The Biz: Marc’s Cool Cast & Net-A-Sporter

#CASTMEMARC : Is Instagram the new casting source dujour? For the revamped MBMJ casting director Anita Bitton (Establishment Casting) searched for faces via the social media platform, asking hopefuls to upload images to their profiles using the hashtag #castmeMarc. The end result is an effortlessly cool David Sims shoot featuring a lineup of international cool kids. With their pink hair, piercings and youthful good looks the cast looks like ideal Marc by Marc consumers – they pull off Luella Bartley & Katie Hillier‘s collection perfectly.


David Sims for Marc Jacobs

Take a trip through the wealth of Resort accessories – Women’s Wear Daily has a comprehensive overview of the season’s goodies.

A rose is still a rose – or is it? Should fragrances qualify for intellectual property protection – Business of Fashion presents a compelling arguement.

DEATH BECOMES HER: The Costume Institute never fails to select an inspired theme for its annual exhibitions and the latest is sure to raise a few eyebrows. For fall the institute will explore the Victorian tradition of mourning attire and its evolution, charting the oft elaborate standards of bereavement wear and the corresponding cultural influences. The ‘Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” exhibit will be the Costume Institute’s first fall show in seven years and will run from October 21, 2014–February 1, 2015


Mourning Ensemble, 1870-1872, Black silk crape, black mousseline Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

The words Julian Assange and runway model aren’t often seen together, but the Wikileaks founder is set to make his catwalk debut this fall at designer Ben Westwood’s show.

Suzy Menkes guides you through Van Cleef and Arpels’ garden of earthly delights and the brand’s exquisite The Peau d’Ane collection.

BRIDAL PARTY : Meanwhile at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum the full gamut of wedding dresses and their history are explored in a sumptuous new exhibit – Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. Charting the development of the wedding dress as a standard and exploring designer takes on the classic the exhibit aims to provide an overview of one of fashion’s the most iconic pieces. The dresses by Galliano, Lacroix and of course Vera Wang are must see. Added bonus – famous brides like Gwen Stefani & Dita Von Teese have loaned their dresses to the museum for this special exhibit. (Running from now until March 2015)


Silk satin wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum

Guy Trebay explores the Paris menswear collections and their ideal man – whose name might surprise you.

Still in search of a menswear fix? Tim Blanks details his personal favorite pieces from the mens collections over at

GOOD SPORT : Who says you have to ditch the designer duds when you hit the gym? Net-A-Porter delves into the lucrative activewear market with the launch of their latest spin off site – Net-A-Sporter which launches in July. The site will stock favorites like Adidas by Stella McCartney and Nike alongside a host of fresh brands that merge luxury with athleticism. With everything from tennis gear, to yoga mats and swimwear expected to be in the mix the project is sure to raise the bar for gym dressing.


The Net-A-Porter Sport ad Campaign starring Nadia Araujo

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