Barneys New York Better Than Ever

There’s always something special about Spring campaigns; they possess traits which help pave the upcoming season to be nothing short being fun and flirty. So it was of course no surprise when a popular fashion retailer tapped the industry’s favourite photographer and a handful of the most iconic (and beautiful) supermodels to add a touch ageless beauty to their upcoming spring campaign.

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Barney’s New York set up studio in Miami with photographer Bruce Weber to create their spring 2015 campaign titled “Better Than Ever”. The title is most suitable as it features models who have been strutting down the catwalks since the 70’s.

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The 10 former models (which judging by the images can give a few of the models today a good run – or should we say walk for their money) included Brooke Shields, Elaine Irwin, Kirsten Owen, Stephanie Seymour Brant, Veronica Webb, Christie Brinkley, Kiara Kabuluru, Pat Cleveland, Susanne Bartsch and Bethann Hardison ( who recently received an award from the CFDA for her work with the diversity coalition).

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Weber was there to capture the ladies whilst the models showed off their fiercest poses (let’s take note, these ladies still have tons of game), also aiding as props were a clad of hunky young men.

The display was ever so refreshing as it featured women and men of all ages, races and sizes – the sight of youngsters worshipping Brinkley by the pool does make one giggle.

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It’s quite clear that Barney’s campaigns are of a unique nature and does more than just capture the attention of consumers. For their last spring campaign titled “Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters”, which was also photographed by Weber, was a creative collection of portraits featuring transgender men and women posing among family and friends.

For more information about the campaign visit Barney’s blog, The Window.

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LISTEN UP: Tame Impala Has A New Song

Drawing us in with soft electronic guitar strums alongside lead singer Kevin Parker‘s vocals, is a delicious composition from the latest offering by Tame Impala. The new single titled ‘Let it happen’ , is 7:50 minutes of pure bliss! Channelling The Beatles circa Magical Mystery tour combined with bubbling piano keys and Daft-Punkesque vocals,  it’s the fix that we’ve all been waiting for!

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Andrew Gn: 70’s Luxe

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Andrew Gn’s 2015 pre-fall collection added a dash of luxurious charm for a seventies inspired romantic affair with silk, sequins and motif.

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The collection something so special and unique, something that I still can’t put my finger on. Perhaps the fact that Gn drew inspiration from rich tapestries and had fabric specially manufactured for him, to help create a line dripping in authenticity and one of a kind artisanal styles.

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To help create the colourful woven motif used for the dresses, skirts and jackets, the designer worked with Italy’s Clerici Tessuto. To complete the looks, added decadence was given to the garments with graphic embroideries and hand-fringed trims.

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Spotted printed on the silk crêpe and satin by use of traditional techniques were Persian vein and Iznik ceramics that’s rooted in the tile-motif brocade and carnation flowers.

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The evening gowns were a grandeur display of medieval essence in the bustier ball gowns, some of which Gn dabbled with an Ikat-style motif in coloured sequins.

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Andrew Gn brought out a more youthful atmosphere to the bellowing hippie nostalgia with peasant blouses, shorts, cropped pants, cocooning coats and a flared pantsuits. Modesty and conservative looks were also given the luxurious revamp by soft intricate lace detailing.

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TOPSHOP Gives Hailey Baldwin A Spring To Her Step

British retailer, Topshop recently revealed their denim spring collection; which stars celebrity offspring Hailey Baldwin.

The campaign which was shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch sees Baldwin styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan in the collections latest offering, think flared jeans (hello 70’s!) to super skinnies (which look really comfortable and stretchy), as well as relaxed boyfriend style jeans. Topped in crop tops, basic t’s and over sized box tops, it’s a simple campaign which also highlights that this is just the beginning for Baldwin’s toned features.

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The creative director also added; “The TOPSHOP denim collection is perfect on Hailey. She has an energy and vitality that shows the collection of jeans and the different moods and personalities; the sexy Leigh, the tomboy Mom and the fashion girls favourite Baxter. Hailey is all these girls; she is street smart, stylish and most importantly individual. Which one are you?”

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Being the first big-name campaign, Baldwin has also come off the runways for Topshop, Sonia Rykiel and Moschino menswear, as well as being featured in Love, i.D and Vogue. This is definitely not the last we see from the 18 year old.

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Halston & Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit A Flair Of The 70’s

On February 6th, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology opened its door s to an exhibition dedicated to the 70’s by works inspired by the innovators and icons of fashion.

From films to books; being adored and loved acquainted by the evil eye, tabloid spreads fuelled by the press. This is marks the first time showcasing the works Halston and Yves Saint Laurent.

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The exhibition titled “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70’s”, should come as no surprise with the era’s free & fruitful nature and style overruling the runways since the spring summer 2014/2015 fashion week season.

It was deputy director of the Museum at FIT; Patricia Mears and the assistant curator Emma McClendon who pointed out the significance and timeline difference between the two. With each of the designers’ timeline highlighting both Halston’s and Yves Saint Laurent’s achievements and accomplishments and fall from grace from the late 1950’s through till 1984.

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On the walls hang rare photographs of Halston in his first showroom, to the opposite end which sees Saint Laurent strolling the streets of Paris shot by Jean-Luce Hure. What makes both designers admirable, is their drive and ambition in their work ethic; being regarded as men often possessed.

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Halston’s’ determination and preferred taste for rendering a sense of exclusiveness lay in the fact of him only wanting his clothes to be adorned by women of status, the socialites and Middle America. With every such dramatic action, came an equal and ‘disastrous’ reaction in the form Halston losing his unique and exclusive charm on the rails at Bergdorf Goodman with the Halston Limited line to the designer’s name appearing on J.C Penny dresses. With 1984 marking what can be considered the end of the designer’s career; through legal contracts negotiated by Norton Simon, the designer was barred from contact with design and product, including that no product should bear his name.  Some have said that the designer himself spread himself too thin and too much of a perfectionist, not delegating tasks and struggling to keep up with demands.

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With 1984 marking the fall of one designer, it also marked an unexpected phenomenon for Saint Laurent. The metropolitan museum of art had presented the designer with his own retrospective, which was curated by Diana Vreeland; this was the first of its kind, as no other designer at the time could claim such an honour.

What people should take note of, according to Mears; is seeing that Halston’s’ clothing revealed what a great technical dressmaker he was, crafting garments of quality that held a visual simplicity. These items were able to look beautiful on any body type.  They were easy to wear items, enabling women to dress themselves.

With Saint Laurent’s work mimicking the easy to wear look and style, it was rather misleading. However the similarity of these designers came in the form of silhouettes that were used, also lead to the idea and concept behind the materials that were used. “Just the idea that they were using the same sort of materials and sort of concept… we think they were trying to find the vocabulary, which eventually comes out in their hallmark styles. But in the early years of the seventies – the late sixties and early seventies – they’re still looking for it, so a lot of the time you really have trouble distinguishing who did what.”

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Something more evident in Saint Laurent and his ready-to-wear as pointed out by McClendon; “He was looking at Rive Gauche as the laboratory where he could experiment with potential controversial or un-couture influences like exoticism and menswear and historical revival. Then it would go up to his couture.

At the time of course, an idea that played well in the ready-to-wear field was bound for success in the couture lines. This came about with the concept of menswear revival, with separates being important for Rive Gauche, the approach was rooted from a males’ way of dressing – it was in essence that one would be able to combine different suit tops and bottoms. By coordinating these pieces accurately one would be able to build a wardrobe around Yves Saint Laurent, creating new style and adding to some uniformity in the design.

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With similarities there are the evident differences, with Halston trusting in creating pieces that featured a timeless element, whereas with Saint Laurent some pieces could take to a more dated look.

From the exhibit you can expect the portrayal of Russian fantasies and Elizabethan ideals from Saint Laurent – striking but did stand the test of time. With also introducing a minimalistic aspect in the form of sweaters sets and skirts, as well as minimal day looks.

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The Chinoiserie garments are the perfect example of minimalism styles from Saint Laurent, which the 1977 collection featured two dark evening ensembles in printed silk. From Rive Gauche however stands a fuchsia skirt and coat – these can be said to be early experimental ideas in ready-to-wear before they were taken to couture.

There is much to learn and explore within the exhibition, consuming soft, delicate silks from Saint Laurent and flowy chiffons from Halston – it’s a cleaner and what can be said to be more sophisticated approach to the 70’s. Fashion went from girdle classes for women in the sixties to a ‘freedom of the body’ in the seventies.


Mina Kwon Makes Our Favourite Sponge Wearable


Calling all SpongeBob fans!

Get ready to add a piece of our favourite characters from bikini bottom to your closet, with thanks to Forever 21 and Nickelodeon. The limited edition collection womens, mens and girls apparel and accessories have been released as a result of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. The prints were designed by Korea-based artist Mina Kwon, who has gained a large international following due to her unique style. The collection features characters such as Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs and Squilliam Fancyson.

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Peter Dundas’ Last Kaleidoscope For Emilio Pucci?

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It looks like a new kaleidoscope of colour is headed to Emilio Pucci for a long term playdate. According to sources and the rumour mill, Italian designer Marco Zanini, who departed from Schiaparelli last November, is expected relieve Peter Dundas of his duties after he delivers what is rumoured to be will be his last collection for Pucci in Milan on feb 28th.

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Emilio Pucci Pre – Fall 2015

With speculation being that Dundas will be returning to Roberto Cavalli, no announcement from Pucci has been made.

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Emilio Pucci Pre – Fall 2015

Zanini has quite the résumé; from being tapped as creative director of Schiaparelli in 2013, to previously designing RTW at Rochas, as well as work experience at Versace, Halston and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

It should come as no surprise that Zanini is a contender for Pucci; with his work etiquette involving a playful use of colour and patterns he would fit right in. Another advantage is that Zanini holds no signature line of his own, which will see him entirely dedicated to the brand. However, when asked about contact or moving to the brand Zanini denied the allegations.

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Schiaparelli Fall Couture 2014

Another rumoured contender is MSGM creative director Massimo Giorgetti.


Passion Pit Caught In Heartstrings


Before we could say jack Robinson,  less than 24 hours after the first release of their new single Lifted Up (1985), Passion Pit released a new music video.
With the dance vibe turned down, Michael Angelakos’ voice is full steam ahead with a catchier more laid back synth hit-to-be track titled ‘where the sky hangs’.

Judging by how quick the singles are being released, the album is bound to satisfy fans and critics.

Passion Pit: The Kindred Spirit

After all the teasing we’ve had to endure over the last month, Passion Pit finally decided (yesterday) to release the first single of the new album; titled “Kindred”.

The single also comes a week after Madeon  released his latest single featuring Passion Pit titled “Pay No Mind”.

Kindred is the first LP since the bands synth-pop infused 2012 LP Gossamer. The 10 track album is available on April 21st, with pre-orders going live today.

With Michael Angelakos voice blaring through the dance track, with a lyrical vibe heading “1985 was a good year/The sky broke apart then you appeared/Lifted off the ground / I took your hands and pulled down.”

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“Lifted Up (1985)”  tickles our earbuds two months after Angelakos had posted a decent batch of new music to his personal SoundCloud – sadly none made the cut, except for a track titled “Five Foot Ten”.

Jessie Ware’s Colourful Display For Champagne Kisses

As stated in a previous post, “Champagne Kisses” was and is my favourite single from Jessie Ware’s latest LP offering; “Tough Love“. So of course I was beyond excited for the release of the official music video.


The video directed by Christopher Sweeney; gives a colourful, artistic and visual representation of… ummm… Champagne Kisses? I won’t lie, this was not what I had in mind when I pictured the music video.

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With the singer trapped in waiting in a tv set, featuring vast images such as pills, a golden telephone and Rubiks cubes; as well as Ware posing with her conjoined twin and sprawled on the floor under a mallet – oh yes, from the torso she is also made from wood?