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Uniqlo Expands with Two New Stores in Sydney and Melbourne

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After an influx of shoppers to Uniqlo’s first Australian store at Melbourne’s Emporium building, the Japanese retail giant is looking to expand throughout the country with additional stores in both Sydney and Melbourne. While the dates remain unconfirmed, we now know that Uniqlo will be opening in Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre and North Ryde’s Macquarie Centre.

It’s public knowledge that the brand was negotiating a lease for the Macquarie space, along with Victoria’s Secret and Zara, but the agreement has now been confirmed. “We’re very excited to be bringing Uniqlo to two great new locations in Sydney, now adding the Macquarie Centre to the list,” said Uniqlo Australia CEO Shoichi Miyasaka, as reported by Time Out Sydney.

But unlike H&M, which recently announced its opening in the up-and-coming Macquarie Centre, Uniqlo still has plans to set up in Sydney CBD’s Pitt Street Mall as well. Shoichi seems to be taking mental notes on how Aussie customers are reacting to the brand’s affordable products, going off its existing Melbourne store and Sydney pop-up as indication. “Growing the brand in this market is obviously very important and from what we’ve seen so far, Australians have responded really well to our offering.”

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Link Buzz: Rihanna Releasing New MAC Viva Glam Shade, Olivia Wilde Breastfeeds in Glamour

Image: M.A.C

Image: M.A.C

  • Watch Marc Jacobs‘ new ‘Incognito’ bag get made. [T]
  • Rita Ora‘s video teaser for her Adidas Originals collection is out, a little weird. [Upscale Hype]
  • Rihanna unveils a new Viva Glam shade for MAC. [Hollywood Life]
  • “Get Off My Internets” is an online hate-group aimed at bloggers. Trolling never ends, does it? [Racked]
  • A man was nearly killed by a bear attack before he was saved by the bell–or rather, his Justin Bieber ringtone. Who knew the Biebs would actually contribute something to society? [NY Post]
  • Bruce Jenner’s got an interesting new ‘do. [Just Jared]
  • Olivia Wilde is pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in the latest issue of Glamour. [NYDN]
  • Tiffany & Co.‘s new creative director might switch up the appearance of the jeweler’s famous blue boxes. [Vogue UK]
  • This news anchor got busted for stealing $2,500 worth of Coach wallets after employees at the store recognized her on television as the thief. [NY Post]
  • The New York Times published the first legal marijuana ad on Sunday. Change…it’s a-comin’! [Policy Mic]

 

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Indian Fashion Editorial Depicting a Woman Being Attacked on a Bus Sparks Major Outrage

They say life influences art, but whether that “art” should be produced is another story. Raj Shetye, a Mumbai-based photographer, recently published an editorial called “The Wrong Turn,” which has managed to upset quite a few people. The spread depicts an Indian woman being assaulted on a bus by a pack of men — it’s hard not to draw comparisons between the shoot and the tragic death of the 23-year-old woman known as “Nirbhaya,” who was raped and murdered by four men on a bus in December 2012. The story shook India and also the rest of the world. 

But despite the marked situational similarities, Shetye says that the shoot was not inspired by what happened that tragic day. Hmm…whatever you say, dude. The photographer adds that the series is “in no way meant to glamorize the act…It’s just a way of throwing light on it.” Considering that the event itself sparked an international outcry, we’re not sure if this sort of light needs to be thrown on the issue at all. Shetye admitted it took awhile for him to do the shoot in the first place, telling BuzzFeed that he had the concept in mind, but waited to follow through with it because the event was so fresh in the international consciousness. (more…)

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Victoria Beckham is Putting Her Wardrobe Up for Auction – for a Good Cause

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Image: Getty Images Entertainment

For all you girls who have waxed poetic about raiding Victoria Beckham‘s closet, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is! The designer and style crush of just about everyone has announced that she’s putting her wardrobe up for auction, in partnership with The Outnet. Beckham has teamed with the discount luxury e-tailer, donating over 600 items from her enviable closet so that slender fashionistas with deep pockets and a high line of credit can bid on some pieces to benefit mothers2mothers, a charity that helps mothers with HIV. 

There are pieces dating back all the way to her Spice Girls days as well as more recent items that you might remember if you’re a die-hard fan. Up on the block is a checkered Roland Mouret dress Beckham was photographed wearing in 2012, uplifted with oxblood accents like a cropped sweater, belt and oversized croc pouch. Also on tap is a gray, strong-shoulder, striped illusion dress by Alexander McQueen that she sported back in 2006. These might be throwback items for Beckham, but the fact that they’re still completely wearable today is a testament to her timeless style. 

In addition to the items already up for grabs,The Outnet and Beckham have handpicked 10 pieces for a high-stakes Going, Going, Gone sale. The exclusive pieces have been priced by Christie’s and according to The Outnet, will be up for grabs in a sort of “reverse auction.”

So, if you’ve got the coins and the bod to squeeze into one of Beckham’s frocks, you can register to shop the private sale which will run live from August 20 to August 25. 

[via The Outnet, WWD]

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‘At Least It’s Not a Dead Celebrity': Mixed Reviews for Natalia Vodianova’s September Vanity Fair Cover (Forum Buzz)

“Is it September or December?” one might ask upon looking at Vanity Fair‘s latest cover. The image, photographed by Mario Testino, features a mostly nude Natalia Vodianova draped in fur, with the word “Style” emblazoned across the front in red ribbon. The typography invokes a holiday feeling — maybe the mag is saying a partially nude Natalia is like Christmas coming three months early? We can only guess. 

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Image: Vanity Fair

Many forum members seemed put off by the amount of Photoshop used on the image. “Boring & lifeless. It looks like it was produced between flights in an airport lounge. And as a big Natalia fan, I’m almost insulted by that poor Photoshop. Testino, why?” wrote Royal-Galliano.

Plenty of folks were just happy to see a model on the cover of an American magazine, a rare sight these days. “At least we have a model on another US September cover and it’s always a pleasure to see Natalia; even though another snapper could have made this sub-par portrait classic! Sad,” wrote Fiercification.

For nightclubbing, the casting choice was a little confusing: “I don’t understand why she’s on the cover but at least it’s not a dead celebrity or a paparazzi shot.”

But not everyone was disappointed by this effort, with testinofan writing in support of the work of his beloved photog, “Loveeed fierce cover!!!!”

HelaFav5 seemed to be feeling the image as well, calling it “Testino’s best work recently.”

And though the ribbon lettering was a problem for some, cottonmouth13 didn’t seem to be bothered by it: “For some reason, I like it. Especially how the word ‘Style’ was written. Although it feels like a winter cover rather than a fall one. But you have Natalia here looking gorgeous. Definitely an unexpected choice and I love that (Praise the good Lord it’s not a dead celebrity).” 

What do you think of the cover? Hurry over to our forums to sound off! 

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Australian Plus-Size Model Laura Wells Lands Her First Cover

Australian plus-size model Laura Wells just landed her very first magazine cover, fronting Spain’s most popular fashion magazine, Yo Dona. Wearing a brown leaf print bikini in the pool for her big moment, Laura couldn’t be happier about her role as cover girl.

“Woo hoo my first cover for one of Spains most popular weekly fashion magazines @yodona Thanks @juanaldabaldetrecu for your awesome photography and @maurosaccoccini for making me look purdy and Spain for loving curves!” Laura wrote to her Instagram. (more…)

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