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Neelam Johal, Burberry’s First Indian Model

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It Girl Alert: Neelam Johal has arrived.

The Coventry, England native walked in Burberry’s September catwalk show, and now the psychology student is their latest campaign face, posing alongside actor Jamie Campbell Bower and teen aristocrat Lady Jean Campbell.

Besides being a striking model and a not-so-secret bookworm (her favorite author is Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini), Johal is the first Indian model Burberry’s ever cast in a fashion campaign.

Shot by Mario Testino, the teen looks gorgeous in the label’s khaki jacket, and she’s giving us a serious case of tousled-hair-envy.

Plus, it seems Johal is a budding fashion blogger: Check out her backstage photos from Burberry Prorsum’s last fashion show, including a coveted picture with Harry Styles.

So as long as no rabid Directioners take fashion’s newest princess captive, we predict big things for her in 2014… starting with a new bespoke trench coat in her closet.

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Why Cyber Monday (Not Black Friday) Is Actually the Best Day of the Year to Buy Clothes

Cyber Monday is a crock of sh*t, right?

It’s just some event that the Big Bad Retail Marketers dreamt up in order to get us to spend more money online, right?

Well yes. And yes. Then there’s the “no” part. Cyber Monday, which debuted during the 2005 holiday season, might be a totally fabricated marketing scheme. But it’s a marketing scheme that worked—at least when it comes to stuff you want to buy yourself, and not necessarily others.

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Nearly a decade later, there is no better day to shop for clothes and accessories before December 25 rolls around. Cyber Monday hits the sweet spot: The discounts are deep, but the range of products—quantity, styles and sizes—is still wide. While February is the best month overall for discounts, according to sales aggregator Shop It To Me, that doesn’t really help those of us looking for in-season items at a fat mark down. It also doesn’t help with your holiday shopping.

So if there’s something you really, really want this season, your best bet is to buy it on Cyber Monday, not Black Friday. “Many clothing and shoe retailers will offer their best stacking coupons of the year during Cyber Monday,” says Mark LoCastro, a spokesperson for Deal News, a site that tracks discounts and coupons across the Internet. “Trends can change, and ‘off’ deals can pop up at any given time, but it’s wise for shoppers to be aware of this general rule of thumb.”

According to Deal News’s data, the past two Cyber Mondays have brought in an average 45 percent more clothing deals than Black Friday, and 50 percent more shoe deals.

“For whatever reason, Cyber Monday has turned into a place where consumers tend to spend a little on themselves,” says John Squire, president of eCommera North America, which helps retailers like Brooks Brothers and Revolve Clothing optimize their websites. “And retailers have responded with discounts, promotions, free shipping.”

While this year’s biggest Cyber Monday deals have yet to be posted, look out for terms like, “take an extra 40% on sale items”, come the morning of December 2. And get ready to shop. Adds Squire, “What’s really great about Cyber Monday is that the inventories are still high, and you still have money in your wallet.”

 

Harvey Nichols Says What Everyone’s Thinking About Christmas Shopping…

Harvey Nichols has tapped into our self-indulgent sides with their new Christmas advert.

Reinventing the way we shop for our loved one, the hilarious ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ campaign could be the answer to all your Louboutin dreams.

The idea is simple, and narrated with a set of familiar family scenes, as characters awkwardly exchange rubbish gifts while wearing the designer items they just so happened to have bought instead.

With lovebirds swapping gifts in bed, one man looks positively heartbroken as his girlfriend presents him with a pack of toothpicks. Meanwhile she’s stroking adoringly on herThe comedy continues with paper clips and an elastic band gift set, before a father presents his young son with a sink plug.

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‘We wanted to have a bit of fun and remind people that they shouldn’t forget to spoil themselves this Christmas,’ said Julia Bowe, Group Press & Marketing Director of Harvey Nichols.

‘We hope that our new ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ Gift Collection will provide our fashion-loving customers with a tongue-in-cheek stocking-filler, and the perfect excuse to treat themselves to that must-have fashion item that they’ve been lusting after all year! Christmas is, after all, about giving and receiving, even if it is from yourself.’

‘A little something for them, a bigger something for you,’ tempts the ad’s closing line. Oh, if you insist. But first, stock up on all the ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ collection at Harveynichols.com, your friends may forigive you in time.

Check out the new ad below, and then share it with everyone you know before you hit the shops…

Kate Moss To Receive British Fashion Award

Kate Moss will receive a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards next week to acknowledge her contribution to the fashion industry during her 25-year career.

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The world’s most prolific Vogue cover girl, with 34 covers for British Vogue alone (she hasn’t gone a year without a cover since 1993), Moss recently assumed a role as Vogue’s contributing fashion editor. Since her discovery by Sarah Doukas of Storm Models in 1987, Moss has graced catwalks and advertising campaigns for the world’s biggest brands, including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

She has been involved in some of the biggest moments in fashion – from appearing as a hologram on the catwalk for Alexander McQueen, to starring in a fashion show watched by the world at the London Olympics closing ceremony – and her beauty has been immortalised by the art world, in a sculpture by Marc Quinn, and on canvas – naked and pregnant – by Lucien Freud.

One of the most visible impacts of her influence on fashion has been through the adoration of her rock-inspired, low-maintenance signature style, which has become synonymous with British fashion, and has been widely copied over the years. Skinny jeans, low-slung belts and vintage dresses became Moss trademarks, and were all reinterpreted for her hugely successful Kate Moss for Topshop collection, which launched in 2007 and will return next year.

The supermodel will collect the prize at the annual ceremony at the London Coliseum – which will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, after David Walliams was forced to withdraw due to ill health. The night’s other Special Recognition award will be presented to journalist Suzy Menkes.

Duchess of Cambridge Attends SportsAid Dinner

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a black Alice Temperley dress for the annual SportsAid Gala black-tie fundraising dinner in London on Thursday night.

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Kate met with a roster of aspiring athletes and presented the One-to-Watch Award at the event held at Super Nova, a pop-up venue in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.

SportsAid is an institution that helps budding athletes. A patron of the charity, Kate took part in a SportsAid workshop in October where she played volleyball in her 5-inch Stuart Weitzman shoes.

During the seated dinner, guests viewed a SportsAid video and according to Press Association, a contributor to the video commented about her volleyball skills, noting that you have “got to give respect to anybody who can play volleyball in wedges.”

Dior Unveils Next Lady Dior Campaign

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Contemporary art is definitely in the air — and not only because Frieze is currently in full swing in London.

The latest installment of the Lady Dior campaign sees Marion Cotillard posing in front of abstract canvases and toting Lady Dior bags in vivid colors and with airbrushing details.

Tim Walker shot the ads, which are slated to break in Japanese Vogue on Oct. 28 and Vanity Fair in the U.S. on Oct. 30. They are also to be published on diormag.com, the French house’s online magazine.

Now five years doing Lady Dior campaigns, Cotillard exudes a modernist look with her slicked-back hair, red lips and sleek clothes from the resort collection by Dior designer Raf Simons.