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Karl Lagerfeld is Getting Sued by New Balance for Almost-Identical ‘K’ Sneakers

For those of you who thought Karl Lagerfeld's namesake "K" sneakers looked a lot like the kicks New Balance has been putting out since forever, you're not alone. The athletic shoe company also thinks Lagerfeld's kicks are a little too similar to its own designs. TMZ has obtained a lawsuit New Balance has against Lagerfeld, claiming that his sneakers, though emblazoned with a "K" and not an "N" will cause brand confusion since they are so similar. 

New Balance even noted that fashion bloggers are noticing the similarities, citing a post from titled, "Wait, Did Karl Lagerfeld Just Knock Off New Balance Sneakers?" They argue that they've been making that style of shoe since the 70s, and although Lagerfeld's version will cost you about $360, surely he must have realized that he was creating a knockoff of the $105 shoe.

Uncle Karl's "K" trainers are definitely almost identical to the classic New Balance sneakers, so much so, that I can't help but wonder if the twin-like similarities were intentional. Designer parodies are definitely trending in fashion (just ask Brian Lichtenberg) so perhaps Karl's shoe was a high-end version of the trend. Either way, he's going to have to answer to the judge on this one.

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Rihanna’s Rogue Fragrance Ads Restricted in the UK

Image: Rihanna Rogue

Image: Rihanna Rogue

By now, we're used to seeing Rihanna's partially-naked body, but not everyone is down with her free-spiritedness–especially when there are kids around. The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority has banned Riri's Rogue fragrance ad, calling it "provocative," "sexually suggestive" and therefore inappropriate for impressionable children to see.

The ASA put placement restrictions on the ad, so that it might not be seen by the wrong set of young eyes. The ad's appropriateness was called into question after a shopper complained about seeing it on an elevator door in a mall. The complaint deemed the image “overly sexual and demeaning to women."

Parlux Limited, the company who worked with Rih on the scent, argued that the ad isn't suggestive, as Rih is pictured in a "position of power" and nudity in fragrance ads is pretty much standard these days. The ASA seems to agree. While they admit that it is a little risque and should be restricted, they say the “overall impression of Rihanna created by the ad was one of confidence,” and that “the ad was unlikely to be demeaning to women or cause serious or widespread offence.”

It seems like no matter what Rihanna wears or rather, doesn't wear, we're gonna be talking.

[via WWD]

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Beyoncé Covers T, The New York Times Style Magazine

Like any good feminist, Beyoncé sticks to her guns. She knows who she is and what she likes, and apparently she really likes the wet hair look. She sported a damp bob in her music video for "Drunk in Love," rocked a similarly hosed-down look for her Grammy performance earlier this year. Now, just in time for summer, Bey's brining back wet pup realness for the cover of T, The New York Times Style Magazine.

Image: T Magazine

Image: T Magazine

The "Partition" singer is pictured in a slick black halter top, jeweled bib necklace and of course, a mop of still-drying-by-the-pool hair. In the spread, we get the same 'do twice more: once framing a simple white tee and slick black skinnies combo and another in a playful printed Miu Miu mini dress and Chanel trainers. 

Check out all the images at T Magazine.

[h/t E!]

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Link Buzz: DVF’s Google Glass Collaboration is Coming to Net-a-Porter

Diane Von Furstenburg google glass runway

Image: IMAXtree

  • Diane Von Fustenberg's capsule collection for Google Glass will be available to buy on Net-a-Porter on June 23. [Mashable]
  • What do Anna Wintour and her "texting buddy" Rihanna message each other about? [Vogue]
  • Khloe Kardashian now wears Valentino. [FabSugar]
  • Cell phones are DESTROYING YOUR SKIN. I hope I was alarmist enough to get you to click on this link: [BellaSugar]
  • How to make it in the creative industries. [i-D]
  • Plus-size women look fantastic in bikinis. [TheGloss]

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The Festival Staple: Boohoo x Style for Stroke

Boohoo has teamed up with the charity Style for Stroke to create a limited collection of slogan tees for both men and women. Perfect staples for this summer’s festival season, they retail at £12 each, with around 25% of overall profits going directly to support the charity. So while you’re looking stylish, you can also rest assured that you’re doing your part in supporting a great cause too.


Style for stroke t-shirts

With slogans like "I am who I am," where did the inspiration for these words come from? Boohoo teamed up with a selection of celebrities, from Kelly Osbourne to members of the hit reality TV show Made in Chelsea, who were asked to divulge which words they’d most like to be remembered for — hence the name of the range was born: Famous Last Words.

The collaboration combines a great mixture of influential celebrities and inspiri ng words that can hopefully help to raise awareness about strokes amongst young people. Be inspired by the celebrities’ famous last words yourself, and peruse the limited-edition collection over at

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Get Your ‘Summer Escape’ with Lara Stone and Porter’s Third Issue (Forum Buzz)

Released only a few hours ago, Porter's latest issue with Lara Stone on the cover is already showing signs of promise. The blonde bombshell is photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for Issue #3, entitled "Summer Escape." Lara is seen gazing down the lens wearing a cowboy hat and seems to be channeling Brigitte Bardot with effortless ease (or doesn't she always?).

This is very refreshing compared to what other publications are producing for their summer editions. No beach or vast sweeping ocean behind a bikini-clad model — this is a different take on the summer season and I'm loving it!

Porter #3 Summer 2014 Lara Stone Inez & Vinoodh


Our forum members are also loving Porter's latest installment. "Porter keeps going strong! LOVE IT! Lara looks so good!" enthused miguelalmedia.

"I'm really impressed by Porter's consistent A-list cover stars and great content. Lara looks sensational!" comments Nepenthes, who is yet another satisfied admirer of the cover.

Miss Dalloway shared the exact same sentiments: "Me too, gorgeous cover!"

As did fashionlover2001: "Me three! Lara can do no wrong!" and then even went on to show interest in Porter's next issue and wrote, "I wonder who they're going to feature next?"

Porter's "Summer Escape" issue will be available worldwide June 6. Make sure you get your copy and report back to us within the thread here.

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