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C. Wonder Goes Kaput

Image: C.Wonder

Image: C. Wonder

It’s a wrap for C. Wonder. The troubled retailer, conceived by Chris Burch, has been struggling since reports surfaced in November that it would be closing up to 20 of its 32 locations, but it looks like cutting corners couldn’t help the flailing company. 

According to BuzzFeed, the company called a meeting yesterday informing employees that it would be shuttering the brand entirely and closing all remaining stores in the forthcoming weeks. Burch’s C. Wonder endeavor was seen by some as an attempt to get revenge on his ex-wife Tory Burch, since the store’s offerings looked so similar to the designer’s famed aesthetic. 

If you’re looking to pick up some deeply discounted C. Wonder wares while you can, now is the time. The brand’s website is taking 50 percent off your entire purchase.

[via BuzzFeed]

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Coach Is About to Buy Stuart Weitzman


Image: Stuart Weitzman

Coach is on the cusp of finalizing its first acquisition, American footwear brand Stuart Weitzman. According to WWD, the purchase price is somewhere in the neighborhood of $580 million.

Coach is looking to buy the brand from private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has investments in a number of fashion and accessories brands, including Kurt Geiger, Jones New York, Nine West and Hot Topic. Coach is going through a rebranding of sorts as Creative Director Stuart Vevers tries to expand the label’s offerings into apparel and pricier options. At the very least, this acquisition can give Coach a stronger presence in the footwear arena.

We don’t know yet if Stuart Weitzman himself will stay at the label after the purchase, which will be officially announced this week.

[via WWD]

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Nicole Kidman in Hot Water Over Leaky Pipes

Photo: Wenn

Photo: Wenn

Nicole Kidman might be an award-winning actress, but her neighbouring skills may not be as commendable. Page Six reports that the celebrity is being sued for allegedly causing over $46,000 USD in damages to the apartment below her $13 million USD Chelsea duplex, after pipes burst on her terrace and flooded fellow tenant Leonard Steinberg’s home-sweet-home.

The suit says that although Nicole had copper piping installed on her balconies at 200 11th Ave., the contractor mustn’t have insulated the work, and Nicole didn’t drain the water before winter. This apparently caused the pipes to freeze and explode, and that’s what allegedly caused the flooding in Steinberg’s building.

Steinberg is a real estate broker, and is using his insurance broker, Nationwide, to sue on his behalf. We hope he and Nicole can laugh about this over a friendly cuppa when the time’s right.

[Via Page Six]

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Lara Bingle, Sam Worthington Warned to Settle $10m Paparazzo Lawsuit

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington are under real heat for their scuffle with New York photographer Sheng Li last February. They’re being warned to settle a $10 million USD for the paparazzo’s injuries, or risk the case becoming even more of a public ordeal which could be damaging to their careers.

Lara Bingle

Lara Bingle

AAP reports (via SBS) both Sam and Lara’s legal teams will be meeting with Li’s lawyer, Mark Heller, in Manhattan this Wednesday for a settlement conference. Heller has suggested the Australian power couple accept the offer or pay the consequences. “If Mr Worthington and Ms Bingle were smart, they’d settle it because otherwise this case will become a real spectacle,” Heller told AAP on Monday.

Heller also had a little prediction for the movie star and model’s future should they refuse the settlement, saying, “I think it’s clear society now doesn’t like the abusive conduct by celebrities.” He added, “A number of athletes recently lost their jobs when videos of them assaulting people went viral, so if this man wants to sell any movies, I would think he would try to resolve this in a proper and honourable way.” (more…)

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Look Inside Model Carlie Grima and Simon Philby’s Bowral Wedding

Model Carlie Grima and the projects* marketing guru Simon Philby tied the knot in NSW’s Southern Highlands on Saturday, January 3, with designer dresses and model guests aplenty. 

Carlie, who is represented by Chic Model Management and has modelled for labels like Isola by Megan Gale, We Are Handsome and Bendon, was the picture of perfection in a heavenly Alex Perry gown, which used 2000 hand-sewn flowers for the dress’ show-stopping train. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Blake Lively Gives Birth, Cara Delevingne’s New Gig at LOVE Magazine

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

  • The British Advertising Standards Authority made Urban Outfitters remove a photo of a model with a sizable thigh gap from its website. [BuzzFeed]
  • While you were sipping champagne over the holidays, Blake Lively was busy having her first baby. [Page Six]
  • What, no Kendall Jenner? Cara Delevingne is LOVE magazine’s new contributing editor. [@caradelevingne]
  • Madonna is sorry/not sorry about posting that Martin Luther King, Jr. meme. [TMZ]
  • Stella McCartney and Adidas are launching StellaSport, an athleisure range for the young’uns. [WWD]
  • Ron Perelman says Revlon’s CEO isn’t racist. [WWD]
  • Wet Seal employees protest unfair treatment in the most epic way possible. [Jezebel]
  • How Mansur Gavriel became the “it” bag of the post-recession. [The Business of Fashion]
  • Oh, Tara Reid…the actress starts off 2015 with a naked Instagram photo. [Celebuzz]

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