Snapped by Tommy Ton: “It makes you want to go on vacation”

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Tommy Ton Carlotta Oddi

Carlotta Oddi shot by Tommy Ton in Milan, June 2013

“August is vacation month in Europe, and most people in Italy go away. So I chose something very summery that many people are attempting right now: the midriff-revealing crop top. I like the idea of Carlotta’s mixed proportions: It’s a crop top over a skirt that has horizontal stripes and is floor-length. She’s able to wear different proportions but also colour—the metallic blue sunglasses match the skirt and the mini Kelly clutch. I know for most women it’s a bit extreme to be wearing those three together, but I think there’s a lesson to be learned in how to play with colour, pattern and proportion. This is a nice end-of-summer look—it makes you want to go on vacation. When I look at this, I think of St. Tropez or Lake Como.”


Kate Middleton recycles, Prince William does normcore at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland

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Kate Middleton Commonwealth Games 2014

Photography by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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For those who balk at the thought of wearing your only workout outfit to spinning class each week, look no further than the Duchess of Cambridge, who has made an art out of recycling the same sport-apropos outfit time and time again. At the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow Scotland today, Kate Middleton went for the good ole skinny jeans (J Brand), navy blazer (Pucci) and cork wedges (Stuart Weitzman) she wore to the Olympics, while on Royal Tour of New Zealand and for various charity events over the past few years. According to guesses from intrepid Kate tweeter What Kate Wore, the uptake in Royal repeats as of late might be a strategic play to offset the cost of Kensington Palace renovations. Also though, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? How many times a week do you wear skinny jeans?
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The Cara Delevingne for Topshop campaign is a match made in Brit fashion heaven

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Cara Delevingne for Topshop

Photography by Alasdair McLellan

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When two fashion powerhouses join forces, great things are bound to happen. The Cara Delevingne for Topshop fall campaign was released this morning, and like the model herself, it’s equal parts brooding, sultry and playful. Channeling fellow Topshop girl and British fashion icon, Kate Moss, the twelve shots feature Delevingne in all of the ingredients required to make a Brit It Girl: leather, fur, a guitar and a mean mug.
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Kate Upton is lovely, charming and the new face of Express Jeans

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Kate Upton Express

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An invite to brunch with Kate Upton isn’t exactly one you turn down, which is why I headed to New York earlier this month to celebrate the launch of fashion’s It girl as the new face of Express Jeans. Despite being the brand’s first celebrity face in over a decade, the model’s connection with the brand is decidedly homegrown, having shopped it for years as a teen in Michigan. I learned a few things about Upton at the event, but have retained little more than a) she’s the walking talking personification of “real girl beauty” b) her curves are real! (she wears a size 6-8) c) she’s hella charming, funny and self-deprecating. Well, what else is there, really?


Style by lyric: 12 foolproof fashion lessons from your favourite songs

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Style by lyric

Photography by Peter Stigter

Music’s best fashion lessons »

We all know how much music influences fashion (otherwise, the semester I wore Dickies and ties to school like Avril Lavigne was a total wash). But even before the days of “Complicated” or begging our parents to let us wear sky-high Spice Girls sneakers, music was outlining style rules in a less visual, equally memorable way.

I mean, sure. Watching “Baby One More Time” may have inspired us to re-adjust our Catholic school uniforms or trade them in for a less monochromatic public school dress code, but songs by artists like Cake or Flo Rida instilled something even more important: clear verbal instructions on how to wear clothes.

And today is no different. Thanks to rules laid out by Jay-Z, Kanye, and even Lana Del Rey, artists continue to guide us through the murky waters of looking presentable. Through music, we’re learning what works, what doesn’t, how accessible fashion can be. After all, any of us could be the girl in the short shirt and long jacket, or the woman in the leopard print skin pillbox hat. So let’s get fancy with this list of some of music’s best fashion instructions.
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5 things we hope Britney Spears lingerie will look like

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Britney Spears MTV VMAs 2000

Photography by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

See Britney’s best lingerie looks »

No pop goddess has managed to rival Britney Spears‘ ability to rock a good bra. With her envy-worthy abdomen (and propensity to flaunt it), she shimmied her way to the top of 2000s pop, and now, is putting those skills to use. Yesterday, Spears announced her line of intimate apparel in collaboration with Change Lingerie. The collection will cover all your lingerie needs from pole dancing to selfie-ing in bed with its wide product array of corsets, bras, pyjamas and sweats. Needless to say Spears’ near-two decades of dancing around in panties has finally come in handy. While images of the collection have not been released, we did our best to imagine based on Spears’ many iconic undies-only performances.

The Intimate Britney Spears collection will launch September 9th at an exclusive event in New York City hosted by the pop princess herself. It will be available for purchase in Canada at intimatebritneyspears.com.


The scoop on Hermès’ new artistic director, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski

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Nadege Vanhee Cybulski

Photography by Inez and Vinoodh

In the latest edition of high-end musical chairs, Hermès has announced its new artistic director just days after Christoph Lemaire announced he was leaving the label. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, a 36-year-old French native with experience to rival those with much higher profiles, has joined the label, with her debut collection set for Fall 2015.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s resume is populated with notoriously press-shy labels like Maison Martin Margiela, where she worked as a member of the design studio from 2005-2008, Céline, where she worked under Phoebe Philo until 2011, and most recently The Row, where she worked hand in hand with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as design director.

“I am delighted to be joining Hermès, a house I so admire and whose values I share wholeheartedly,” said the designer via press release. Likely, that’s all we’re going to get until March 2015.


What’s in your bag, Zoe Kazan?

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Bag Zoe Kazan

Photography by David Pike

What’s in your bag, Zoe Kazan? »

Mondays generally suck, unless you get to spend them hanging with indie darling Zoe Kazan. If the name doesn’t ring a bell (and hell, that last name should), you’d probably know Kazan from Ruby Sparks, the film she not only wrote but also starred in back in 2012, and lately, as the bright-eyed romantic lead opposite Daniel Radcliffe in The F Word. Filmed in Toronto and for what seems like the first time ever, actually set in Toronto, The F Word (or What If? in the United States) tells the story of two friends artfully trying to deny a budding romance while inhabiting the dreaded Friend zone. We snooped the contents of her olive green Miu Miu satchel while chatting about her fave things about Toronto (touring the city by foot), ways to relax in flight (half a melatonin does the trick) and great ways to fall asleep (watch 10 minutes of any reality television show). Now proceed with snooping her bag for further revelations of her charm.
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