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Which Aussie Designers Will Giuliana Rancic Wear for the ASTRAs?

Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry at the 2014 AMAs

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Fresh from the Zendaya’s-locs-smell-like-weed debacle, E! News host Giuliana Rancic has landed in Australia ahead of her hosting gig at tomorrow night’s 2015 ASTRA Awards.

We’re predicting a good mix of Aussie designers to be worn by the the 40-year-old fashionista, considering her clear appreciation for down-under labels and easy access while on our turf.

“My stylist Monica will have a rack of dresses in the US and she will say ‘which one do you like?’ And I will pick one and she starts laughing because it is always an Australian designer,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “There is just something about them. They take risks and are very cutting edge when it comes to fashion.” (more…)

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Shorter Hair May Mean a Stronger Economy

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Long hair, don’t care? Try short hair, don’t care. In a trend dubbed the “lob index” (kind of like the “lipstick index”) by U.K. economists, studies claim that the trend for shorter hair gains traction as the economy improves.

And they may have a point. Lobs have been trending like crazy, even stateside. Kylie Jenner, Margot Robbie (who is Australian) and Kim Kardashian have adopted the look — and it seems our economy is slowly getting better as well. The lob is not an easy style to maintain and more frequent trips to the hair salon indicate that folks have more money to spend on such niceties.

So lob away, ladies! We know you can afford it now.

[via Telegraph]

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Newsflash! Glamour Features a Model on Its April Cover (Forum Buzz)

Our forums were blown away after news broke that a model had landed the cover of Glamour. Yes, really — a relevant model made the cover of the magazine’s April issue and we have the proof right here. Natalia Vodianova delivers a fantastic cover shot wearing a white dress from Christian Dior, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

US Glamour April 2015 Natalia Vodianova Patrick Demarchelier

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It should come as no surprise that our forums are elated to see a model grace the cover after being bombarded with countless singers and actresses. “Exciting! I will always love Natalia, and I’m glad she’s the one representing models on the cover,” exclaimed SallyAlbright, getting us off to a good start.

“Oh wow! Now this is what I’m talking about! After being disappointed with her recent covers my favorite is back! A little sex appeal goes a long way with Natalia,” A.D.C. replied.

Sharing the same sentiments was MON: “Now this is a model cover. Very dominant, striking and gorgeous!”

The rest of us were left wanting even more model content. Forum member marsnoop2 was quick to ask, “Are there multiple covers? The cover line ‘The New Power Models’ makes it seem that way.”

“Natalia looks gorgeous, as always. I hope there are multi-covers for the April issue. I would love to see Liya Kebede on the cover. Jourdan Dunn also,” RanThe hoped.

TeeVanity agreed, “So lovely, I need this! Hoping it’s multi-covers too or if not this is still lovely.”

Are you impressed Glamour tapped a model for its cover? Check out some previews and share your opinion here.

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Coming This Fall: Anthony Vaccarello for Lancôme

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Last week, Anthony Vaccarello showed his namesake Fall 2015 collection during Paris Fashion Week, where makeup artist Tom Pecheux created a graphic, star-shaped cat-eye for the models. The designer, who is also the creative director of Versus, is now entering the world of cosmetics with Lancôme. 

“I was inspired by the Lancôme woman’s femininity and charisma — a special kind of elegance that’s never lifeless nor frozen. For me, Lancôme embodies the philosophy of understated beauty: it’s something quintessentially French,” said the designer in a statement to Vogue UK.

Lancôme’s international general director, Françoise Lehmann, says, “We are thrilled he has agreed to join us in this collaboration, taking over from talents such as Proenza Schouler, Alber Elbaz and, more recently, Yiqing Yin, Alexandre Vauthier and Jacquemus. Entrusting a selection of our most iconic products to a designer with such a unique creative universe is an incredibly energising and enriching experience for a Maison like ours that constantly combines heritage and innovation.”

The limited-edition range will launch in Europe in October 2015 and stateside on Net-a-Porter thereafter.

[via Vogue UK]

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Vivienne Westwood Embroiled in Tax Avoidance Scandal

Image: Marcio Madeira/News Pictures/WENN.com

Image: Marcio Madeira/News Pictures/WENN.com

Vivienne Westwood has been accused of tax avoidance and finds herself in a bit of legal trouble. The designer has reportedly been paying an offshore Luxembourg company £2 million a year for the rights to use her name. Apparently, by relocating the rights away from the U.K., the designer may have circumvented paying U.K.’s government taxes every year, reducing her burden by about £500,000. 

This is a big no-no, especially considering the principles of the Green Party, which Westwood herself supports. The designer allegedly donated £300,000 to the group, whose platform for governance is in opposition to these types of shady practices. In fact, the Green Party is hell-bent on making sure companies can no longer look to overseas locations in order to avoid paying taxes. According to The Telegraph, the group is championing a bill outlawing the practice. 

Westwood’s people say the designer paid her share of taxes and that the Luxembourg holding company they’re paying, Latimo SA, is getting royalties due to a licensing agreement. “Vivienne Westwood Ltd and all the companies belonging to the group pay all the required taxes in all the countries in which they trade or operate, in accordance to audited financial statements. All British entities based in the UK paid the required taxes. Within the UK, Vivienne Westwood Limited paid £780,228 of taxes in 2013 and £1,250,858 of taxes in 2012.”

Allegedly, last year’s tax bill should have been at least £500,000 more. There have been a few design houses accused of tax avoidance recently, including Dolce & Gabbana (found innocent) and Prada, which is also under investigation. As they say, only death and taxes are certain in life and just as the grim reaper always catches up to you, so does the taxman.

[via The Telegraph]

 

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A Radiant Robin Wright Makes the Cover of Vanity Fair’s April Issue (Forum Buzz)

Robin Wright, giving us major Charlize Theron J’adore commercial vibes, is the newest celebrity to star on the cover of Vanity Fair. The 48-year-old House of Cards actress appears effortless and radiant on the newly-released April issue, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier

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Forum members were quick to descend on the thread and share their opinions. “A nice clean image almost ruined by all the text. Nonetheless, I still like it. I’ll take Patrick over Testino any day,” declared A.D.C.

“Wow! What a wonderful surprise and truly refreshing cover choice! Robin Wright has always been a fantastic actress — and despite having an entirely tabloid-worthy life, she has done everything in her power to maintain as much of her privacy as possible. Much respect for her. As a huge House of Cards fan, I am positively thrilled to see this. She is, truly, nothing short of magnificent on that series. Such depth and mystery and emotion. Superb acting. Very very deserving cover,” added an elated happycanadian.

MON was also quick to show support: “Fantastic! This makes me so happy because a beautiful woman is well represented and her beauty is not tampered beyond recognition. This is what you get when you utilize Demarchelier [rather] than Testino. This feels like the Rosamund cover but is so much better. This feels so inspired and I might actually buy this.”

“I’m so glad they didn’t Photoshop her to death. She’s a stunning woman and a wonderful actress and I’m glad she’s on the cover. Considering the success of House of Cards and how amazing she’s in it you’d think she’d have more exposure,” shared mistress_f.

Are you happy to see Robin score the cover of Vanity Fair? Join the discussion here

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