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March 26th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Tim Walker brings boundless creativity to the pages of W Magazine, with a spirited couture story that transforms models into living dolls straight out of the toy chest. Edward Enninful provides a treasure trove of spring couture looks selecting the very best from Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel and Valentino then mixing them with pieces from National Theatre Costume and jewels from Buccellati and Harry Winston. The combination makes for an fairytale mix that seems fit for a Broadway production or fantastical film. The appealing cast of Nastya StenMalaika Firth, Natalie WestlingOla RudnickaEsmerelda Seay ReynoldsRiley MontanaLaura O’GradyJake Love and Sang Woo Kim add to the story’s beauty bringing their fresh faces and a bouyant youthful spirit to Walker’s images.

See the full ‘Babes in Toyland’ story on W Magazine.com

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The Biz : Horyn Retires & Schiaparelli Sizzles

January 31st, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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Cathy Horyn with Calvin Klein’s Tom Murry and Francisco Costa|Image Credit – By: Andrew H. Walker for Getty Images Entertainment

Legendary New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn retires after 15 years at the paper. Throughout her storied career the veteran reporter never shied away from voicing her views, even when they strayed from popular opinion. Who could forget Horyn’s memorable clash with designer Hedi Slimane, or her enthusiastic support for Raf Simons. Given her status as one of the industry’s most revered voices, it will be interesting to see who at the Times will fill her shoes. / WWD

Barneys‘ latest campaign features a diverse cast of transgender models who were not only shot by Bruce Weber, but also share their stories with Vanity Fair’s Patricia Bosworth for ads that tackle the issue of equality. / NYT

As the debate over the ethics of fast fashion comes to the forefront, H&M (arguably the world’s biggest fast fashion retailer) chimes in - head of sustainability, Helena Helmersson tells Reuters there is no direct conflict between sustainability and fashion. “We want to make sustainable fashion more democratic, we don’t aim for sustainability to be a luxury thing.” / Reuters

Take a look at how female fashionistas are reshaping the luxury market in China with their savvy knowledge of the best brands and billion dollar purchasing power. / Bloomberg 

Celebrity and fashion have never been more intertwined, but for emerging designers getting their wares on the back of a major star can provide an an unparalleled level of exposure. Business of Fashion investigates the connection between Hollywood and the next wave of haute designers.  / BOF

There were a whole lot of couture shows but the most talked about (and possibly best loved) of the bunch this season was Schiaparelli. Designer Marco Zanini’s elegant collection was the toast of the town and Suzy Menkes explains why. In an exciting twist, Christie’s auction of pieces from the queen of shocking’s personal collection  provides an appealing trip through fashion’s history. The revival of the house and renewed interest in the brand’s legacy led to record high auction bids / NYT & Art News

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Liisa Winkler and Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin on the runway for Schiaparelli | Image Credit -Pascal Le Segretain for Getty Images Entertainment

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