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Tavi Thinks Fashion Week is High Schooly, Anna Wintour is Queen Bee

Anna Wintour Tavi Band of Outsiders Fall 2011 Front RowIn her latest post, fourteen-year-old style blogger Tavi Gavinson announced that her blog is "turning away from fashion, a little." Heralded as a fashion prodigy and decked out like a Harajuku granny, the Style Rookie has been a fashion industry force since September 2009, when the Rodarte sisters invited the charming young whippersnapper to sit front row at their Spring 2010 runway show and she appeared on the cover of Pop magazine.

Tavi's blog is turning three years old this week, and the blogger noted that she's hardly as fashion-obsessed as she was when she first started: "I miss following magazines and obsessively checking the way I used to but something is different about it now." Disoriented to find that she'd been seated beside Anna Wintour at the Band of Outsiders Fall 2011 runway show, Tavi checked out and decided to take a step back from the fashion world: "I wanted to be mature and witty and polite and strike up a conversation with Anna Wintour, I really did. But like, it was the end of the day? And I was exhausted, in so many ways?…So I let myself be kind of shy and quiet that night, to join the rows of sullen-faced people who looked as though they secretly wanted to be at home with their pets wearing comfortable clothing and eating fattening food."

I'm not sure whether Tavi's new outlook on the fashion industry will keep her at school away from New York in February and September, but she seems set on expanding the direction of her blog. "Fashion Week is weird. It is very high schooly," she wrote, "I guess the Anna Wintour thing just made a lot of that much more obvious." One thing's for sure: Tavi's certainly not turning away from the public eye. Last November, the precocious blogger announced that she'd be working with the founding editor of Sassy magazine, Jane Pratt, on a new publication for teen girls. [StyleRookie]


Nashville Fashion Week gets going today, and the city is playing host to a cartel of noteworthy designers, including the most successful Project Runway winner ever, Christian Siriano, and the consistently remarkable Betsey Johnson. The city's residents are in for a very good week. [Racked]

Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owens are getting into ready-to-wear and designing an 18 piece vintage inspired pre-fall collection, consisting of dresses suitable for "a time-traveling fashionista." Sounds cute, but can't the British pop star just come back from her musical hiatus and record a new album instead? There are only so many times I can listen to "It's Not Me, It's You" on loop. [WWD]

Decked out in glorious couture, Lara Stone stars in an editorial spread for W magazine's April 2011 issue. Photographed by Craig McDean and styled with a messy bouffant, Stone is obviously dazzling but also a little moody, playing the part of a gorgeous lonely girl wearing couture. [DesignScene]

Tom's Shoes urges you to go shoeless on April 5th to bring awareness to the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child's life. Last year, a quarter million people went barefoot for the cause, but riddle me this: who are these people and where do they live and there's no way they take the subway, right? Call me selfish, but there's only so much misery I can inflict upon myself for a shoe company's PR stunt. If you really want to raise awareness for a cause, buy a child a pair of shoes or volunteer at a charity or make a sign and picket the UN, or something: there's no need to risk tetanus just so Tom's has some great clips for next year's One Day Without Shoes promo video. [LATimes]

Images of Karl Lagerfeld's 2011 Diet Coke bottle designs have just shown up on the Internet and the Kaiser didn't disappoint. The lineup features three sleek silver and pink bottles in star, stripe, and polka dot patterns. The limited-edition set will be released in June but will only be in Europe. So if you're in the US, get ready to wage an eBay battle to get your hands on the collectibles. [High Snobiety]

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