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You know, it’s awesome when raw talent is recognised by a big brand, just like Marks & Spencer, which is going to launch a t-shirt collection with Mercedes Leon.

Who is Mercedes Leon? She is a graduate at the Camberwell College of Arts and has had this fantastic opportunity to design a capsule for the retail giant. 

The t-shirts will hit stores from mid-May. I still don’t know whether I like them or not, but as I’m living in London now - yes, I am :D - I’ll go and have a look by myself!

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First of all: Happy Easter to everyone! :3

Second: I found out about an AMAZING thing! There’s a new app, called ASAP54 which can help you find fashion items inspired by something you choose. I’ll explain it better.

For example, you are in an art gallery and you see a portrait you really like; or suddenly the cappuccino you usually drink in the morning inspires you in some way, and you decide you want to wear something as inspiring as that portrait or that simple hot cappuccino. Well, ASAP54 will find anything you want, from jewellery to coats, t-shirts, jackets, watches etc., that is in some way “inspired” by the photo you uploaded.

If you’re not happy with the results of your research, don’t worry, you will be put in contact with a team of stylists - a REAL team of stylists!

How awesome is that? If you’re interested, download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asap54/id728530735?mt=8

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As usual, Kate Moss is everything but a model. She has indeed released a new collection for the low cost giant Topshop.

The whole line is divided into four different styles: cocktail, tailored total black, Balearic, pijama (this one is my favourite, I love pijama palazzo trousers!). 

The collection will be available in stores at Topshop and Nordstrom as well as online at nordstrom.com and net-a-porter.com from April 30.

You can see she knows a lot about style, this collection is KILLER!

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The famous androgynous model Andrej Pejic and Sam H. Snyder have launched a new, exciting jewellery collaboration.

The special thing about this 10-piece collection is that, apart from offering a stunning range of rings, bracelets and necklaces, its profit will help the Ali Forney Center, a charity which tries to help homeless LGBT to find housing. Moreover all the pieces are “hi-tech”, as they are all 3-D printed.

Prices go from $150 to $500, with the exception of the necklace that can be yours for $1,900, and you can find the whole collection on sale here: http://www.samhsnyder.com/collections/andrej-pejic-x-sam-h-snyder#.U1E96uZ5NgE

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You know how much I like art exhibits, especially if they have to do with fashion. The one I’m going to talk about today celebrates one of the greatest icons in the fashion world.

'From Vera to Veruschka: The Unseen Photographs by Johnny Moncada', indeed, wants to bring to life the model image of the great Veruschka, in those years, 60s-70s, when her awesome body was everywhere and everyone wanted her. 

The exhibit will be open until June 1 at Somerset House in London (I will hopefully go and visit it :D) and shows some unreleased images, by Johnny Moncada, which will also be available in an accompanying book edited by Rizzoli.

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April 6 - 10: this was the time in which Australian designers had the opportunity to show their collections at Australia Fashion Week in Sydney, for Spring/Summer 2014-2015.

After a long time that this hasn’t happened, I was finally impressed by the quality of the designs and by the general taste level. 

Aussie designers seem to be modern and projected towards the future but without taking to the extremes the style they want to portray; they’re minimalistic, for example, but without being too simple. And a good thing is that every collection seemed to me conceptual but anyway down-to-earth at the same time; there was a huge amount of creativity but there was always a “wearable” dimension in every runway show.

From top left the collections I liked the most (I actually chose something like twenty collections, but I had to make a further choice for reasons of space): By Johnny, Asanovski, Gabriel Lee, Galanni, Haryono Setiadi, Hayley Dawson, Maticevski, Michael Lo Sordo, Yousef Akbar.

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Under the Gunn: FINALE!!!

In the last episode it was time for the final decision with judges crowning the WINNER of this crazy first season of Project Runway: Under the Gunn. And to do it, designers had to create a five-piece collection showing their inspiration.

Things were completely mixed up in my opinion, and people I expected to be in the top, were at the bottom, or vice-versa. But in the end, the outcome made everyone happy. Before starting talking about the collections, can I say I was in AWE when I saw Heidi Klum? I JUST FUCKING LOVE HER! <3

I totally agree with the decision of the judges to crown Oscar as the winner. His collection was just flawless - as usual - and even if I got the impression his idea of fashion is the classical one made of elegance and stunning gowns, he manages to turn everything into something new and, sometimes, unexpected. Again, I can’t help thinking that he seemed totally tasteless in the first episode. And then, look at him, the acclaimed deserving winner of the first season of Under the Gunn. Congrats!

It was unbelievable even for me, but my second favourite was Asha! I really thought her Queen Nefertiti living in Harlem inspiration could either turn out to be awesome or cheap - at first I was gravitating more towards the second option - but then she came out with an exquisite varied but cohesive collection that I really appreciated. Of course this was not enough to make her win, and I was deadly afraid when I saw that the judges liked her collection too. Anyway, I am honest, so I admit her collection was very good (that kimono is just ridiculously awesome).

Sam stayed true to his aesthetic and at the same time he managed to present different styles: bohemian, chic, minimal. I loved the spark of yellow in the garments, it was just THAT one detail which makes everything more special. But at the end of the day, even if I love extreme simplicity, his garments were too simple in a context like the finale of Under the Gunn. Anyway, I liked it :)

Shan. I am deeply disappointed in him. I recognise his effort and his inspiration - even if I find it too predictable, like Sam said “This lace and leather concept, it can be pretty, but as soon as Britney Spears writes a song about something, it’s over”. The problem was not in my opinion, like the judges said, that he made too much. The problem was the overall inspiration, good, but already seen two million times; and it’s normal that such an inspiration doesn’t allow you to create a new collection. This makes me pretty angry, because Shan was the best designer overall. Pity :(

The mentor paired with the winning designer, in this case Nick, won as well, and it couldn’t really go better: he was not the best judge at the beginning, but he learnt to give space to his designers and at least he was not as bitchy as the other two - I’ll never forget how they treated Nathalia, poor thing. And he never won anything, while Anya won Project Runway and Mondo won Project Runway All Stars. Good job, grandpa Nick :D

So, here’s the end of our journey with Under the Gunn. Thank you for reading my reviews, at least the few people who actually did it, and all I can say to put an end to this is NOW GIVE ME A NEW SEASON OF PROJECT RUNWAY.

I’m completely addicted.

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"i am OTHER" is the name of the new collection born from the collaboration between the low cost giant Uniqlo and rapper Pharrell Williams.

After filling the whole world with happiness with his hit - ça va sans dire - “Happy”, the singer tries another shot with this collection of t-shirts (for both men and women) and baseball caps which will be launched in stores in exactly two weeks, on April 24. But if you can’t wait, keep in mind the collection hits the only uniqlo.com shop on April 15.

Prices are of course really cheap, going from £ 12 to 15. 

Frankly? I would NEVER buy a t-shirt with the message “The same is lame”. It’s just lame.

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Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen released an edgy and dark collection she designed with the French brand Zadig & Voltaire, with a tomboyish vibe which really suits her personal style.

The collection will help the fundation Médecins Sans Frontières with 40% of the profits.

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Good morning! Or maybe it’s the case to say BOM DIA!

Yes, because I’m going to talk about São Paulo Fashion Week which was held in the Brazilian metropolis from March 31 to April 4. I’m a little bit late with this review, but I remembered about it only yesterday, so I hurried to watch all the runways online.

If you’re one of my few constant readers - very few actually - you’ll probably remember how much I loved the fall collections from São Paulo Fashion Week last summer. Well, I must renew my love for Brazilian fashion because these Summer 2015 collections totally lived up to my expectations!

There was  a wide variety of styles, prints, textiles, everything you can possibly imagine, always presented in a fashionable way. I’m more and more amazed at how fashionable Brazil is becoming and how talented its designers are. And what’s more, guest star of the event was Gisele walking the runway for Colcci! Above you can see the photos of my favourite collections.

From top left: Amapô, Alexandre Herchcovitch Men, Colcci, Forum, Lolitta, Osklen, Paula Raia, Reinaldo Lourenço, Ronaldo Fraga.

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