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Julia Nobis, the one who always looks like she couldn’t care less, who’d rather be somewhere else, doing something else, born in Sydney, Australia, with the ghostly pale skin, the big nose and strong face, walked innumerable runways this past fashion month, all the while showing us how a truly great model changes herself, time and again. Wang_Nobis_1 Viktor & Rolf_Nobis_1 Victoria Beckham_Nobis Versace_Nobis_2 Versace_Nobis Vera Wang_Nobis_2 Valentino_Nobis_4 Valentino_Nobis_2 Tommy Hilfiger_Nobis_2 Saint Laurent_Nobis_4 Salvatore Ferragamo_Nobis Tommy Hilfiger_Nobis Saint Laurent_Nobis_2 Roberto Cavalli_Nobis Reed Krakoff_Nobis_2 Reed Krakoff_Nobis Proenza Schouler_Nobis_2 Rag & Bone_Nobis_2 Paco Rabanne_Nobis Marni_Nobis_2 Missoni_Nobis_1 Michael Kors_Nobis_1 Narciso Rodriguez_Nobis Louis Vuitton_Nobis_2 Marc by Marc Jacobs_Nobis_1 Marc Jacobs_Nobis_2 Marni_Nobis smiles Lanvin_Nobis_4 Lanvin_Nobis_1 Jil Sander_Nobis_2 Jil Sander_Nobis_3 Lacoste_Nobis_1 Lacoste_Nobis_2 Jason Wu_Nobis_2 Hermès_Nobis Haider Ackermann_Nobis Givenchy_Nobis_2 Dries van Noten_Nobis_1 Emilio Pucci_Nobis Edun_Nobis Dior_Nobis_2 Dior_Nobis_3 Diesel Black Gold_Nobis Diane Von Furstenberg_Nobis_1 Chanel_Nobis_2 Derek Lam_Nobis_1 Céline_Nobis Calvin Klein_Nobis_3 Anthony Vaccarello_Nobis_1 Calvin Klein_Nobis_2 Balenciaga_Nobis_1 Anna Sui_Nobis Altuzarra_Nobis_4 Altuzarra_Nobis_1 Alexander McQueen_Nobis_8 Alexander McQueen_Nobis_7 Alexander McQueen_Nobis_3

There has been much debate about the lack of racial and body diversity during fashion week, with designers such as Céline, Dior and many more employing none or only one or two models of colour for their runway shows.
In the meantime, there is Rick Owens. Always unconventional and showing the unexpected, he hired a competitive step dance team from the US to model his collection. And of course, being a step team, they didn’t strut down the runway – no, they pounded it to the ground, step dancing, cheerleading, military drilling and mean faces making.
So, while the discussion about diversity continues to rage, Owens lets an almost all black, full-figured team of women rock his collection, making you forget that allegedly, clothes only look good on extra thin, extra young and extra white models. Or, in his own words: “We’re rejecting conventional beauty, creating our own beauty.” Amen to that.
Check out some videos here.

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There were lots of great collections in Milan (Jil Sander and Marni to name but a few), but after having seen Prada, there is really nothing much left to hear, see or do. Miuccia Prada showed such a rich, intelligent collection, managing to show beautiful clothes, while at the same time making a strong political-feminist statement.
So: If you weren’t interested in political messages, you’d find gorgeous color combinations, three-dimensional embellishments, gems and crystals, classically beautiful gowns and tiny, extremely ladylike handbags. If you wanted weirdness, you’d be happy with the usual pretty-ugly shoes, American Apparel-style leg warmers and sleeveless rugby sweaters worn under elegant dresses. And then, politics: The bras stitched upon coats made you think of the enticement usually associated with them, but the way they were placed on the garments, their shapes and presentation (and the overall styling of the clothes, for that matter) put all sexiness ad absurdum. The strong female faces on the coats and skirts were commissioned by Prada to a group of mural artists; their paintings were also on display in the show’s venue. To quote Miuccia: “I want to inspire women to struggle.”
All together, what on paper may sound like a confounding and incoherent head-scratcher resulted in one of the most creative and innovative collections of Fashion Month so far.

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So here I am, distributing flyers with my dear friend Juan for the new business we are setting up. What business, you want to know? Oh, thank you for asking! Well, we are about to start Fashiondot, a shopping assistant and fashion advice company. Right now, we’re getting everything prepared and our website is still in the making (although you can already check out the “Coming soon” version here:, so we are not quite ready yet. But there was a big street festival last weekend here in Frankfurt, and so we thought, oh, what the heck, let’s print some flyers to start spreading the word! And so we did. As you can see, the party took place in the city’s red light district. It was a lot of fun! And of course I’ll keep you posted about everything Fashiondot-related and let you know when we’ll be ready-ready!DSC_4376DSC_4464
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Honestly? Here is the reason that these days, I’m rarely blown away by the American edition of Vogue. Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures are pretty, sure… pretty boring. And it’s the September issue, where the fashion should be breathtaking, gorgeous and out-of-this-world – not lame and dull like in this spread (I mean, in the cover picture you can’t even see what the girl is wearing, for crying out loud). Sure, you could argue that the photographs accompany an article about an actress and that it’s not a fashion spread, but I would say that you’re wrong, since it’s Vogue, not a movie magazine, and readers want to see clothes, no matter what. At least Lawrence looks like herself and isn’t excessively photoshopped, I guess? But is this really now where we’re at? That we’re happy that the person depicted is recognizable? I read somewhere that Anna Wintour should go helm a political magazine or newspaper. And you know what, that wouldn’t be the worst idea. American Vogue is in desperate need of a breath of fresh air.Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 6Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 1Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 2Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 3Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 4Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 5
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Yep, here we go again, another Madonna-related post. But don’t worry, fashiondotblog isn’t slowly turning into a fan-blog. I just thought that these pictures would go nicely with the one I showed you a couple of weeks ago; and then, I mean, come on: Just look at her! How could I not show you these photographs?
It’s hard to imagine that 30 years ago, her style got everybody up in arms; and compared to today’s silly shenanigans of a Lady Gaga, this seems utterly tame. But back then, her style was provocative, shocking and just really, really unique. The media couldn’t stop writing about her look and adults were really pissed off. Every girl and every woman on the planet was trying to imitate her style, to tease her hair just like her, to layer ripped jeans over lace leggins, to crop her t-shirt just to the right length, to pile on bangles and belts and necklaces just like she did.
Today, if you’re dressing up for an 80s-themed party, you’re really just dressing like a young Madonna. That just goes to show you how lasting and deep her influence and legacy has been.

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“The world has become too casual, and people have become lazy. There was a time when people went on the airplane with gloves.” Former fashion editor of Vogue André Leon Talley in Vanity Fair.
I’d like to share a childhood memory with you that nicely illustrates this thought:  I grew up in Brazil and during the holiday season, our family travelled to Switzerland, where my grandparents lived.  I vividly remember how my mother, every single time before we left the house to go to the airport, meticulously put on her makeup and spritzed on some perfume, dressed herself impeccably in some wide legged, light trousers and a silk, yellow or powder pink blouse, slipped her feet into some stylish high-heels and grabbed her beauty case – the only hand baggage beside her Louis Vuitton Noe Drawstring bag she would carry. I remember her long, red nails and her thick, blondish-brown hair cascading down her back.  Yes, these were the days…

I always find it funny when models are asked to dance for a fashion shoot, or better yet, for a fashion video; after all, a picture can hide any lacking rhythm skills. Most often than not, the attempts to make the model look cool and sexy end in an awkward and quite cringe-inducing result. The makers of Love found a good solution: In their fashion video “The Collections”, shot for the magazine’s 5th anniversary edition, they let the models move in really robotic, awkward ways, put some electronic music over it and cut it accordingly. So, even though I normally find fashion videos not very interesting, because the model usually has to writhe around in skimpy clothes or act like she’s in a pretentious “art” video (term used very loosely here), I really like this one. Well, and of course it doesn’t hurt that the models are wearing some of the season’s finest confections and styled impeccably.
The editorial was shot by Solve Sundsbo and features the models Kirsten Owen, Erika Wall, Joanna Tatarka, Lily McMenamy, Malaika, Rebecca M, Sibyl Buck, Stella Tennant, Anna Vyalitsyna, Julia Nobis, Madeline Blomberg and Onria Hardin.