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Stylist Leslie Lessin Reportedly Identified as Terry Richardson’s Perv-Enabling Assistant

Model Enriko Mihalik and photographer Terry Richardson pose during the creation of the new 2010 Pirelli calendar / Image: Getty

Model Enriko Mihalik and photographer Terry Richardson pose during the creation of the new 2010 Pirelli calendar / Image: Getty

It's been a busy week in the pervy world of Terry Richardson: 1) An anonymous model shared a disturbing account on Reddit, describing her experiences posing for Richardson as a 19-year-old art student; 2) She then came forward publicly with her story, identifying herself as Charlotte Waters, now a 24-year-old nurse's assistant living in Los Angeles; 3) Richardson responded to the allegations with a statement which ran in The New York Post — "absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies," he explained.

And now, the story continues: online publication Vocativ reports that it has identified the female assistant who is said to have been on-set with Waters throughout her shoot. If you have been following this story, you will remember her as the woman who allegedly photographed Waters while Richardson ejaculated into the model's eyes. Her name is reportedly Leslie Lessin. According to her online portfolio, as a stylist and fashion editor, Lessin has worked extensively with Richardson; most recently, the duo photographed Miley Cyrus for Harper's Bazaar

In addition to Charlotte Waters, Jamie Peck (one of the first models to speak out against Richardson) has placed Lessin on-set during her shoot with the Richardson. 

“He also had these two male assistants there,” Peck told Vocativ over the phone. “But I remember Lessin as being very gung ho about everything. She was encouraging me the whole way, like isn’t this fun? Isn’t this cool? Everything is A-OK.”

You can read the full story here: “How Does Leslie Lessin Sleep at Night?” Unmasking Terry Richardson’s Partner in Perv

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Nicole Scherzinger Launches First-Ever Fashion Collaboration with Missguided

British online retailer Missguided has managed to snap up one heck of a collaboration this season in the form of former UK X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. The icon is known for her jaw-dropping outfits from her days as a Pussycat Doll, as well as from her time spent on the judging panel.

If you’re not too familiar with Missguided, it’s the perfect place to shop online if you’re a little strapped for cash yet in need of an eye catching number to hit the dance floor in over the weekend. In fact, they’re the ultimate in creating budget trend-driven party wear.

Apparently, their collaboration, Nicole X Missguided is Nicoles’s first-ever fashion collection and she’s had full creative input as it was developed alongside the in-house design team. Prices range from around £15 to £50, and the 30-piece collection includes all of the party girl’s favourites from cut-out dresses to jumpsuits.

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince at the Meurice

We’re currently lusting after the white cut-out bodycon dress (£45), faux leather halter dress (£50) and the striking on trend blue of the halter jumpsuit (£45) has certainly caught our eyes.

If you fancy emulating Nicole's style, then the collection is currently available at missguided.co.uk. 

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Why L’Wren Scott Deserves Better Than Just Being Called ‘Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend’

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L'Wren Scott’s death this morning of an apparent suicide is sad, tragic and without question, profoundly upsetting for all those who knew her, worked with her or were fortunate to wear her slithering, sophisticated designs on red carpets. How Scott’s passing is being covered in the mainstream media, however, is also causing some ire in fashion circles, this writer included.

I gasped audibly when I first saw the headline—on a breaking-news email from People magazine—“L’Wren Scott Found Dead After Apparent Suicide.” Like so many world events these days, I headed immediately to Twitter to seek out additional reportage; most of what I found there, unfortunately, both disappointed and infuriated. From the Associated Press: “Jagger’s GF found dead in NYC.” From Yahoo.com: “Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott found dead in New York.” And perhaps most egregiously, from whomever tweets for The New York Times Styles section: “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend Found Dead, Officials Say.” 

Are we sensing a theme? Certainly, to those who don’t breathlessly follow every detail of high-end runway coverage, Scott’s name may seem a tad esoteric (the fact that just this past December she launched a collaboration with the decidedly mainstream Banana Republic notwithstanding), but even so: The idea that in 2014 the knee-jerk reaction is not to position a woman in her obituary with the title of designer standing alone in her own right, but to prominently and consistently place her in the reader’s mind solely as the girlfriend of a rock star? Honestly, it’s just shameful. (It’s also notable that, in the hours since, most have taken care to correct their headlines, often due to the outrage that has descended upon them via Twitter replies.)

I don’t think I’m a militant feminist, but I do view something like this from a highly feminist frame of mind. If the situation were reversed, and if the media were reporting the death of a man who headed up a global business, and who was known within his industry as a success in his own right, without benefit of who happened to be his romantic partner, would that same media be so quick to emphasize in headlines his relationship with a famous girlfriend first, and bury his career within the story? It’s debatable, but as I picture a bunch of good-old-boy editors sitting around a copy desk, shirtsleeves rolled up, I’m doubtful.

Ultimately, L’Wren Scott was a highly talented, unquestionably accomplished designer who was known on a global stage for producing elegant, thoughtful collections that found favor with some of the most famous women on the planet: Nicole Kidman wore her designs often, as did Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, Julianna Margulies, Jessica Pare and a healthy list of other A-list ladies. None of those women, nor any who didn’t happen to sport a boldfaced name, wore her dresses because she dated Mick Jagger. Neither did Banana Republic come calling for that reason (surely they’re more fiscally responsible than to make such decisions on talent vs. romantic relationships). In the coming days, we’re sure to hear more of her struggles—financial, emotional or otherwise—that may have led to her sad, tragic decision, but for now, Scott deserves to be remembered and celebrated solely for what she created, and never really for one second for the man who happened to be her boyfriend.

 

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Kiera Knightley Has Ruined Her Chanel Wedding Dress

kiera knightley in her tulle cream colored Chanel dress

Kiera in her Chanel gown with husband James Righton (image: WENN)

 

Kiera Knightley has revealed that her beautiful prized Chanel wedding gown is now unwearable after being covered in red wine.

Following the revelation that British singer Lily Allen didn’t even know where her bespoke Chanel wedding dress was last week, this kind of news doesn’t come as a surprise anymore, but maybe these British beauties should be taking a bit more care of their Chanel.

Speaking to The Telegraph, actress Knightley spoke of her love for the strapless tulle Chanel mini dress that she had previously worn many times before her marriage to James Righton of UK indie band The Klaxons. "Karl [Lagerfeld] very kindly designed me a jacket to go with it. I'd worn the dress lots. It was my something old. And I liked not making a big deal about it. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again."

However, whilst the marriage seems to be going really well, the dress has not fared so well and Knightley told the newspaper how she can no longer wear her favourite item. "It's now got red wine spilled down the front because the last time I wore it my friend went like this…" — she juts out her elbows — "…and now it's everywhere. I didn't quite realise the extent of it until I got home. It's quite impressively splattered. But, hey, a good night is a good night and when a dress has had its time, maybe it's had its time.”

Whilst we would probably have a heart attack if that happened to our Chanel, it is quite refreshing that Ms. Knightley is so relaxed about it, and obviously still adores the dress anyway.

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RIP: Designer and Model L’Wren Scott Reportedly Found Dead from Hanging

Image: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

Image: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

L'Wren Scott and Nicole Kidman / Image: Getty

L’Wren Scott and Nicole Kidman / Image: Getty

Multiple outlets are reporting that L'Wren Scott was discovered dead in her Manhattan apartment at 10 a.m. this morning, by her assistant. The 47-year-old is said to have hung herself with a scarf. Police suspect no foul play

Scott established her fashion career by working as a stylist with photographers like Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. She worked as a costume designer for movies like Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen. After she launched her first fashion collection in 2006, her line quickly became a favorite among celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have also worn her clothing. 

This February, Scott canceled her scheduled London Fashion Week runway show.

Scott has been linked romantically to Mick Jagger since 2001. 

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‘Unfiltered’ Shailene Woodley Explains Why She Deleted Her Instagram Account

Image: Jan Welters for Marie Claire

Image: Jan Welters for Marie Claire

Shailene Woodley, the lead actress in the upcoming YA movie franchise Divergent, appears on the cover of Marie Claire‘s April Issue, styled in a Tommy Hilfiger cut-out swimsuit and matching pants set. The accompanying caption describes the actress as “fresh, fun, unfiltered.” 

“Oh and,” says the magazine in a disingenuous parenthetical aside, as if it were an afterthought and not the sole motivating factor for Woodley’s appearance on the cover, “[she's] about to be mega-famous.” The main feature appears online with the headline, “Shailene Woodley: This is What Badass Looks Like.” If by “badass” you mean, “manufactured celebrity” then sure

That being said, Shailene doesn’t need so much help in the likability department. In all her interviews, Woodley comes across as a sweet, sincere young woman who cares about living in a principled way. Talking about deleting her Instagram account in the Marie Claire interview, Woodley says: “Everything I was posting was for a story—like, ‘Look how interesting I am.’ It felt disgusting to me. It feels as though we’re so detached from actual human connection. And I got rid of my phone, too. We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.” There’s an Instagram/unfiltered pun in here somewhere, but I’m not going to make it.

Shailene Woodley in a black and white outfit on a pink backdrop

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