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  • Whatever ever has happened to you this year, it pales in comparison to the radical and exciting life lived by Beyonce's hair. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Beyonce tells the story of her feminist awakening in a new YouTube video. [TheGloss]
     
  • A bunch of things you should pack for your holiday trip home, if you want to avoid being an underdressed and unloved loser. [FabSugar]
     
  • Speaking of, here's an excellent essay on the politics of looking sloppy, and how being underdressed sometimes only translates to "chic" if you're young, white and thin. [Jezebel]
     
  • Nail polish sales have plateaued. Oh no, what does Beyonce's hair have to say about it? [AdAge, Fashionista, Refinery29, Jezebel]
     
  • In other dying trends, did anyone actually buy and wear those much-hyped pink coats? An investigative report. [Telegraph]
  • Here's a very sad story about a copywriter who died after working 30 hours straight. [Gawker]

 

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Designer Copycats: Was This Erdem Pre-Fall 2014 Look ‘Inspired by’ Valentino’s Fall 2013 Collection?

Images: Facebook/ErdenRTW (left) / IMAXtree (right)

Images: Facebook/ErdenRTW (left) / IMAXtree (right)

Since we were on the subject of fashion plagiarism, I popped over to the always enjoyable 'Outfit look-alikes' forum thread, which documents instances of designer copying.

One particularly striking recent example: A black dress with multicolor floral overlay from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2014 collection (above, left), which resembles a runway look from Valentino's Fall 2013 show (above, right).

Floral overlay has been a running motif throughout Erdem's past few collections (the label even showed a couple fairly similar black pieces for Fall 2013) and in many ways, this Pre-Fall look represents a natural aesthetic progression for the label. Still, the Valentino item is one of the best-known from that collection, and the similarities come down not just to the basic silhouette and idea of the dress, but also to the distinctive white tuxedo-style collar. 

Erdem declined to comment. 

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Roberto Cavalli: ‘I Just Want to Tell Michael Kors to Stop Copying Me!’

Image: WENN.com

Image: WENN.com

In an interview with Style.com, big talker Roberto Cavalli went after Michael Kors, accusing the American designer of copying work:

"[American women] trust designers like Michael Kors. He’s one of the biggest copy designers in the world. I just want to tell him to stop copying me! Stop! All the time I write those comments on Instagram. He copies everybody! And Americans like Michael Kors! And you love so many other designers who do that—he’s not American fashion. He is international fashion made in America. It’s not fair. The American women, they all dress the same."

Blah blah blah. Haven't you heard, Roberto? Everyone copies everyone. And as TheFashionLaw points out, you do too.

Still, I will personally PayPal $5 to anyone who can track down some of those Instagram comments. Fine, make it $10. [h/t]

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Rita Ora Shoots a DKNY Fragrance Campaign in New York City

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(This is an accurate visual representation of what it's like to be in NYC right now. It's freezing and dark and most people seem to be asleep, even as they're walking around and going to work.)

Yesterday morning, Rita Ora was spotted in New York City, shooting what many believe to be a DKNY fragrance campaign. Although the Estee Lauder division which holds the scent license refused to comment when it was reached by WWD, several outlets (including our photo service) have confirmed the pop star as the face of the fragrance line. The news comes as no surprise: Ora walked the runway for the label's Spring 2014 collection, she appeared in the Resort 2014 ads and she performed at the 25th anniversary party in September. 

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What Do Twerking, Grumpy Cat and Versace All Have in Common?

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

What is the true spirit of our times? Google knows, because Google knows all. 

Behold, excerpts from the 2013 issue of its annual Zeitgeist data drop, Google's guide to search trends. The insights are amazing: 

The tomato mozzarella salad has long been the dominant leader in the appetizer space, but 2013 indicated that shrimp is moving up fast.

Our men might be the world's greatest technological innovators, but they are in peril: They are sitting in silence, their necks naked. They squeeze their lips together but cannot produce any sound. And they can't go on vacation because they don't have a passport. 

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WTF? Both Esquire and GQ Named ‘Blurred Lines’ Model Emily Ratajkowski ‘Woman of the Year’

64.6% of people voted Emily Ratajkowski as the Woman of the Year

Image: Instagram/FancyGomez

For model Emily Ratajkowski, 2013 was a breakthrough year. And that's almost entirely because she appeared nude in Robin Thicke's sensational 'Blurred Lines' music video featuring T.I and Pharrell, which has racked up over 235 million views on YouTube. The sexed-up clip was the subject of a lot of controversy for its allegedly "rapey" lyrics — "I know you want it / I know you want it / I know you want it / You're a good girl." The fact that those lyrics were accompanied by the sight of naked models dancing around clothed, male performers didn't mollify the Thicke's critics. 

Emily Ratajakwski poses shirtless in a ad for Rag and Bone jeans

Image: diy.rag-bone.com/emily

Of the three women who appeared in the video, Ratajkowski is the only to successfully parlay the appearance into a full-blown career. (Jessi M'Bengue and Elle Evans have not enjoyed the same stellar trajectories.) The British-born model was cast in a supporting role opposite Ben Affleck in the forthcoming film Gone Girl; she also starred in a series of Rag & Bone ads (pictured, right) and posed for CR Fashion Book

Good for her. Those are all fantastic accomplishments and doubtless there are millions of girls who wish they were in her place. But is she "Woman of the Year?" According to Esquire's readers — yes, definitely, 100%. The model beat out Jennifer Lawrence in a bracket-style tournament for the distinction. So essentially, a woman whose major achievement this year was being a naked prop in a borderline-offensive music video is more deserving than a talented, charming Academy Award-winning movie star. Got it, no problem. Enjoy hell, boys!

The model was also named "Babe of the Year" by GQ. Totally: 'Babe' is practically in her job description. And how does GQ celebrate its babest babe? In one of the feature's opening shots, the model is shown photographed from behind by Terry RichardsonShe's wearing sheer, frilly underwear. An arrow points to her mostly bare ass with a caption reading, "Starring Emily Ratajkowski, a.k.a. that girl from the 'Blurred Lines' video." 

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