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Finally – Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video

After spending the past week teasing image after image of all her famous homies appearing in her new music video, Taylor Swift finally premiered “Bad Blood” at the start of the Billboard Music Awards. As promised, the video was full of famous people (mostly women) doing badass things. 

Taylor and her celebrity cohorts seem to all be part of some underground secret agency of bionic women. The music videos had all the celeb cameos it promised – Karlie Kloss and Tay Tay box it out in a rink, Taylor and Lily Aldridge fight one-on-one in a snow-filled chamber, Elie Goulding shoots an enormous gun. There were also appearances from Mariska Hargitay and Cindy Crawford, whose brief presences were all too welcome.

But for all the hype around the video, would we call it groundbreaking? Well it was definitely entertaining but for all the hype, we expected just a bit more. But still – it’s good celebrity fun and you can always count on Taylor to bring that to the table.

[Video: Vid.Me]

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Balmain Is H&M’s Next Big Design Collaboration

Jourdan Dunn Olivier Rousteing Balmain Kendall Jenner H&M

Image: Getty

This fall’s next major designer/fast fashion collaboration was just announced on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet. Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing just let the world know that the French fashion house is teaming up with Swedish retailer H&M for a collection.

With Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn in tow, Rousteing explained that their looks, which we would have otherwise guessed were true blue Balmain, were from the forthcoming collaboration with the retailer. And from the looks of this preview, it’s going to be good. Jenner was clad in a pair of black pants and over-the-knee boots with a pearl-encrusted black jacket, clearly a less-expensive version of the black tuxedo jackets the house offered for Fall 2012. On Dunn (also in tall boots), a navy blue top with sheer panels and thicker bands, embellished with gold hardware, similar to what we saw for Fall 2014. She completed the look with one of the wraparound tulip skirts we saw for the house’s Fall 2013 collection and a thick gold metal belt.

So far, it seems as if the collection will have a lot of less expensive versions of past Balmain pieces. And considering that the few looks we’ve seen already look so much like real-life Balmain, we have a feeling folks are going to go wild for this collab.

H&M confirmed the partnership on Twitter today.

Rousteing has been vocal in the past about fast fashion retailers getting “inspired” by his work for Balmain, so it comes as little surprise that he would team up with one for a collection. 

Brace yourselves for five and a half months of Balmainia for H&M.


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Link Buzz: Julia Roberts Loves Amal Clooney as Much as We Do, Beyoncé Supports Hillary Clinton

Julia Roberts

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  • Amal Clooney has found a fan in Julia Roberts. [Stylist]
  • This restaurant is serving Hello Kitty dim sum. [CNN]
  • What a surprise (not really): A study shows that showing clothes on average-size models can actually be good for business. [Marie Claire]
  • Rob Lowe is obsessed with the “dadbod” concept. [The Cut]
  • This PSA compares high fashion to prison in order to raise awareness about child labor. [Adweek]
  • Beyoncé has thrown support behind Hillary Clinton, so now the Beyhive knows who to vote for. [@HillaryClinton]
  • Solange Knowles debuted new song “Rise” written for the cities of Baltimore and Ferguson. [Rap-Up

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Cameron Russell Is All Smiles on Vogue Spain’s June 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Ever since the start of 2015, we’ve noticed a decline in Vogue Spain‘s creativity. Forum members began to rant about just how mediocre and tiresome the magazine had become, but after the release of its June 2015 issue, we’re beginning to see signs of improvement. Cameron Russell makes a splash on Spanish Vogue‘s latest, captured by Miguel Reveriego with Belen Antolin on styling duties.

Vogue Spain June 2015 Cameron Russell by Miguel Reveriego


Forum members began to voice their opinions as soon as the cover broke. “It’s so good to finally see a Vogue Espana cover that’s true to their form! Zero gimmick, just the model, the fashion and the beauty! This is the kind of cover from them that I loved and it’s so good to see it back. Fantastic!” applauded MON.

“Much better than the previous covers,” contributed eneroenero.

Echoing the same sentiments was gossiping: “Woooow! So many good covers lately. This is amazing.”

“I love everything about this cover. But I do not like her face, she is a beautiful girl and Miguel is a great photographer but I think this is not the best shot of Cameron,” shared GlamVal, feeling a little disappointed.

Benn98 felt underwhelmed, too. “This looks really dated. I love Cameron and it’s a good cover for Vogue Spain, but it looks like something lifted from their 2000’s vault. What bothers me most is that the art direction doesn’t match what they’ve done so far,” he shared.

Also not a fan of the design was blueorchid: “Looks like Vogue Portugal…”

“I’m surprised! Cameron is always beautiful on Vogue covers, almost always flawless. What went wrong?” asked fashionlover2001.

Is Vogue Spain showing signs of improvement? Drop us a comment here.

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Opening Ceremony Now Has a Footwear License with Aldo Product Services

Opening Cermony FW15

Image: Opening Ceremony Fall 2015 via Imaxtree

We can’t lie – we’re huge fans of Opening Ceremony’s footwear range. Its hip, edgy, directional offerings never cease to excite and you can count on its shoe collaborations to bring a refreshing twist to old classics. It looks like the retailer is about to expand its footwear category with the help of Aldo Group’s Aldo Product Services. Opening Ceremony has signed a global licensing agreement with the Canada-based company for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. Opening Ceremony previously had an agreement with Six London, whose brands include Marcus Lupfer, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and more.

Though OC has a brand new deal with a brand new company, the retailer will continue designing footwear in-house while Aldo handles production and manufacturing. So while the aesthetic we’re used to from Opening Ceremony might not change, the people actually putting the shoes together will. 

Opening Ceremony co-founder Carol Lim explained the new agreement: “We are committed to growing this category and it was important for us to expand into areas in the footwear line that we previously were not able to access due to production constraints. With APS, we don’t run into those types of issues anymore.”

[via Business of Fashion]

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Bill de Blasio Takes Action to Help New York City Manicurists

Nail salon

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is the latest to take initiative to help change the sweatshop-like working conditions manicurists in New York City endure. According to The New York Times, wage violations and licensing issues are generally under the jurisdiction of the state, but de Blasio is looking to do his part for the cause. Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would be taking action, investigating salons and creating new rules to protect workers from the health risks associated with being around nail products day in and day out. He also mentioned that salons will be held accountable for underpaying employees and will be shut down if they do not supply back wages.  

As there is only so much the city can do, de Blasio’s initiative seems to mostly be centered around spreading information to workers. The mayor has proposed a “day of action” this Thursday, where 500 city employees and volunteers will go to nail salons around the city, educating workers of their rights and reminding employers of their duties. They hope to reach out to 800-1,000 salons. Letters to salon owners reminding them that they are required to give paid sick leave will also be mailed out. 

Though the city’s actions are limited, de Blasio has enlisted the Department of Consumer Affairs to investigate salons, testing to see if “nontoxic” or “3-free” nail polish products actually contain harmful chemicals. If the products are found to have such ingredients, manufacturers will be subpoenaed. The Department of Consumer Affairs has also started a petition aimed at the Personal Care Products Council to ban the offending ingredients and has written the FDA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to do so as well.

It is heartening to see that the government is just as appalled by the flagrant abuses and exploitation of manicurists in the area. It is wonderful that both city and state offices are actually working to right these wrongs, instead of simply paying lip service to the issue. Hopefully, we can eradicate the exploitation that has become the status quo of the New York nail industry.

[via NYT]

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