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At a Glance: See How These Six Corporations Control the Luxury Fashion Industry

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When people talk about the fashion industry as a teeny-tiny, insular world, they aren't being glib. Although fashion plays a major role on the world stage, both culturally and financially (last year, luxury sales reportedly exceeded $318 billion worldwide), just a handful of companies dominate the industry. Although a select number of high-end labels (like Chanel) are privately owned and some others (like Michael Kors) are publicly traded, more and more of the world's best known brands belong to major conglomerates, like LVMH (which is doing its best to acquire remaining holdouts, like Hermès). 

In the graphic above, you can see how just six large companies control over forty of the world's top luxury fashion brands. To see an expanded version, click here

[Created based on a table in Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy E. Hoskins]



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Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Met Gala

Beyonce at the Met Gala

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The Met Gala is going down next week on Monday, May 5 and there are a lot of details to sort out. Not just for Anna Wintour, who will christen the newly-named Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Museum earlier that day, but for fashion- and celebrity-obsessed fans who need the details on fashion's biggest night.

Thank goodness you have us to sort it all out for you.

This year's theme honors couturier Charles James, who has churned out some of the most breathtaking couture gowns ever created, many of which would still shut down a red carpet today. But before we get into his designs (which is really what the night is all about), here's all the information we have about the event:

Tickets are crazy-expensive: Ticket prices have gone up, once again, for the event. They're now $25,000, up from last year's $15,000. The reason for the increase? Apparently, Anna Wintour wanted the gala to be more exclusive.

Frank Ocean is performing: Ocean's pretty much the R&B darling of the fashion world. According to the New York Post, he'll be providing the smooth musical stylings for the evening.

Folks are encouraged to hit the gym beforehand: Vogue published an article on how to get your body in shape before daring to attend the event in a gown. Their suggestions? Side-planks to strengthen the core (and improve posture) and beating the floor with heavy ropes (so your arms are toned like MObama's).

The dress code's pretty strict: Now that the Costume Institute bears her name, Anna's decided to upgrade the whole event by adding a new, grown & sexy dress code. It'll take more than a Tom Ford three-piece suit for the fellas to gain admittance. Fashion's head overlord has decreed that guys are required to attend in white tie attire and decorations, meaning, a back tailcoat, waistcoat, wing-collared shirt and of course, a white bow tie to match. This also included medals, top hats—the works.

Anna Wintour is helping Idina Menzel choose her dress: Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel must be keen on making a good impression on Ms. Wintour. She told Hello! magazine that she's tapped the editrix to help her choose a gown for the evening.

Prada is dressing Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Dockery: The two share a stylist, Michaela Erlanger, who was listed as one The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists, so you know they're going to look freakin' fantastic.

Zooey Deschanel is wearing Tommy Hilfiger: No surprise, considering she just collaborated on a line with the label.

Zoe Saldana will wear Prabal Gurung: She's worn his pieces countless times, and we're sure this one will be a doozy.

Emmy Rossum's dress might blind us: The Shameless actress told E! News that her dress is a "bright" color and also "long."

Taylor Swift is wearing J.Mendel: Another designer she's worn on a few occasions. It would be nice, though, if she chose a dress that's not sparkly or in a champagne hue. Surprise us, Taylor!

Amanda Seyfried is wearing Givenchy: She's already posed for the label, so this makes perfect sense.

Margot Robbie and Olivia Munn will wear Diane von Furstenberg: Maybe we'll get a Met Gala-worthy version of her famous wrap dress, which turned 60 this year.

Don't expect to see Michelle Obama there: MObama will be on hand to cut the ribbon at the renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center earlier in the day, but two Democratic National Committee events that evening will keep her away from the main show.

Kimye is gonna be there: The soon-to-be newlyweds are taking some time off of their wedding planning duties to attend the affair, which falls about two weeks before the May 24 nuptials taking place in France.

Gwyneth Paltrow is not coming: The newly-single Goopster was so bored at last year's event, that she's sitting this one out. A rep for Paltrow told the New York Post that she won't be in New York on May 6, and therefore can't attend.

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Kate Pecks Revives the Mullet Dress on the Logie Awards Red Carpet


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When you have to Google an awards show to remind yourself what it actually honours people for, it’s probably a sign you shouldn’t get too amped about what the attendees are wearing. The 2014 Logie Awards in Melbourne over the weekend were no exception to this rule, churning out alarming amounts of stretch lace and thigh-high splits—a feat which is in itself worthy of an accolade.

But it wasn’t all daytime television glam. One person who managed to catch our attention for the right reasons was model and MTV VJ Kate Peck, who worked the red carpet in an asymmetric monochrome number. Sure, she has an upper hand owing to her youth and exceptional DNA, but props are certainly deserved for proving the mullet dress isn’t dead yet.

The bold stripes and structured ruffles on her Arthur Galan piece are everything this silhouette needed, and the strappy sandals she’s wearing are further evidence that closed-toe pumps have had their moment. Beauty-wise, the gelled peroxide hair and smoky eyeliner complement this look perfectly. Who said mullets and fauxhawks couldn’t be friends?

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Link Buzz: Sasha Luss x Ryan McGinley for Dior Addict; H&M’s Rana Plaza PR Gaffe

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  • Ethereal fairy princess Sasha Luss worked with the so-called Pied Piper of the art world, photographer Ryan McGinley, on a new series of ads for the Dior Addict fragrance. The verdict: "I'm missing the Liberty Ross Addict commercial right now…so much more memorable and well conceptualized. We'll all forget this Sasha Luss campaign by tomorrow." [Forums]
  • Personally I think your underarms are lovely and perfect exactly as they are, but if you really want to lighten them, I won't stand in your way. Go forth, click links, shop products, eliminate perceived imperfections. [BellaSugar]
  • I live in a tiny room cluttered with towering stacks of books. The Worn Archive is another one I might add to the piles. [Styleite]
  • The Kate Moss Topshop launch was a total agoraphobia-inducing mob scene. [FabSugar]
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan will return to The Washington Post. [WashPost]
  • The designers behind Dolce & Gabbana have been found guilty on tax charges but aren't headed to jail, due to a loophole in Italy's sentencing laws. [WWD]
  • A journalist was accidentally included on an internal email at H&M, discussing press coverage of the Rana Plaza disaster. [France24]

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Kate Moss Models Her Own Designs for Topshop at Global Launch Before Partying with Cara and Naomi

After a three-year hiatus, Kate Moss finally returned to Topshop dressed head to toe in her brand new collection that was launched to the public at the store's flagship in Oxford Street London yesterday evening.

Kate Moss at Topshop x Kate Moss launch party

Kate modelling her own designs in the store window yesterday (image: Getty)

Unsurprisingly, the street was filled with hundreds of screaming fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the woman herself and desperate to shop the new collection for their wardrobes (and eBay customers, no doubt). 

Kate Moss greets the crowds in front of Topshop's flagship store in Oxford Street

Kate Moss greets the crowds in front of Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Street (image: Getty)

Mossy did not disappoint, as she took to the stage in the window of the store, introduced by Radio 1 presenter and friend Nick Grimshaw. Although she has become more vocal in recent years, it is still novel to hear Kate speaking to a crowd. Wearing the lurex black and gold pinstripe tuxedo of her own design with the scalloped cami underneath, Kate certainly was the best model for the collection and proved that she definitely still has what it takes when it comes to creating sell-out designs. If anything, this collection is the best one to splash out on as she has taken inspiration from her own wardrobe, although the supermodel body comes separately.

After gracing the hoards, Kate was seen in-store wandering around to give shoppers advice. As Lisa Armstrong from The Telegraph noted, Moss sounded quite pleased with herself saying, "Look at me selling my stuff!" bringing her down off her superstar pedestal and onto the shop floor and most likely increasing the sales exponentially.

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss all in Kate Moss for Topshop

(L-R) Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss all in Kate Moss for Topshop (image: Getty)

After all that hard work, Kate slipped into the fluted silk-blend lamé maxi dress and fringed tulle jacket and headed off to the Connaught for the celebratory dinner party, joined by Naomi Campbell, Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller, who were all sporting her new collection. As collection campaigns go, you couldn't really ask for a better model lineup.

You can shop Kate Moss for Topshop online, in store and on now.

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You Guessed It… Kate Upton Is UK Vogue’s June Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

For the first times in ages, a magazine gave its social networking followers a small preview of its upcoming cover, and we guessed the cover star right! We would expect nothing less from our savvy forum members. Kate Upton is on the cover of UK Vogue's June issue. The Other Woman star is photographed by Mario Testino as she wears a matching bikini ensemble from Dolce & Gabbana.

UK Vogue June 2014 Kate Upton


"I love this Dolce & Gabbana look, and I think it fits her perfectly well! Nice cover," wrote Emmanuelle.

"Beautiful cover. Kate looks gorgeous," complimented Nepenthes.

Avogadro questioned the styling: "Why give her the same styling again? I mean, it just reminds me of her Vogue US cover. And I think she can pull off more glamorous styling."

Loladonna also thought the shot resembled American Vogue's and wrote, "It reminds me of her US Vogue cover, except it's outside."

"The hair is not 'naturally' beach messy (it looks arranged), the only thing that bothers me. But it's a lovely cover, and thank God they took their cover subject out for fresh air for once," commented Miss Dalloway.

Do you like this? I sure do. Feel free to check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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