Do We Really Need Clear Plastic Jeans?

OK, each to their fashion own. But totally clear, plastic jeans?

I mean, are fashion design teams so desperate for a ‘new’ idea they’ve taken to using one of the most uncomfy, ridiculous and ridiculed ‘fabrics’ as the basis of a pair of jeans?

At a time when plastic consumption is, well, supposed to be one of our chief conservation and biodegradable concerns, suddenly we’re supposed to be wearing the stuff?!

Perhaps Topshop is going all Aldi on us and meaning for us to double out new plastic fantastic jeans as a reusable shopping bag as well.

It was just moments ago we here at news.com.au were lamenting the arrival of plastic knee, cut-out jeans (say what?).

In retrospect, the clear plastic panels at the knees of these little beauties are serious haute couture in comparison to what has just landed on the Topshop website.

So let’s just workshop this fashion moment for a minute.

Plastic is hot. Plastic sweats. Plastic jeans will need something else worn underneath them to avoid us going all Kardashian and having us show off every bit of our butt-butts.

For a cool 100 bucks, plastic jeans will not leave you cool at all. In fact, they may even cause a little body weight slippage. Or an unfortunate thrush-type situation that won’t be pretty.

Can you imagine the pen stains that just may make their way into them if you wear them to the office? Let alone your colleagues and train-travellers’ stares and whispers.

OK, so on the flip side. Yes, there actually IS one.

At least they are a wipe-down proposition. One spilt drink and baam! Grab a baby wipe or a bit of Spray n Wipe and you’re set to go with no pesky, lingering stains.

On a production note, the 100 per cent polyurethane jeans — that’s techno speak for plastic — are given a kind of style cred on the Topshop website as they invite potential buyers to ‘think outside the box’.

The straight-leg style is called the ‘Moto Clear Plastic jean’ and is ‘ideal as a statement piece for a festival or costume party’. Hello Burning Man! What a pity Coachella has been and gone.

As well, the jeans have ‘classic pockets detailing and are cropped at the ankle bone’. Phew! Thank god the ankle has been saved from the perils of plastic adornment.

Look, of course there are going to be some cool-skoolers who rock a thong, denim shorts or granny undies underneath or some coloured tights or, hey, maybe, nothing at all.

But I can’t help think that by Topshop occasionally ‘dropping’ pieces like these into their stores, they win. I mean, we’re all talking about them.

And *that* is the name of the ridiculously competitive fashion game.

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Meet the Stallone Girls Who Are Far Prettier Than Rocky’s Post-match Face

FIRST there were the Hadid sisters, Bella and Gigi. Now there are the Stallone girls who have literally gone one better and announced their joint arrival on the modelling scene. It seems being an It girl is no longer a solo operation.

The trio — Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18 and Scarlet, 14 are the daughters of Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame and his model wife Jennifer Flavin.

They grabbed everyone’s attention at this year’s Golden Globes where they were collectively the Miss Golden Globes and there has been speculation ever since about their next move.

“For me, I think everything after that came because of it,” says Sophia, 20.

“I think all of the jobs we’re getting from it, and the attention, and buzz, I think it’s so cool.

I think standing up on stage and seeing all of my favourite stars, was really crazy. I saw Ryan Reynolds, and then Blake Lively, and then I looked next to me and … Jimmy Fallon. I was star struck, I was shaking, I couldn’t stop.”

The trio’s latest outing is as the faces for the Australian leather brand, The Daily Edited.

“It’s so much fun [fronting a campaign together],” Sistine told news.com.au.

“We like doing shoots together, but the fact that this is a campaign just totally upped the ante,” she said.

“It’s so special,” Sophia added. “To represent such an amazing brand with my sisters is fun,” Scarlet said.

Alyce Tran, the co-founder and CEO of The Daily Edited said it was part of the brand’s philosophy to work with up-and-coming talent.

The campaign has just launched in Australia and internationally. The range is available from Robinsons, Singapore and has just launched in Saks South Coast Plaza in Los Angeles. It’s available online at shoptde.com. as well.

THEIR STYLE

Scarlet thinks Sistine is kind of funky and Sophia’s is comfy.

“I would say my style is simple,’’ she says.

“I would say Sistine’s style is unique, different, because she can pull off pieces that really not everyone can pull off.

Sistine thinks her sister Scarlet is hilarious: “She’s the funniest person I know and Sophia is the intellectual.”

A MYSTERY

“I think the Stallone sisters are a mystery,” says Sistine, 18.

“Because we are still coming up and nobody really knows anything about us,’’ says Sistine, 18.

“And people have all of these perceptions and ideas of who we are, and when they meet us they’re like, “Oh, you’re actually kind of nice!” And we’re like, “OK, thank you!”.

“I think we’re a mystery, because we’re only starting up now, ever since the Golden Globes we’ve got a lot of buzz, and a lot of attention, so I think that it’s a snowball effect, and we’re still gaining momentum in this industry, so I think we’re still not really known yet.

“So I think that’s cool, that we can’t start from scratch here, and build up who we are. It’s cool, it’s the start of something new.

FAMLY TIME

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Sistine: ‘We’d much rather stay in and wear sweat pants and hang out.’

Sophia: ‘We just order in food and watch movies together. We have these movies that we can watch that are in theatres.’

Scarlet: ‘We are definitely not that family that says, let’s go hiking on a Sunday morning. We’re not that, we’re like, “Let’s watch another movie like we did the last 5 weekends!’

DAD’S FAME

Did you know he was famous?

Sistine: ‘I don’t think we realised it until we were old enough to understand. We would go to premieres when we were little, and we’d think they wanted to take our photo, but they weren’t there for us. When he won the Golden Globe [Best supporting Actor] last year, it was a proud moment.’

MODEL MUM

What about your Mum? You seem very close to your Mum?

Scarlet: ‘We’re all extremely close.’

Sistine: ‘She’s the fourth sister.’

Sophia: ‘She is so caring. She drops us off every day to school. Went to every single basketball game, every school event. She is there every moment in our lives. She is just amazing; we hope to be even half as amazing as her.’

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Surrogacy Journey Told in New Book, Designer Baby

JAYSON Brundson and his partner Aaron Elias were nervously waiting at the airport ready to bring their newborn to Australia when the worst happened.

After enduring years of paperwork and emotional stress, they finally had their baby — born to a Thai surrogate — in their arms.

But someone had tipped off local officials, and they were detained at Bangkok airport for “human trafficking”.

Their situation was delicate, as the couple had chosen a surrogate in Thailand just before the abandonment of surrogate baby Gammy made international news.

In the wake of Gammy, the Thai Government ordered an audit into IVF clinics which led to closure of the All IVF Center, which Aaron and Jayson were using.

Their surrogate, Supaphorn, was already pregnant.

After the audit of the IVF clinics, the lives of 50 Australian couples — Jason and Aaron included — were thrown into total disarray.

“It was only after intervention from the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, who arranged a pact with the Thai Government, which then agreed to allow pregnancies already in progress to continue,” says Aaron.

Aaron said the pair were devastated, and in limbo for months prior to the Thai and Australian government’s intervention, as at one stage, there was every chance they wouldn’t ever be able to bring their son home.

Fortunately, once the governmental issues were resolved, the pair travelled to Bangkok to be at the birth and to bring home their son, Roman. But leaving Thailand wasn’t an easy ride.

“We absolutely abided by new legislations, arduous protocol paperwork and with aid from the Australian embassy and various Thai officials we ended up with a safe return,” said Aaron.

“But en route, someone tipped off Thai customs to our departure and we were detained at the airport for ‘human trafficking’.

“We couldn’t believe it”, Aaron said, recalling the nerve wracking day at the airport.

“We were pulled aside, basically interrogated and asked where the ‘mother’ of our baby boy was.

“We quickly called our beautiful surrogate Supaphorn, who had signed all the appropriate paperwork, so she could come to the airport to reiterate the situation.

“There were last minute negotiations between the Australian Embassy and Thai officials who cleared the charge 15 minutes before the plane was due to take off, so we finally made the trip back home with our new baby.”

It had been a long journey to parenthood for the couple, who have been together for eighteen years.

Fashion designer Jason, and his partner Aaron were regulars on the party scene — enjoying the high flying life of parties, models, and celebrities.

But beneath the surface they had always wanted a baby. They struggled through years of health problems and their business going bankrupt before their dream of parenthood came true.

Aaron has now written a book about the couple’s journey Designer Baby: A Surrogacy Journey from Fashion to Fatherhood.

“I really wanted to write the book so the whole story, from beginning to end, could be told.

“I talk about it all, from Roman’s biological mother, to our Thai surrogate mother, the nay-sayers, Jayson’s fashion business going under during the GFC, his 3 year cancer treatment, the pressure of keeping the pregnancy quiet and everything in between.”

While the marriage equality discussion is still a hot topic, particularly in Australia, ‘gay’ parenting and surrogacy is an even hotter one.

But Aaron says it doesn’t matter what critics say, fatherhood is his “calling”.

“I am a better man today and with Roman in our lives, we are complete, a family,” he tells news.com.au

“He made us understand what it means to have a father’s unconditional love for his child.

“There is nothing else I want more now, except his wellbeing and to be the greatest father in the world to him. I will give my life to him.”

Designer Baby: A Surrogacy Journey from Fashion to Fatherhood. from Impact Press hits the shelves on April 1

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*Melissa Hoyer has been asked to speak about this ‘modern family’ at the book’s launch


Why These Jeans Are So Very Wrong

NO. Just no. They’re called ‘Clear Knee Mom Jeans’ which in my book is fashionese for fairly hideous.

Jeans are usually a fairly predictable wardrobe proposition. You eventually find the shape, label and colour that usually suits you and sure, sometimes we’re overwhelmed with choice … but finally we get there and go home with a pair that you often can’t live without.

Shame the same can’t be said for these plastic, knee-panelled example of complete and utter fashion craziness.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of fashion crazy. A mushroom perm in the late 80s proved that point entirely. But you have to draw the line at plain kooky/ugly/crazy.

There doesn’t seem to be one redeeming feature about these windowpane knee wonders.

‘Mom’-style jeans (just think Kath & Kim’s Kath Day-Knight and you get the picture) are a hard sell at the best of times.

While there has been an upward swing in the ‘rise’ (aka of the height of the front and the length of jean’s zip or fastenings) in the past few seasons, there is a fine line in making them look, well, young and fresh and not too ‘mumsy’.

Enter Topshop — that affordable bastion for all fashion things relevant and, umm, on-trend — who are either taking the absolute style p^ss or honestly think their Moto Clear Patent Mom Jeans fit some kind of ‘cool’ fashion criteria.

The ‘comfy-fit’, tapered, pocketed jeans may be a tad healthier than the mega tight ones that are also currently causing a style stir but these distressed denim wonders — there’s an 80s throwback trend right there — feature two delightful, clear plastic panels halfway down the cropped leg, just in time for our nobbly/awkward/bulbous/discoloured/even hairy knees to get a lovely outing.

But it’s not a particularly attractive outing. Isn’t it a shame that one of the plainest, if not clunkiest parts of our legs has been given a visual stage, a shop window if you like to show off their wears. But why, oh why?

Imagine on a hot and steamy day, when those very clear ‘futuristic’ plastic panels start getting a little hot and misty? Or when you need to get down on your knees (get your mind out of the gutter please) to do something, anything, from picking up your kids from the playpen to literally getting on your knees to get something out of a cupboard.

Seriously, the whole style and concept of these are just so many shades of wrong.

Of course there will be fans of these ‘moms’. There will be a crew of cool-school, self-anointed fashion-squad members who will throw them on with a mega Louboutin heel, some fresh-coloured fishnets underneath, get it up on Insta and voila! A cult fashion trend will be born and any animosity toward them will be proven wrong.

Personally, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the washing-of-them situation. You’d have to definitely forgo the hot water and major rinse cycle for fear of ending up with a few shrunk panels.

Topshop and Nordstrom are promoting and selling them for around $95 a pop.

While the majority of (social media) reviews haven’t been particularly kind, a small spoonful have. “No more lonely kneecaps!,” one comment says. “Never going back to normal jeans,” says another.

Meanwhile over in Twitterville, the sceptics are well and truly out. “What fresh hell is this?” said @UnaLaMarche and with that, I think we pretty much get the picture as to where most of these jeans will end up.

Hello sale bin!

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The Golden Fashion Ticket Money Can Buy

ONE of the most exclusive ‘money cannot buy’ experiences used to be a front row perch at a Paris fashion show.

Invited guests onto the hallowed ‘frow’ (aka, the front row) have always been magazine editors, global fashion media, all-important buyers, A-list celebrities and ‘friends’ of the brands.

But according to Sydney-based entrepreneur Karim Gharbi, the opportunity is now available for everyone. But it will come at a price.

“What once was only accessible to the rich and famous (and Anna Wintour) can now be yours,” says Gharbi, whose lifestyle concierge company, The VIP Sydney says it can make a front row bucket list wish come true.

“For those with a love of fashion, we have the ultimate experience at the Chanel prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) show during Paris fashion week,” Gharbi tells news.com.au.

“This access is generally reserved for Anna Wintour, the Beckhams and Beyoncé. Our package includes luxury accommodation, personal chauffeur, front row seating at the show, followed by a personal tour of the apartment of Coco Chanel.

“Sure, there are always tickets for buyers and media at all shows but there are just a very few that are put aside for the top concierge companies in the world, so this is how we have been able to do it.

“If you are a lover of fashion, you can die happy after this once in a lifetime experience for a total cost of 10,000 euro.”

In our money that is just under $14,000, which, for someone with those kind of bucks to chuck around, isn’t actually too bad for what the package promises to deliver.

But if you’re planning on doing it soon, you’ll have to move quick as the Chanel show in Paris this season is happening next Tuesday morning.

After an expansion into the European market with the launch of The VIP Monaco last year, the boss of the Sydney based ‘lifestyle concierge’ company says European contacts and the new Monaco office have made the ‘front row’ experience possible.

The team from The VIP Sydney says it can assist clients from around the world to complete other ‘bucket list’ requirements and according to Gharbi, you could discuss Donald Trump during a private and intimate dinner with Bill Clinton or attend a one-on-one VIP meet and greet with Lady Gaga before her sound check.

“My philosophy is simple,’ ‘adds Karim.

“I believe that everyone deserves to be a VIP, how often is up to them. That’s why we are one of the only concierge companies without a membership as we want anyone to contact us at anytime.”

VIP Sydney ‘curates’ packages and experiences for their clients with Ghabi telling news.com.au it has access to events as diverse as the Academy Awards, Met Gala, New York fashion week, Grand Prix races around the world, the MTV Awards, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and Coachella.

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