl in these ads, her eyes blackened with heavy makeup as she poses, giving us all the Tim Burton vibes. The campaign follows the collection’s gender neutral theme, one which we think Christie is perfect for. Still, our forum members seem to have mixed feelings about the Juergen Teller-lensed campaign. While Christie was well-received by some, others were simply not feeling the spooky, punky vibe of the shots. 

[ See Vivienne Westwood’s Fall 2015 Collection ]

“The photos look like a rehash from the 80s, but bad ones,” justaguy complained. “Usually a big fan of anything Vivienne Westwood, but not this time.”

“I hope that they don’t have a big budget for ads this season,” GIVENCHYLover said, casting a bit of shade. “Horrible campaign, looks like wasted,” burbuja8910 wrote.

But it is Legolas who perfectly captured the diverse reactions towards the ads. “This is interesting artistically regarding photography, but commercially it looks like if they were selling a crackhead’s glamorous lifestyle.” Fair point, considering the models are styled to look a bit… haggard chic. “I mean, Leebo looks ill in the 1st pic… like not healthy, is that on purpose?” he wonders. 

Emmanuelle thinks the campaign is just all part of Westwood’s greater aesthetic. “Punk until the end…well that’s exactly what was to be expected from Westwood.” Fair enough.

But whether or not you’re digging the campaign, one thing’s for certain: you’ve never seen Gwendoline Christie like this. Add your two cents by joining the discussion in our forum.