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Stylin' 916

Author: Alyx Gorman
Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Last week in the UK a television show launched on the BBC called Britain's Missing Top Model. If the idea of another modeling reality show makes you groan as loud as we did, the premise of this one may still pique your interest. The show follows eight women, many of whom modeled in their teens, who all had to give up the gig at one time or another due to disability. The result should be an entertaining and scintillating challenge to one of society's biggest prejudices, but from what we've watched so far, there is one major flaw. If Coco Rocha lost her arm in a tragic handbag accident, she'd still have the face (and most of the body) of Coco Rocha, people would still want to photograph her, arm or no arm. Unfortunately the contestants of BMTM are not Coco Rocha. From headshots alone they look more like the final products of Ladette To Lady - polished but ordinary - than top models.  We'd love this show if the girls could have believably made it in modeling sans disability, but given there's only one convincing face of the lot, stunning American Jenny, we're thinking it will be more patronising than challenging. After all, this is fashion, where plain is the biggest disability of them all.

In Paris, Ebay have been ordered to pay out $61 million dollars to luxury giant LVMH. The decision comes after a French court ruled the continued presence of counterfeit goods on Ebay is damaging for the brands in the LVMH stable.  The luxury conglomerate includes labels like Fendi, Givenchy, Pucci and arguably the most knocked-off brand in the world, Louis Vuitton. Ebay reps were angered by the move, quick to state that they remove counterfeit auctions as soon as they become aware of them. However this initiative doesn't seem to be working, with estimates that at least 90% of the Louis Vuitton handbags featured on Ebay are fakes. Ebay plans to appeal the decision.

Irfe, the famed Russian fashion house of the 1920s has just been brought back from the grave. Founded by exiled Russian royalty in 1924, the house had six good years of design behind them when they fell to the great depression. Now the line is being revived by Romanov descendants, eager to bring historical chic back to post-soviet Russia. With plans for a Moscow store launch later this year, Irfe is already off to a good start. The debut collection was luxury driven with fur trims, rich shades and an eye to the past.

Introducing Escapulario, a Brazilian jewelry label with a good eye and clean conscience. Using elements of traditional South American jewelry, Escapulario makes cute pieces with an ethnic twist. We particularly love their pig talisman, which dangles in a delightfully discordant way from a string of bright beads. Their use of a Russian babooshka motif also creates an interesting juxtaposition. On top of this, Escapulario is ethically minded with proceeds from key pieces going straight to worthy causes. We're charmed. Escapulario is available from


Those with even a passing interest in fashion probably already know about some of the on-trend treasures the web has to offer - The Sartorialist is a close to a household name as a blogger is ever likely to get, is an easy way for fast catwalk gratification and for e-tail heaven it's very hard to pass up net-a-porter. Today we thought we'd share some less-know fashion sites.