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Lululemon’s Head Designer Launches ‘Technical Cashmere’ Brand Kit and Ace

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Just when you thought your normcore essentials couldn’t get comfier, enter Kit and Ace, the newest Vancouver-based brand of cushy separates, created by Lululemon’s Shannon Wilson and her son, JJ Wilson. 

The brand, which launched officially in August, has finally made its lush women’s and men’s collections available this month in time for fall layering and your holiday 2014 gift list. 

Kit and Ace is separate from Lululemon and a new departure for the Wilsons, who helped grow the yoga brand since it launched back in 1998. Shannon says Kit and Ace aims to give trendsetters clothing that works as hard as they do. (more…)

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Cara Delevingne Appears in Die Antwoord’s Blackface-Riddled Music Video

We adore hot guys, but ugly boys need love, too. Fortunately for South African rappers Die Antwoord, Cara Delevingne is willing to give them the TLC they so crave. The model appears in a music video for the rap-rave group’s “Ugly Boy,” which indeed lives up to its title.

With the help of Dita Von Teese, Jack Black, Marilyn Manson and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, the group puts together quite a creepy, bloody, gothic video. While we’d like to forget the footage of rapper Ninja getting punched in the face, his mouth spewing blood, we get a break from the violence courtesy of Cara, who pantomimes, poses with a toy gun, smooches and jumps on the rapper’s back during her cameo.

Despite all the blood, the video is all well and good until we see an image of a white man in (very bad) blackface and an afro wig. Of course, this video wouldn’t be complete without a little dose of good, old-fashioned minstrelsy! Die Antwoord is known for their provocative “shock” brand of “rap” music, so we think they added this unnecessary bit of casual racism because, why not? After all, blackface is an American thing, so it’s totally OK to do it if your music video is being released in the U.K.

Seems to fit with the theme at any rate because nothing is uglier than a white man in blackface.

[via Grazia]

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Do We Approve of Alessandra Ambrosio’s Provocative Cover for Lui? (Forum Buzz)

Lui is racking up quite the list of cover subjects, tapping the likes of Rihanna, Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen to front its provocative covers. Alessandra Ambrosio is the magazine’s latest conquest and we see the Brazilian bombshell pose with nothing but a tie wrapped strategically around her neck. 

Lui Magazine November 2014 Alessandra Ambrosio

IMAGE: THE DIGITAL EDITION OF LUI VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members are left with mixed feelings toward the cover. “Don’t like it, too much post-production going on here. Her head looks pasted onto someone else’s body. It’s unfortunate because Alessandra is the perfect choice for shoots like these. The pose reminds me of Mena Suvari in American Beauty, or is it Jennifer Aniston for US GQ?” shared Benn98.

“Ouch! This is one of the worst covers of Ale that I [have] ever seen. So cheap. So vulgar. And her face and body are different. She looks better on paparazzi shots. This awful blue background doesn’t help, too,” wrote narcyza.

But not everyone felt the same way. “Nice! I would have preferred a bit stronger makeup and a shot with her lips closed for the cover but she looks great. Nice posing that shows off her body and no crazy, vulgar nudity. I’m sure it helps that it was shot by a woman,” complimented CommanderTMugler.

“I was waiting for this moment for so long without thinking it would [be] possible tbh. The cover is great. I love the blue background, love the tie, too (Hi Mr. Grey),” Oxymore approved inside the thread.

*Alejandra* shared the same sentiments and enthused, “I think she looks PERFECT! Her body has changed so much after giving birth to 2 kids, Pilates has done a fabulous job on her. She doesn’t look muscular like Izabel Goulart & everything is toned perfectly in my opinion.”

See inside the thread for Liz Collins’ cover story with Alessandra, view the rest of the issue’s offerings and join the discussion here.

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We’ve Seen Gisele Bündchen Photographed Like This a Thousand Times (Forum Buzz)

We’re all aware of the fact that Gisele Bündchen can photograph like a dream. So, why is it that photographers and stylists insist on giving us practically the same photo over and over? Gisele stars on ELLE Brazil’s November cover, giving us the impression the cover image has been reprinted from last year (albeit the supermodel still looks like her usual gorgeous self). Photographed by Nino Munoz, the current face of Chanel’s No. 5 fragrance wears a bright yellow ensemble from Colcci with the magazine’s fonts complementing the outfit. Impressed?

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Members of our forums think the cover leaves a lot to be desired. “Nice summer cover but imo this looks too much like her World Cup shoot with Matt Jones,” complained an unimpressed kokobombon.

“I agree, I thought it was a picture from that editorial, still being reprinted,” replied KateTheGreatest, agreeing the shoot looks dated.

“All of Gisele’s photos look the same to me. It’s good, but nothing we haven’t seen multiple times already from her,” shared justaguy.

Also not feeling Brazilian ELLE‘s latest offering was Benn98: “Crikey!! This is probably her most cheesiest and generic Gisele shoot ever! Tacky colors and OTT poses galore.”

“So surprised to [see] Gisele’s face for the bazillionth time,” coutugh sarcastically posted.
 
“This is [a] very cliche and unoriginal cover of her…” proclaimed an underwhelmed GlamorousBoy.

Do magazines need to give us a break from Gisele looking the same? Is she in need of a new hairstyle? Take a peek inside the thread at the cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Naomi Campbell Is Organizing a Fashion for Relief Pop-Up Shop

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

If you’re in London and looking to get your hands on some of the fashion elite’s lightly worn throwaways, then look no further than Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief pop-up shop, going down at Westfield London.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards quite a timely cause – to help raise awareness of Ebola. Vouge UK says the store will be open for a week, from November 28 to December 4 and will include clothing from model friends, as well as pieces donated by designers. Westfield has hosted Fashion for Relief pop-up shops before, but this year’s promises to be much larger, with a wider array of pieces up for grabs. 

Campbell has been active in raising money to help fight Ebola. The legendary model is also hosting a Fashion for Relief show during both New York and London Fashion Week in February to gather funds for the cause. “Ebola does not discriminate,” she told Page Six

[via Vogue UK]

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British Fashion Council Announces This Year’s Fashion Trust Recipients

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A look from House of Holland Spring 2015; Image: Imaxtree

Hot off the heels of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners, the British Fashion Council has announced the recipients of its Fashion Trust this year. Eight London brands will join the ranks of Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Nicholas Kirkwood and more, receiving $343,551 in monetary support (divided among all the winners) as well as a mentorship to help build the selected lines.

According to WWD, this year’s recipients of the coveted prize include past winners as well. Mary Katrantzou, House of Holland, Zoe Jordan, Emilia Wickstead, Richard Nicoll, Michael van der Ham, Todd Lynn and Osman will all get an injection of cash as well as help from the BFC’s network to aid in building up the respective labels.

Congratulations to all the winners! We can’t wait to see how each of the lines grow in the next year.

[via WWD]

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