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Witchery Launches an Extensive Spring 2014 Range in Sydney

Witchery Spring 2014 Carriageworks

Photo: Witchery

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

Image: Imaxtree

Image: IMAXtree

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

Photo: FayesVision/WENN

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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Would You Wear Parks Canada Branded Clothing?

In a bid to raise some much-needed moolah for the country’s cash-strapped national parks, Parks Canada has launched a premium line of clothing designed by former Toronto fashion designer of the year, Roger Edwards, who has created clothing for the NHL, CFL and Team Canada. After the fan-mania that ensued when Hudson’s Bay released its Canadian Olympic Team clothing, I imagine the new Parks Canada clothing line will receive an equally warm reception.

Parks Canada Original

Marketed under the slogan “This Land is your Brand,” the Parks Original line includes hoodies, T-shirts and hats sporting the Parks Canada beaver logo from the 70s, all of which will be made in Toronto with ethically-sourced cotton and exclusively sold at Hudson’s Bay.

Much like the Team Canada kit, this new collaboration is undoubtedly trying to target the nation’s patriotism, but also markets itself toward everyone’s love of vintage kitsch. The old-time logos, including the current crossed paddles logo of Parks Canada and a moose with antlers, aren’t unlike the kind of thing you’ll find on sale at the Drake General Store. So naturally, I’m sold.

An additional selling point is the fact that, as previously reported by the Toronto Star, Parks Canada is facing a $2.8 billion backlog of maintenance and repair work. It goes without saying that this new venture will help — albeit in a small way — thus tuning into our charitable conscience. I mean, who doesn’t love the feel-good factor?

Beginning this week, the items will be offered online from TheBay.com, at a store in Banff, Alberta, as well as at airport locations in Toronto and Vancouver. I’m surprised it won’t be available at the flagship Toronto location, but scarcity generally stokes demand, which will probably mean these pieces will start popping up on eBay for three times the price. Dang, there I go giving you ideas.

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