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Montreal-Based Brand Pursebox Launches Duty-Free Shopping Site


Lancaster Paris Savana Crossbody Bag, $248; Image: Courtesy of Pursebox

Hey, Canadian shoppers: Tired of crazy duties and not enough online selection? Us, too. Pursebox just launched in La Belle Province to help bridge the gap between you and your favourite carryalls. The idea? To help bring Canadian and international brands to Northern home turf faster and easier. Because fashion doesn’t always have to be a pain, right?

Pursebox—officially launching on April 15—is promising “world-class brands without the import fees” and has brands like Lancaster Paris, Annabel Ingall and more stocking its e-shelves. Now, to shoppers addicted to clicking their way to top fashion items or who live far away from urban cities across the country, this is huge.


Annabel Ingall Jojo Crossbody Bag, $359; Image: Courtesy of Pursebox

“When looking for a quality leather purse at an accessible price, Canadians don’t always know where to go,” says Ania Kuskowski, president of Pursebox.

And even if they do, they have to pay a premium for brand-name bags and the haute shipping that comes with it. On top of elevating the Canadian e-commerce market, Pursebox is promising to eliminate annoying duties on delivery and complicated cross-border returns.

“We’ve created an online destination where they can enjoy the latest purse trends without paying thousands of dollars for them. It’s a hub for purse-lovers,” explains Kuskowski.

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Did Kelly Osbourne Throw Shade to Giuliana Rancic on Twitter?

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Earlier this week, Giuliana Rancic came forward to finally explain what really happened when she made that tasteless joke about Zendaya’s hair at the Oscars on an episode of Fashion Police. Both Rancic and the show experienced backlash from fans and also from now ex-cast members like Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin. Rancic said her “patchouli oil or weed” joke was cut for time, and her references to hippie culture, like making peace signs and using the word “bohemian,” were edited out and that is the reason why the joke appeared to be so offensive.

Kelly Osbourne allegedly isn’t buying it. Osbourne has been a vocal player in this recent Fashion Police debacle, so when eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted what they believe to be a subtweet aimed at Rancic, they took the bait.

On Monday, Osbourne tweeted “Liars ALWAYS get caught,” which considering the timing of the tweet – happening just a few hours after Rancic’s interview on the Today Show aired – seems a little shady. Of course, unless Osbourne herself comes out to confirm that yes, the tweet was aimed at Rancic we can’t be 100% sure it was directed at her, but needless to say, the timing of the tweet is really quite curious.

There are rumors that Osbourne told Rancic during the taping that the joke was not a good idea, but she insisted on telling it anyway. According to Kathy Griffin, the joke was written by someone else, and not Rancic herself. 

All we know is that this entire thing is a mess.

[via Us]

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Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone Are Document’s Spring Cover Girls (Forum Buzz)

More often than not, we’re too wrapped up in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE that we forget there are other interesting titles available at the newsstand. This week, Document found itself the topic of discussion in our forums as the New York-based title unveiled double covers for its Spring 2015 issue via Hats off to the biannual magazine for scoring models Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone as cover girls. Daria was captured by Collier Schorr for the occasion, while Lara reclined back on a chair for Tyrone Lebon.

Document Magazine Spring 2015 Daria Werbowy Lara Stone


As you’d expect, one cover sticks out over the other. Or does it? “Is it me or does Daria look different?” questioned Oxymore immediately.

“Too much chest in Daria’s picture,” added madzedre, disappointed with the outcome.

DutchHomme wasn’t having any of it, either. “Daria looks uncomfortable. The cover would look better with some text on her chest. I like the cover with Daria the most BUT both covers are weak. Lara Stone is looking like a different person on that cover. Perhaps because the lack of Photoshop,” he shared.

Also underwhelmed and uninterested was Phuel: “They have two of the top women and this is the result…? I guess it’s meant to be ironic how amateur, how plain it is… Weak.”

“Daria again? Why does she get back to back covers? There are so many other girls. At least she doesn’t look as haggard and worn as she did last time. I’m going with Lara on this one. The minimal retouching does wonders for her,” Benn98 discredited.

Do you completely disagree? Be sure to add your own two cents here.

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Georgia May Jagger, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse Wrote a Song Together

UK Vogue April 2015 Cara, Georgia & Suki Mario Testino


Music is truly universal, y’all. A genre of expression born out of the American south has inspired some of our leggy model friends from across the pond. Vogue UK cover girls Georgia May Jagger, Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne have gotten together to write a song – though we’re not sure if we’ll be hearing it anytime soon.

Jagger told Grazia that she and her supermodel sisters penned a country tune together while hanging out one night with Jagger’s music producer boyfriend Josh McLellan. “He helped make us a beat and we wrote the lyrics,” she said. “It’s about girls on the road without men, listening to the radio, that kind of thing. We’ve done a couple of songs.” Supermodels kicking around the country, jamming to bumpin’ tunes and feeling all warm and empowered on the inside? Sounds like an instant classic.

Jagger admits that she and her model homies have recorded other songs together, though the country tune in question only has one verse, so… we’re probably not going to be streaming it from Tidal in the near future. 

[via Grazia]

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UK Tabloids Are so Sorry for Running False Stories about Kate Moss

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Some of the UK’s biggest news publications are begging for Kate Moss’ forgiveness after running false information about the model’s health. Of course we all know how juicy gossip stories about the rich and famous’ private exploits are journalistic gold for many publications, but sometimes the craziest stories, the ones that seem too good to be true are exactly just that. It’s a lesson Grazia, the Mail on Sunday and The Sun were reminded of after they published stories claiming that Moss had been whisked away in an ambulance following Mario Testino’s birthday party back in October, some insinuating that the incident was part of a grand cover-up to mask health concerns the model is dealing with. 

Since the story wound up being false, all three papers have published retractions, apologizing to Moss for any damage done to her name over the fabricated tales. “An article on March 8 said an ambulance was called when Kate Moss became ill at a late night party at the Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London last October,” the Mail published in its Clarifications and Retractions section. “We now accept that this incident did not occur and that no ambulance was called for her. We apologise to Miss Moss for any offence caused.”

We’re just mostly glad that Kate Moss is in good health. 

[via the Independent, Daily Mail]

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J.Lo’s Versace Grammys Dress Inspired Google Image Search

Jennifer Lopez Versace Grammys

Image: WENN

Next time you use Google to search for shirtless pictures of the Hemsworth brothers, just know that you should be thanking Jennifer Lopez and that infamous green Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Project Syndicate published a piece by one of Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he recounts how founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin got the idea for Google’s image search after Jennifer Lopez wore that revealing frock all those years ago. Apparently, after the Grammys, search engine queries for the dress skyrocketed. People wanted to see J.Lo in the barely there look – and the look only, rather than having to skim over web pages with actual text to get to the good stuff. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen,” Schmidt writes. “But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.­Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

So, it seems a combination of human laziness and celebrity exhibitionism are to credit for the fact that we can search for photos of Shiba Inu puppies in a snap. And you say celebrities never did anything for you. We should all be sending Ms. Lopez a fruit basket right now. 

[via Project Syndicate]

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