- The best moments from the 2013 ARIA Awards
- Talking fashion, family and business with Camilla and Marc
- The very best beauty looks of 2013
- How to break your bad habits once and for all
- See all the nominees for the 2014 AACTA Awards
- What Lara Bingle, Jennifer Hawkins and more want for Christmas
- The woman in charge of Kate Moss' tan spills all
- How (and why) you should exercise outdoors this Summer
Picture life as one of Australia's most highly-regarded fashion designers: a fast-paced, colourful whirlwind of airports, meetings, studio time and fashion weeks. That's the reality for Camilla Freeman-Topper, the creative force behind Sydney-based fashion brand Camilla and Marc.
Few Australian designers have garnered quite the following — and maintained it for ten years — as brother and sister pair Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman. Since the brand's 2003 launch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the design duo haven't looked back, explaining their evolution from small local label to international design juggernaut as "a carefully considered process."
The pair are participating in the Shop Small campaign, encouraging Australians to shop locally. But, don't be fooled, Camilla and Marc isn't just a hit at home, the brand is a common sight on the red carpet. "Drew Barrymore always looks beautiful in our pieces," Camilla said of her favourite celebrity to dress. A hard one to pick, considering the likes of Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne are all proven fans of the brand. But when it comes to her personal style, Camilla's most cherished pieces are the ones that strike a personal chord. "I have a lot of my late mother's pieces that I really adore and love."
Three months out from fashion week, we chatted with Camilla about what it takes to pull-off a show, the advice she'd give to a younger Camilla and mixing family, fashion and business. Keep reading.
Pack away your emerald accessories, ladies. That jewel tone is so 2013. The It colour for 2014? According to the hue professionals over at Pantone, it's a lovely shade of purple known as Radiant Orchid. But if your wardrobe isn't filled with lilacs and lavenders, fear not. Pantone also just released its official Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2014, complete with Dazzling Blues and Celosia Oranges. And if you're still unsure how to factor, say, a coral called Cayenne into your next outfit, New York's best designers have offered up sketches, their inspirations, and — not to complicate things — their own signature colour.
In early October, the house denied rumours that Ghesquière would take up the reins at the house, saying that no official decision had been made. Today, however, the official word is that the 42-year-old designer will bring "a modern creative vision to the house's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire, and extreme quality."
WWD reports that Sander is making yet another departure from the house, which she founded in 1968, for "personal reasons." Her Spring 2014 collection, seen above, was her last offering for the house. Fall 2014 will be handled by an in-house design team.
"On behalf of the group, I want to thank Jil Sander for her remarkable contribution to the brand over this period," said the brand's CEO Alessandro Cremonesi in a statement. "Her outstanding design and creative leadership have been crucial in reinforcing the brand and positioning it to foster further prosperous growth."
Luckily, the third time doesn't feel like the first time. After selling 75 percent of the brand to the Prada group in 1999, Sander clashed with the group's CEO Patrizio Bertelli and left just a year later. She returned to the brand again in 2003 but lasted about a year before she called it quits again.
For a few years, Sander focused on special projects, like her +J collaboration with Uniqlo. She returned to the house in 2012, replacing outgoing creative director Raf Simons, who was named creative director of Dior shortly thereafter.
The company told both Style.com and The Financial Times, "No official decision has been made." Ghesquière, however, is still thought to be a front-runner for the position. Ghesquière was the artistic director of Balenciaga, a Kering brand, for 15 years before he resigned last November. He was eventually replaced by Alexander Wang. Since Ghesquière left the brand, the fashion community has waited to see what his next move might be.
Karl Lagerfeld said it would be a good idea for him to start his own brand, and Grace Coddington just didn't want him to leave fashion permanently. "Hopefully Nicolas won't just give up and walk away," she said. "He's too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate."
Unlike the Hollywood Walk of Fame or even the forecourt at Grauman's Chinese Theater, stars like Sharon Stone (above) and Elizabeth Taylor actually had to take their shoes off to add a square to Cole's walk. It was physically located at his store on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip, but now it's included in his new book.
Elsewhere in the book, readers will find contributions from Diane von Furstenberg, Joe Zee, and even Bill Clinton, along with the story of how Cole built his company from a shoe brand into one of the most tweeted about companies in fashion. "This is a Kenneth Cole Production is not a how-to book, not a scrapbook, not a memoir, but a look back on a brand's journey and the impact it has made on people in ways I could never have dreamed possible," Cole said.
Here, a look at more images from Cole's first coffee table book.
The fashion historian Valerie Steele once told us that she wears "a kind of uniform, like many people in fashion." But in particular, designers' daily outfits tend to go beyond simple guidelines for dressing and become artistic statements that are almost as important as the clothes they send down the runway.
Case in point: most photos of Prabal Gurung feature him wearing a t-shirt and slim-fitting jeans that make him look like nothing so much as a certain rebel without a cause. Carolina Herrera has done more for the crisp white shirt than any woman of our time, and Karl Lagerfeld almost single-handedly preserves the relevance of a six-inch collar.
A look at some of our favourite designers sporting some of their favourite pieces of clothing, here in the gallery.