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The September Issue - Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Elle

I thought it only seemed right that my last post for September would follow up my post on the 'September Issues.'  All the Vogue issues were truly amazing, but I thought I'd finish my September issues with a post covering a Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Elle September issue globally.  Marie Claire September 2010... thought I'd feature the US issue as one of my all time favourite childhood stars and idols Mary-Kate Olsen is on the cover.  The issue also featured an amazing editorial with model Jessica Stam.  The issue was in fact a dual cover.
Jessica Stam
   Harper's Bazaar September 2010.. As I've already featured the editorial spread on Rachel Zoe from the Harper's Bazaar US issue, thought I'd now feature the UK issue with Gisele Bundchen on the cover.  Elle September 2010...I love the lace interpretation that Emily Blunt is wearing on the cover of the UK issue. 
Harper's Bazaar UK
Elle UK

Australia's Next Top Model - The Winner?

I don't know about you, but I'm still in shock by last night's events at the Australia's Next Top Model finale!  For anyone who missed it, or lives internationally, here is what happened....The night started off with runway shows featuring gorgeous Mad Men 1960's inspired wear (which I think I need half those outfits), followed by shows featuring designers Alex Perry, J-Aton, and Elliot Ward-Fear.  This was followed by interviews with all three finalist along with the views of Alex Perry, Charlotte Dawson, Josh Flinn, Jez Smith, Priscilla (Priscilla's Model Management) and Claudia Navone (from Harper's Bazaar).  We sadly said goodbye to the third runner up Sophie, and we were left with our two finalists Kelsey Martinovich and Amanda Ware. They are both amazing models and it was honestly anyone's game as the close votes emphasized this.  As you would probably know, the final vote was in fact 100% left to the public.  The gorgeous Sarah Murdoch was fed through her ear piece that in fact Kelsey was Australia's Next Top Model.  Everyone cheered for her, her Harper's Bazaar cover got placed on the screen and she had even given an acceptance speech.... Until we see Sarah in shock and turn pale, stating "I'm feeling a bit sick about this. No. I'm so sorry about this. Oh my God. I don't know what to say. This was a complete accident.  It's Amanda, I'm so sorry. It was fed to me wrong. Oh God." And so we all witnessed one of the biggest fashion industry's mistakes/miscommunications, or was it in fact a controversy, was it intentional?  Did Sarah in fact know?  These questions have been circling the media both nationally and internationally.  But, whatever the case may be, I feel for Sarah and I think she did the best she could in the situation.  Alex Perry however spoke this morning on Sydney's 2day FM claiming that  "I would stake my life on it," that Sarah had nothing to do with it and it was not a publicity stunt.  I personally feel for both Kelsey and Amanda.  I think Amanda missed her victory moment and I feel even worse for Kelsey as she had the moment and it got taken from her.  Kelsey was such an amazing sport about the whole thing though.  Congratulations of course to Amanda who walked away with the cover and an eight page spread in Australia's Harper's Bazaar magazine, a modelling contract with Priscilla's Model Management, a campaign with the new Levis jeans, a Ford Fiesta Zetec car, $20,000 cash and a trip to New York to meet with Elite Model Management.  But.... there is now a second prize for Kelsey who also won $25,000 spending money as well as a ticket to New York!  And....that's not all, it was announced this morning by Harper's Bazaar's editor Edwina McCain that in fact they will also be featuring Kelsey on the cover of the November issue of Harper's Bazaar as a dual cover, where readers can choose who they want.  They also took into account Kelsey's unfortunate circumstance.  All in all, I think everyone was left happy and that's all that matters in the end, both girls have a bright modelling future ahead!  Here are a few pictures from the night as well as both girls Harper's Bazaar covers.  Which one will you buy?!
Amanda in Miu Miu of course on the cover of Harper's Bazaar November 2010
             Kelsey in gorgeous retro swimwear on the cover of Harper's Bazaar November 2010 (I love Spring/Summer's new trends!)
Kelsey, Sophie and Amanda with Sarah Murdoch
Kelsey, Sophie and Amanda on the runway in their Mad Men 1960s inspired clothing
Kelsey rocking complete Zimmermann!
Congratulations Amanda!
Amanda and Josh Flinn at the after party
Amanda, Sarah Murdoch and Kelsey (Kelsey rocking Zimmermann for the second time that night!)

Australia's Next Top Model Final Three!

Can you believe it's already the live finale of Australia's Next Top Model?! My last ANTM post was back at week 2 and since then, what an amazing season it has been.  I'm a huge Top Model follower, I've seen every season of Australia's Next Top Model, not to mention America's Next Top Model and New Zealand's version too, and this has been one of my favourite seasons ever.  Never have I seen a season that has produced such amazing top models, and where the competition is pretty much anyone's game.  I think that's why this year's final decision has been left to the public's vote.  Not only is it the first time it's 100% the public's vote, but viewers were stunned to hear that in fact it was left at a final three!  That's how good the final three models are, the judges can't decide!  Yes, from my previous posts I've had my favourites from the start.  I was sad to see Kathryn and Joanne leave but I'm so excited to see both Kelsey and Amanda in the final!  Kelsey Martinovich from NSW has been my favourite from the very start, there was just something about her!  She really does deserve to be there, okay she's shorter than the rest, but she can walk the runway and take some gorgeous shots.  Not to mention she did win the majority of competitions including the 'Impulse' advertisement, the 'U' advertisment too, and an array of others.  Her Harper's Bazaar shots were my favourite out of the three, they were exquisite, but by far my favourite photo shoot of her was the beauty shot where she just got her makeover, the one where Claudia gave her approval!  Amanda Ware from the Gold Coast, caught my eye in week 2 and since then I've watched her blossom into an amazing model both runway and editorial.  My favourite Amanda shot would have to be the swimwear and the Burberry one on the yacht!  What I love about Amanda is how the world is her runway.  When I saw her at Alex Perry's Rosemount Fashion Festival runway she was truly stunning.  And Sophie Van Den Akker.. from Barbie and 'Paris', to Ken (as Josh Flinn would say), to model material.  She is really the underdog of the competition.  I never thought I'd actually see her in the final three!  I felt so sorry for her when they cut her hair!  But since then she has embraced her inner model and like magic, has produced amazing shots.  I also saw her at Alex Perry's show and she can strut that runway!  Not since Alice, have I seen such model material girls in the final and it really is anyone's game!  Here's a look back at Kelsey, Amanda and Sophie!
(Images courtesy of Fox8 and Telstra)
Now it's your turn for you to be the judge!  I absolutely love this ANTM new advertisement, I just had to post it!  Every time I hear this song it just makes me want to put on some heels and walk a runway!  Don't forget to tune in Tuesday at 7:30pm on Fox8 for the live finale!!
Australia's Next Top Model New Final Three Advertisement - Click to View
Stay tuned for a very special post featuring Australia's Next Top Model mentor Josh Flinn!!

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011- Marchesa

It feels like it's been forever since I posted as I've had exams at university.  It is however,  that time of the year week internationally!  Fashion week is one of my favourite times of the year, especially New York Fashion Week!  Thought I'd share with you are few of my favourite collections from fashion week starting of course with a post on Marchesa!  Is it my imagination, or has every celebrity worn a Marchesa recently?  Do you blame them?  Every season I wait in anticipation to see what gorgeous pieces Marchesa grace us with.  This Spring/Summer 2011 season, they most definitely did not disappoint, maintaining their feminine and exquisite Marchesa signature through the use of pretty tulle, embriodery, beading and ruffles.  Here are a few of my favourites..
   And what's better than a Marchesa show?  A Marchesa after party!  And who was in attendance?  My favourites... Rachel Zoe, Tinsley Mortimer and Olivia Palermo!
 Rachel Zoe
 Tinsley Mortimer
Olivia Palermo
Marchesa's Georgina Chapman