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The Looks That Should Have Walked the Comic-Con Red Carpet

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Stella McCartneyOne doesn’t typically associate the fashion industry with comic book culture, and yet every year our favorite celebs hit Comic-Con wearing the best of the new collections. Considering the laid-back, youthful setting, we anticipated that the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek, and more red-carpet regulars would step out in bright, fun-to-wear ensembles that matched the atmosphere. In reality, we saw lots of dark colors, ladylike shift dresses, and sensible heels. Where’s the fun in that? The Fall ’14 runways and Resort ’15 collections were literally bursting at the seams with pieces that were practically made for Comic-Con, like Rodarte’s C-3PO gown, Neil Barrett’s lightning-bolt bomber jacket, and Stella McCartney’s Resort ’15 superhero-inspired wares complete with clutches that double as masks. To us, it was a no-brainer…or so we thought. Here, a slideshow of all the graphic prints, cartoon motifs, and bold colors we would have loved to have seen at the convention.

Photo: Stella McCartney 

On the First Day Of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me, Two Furry Donkeys

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Love's Christmas Party

Donkeys, magicians, and rabbits. Did the circus come to London? Nope, just the Love magazine Christmas party, held last night at Camden’s Lady Ottoline, and hosted by editor in chief Katie Grand and Neil Barrett. Donkeys greeted partygoers upon arrival, and somehow, we were not surprised. This is LOVE after all, and it has its own quirky way of celebrating not just a great year, but also, its advent calendar, which is now at day 18. Thus far, it’s featured the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia May Jagger, and Lindsey Wixson prancing around in their Calvin Klein smalls. Even Clara, Katie Grand’s pet rabbit, was a calendar girl.

Edie Campbell, Florence Welch, Arizona Muse, Paul Simonon, Rankin, Tim Walker, and many more attended last night’s fete. And given that it’s almost year’s end, guests shared their highlights from 2013. “Standing in the hurricane on the beach at Dungeness with Sølve Sundsbø getting soaked whilst shooting a ‘summer’ story was kind of funny,” said Grand of her most memorable moment this year. Lulu Kennedy, LOVE‘s editor at large, also weighed in. “An editorial meeting presided over by Clara. She sat on a cushion in the middle of the table looking very regal, chewing our notes and printouts.”

Photo: Boo George

Shop the Look: Pony Up

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Shop the Look: Pony Hair

While fur—in every color and form—is a major trend for Fall ’13, it’s safe to say that the look is not for everyone. You won’t see too many twentysomething New Yorkers walking down the street in a floor-length mink. A pony hair backpack from Jérôme Dreyfuss, however, feels youthful and on point. Pony hair (which is, in fact, haircalf) is a rich alternative to fall’s traditional leather pieces, and unlike full-on fur, the shiny texture only hints at opulence. We suggest sticking to neutral hues and simple silhouettes, like slim skirts and structured bags, to let the texture really shine. Shop our favorite pony hair pieces from Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler, and more, below.

1. Victoria Beckham calf hair paneled felt pencil skirt, $1,695, available at net-a-porter.com

2. Marni calf hair top, $3,110, available at net-a-porter.com

3. Gianvito Rossi pony hair pointed-toe pumps, $744, available at matchesfashion.com

4. Neil Barrett calf hair and felt baseball cap, $415, available at net-a-porter.com

5. Proenza Schouler gray calf hair and leather tiny PS11 shoulder bag, $1,885, available at ssense.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Shop The Look: Opposites Attract

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Shop the Look: Black and White

Some things in life really are black and white—like the style set’s color palette of choice. From Tommy Ton’s street-style snaps to the latest Spring ’14 runways, black and white remains a foolproof, timeless sartorial formula. At Balmain, Olivier Rousteing whipped up oversized black and white houndstooth checks and quilted jackets; J.W. Anderson played with whisper-thin gossamer; and Giambattista Valli sent out tiny crop tops and molded, flowerlike skirts. Since spring is a bit far off, we’re looking forward to making a graphic statement with cool-weather staples like slouchy knits and flat boots. Shop our favorite black and white pieces by Givenchy, Michael Kors, and more, below.

1. Thierry Lasry two-tone acetate cat-eye sunglasses, $485, available at www.net-a-porter.com

2. Neil Barrett color-block knitted sweater, $580, available at www.net-a-porter.com

3. Michael Kors Miranda large tote with quilted gusset, $1,295, available at www.shopbop.com

4. Givenchy black and white leather ankle boot, $1,650, available at www.net-a-porter.com

5. Neil Barrett Zigzag wool-blend miniskirt, $520, available at www.net-a-porter.com

Model Slash: Boxer Jake Shortall

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Jake Shortall is a model you don’t want to mess with. Before he was discovered at a nightclub earlier this year (which has its downsides: “I didn’t remember him when he called the next day,” he says of the agent who scouted him), Shortall was just an average 18-year-old Liverpudlian whose hobbies included stirring up trouble with his mates, listening to hip hop, and training in Muay Thai boxing. “It’s crazy because when I was 15, I thought I would never leave Liverpool,” he tells Style.com. “But I’ve only been home for one week in the past eight months.” During that time, the six-foot-two redhead has gone from striking, sparring, and kicking to walking top runways including Dior, Lanvin, Trussardi, Neil Barrett, and Kris Van Assche, among others. Shorthall has also racked up an impressive portfolio of editorials and campaigns. Catch him in the Steven Meisel-lensed “Prom Night” series in the April issue of Vogue Italia, on the current cover of Vogue Hommes Japan, and in the new Pringle of Scotland ads. (Despite being immersed in fashion now, he admits he has never really cared much for clothes and gives designer gifts away to his mom or friends.)

But long before life in the limelight, Shortall started boxing at age seven as a safeguard against playground bullies, and he eventually switched over to Muay Thai. “I was getting kind of bored with regular boxing and needed something new,” he says. Muay Thai is “mixed martial arts minus the jiu-jitsu part,” he says: where traditional boxers only use their two fists, Thai boxers have eight points of contact so you can punch, kick, jab, block, and strike with your knees and elbows as well. Needless to say, it can get pretty brutal. “I’ve broken three of my ribs, lots of fingers and toes,” Shortall says. He’s delivered the pain, too: “I definitely used one of the technical kicks in the streets once on this guy,” he says. “Wait, that’s going to sound so bad! It was totally unexpected and out of self defense.” His agency has banned him from boxing for the moment to preserve that money-making face, but he plans to return to it “sooner rather than later.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo