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Toronto Premium Outlets Grand Opening on August 1

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This is a high priority bargain alert, and it's not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill! If you're one of the many high-fashion lovers living on a low-budget wage, then you'll be pleased to hear about the new Toronto Premium Outlets, a luxury outlet mall at 13850 Steeles Ave. W. in Halton Hills (about an hour’s drive from downtown) that's set to open on August 1. That's next week!

So what's in store, or rather, what's in outlet at this new, colossal shopping space? Well, during its "first phase" it will house over 85 retailers including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein (featuring 8,000 square feet of apparel), Coach, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and many more (you can find a full list here).

General manager Megan Johnson says Toronto Premium Outlets will dramatically change the shopping landscape in Ontario, offering their goods at up to 65% off in the 350,000 square-foot space: “It’s exciting because for the first time in Canada, shoppers will have an impressive collection of outlet stores close to home. And not only will the centre serve area residents but will serve as a destination for area visitors. We are looking forward to our centre having a positive impact for the area.”

Of course, many of you are likely to be most excited about Canada's first Hudson Bay Outlet store, which will also open August 1 and act as the central party-piece to the shopping centre's launch event. Hudson's Bay made the decision to carry purely clearance merchandise in its outlets after a successful run with bargain buys at sister store Lord & Taylor in the United States. The Canadian retailer has also found success with their hr2 stores, which carry more budget-priced brands to meet the pockets of us peasant folk who can't afford to shop at The Room.

Intrigued? So am I. While there's still no word on what kind of merch will be available at the Hudson's Bay Outlet, there's sure to be a bargain to be found amidst the discounted stripes and even more brands shilling shiny things when the outlet announces its "second phase" of retailers. Watch this space for more info when available.  

 

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Link Buzz: NYFW is Moving To a Shed; D&G Boys Threaten to Close Stores

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Image: Getty

  • New York Fashion Week is planning to move shows to a canopy space in development at the Hudson Yards called the Culture Shed. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Reese Witherspoon wore the same dress twice, and survived. [FabSugar]
     
  • Just because it's hot out doesn't mean your foundation has to get melty. [BellaSugar]
     
  • A French watchdog agency is investigation Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating in hiring staff based on appearance. Because all the other Parisian boutiques hire based on integrity alone. [Reuters]
     
  • CEO Mickey Drexler tells a disgruntled J.Crew customer: "Some of the styling [has] perhaps strayed too far." [Fashionista]
     
  • The Dolce & Gabbana designers claim they will have to go out of business if forced to pay their £300 million fine. [Telegraph]
     
  • Kate Moss' new tech accessories collection was inspired by her own sweet self. [SheFinds]

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‘Fedoras for Fairness’ Taps Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore and Others to Promote Immigration Reform

Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez and thirteen other celebrities have joined Fedoras for Fairness, a national campaign promoting a comprehensive immigration reform bill that treats women and LGBT families fairly. 

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Why a fedora? From the campaign website: "Originally worn by women’s rights activists in the early 20th century, the campaign is using the fedora—an iconic unisex American fashion accessory—as both a metaphor and symbol: a metaphor for women’s multiple roles and identities; a symbol of support for reform legislation that is inclusive of the needs of women."

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Immigration issues are on the national stage right now as the House of Representatives gets ready to vote on the Senate's proposed bill, but Fedoras for Fairness draws attention to a multitude of policies that have been sidelined in the debate over whether or not any reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.

The campaign promotes a path to citizenship that incorporates the needs of women by recognizing the role of domestic work, ensuring protections to victims of violence and trafficking, and protecting the rights of families by preventing deportations that separate parents from their children.

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

The celebrity campaign was photographed by fashion photographer Albert Watson and the accompanying video (at the top) was directed by John Huba, based on the idea that immigration is part of the story of every American.

The tech industry has thrown its weight behind immigration reform in an attempt to bring more high-skilled foreign workers into the U.S., but at its heart, this is an issue that disproportionately affects the literally disenfranchised — people that have no vote, no power in our society. If we do pass a bill that lays out a path of citizenship to undocumented workers currently living in the U.S., especially according to the terms laid out by Fedoras for Fairness, it'll be an act of justice.

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Image: Albert Watson/Fedoras for Fairness

Submit your own photo and see the rest of the campaign on the Fedoras for Fairness website or tweet your support using the hashtag #Fairdora. 

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Simon Doonan: “Unless This [Royal] Baby Grows Up to Become Caligula or Something, It Sort Of Remains Deeply Uninteresting”

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Image: WENN

I realize we are in the minority, but there some among us who think that the Royal Baby news story is getting an amount of coverage that's massively, massively disproportionate to its interestingness. It's one thing to marvel at how shiny and happy Kate Middleton looks coming out of the hospital, wearing a blue Jenny Packham dress. I understand that people like babies and that the Duchess of Cambridge probably enjoys a higher approval rating than the Dalai Lama — no objections. But over the weekend and then all throughout Monday, it seemed like there was nothing else happening in the world, in terms of current events and public life. Serious news publications sent crews to camp out in front of the hospital for days on end, to cover the birth of a baby (an heir, okay, but an heir to a monarchy that's essentially a tourist attraction), who will have to spend years growing up before he will have any kind of impact on people outside his immediate family and close friends. The phrase "SO JOYOUS" may as well have been a trending topic, it showed up so often on my Twitter feed; and I tried and I tried but I couldn't figure out how actual real people could summon the feeling of joy over the birth of a total stranger's baby. You know what brings me joy? Hummus. "SO JOYOUS" is what I will now tweet forevermore, every time I eat some hummus. 

I am not the only getting bristly about the Royal Baby craze. Simon Doonan, the Creative Ambassador at Barneys, voiced his own frustration with the way the birth played out in the media as part of a discussion that aired on this week's edition of the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast (titled "Kate Middleton Has a Vagina"). Doonan is a famous wit and also English, so therefore far more qualified than I am to speak on matters of monarchy. His remarks (my favorite is the part about crops…)

"If you look at Hello! magazine, there's endless coverage of boring European royals and their weddings and machinations so unless this baby grows up to become Caligula or something, it sort of remains deeply uninteresting. For some reason, I think the act of reproduction is simultaneously alarming and compelling, appalling and fascinating to people nowadays. I don't quite get why, because it's been going on for such a long time but, now  when people get pregnant, they're examined and scrutinized — look how big I'm getting, blah blah blah. Whereas it was just a given before. It was like crops growing in the field. They weren't sort of like, shrieking [in the old days]. So it's fascinating as to why it's become such a flag in the cultural unconscious. 

A very sanitized, idealized, celebrity cavalcade that we see every day, with tiny waists, and more tiny waists and  women in high heels And being up the duff, to use an English expression … it's really sort of a horrible reality check about our biology that no amount of botox or airbrushing … there's no other way to do it. I guess celebrities do outsource their pregnancy now, don't they? But the women that still do it the old-fashioned way become an obsession, and… Blue Ivy, has she lost the baby weight? What will Blue Ivy wear? What will her nursery look like? What will blahblahblahblahblah. And here it's in the context of the royal family.

But the British papers, they're saying, 'The Middletons will save the monarchy.' I saw a few headlines like that, because I guess they're thinking the Middletons are so excruciatingly middlebrow, that they will make the monarchy somehow accessible to the coming generation. Whereas the queen, who was so drenched in history and gravitas and old-fashioned ritual and … remoteness — that would never have gone forward. So it's sort of the legacy that was started by Fergie and Diana, where the royal family were more Hello! magazine than Burke's Peerage. And so that's why the Middletons are all in the cupcake business. Which is a very contemporary thing to do, is to be in Hello! magazine and own a cupcake business. Basically, what I'm saying is they're irredeemably naff. And that is where the monarchy's going. And that may be, paradoxically, what saves it. For my generation though, we're just appalled. If they're going to be there, annoyingly sucking up all that money, they might as well at least have some bloody gravitas."

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Urban Outfitters’ Music Video Series: Yachts, Puppies, Martinis and Ultimate Luxury with Classixx Featuring Nancy Whang

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Image: Screenshot

"All You're Waiting For" … is this video (!), made by the DJ duo Classixx and featuring former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang on vocals. You will love it. 

Wang plays a wealthy woman with ostentatious, flashy taste. She likes enormous jewels, silky gowns, puppies, martinis and watching shirtless sailors dancing on the deck of her yacht. What sane woman doesn't like those things? The video vacillates between an attraction to luxury and repulsion, a sense that despite their surface pleasures, shiny fancy things are meaningless — and in fact, ugly. That tension is common enough to pop music, but it's truly central to the video, which was produced to be featured as part of Urban Outfitter's Music Video Series. The clothing retailer doesn't have a problem printing rebellious, anti-establishment messages on its T-shirts, it doesn't have a problem promoting a video which makes fun of materialistic ambition, but don't think for a second that Urban Outfitters thinks you should stop spending so much money on things you don't really need. 

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