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Kate Upton is lovely, charming and the new face of Express Jeans

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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?


5 things we hope Britney Spears lingerie will look like

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Photography by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

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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.


Exclusive: Your first look at Mulberry’s Fall 2014 ad campaign starring Cara Delevingne

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Photography by Tim Walker for Mulberry

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Brit fashion label Mulberry has released its Fall 2014 ad campaign starring Cara Delevingne and yet again, it thrills. Set against picturesque rolling hills, the ads feature Delevingne frolicking the Scottish Highlands with feathers, blades of wheat and all things heritage while modeling the label’s latest wares. Those wares include, most prominently, Cara’s eponymous bag, a backpack take on Mulberry’s Bayswater.

“Big space, fresh air, wind in the hair, away from it all… Mulberry is a brand that is at home in town and country and we wanted to capture that feeling,” said brand director Anne-Marie Verdin. Shot by Tim Walker with art direction by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, the “off the beaten track” look has never seemed this chic.
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The perp behind the curtain: The long-awaited fall of American Apparel’s Dov Charney

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Photography by Johannes Kroemer/Getty Images

Oh, the stories I’ve heard about working at American Apparel. The “casting calls” instead of interviews; conference calls from Dov that felt figuratively endless, store visits from Dov that were literal handfuls; the employee discount that was almost always five-fingered; the mirrored table in the staff room that would have made Tony Montana proud. It’s the stories about American Apparel that have always been American Apparel’s most valued currency. The stories proved American Apparel was cool, hot, fun, funny, subversive, edgy, sexy, and if you had a problem with American Apparel then you were none of those things.

A very brief overview: The now 45-year-old Dov Charney founded American Apparel in 1991, a company with a slow burn masquerading as an overnight success. It took twelve years for Charney to move the company from wholesaling in Montreal to a vertically integrated retail empire, and by 2005 the company had produced over $200 million in revenue. Charney quickly became just as noticeable as the stores that were popping up everywhere, famous enough to have Fred Armisen play him on Saturday Night Live.

The stories about Dov Charney’s peculiar proclivities became rumours, and then the rumours became gossip, and then the gossip became fact, an inseparable truth from any other story on American Apparel. As the company grew and grew throughout the first decade of the millennium, Charney became legend, and not necessarily the bad, notorious kind; fawning profiles, like this 2000 one by Malcolm Gladwell, seemed charmed by a man so honestly leading his business by his boners. Business was booming despite—and maybe because of—these stories, so why fix what wasn’t broken?
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All new Louis Vuitton: The Fall 2014 ad campaign’s got Gainsbourg, Leibowitz, Weber and more

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Ad-Campaign

Photography by Annie Leibowitz for Louis Vuitton

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Where Nicolas Ghesquiére goes, the rest follow. In the first campaign since assuming the role of creative director at Louis Vuitton, the designer has brought a group of fashion heavyweights to the label’s Fall 2014 advertising images, including Annie Leibowitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller, to help him mold the label in his effortlessly French image. The photos, entitled “Series 1,” are the result of each photographer’s concept, showcasing Vuitton’s all new cool girl wares on the likes of Freja Beha Erichsen, Liya Kebede and Jean Campbell. At the centre of it all is Ghesquiére’s duo of influencers: Charlotte Gainsbourg and stylist Marie-Amelie Sauve, who previously helped him shape so much of Balenciaga’s aesthetic.
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Kendall Jenner strikes again as the face of Givenchy’s Fall 2014 ad campaign

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The fashion world just can’t get enough of Kendall Jennerus included. In just a few short months, she walked the runways at Marc Jacobs and Chanel, landed a spread in Vogue Paris and now has landed her first major fashion campaign as the star of Givenchy’s Fall 2014 ads. You go girl.

Alongside models Jamie Bochert, Mariacarla Boscono and New York It boy Peter Brant Jr, Jenner stuns in an austere shot by photography duo Mert & Marcus. The photo is full of furs, animal prints and leather with a hint of lingerie sending the sex appeal level off the charts, which isn’t entirely surprising given the photo duo’s expertise in sultry fashion images.
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Trash meets class in Jeremy Scott’s surprisingly elegant Moschino Fall 2014 ad campaign

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Moschino Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Photography by Steven Meisel for Moschino

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Much has been said about Jeremy Scott’s wild Moschino debut collection, which hit the runway in a blaze of junk food glory earlier this year as part of Fall 2014 fashion week in Milan. Amongst the adjectives used to describe the McDonalds-inspired collection, “trashy,” “over-the-top” and maybe even “delicious” come to mind, but “elegant”? Probably not.

In the just-released ad campaign for the collection, Scott flips that right on its head, with a series of elegant photos starring Linda Evangelista, Stella Tennant, Saskia de Brauw, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmerman as modern-day society swans in the trashy wares. Photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the black and white photos recall mid-nineties Peter Lindbergh while keeping it classy with boucle and Guido Paulo updos.
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