THE IT: J+O tops up its Topshop connection

Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling

Jonathan + Olivia expanded its specially-selected Topshop line last week, adding another layer of accessible high street chic to the Ossington Avenue store-within-a-store by launching the label’s final Kate Moss collection, along with additional items from Topman menswear and the new Topshop Make-Up range.

Check out some scenes from the media preview below, including the panther dress made famous by Ms. Kate herself!

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THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The many faces of Kate. Story by Anne Pringle.

Moss + Green 2.0?
Kate Moss is reportedly teaming up with Chloe Green, daughter to Philip Green, British billionaire and owner of some of the UK’s largest retailers, including Topshop. The 19-year-old heiress claimed that she and Moss “talked about doing something together in the spring, collaborating on a collection.” Chloe said Moss has offered her good advice on the retail and design business, and thinks a collab would work because “[Kate] is really really into vintage and I love clothes that are a bit modern, so I think it will be an interesting mix.” (Vogue UK)

Oscar de la Renta’s new hires
Oscar de la Renta is in the process of revamping its footwear department, something the brand hopes will become a $50-million entity in under five years. They’ve started with two exceptional new hires: Annelie Hofstrom as executive vice president and Alexia Aubert as director of footwear design. Both have impressive resumes: Hofstrom spent over a decade at Manolo Blahnik and Aubert has designed for Pierre Hardy and Christian Louboutin. Can’t wait to see what those two minds come up with as the new and improved de la Renta footwear! (WWD)

Burberry lawsuit
On Friday, Burberry filed a lawsuit against cell phone case maker Body Glove, alleging that they ripped off their pink tartan design (which is copyrighted!). The “copied” cell phone case design is so popular that it has sold out in many AT&T stores. In their defense, Body Glove didn’t try to market it as a “Burberry” phone case, but the check pattern does look a little too familiar. If found guilty, the phone company will have to halt productions of the cases and cover the design house’s legal bills. (She Finds via NY Mag)

Understocked Vuitton
File it under problems most fashion companies dream of: Louis Vuitton is reportedly having trouble keeping up with customer’s demands, which is leading to concerns about whether they will have sufficient stock for the holiday season. According to financial analysis, the brand simply wasn’t prepared for an estimated 20 percent growth in sales this year alone. Chanel encountered a similar dilemma, which may explain why the price of its signature bag has gone up 20 percent. Vuitton’s answer to the under-stocked problem? Closing the doors to their Paris stores an hour earlier than usual in attempt to sell fewer products. The fashion house hopes to resume normal operating hours next month.  (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

British Vogue’s current September issue featuring Kate Moss(left); and our personal favourite cover from their long history of being beautiful together. Story by Anne Pringle.

Vogue hearts Kate
The September issue of British Vogue is out this week, and superstitious supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover. This marks the 30th time she has appeared on the magazine’s cover (and the 6th time she has appeared on the all-important September cover in the past 10 years). The magazine’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, claims the two biggest trends this fall will be “the Fifties”—think fitted tops with fuller, womanly skirts—and “minimal cool”. Like Kate Moss in nothing but a gorgeous navy Burberry pea coat. (Vogue UK)
(Plus: Check out The Cut’s slideshow of their favourite Kate Moss covers.)

Fashion’s Night Out goes international
Speaking of Alexandra Shulman, she is pairing up with designer Giorgio Armani to host Fashion’s Night Out in London this September. The stylish duo will host a cocktail reception at the Emporio Armani store on London’s Bond street on September 8th. Fashion’s Night Out will take place in 16 countries this year, including Australia, Japan, Russia and China. (WWD)

Blue smoke
It’s not just fragrance companies that have been taking their inspiration from the colour blue: Estée Lauder has just released its new cosmetics collection, Blue Dahlia Pure Color makeup. Highly esteemed makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who is also the brand’s creative director for cosmetics, designed the collection. The five-colour Blue Dahlia eye palette is definitely a highlight, and is meant to “bring an edge to the classic smoky eye [with] a touch of bright blue,” said Pecheux. Shipping to Canada is now available at esteelauder.com. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Kate in her pre-Forbes days, by Peter Lindbergh. Story by Anne Pringle.

Cream of the crop
Forbes has just released its celebrity 100 list, their ranking of this year’s richest and most powerful celebs. Several models made the list, including Gisele at number 85, Heidi Klum at number 86, and Kate Moss at number 91. Lady Gaga blasted into position number 4, having not even made the list last year! Goes to show what a little eye-grabbing fashion can earn you these days. (Forbes)

Dreamy duds
Norma Kamali will be launching her first line of sleepwear, in collaboration with Wal-Mart, this October. Kamali is credited with having invented many popular designs over the years, including high-heeled sneakers and versatile poly-jersey dresses that don’t wrinkle and can be worn in several different styles. Kamali also created a collection entirely from silk parachutes, which is now on a part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York. Find her newest creations on walmart.com starting October 1. (WWD)

Track fashion
Sportswear label Nike is increasingly turning its focus onto fashion. Recently, the brand collaborated with six emerging designers to re-create and customize their N98 track jacket. The designers (including Tom Soar, Katie Eary, Felder Felder and Hannah Marshall) were each paired up with a British athlete as the muse for their design. For Katy Eary, working with all-muscular athletes evoked something serpentine in her, leading to her snake-print design of the jacket. (Vogue UK)

TOP 8: The ’90s supermodels

Who was more fun than the Trinity? Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington shot to fame in the ’90s, and, with the help of photographers like Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh and Arthur Elgort, quickly became the faces of fashion. Along with their million dollar paycheques, they earned a rep for glamorous debauchery—Linda and Christy were snapped frolicking on a swing in a New York nightclub; Naomi dated controversial stars like Robert DeNiro and Mike Tyson.

Eventually their superstardom eclipsed what they were selling (“We don’t vogue, we are Vogue,” Evangelista told a reporter), and a new era of models marched in. The Trinity, along with their peers—Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer—still mattered, but they were no longer the only game in town.

But lately the original supers have been making a comeback. The latest example? Christy Turlington stars (with Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova) in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 ad campaign. That inspired us to create the following photo gallery of our top supermodel pics. There is an amazing pool to choose from, so we’ve had to add some qualifiers. So here it is: These are our favourite 1) black and white photos of 2) ’90s supermodels, 3) in which they are posing together. (Phew.)

Ready?

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THE IT: What makes a perfect magazine cover?

According to The Guardian, this comes close.

In The Guardian, Imogen Fox analyzes the delicate art of choosing a face who will sell magazines to the masses—loyal readers are served between the covers, but the cover girl needs to appeal to everyone in the Loblaws line.

The winning (and totally depressing) formula? Tawny hair, white skin and a pink dress that isn’t too fashion-forward. In England, the dependable triumvirate is Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Cheryl Cole.

Who would be the North American equivalent?

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