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Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Blowdry Chain in London

You won’t find a single leather-bound journal or cashmere sweater at Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest business endeavor. The lifestyle guru is determined to dip her perfectly-manicured toes into as many different waters as possible — as long as those waters promise to be lucrative. She’s already telling us how to eat right and dress on her Goop website, so it was only a matter of time before Gwyneth started helping us decide what to do with our hair.


we’ve landed in London. #blocoventgarden @bloheartstheUK @bloheartsyou @davidbabaii #gwynethdavidheartblo

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Gwyneth and celebrity hairstylist David Babaii have joined forces as ambassadors for the Blo Blow Dry Bar chain. The Goopster just helped launch a new location for the brand at Market Place in London’s Covent Garden district. The actress took to Instagram to announce the newly-opened location, and herald the arrival of the first Blo in London. There are already over 45 Blo bars in North America and around the world.

Babaii and Gwyneth signed on with Blo in May, in hopes that their celebrity status and expertise would help elevate the brand. The trio seems to be rolling along quite nicely. Gwyneth recently helped launch a beauty bar from sister brand Body By Blo in Naples. Between these openings and her Goop pop-up, Gwyneth’s certainly a busy gal.

[via ELLE UK]

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Flashback: Vogue Paris November 2006 with Paris Hilton by Mario Testino

As Kim Kardashian breaks the Internet on the cover of Paper‘s Winter 2014 issue, we take a look back at Paris Hilton’s controversial cover of Vogue Paris for this week’s Fashion Flashback.

Carine Roitfeld tapped Paris for the November 2006 cover, getting Mario Testino to photograph the blond socialite for the flattering cover shoot. Paris flaunted her sun-kissed skin and toned physique wearing a gray flannel skirt by Azzedine Alaïa teamed with a white cotton tank from Ralph Lauren. Gone were the hair extensions in favor of a cleverly-styled shorter hairdo and long fringe, making Paris look better than ever.

Flashback Vogue Paris November 2006 Paris Hilton Mario Testino


Paris may not have been everyone’s dream cover subject at the time, but the rest of the issue doesn’t disappoint. David Sims captured models Coco Rocha, Natasha Poly, Bette Franke, Tanya Dziahileva and a range of other girls for a fabulous beauty story, doing each of the girls justice by adding great shots to their ever-growing portfolios. Norwegian model Iselin Steiro went skiing for the magazine, photographed by Mikael Jansson, with Karl Templer on styling duties. Diana Dondoe and Missy Rayder both baked under the scorching summer sun, showcasing the season’s hottest new accessory — the oversized handbag. Later in the issue, Roitfeld styled Lara Stone for their first shoot together (there would be many more to come) with the model donning knitwear and denim pieces as Terry Richardson captured it all on location in Paris.

It’s times like this when we truly miss Roitfeld’s presence at French Vogue. Familiarize yourself with the content of Vogue Paris’ November 2006 issue here.

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Why Stella McCartney Doesn’t Work with PVC

Stella mcCartney in a laidback casual look

IMAGE: Imaxtree

Stella McCartney‘s namesake label is known for its sustainable, environmentally-friendly approach to producing luxury fashion goods. It is one of the only high fashion houses that doesn’t use fur or leather in any of its products, but traditional skins and pelts aren’t the only things on McCartney’s no-no list. The designer chatted with WWD‘s Bridget Foley about staying true to her aesthetic and morals, while sitting at the head of her label. Through the interview, you really get a good feel of how passionate McCartney really is, and that being sustainable is about much more than shying away from fur.

“I also don’t do PVC,” McCartney revealed. “I work with women’s groups in Kenya and I work with associations in Patagonia. It’s not just about my lifestyle choices. It’s more than that now. It’s very much about the impact — that water going into an animal for a handbag. That is not a good use of our resources. You don’t have to be a genius to work that out. It has a big impact, the chemicals used to turn the leathers. How that affects the local communities with PVC, how cancerous it is for the people working with it. It goes into the water. It’s a bigger story. Some people are thinking about it, but, the thing about our industry, you’re not answering to that many people. There aren’t many laws in place. The large corporations, the very few that run the industry, aren’t answerable to anyone.”

Obviously, McCartney isn’t just a bleeding heart animal rights sympathizer — not choosing to work with certain materials is more than just about being kind to our furry friends. It’s also about being kind to other human beings, the very human beings whose lives impact our wardrobes. 

[via WWD]

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Burberry’s Holiday Campaign: Who’s That Girl?

We’ve all seen Burberry’s holiday campaign by now, and not just to gush over its latest offerings, but also to see little Romeo Beckham looking all grown up. As we were watching Victoria’s child prodigy continue to make his mark on the fashion world, we couldn’t help but also notice Burberry’s newest female addition. Hannah Dodd is the latest lucky model to join the Burberry family, and if you’re wondering where you’ve seen that face before, it’s because she’s previously worked with some of our high street favourites like Monsoon and Primark


A moment of magic in the softly lit snow – the #Burberry festive film, “From London with Love”

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In a recent interview with LOOK magazine, Hannah divulged her insecurities about working with Christopher Bailey. “I was very nervous, it was such a large scale production it was quite overwhelming at first,” she explained. Though she may be treading in the plaid-clad footsteps of Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, Hannah says, “That sentence still sounds crazy to me!” We wonder how long it’ll take for the novelty to wear off?

If you haven’t seen Burberry’s campaign yet, check it out below. (more…)

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In with the New: Miu Miu Gets Jamie Hawkesworth to Shoot Resort 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

It’s out with the old and in with the new for Miu Miu’s Resort 2015 advertising campaign. Released earlier this morning, Jamie Hawkesworth captures model Natalie Westling wearing the Miuccia Prada designed collection, consisting of paisley prints, flares and more 70s-inspired pieces. Hawkesworth’s resume includes previous collaborations with Jil Sander, Loewe and magazines like AnOther, Self Service and W, so he’s certainly qualified to lens Miu Miu’s latest campaign — and forum members are loving it.

Ad Campaign Miu Miu Resort 2015


“Love this! I did not expect myself to say that when I first saw the thread title. The idea of juxtaposing images of nature with indoor shots is an old one, but it really works here,” enthused orchidee, kicking off the thread on a positive note.

“Fantastic!!! Finally some new blood photographer! Hopefully they’ll have something just as good for the (horrible) main collection to save it,” added shanhuq.

Benn98 admired the first image from the campaign to surface: “Stunning. The minimalist lavender backdrop does wonders for this shot. Perfect casting and styling!”

“I love the image. Though Natalie isn’t my favorite model this shot is amazing of her, the colors are lovely,” complimented Cosmic Voices.

Wolkfolk was also quick to share his feelings and commented, “Absolutely stunning. Love the colors.”

Are you a fan of Miu Miu’s latest resort campaign? Await more campaign images and share your opinion with us inside the thread here.

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Romeo Beckham Allegedly Made a Killing Off That Burberry Film

Romeo Beckham in a tux with burberry scarf

Image: WENN

Romeo Beckham danced his way into our cold hearts last week when Burberry unveiled a short film for its holiday campaign (watch it below). The 12-year-old son of Victoria and David twirled, cartwheeled and kicked up snow in a smart Burberry trench and cozy scarf for the cameras. We imagined that from a brand like Burberry, Beckham probably got a sweet little payout for his appearance in the short. After all, you’ve got to pay your models. As it turns out – yeah – little Romeo Beckham did make a pretty penny off the spot. In fact, he made a lot more than just a few pennies.

According to the Telegraph, the young Beckham is rumored to have received £45,000 pounds to appear in the ads, which in American dollars is approximately $56,000 dollars. That’s a nice sum to put into the college fund, wouldn’t you say? Naturally, Burberry’s finance director would not disclose how much Beckham was paid, explaining, “There are marketing budgets, and they [people in the marketing department] are making those decisions. I don’t sign off every invoice that comes into the building.”

Wether or not the rumored figure is true, it’s pretty safe to say that Beckham probably made more money off that one spot than many people in the world see in a year. Just chalk it up to an added perk of being the child of two celebrities. (more…)

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