Possibly the biggest announcement to come from a fashion house this year was that John Galliano, former disgraced Christian Dior designer, would be taking on the role of creative director at Maison Martin Margiela. It was surprising news for everyone. For a while there, people thought Galliano would be joining Oscar de la Renta plus the house of Margiela has been notoriously secretive about the identity of its designers. Hiring such a high-profile name seemed out of character.
Naturally, Galliano’s new appointment begs the question: What does Martin Margiela think? Today, we have our answer. Turns out Margiela has given his blessing on his namesake label’s newest staff member. According to WWD, “The Belgian designer has let it be known that he approves of the appointment of John Galliano as creative director of the house he founded, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.”
There is little Kim Kardashian can do these days that can surprise us. We’ve seen her naughty bits dozens of times — in fact, it’s that curvaceous body that got her famous in the first place. So her latest magazine cover, though it is very provocative, isn’t at all shocking.
Paper tapped photographer Jean-Paul Goude to recreate his “Champagne Incident” photo, which was originally a photo of a nude woman emptying a bottle of champagne into a glass balanced on her ample booty. Of course, Kim was a great candidate to remake this photo since, well, she’s known for having a big butt.
Paper‘s theme for its winter issue is “Break the Internet,” and a simple picture of a clothed Kim certainly isn’t going to do that. So, the magazine took it to the next level, releasing an alternate cover that shows the reality star undressing with that famous butt naked, oiled up and on full display.
Glamour‘s Woman of the Year Awards went down last night and the stars came out in the best looks they could muster. As with any red carpet, there were hits and misses and the Internet was only too happy to weigh in.
Feminist web destination Jezebel does a “Good, Bad and Ugly” roundup for its red carpet coverage, showcasing all the looks and offering opinions on everyone’s outfits. It’s a pretty standard post formula, and the comments are usually funny, sometimes innocuous, sometimes shady, but always to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, it’s just clothes. But for Karen Elson, it’s a lot more than that. It’s a feminist issue.
Jezebel writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd was clearly not feeling Elson’s getup last night, and wrote a critical review of her look: “Karen Elson’s McQueen gown is beautiful, but the drape is not working, and giving her a frumpiness that is impossible and shocking. Karen Elson and frumpy should not be in the same sentence, but here we are.”
It’s not a glowing review, but it’s also not terrible. After all, they said the dress was beautiful – it just wasn’t their favorite look for Karen. This seemingly harmless critique set the model off, and she promptly took to Instagram to respond to Jezebel’s assessment of her look.
Yorkdale Mall welcomed a new expanded wing for international brands such as Ted Baker London, AllSaints, John Varvatos, Tory Burch, Microsoft and others.
It’s official: International retailers have set their sights on Canada as a new place to grow their businesses.
In the last five years, U.S. big box retailers like Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Target—brands for which Canadians would normally plan cross-border vacation shopping trips—have opened, some to huge success and others to sluggish sales. Urban shopping centres are making the largest investment, with fashion brands choosing to open in mega-malls in Calgary and Toronto.
Calgary’s Chinook Centre leads the way: it welcomed the first Nordstrom department store in Canada this past September with shoppers lining up for hours to see the 140,000-square-foot two-level store. Yorkdale plans to open a Nordstrom location as well, along with several other stores thanks to yet another new expansion.
“When we opened 50 years ago, Yorkdale was the biggest shopping centre in the world. We’ve continued to grow to accommodate the demands of our shoppers,” says Claire Santamaria, general manager at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. (more…)
America’s pop princess and catchy-tune writer Taylor Swift debuted brunette hair and a totally new look for the cover of Wonderland magazine’s November/December issue. Talk about #EyebrowsOnFleek! The “Shake It Off” singer, whose beauty look usually consists of red lipstick and her trademark blond hair, opted for something different for the shoot.
Taylor looks like a model version of herself with chic, slicked-back hair, bronzed cheekbones and full Cara Delevingne-like brows. Her signature red lips were replaced with a neutral gloss and her freckles are on display. She also ditched her usual crop tops in favor of a chunky knit sweater from Boss. The new issue of Wonderland hits stands on Thursday, November 13. Are you loving her look as much as we are?
Since the announcement that River Island was teaming up with super blogger Sandra Hagelstam of 5 Inch and Up, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of the collaboration. She’s got a great sense of style, so we knew that we’d be in for a treat with her own designs. We loved the sneak peek sketches they teased on social media, but nothing beats that first look at the real thing.
The six-piece capsule collection features ankle boots, mules, court shoes and a stunning pair of thigh high boots. Most pieces range from £80 to £120, but the boots will set you back a hefty £185.
If you need any inspiration on how to incorporate the shoes into your new winter wardrobe, rest assured that Sandra will be styling them up on her own blog. River Island is marketing the lovely court shoe as Sandra’s favourite, and we’ve already been treated to a whimsical winter image of the blogger wearing the nude version with a pastel pink coat. (more…)