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Stylin' 901

Author: Alyx Gorman
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
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As regular readers may have noticed, celebrity clothing lines are a huge trend (Kate Moss just released her fifth collection for Top Shop, for example). Well, now young explorers can get in on the action too, with the Australian release of a new clothing label based on, and supposedly chosen by, one of the fiercest and most feared creatures in all the animal kingdom – Bindi Irwin. The tyke’s tackle, targeted at kids aged 0-12 includes liberal amounts of khaki and plenty of tough fabric, with the occasional pretty dress for Jane of the Jungle types. No word yet on whether a collection of stingray leather shoes will follow.

Sports brand Champion has undergone a dramatic makeover. The label has toned up and increased its flexibility with several new clothing ranges including yoga, dance and street as well as a brand new advertising campaign to go with the transformation. The new face of Champion is leggy Fox Sports blonde Lee Furlong. To see the new look for yourself, visit championusa.com.au.

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs’ undeniably interesting private life is becoming very, very public at the moment thanks to the incessant blogging of a 26 year old porn star named Eric Rhodes. Rhodes has been writing in detail about his ‘friendship’ with Marc Jacobs and his on-again-off-again fiancé Jason Preston (himself a former rent-boy). While there are no direct ménage-au-trios references, the media and public are rapidly drawing their own conclusions. Those with a high tolerance for spelling errors can read Rhodes’ blog on erikrhodes.blogspot.com. It’s worth it just for his comment on Posh Spice, translated as: “This bitch needed to get out of my face. No bitch I would never wanna come back stage at a spice girls concert. Where is your husband-”

Beginning 29 March is Lakme Fashion Week. The event, like many of the other fashion shows and festivals that have taken place across India recently, is set to attract substantial amounts of international attention. India is the place to watch at the moment; the country’s expanding middle class has a hunger for luxury that is leading experts to tip it as the world’s next major fashion market.

To celebrate their 100th birthday, Converse are releasing several super limited edition collaborations. The first pairs to land on Australian shores are designed by artist Dr Romanelli and feature an ultra cute band-aid motif. The shoes are made in partnership with the Global Fund to Fight Aids and a portion of sales proceeds will be going to the charity. But if you want to do your bit you’d better act quick as there are only 37 pairs available across Australia. They will be stocked in Hype DC and Footlocker stores. To find out more about Converse century collaborations and their fight against aids visit joinred.com.


Quotable Karl

Frequently referred to as the Kaiser of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld certainly has one of the industry’s most covetable resumes. He’s also known, like so many in the fashion stratosphere, for what those in polite society refer to as eccentricity - or rather, he’s a raving loony. Fortunately most of his raves are highly articulate and deliciously quotable. Here 3D have compiled a few, along with back-stories.

On thin models: Picture this - in a post-show press conference, one brave journalist raises her hand and asks a pre-weight loss Karl Lagerfeld if, by using extremely thin models, he feels in anyway responsible for the anorexia epidemic. An icy Karl lowers his aviators, stares the woman right in the eye and says: “Clothes look better on bones.”
On his dramatic weight loss (40 kilos): “It was not that easy to lose that much weight and fall down and look like something draped.” Quick weight loss tip: picture what Karl just said, then try eating.
On pre-show jitters: “I have no human feelings.”
On other people: “What I hate most in life are people who are not really the peach of the day but who want to be young and sexy. You can fool nobody. There is a moment when you have to accept that somebody else is younger and fresher and hotter.”
On the royal family: “She was pretty and she was sweet, but she was stupid,” he said of the late Princess Diana. He has nothing but praise for the publicly reviled Camilla Parker Bowles, on the other hand: “The public does not know who Camilla is,” he declares. “She is the life of the party! She’s sparkling, she’s witty, she’s ready for everything, and not pretentious - not one bit. If you had to make a choice to live with somebody, this is the one.”
On substance abuse: “I never smoked. I never drank and I never took drugs. The funny thing is, nothing is more boring, people like this. For me, it's OK. But most of my friends, at least they smoke and drink.” Strange for a man who is a “great admirer” of Amy Winehouse.

Perhaps the most telling quote of all comes from an interview with the New Yorker: “I can no longer walk in the street,” he said, “It’s over”.

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