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Balmain x H&M Took Only an Hour to Sell Out Online

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Get ready to see everyone you know in a Balmain x H&M embellished dress. The collection sold out online in record time: just 60 minutes after it became available to shoppers at 8:00 this morning. At just 8:01, the site crashed (and we can personally account that the site wasn’t working due to “heavy traffic” as early as 4 a.m.) and the entire collection was gone an hour later, save for a few sizes and random accessories.

If you’re thinking of trying your luck in stores, we’ll save you the trip: those have been ransacked too. Shoppers reportedly camped out overnight and then pushed their way into stores, falling over themselves and knocking down racks in the process. However, if you’re still dying for a Balmain x H&M piece, prepare to spend your life’s savings and head over to eBay, where Kendall’s $549 blazer is selling for a mere $1,200. (more…)

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Lorna Jane Feels Under ‘Atttack’ By An ‘Opportunist’ Journo Who Claims She Was ‘Used’ By Active Label

The company that inspires us to “move, nourish, believe” is making headlines all over again. In a tell-all article, a Lorna Jane employee-turned-journalist is saying that the activewear label “used” her, a claim that Lorna Jane has bitten back at, calling the former staff member “an opportunist” who wants to benefit from founder Lorna Jane Clarkson’s success.

Courier Mail journalist Vanessa Croll posted an opinion piece dubbed “Lorna Jane, you used me” yesterday, revealing her experience as a personal trainer at one of Lorna’s gyms 10 years ago. She says that she was approached by Lorna to model for the brand, but only got paid $70 for her first 30-look shoot, and the images of her are still used to this day, an entire decade later. “When I see it all I feel is a sense of shameful vulnerability,” Vanessa wrote of seeing the photos.

Vanessa believes she was “taken for a ride” by Lorna, who she trained regularly and considered a friend, however, the brand has fought back guns (the metaphorical bicep kind) ablazing. After Lorna’s debatably transparent attempt to repair her company’s tarnished image (you might remember the controversial “fit model” ads and bullying claims), the brand has directly replied to the Courier Mail‘s Facebook share of Vanessa’s article. (more…)

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Love Naomi Watts’ Style? This is the Collection For You

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If you’re a huge fan of Naomi Watts’ look, well, you’re in luck, because Aussie retailer Sportscraft have just released a new limited-edition collection inspired by the Aussie actress.

Obviously her red-carpet game is extravagant and on-point, but this particular range is “beach ready and travel approved” to exude Naomi’s everyday style, featuring everything from casual monochromatic striped maxis to breezy shirt dresses, sleeveless trench coats and slouchy knits.  (more…)

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Oscar de la Renta Tells PETA It Did Not Sell Elephant Skin Shoes

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After attacking Beyonce’s shoe maker, yelling at Kim Kardashian and slamming Stella McCartney, PETA is setting its sights on a new target: Oscar de la Renta. The organization claims a pair of ODLR shoes, currently for sale on Gilt, uses the skin of elephants. “By selling shoes made of elephant skin, both Gilt and Oscar de la Renta are complicit in the slaughter of these intelligent, social, and empathetic gentle giants,” a post on PETA’s website read. “It is guilt by association: Make sure that Gilt and Oscar de la Renta know it by sending a letter to the companies today!”

A representative from the fashion house immediately shut down the accusations, claiming the shoes were simply mislabeled: “This afternoon, PETA posted on its Web site a claim that Oscar de la Renta used elephant skin in our accessories products. In fact, this is not true, as Gilt Groupe has acknowledged that this resulted from them incorrectly labeling one of our products as being made from 100 percent elephant skin. They have acknowledged the mistake and have moved to correct it across their site. Unfortunately, many of their users have seen this and understandably are outraged, as are we. We do not and will never use elephant skin in any of our products.” 

PETA now claims it will remove the damning post from its site. There’s no telling what the bad press may have cost the fashion house in terms of sales and reputation. At least women wearing Oscar de la Renta are no longer in danger of getting drenched in red paint.

[via WWD]

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Adele Goes Makeup-Free on the Cover of Rolling Stone

 

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Adele’s cat-eye look is iconic but she is just as stunning without it. She goes makeup-free on the cover of Rolling Stone this month, sporting damp hair and a terry cloth robe. The striking cover accompanies an intimate story, where she opens up about her relationship with partner Simon Konecki and their 3-year-old son Angelo whom she says bosses her around: “He’s the only person that tells me no. He completely rules me. He’s the boss of me, and it’s so funny for other people to watch, because I’m the boss of everything in my work life.” (more…)