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British Retailer Hobbs Opens Stateside in Bloomingdales

These days when we hear the name Hobbs, we also think of it as being one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite stores. With humble beginnings as a standalone store in London’s pretty Hampstead, it has since expanded throughout the UK and Ireland with even a few international franchises.

Now, U.S. based fans of Kate Middleton's style will be happy to know that the British retailer has decided to try its luck overseas, and is reportedly opening up a shop inside five Bloomingdale's department stores stateside. This includes Tysons Corner in Virginia, The Shops at Riverside New Jersey, and Chestnut Hill in Boston. 

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The first in the series of openings took place this week in Bloomingdales on 59th Street in New York. The collections available perfectly sum up Hobbs’ British heritage with a selection of fine quality tailoring and accessories on offer. Price points begin at around $149 for jersey items to $225 and up for dresses.

If you can’t make it over to one of its U.S. concessions, or haven’t got the patience for one near you to open up, you can always peruse the virtual rails at Hobbs.com.

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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Shoot a Commercial [Season 2, Episode 4]

[Season 2, Episode 4 of The Face aired on Wednesday and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 8/7 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every week for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

Another week has come and thankfully my teammate Ray returned from the elimination room last week! This week we find out that there will no longer be any test shoots…it is straight into the campaigns with no practice! 

Image:  Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

For this challenge, we got to do an Alex and Ani commercial and I was so excited for it! I feel that a major advantage I have on a lot of the girls is my personality. I know I just have to use it to my advantage and really bring a lot of energy. I have to really allow my personality to shine through, but most importantly make the product shine. Because as Naomi says, "It isn’t about the girls, it’s about the product." 

On the rooftop we had some time to work on our script. I feel we did a great job as a team developing ours. And, of course, Lydia came to the rescue to help us make the final touches. She also had us do repetitive exercises to help us remember our lines. Boy, did these come in handy when it came time for the camera! As always, we were the first team to go. 

Image:  Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Once we got out on set, the nerves started flowing, but mine were good nerves. I was ready to win this! The order of our lines was Allison first, Ray second, and myself last. We were doing good and getting better each take it seemed like until Allison started to get distracted. She heard Naomi and Anne talking behind her and clearly was not at ease with all they had to say. Everyone is different in how they handle things, personally I would have used it as motivation to show them they are wrong, but Allison felt differently. I felt bad for her having to hear everything, especially since it had such an effect on her performance. More then that, it not only affected her performance but our performance as a team overall. 

We were on a 15-minute time limit and time was running out. A very big misinterpretation in this episode was that everyone was qualified to win when the client made his decision. In the 15 minutes we had, we never managed to get a clean take under 30 seconds. So, we were disqualified and could not have won. This is really too bad because if we could have just been a few seconds quicker, we would have won this week no doubt in my mind! 

Image:  Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Reality of it, we didn’t win, Team Anne won again. Time for another one of us to face elimination. I feel Lydia made the right and fair decision by putting Allison up for elimination due to her performance this week. She was the weakest on our team, but in no way she is the weakest girl here. She did not deserve to go home and I am glad Anne gave her the chance to stay. Again, team Lydia gets our girl back, yay us!  I hate to see Alana go, but it is time for us to refocus and win this next campaign.

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 10/9C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @A_Gullickson.

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Talks Tyson Beckford, Pamella Roland [Season 2, Episode 3]

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Link Buzz: L’Wren Scott Leaves $9M Estate to Mick Jagger; Joan Rivers Body Shames Lena Dunham

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    Image: WENN.com

    L'Wren Scott leaves her entire $9M estate to her longtime boyfriend, Mick Jagger. [NYPost
     
  • If you want to preview the H&M Conscious Collection, this is your moment. [FabSugar]
     
  • Solange Knowles. [BellaSugar]
     
  • A Bushwick-based fashion designer goes missing. [HuffPo Style]
     
  • Middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill. fight for their right … to wear leggings to school. [Slate]
     
  • There goes Joan Rivers, just saying terrrrible things again. This time about Lena Dunham. It's a shame because when she's not being horrible, Joan Rivers is one of the funniest women in the world. [Salon]

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Anja Rubik Photographed Partially Nude for Yet Another Cover: Lui Magazine April 2014 (Forum Buzz)

Image: LuiMagazine.fr via Forums

Image: LuiMagazine.fr via Forums

If you've been following Anja Rubik's side career as Poland's leading Internet video art star, it might be jarring to see the supermodel getting back to basics. Rubik appears on the cover of Lui, the highbrow French nudie magazine, photographed in a sumptuous, Emmanuelle-inspired setting by Mario Sorrenti. Naturally she's topless, styled in garter stockings and four-inch black heels. 

How did it go over in the Forums? Let's find out:

KateTheGreatest: "I find the setting a bit too distracting but it's a lovely image. I love her pose, it looks uncomfortable but she makes it all look effortless. Can't wait for the editorials."

Catherine88: "I'm a little bit tired of Anja's naked editorials."

Justaguy: "Tired of seeing Anja in the same naked pose, but this is actually beautiful. Love the setting and the masthead really pops against the B&W."

If you're wondering where the naked-Anja-Rubik fatigue is coming from, you might have missed the model's polarizing half-topless cover for Vogue Russia's March Issue. Her boobs are very 'in' right now. 

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Strateas.Carlucci Wins VAMFF National Designer Award

Victorian-based label Strateas.Carlucci has already captured the attention of Vogue Italia EIC Franca Sozzani, who has named Peter Streateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci two of Australia’s most promising emerging designers ahead of her visit this week.

Now they have extra reason to be watched closely, having just won the Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). The prize package includes $10,000, a trip to New York and a private meeting with the Tiffany & Co. design team, and a one month pop-up store at Westfield Doncaster.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t know much about the rising duo, they only established their label two years ago after working together on streetwear label Trimpee, and bravely made the decision to do so in Paris before setting their sights on the Australian market. Fellow homegrown talents Kym Ellery and Collette Dinnigan have also found success in Paris, but only after spending years putting down steady foundations back home. The boys are known for quality leathers (their jackets use kangaroo) and a monochromatic palette.

The duo were also finalists in the Australian division of the International Woolmark Prize, and are one of three designers up for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award this year.

The National Designer Award recognises emerging designers who excel in creative design and quality and demonstrate potential for growth. Fellow finalists included Vul (VIC), Christina Exie (VIC), Haryono Setiadi (NSW), Livia Arena (VIC) and Pageant (VIC). 

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Grab Your Boards and Skate Into Selfridges

It may not be the first place you would think to go for extreme sports but Selfridges has brought skating to the shoppers with the unveiling of Britain’s largest indoor skate park, within the walls of the Old Selfridges Hotel, situated just around the corner from its infamous London flagship store. 

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Selfridges brings bags of fun to London skaters (image: Getty)

Bringing fashion and technology together through skateboarding, Selfridges has teamed up with brand HTC to bring an 18,500-square-foot HTC One Skatepark to the public to be used by anyone with a board — and if you don’t have one, you can buy one of those in the store, of course.

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A range of the exclusive designer skateboards available. (image: Selfridges)

As well as creating this exciting sports space, the department store has transformed the boardroom into somewhere you can really take on a new challenge with the opening of its skateboarding concept store where you can pick up a limited-edition board designed by the likes of Giuseppe Zanotti, Peter Pilotto, Jil Sander and Kenzo for just £75. Or if you’re feeling really flashy, you can step into Maison Martin Margiela’s creative design affixed with cloven hoof leather ankle boots priced at £2,000. These are all available online so even if you can’t get down to the skate park, you can still join in. If you are around but a little rusty on your feet you can book a free hour lesson. Although the skateboards look more appealing just to look at if you ask me.

The space will be open from March 27 until April 19 only for skateboarders. Lessons are available with all information available here

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