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Peter Pilotto Wins First Swarovski Collective Award

Peter Pilotto FW15

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Peter Pilotto has another award to add to the mantle as the label has just snapped up the very first Swarovski Collective award. The label competed against 14 others, including Prabal Gurung, Mary Katrantzou, Iris van Herpen, Rodarte and more. Peter Pilotto incorporated Swarovski crystals into the Spring and Fall 2015 collections, using various textures and materials to build on its well-known print aesthetic. By combining crystals with materials like lace and perspex pieces, designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos created clothes that still have that printed appeal, but with more of a 3D edge. 

“We worked a lot on trying to create an appropriate setting. In the end, we created a type of silicon eyelet but without a hole that worked really well. We liked the flashy silver rings beside the Swarovski crystal as it had a fun element – sort of refreshing a classical component,” Pilotto told Vogue UK.

The label will take home about $28,610 (25,000 euro), which according to WWD it will use “for fabric research and manufacturing, and to experiment with new techniques and work with suppliers they admire.”

[via Vouge UK, WWD]

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Karolina Kurkova’s Harper’s Bazaar Spain Cover Is so ’80s — and Not in a Good Way (Forum Buzz)

Magazines continue to serve their summer offerings and Harper’s Bazaar Spain is one of the latest to drop. The magazine enlisted Hans Feurer to photograph the front cover of the June 2015 installment and the result is less than impressive, which is disappointing considering Feurer’s rich history of fashion photography. Karolina Kurkova graces the cover, sporting a skimpy swimsuit and channeling a workout instructor from decades ago. Yay or nay?

Harper's Bazaar Spain June 2015 Karolina Kurkova by Hans Feurer

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Forum members have voted for a huge nay and continue to express their horror. “Very 80s but in a bad way,” disapproved Kobito.

“The layout makes it look like an inner-cover or supplement. 80s in a bad way indeed, I blame the awful hair,” kokobombon replied.

In agreement over the styling of Kurkova’s hair was fashionlover2001: “That hair…!! Ugh so disgusting.” Ouch.

Also in a state of shock was Bertrando3. “The layout looks very amateur, Karolina looks bad with that awful hair and makeup, the pose is catalog, the clothing is horrendous, this cover is so bad, it´s not even funny, I would give this a 02/10,” he declared.

“Have to agree with you. I’m usually mad about Feurer’s throwback style, but this is just awful. It’s mainly the hair and the layout. She indeed looks like an 80s fitness instructor. The layout is just as bad,” responded Benn98.

Emmanuelle wasn’t feeling it either and wrote, “I can’t help but focus on her hair. It really doesn’t suit at all.”

“Why they do my KK like that?” questioned nataliaapple in disbelief.

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Women Were Turned Away at Cannes for Not Wearing Heels

Cannes red carpet

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The Cannes Film Festival dress code has folks upset after several women attending the affair were allegedly barred from entering the event because of their footwear. According to Screen magazine, a few women in their 50s were turned away at a red carpet screening of Carol because they dared to not show up in stilettos. Of course, heels are uncomfortable for everyone, but there are also women who physically cannot wear them due to health reasons. Seems a little insensitive to exclude them from an event for a medical issue. 

“Someone I know was turned away for wearing nice flats, nothing you would wear to the beach,” a source said. “They were in their 50s. They told her she could go and buy appropriate shoes and come back.” Cannes commented, saying its dress code “rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for Gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s. Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the Festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.” If there are no rules about high heels, then why are women being denied entry to the festival for that reason? We guess in Cannes, flats simply aren’t considered formal wear for women. Naturally, the public is none too pleased with this sexist rule.

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Pia Miller Says Transitioning from Model to Actress ‘Takes a Lot of Work’

Photo: Ashley Mar for theFashionSpot

Photo: Ashley Mar for theFashionSpot

Chilean-born Australian fashion model and actress Pia Miller says the transition from model to actress hasn’t been an easy path to travel. Catching up with the stunner on the red carpet at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in Sydney last week, Pia shed a little light on what it’s really like to be a model slashie.

The 31-year-old mother, who has recently joined the cast of Home and Away as policewoman Katrina Chapman, tells theFashionSpot that the move from model to actress has definitely been an “interesting one”. As we’ve seen in the past, not every model who can strut down the catwalk has the acting chops to support a career change like this. “I think that particular transition from model to actor, it takes a lot of work,” she explains.

After winning Dolly magazine’s annual modelling competition in 1998, just one year after world-famous supermodel Miranda Kerr, Pia travelled the world as a successful fashion model before taking acting and voice lessons in 2009 in the hopes of making the leap from editorial spreads to the screen. (more…)

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Giles Deacon ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ with Cate Blanchett’s Red-Carpet Moment at Cannes

Cate Blanchett Carol Premiere

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Ever-ethereal Australian beauty Cate Blanchett has wowed us all, wearing a custom-made creation from independent British designer Giles Deacon at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, May 17. The actress looked effortlessly dazzling in the gown, and designer Giles is pretty chuffed that Cate made such an impact in his namesake label.

Giles said he “couldn’t be happier” with how the dress, which took between 3 weeks and a month to create, has been received on Cate, explaining to the The Telegraph UK that it’s “the most wonderful advert you can probably get”.

Giles Deacon took a step away from his ready-to-wear looks to create the one-of-a-kind Tudor inspired gown for Cate. He created the abstract motif using digital manipulation, which brought this voluminous and eye-catching masterpiece to life. (more…)

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Chris Hemsworth Will Make His Return to Summer Bay Tonight


Photo: WENN

Photo: WENN

Super-hunk Chris Hemsworth, known around the world for his roles in films like The Avengers franchise, has surprised fans and former co-workers by returning to the place where his acting career started, Australia’s own Home And Away.




Chris played Kim Hyde on the long-running soapie from 2004 to 2007, and, when visiting the set in October of last year, the 31-year-old Hollywood star decided that a quick hello just wasn’t going to cut it.


New Idea reports that 
the married father-of-three wasn’t content with just catching up with his former colleagues. Showing how humble and unaffected by international stardom he really is, Chris requested to be featured on the show and jumped in as an extra for a scene at Summer Bay’s local diner. (more…)

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