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Author Claims Vivienne Westwood’s New Book Contains Plagiarized Passages

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Image: Marcio Madeira/News Pictures/

Vivienne Westwood’s memoir, co-authored by Ian Kelly, has plenty of juicy bits about the designer’s life and work, but this latest story to come from the tome may be one of the juiciest. Author Paul Gorman says the designer and Kelly plagiarized up to 40 passages from his 2001 book, The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion, for the new memoir. Gorman claims that his words were taken, sometimes verbatim, without crediting his original work, though he does say there are passages with proper attribution.

Gorman’s beef isn’t with Westwood, however. It’s with Kelly and the publisher. Quotes that came from his book have been attributed as Westwood’s own. The wording of one particular passage, he says, bears a strong resemblance to a line from the introduction to his book written by Malcolm McLaren 13 years ago. And indeed, the similarities are quite glaring. The Telegraph explains: “On page 10 of The Look, McLaren writes: ‘Sex translated in fashion becomes fetish, and fetishism is the very embodiment of youth.’ On page 161 of Vivienne Westwood a near-identical quote is attributed to Westwood by Ian Kelly, claims Gorman: ‘Sex, Vivienne tells me, translated into fashion becomes fetish. And fetishism — the exhilarating liminal space between life-affirming sex, and death is the very embodiment of youth’s assumption to mortality.'” Oops!

That’s a little too close for comfort. It seems that Gorman’s work inspired Kelly so much, he either didn’t realize he was lifting copy or he simply didn’t think anyone would notice. It’s also quite surprising that this would happen, especially since Kelly had Westwood, the ultimate primary source, helping him put the book together. If he needed a quote, we’re pretty sure it would have been no trouble at all for Westwood to provide one. She is, after all, the number one expert on her own life.

[via Telegraph

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Discover Mollie King’s Fall 2014 Edit for Folli Follie

If there’s one thing that Mollie King is great at when she’s not doing her day job as a pop star, it’s compiling a must-have edit for a fashion retailer. We loved the results when she collaborated with Oasis, and this fall she’s joined forces with Folli Follie to showcase her picks from its fall accessories and jewellery collection.


Behind the scenes with @molliethesats @grazia_live and our Heart4Heart quilted handbag.

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From sumptuous red to statement-making orange, the brand’s new handbags come awash with vibrant hues that are perfect for infusing your autumn wardrobe with a splash of colour. Or, of course, you can still play it classic with the options of black or neutral greys. The Heart4Heart bag is a great piece for adding a little bit of luxe into your everyday style thanks to its quilt-effect finish. If you’re looking for something that will take you from day to night, however, then Mollie’s pick of the timeless Nomad shoulder bag will tick that box.


Behind the scenes with @molliethesats and our Nomad bag. #BTS #graziaUK #handbags #style #fashion #edit #instalove #mollieking

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If you’ve already got your new bag for fall sorted, then that just leaves some new season jewellery on your list, so take some inspiration from Mollie’s selection of simple bracelets and delicate necklaces in on-trend rose gold or silver. Sometimes it’s the simplest pieces that can create the biggest statement when completing an outfit. (more…)

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Naomi Watts Doubles up on Givenchy in New York

Naomi Watts

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Naomi Watts has been snapped on the streets of New York sporting two black-leather Givenchy bags, including a crossbody tassled purse and an overnight-type bag on her strong elbow, because just one simply isn’t enough. At the risk of looking like a bag lady, the Australian actress showed she was anything but in her classy, expensive-looking getup.

Naomi stuck to a contrasting nude-and-black outfit, which included a cream wrap-around coat, black wet-look leggings, strappy pumps and a wide-brim hat. Even her black toenails were coordinated into the colour palette, because matching every last detail is all the rage right now.

If you think the nudes and black were well thought out, then take into account the hints of gold, including her shoes detail, bag zippers and buckles, bracelet, and, well, her keys, which she’s also cleverly incorporated. All of a sudden the gold-adorned Givenchy double-up makes perfect sense. But, really, she could’ve slipped the baby purse into the bigger bag, just to make us feel better about ourselves.

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Rose Byrne Rehashes “Bad” Teenage Style Memories as Lucky Magazine’s November Cover Girl


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Lucky has tapped our very own Rose Byrne as its cover girl for November 2014, with the Australian actress reliving some bad style memories in her interview with the magazine. Hard to fathom, we know, but apparently Rose hasn’t always had a knack for fashion.

“I was desperately trying to be a hippie,” Rose told Lucky. “Oh, I went through some pretty bad phases growing up.” Referring to her days as a 13-year-old, Rose said, “I used to wear really bad Doc Martens boots—that looked terrible on me—and green crochet dresses, braid my hair and go to Lenny Kravitz concerts.”

”Another styling trick involved pairing tie-dye T-shirts with bike shorts and high-top Reeboks,” she added. “I don’t know what was going on there.” We’re not sure if Rose’s teenage fashion phase was “bad,” so to speak,  but it’s just a little different to what she delivers us nowadays.

Take one step into a modern-day music festival and we don’t think there’d  be a shortage of Dr. Martens and tie-dye pieces. You were way ahead of the trends, Rose!

[via Lucky]

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Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82


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Sad news this evening as reports are surfacing that legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. The designer just recently named a new creative director to his namesake label, Peter Copping, formerly of Nina Ricci, who will show his first collection for the brand in February. 

This story is still developing. De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, though it is still unclear if that is the cause of his death.

The fashion world has lost a true talent and an icon, one of the most celebrated and prominent designers today.  

UPDATE: Oscar de la Renta’s stepdaughter and son-in-law Eliza and Alex Bolen have released a handwritten statement on their website mourning the late designer. “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity, and very much on his own terms.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: Former Oscar de la Renta Intern Hits Label with Lawsuit, Kim Kardashian’s Endorsement Fees Are Exorbitant

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Image: Imaxtree

  • How much will it cost you to get Kim Kardashian to endorse your product? A million dollars. Why so expensive? Let this itemized list tell you. [Gawker]
  • Ryan Reynolds is not about to give his baby with Blake Lively some crazy Hollyweird name. [Page Six]
  • The second Royal Baby is due in April, so start brainstorming your “Kate Middleton maternity style” stories now. [Mirror]
  • This dog dressing up in human clothes makes more money than you will for dressing up in a dog costume this Halloween. [Fast Company]
  • Gwen Stefani just dropped a new single. [BuzzFeed
  • Jeremy Scott channels hip-hop kink for his latest Adidas Originals collection. [Hypebeast]
  • Ringo Starr is the next face of Skechers. [WWD]
  • Bella Hadid talks moving to New York, hanging with the Jenner girls and advice her big sis Gigi gave her about modeling. [Lucky]
  • Oscar de la Renta is being sued by one of its former interns for tasking her with entry-level assignments, while paying her like an intern…which means the brand wasn’t paying her at all. [The Fashion Law]

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