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Shanina Shaik Partners with Banjo & Matilda’s The Sweater Exchange Charity

Nothing like a model using her looks for a good cause, right? We can add Victoria’s Secret beauty Shanina Shaik to that list now that she’s lending a helping hand to The Sweater Exchange charity. The 23-year-old appeared on The Today Show with Karl Stefanovic this week to promote the organisation founded by Aussie label Banjo & Matilda.

Shanina Shaik The Sweater Exchange

Photo: The Today Show

“The Sweater Exchange charity has partnered with Mission Australia to collect pre-loved sweaters in the community and give them to women and children in need for wintertime,” Shanina explained. It was the Just Jeans model’s mum that inspired her to be part of the great cause, but admits she feels “really good inside” being able to give back.

If you’ve got a knit that doesn’t get to jump out your wardrobe and see the light of day, then why not give it to someone who needs it, and let it get the wear it deserves? With over 45,000 homeless women in Australia, there’s no time like the present to donate to this worthy cause. Drop your unwanted sweaters at Banjo & Matilda’s Paddington store in Sydney or visit the site to organise a pickup.

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Witchery Launches an Extensive Spring 2014 Range in Sydney

Witchery Spring 2014 Carriageworks

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Australia’s fashion elite packed into Sydney’s Carriageworks last night to watch the Witchery Spring 2014 runway show dubbed “New Mood.” In a lengthy show that went for over 13 minutes, the retail chain served up an extensive and stylish offering for guests, including Lindy Klim, Nadia Bartel and Samantha Harris.

Nicole Pollard led the way for other models, like Eliza Humble and Ollie Henderson, kicking off the showcase of androgynous tailored pieces, casual safari-esque ensembles and on-trend fabrics like chambrays, lurex and leather.

While the cold weather was more than enough to get us keen for spring, Witchery’s new range also sends our minds to warmer days. Looks like leather’s sticking around for the desirable season too, with models showcasing harsh leather bustiers, studded backpacks and plenty of fringe detailing.

The strong black leathers will work in seamlessly with the store’s safari-themed pieces, including khaki jumpsuits and waterfall blazers along with zebra print joggers and fine-pleat midi skirts. (more…)

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The Weirdest Fashion Flat Lay We’ve Seen Lately

We love a good flat lay. Whether it’s beauty essentials, a laid-out outfit for the day or just a few of someone’s favourite things, it’s always nice to see how products can look beautiful when arranged in the right way. But today, scrolling through our Instagram feed, we spotted a kind of flat lay we’ve never seen before — one with a baby in the mix.

With a caption reading, “Today’s Essentials,” Melbourne-based label Jerri Jones posted a flat lay of a leather jacket, wide-brim hat, sunnies, the latest issue of Renegade Collective and an innocent, unaware baby. The little one remains unnamed and unbranded in the post, but for now we will follow Jerri Jones’ lead and call the baby #cutestbaby.

Instagram user youthandbravado stirred things up writing, “I’ll exchange a baby blanket for that jacket.” Fortunately, there is a pair of feet also in the image, so we can rest assured knowing that mum or dad wasn’t too far away from bub’s reach.

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Hermes Appoints Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as New Artistic Director

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Well, that was quick. Early this week, it was announced that Christophe Lemaire was stepping down from the helm of Hermes, presumably to focus on his namesake label. But before any real speculation could actually get underway, the French fashion house has already announced a replacement. 

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, alum of The Row, Celine and Maison Martin Margiela, will fill the position of artistic director overseeing womens ready-to-wear. This quick turnover has us thinking that perhaps Vanhee-Cybulski was already lined up ahead of the announcement. But her experience working in top positions on the design teams of some of the most coveted brands in the world makes it pretty clear why she was tapped. 

Vanhee-Cybulski will start at the house following the womenswear spring shows. Lemaire’s last collection for Hermes is set to bow October 1.

[via WWD]

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Robyn Lawley’s Unretouched Instagram Pic Sparks Controversy Over What’s Considered Plus-Size — Again

To us, Robyn Lawley looks pretty damn good. Flawless skin, piercing eyes, long, luscious locks and a smokin’ body. But because of the fashion industry’s warped idea that “plus-size” is anyone larger than a size 8, the Aussie model somehow fits into that category. 

This week, the Wilhelmina model posted an unretouched, makeup-free photo of herself in a bikini to her Instagram account. She looked hot, but her followers went a little comment-crazy on the girl, once again starting a debate about redefining the meaning of plus-size.

Many would compliment the model and designer of Robyn Lawley Swimwear on her body shape, bikini designs and natural beauty. Others would simply question how she is considered plus-size. But for the most part, the social media users are kicking up an absolute stink about industry standards.

Instagram user, jessicalouro6 wrote, “Plus size, your ass fashion industry!! A perfect normal size girl.” Another user added, “THAT’s Plus size?! Girl, the fashion world is bollocks. You are a goddess!” The post has garnered over 100 comments, which are still rolling in on the picture just posted Monday night.

Related: Robyn Lawley’s Fitspo Selfie Freaks Out Instagram Commenters: ‘This is NOT Plus-Size!’

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Zoe Levin Wears Camilla and Marc’s Leopard Cocktail Dress

Zoe Levin Camilla and Marc

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For the FOX All-Star Party in West Hollywood, actress Zoe Levin stepped out in Camilla and Marc‘s leopard print drop-waist dress. Worn with simple, black Jimmy Choo heels and a slick pony, it was unfortunate that Zoe couldn’t predict the busy backdrop when she opted for such a statement piece.

The jacquard cocktail dress is a clear winner from the Aussie label’s Spring 2014 collection. In fact, you might remember model Montana Cox repping the same design at the ARIA Awards last year, styled similarly to Zoe with black strappy heels, a studded clutch and hair tied back.

The structured piece’s on-trend high neckline, combined with a feminised leopard print in navy, gray and hints of mauve on a fresh white dress is the perfect choice for those who find accessories to be a hassle. Such a great print needn’t be ruined by overdoing it with unnecessary add-ons.

Zoe joins New Girl’s Hannah Simone as another high-profile name embracing Aussie designers.

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