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H&M Chronicles 10 Years of Designer Collabs in New Book

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Would you believe it’s been ten years since H&M launched its first designer collaboration? Since then, the retailer’s luxury label partnerships have become some of the most anticipated collaborations for bargain-hunting fashion fans everywhere. Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Marni, Lanvin and many more have all joined forces with the Swedish retailer to bring high fashion to the masses at affordable prices.

The First Ten Years is a new book commemorating H&M’s storied design collaborations, starting with Lagerfeld’s game-changing collection with the brand. The book, compiled by Bon magazine‘s Madelaine Levy, includes words from all the high-end designers who have partnered with H&M, as well as a chapter on the Jimmy Choo collaboration penned by our very own Amina Akhtar.

The book will go on sale November 6, the same day Alexander Wang debuts his collection for H&M. Prepare to shill out $11.50 for the tome and if you’re in New York, stop by H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship location starting October 27 to take in a retrospective of past designer collaborations.

[via WWD]

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Allure Russia Puts Too Much Makeup on Maryna Linchuk’s Flawless Face (Forum Buzz)

Beauty magazines are receiving a bashing this month with U.S. Allure doing a disservice to Kerry Washington on its November cover and now Allure Russia has done the same with Maryna Linchuk. Why? Magazines today have access to some of the best in the business and can select the most flawless models available. Maryna stars on Russian Allure‘s November cover, shot by Nicolas Moore, with hair tended to by Brian Buenaventura and makeup applied by Romy Soleimani.

Allure Russia November 2014 Maryna Linchuk

IMAGE: ALLURE.RU VIA TFS FORUMS

The cover isn’t sitting well with a couple of our forum members. “*Sigh* Back to the bionic covers again. This would’ve been OK if Maryna closed her mouth. I find teeth on a cover so unattractive,” disapproved Benn98.

“It’s too crowded, there’s too much makeup and the hair doesn’t help unfortunately,” proclaimed an underwhelmed Valentine27.

Also noticing the amount of unnecessary makeup was kokobombon: “Hate the heavy makeup but at least [it] is not a super closeup…”

KateTheGreatest shared the same sentiment and posted, “Gorgeous. Just wish the makeup wasn’t so heavy.”

A few members of our forums are in favor of the cover image, though, with MON writing, “It’s actually one of the few covers I like from them. Finally it’s not too zoomed in.”

“Maryna looks SPECTACULAR!” raved Zorka, clearly a fan of Allure‘s latest installment.

GIVENCHYlover agreed by simply stating, “She’s gorgeous.”

See inside the thread for Maryna’s cover story and share your own opinion here.

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The Award for the Most Awkward PSA Goes To…

Cara Delevingne has a sense of humor. To prove it, the actress and model signed on to participate in the Feeling Nuts campaign to help raise awareness for testicular health. The 22-year-old will star in the Feeling Nuts Comedy Show, which airs on Friday, October 24 on Channel 4 in the U.K.

“Once a month you need to cup them, really grab them and give them a good squeeze, you know, give them a proper inspection,” she says in the show’s teaser above, while grabbing her breasts with gusto.

The director interrupts and explains that the campaign is about testicles, not breasts. “Little problem,” responds Cara. “I don’t have any balls.”

We think you have plenty, Cara dear. 

 [via Telegraph]

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These Are the Designer Brands That Sell Fastest Online

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Internet shopping can be a joy and a royal pain at the same time. You can’t try anything on and when you see something you like, you get all kinds of anxiety that it’s going to be gone before you even have time to finish justifying the purchase. It’s hard out there in this e-shopping world, so a little guidance is always appreciated. Thankfully, the Telegraph has come to our rescue. The daily asked three e-tailers, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and Avenue 32 (purveyor of lots of up-and-coming designer wares), which brands and products tend to sell the fastest.

Both Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion named Saint Laurent as one of the top sellers. Gianvito Rossi, Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana round out the most popular options for Matches Fashion, while Isabel Marant and Valentino take top honors at Net-a-Porter. Unsurprisingly, Net-a-Porter says the items that tend to sell the fastest are the elusive Mansur Gavriel bags, which have been evading bag lovers of all stripes for months. They’re supremely hard to get, and Net-a-Porter’s buyer calls them “instant sell-outs,” noting that the black bucket bags were gone the day the site restocked. So, if you’re looking to purchase one anytime soon, get your butt on the waitlist because once they return, they’ll likely be gone in a flash. As for Avenue 32, its top sellers include up-and-coming brands ThePerfext, Vivetta, Shrimps and Rejina Pyo. 

So, now that you know what’s poppin’, time to shop strategically. 

[via Telegraph]

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Lena Dunham Dyed Her Hair Green!

 

Newly minted for the Canadian leg of the tour thanks to @tanneyb @rheannewhite

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Maybe she wasn’t having fun as a blonde or perhaps she wanted to get into the Halloween spirit. Whatever the reason, 28-year-old Lena Dunham dyed her hair green and revealed her new look to followers on Instagram last night. She is currently on tour promoting her new book, Not That Kind of Girl. In the picture, she’s posing with her adorable pup Lamby and showing off the new pastel-ish shade of green.

The caption reads: “Newly minted for the Canadian leg of the tour thanks to @tanneyb @rheannewhite.” 

She enlisted the help of the same New York City colorist who took her to platinum heights to give her the new green ‘do. We love that she is fearless when it comes to beauty and can’t wait to see more pictures of her hair. What do you think?

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Halle Berry Backs French Lingerie Brand

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Image: Brian To/WENN.com

In addition to helping Michael Kors fight world hunger, Halle Berry has a few other projects, including bringing more lingerie options to the masses. The actress has invested quite a bit of her own money in Scandale, an 80-year-old luxury French lingerie brand that is about to find new life at an unlikely retailer.

The last place you would think you’d find a luxury lingerie line is Target, but that’s where Halle is taking her newest venture. Thanks to her investment, she now holds a 50 percent stake in the company, which she says represents the next step for her as a real-life businesswoman — not just as a celebrity who lends her name to various brands. The line will bow as a 10-piece collection with prices ranging from $7 to $18. 

“I understand that women want to feel sexy and beautiful. They want to have undergarments that are very functional, but to still feel beautiful when we take our clothes off,” the actress told WWD. “That’s really important and that’s a way to make women feel sexy and validated — all the ways we as women need to feel. And I love lingerie. It’s always been important in my life. This is a very important endeavor that feels very in line with who I am.”

Scandale hits Target stores on Monday.

[via WWD]

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