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Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jourdan Dunn and More Design Fendi Bags for Charity

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

What do Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Leandra Medine, Jourdan Dunn and Rachel Feinstein have in common? They all just designed bags for Fendi. The Italian fashion house tapped the fivesome to put their spin on its 3Baguette bag, each of which will go up for auction to benefit various charities chosen by each of the celebrity designers.

Starting February 13, you’ll be able to see the bags on display when you visit the Fendi flagship for a month. That day, Karl Lagerfeld and co. will gather at Fendi’s new Madison Avenue store in New York City to fête the special edition pieces. Should you have the means to dish out dollars for any of these purses, you can sleep at night knowing your money went for a good cause. Proceeds from the bags will go to five celeb-backed charities like Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, which helps improve needy communities around the world on the education, arts, health and cultural fronts. Leandra’s will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, while Sarah’s goes to the Brain Trauma Foundation. For Jourdan, her money will go to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Rachel’s will benefit the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. RiRi, Rachel and SJP also created additional micro-baguette versions.

The bags will be auctioned off from February 13 to March 13 at launch3baguetteauction.fendi.com. Get your bidding fingers ready.

[via WWD]

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Julianne Hough Sports Classic Monochrome in Camilla and Marc

Julianna Hough

Photo: Alberto Reyes/WENN

Julianne Hough stepped out on January 15 to judge a dancing competition held by Gillette Venus and Dance On at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, sporting a salsa-appropriate frock by Camilla and Marc.

The actress and Dancing with the Stars judge opted for a black-and-white two-tone piece from the Australian label’s Spring 2014 collection, featuring a fitted bodice with an asymmetrical skirt draping from the mid-thigh.

The outfit was classic and strictly monochromatic with black patent heels, and accessorising was kept to a minimum with just a few fine-gold rings. You might remember the divine Emmy Rossum rocking the same dress, styled differently with matching earrings and strappy shoes instead.

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Marks & Spencer’s Australian Invasion is Probably Imminent

Rumours of Marks & Spencer’s Australian entry have been circling for over 18 months now, but fresh hints have emerged and the grapevine’s getting chatty again.

Word about town is that the UK retailer is seeking out a local ad agency, with a senior agency executive telling AdNews, “As far as I can tell, M&S hasn’t decided on which agency to appoint and in terms of opening, well, no-one knows the exact date but it will definitely happen soon,” it read.

AdNews also reported a note by Asia’s leading equity brokers and investment group, CLSA, revealing that M&S, if and when it lands down under, is looking at opening up to 30 stores in the next three years. “H&M is targeting 55, Zara 20 and Marks & Spencer (yet to enter the market) 30.” Not a great deal compared to its 700-plus stores in the UK, but it’s still a big figure for a brand which is yet to confirm any move to Australia at this point. (more…)

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Is the Moon a Planet or a Star? Isaac Mizrahi Investigates

Isaac Mizarhi is a fashion designer – not an astronomer. So you will forgive him for this hilarious exchange with QVC host Jane Treacy as to what celestial body the moon actually is (hint: it’s just a moon.) The designer was on hand to show off his latest wares for the shopping network, which Treacy seemed to think looked like a view of Earth from a planet she likes to call “the moon.” Uh, wut?

Mizrahi is quick to throw shade at the hostess’ mistake, but soon after, he backtracks. “The moon is a planet, darling,” he says like he’s sure of it. They go back and forth, until they arrive on the correct answer: The moon is not a planet.

Watch the whole hilarious exchange above, and just be glad Isaac Mizrahi and Treacy aren’t employed by NASA.

[via Gawker]

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Vanessa Friedman Is Spot-On in This Takedown of Terry Richardson

On a scale of one to “Girl…!” (10), just how wonderful is Vanessa Friedman’s takedown of Harper’s Bazaar‘s decision to bring Terry Richardson back into its loving embrace? We’re going to go with “Oh, snap,” which in numerical terms would be an 11.

IMAGE CREDIT: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

If you noticed, this month’s Harper’s Bazaar cover image is of a topless Miranda Kerr, taken in Richardson’s unmistakable style, white background and all. Since last year when several models came forward accusing Richardson of sexual abuse, publications that have typically used his services have backed away from the photographer. But BuzzFeed notes that Richardson was still on contract with Bazaar.

Perhaps Bazaar was hoping we forgot that the man is an accused predator. Friedman, however, definitely remembers. In an article pondering the publication’s speedy forgiveness, she cites John Galliano’s breakdown, shunning and ultimate reintegration into the fashion community. Fashion people seem to be in a forgiving mood these days, but she says Richardson’s demons are particularly troubling to overlook not only because he doesn’t seem to have done anything to atone for them, but his alleged actions are decidedly out of line with the heart of what women’s fashion is about. 

“Fashion is an industry whose whole identity is based on catering to women and making them feel better about themselves,” she wrote. “Celebrating someone who has been accused of doing the exact opposite risks undermining the very point of the discipline.” Ouch.

“Women buy clothes to solve problems,” she continues, “of how to communicate power, empathy, femininity, ability; of how to define their place in the world. And they buy magazines to help them understand how to do that. The way a photographer interacts with and views the women he shoots goes to the very heart of this message.”

So, does that mean a fashion magazine hiring Richardson is going against what fashion is all about? Uh, we’re inclined to say yes. And that, y’all, is the shade.

[via NYT]

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Shoe Collection Is Finally Getting a Showroom

Sarah Jessica Parker just found a better place to display her shoes than the steps of 66 Perry Street. The actress launched her range with Nordstrom of footwear last year and still had no showroom location to show all her little shoesies at once. That is, until now. 

You can thank property boss Francesco Bardazzi for SJP’s new setup. The executive vice president of PD properties is putting Ms. Parker and her shoes in a spot at 156 Fifth Ave. The 3,000 square-foot Flatiron location will carry SJP’s wares and will open up during New York Fashion Week, which makes us wonder if Parker will show next season’s collection in tandem with this opening. We sure hope so!

The location is still under construction, but at least you can all sleep better tonight knowing that SJP’s found a big enough closet to hold all her branded shoes.

[via NYP]

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