Get ready for another Fashion News Round-Up, where we bring you the good, the bad and the downright bizarre happenings from the world of style. This week, discover the awful new grooming accessory that should never see the light of day, and find out why Bloomingdale’s got their Christmas campaign really, really wrong this year.
Everyone’s favourite really really ridiculously good-looking guys are back, as Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson get ready to return to the big screen as male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald. Following a surprise reveal on the Valentino A/W15 catwalk earlier this year, it’s been confirmed that Zoolander 2 will land in cinemas on February 16th – expect fashion piss-takes, celebrity cameos and #bluesteel poses galore. The official movie posters have dropped too, showing Zoolander and Hansel looking all sorts of fierce pulling selfies.
PAOM x Lia x Sosolimited
We’re big fans of Print All Over Me (aka PAOM), the online platform that makes standout styles in the spirit of creativity and collaboration. This time around, they’ve teamed up with Austrian net artist Lia and interactive design studio Sosolimited on a customisable range with an innovative twist, allowing users to create unique digital prints using their computer input. Algorithmic software translates words or phrases into ‘woven’ pixelated effects using Google Image search data, while number keys can be used to alter colour and mouse movements create patterns – cool eh? No two garms are ever the same. The new range will donate 30% of profits to The Processing Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote software literacy in the visual arts, as well as visual literacy within technology.
Bloomingdale’s Christmas Campaign
We know, we know – it’s not even halfway through November yet, and it feels like the world’s gone Christmas mad already. Brands are releasing their festive campaigns left right and centre, from John Lewis’ sickly-sweet sentimentalism to Sainsbury’s clumsy computer-generated cat. However, one ad that really made us sit up and take notice this week was from Bloomingdale’s, which had the Internet in an uproar within hours of launching. The luxury store chain had created an extremely questionable campaign that appears to promote date rape, combining a suspect slogan with a pretty creepy-looking guy – because what says Christmas more than guys spiking their female friends’ drinks, after all? The retailer has since apologised and withdrawn the offending ad, following thousands of angry comments on social media platforms.
The Clip-On Man Bun
Speaking of Christmas, if you’re looking for the perfect gift to get your guy this year… this sure as hell isn’t it. Hammering the nail in the coffin of the ongoing man bun trend, this week saw Groupon launch an online deal that went viral with a knock-down rate on clip-on hair accessories. That’s right. Clip-on man buns. What a time to be alive. Available in a range of colours, it’s the ultimate accessory to perfect that 21st century douchebag look – and for only $9.99, you’d be an idiot NOT to get one. ASOS actually launched a similar product earlier this year, but it turned out to be an April Fool’s joke.
New Graduate Fashion Week Patrons
Graduate Fashion Week has named two new patrons for its 25th anniversary year – homegrown fashion designers Victoria Beckham and Christopher Bailey of Burberry. The charity celebrates the creativity of students and graduates within fashion, staging an inspiring fashion week extravaganza each year that showcases the collections by young talent from all over the country in catwalk shows, presentations and exhibitions. Back in 1991, Bailey was the first ever winner of what is now known as the GFW Gold Award – upon the announcement of his patronage, he claimed that “I owe everything to Graduate Fashion Week… it is our responsibility to nourish young talent.” Beckham added that “It is so important to support and mentor young people, and GFW provides an essential platform for them at this important time in their life.”