M Dot Design x Charlotte Taschen x The Springs LA 

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M Dot Design has furthered their fashionable onslaught on the world of sustainable fashion with a spankin’ new ready to wear collection that’s delightfully familiar and unfamiliar all in one accord: M Dot Design x Charlotte Taschen x The Springs LA.

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Designer Michelle Aquino’s thing was to take inspiration from the vibrant color palette that The Springs LA confidently boasts and extrapolate it in ways that are accessible, relatable and desirable. Staying near the brands aesthetic in offering a range of fabric choices including organic linen, bamboo, cotton and modal. Handmade in the M Dot’s design studio, the designer also created a rich burnout print that landed on a bamboo wrap and dress, very familiar in the MDDS zone. While MDDS has shown similar pieces such as the wrap in the past this collection stands to be a perfect marriage between the three that truly just works, vibrant and fresh easily come to mind. Although this collection is exclusively available at The Springs LA, the experience doesn’t stop there. The brand offers personalized pieces with four easy steps; Select your favorite silhouette, choose your fabric, collect measurements, review consultation, receive your custom piece in two weeks! If that’s not service we don’t know what is.

A Slice of Summer Wrapped In We Are Handsome Heat One

Sunkissed since 2009, We Are Handsome is the creative expression of husband and wife pair Jeremy and Katinka Somers focusing on re-imagining the norms of swimwear design to construct pieces that capture the spirit and emotion of summer and now athletic wear. The Australian brand is the embodiment of a love for the beautiful things in life, the wonder of travel and the endless and abundant magic of the inspiring world in which we live. Each piece offers a slice of summer wrapped in luxury and sophistication that transcends the seasons.

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Annex Magazine: Tell us about We Are Handsome and your recent growth from swimwear to athletic wear. 

We Are Handsome: It was very much a natural progression. We’ve always designed and produced the things that fit into our lives, and those that befit an active, summer filled and outdoor lifestyle. We’re big into exercise, swimming, hiking and everything in between, and the progression to activewear was really organic. 


AM: What summer adventure inspired Heat One?
WAH: We’ve been traveling extensively and taken on so much inspiration. Heat One is a tight collection of our favourite prints from our collective experience over the past few years. In creating our first line of activewear we found the opportunity to create an edited selection from so many places, experiences and endless summer days. We focussed on producing pieces and styles that are comfortable, fit well, breathe and fit into your life in a stylish and effortless way. 
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AM: WAH collaborated exclusively with ShopBop for this collection, how did this come about? 
WAH: We have a great long-lasting friendship with Shopbop and they were really excited about the range and the launch. We’ve partnered with them for few years with our swim collections and their customers and audience are the right fit for us. 
AM: Creating workout gear was a natural evolution for the brand, what can we expect next from WAH?
WAH: We’ve been working on active for a long while, and we’re in development for almost a year in the drive to ensure we had the best quality product, and will be extending the range this year. We’ve got some amazing new collections of swim coming out, starting at the end of January with Halcyon Days, with a campaign we shot in Curaçao in the Caribbean. 
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AM: How do you balance a jet setting life of beautiful destinations and running a brand?  
WAH: The balance is much easier when you’re spending your time on an island somewhere remote with your partner in life and business… but we do spend many hours working on flights, and there are many late nights and of course, getting over jetlag – but we’re becoming experts on it. 
 
- Jeremy and Katinka Somers  

Minimale Animale SS15 Lookbook

Los Angeles based swimwear label, Minimale Animale is all about minimal coverage – the more skin the better! Animale’s most recent SS15 lookbook, The Wild Ones, stays true to their signature minimalism as pieces included harnesses, leather, and mesh materials for badass girls on Harley’s. To top it off is our favorite piece: a to-die-for leather jacket for the purpose of providing versatile separates that doubles as a swimsuit and creating an outfit.

See the full collection: Minimale Animale SS15 Lookbook

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Natasha Poly in Tribal Gear for Isabel Marant’s Spring Campaign

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Isabel Marant’s newest spring campaign turns Natasha Poly into a fun female tribal warrior for the spring, lensed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The French label takes on the brand’s more bold side and plays around with modern tribal looks in trade for Marant’s signature boho chic aesthetics. The campaign features an knit-rope dress, oversized belt jacket, printed mini skirt, and #musthave Spartan leather sandals.

“The inspiration for the spring-summer show was something tribal, but not in the literal sense. And so for the campaign, we wanted to show a very modern and urban girl, but also to get across her savage attitude,” Isabel Marant told WWD.

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Kim Kardashian West On Her First Very Own ‘Vogue’ Cover

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Kim Kardashian West (or as Vogue Australia calls her, KKW) has landed her very first solo cover for Vogue Australia’s February 2015 issue!

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The ethereal beachside shots have Kim treading barefoot through the clear waters in minimal layers and running slo-mo down the white sand in a jet black Barbara Bui swimsuit and Bassike for Vogue Australia T-shirt. Styled by fashion director, Christine Centenera and lensed by Gilles Bensimon, the Baywatch-esque shoot was a stark contrast from her recently pre-released Love Magazine cover featuring bold bleached eyebrows and artful Prada furs.

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It’s About Time: H&M is Officially Partnering Up With Coachella

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It’s official: H&M is officially partnering up with Coachella to bring a new festival collection, H&M Loves Coachella.

This news isn’t surprising to say the least as H&M is at Coachella every year as one of it’s biggest sponsors. This year, H&M will be having it’s first ever pop-up shop at Coachella where customers will be able to shop the festival looks and exclusive merchandise to take part in H&M’s interactive experience. The collection will include music festival essentials like lace, fringe, and crop tops for every boho-chic girl and graphic tees and shorts for guys. Prices will range from $4.95 to $49.95 and will be available in stores and online on March 19.

Tickets to Coachella have already been sold out for some time but luckily, H&M will be giving away several all-inclusive trips to Coachella in March. Here’s how to enter: customers who bring unwanted clothing for recycling to any H&M store will receive a 20% off voucher of their entire purchase AND be entered to win a weekend at Coachella!

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#SmearForSmear The Next Ice Bucket Challenge?!

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Gap-tooth beauty Georgia May Jagger who’s nothing less then sweet perfection appeared to be not so perfect in her latest selfie donning a smeared lip to her 561k instagram followers.

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We were pleased to realize that this shameless selfie is actually a part of a new social media campaign called #SmearForSmear. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust created the campaign to encourage women to get regular Pap smears, which are far and away the easiest way to prevent cervical cancer.

 

Rita Ora has joined while Jordan Dunn, Suki Waterhouse, and Cara Delevingne have been nominated to pioneer the campaign. Will this be the next Ice Bucket Challenge? Be gone forgotten pap smears, and bring on the smeared selfies!

Masters of Lingerie, NOE Undergarments

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NOE Undergarments designs with courage, unwavering conviction and dedication to create simplistic yet progressive undergarments. Twin sisters, Bonnie Rae and Shelah Jean, hailing from the island of Kauai have channeled their passion for design, into creating lust-worthy undergarments that aren’t meant to be confined quite so ‘under’ #innerwearexposed. The AW collection contains a sophisticated, yet undeniably provoking array of body suits and garter belts to high rise briefs for any undergarment need. The collection doesn’t stop at simply fulfilling needs with beautifully orchestrated sheets of Nano Lycra and mesh, NOE fulfills some of our deeper desires.

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