In the wonderful world of fashion, everyone -- and everything -- is connected. We're taking a look at who and what made waves in the past seven days, and weaving a common thread between them. From a shoe-designing Russian model/philanthropist to a male-modeling female Olympian, this is your one-stop style-story shop.
1. Natalia Vodianova. This Russian model and mother of three has designed a line of faux-suede pumps that not only lengthen the leg but also bolster the coffers of her charity, Naked Heart Foundation. Natalia Vodianova launched her second collaborative capsule collection with Centro, the Russian equivalent of H&M, with all proceeds going to her child-focused organization (this past year they built 100 playgrounds across Russia). The shoes will be sold at Centro locations for US $35 but also on Net-a-Porter for about US $105 (the prices were jacked up so not to scare away the discerning online shoppers who usually frequents the high-end shopping giant).
Do you know where else discerning online shoppers can now go in Canada?
2. Zara.ca. Yep, it's finally here. Canadians can now buy jacquard day-coats and cow-print trousers with the single click of a button (and a credit card number) -- Zara's Canadian online shopping site launched this week and fashion-forward, fast-fashion lovers from coast to coast clambered to get their own piece of the palazzo-pant pie.
Do you know who won't be shopping at Zara anymore (not that they ever did)?
3. What Not To Wear. TLC announced this week that 'What Not to Wear' will be dumped into proverbial trashcan this July. After ten years of Stacy London's skunk streak and stilettos and Clinton Kelly's pressed pink shirts and quick wit, it's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a fashion TV favourite this summer. No more hidden cameras, no more wardrobe shaming, and no more major makeovers...so now what are we going to watch?
Do you know which other fashion guru is moving on?
4. Kate Phelan. In a surprise move, Condé Nast announced that Kate Phelan, former British Vogue fashion director (and current creative director of Topshop) would be returning into the publishing fold. After only 20 months at Topshop, she'll have a significant role at British Vogue while retaining her position at Topshop, overseeing everything that she already manages there at the moment. It caused quite the stir in the fashion-journalism world when she made the leap from editorial to retail in the first place, so it'll be interesting to see how this move pans out.
Do you know which other female role model is causing quite a stir?
5. Casey Legler. Olympic swimmer Casey Legler is the first woman ever to be signed to Ford Models exclusively for male modelling. Standing 6' 2" with cropped hair and deep-set eyes, Casey is one striking human being. But it's her life's path that's truly fascinating, from competing on the world stage for France to living in the swamps of Louisiana. After her swimming career, Casey studied architecture and set design in NYC, which led to her introduction into the city's art scene, and consequently, modelling, which she sees as an extension of her art... and it seems the fashion world agrees.