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Posts for October 12th 2009

October 12, 2009
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Fash Off: Battle Of The Supermodels

Iman; Veronica Webb

At last week's American Ballet Theatre 2009 Fall Gala, Iman opted for this dark floor length sequin halterneck dress; while fellow model Veronica Webb chose this dramatic graphic print asymmetric dress.

Which model gets your vote?

October 12, 2009
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London: Models Off Duty Spring/Summer 2010

Images by Holly Knox

October 12, 2009
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Mark Fast's Size 12 Risk Pays Off

Mark Fast certainly caused a stir at this season's London Fashion Week, after using three models size 12 plus, however Fast didn't think about the attention it would create. "I just thought, 'They're beautiful. Let's do it. Let's have fun'. The way I work is organic and on the body. With the curvier girls, I was able to make the clothes specifically for them. Seeing them walking up and down the corridor was such a moment. It was exciting to see their characters in my pieces", the Canadian designer told this weekend's Style magazine. Whatever his reasonings behind the statement show, Jemma Dyas, a focus buyer for Brownes - where Fast is exclusively stocked - told of the success it has brought the up and coming designer. "The show has opened up his customer base, after the show, we had a host of customers from size six to 16 coming in."

October 12, 2009
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Street Style Trend: Velvet

Images by Holly Knox

Eighties power dressing is back, and along with it, the luxe fabric that was so prominent during the dynasty decade. From shoulder padded party dresses, to laid back quilted jackets, it's time to unleash the velvet vamp. Seen on the catwalks of Chloe, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, velvet is already gathering momentum amongst London's fashion elite. With the upcoming party season, this statement look is sure to thrive. Not confined to women's fashion, this trend is also set to storm men's wardrobes; velvet blazers and bow ties being the key pieces.

October 12, 2009
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Screen Style: Catherine Zeta-Jones In 'Chicago'

Colleen Atwood won the Best Costume Design Oscar for 'Chicago' in 2003, and we can see why: Catherine Zeta-Jones, playing Velma, looked smokin' in every scene.

Atwood also won an Academy Award for her work in 'Memoirs of a Geisha', and she was nominated for films including 'Sweeney Todd', 'Beloved' and 'Little Women'. But her initial claim to fame? Designing costumes for Sting's 'Bring on the Night' world tour. We say: Rock on.

October 12, 2009
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Iconic Photographers: Mario Testino

"He sells a dream," says Anna Wintour, "You want to be that woman in that glorious house, on that glorious beach and in that incredible dress." Famous for his glossy photo shoots, Mario Testino is one of the world's best loved photographers. Shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Princess Diana, Testino's career spans nearly 30 years. Peruvian born, he now lives in London, where he continues to shoot for the Royal family. Versatility being one of his greatest talents, his celebrity portraits reveal a more personal, intimate side to his subjects, whilst his ad campaigns and editorials exude sex and glamour. With designers falling over themselves to secure him for their adverts, this man sells clothes! His fall 09 campaigns include; D&G, Michael Kors, Givenchy, Versace, and Burberry to name a few. Having captured images for every major fashion magazine, this month is no different, snapping Georgia May Jagger for British Vogue.

October 12, 2009
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Fancy Hanging Out With Alexander Wang?

We all love Selfridges, not just because it's among the most forward thinking department stores in London, but also because it has offered the most up-to-the-minute designer collaborations over the years. Now we hear that Alexander Wang will be gracing the 3rd floor of Selfridges, '3rd Central'  space, not only to check in on his store-in-store but also to witness the unveiling of his new capsule collection to be stocked at the department store as of next week Tuesday.

Die-hard fans will now have somewhere to pick up instant wardrobe hits including the must-have racer back vests (which seem to go with any and everything), micro mini-skirts, luxe blazers and lots more that our fashion friends stateside will not be privy to. If that's not enough, Wang will also be on hand between 5.30 and 6.15pm on the 13th October to chat to his legions of fans or simply to be oggled at before he makes an appearance at the 'In Conversation' event with Colin McDowell for Sunday Style.

October 12, 2009
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Photographer Solve Sundsbo Designs For Surface To Air

Image credit Surface2airparis.com

His work is featured in i-D, Another Man and Numero to name a few, and he has created advertising pieces for industry giants to include Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Now, renowned photographer Solve Sundsbo is turning his hand at designing, with three pieces created for creative agency and label of the moment, Surface to Air. Using three prints inspired by 'Parrot', 'Dry Cleaner' and 'Hair', Sundsbo has designed a dress, top and a dry bag, all of which are available in each print, and can be purchased on the Surface to Air website, starting at 140 euros.

October 12, 2009
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Morning Links

The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr (aka Agyness Deyn's man) has released a suit line [Men.Style.com]

Roberto Cavalli is headed to Chechnya [FWD]

Christiano Ronaldo takes over for David Beckham in Emporio Armani ads [Stylewatch]

Curious about Christian Siriano's book, 'Fierce Style'? [Racked]

Ralph Lauren rep apologises for too much Photoshopping [TresSugar]

October 12, 2009
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First Look: Katy Perry Interviews Karl Lagerfeld For ELLE

Over the last few weeks we've seen Katy Perry all over the front rows of anyone from Jean Paul Gaultier to Chanel. But don't be deceived. She hasn't been there purely for pleasure. This season, the singer has been working backstage at the shows for American ELLE.

In this clip she caught up with Karl Lagerfeld backstage at his Spring/Summer 2010 show.

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