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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. (No) Smoking, Coffee and Chapped Lips: 5 Minutes with Designer Rachel Antonoff – "My pieces are not for anyone 'suffering' in the name of fashion."
  2. 16 ‘Ugly’ Shoes That Are Actually Pretty Cute – The fashion world has fully embraced the ugly shoe trend for spring, and you know what? We’re not complaining.
  3. Look Good, Feel Good: A Truly Practical Guide to Festival Beauty – How to look and feel as good at possible in the hot Coachella sun.
  4. Why Facial Oil is the Single Best Beauty Product You’re Probably Not Using – Not using facial oils? Here's why you should seriously consider adding this product to your beauty routine.
  5. Exclusive: Arena Homme+ Goes Intergalactic for the Spring 2014 Issue – "All Killer, No Filler Since 1993."
  6. Flashback: Vogue Italia ‘A Black Issue’ July 2008 with Naomi, Liya, Sessilee and Jourdan by Steven Meisel – A modern classic. Do you remember this historic edition of Vogue Italia?
  7. Boutique of the Week: Closet Rich – Meet Closet Rich, our new online vintage shopping obsession.
  8. CFDA Award Nominee Spotlight: Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth – Fashion journalist Laurie Brookins talks with CFDA Award nominee Irene Neuwirth. 
  9. Alessandra Ambrosio Gets ‘Inspired’ for Coachella with a Native American Headdress – Either she's clueless or she's courting controversy.
  10. 20 Vegan Shoes That Prove Cruelty-Free Is the Way to Be – Go animal-ethical without sacrificing style. 

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Giampaolo Sgura Shoots Malgosia Bela for Vogue Germany’s May Cover (Forum Buzz)

The forums are on fire today and we're about to take a look at German Vogue's most recent cover. For its May 2014 issue, a sultry Malgosia Bela is photographed by Giampaolo Sgura as she wears a Bottega Veneta dress which was styled by Vogue Germany's editor-in-chief Christiane Arp. This is just perfection, right? First a cover and spread with Claudia Schiffer for the April edition and now Malgosia Bela — I am loving this!

Vogue Germany May 2014 Malgosia Bela


I'm not the only one who's in awe over this. Members of theFashionSpot have also sang their praises with Flashbang kicking off the discussion: "Oh this is divine, best VG cover so far."

"The colors are perfect and I'm always ready for a Malgosia editorial. Beautiful!" wrote Moofins.

Miss Dalloway commented, "Always happy to see Bela score another Vogue cover, and I love this, in fact, I think the added G wasn't even necessary!"

"Amazing. But the trick with the letter G was unnecessary. And that's so 5 years ago (i think)," agreed MON.

"Sensational! There hasn't been a German Vogue cover this alluring in a long time," writes AL92, who goes on to mention, "My only irk is the slanted Lust Auf…"

I knew in the back of my mind that I shouldn't have canceled my German Vogue subscription at my local store. Its issues are becoming stronger and stronger, and judging from this cover shot, Bela's accompanying story is set to be a winner (here's to actually hoping there is a story with Bela by Giampaolo Sgura inside).

Why not voice your own opinion in the thread? Check it out here.

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Zimmermann Wins the 2014 Australian Fashion Laureate

Zimmermann Spring 2014,

Zimmermann Spring 2014,

Congratulations to Simone and Nicky Zimmermann.

The sisters were officially the hottest thing off the catwalk on Day Three of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, taking out the 2014 Australian Fashion Laureate for their unrivalled achievements in nonchalantly sexy wares.

On a schedule crowded with young talent, Simone and Nicky Zimmermann are comparative veterans. Having been in business 23 years, they’re showing no sign of slowing – recently opening a large boutique in Soho and making New York Fashion Week their home base. “There’s a certain longevity that comes with us,” Nicky told The Australian yesterday. “I think that people can see that there’s a continual building on what we’ve done before. No matter what we do, we’re always trying to get better at it.” 

But that’s not to say Australia’s rising talent wasn’t worthy of a nod. For the first time in the Laureate’s seven-year history, 2014 added four new categories in recognition of professional achievement in the categories of Retailer, Emerging Designer, Menswear and Womenswear.  

Dion Lee took home the womenswear prize, though the designer’s mainline was absent from the MBFWA runway this year (his Line II diffusion showed Wednesday to very enthusiastic reviews). Arthur Galan won for menswear, Christopher Esber (another highlight) for emerging, and Scanlan & Theodore for retailer of the year.

With so many of our established labels falling by the wayside, it’s nice to see we can still lay claim to some history.  

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Did Beyonce Photoshop a Thigh Gap Into One of Her Instagram Photos?

The THIGH GAP: It's when your knees touch but your thighs don't. This physical attribute was once an obscure weight loss and fitness goal associated with disordered eating and body image, but over the past couple years, the term has catapulted into the mainstream. Check it out:

If you could buy pop culture trends like stock options, I would buy, buy, buy the "thigh gap" today, because the trend has been linked to a new Beyonce Photoshop scandal, which is going to raise its visibility worldwide. Even your grandma is going to be talking about it. 

Here are the basics: Beyonce posted the photograph below onto her Instagram yesterday. Her comments thread promptly exploded with followers questioning whether she had Photoshopped in a thigh gap. The singer did appear to have a prominent and weirdly pixelated space in her upper leg area, but unlike previous Instagram x Photoshop scandals (namely, the one involving model Miranda Kerr), no one has spotted other instances of airbrushing on Queen Bey's social media accounts. Nor has anyone been able to trace down photo proof that the posted image was digitally manipulated. 

Beyonce golfs in this instagram photo where she has a large thigh gap

Image: Instagram/Beyonce

People are freaking out because 1) changing your body shape for social media using Photoshop is a gross display of vanity, 2) Beyonce is celebrated for her womanly curves, which are somewhat absent in the image above, 3) If Beyonce DID Photoshop her thighs to appear more aspirationally thigh gap-y, that means she is actively creating an image of herself that promotes an unhealthy and unattainable body image to the legions of young girls who look up to her.

But still! There's no proof here, just lots of fumes. 

[Beyoncé Thigh-Gap Mini-Controversy Brewing on Instagram — Racked]


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A Blaze of Color: Michelle Williams Styled by Carine Roitfeld for Louis Vuitton

Last summer, French luxury house Louis Vuitton released an accessories campaign featuring Michelle Williams, a new spokesmodel for the label. The ads, which broke in the September and October issues of fashion magazines worldwide, must have been a success, because the LVMH brand has just released a second campaign with the American actress. 

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, who also shot last season's campaign, the ads were styled by former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. The photos are a blaze of color, from the candy-hued bags to Williams' ultra-bright lips. 

See the ads for yourself below and on Louis Vuitton's Facebook page

[Read more: Michelle Williams reprises her role for Louis Vuitton as sales riseTelegraph

Images: via Forums

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Link Buzz: John Galliano Isn’t Taking a Job with Oscar de la Renta; Joe Zee May Be Heading to Yahoo

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  • According to multiple unnamed sources, John Galliano and Oscar de la Renta were unable to reach an agreement about a permanent role for Galliano at the NYC fashion house. [PageSix]
  • Here's a preview of Proenza Schouler's soon-to-be-launched collaboration with MAC. [BellaSugar]
  • Gisele came to the attention of the IRS and was audited after she was listed as the world's highest-earning model by Forbes. [Fashionista]
  • Conscious consumerism brand Zady argues that sustainability and ethical fashion have become increasingly important to "millennials." [BusinessOfFashion]
  • "This all-white look with a Topshop American flag top kind of started a revolution." [FabSugar]
  • Rumor has it that ELLE creative director Joe Zee is moving to Yahoo to head up its fashion vertical. Earlier this week, makeup mogul Bobbi Brown was announced as EIC of the site's beauty content. [WWD]

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