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Flashback: UK Harper’s Bazaar May 2008 with Liya Kebede

It’s another random back issue I’ve selected for this week’s fashion flashback. The reason I decided to take a look back at the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar is because theFashionSpot forum members are divided in their opinion regarding the direction of today’s Bazaar. Justine Picardie is the current editor-in-chief of the magazine, who took over for Lucy Yeomans in 2013. Picardie’s take is very relaxed and mature with a hint of country. Yeomans’ was glamorous and oozed a sophisticated sexiness — a real difference between the two editors’ styles.

The May 2008 issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar has Liya Kebede on the front cover. Photographed by Alexei Hay, Liya poses against a soft, pale pink backdrop wearing a chiffon dress from Chanel Couture. It’s no wonder, with styling from Alison Edmond, hair cared for by Jimo Salako and makeup applied by Mary Jane Frost, the cover was a hit with forum members.

Flashback UK Harper's Bazaar May 2008 Liya Kebede Alexei Hay


Above is a scan of the subscriber’s cover. The same cover shot was used for the newsstand edition as well (just with different fonts and text).

Not only did Liya appear on the front cover of the British glossy, the Ethiopian model was also shot for a fashion story. She poses once more for Alexei in a series of images projecting spring’s soft, slouchy tailoring, which offered a new freedom with a hint of louche exoticism at the time. Swedish model Elsa Sylvan is also inside the 236-page issue showcasing 50s-inspired eveningwear from the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. John Lindquist photographs Elena Melnik donning monochrome, long and sharp silhouettes of the season, with styling from Vanessa Coyle.

Do you remember this issue? See inside the thread for a scan of the newsstand cover as well as Liya’s cover story before reigniting a discussion here.

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PETA Slams More Australian Retailers for Using Angora Fur


The Just Group PETA

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PETA doesn’t just hate Sportsgirl for its use of angora fur, the animal-friendly folk are now slamming other top Australian retailers for using the wool of angora rabbits, too. The Just Group, which owns a chunk of popular Australian chain stores, including Portmans, Just Jeans, Dotti and Jay Jays, are next on PETA’s ever-growing chopping block.

Although other Australian retailers and designers like David Jones, Myer, George Wu and Alexi Freeman have all promised to not use wool from angora rabbits, The Just Group told PETA it won’t be joining the pledge and will continue to sell items made from angora fur.

Over on the PETA Australia site, the organisation is encouraging all to take action by writing to The Just Group’s Executive, Colette Garnsey. If you’re not sure what to tell the lady, that’s all good, because PETA has prepared the letter for you. It starts off like this:

“Dear Ms Garnsey, I was shocked to hear that Just Group has failed to join other Australian retailers and designers who have pledged not to use angora wool and angora blends in their clothing lines.”

After a couple more detailed sentences of the horrific process the rabbits endure to produce the fur, the letter wraps up, ending with, “Please take immediate action to introduce a policy banning this cruelly produced wool.”

Whether or not you help clog Colette’s inbox is up to you. To find out a little more about the matter, you can (at your own risk) check out PETA’s gruesome image of the angora fur being ripped from the rabbits’ bodies and join the ethical treatment of animals Facebook conversation.

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Would You Watch a TV Show About Fashion Bloggers?

Fashion Bloggers TV Show

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Fashion bloggers really are all the rage right now, and now they’ve been handed their very own half-hour reality TV show. The Style Network is tapping our top Australian social media queens, going behind-the-scenes of their wonderful and in-demand lives.

We’re hoping the show will answer all our fashion blogging related questions, like how they make money from this career, whether or not their clothes are freebies and who the debatably lucky person is taking all their glamourous shots.

With the likes of Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley, Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse of Kate Waterhouse, Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three and Zanita Whittington of Zanita all gracing our TV screens once a week, we’re preparing ourselves for an extreme fashion blogger takeover. Because clogging our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds just simply wasn’t enough.

“This series shows exactly why Fashion Bloggers are the new tastemakers of fashion and lifestyle,” executive producer of the upcoming show, Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz told Nelbie. “They don’t just report on the trends, they help shape them.”

The documentary-style series will be fittingly called Fashion Bloggers and begins filming next month, just in time for us to see the girls in action at New York Fashion Week. The show launches on an unconfirmed date later in the year, airing on Fetch and Foxtel. 


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World, Meet Andreja Pejic, Transgender Model

Image: FayesVision/

Image: FayesVision/

Andrej Pejic built her modeling career off her uncanny ability for seamless gender-bending. She posed as a man on several occasions, but as we know, she also made for quite a beautiful woman. Designers and brands seemed to love Andrej’s androgynous versatility, putting her in suits, gowns and swimsuits — she even scored a campaign modeling lingerie for women

The model had been going by she for a while now, but yesterday she took to Instagram to announce that her days as Andrej are officially over. Andreja, as she will now go by, has come out as a transgendered woman, and she’s not looking back. According to, she went through gender reassignment surgery earlier this year and is now unveiling her true self to the world. Still, in spite of the change, Andreja stresses that she is still the person you loved when she walked down the runway as Jean Paul Gaultier‘s bride. “I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual,” she wrote. “Same person, no difference at all just a different sex I hope you can all understand that.”

She seems happy to finally be public with her true self, and hopes to serve as a positive example of what transition looks like: “As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union.#betruebeyou.”

It’s wonderful to see  Andreja out, happy and finally open about who she really is. Onward and upward, Andreja!

[h/t Roygbiv]

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Giorgio Armani Outlet Coming to Canada

Who knew Canada didn’t have a Giorgio Armani outlet until now? I mean we have everything else — Kate Spade, Michael Kors, even a Hot Topic outlet — but only now is Armani making its way to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills. And it may not even be the only one.

Georgio Armani outlets

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According to Retail Insider, this maiden voyage could be the first of multiple Canadian locations as it rolls out more of the outlet concept throughout North America. While the company has yet to reveal when the Toronto store will open, it’s already in the midst of recruiting staff for the new store, and will be holding a job fair toward the end of this month.

The Italian fashion label currently has a number of outlet locations on its roster, including 46 outlet stores worldwide, 10 of which are based in the U.S. Retail Insider also suggests that the company is planning on opening another four North American outlet locations by this fall, though it’s only speculation as to whether these will be in Canada. If that is the plan, then the currently under construction and scheduled to open this fall, Montreal Premium Outlets may be an option; as could Vancouver’s McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.

There’s also no word on which Armani banners the new outlet stores will carry, given the brand’s all-embracing labels that range from the ultra high-end (Giorgio Armani’s pricey Black Label) to the more everyman appropriate (Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, Armani Junior, Armani Jeans and Armani Exchange).

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Fashion Rocks Returns with Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Rita Ora and More

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Image: WireImage/Getty Images

As if New York Fashion Week wasn’t busy enough, the folks at Three Lions Entertainment are about to make it a helluva lot more hectic. The firm announced today that it will be resurrecting Fashion Rocks this year, the concert showcasing the best in music and fashion, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 9. Airing live on CBS, they’ve already signed Ryan Seacrest to host the affair.

“Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before,” said Richard Beckman, CEO of Three Lions Entertainment in a statement. “For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”

For two hours, be dazzled by fly fashion set to the music of Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Duran Duran, Usher, Kiss, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, The Band Perry, Afrojack, Miranda Lambert and more — there are still acts yet to be announced. 

Fashion Rocks last aired in 2008, and included performances by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more. 

Jazzed yet? Tickets for the event go on sale August 1, which you can cop at Tickemaster or the Barclays Center’s site. But if you’re content with watching from the comfort of your living room, you can catch the two-hour broadcast September 9 starting at 9/8 C on CBS.


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