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Why London And Calvin Klein Are A Perfect Match

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Calvin Klein Jeans may be firmly woven into American fashion DNA, but its global creative director, Kevin Carrigan, says that it will always have a special place in its heart for London. The brand – whose name became one of fashion’s most well-known following its now legendary campaign shots of Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg in 1991 – reopened its Regent Street store earlier this week, complete with a new interior décor to reflect the label’s global shop concept.

“London is one of the coolest fashion cities and there are so many stylish people from all over the world passing through,” Carrigan told us. “I also think that British women understand Calvin’s pared-down effortless style. On a personal note, being British, it is a dream to have a store on Regent Street.”

The space features dramatic angular windows, large-format videos playing the brand’s new campaign film starring Alexander Skarsgård, and an updated denim bar which takes centre stage in the middle of the space. Carrigan hopes that the redesign will attract a new customer.

“With the redesign of the store, we want to bring a sense of warm minimalism with a cool New York edge,” he explained. “Our recent event with the amazing Rita Ora – who was featured in the most recent ck one jeans, underwear and fragrance global ad campaign – attracted a new generation. It was a fun event with a really cool, youthful and stylish crowd.”

Relevance is one of Carrigan’s buzz words and something he believes is integral in developing the brand as he focuses on bringing about an “evolution rather than a revolution”. And who does he believe best embodies the spirit of his “iconic American modernist dream”?

“I am particularly taken by British model Eliza Cummings – who also participated in the most recent ck one global ad campaign,” he said. “From her turn in that campaign, to when I saw her last month in Milan, she is always so cool, spirited and fearless. She has a boyish Calvin look but is also stunningly beautiful. She is a girl of our times.”

Paris Fashion Week Front Row: Olivia Palermo goes super stylish at Dior

The refined, effortlessly chic-looking fashion favourite looked show-stoppingly gorgeous arriving at Christian Dior’s Autumn / Winter 2013 show this weekend at Paris Fashion Week.

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Not that Olivia looking gorge is out of the ordinary, far from it, but normally she opts for natural make up, loose bohemian curls in her mid length locks and either midi length skirt or skinny trousers teamed with super-chic layered up separates. Not this weekend. It looks like Olivia pulled out all the stops for the high profile fashion event at Paris Fashion Week.

So, what to wear to sit on the front row at a Christian Dior show? Dior of course – what else? Olivia did just that opting for a dress from the label’s Spring / Summer 2013 ready to wear collection.

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Olivia styled the striped tulle dress with a fur trim jacket (who can blame her, it’s freezing in Paris), red clutch and sleek modern detail heels. Olivia picked out the red stripe on the hem on the dress with a pop of colour on the lipa and coordinated the look with slicked back, centre parted hair.

Cara Delevingne Trademarks Her Name

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CARA DELEVINGNE has trademarked her name. The Vogue cover girl registered her name as an official trademark with the Intellectual Property Office – giving her an exclusive right to use it as a marketing tool.

The model – who is currently appearing on the international fashion week catwalks – submitted the registration in December last year, reports The Sunday Times. The trademark prevents a wide variety of product ranges from being released under her name – unless she chooses to do so herself – ranging the usual handbags and perfumes, to the more unusual walking sticks, emery boards and umbrellas.

The business-savvy 20-year-old also recently registered her own company, Cara & Co – for which her father, Charles Delevingne, is listed as co-director.

Nicholas Kirkwood scoops BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund 2013

Champagne bottles are popping this morning for Nicholas Kirkwood, who has win the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund for 2013! The footwear designer pipped his four fellow finalists to the post and will now pocket a cool £200,000 to help propel his business forward for the next 18 months. He follows in the footsteps of Jonathan Saunders who was awarded the Fashion Fund last year.

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Kirkwood’s win was announced by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman last night at London’s swanky Nobu. In addition to the sponsorship money, backed by Tesco, Marks & Spencer and others, the 32-year-old will also receive two years of business mentoring from some of the industry’s most successful folks.

“Nicholas has created a real business in an impressively short amount of time and has become one of the world’s most influential shoe designers. I very much look forward to seeing what he does next,” said Shulman.

Kirkwood, who has been a finalist twice before, beat out Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead for the lucrative prize. This time instead of showing judges his designs on plinths, he instead chose to present them on the heads of models.

So what made him stand out above his fellow designers? According to Shulman, it was a combination of him sticking to his signature style and managing to open not one but two stores located in Mayfair and in New York’s Meatpacking District.

Iran Photoshops Michelle Obama’s Oscars Dress

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IRANIAN news agency Fars doctored pictures of Michelle Obama at the Oscars in accordance with the country’s restrictions on images of the female body in the media. The company photoshopped the US First Lady’s silver Naeem Khan dress so that it covered her chest and shoulders.

Obama wore the dress to present the Oscars’ Best Picture category, via a video link from the White House. Current rules implemented by Iran’s media censors state that women on Iranian state television should wear a hijab that covers their hair, arms and legs. The rules vary for foreigners.

Photoshopping foreign celebrities and political figures is a tact that has been used by the Islamic censorship regime before, with film actors sometimes being edited frame by frame to protect their modesty and on occasions even deleted from a scene altogether, The Guardian reports.

In May 2011, an H&M campaign starring Gisele Bündchen was altered in the Middle East, after being declared too risqué in Dubai. Images of the supermodel wearing a playsuit, a halterneck top and a dress were photoshopped, so that T-shirts and vests were layered underneath to make the pictures less revealing.

Celia Birtwell For Uniqlo Exclusive Preview

See a preview of Celia Birtwell’s upcoming range for Uniqlo with an exclusive film, which goes behind the scenes on the making of the collection lookbook. See vogue.co.uk contributor and model Portia Freeman bring the colourful printed creations to life, as the designer herself talks us through the range.

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“I always use paint, paper and a brush and I believe that when you’re designing it should come from the hand, eye and heart,” said Birtwell. “I’m often asked where one takes one’s inspiration from, so obviously nature and I like quirky things too, which I think Uniqlo quite understands.”

Watch the models prepare for the shoot, then see a first look at some of the covetable pieces on offer – from button-through cropped jumpsuits and spring-like skater skirts to slouchy vests featuring playful cat motifs and floral-printed scarves. The collection launches in stores on March 21.

“I loved working with Uniqlo, I find lots of smiling faces, which is very pleasant,” she said. “We have a language actually that relates to each other and that’s been a real pleasure.”