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Jennifer Lopez x Endless Jewelry Lands in Canada

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got… The internationally renowned pop star-slash-actress-slash-woman who gets better looking with every passing year (seriously, has she made a pact with the devil or something?) has collaborated with Endless Jewelry on a collection of bracelets and charms, now available in Canada.

Like Jennifer Lopez herself, the jewellery is unique and fashionable, with rope bracelets crafted from high-quality exotic reptile skins in red, gold and black. To complement the bracelets, JLo has also designed a slew of sterling silver- and gold-plated charms in shapes like rhinestone-encrusted stars, hearts, edgy spikes and coloured gems. 

“My exclusive collection with Endless Jewelry embraces the attitude of being fun and elegant at the same time,” Jennifer said in a statement. “It is also about letting each woman express her personality through her jewellery. The collection will let women celebrate what is unique and beautiful about themselves.”

The Jennifer Lopez Collection by Endless Jewelry is available in fine jewellery stores across Canada.  

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Is Dress Barn About to Become Cool? Retailer Adds Designer Collaborations

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Dress Barn is looking to shed its dowdy image and up the fashion factor of its offerings. Known for being the kind of store your unstylish country aunt frequents, the retailer is getting a new image with a trendier aesthetic. First order of business? Get those design collaborations on lock.

The retailer is working on a shop-in-shop project called Dressbar, which will feature dresses designed by Carmen Marc Valvo, Adrianna Papell’s Michael Smaldone and Heidi Weisel. The trio has each created a range of 6 to 10 dresses that will live under the respective labels Luxe by Carmen Marc Valvo, Lovely by Adrianna Papell and Mixt by Heidi Weisel. Prices will range from $42 to $70.

Dressbar is due to launch March 4 at 25 Dress Barn stores with plans to expand the shop-in-shop model to other locations over time. Many of the bars will be outfitted with iPads to make shopping easier and Dressbar will have a dedicated website that will include editorial pieces as well as an e-commerce option. A pop-up shop is opening in Manhattan’s Flatiron district the day of the launch.

This sounds like the dawning of a new era for Dress Barn. Retailers like J.Crew and Ann Taylor have had quite a bit of success rebranding their images to become the toast of the fashion set. Perhaps Dress Barn can harness some of that magic through its designer collaborations. If the stuff is cute, we have no doubts it will sell. If it’s not, well, it may be back to the drawing board for the retailer.

[via WWD]

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Size 22 Tess Holliday Makes Plus-Sized Modeling History

We can add this milestone to the list of the fashion industry’s strides to be more size-inclusive: Tess Holliday (aka Tess Munster), plus-sized model, blogger and body positive activist, has scored herself a contract with London-based modeling firm MiLK Management. You’re probably thinking, “Good for her, why is this a big deal?” It’s because Tess, who wears a size 22 and clocks in at 5 feet 5 inches, is the first woman of her stature to score this kind of deal.

Tess, who lives in Los Angeles, has already appeared in Vogue Italia and has been modeling for some time. She said she had been interested in modeling for a while, but was always told she was too large and too short to fit the bill. But one look at her portfolio will show you the girl’s got some skills and that talk about her not having what it takes? All hogwash. 

The tattooed beauty says she is the founder of #EffYourBeautyStandards, an Instagram page where men and women of all shapes and sizes preen and pose for the camera to show that indeed, it doesn’t matter if you adhere to society’s narrow expectations of what looks good, you can still be a stone cold fox.

We’re hoping that Tess’ success is only the beginning for other women like her — obviously, there is a lot of work still left to do, but maybe other modeling agencies will consider signing women (and men) with different body types in the future.

[via People]

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Olivia Palermo Designs Tech Tote for Aspinal of London

We’re excited to learn that one of our favourite handbag brands, Aspinal of London, has teamed up with style icon Olivia Palermo to create a limited-edition Marylebone Tech Tote, in association with the charity ADCAM.

 

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Aspinal says of the collaboration that its “polished and practical accessories collections complement Olivia Palermo’s personal style making her the perfect partner for this charity project.” We can’t wait to see how she’ll be incorporating the bag into her own wardrobe and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out at Fashion Week.

Olivia’s tote, which goes on sale in March, not only fulfills your luxury needs with a nod to classic British heritage style, but also allows you to charge up your iPhone or iPad on the go. As you treat yourself, you can rest assured that 100% of the proceeds go to the charity which develops cooperation projects and social responsibility initiatives. It’s fashion with a conscience.

If you fancy adding a tech tote to your arm candy repertoire, then you better be quick as a limited number of only 30 bags have been created. You can beat the launch day frenzy by pre-ordering at Aspinal now, and that’s even before they release the official imagery of the bag!

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Get Ready for the Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit TV Special

We hope you weren’t all Victoria’s Secreted out after last month’s fashion show because the lingerie giant is airing another TV special, this time to promote its swim collection. Victoria’s Secret gathered up its troop of leggy models and flew them out to Puerto Rico to shoot the swim campaign. This special follows the models on their shoots throughout the island, letting you get up close and personal with the gorgeous gals.

Of course, no Victoria’s Secret special would be complete without some musical numbers, so the retailer has tapped Maroon 5 and Colombian singer Juanes to perform during the hour-long broadcast. What goes together better than Adam Levine and models? (Granted, his wife is an Angel.) Adriana Lima, Jasmine Tookes, Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls and more will appear on the show. 

The models have already posted a few sneak peeks of their respective shoots. Joan frolicking on the beach with a pony, the Angels sultrily posing at a bonfire, Adriana taking in the sunrise — you could be taking all this in on the comfort of your couch come February 26.

Catch the broadcast that Thursday evening on CBS at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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We’re Happy to See Keira Knightley on ELLE UK’s March Cover, but… (Forum Buzz)

The British edition of ELLE often fails to impress our forum members, and the big spring issue seems to have missed the mark again. Keira Knightley wears Chanel exclusively on the March 2015 cover and in the accompanying cover story photographed by Mariano Vivanco. Keira is no stranger to wearing Chanel on magazine covers and in general; we’ll never forget her beautiful cover for U.K. Harper’s Bazaar back in February 2014.

UK Elle March 2015 Keira Knightley

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So what went wrong here? “She looks beautiful, as always, but the image itself isn’t great for a March cover for me,” commented honeycombchild within moments of the cover surfacing on our forums. 

“Yeah, it’s not too springy for March. I wish it was a close up, from her right elbow up. She’s gorgeous, I want to see her face,” soon responded KateTheGreatest in agreement.

Feeling the exact same way was tigerrouge: “It’s not a super-impressive shot for the front of a big March fashion issue, but she does look lovely, and I’m happy to see that it’s her.”

“Keira looks tremendous but there’s zero ‘fashion’ here. My main problem with ELLE is their cover styling. It’s been much too cohesive lately, you actually cannot tell the one month apart from the next,” complained Benn98.

A.D.C. also felt the cover was anticlimactic and ranted, “British magazines are really anti glamour aren’t they? One of the reasons why I appreciate UK Bazaar. They at least try to produce glamorous covers but Vogue and ELLE are a pedestrian lost cause.”

Check out the five covers the magazine has produced for Comic Relief inside the thread. Be sure to join the discussion here

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