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Pink Tartan is Coming to… The Shopping Channel?

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What are we to think of this news? We generally associate The Shopping Channel with snuggies, bra-camis, toe socks and arm warmers (you can tell I haven’t watched it since 1995, right?), but it seems the station is turning over a new page: one that reads designer.

This week the Roger-owned The Shopping Channel announced luxury womenswear line Pink Tartan as the newest addition to its roster of brands. Worn by celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lana Del Rey, Pink Tartan’s designs are updates to modern classics and offer simple yet strong pieces complemented by luxurious fabrics. But do they belong on The Shopping Channel?

To plug the launch on Sunday, March 30, Pink Tartan president Kimberley Newport-Mimran will debut her modernized classic designs and easy-wear, easy-wash collection on TSC. Having curated a selection from her lifestyle concept shop in Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue, she hopes to bring a little luxe into the homes of Canadian shoppers, beginning with closet must-haves like the black and navy legging pant, a tech pencil skirt, a figure-flattering striped dress, a cropped knit tee and a square-patterned wrap dress. The stylish collection – which you can preview at tsc.ca/pinktartan — ranges in price from the zipper tee for $95, to the knee-length floral trench for $395.

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“My clothes are built with integrity and style, meant to live your life in and easily transition from day to night – what all women deserve,” says Newport-Mimran, before describing sexy as “what you don’t see” and claiming her products embody that attitude.

I, however, am skeptical. This new collaboration has a serious chance of devaluing the Pink Tartan brand, making it seem all too budget for the clientele they typically target. Is Kimberly making a shift into hubby Joe Mimram's (he of Joe Fresh fame) territory? It almost feels that way, but what do you think of the bold new move? Will you begin outfitting your closet in TSC essentials?

Images via Rogers/Handout 

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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us About Her Frederic Fekkai Makeover [Season 2, Episode 2]

[Season 2, Episode 2 of The Face aired last night 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 9/10 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every Thursday, for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

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Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Only the second week and already so much has changed! This episode was a lot to digest since there was a lot going on. In the beginning we headed to the salon to get our fresh new looks. (Yes, we were all getting hair makeovers from our coach and Frederic Fekkai!!).

I remember being nervous just for the simple fact that I had no idea what they would want to do with my hair. And also that Frederic Fekkai was the man to impress. He was the man making the decision in the end and the goal is to win his eye, so no way you could object his opinion. I was just hoping there would be nothing too drastic done. I had never colored my hair or any of that, so I have never had to maintain it or worry about it getting damaged. 

There were a lot of thoughts going through my head at this point. When Lydia and I met with Frederic, I was happy with their decision, nothing too drastic was done, just some highlights and body added. It was the refreshment that I needed to give me a new edge. I know everyone was probably shocked with Ray’s transformation. She underwent the most drastic change of all the girls and handled it so well. I feel it gave her a completely new look. The short brown hair was so beautiful on her. I was happy how all of us as a team were transformed and Lydia was as well. 

When it came time for the campaign, I have to say I was shocked to hear what we would be doing. I remember thinking to myself, watching last season did not prep me for any of this because this season is on a completely different level. Ha! Being that we were going to shoot nude was a tough concept to wrap my head around. Nudes are a big part of the industry, granted they are done tastefully, but still even then I am not one who is for them. I was so thankful we were able to wear the thongs and pasties and even though we come across very naked, I did have those on. 

Amanda-Gullickson-MTo feel your body in that bare state is something special and sacred that not the whole world should have access to. That is just my personal opinion, nothing against people who do them because they can be so beautiful, but personally, it is just not my thing. So the pasties, thong, and fact of having the other girls to help cover me was definitely a comfort. As I say these things, most of you are probably like, what? Because I did seem to come across very comfortable during the shoot. My critique was even that I was TOO sexy, but hey if that’s the worst thing I did, I will take it! Ha. I think of myself as a chill, goofy girl so it's hard for me to see this extra sexy vibe everyone else does, but I’m glad it shows because I do plan to pursue the Victoria's Secret, Sports Illustrated kind of world which requires sex appeal. 

I am so thankful Lydia saw my potential and did not send me into the elimination room after Naomi's team won again. It was really nerve-wracking to know it was between me and Nakisha. I am just so glad that I spoke up for myself. It is important to always know what you are bringing to the table and be confident in it. This elimination was probably the most emotional considering all of the events leading up to it. It was hard for us as a team losing Nakisha, and really for all of the girls. It was hard seeing her have to go like that but now we just have to stay strong and focus on winning so next time we can all stay!

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

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Model Underwear in Bryant Park [Season 2, Episode 1]

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Emma Watson Is Elle’s Latest Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

U.S. Elle dropped its April cover via its website earlier today. Emma Watson is on the cover which is photographed by Carter Smith. The British actress wears a cotton shirt and calfskin pants from Balmain and a python belt from Kara Ross New York.

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IMAGE CREDIT: OLIVIASOBSESSION VIA TFS FORUMS

"Great cover. There is lots of texts [sic], but they aren't that big. I love wearing all denim, so the styling is okay IMO. :) She looks gorgeous," wrote Srjdan

Nepenthes also seemed fond of the cover: "Love the cover. It has such a cool vibe and Emma looks gorgeous!" she wrote.

Other members weren't so sure on the styling with HeatherAnne commenting, "Whoa, that styling is freaking awful!"

"Not a fan of that outfit at all…but I think she looks very pretty," said Bobby125 and went on to say, "This sort of hair & makeup suits her really well, I don't like it when they go OTT with her, like Vogue did, that just doesn't work in my opinion."

What do you think of the styling? I like it. It's refreshing to see a laid-back outfit on the cover of a fashion magazine because it's believable to most of Elle's readers. Join the discussion here.

 

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Did L’Oréal Add Karlie Kloss to Its Spokesmodels Roster? (Forum Buzz)

It looks like cosmetics brand L’Oréal Paris managed to add another supermodel to its already impressive roster of spokesmodels. In a shot posted on the company’s Twitter and Instagram earlier today, L’Oréal faces Liya Kebede and Lara Stone are shown posing for a new campaign. And they are joined by none other than Karlie Kloss

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The American beauty is already a Victoria’s Secret Angel and continues to be regularly booked by numerous high fashion and commercial clients. It therefore seems not all that surprising that theFashionSpot forum members hail her as the new #1 model of the world. 

“She's on top of her game. Definitely the number one model right now. Can't wait to see the results,” commented Style Savvy

Fellow forum member alonsoJonathan agreed, “Wow she really is the numero uno right. She is on a whole new level! Super happy for her.”

“This is a great news… Happy for her! She is the best, totally deserved for her hard and consistent work,” added fralovesfashion.  

It indeed seemed like a beauty contract was the only thing missing on Ms. Kloss’ otherwise flawless resume. If L’Oréal really did sign her, this undoubtedly puts Karlie into her own league. Are you excited about Karlie’s newest coup? 

 

Watch: Are we sick of seeing Karlie Kloss on the runways?

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Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne Are Collaborating on a Burberry Campaign

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It was only a matter of time before two of the UK’s all time favourite Brit models teamed up: model of the moment Cara Delevingne and international supermodel Kate Moss.

Today, Cara sent fashion fans into a state of meltdown when she regrammed a photo of herself alongside Kate Moss stating, "So excited to be doing a new fragrance for @burberry with the beautiful Miss Moss shot by @mariotestino watch this space…"

The photo showing the pair in what appeared to be the brand’s iconic Burberry trench coats is just the beginning of a campaign that most brands could only dream of. We didn’t think that anything could top Cara’s London Fashion Week announcement when she launched her new Mulberry bag, but we’re guessing this has just about done it.

As we know, the pair are no strangers and have been papped several times together at events in the past. They seemingly get along well, so a collaboration was supposedly a natural progression.

Just like the rest of the world, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the launch of their campaign, which Burberry is currently remaining mum about. They have, however, revealed that we’ll have to wait until later in the year for the launch, with more details set to be announced in autumn. 

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Victoria Beckham Turns Teacher for the Day

Although it's pretty much a given that life for the students of the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London was always going to be a bit more glamorous than everyone else’s, even they were in for a treat when they heard that Victoria Beckham was coming to speak to them today.

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Victoria addresses the students on college professor Susie Forbes' treadmill desk (image: Twitter, Victoria Beckham)

Vogue reported that prior to the event, the identity of the guest was kept a strict secret. The college’s principal, Susie Forbes, noted that "rumours spread like wildfire around the college with whispers of Rihanna, Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfeld — even Ryan Gosling."

Victoria spoke to the group, first saying, "I hope I'm not a disappointment," although she could not have been more wrong. After speaking intently about her career as a fashion designer, as well as how she juggles motherhood, a business and marriage all so seamlessly, she was inundated with questions.

As Forbes wrote in Vogue today, the students were "inspired by her humility, her humour and her 'if I can do it, anyone can do it,' message."

No doubt her discussion at Condé Nast about being the head of a self-made brand reflected her staunch beliefs in the need for women leaders to be taken more seriously. Ms Beckham has recently joined forces with Beyoncé and Jennifer Garner to promote new campaign Ban Bossy with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg which is fighting to "ban the word bossy" and improve the attitude towards women in positions of power.

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The former pop star has come a long way from her early days as a celebrity to become a highly revered fashion designer within the industry and celebrated one of the most well-reviewed shows at New York fashion week in February. No doubt her insight today to the Condé Nast students was pretty inspiring.

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