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Forever 21, Wildfox and Lord & Taylor to Launch Barbie-Inspired Collections This Fall

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Forget orange — pink is coming back as the new black this fall now that Mattel is teaming up with a series of brands on capsule collections inspired by the iconic Barbie doll. Forever 21, Wildfox and Lord & Taylor will each release a capsule collection as part of Mattel’s efforts to highlight the doll as a fashion icon. The toy company seems to have already begun to give Barbie a stylish edge, since it recently announced plans to release a Karl Lagerfeld-inspired doll. We guess actual clothing is simply the next step. 

According to WWD, each retailer’s collection draws inspiration from decades past. Lord & Taylor will focus on the classic polish of the 50s and 60s, Wildfox, the lively colorful 80s and Forever 21, the 90s. Each brand will offer a range of products. Forever 21 is expected to roll out a pretty all-encompassing line. In addition to apparel and accessories, the 29-piece collection will offer cosmetics and athletic wear with prices ranging from $3.90 to $24.90. Lord & Taylor will exclusively sell sleepwear ($37.50-$183) aimed at a more mature customer.

Wildfox is known for its cheeky, playful aesthetic and is taking quite literal inspiration for this collaboration. The Los Angeles-based brand is rolling out an eight-piece offering containing life-size replicas of some of Malibu Barbie’s outfits from the 80s. You’ll find swimsuits, denim and also sunglasses — most notably a pair of oversized round pale pink frames with rose-colored lenses. You will literally be able to dress like a Barbie doll.

The collections won’t all hit shelves at the same time. Wildfox is planning for a November 15 launch date, while Forever 21 and Lord & Taylor will release on September 5 and September 14 respectively. 

Yep, it’s a lot of pink, but it will be interesting to see each retailer’s take on the theme in full, particularly Lord & Taylor, since its customer base is a bit older. It’s hard to imagine a grown woman traipsing around in Barbie PJs, after all.

[via WWD]

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Taylor Swift Amps Up the Edge in Bec & Bridge on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

These days, it’s pretty rare to see Taylor Swift in anything other than a candy-coloured, matchy-matchy ensemble. So, when the pop singer stepped out onto The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in a black and pink floral print dress by Bec & Bridge, we were happy for two reasons. First, Taylor stepped away from her beloved crop and skirt combo, but most importantly, she turned to an Australian label to do so. (more…)

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Cheyenne Tozzi Joins Australia’s Next Top Model for Cycle 9

Cheyenne Tozzi must have loved her coaching role on The Face earlier this year because the Aussie model has now joined the Australia’s Next Top Model team for Cycle 9. She will join Didier Cohen as a mentor to the contestants, and the American-born male model is over the moon about working alongside his friend this year.

“So happy to announce my girl @cheyennet is joining me as a mentor on this years season. Welcome to the @AusNextTopModel family!” Didier wrote when breaking the news via his Instagram.

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Nikki Phillips Posts Sexy Video for KUKU

Nikki Phillips is a babe. We don’t need a short video clip to tell us that. But the model and fashion blogger has gone ahead and reminded us just how smokin’ she is by posting a sexy video to her Instagram for Sydney-based fashion label KUKU.

The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clip was directed by Alex Goddard, who has worked with big-name models like Ollie Henderson and recently put together Alice McCall‘s Fall 2014 shoot. It sees Nikki lounging around in bed before sifting through a wardrobe in her underwear, and the remainder of the video is pretty much a bunch of sultry and provocative stares. (more…)

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8 David Bowie Costumes We Want to See in the Upcoming Australian Exhibition

It’s happening. David Bowie, or Ziggy Stardust if you will, is coming to Australia in exhibition form. Taking place in Melbourne next year from July to November, David Bowie Is will showcase photos, letters, records and books from the Thin White Duke’s 50-year career, but we’re most excited about the 60 costumes said to be included in the hi-tech show.

We can’t be certain which of his ever-stylish, always radical getups will make it to Australian turf, but we’re hoping the memorable fashion moments below will make the cut. Scroll through to make the 11-month wait a little harder, and celebrate the man who broke all the fashion rules.

Putting all onesies to shame, David whipped out this striped bad boy designed by Kansai Yamamoto for the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour.


David and Alexander McQueen make for one heck of a fabulous fusion. David’s Union Jack coat for the cover of his 1997 album, Earthling, is proof of that.

In a leotard like no other, David rocked the asymmetrical look with clashing patterns and matching bangles. He even slipped in an on-trend nipple, sending all his devoted fans (namely those wanting his babies) a little crazy.

David was onto the dramatic shoulder trend well before its peak in the 80s. No one has been able to rock them quite like David since, or the red patent boots for that matter.

Designed by Freddie Burretti for the Ziggy Stardust tour, this quilted two-piece featuring gold, red and blue was a show-stopper. Even David’s band members joined the fashion fun, with outfits which completed the colourway without outshining the man.

Need we say anything? David looked totally chic in this silky white two-piece, including wide-leg pants and a printed blazer. Attention must be paid to the shoes — so high David had to lean on air just to stand upright.

Leg warmers, arm warmers and a high-neck piece all in Aztec print was the perfect wardrobe choice to complement his flaming-orange mullet.

We’ve never met such a fabulous goblin king in our life. In his role in the 1986 film Labyrinth, we saw David in ruffles, a sequined jacket, fur, knee-high leather boots and artistic makeup. Let’s not forget those grey manhood-revealing tights he wore during “Magic Dance,” either.

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Garance Doré and Scott Schuman Have Their Own ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

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Image: Getty Images

Not even relationships in the blogging world are safe from eventually going kaput. Just ask Colin Sokol, The Fashion Toast blogger Rumi Neely‘s ex boyfriend and former “beau-tographer.” Today, another famous blogging couple has called it quits. The Sartorialist‘s Scott Schuman and his longtime girlfriend Garance Doré have broken up, according to a post Schuman published yesterday to his blog titled simply, “Garance & I” 

The pair had been together for seven years and although we don’t know the details behind this conscious uncoupling, it doesn’t make it any less sad. 

“Our mutual respect and admiration for each other have left us still great friends,” Schuman wrote. “Our time together profoundly changed both of our lives for the better and I deeply thank her for that experience. It’s a difficult time, but we are both doing ok.”

Dore also addressed the breakup on her site with a succinct posting of her own. Comments were closed on both. 

Our hearts are breaking right now. It’s truly the end of an era!

[The Sartorialist]

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