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Zara Mania Hits Sydney

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 12:03 PM

'Zara mania' has swept our fair city of Sydney. Since the Spanish retail giant opened its doors for Tuesday's official opening, its debut on Australian turf, the scene outside the three-level store in Westfield Sydney has been pandemonium. Opening night saw hundreds of VIPs queuing (an oxymoron in itself) for...

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Abracadabra

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 3:22 PM

Anyone on Brighton Beach watching Mario Testino snapping away at Tali Lennox (rock legend Annie's daughter) and Tara Ferry (son to Roxy music's Bryan) for Burberry's 2011 spring/summer advertising campaign launched this month, could be forgiven for thinking that it was another display of rock star offspring being...

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Who Is Mr. Porter?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 1:08 PM

Amid all this talk of gender-bending (brought on by Andrej Pejic's bridal walk for Jean-Paul Gaultier) style I have to admit that today, I'd like to be a man. Why? Let me see, the navy double breasted pants suit at Dries Van Noten, driving gloves at Hermès and...

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Diane von Furstenberg: Activist and Icon

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 9:44 PM

At 64 Diane Von Furstenberg is still a fearless leader of women.

Last week, among handing down new guidelines to ensure that models are well treated during Fashion Week (saying no to models under 16 and providing a backstage environment that is smoke and alcohol-free) the president of the Council...

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The Faces of Now

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 12:02 PM

In an editorial that has already been billed by the blogs as Virgin Suicides inspired (we will never tell), the girls of Elite modeling agency are staring out of our latest issue with wide eyes and insane beauty. Just like sisters, they're hanging out in a 'model' apartment;...

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Vogue Paris: Let the People Weigh in

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 11:02 AM

It was December and I was in an elevator leaving a particularly festive party when it happened. The BBM came in from our New York-based RUSSH editor, saying simply, "Carine left Vogue Paris!" For a moment, I thought she'd been drinking too. Could it be true? The departure...

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All the King's Women

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 12:30 PM

Karl Lagerfeld has built an empire of women. Arriving at the recent Chanel show , the almost all-female crowd got me thinking about how the man they called the Kaiser has captured the hearts of the fairer sex. Indeed, Lagerfeld and the Parisian fashion house have made a...

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Australia's Most Cerebral Designer -- Dion Lee

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 1:01 PM

Last Friday morning, I dropped in to visit Australia's most cerebral designer in his Surry Hills studio. A dilapidated staircase leads to Dion Lee's workspace; a fitting birthplace for pieces that are about "an idea of construction but taking things apart." I find Lee, impeccable in track-pants, and...

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Trends Spring/Summer 2011 -- Phoebe Philo Says It's a Season of Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 11:43 AM

It occurred to me while penning the trend report for our latest issue that there really is nothing more liberating than a new season. After the September shows have swept through the four fashion capitals -- and the front row has returned to their roots -- what exactly...

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