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The 50 Most Stylish Canadians? Flare Includes Questionable Candidates for our Consideration

I don't read Flare (I'm a Fashion magazine kinda girl), but picked up on this story from Shelley Fralic over at the Vancouver Sun. The deadly-serious fashion magazine for deadly-serious fashion lovers recently ran a special edition in which they listed "The 50 Most Stylish Canadians."

As Fralic points out, of the 50, 7 are fashion models, 13 are in the music industry, 4 are "wordsmiths," 7 are actors, 7 are artists and 12 are "fashion worlders," which I'm guessing means socialite. And so, among the homegrown heroes waving the fashion flag for Canada are Kim Cattrall (does she wear clothes?), Pamela Anderson (puh-lease! But again, does she wear clothes?) and "Call Me Maybe" popsicle Carly Rae Jepsen. Excuse me while I go refill the barrel they just scraped dry.

So Carly Rae Jepsen made the list? That's Carly Rae Jepsen, known for wearing such striking and fashion forward ensembles as these Forever 21 sale pieces…

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Thankfully CRJ mentor Justin Bieber didn't make the cut (for obvious reasons), but joining Carly in the musicians corner is Drake, Ryan Adams and thankfully saving graces, Joni Mitchell and Feist. But what about Dragonette's Martina Sorbara? Or the foot stompin' Serena Ryder and her laid-back cool? Jeez, even talking-voice-musician William Shatner has his own thing going on that's more deserving than Pamela Anderson! 

Thankfully, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Joe Mimram, Deepa Mehta and Tim Blanks make up some of the more deserving entries, while Linda Evangelista earns high praise for being on the cover. No Michael Buble, Ryan Reynolds or Don Cherry (face it, he owns his unique style). And Donald Sutherland over Keifer? It's a questionable collection of names, so tell me, if you were putting this list together, who would you include?

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L’Wren Scott’s First-Ever Mass Market Collaboration is With Banana Republic [Preview]

Image: Laforce + Stevens

Image: Laforce + Stevens

L'Wren Scott's new limited-edition capsule collection with Banana Republic marks the American designer's first-ever collaboration with a mass market retailer. Scheduled to launch just in time for the holidays*, the collection will include more than 50 pieces of apparel (ranging from $39.50 – $165.00) and accessories ($39.50 – $198.00). 

Designed with holiday parties in mind, the range will include festive attire such as sequined cocktail dresses and embellished cardigans as well as more casual but still polished pieces, like tailored jeans, lace dresses and pencil skirts — all with silk and faux fur accents throughout. 

The collection will launch at select Banana Republic locations and online December 5. 

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen


*Just wanted to point out that it's July and people are already talking about Christmas. 

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Does Pinterest Really Have 70 Million Registered Users?

Image: Facebook/Pinterest

Image: Facebook/Pinterest


According to a new study conducted by the French analytics group Semiocast, Pinterest has reached 70 million registered users. The findings were conducted using statistical sampling and by crawling Pinners' public profiles.

The report was also able to determine that 20 million of those users pinned, repinned or liked a pin in June 2013. Semiocast also found that 79% of those active users are based in the U.S. (The researchers determined geographical information by compiling users' declared location.)

When I reached out to verify the report, Pinterest's Head of Communications told me that they don't disclose internal numbers. 

However, he did suggest that a February 2013 Business Insider post reporting 25 million registered Pinners was quoting a third-party number for users located in the U.S. and referred me to a Reuters article from the same month citing digital analytics giant comScore, which reported 48.7 million unique monthly visitors worldwide. 

A full summary of Semiocast's findings is available for viewing here

 

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Link Buzz: Marc Jacobs Menswear Campaign; Retailers Sign Bangladesh Pact

Image: MarcJacobs.com

Image: MarcJacobs.com

  • The Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Menswear campaign was photographed by Juergen Teller, features safety pins, distressed leather briefcases and the kinds of guys that like to hang out at Asian speciality food stores. [Forums]
     
  • Fall 2013's best ad campaigns — pretty things that want to sell you pretty things. [Fashionologie]
     
  • How to find the perfect swimsuit for your non-feline body type. Sorry cats! You're not invited to our pool party this summer.  [FabSugar]
     
  • Rooney Mara's new Calvin Klein perfume ad will transport you into the scent-filled world of your computer screen. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Better to buys bras online than to have never loved at all. [SheFinds]
     
  • Retailers have signed a pact to institute new factory inspections in Bangladesh. [NPR]
     
  • Rachel Roy lays out her favorite red carpet moments because that's what it's like to be a famous designer. [StyleList]

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First Look: Isabel Marant Wearing Isabel Marant for H&M

Image: Twitter/HM

Image: Twitter/HM

Above: Isabel Marant wearing a dress from her forthcoming H&M collection. The image was shared over Twitter this morning by the Swedish retailer, and it's our first look at the French designer's foray into fast fashion. 

Marant's decision to collaborate with H&M came as a surprise: high street retailers have long looked to her haute-cool everywoman designs for "inspiration" — why was she now giving her copiers a seal of approval?

But still, consider me interested. As we previously reported, the designer is creating her H&M collection as an "ideal wardrobe," which sounds … you know, ideal. (She'll also be unveiling, for the first time ever, designs for guys and kids.)

As for the dress above: maybe it's not something to cherish and love forever, but if it were hanging in your closet, you might wear it again and again and again. 

Isabel Marant for H&M will be available on November 14. 

PreviouslyWatch Isabel Marant Talk About the ‘Ideal Wardrobe’ She’s Designing for H&M

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Preview the Wonderful Suzy Menkes’ Online-Only Christie’s Auction

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Suzy Menkes, one of the single most influential fashion journalists of the past few decades (for a sense of how deep her roots go, consider the fact that she attended Anna Wintour's 21st birthday party) will be auctioning off some of her possessions in an online-only Christie's auction, which opens for bidding on July 11. 

The latest in Christie's series of single-owner fashion collections (previous owners include Daphne Guinness, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Piaggi, Vivienne Westwood and Marilyn Monroe), IN MY FASHION: The Suzy Menkes Collection will consist of over 70 lots, the majority of them on offer for under £1,000, with many starting at £200. (Interesting that this auction seems geared to the Internet generation… Menkes recently published a high-profile editorial, "The Circus of Fashion," which criticized bloggers and street style for creating a flashier, fame-driven fashion culture.)

Given that Menkes is auctioning off pieces of fashion history — such as ten early items by Christian Lacroix, a 1980s Yves Saint Laurent trouser suit and a 1960s Emilio Pucci sleeveless silk dress — her explanation for why she's selling the garments might seem a little jarring: 

“I have never thrown anything out of my wardrobe since 1964. If I had a large open space in my home, I would dedicate it, like an art gallery, to my collection. But there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.” 

A tomb of trunks! And Menkes is parting with only 70 items … I bet that doesn't make a dent. 

 

Christian Dior sunglasses / Image via Sunshine Sachs

Christian Dior sunglasses / Image: William Thom

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