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Louise Van De Vorst to Launch Her Own Label

Louise Van Der Vorst

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Australian fashion model Louise Van De Vorst is gearing up to launch her very own fashion line next year. She told The Sunday Telegraph’s Insider, “I’d love to have my own label and I will create elegant, basic pieces made from beautiful fabrics.”

The 27-year-old has learnt a thing or two from her time on the catwalk, and hopes her understanding of the fashion industry will come in handy when approaching this latest project.

She shared, “I thought I could get a better idea of the fashion world by being in it and I have learnt a lot about the business side of the industry.” (more…)

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Calvin Harris Defends Taylor Swift in Twitter Feud with Zayn Malik

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Calvin Harris has found himself in an online feud with former-One Direction star Zayn Malik by rushing to girlfriend Taylor Swift‘s defence. 

It all began when 22-year-old Zayn retweeted a post, which suggested that Taylor was being a little, well, greedy by not releasing her music on streaming services like Spotify.

“[People] can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes,” Taylor’s quote to Time magazine read on the post. “I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: Will Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Appear in an Underwear Campaign Together?, Heidi Klum’s Epic Donald Trump Zinger

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  • Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are possibly being courted for an Armani underwear campaign. [E!]
  • Sailor Brinkley Cook appears in Seventeen. [Us Weekly]
  • Heidi Klum had the PERFECT response to Donald Trump, who said the model was no longer a “10.” [Uproxx]
  • Willow Smith is as weird as she wants to be in this latest music video. [E!]
  • Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris get into a Twitter spat over Taylor Swift because what else is there to do on a Monday? [TIME]
  • Candice Swanepoel is engaged. [Vogue UK

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UK’s Top Modeling Agencies Under Investigation for Fixing Rates

Bar Refaeli

Image: Bar Refaeli of Premier Model Management, via WENN

Some of the UK’s top modeling agencies are at the center of an investigation by the Competitions and Markets Authority, which is trying to determine if Premier Model Management, Models 1 and Storm Model Managment have been fixing the prices they charge for brands to hire their models. 

The agencies are suspected of working together in this capacity and may have violated laws against preventing competition. The agencies are still being investigated and were raided in order to determine whether or not they were acting illegally. The stakes are high for the agencies who, if found guilty, may have to let go of “up to 10 percent of their worldwide turnover.” The CMA has been investigating the issue since March and estimates that by October, it will decide whether or not to continue with the investigation or close it completely. Since the investigation is ongoing, the CMA says we shouldn’t assume the agencies are guilty of anything until all the information has been processed. 

Alek Wek, Jourdan Dunn, Anne V, Sara Sampaio, Bar Refaeli, Malaika Firth and Sasha Luss are just a handful of names represented by each agency. 

[via Independent]

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The MTV Moonman Gets a Jeremy Scott Makeover for the 2015 VMAs

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The MTV VMA Moonman just got a dope update, courtesy of none other than Jeremy Scott. The designer was tapped to put his unique spin on the coveted trophy and, of course, it came out looking more modern and badass than ever before. For this year’s show, Scott outfitted the moonman in a pair of his famous winged sneakers (because fresh footwear is a MUST at the VMAs) complete with an enormous peace sign chain. 

[ Sex Appeal, Sparkle and a Denim Red Carpet Throwback Dominate This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards ]

This new statue is also a lot more colorful – Scott replaced the silvertone design with a rainbow gasoline oil slick hue, also adding a dash of color to the moonman’s flag. “So super stoked to be asked to redesign an icon of pop culture that I adore,” Scott said in a post to Instagram earlier today. “The MTV VMA Moon Man is the coolest award any artist could even win and the ultimate to get to reimagine!” As for the kicks, Scott says, “You didn’t think I would pass up giving him my iconic wings did ya?” Oh Jeremy, we never would.

The MTV VMAs, hosted by Miley Cyrus, will air on Sunday, August 30.

[via @jeremyscott]

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Stella Mccartney Severs Ties with Wool Supplier After Damning PETA Investigation

Stella McCartney

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PETA has sniffed out yet another animal cruelty offender – and ironically, it’s one of Stella McCartney’s wool suppliers, Argentinian company Ovis 21. 

“A witness found workers in Argentina hacking into fully conscious lambs, starting to skin some of them while they were still alive and kicking, and otherwise mutilating, abusing, and neglecting lambs and sheep,” PETA wrote in a preamble to the gory footage. “All this happened in full view of other lambs. They were just feet away and cried out in what must have been terror and severe distress. Older sheep—used for their wool, then no longer wanted—were lined up, tackled, and dragged away to be shipped to slaughter.”

McCartney, who has been a vocal advocate for ethically made and sourced clothing, decided not to continue to do business with an organization that is so far removed from her values. “After conducting our own investigation in Argentina and throughout our supply chain, following a very distressful viewing of PETA US footage, we immediately ceased buying wool from Ovis 21,” she said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the cruelty seen on the footage, as animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do. This is a huge setback to help saving the grasslands in Patagonia. We are now even more determined to continue our fight for animal rights in fashion together and monitor even more closely all the suppliers involved in this industry. We are also looking into vegan wool as well, in the same manner we were able to develop and incorporate high-end alternatives to leather and fur over the years.”

This discovery brings to light how difficult it is for consumers to support ethical/sustainable fashion. McCartney thought she was working with a company in line with her principles, but it turned out to be a lie. How can conscious shoppers trust that their garments are ethically sourced without 100% transparency? PETA’s study shows just how important it is for designers, manufacturers and luxury companies to be aware of and make sure that every step in the process of manufacturing clothing is being executed ethically and professionally.

[h/t QZ via PETA]

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