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These Two Luxury Brands Are Dominating Vintage Sales

Vitnage Hermes bag on Instant Luxe designer resale site

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If you’re constantly scoping out designer resale stores for fashionable vintage finds, it should come as no surprise that French labels Louis Vuitton and Hermès take the top two spots when it comes to luxury secondhand sales.

A study conducted by Exane BNP Paribas and secondhand online retailer Instant Luxe proved that “Louis Vuitton has extended its volume lead in both handbags and small leather goods in the first half of 2015, while Hermès heads the list in terms of average price increases.” WWD reports that “In the small leather goods category, Louis Vuitton dominates with a five-time advantage over Hermès.” 

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Hermès has also had a 23.6 percent spike on handbag prices in the first half of 2015, compared to this time last year. Researchers noted the increase was due to the recent revival of the Kelly bag, one of the world’s most luxurious handbags originally made famous by Grace Kelly. 

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So whether you’re buying or selling, it’s clear that Hermès and Louis Vuitton are worth the investment. (Hear that Kim Kardashian?)

[via WWD]

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Facebook Is Launching a New Shopping Feature

Facebook shop feature

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With Instagram launching a “shop now” platform, it was only a matter of time before Facebook followed suit. The social media behemoth has announced its goal to exist as a top shopping destination. 

What can we expect? First up, a “Shopping” bookmark. It will fall under the “More” tab and will consist of products that are based on a user’s previously “liked” pages. WWD reports that “the products on the Shopping bookmark will be culled from the businesses that have begun testing the Shop section on individual pages, starting with apparel and accessories. The difference is that all the products will appear in one place.” In other words, major shopping convenience. 

The second shopping feature is Canvas, an “immersive” ad format that is currently being tested. Think a full-screen shopping window in which you’re able to skim through and pick colors, sizes, styles and so on before visiting the retailer’s actual website. Michael Kors and Mr Porter have already begun testing the platform and Target will join forces today. 

Sure, this sounds like an added convenience for Facebook users and an enhanced way for retailers to engage customers. It’s also one more way for Facebook to generate revenue. “The more services Facebook is successfully able to offer consumers via their mobile app, the bigger the role they’ll play in consumers’ everyday lives,” said eMarketer senior analyst Catherine Boyle, “which leads to more revenue-generating opportunities for Facebook in the long-term.”

[via WWD]

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Is Fish Gape the New Duck Face?

Say goodbye to the not-so-flattering puckered duck face, there’s a new selfie pose in town and it has just been coined the fish gape. According to Mimi Chatter, the fish gape is basically a halfway duck face. “The look involves just a touch of an eye squint, then the ever so slight parting of the lips. Almost like you’re about to say something but you stop pretty early into your thought.”

So why is the fish gape taking the Instagram selfie world by storm? Unlike the duck face pose, it’s more sultry and flattering and also slims the face. In case you need a better visual, here we have the duck face:

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Taylor Swift Is Unrecognizable on Vogue Australia (Forum Buzz)

She already covers the November edition of US GQ looking as sultry as ever and now Taylor Swift makes the cover of Vogue Australia. After serving up Noami Watts last month, the magazine taps the American singer just in time, coinciding with her trip down under next month as part of Swift’s 1989 world tour. Photographed by Emma Summerton and with styling from Christine Centenera, Aussie Vogue gives Taylor an entirely new look, captured wearing a Schiaparelli creation and giving us Daria Werbowy vibes — the girl can model.

But were our forum members impressed with Vogue Australia’s best efforts? “She looks haggard here. Really bad,” slammed HeatherAnne the moment the cover dropped.

“For some reason she doesn’t look like herself. Maybe it’s the hair or Photoshop. But I do like the colors and the romantic feeling it has. Also, she is one of those celebrities who do not understand the meaning of overexposure. She’s everywhere all the time, she should go away for a while,” recommended KateTheGreatest.

Also acknowledging the evident airbrushing was KINGofVERSAILLES: “She reminds me of Daria Werbowy on the cover. The styling is romantic and the colors are gorgeous. Photoshop is maybe a bit overdone, though.”

J.Oliver agreed, echoing, “Taylor is always hit and miss. She looks stunning here, but TOO much Photoshop in the face.”

“Too much Photoshop on the face. Otherwise great,” said gazebo.

Miguelalmeida soon shed light on the cover, expressing, “WOW, the best cover from Taylor ever! This is the first cover of her that I’m really drawn too. Very romantic, charming and peaceful!”

Are you a fan of Taylor’s new cover? Check out some previews and join the conversation here.

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Samara Weaving Lands First Leading Movie Role

Samara Weaving at David Jones Fashion Launch

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One of our all-time fave Summer Bay alumnis Samara Weaving has landed her first major role in Tinseltown, set to play the leading actress in McG’s The Babysitter

With the film still in the development stages, little information has been shared, however, we do know that the plot will see a 12-year-old boy and his babysitter’s night take an unexpected turn for the worst.


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Lara Bingle Finally Reveals Details of Her Secret Wedding to Sam Worthington

We’ve waited so long for the deets surrounding Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington‘s wedding that we began to question whether or not the nuptials actually happened. They most definitely did, and, at last, the Aussie model has revealed some very heartwarming details about the event, including the designer of her wedding dress.

Opening up to KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O this morning, the 28-year-old explained that she was six months pregnant for the “intimate” ceremony in Melbourne. “It was very intimate, we just popped into Melbourne where Sam’s family is from. It was just our families, less than 10 people,” she said.

“We wrote the whole celebration, we wrote all our vows. I was pregnant as well,” she continued, noting that it wasn’t easy to find a wedding dress for her growing baby bump.