Kate Moss at 40, Playboy at 60. Two anniversaries, two ample breasts, one jaw-dropping photo shoot. In advance of the much-anticipated January issue’s release this Friday, the 18-page spread featuring a 39-year-old Moss (she hits the milestone on January 14) in her birthday suit has been released online. The Mert & Marcus-shot images take sexuality in fashion to the next level, using classic Playboy bunny props as fodder for just the latest exposé of Moss’s unparallelled seductive charm. View the whole photo shoot in one go over at thefashionography.com.
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Blame it on cross border Thanksgiving sluggishness, but two days have passed since a pretty major Canadian retail announcement and the buzz seems yet to hit. Saks Fifth Avenue is not only confirmed as coming to Canada, but its first location has been revealed as the current Hudson’s Bay megastore on Bloor Street in Toronto. Amidst an influx of US retail entry to Canada including Target and Nordstrom, Saks is just the latest giant to tango with the existing landscape, one that has recently seen Sears tumble and cause Holt Renfrew to ramp up store expansions by 40%. The news also comes as a natural follow to the Hudson’s Bay Co. purchase of Saks for $2.4 billion earlier this year.
According to a Globe and Mail profile published on Wednesday, the shakeup is due to Richard Baker, the 48-year old majority owner of HBC, whose private equity firm NRDC (National Realty & Development Corp) also owns US chain Lord & Taylor. The magnate was the brain behind the Zellers location selloff to Target in 2011, just one of the company’s brainiac moves which also include launching in-store partnerships with Topshop and Kleinfeld Bridal.
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Three and half years after the first Topshop and Kate Moss collaboration, the brand has nabbed the Brit fashion icon for yet another partnership. The Kate Moss Collection for Spring 2014 will comprise of 40 pieces that represent the beauty’s current style inspirations and London’s rising fashion influence.
“I am personally thrilled that Kate wanted to come back to Topshop to work with us again. The first time around was such a lot of fun and she has been sorely missed,” said Sir Phillip Green, owner of the high street brand via press release. “The Topshop business has developed extensively around the globe since we launched with Kate in 2007, and it’s our intention to launch and sell this collection in all 40 countries world-wide where Topshop has a presence, in addition to creating pop-ups in department stores around the globe.”
We are equally thrilled about this news, as Kate’s personal style has gained major global fandom. Since she’s the essence of effortless style we anticipate that the clothing, footwear and accessories collection will include her signature knee high boots, festival-chic airy dresses and vintage inspired minimal accessories. The first collaboration debuted with the celebrated Brit posing in the display windows of the Oxford Street store in London, we can only imagine how this new collaboration will be launched come April 2014.
After putting on his latest Louis Vuitton spectacle earlier today during Paris Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs announced it would be his last as the label’s creative director. Ending a 16-year stint during which he launched the French megabrand’s ready-to-wear offering and brought artist collabs to the forefront of leather goods, Jacobs will now focus on readying his namesake label for a public offering. Marc Jacobs, which is also owned by Vuitton parent company LVMH, is expected to go public within three years. No successor has been named as of yet, but former Balenciaga creative director Nicholas Ghesquière is rumoured to take on the role (OMGYOUGUYS!!)
All this is major fashion news, both rad and sad. If you’ve joined the fashion world at any point in the last 16 years, you’d be accustomed to the label’s quirky ready-to-wear aesthetic, theatrical fashion shows and global brand domination. It wasn’t always like that, and much of it is credit to Jacobs. With a single tear in my eye, Cry Baby style, I bid adieu to Jacobs’ Vuitton reign with 10 of his shining moments as the label’s creative director.
Just because we’re still salivating over the Isabel Marant for H&M womenswear collection doesn’t mean we can’t pause for a second (maybe just one) to talk about her equally amazing collections for men and kids.
Her first collection for men! With prices ranging from $30 to $350, men can look forward to chic tailored coats, heavily printed sweaters and biker styled leather pants that will definitely add European meets Americana flair to the wardrobe. Don’t mind us if we decide to make our way over to the men’s section to grab a few oversized sweaters for ourselves.
With kids in the front row becoming a fashion week trend in and of itself, it comes as no surprise to see that the kid’s collection would be just as lust worthy. Continuing the same spirited aesthetics for half the price, the younger and playful edit of the adult collection makes us quite nostalgic for those younger days.
We should start looking at frequent H&M’s designer collaboration leaks as kismet. Fashion freaks just can’t wait to get their dirty little hands on the latest greatest and cheapest thing, and we can we blame them? Nope, cause they are us. Last night, the lookbook for Isabel Marant’s upcoming collection for the Swedish retailer was prematurely revealed to the delight of everyone. Modeled by It girls like Milla Jovovitch, Lou Doillon, Alek Wek and Constance Jablonski, the Isabel Marant for H&M collection looks very much in line with Marant’s signature coveted style, meaning that her Navajo meets model off duty meets rock chick items can be yours for as low as $25. Haller! On the pricier end, an ethnic beaded cardigan tops out at $400, but with most of the 53 pieces pieces ranging between $50 and $200, we’d venture that there’s plenty for those with modest budgets. As for the highlights, we’ve got our eyes on the oxblood cropped leather and zipper embellished pants ($150), the oversized grey wool boyfriend coat ($200) and the slouched vintage-y leather fringe boots ($300). Marant’s first collection for men also debuts with this collection, translating similarly with fuzzy knit sweaters, Navajo prints and dusted workman boots.
The Isabel Marant for H&M collection launches worldwide on November 14, 2013. You may as well get in line now.
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Why Snapchat is not just for teens: From Nars to Rebecca Minkoff, brands are embracing the blink-and-you-miss-it app
When it comes to sharing news or a sneak peek at a new collection, brands are starting to feel a little “been there, done that” with the major social media channels. Thankfully, with apps there’s always something new waiting in the wings. So move over, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram: Snapchat is quickly becoming the publicity tool of choice for fashion and beauty brands.
This morning, Nars shared its upcoming Guy Bourdin holiday makeup collection via the blink-and-you-miss-it app. The 10-second preview was sent out to those who had added the Narsisisst account to their friends list and it’s a move that successfully combined every-gal access with insider exclusivity.
However, they’re not the first brand to use Snapchat: Earlier this month, Rebecca Minkoff embraced the app during New York Fashion Week. The unheard of marketing move was announced via Twitter and allowed users to receive Snapchats of looks from the Spring 2014 collection before they hit the runway. Read more »
After a week of speculating what the highly anticipated collaboration between Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow could bring, WWD is putting our minds to rest with a sneak peek at the collection and an intimate interview between the BFFs.
The power duo—who met through celebrity personal trainer Tracy Anderson and spend their time hosting English garden parties in the Hamptons (nbd) and taking poolside Instagrams—we’re quick to point out that despite the collab seeming like a no-brainer, they wanted to make sure it was done right.
Considering how diverse Goop’s offerings are, fans speculated that the Stella McCartney x Goop line could be anything from athletic wear, to a vegan cookbook to a swimwear line. But thanks to WWD, it has been confirmed that the capsule collection will consist of classic clothing pieces that are in tune with Gwyneth Paltrow’s style. As an actress known for her timeless style on the red carpet, we can definitely expect beautiful minimalist pieces featuring clean feminine lines. Read more »