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Rick Owens on His Revealing Men’s Runway Show

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Image: Imaxtree

Rick Owens once again gave the fashion set something to talk about last week when he included a peep show in his fall menswear production, sending pantsless models down the runway in draped pieces that exposed some of the boys’ nether regions. It was certainly a bold move — we’re used to seeing degrees of female nudity on the runway, so why not give the fellas a chance to show off their goodies? 

“I pass classical marble statues of nude and draped figures in the park every day, and they are a vision of sensuality — yes, but also of grace and freedom,” Owens told WWD. “As a participant in one of our most progressive aesthetic arenas, am I not allowed to use this imagery? Is it only appropriate for a Michael Fassbender movie? I thought this might be an interesting question.”

Owens’ display exploded on the Internet and social media and was arguably one of the most talked-about shows of the men’s collections. But for him, it’s just another way to shake things up, make a statement and add to the ever-evolving conversation.

“It’s very powerful,” Owens told i-D. “Not many people can do that. I mean, it’s a straight world now. And it also, I think, says something about being independent. Who else can really get away with that kind of stuff? It’s a corporate world.”

 [via WWD, i-D

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Link Buzz: Guy Laroche Has a New Creative Director; Why Yes, We Would Totally Wear These Benedict Cumberbatch Leggings

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Image: Imaxtree

  • Emma Watson says she was stunned at the response to her HeForShe speech in September as she introduces the United Nations’ IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative that seeks to move the fight for gender equality forward. [Jezebel]
  • Guy Laroche has a new creative director, Central Saint Martins grad Adam Andrascik. [WWD]
  • Tom Ford stars in his own fragrance campaign, is predictably flawless. [Fashionista]
  • All the retail trends you’re going to experience in 2015. [EDITD]
  • Pharrell Williams is going to be making a cartoon cameo on The Simpsons and he’s bringing his silly hat with him. [Fader
  • Philadelphia may or may not be the U.S. city that wears the most sweatpants. [Four Pins]
  • Nicole Richie’s pink hair is awesome. [People StyleWatch]
  • Linda Evangelista is Hudson’s Bay The Room’s latest ambassador. [WWD]
  • Jonathan Saunders just got a huge investment. [Vogue UK]
  • To the beautiful genius who thought to put Benedict Cumberbatch’s face on some leggings — may you be forever blessed. [Mashable]

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Gap to Shutter Piperlime

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Image: Getty

Gap Inc. is making serious changes to its catalog as the company prepares for Art Peck to take his place as CEO next month. First item on the chopping block? Piperlime. The retailer has decided to shut down its boutique after less than 10 years in business by the end of April. 

According to Bloomberg, Piperlime only contributed to less than 1 percent of Gap’s profits. Gap itself has been having trouble and the retailer is hoping to kick up the numbers for its more profitable endeavors like Intermix, Athleta, Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic.

Piperlime sells clothes and accessories from contemporary and high-end brands as well as products from its namesake brand. Rag & Bone, Kate Spade, DVF, BCBGMaxAzria, Milly and Michael Kors are just a handful of some of the labels peddling wares on the site. Piperlime opened a stand-alone location in New York City’s SoHo district in 2012. 

Sad to see Piperlime go, but we will definitely be watching the site for any going out of business deals.

[via Bloomberg, WSJ]

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Rita Ora Sports an Interesting Haircut on the Cover of L’Officiel Paris (Forum Buzz)

Talk about a blast from the past. Rita Ora is the cover girl for L’Officiel Paris’ February issue and she is rocking a decidedly retro look. The singer’s graphic black eyeliner evokes the 60s, but that hair, oh, that hair! Rita’s dramatic 70s-style bob is quite a look for her — one that our forum members were not feeling. And as always, they did not hesitate to let their distaste for Rita’s coif be known and their dislike of the cover in general.


“Who left this girl with the mop? Who?” MON quipped, comparing Rita’s ‘do to the household staple.

“Oh my, I can’t help but focus on that hideous hairstyle. Actually, the only thing I like is the background. Too bad,” Emmanuelle wrote.

As what tends to happen in Rita threads, a few commenters pondered her relevance in general. “Oh she does something other than showing up to parties…like posing for terrible covers,” coutugh sneered. Way harsh, Tai. 

TREVOFASHIONISTO offered compelling analysis regarding her celebrity: “She’s basically [the] Kardashian game in real life.” 

Benn98 was simply left cold. “Oh dear! Now I’m craving a latté. The only thing I like about this is her expression. Total miss for me.”

The shade is real in these forums! Add your two cents to the discussion now.

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L’Oréal Paris Canada Introduces #TheBrushContest

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next L’Oréal Paris makeup designer? The beauty giant announced this week that it is conducting the world’s first-ever makeup designer competition taking place exclusively on YouTube. L’Oréal Paris Canada is encouraging Canadian talent, including professionals, amateurs, bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers to enter, so that it may find one contestant to represent Canada in the finals.

The only criteria for entering is that contestants are over 18 years of age and true beauty junkies. To enter, contestants must create a YouTube video tutorial of no more than three minutes that addresses the theme of “Colour Clash.” The tutorial must reveal a full makeup look with step-by-step instructions and be submitted here. Until February 15, the public can log on and vote for their favourite tutorial, after which the most popular videos will be judged by a panel of prestigious beauty professionals, including Mélanie Frappa, editor-in-chief of ELLE Québec, Danielle Graham, co-anchor of CTV’s eTalk and Eddie Malter, L’Oréal Paris Canada official makeup artist. The top five videos will be announced on March 8 and the winner will be declared on March 23.

The winner of the Canadian competition will then compete for the global title after completing a boot camp for all national winners wherein they will explore new creative fields. The grand finale of the competition will be broadcast on YouTube live from Paris on May 1, hosted by celebrity spokesperson Eva Longoria. Contestants will be culled from 13 countries around the world and the winner will receive the title of L’Oréal Paris makeup designer, a one-year makeup contract with the brand and will go behind the scenes at the Cannes International Film Festival as one of the brand’s official makeup designers, as well as work with some of its celebrity beauty ambassadors.

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10 Reasons Why SkyMall Needs to Survive Bankruptcy

crazy gas mask from the sky mallTimes are looking uncertain for people who live for bizarre kitty litter boxes or questionably kitschy lawn ornaments. Xhibit Corp., the company that owns SkyMall magazine, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is looking to sell the in-flight catalog in the process. Turns out, technology is to blame for SkyMall‘s decline since more people are too busy fiddling with their tablets and phones to peruse through the expertly curated selection of stuff SkyMall offers. CFO and Acting CEO of Xhibit Scott Wiley expressed the company’s deep sadness that this gem of a catalog will now be blowing in the wind as the company tries to find a buyer. “We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic ‘SkyMall’ brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years,” he said.

They won’t be the only ones disappointed if SkyMall fails to get picked up. The catalog contains pages and pages of absurd and sometimes hilariously useful products that you didn’t know you needed, but when you see them, are all too tempted to buy. SkyMall isn’t kaput just yet, but the possibility of it disappearing is enough to make a jet-setter with a penchant for ironic wares want to shed a tear. SkyMall, we’d hate to see you go. Here are 10 reasons why. (more…)

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