Earlier this year, LVMH held its very first Young Fashion Designer Prize competition, which pitted several up-and-coming designers like Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver and Simone Rocha against each other for a chance to win 300,000 euros and a year-long mentorship from LVMH’s bigwig designers. Thomas Tait is the very first recipient of the prize, and since being announced as the winner in September, is taking his winnings very seriously. While his brand has a loyal cult following, the next step for him would be to bring his label to a level of stability it hasn’t yet experienced. Before winning the prize, Tait says his line was struggling financially and though this much-needed injection of income is a big help, it’s not a cure-all for the challenges the line faces.
“I haven’t earned this 300,000 euros through sale and profit.…It’s a different thing, it’s a one-off payment and it’s not going to come again next year. So really, the focus is to make sure that I can take this money and help my business to make even more money, which is an easy thing to say—but not an easy thing to do,” the designer told WWD. “I was struggling, I was really struggling before, so it’s not like we’re fine and everything is flush, and I can just develop a new project or make something a bit better than it was before. A huge chunk of this money is actually going toward things that need immediate help—and then the rest of the money is going to be focused on and making sure that I can accept all of the orders that I want to accept, without saying no to any of them. I’ll be able to work with better terms, I’ll be able to know that I can actually go to production right away.”
But even with all the hurdles left to clear, Tait still has his eyes on the end goal, which is strengthening his brand. “They’ve seen me through thick and thin over the last five years,” he said. “And ideally making sure that the company becomes profitable to the point that it can continue to expand and grow for the next five years—ideally in an independent manner.”
We got a surprise when supermodel Natalia Vodianova unexpectedly turned up on Vogue‘s November cover and now the magazine strikes again by giving us Amy Adams as its December cover star. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz (although we originally presumed Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot the cover due to the over-airbrushing), the American Hustle star posed for the ravishing cover image wearing a Valentino creation from the Fall 2014 Couture collection and we’re loving it!
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Forum members were quick to respond when the cover first surfaced on our forums over the weekend. “What a surprise!!! Ahh Amy. Not sure about her expression and what she’s wearing but I’m just so happy that it’s her!! AH!!” enthused MON, who got the thread off to a positive start.
“It’s about damn time. She looks incredible imo,” added TREVOFASHIONISTO.
A.D.C. was feeling it, too and commented, “Aww I love it!! Another redhead for December!! I always love how US Vogue’s December covers convey a sense of the Holiday season even if they’re not outright festive looking. This one reminds me a little of a Christmas ornament in a chic way.”
“Way, way, way overdue. Embarrassed for people who don’t realize that fact. Like her, or don’t like her, she’s been in some of the biggest/best movies of the past 4 years with The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle, Her. And given great performances in each of them,” credited HeatherAnne.
Also sharing the same sentiments was Miss Dalloway: “I find this to be a perfect US Vogue cover, it all works, she looks amazing, the dress is a bit daring, but still chic, and it manages to look festive without being tacky. Wonder if Annie or perhaps Mert & Marcus shot this…” she questioned.
Marc10 wasn’t admiring the amount of post-production the cover received and wrote, “By the look of the retouching on her face this is by Mert & Marcus.”
Are you as happy as we are to see Amy score her first-ever Vogue cover? Check out some previews inside the thread and tell us what you think here.
She’s here to stay, so we had better get used to it. Social media sensation Kendall Jenner has surfaced for a full-page spread inside Vogue‘s December 2014 issue. The newest addition to the Estée Lauder roster posed up a storm for Patrick Demarchelier, with Tabitha Simmons on styling duties in a classic and timeless set of portraits. Photographed in true Demarchelier style against a gray studio backdrop, Kendall worked the legendary Frenchman’s lens showcasing pieces from Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Balmain. This isn’t the 19-year-old’s first shoot for Vogue magazine, having previously been shot for a story inside the June/July 2014 issue of Vogue Paris, also by Demarchelier. Not to mention appearances inside W‘s March issue and on the cover of LOVE this season. Fashion’s love affair with Kendall is only just beginning!
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Members of our forums were quick to deliberate the newly released photos. “I know everyone is all up-in-arms about the feature with Kendall, but it’s just gone live on the magazine’s website, and I have to say, Patrick Demarchelier made her look infinitely better than Amy [Adams]. I wouldn’t have minded seeing her on the cover if I’m all too honest,” wrote ohmycolin.
“She looks gorgeous and that is something undeniable, BUT she hasn’t done something yet that makes her cover material. There are far more deserving stars than Kendall. Maybe someday but not anytime soon. Meryl only got her first cover in 2010/2011 (?) and she’s Meryl Streep already. Amy, after many fantastic films, only got hers now… so maybe Kendall can wait for a longer while. And she, at the moment, is nowhere near the market of Vogue,” replied an uncertain MON. (more…)
Are you planning to travel somewhere — anywhere? Well, you’ll need to pack. Look no further than the latest collection from Montreal-based brand WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
The collection is filled with posh, preppy, Olivia Pope-esque carryalls and day bags, perfect for a weekend getaway to warmer temps and fitting for those days when you’re at your “mobile office.”
After scouring the globe for the fashionable yet functional accessories of their dreams, designer twins Byron and Dexter Peart couldn’t find what they were looking for. They decided to quit making retail rounds and do it themselves. The result was WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, a brand they say is a “stylish, functional and affordable alternative, otherwise absent in a saturated accessories market.” And we agree. Enter the brand’s collection of travel bags, tablet cases, computer bags, briefcases, luggage sets, passport holders and supple leather driving gloves that simply ooze the sophistication of a life well-travelled.
See some of the Fall 2014 women’s collection here. And for the boys on your shopping list this holiday, click here. (more…)
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Isabelle Cornish’s adorable ways have been known to make even the most basic of clothes look good, and she’s gone and done it again for the Pretty Shady launch today at Sydney’s Centennial Park.
The Puberty Blues star stepped out in a white T-shirt dress for the organisation, with the quirky detailing, including a sheer panel and cutesy scissor motifs, taking a different spin on your usual shirt dress.
The dress’ alternative features were right up the 20-year-old’s alley, and she spruced it up with tan two-strap heels, fine-gold jewellery, polished, wavy locks and fresh makeup. Isabelle could’ve easily rocked the piece with a topknot and Connies as well for a more casual, street take. We love this starlet’s ability to bring a youthful energy to everything she wears.
Australian celebs weren’t interested in their home turf over the weekend, with a mix of our TV personalities, singers, actresses and dancers partying in Los Angeles for Glenn Nutley and Chris Garcia’s wedding on Saturday, November 15.
LA-based Glenn was born and bred in Australia and quickly became one of the country’s top hair and makeup artists, hence all the celeb mates/clients. Renee Bargh, Delta Goodrem, Cody and Alli Simpson, Dancing with the Stars’ Kym Johnson, former McLeod’s Daughters star Gillian Alexy and ex-Packed to the Rafters’ actress Zoe Ventoura were all among the Aussie celebs celebrating the nuptials. (more…)