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Fallen Magazine Announces Its Own Demise Via Facebook

It hasn’t even been a month since Bauer axed high-profile glossy Grazia, and already smaller magazines are evidently feeling the burn of print’s harsh climate.

This time the victim is Fallen, a magazine dedicated to discovering and supporting Australian creatives across the worlds of fashion, art and music. Yesterday, the publication announced via Facebook that Issue 12, which hit shelves that day, was to be their last. No reason was given, though wouldn’t that kinda just be rubbing salt in the wound anyway?

Though the magazine hardly boasted a Grazia-level readership, Fallen was a predominantly garbage-free publication that knew its target audience well — a vital ingredient, judging by the success of niche publications like Frankie. Fallen was distributed both nationally (6,000 copies) and internationally (2,000 copies) to an audience of fashion aware and design conscious youths spread across a 65% female and 35% male demographic.

Apart from small increases in readership at Russh, Frankie and Vogue Australia, all other Australian fashion titles experienced circulation declines in the 12 months to June 2012.

Hopefully Elle will inject a little print love back into the economy when it launches under Justine Cullen this September. As for the title at hand, you can leave your sentiments on the aesthetic digital graveyard that is the magazine’s Facebook page. RIP Fallen, we'll spare you the puns. 


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Mackage Launches a New Handbag Line

Known for flawless layering and equally flawless celebrity fans —  Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes, and Blake Lively, to name a few — Canadian brand Mackage, the Toronto Fashion Week staple, will be trying its hand at a new venture this fall: handbags. And striking ones at that.

The Montreal-based outerwear brand's debut 12-piece collection will feature a mixture of totes and clutches, with styles like "Rubie," "Bookie," "Carrita" and "Pozi," which you can see above. Most of the designs utilize Mackage's trademark mix of hard and soft elements, with soft pebble-embossed napa leathers contrasted with fierce Cupid arrow closures and hardware. The palette is mostly neutral with the occasional pop of red or cobalt blue, but even better is their easily convertible design. Most of them include a handle and cross-body strap, however, one or two pieces are also able to transform into backpacks.

Founded by longtime friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, Mackage was born out of grade school daydreams and procrastinating sketches. After attending LaSalle College, Eran and Elisa launched what would become one of the most iconic brands in North America for trenches and outerwear.

Now, as they branch out into purses, Dahan told WWD, "We strived to mirror the mixed-media elements that we have come to be known for in our coats." But keeping their aesthetic fresh and innovative, Elfassy and Dahan also called in Megs Mahoney Dusil, co-founder and chief executive officer of the popular PurseBlog, to help collaborate on a bag for the fall collection.

The new bags will retail for from $225 to $600 and are set to hit and this July 15.

Image via WWD/Mackage

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Selena Gomez, Marilyn Manson, Caleb from PLL: ‘Spring Breakers’ Premiere Was Best Party Ever [Leftovers]

Images via WENN

As I mentioned in today's link roundup, last night was the official Los Angeles premiere of Spring Breakers, my favorite new movie. As I clicked through WENN's paparazzi photos from the event, one thing became clear: Everything about Spring Breakers is the best thing ever.

The premiere was attended by freak alt performer Marilyn Manson, Disney-manufactured teen idol Selena Gomez (see her full look here) and the B-list (being generous) actor who plays Caleb on Pretty Little Liars* (his IRL name is apparently Tyler Blackburn, if you care).

These three weirdos will never again have the opportunity to be in a room together at the same time, and that's both sad and glorious. Spring Breakers is doing so many good things for our culture. 


*My roommate calls him "the poor man's Tim Riggins."

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Watch Kate Moss Read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ [Leftovers]

I was going to post this video earlier as part of my Emma Watson for Fifty Shades of Grey post, but because that turned into such a hard-hitting investigation, there just wasn't a place for fluffy videos of supermodels reading erotic novels in front of live audiences to raise money for charity on British radio. 

But the Internet is a wonderful place, one which always makes room for video proof of a high-earning model's literacy skills. So here it is, finally, after all this build-up, all this waiting: Kate Moss doing a rousing dramatic reading of Fifty Shades of Grey on BBC 1 to benefit Comic Relief.

The radio station had to raise £200,000 for the charity before Moss agreed to do the reading. According to Forbes, the 39-year-old Brit is the second highest paid supermodel in the world. Just saying, I hope she at least matched the charitable donations. 

[h/t Fashin]

Related: Did Hacking Group 'Anonymous' Confirm Emma Watson as Anastasia Steele for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie? No.

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Link Buzz: ‘Spring Breakers’ Premieres; Karlie Kloss Gets Her Wings

  • My new favorite movie Spring Breakers had its official Los Angeles premiere last night, and all the pretty stars looked pretty. [BellaSugar]
  • Karlie Kloss is now *officially* a Victoria's Secret Angel, but she's always been an angel to me. So can I have a cut of all her future earnings? [Fashionologie]
  • Click through for a sneak peek of Target's new charitable line with FEED projects. Because nothing says "I'm giving back" like going shopping. [Fashionologie]
  • Designer Patrick Robinson, formerly of "The" Gap, is launching a new line of “cool, sexy urban clothes for pursuing your passions.” Because nothing says "I'm ambitious and commited to my passions" like going shopping. [SheFinds]
  • Beyonce is on the April 2013 cover of Shape Magazine because Beyonce is everywhere. [DailyStab]
  • Katy Perry is writing an autobiography because she's seen so much and felt so deeply and needs to share her story with the world. [HaveUHeard]

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Did Hacker Group ‘Anonymous’ Confirm Emma Watson as Anastasia Steele for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie? No.

An extremely zeitgeist-y piece of pseudo-news making the rounds on the Internet right now: former child Harry Potter star Emma Watson to show "just how much she's gown up" as protagonist Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film based on Twilight-inspired BDSM-lite "mommy porn" novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, as confirmed in studio documents leaked by notorious hacker group Anonymous. Look at that sentence. Obviously it's too delicious to be true. 

On March 6, Anonymous' German "branch" (the group functions in a loose, non-hierarchical way) posted a tweet announcing the hack of Constantin Film, a major German studio (the company produced the Resident Evil franchise). The attached document disclosed a list of internal email addresses, a set of administrative passwords for accessing the company's internal database and screenshots of two documents: 1) The file on a Reese Witherspoon project which ultimately wasn't picked up. 2) A crude jokey prank project Anonymous submitted to Constantin's servers.

I did not try logging into the studio's database because that is illegal and also the seeded accounts have almost certainly been shut down since the leak.

The Hollywood Reporter posted about the hack the following day. This sentence was buried in the article: "There was little that was new in the documents Anonymous stole — one has Emma Watson attached to star in Focus Features' upcoming 50 Shades of Grey adaptation, confirming a widely-reported rumor — while the majority involve projects that have been announced or otherwise reported."

The story took over a week to pick up steam. About an hour ago, I saw a headline claiming that Emma Watson was "confirmed" to play Ana from one of our celebrity partner sites. Jezebel posted about the story at noon today, with the headline: "Anonymous Says It’s Confirmed That Emma Watson Will Be the Big-Screen Anastasia Steele We All Deserve." Jezebel sourced The Hollywood Reporter's story; so did other outlets, including the The Detroit Free Press and USA Today

Rumors that Watson was attached to the Fifty Shades project have been around for awhile. "Has Emma Watson Been Cast As Anastasia Steele In 50 Shades Of Grey?!," Perez Hilton asked breathlessly last July. At the time, Watson adamantly denied she had even been approached about the project — "I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing." — but in Hollywood such denials are sometimes a euphemism for, "I'm negotiating."

However, IndieWire reports that "the actual leaked paperwork says 'Maybe Emma Waston' and was dated last fall," in which case the only thing that's been "confirmed" is that someone at Constantin Film at some point considered "maybe" casting the actress in the upcoming film. It would have been impossible not to consider her, after the maelstorm the rumor set off on the Internet.

The studio told the The Hollywood Reporter that all hacked documents were "out of date and widely accessible to many Constantin employees." So not exactly the Wikileaks of the film industry, unfortunately.

Update: At 2 p.m., USA Today recieved a statement from Universal Pictures (yet another studio involved with the film, Hollywood is an incestuous cesspool): "No one has been cast yet."

Image via WENN


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