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River Island Announces Shoe Collaboration with Blogger Sandra Hagelstam of 5 Inch and Up

River Island has a good nose for picking a great designer collaboration, having teamed up with lots of our favourite emerging designers like Eudon Choi on capsule collections. Now, the brand is turning its attention to the blogosphere by announcing an exciting shoe collection with the effortlessly stylish Sandra Hagelstam, the author behind 5 inch and up.

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Image 5 inch and up via Instagram

Announcing the exciting news on her blog, she explained that years ago whilst still at university and fresh to the world of fashion blogging, she actually secured an internship at River Island and saw a photo of herself on the designers’ mood boards. It sounds to us like this collaboration was always meant to be. Who better to team up with than somebody whose sense of style is already influencing your designs?

Based between London and Helsinki, she’s got a strong blog following with over 50,000 followers crushing on her enviable style via Instagram. No doubt her loyal fans will be dying to snap up a piece from her River Island collaboration. 

The collaboration will include five exclusive styles of shoes, and in homage to the name of her blog, they will naturally be of the high-heel variety. The line is set to launch in November in U.K. stores and internationally online, and if you just can’t wait to find out what to expect, take a peek at Sandra’s influences and a couple of design sketches on her blog.

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First Vogue and Now Marie Claire, Blake Lively Scores Yet Another Magazine Cover (Forum Buzz)

Blake Lively‘s certainly making the rounds these past few months; after landing Vogue‘s August issue, she’s now fronting the September 2014 issue of Marie Claire, celebrating the magazine’s 20th anniversary. The former Gossip Girl star was shot by Guy Aroch for the front cover as well as for a series of images inside the issue. Blake wears a dress from Gucci‘s latest collection as she’s captured up against a battleship gray backdrop with contrasting font colors. The cover should be a hit on newsstands…

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IMAGE CREDIT: MARIECLAIRE.COM

…but it isn’t a hit with most of our forum members. GlamVal kicked off the thread by simply commenting, “H O R R I B L E,” which set the predominantly negative tone.

“The text, for Chrissake! So little, yet so overwhelming. Not a bad image though she looks a bit robotic. I don’t mind Blake at all, but yet another major cover so soon?” posted Benn98.

Sharing his lack of interest was honeycombchild: “Ouch. Everything about this is awful for me. Colors, text, the shot itself…”

Cosmic Voices has noticed Blake’s presence everywhere and wrote, “This love affair with covering Blake recently has GOT TO STOP!”

“What a weird and awful cover… A far cry from Blake and Guy’s beautiful cover shoot for Marie Claire UK a few years ago,” commented catalytic.

“Blake’s face looks horrible. It seems like the pose is very painful. I prefer much more her last US Vogue cover. Everything is wrong in this cover: makeup, her hair, styling, fonts and layout. And I still don’t understand why she has another cover,” disapproved narcyza.

There’s a lot of disappointment inside the thread, but are you a fan? Do you like seeing Blake on the cover of magazines? Check out her accompanying cover story and post your own opinion here.

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New App GLAMSQUAD Lets You Book Hair and Makeup Sessions in Your Home

Image: GlamSquad

Image: GlamSquad

The thought of having your own personal makeup artist and hairstylist come to your house to help you get glam before a night out is one almost every girl has had at some point. But what was once thought to be a luxury reserved only for the very rich or people with cosmetologist BFFs, will now become a reality for regular gals like you and me. Gilt Groupe Co-Founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has launched a new app, GLAMSQUAD, which will allow women to schedule hair and makeup appointments in the comfort of their homes or offices.

Yup, you can basically hire your own beautifying team without leaving your bedroom. No more waiting for a blowout at the salon or having to trek all the way to your nearest department store to get your makeup done. Now, with a couple taps, you can get a hairstylist or makeup artist to your house. Makeup sessions start at $75, and hair will set you back at least $50.

The app is pretty straightforward. It offers a selection of hairstyles, from a blowout to milkmaid braids, as well as seven makeup looks. Good luck getting your hair did if you’ve got kinky hair, however, because all the looks, save for one under the “our styles” section of the app, are for women with straight hair, or at least hair that can be straightened without the help of chemical relaxers. Granted, GLAMSQUAD is only just launching, so we have faith that as it secures more money and builds a clientele, the app will offer more options for women of all hair textures, no matter if they’re looking for someone to do a Dominican blowout or a simple twist-out. Also, how cool would it be if there were stylists who did box braids and Senegalese twists?

GLAMSQUAD is currently available in New York City with plans to expand to Los Angeles.

[via WSJ]

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Cara Delevingne Delves Into the Wilderness with Mulberry

Only Cara Delevingne could get away with holding a picnic to celebrate her close relationship with Mulberry and her upcoming handbag range, but it must be said that the girl does host a good party and definitely did so over the weekend in the heart of the British countryside at Wilderness Festival.

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All aboard the Cara-Van! (Image: Dave M. Benett, Getty)

Looking her usual relaxed, luxurious self, the model offset her loose, silk jogging pants and white T-shirt with an oxblood Mulberry Cara messenger and round sunglasses decorated with dinosaurs, of course. 

Whilst the rest of the delightful British revelers enjoyed the likes of Jessie Ware and Metronomy on the main stage of the festival set on the Cornbury Park Estate in Oxfordshire, Cara’s secret garden party was for select guests only who joined her and her amazingly-named Cara-Van to enjoy the halcyon days of summer surrounded by gold balloons and hay bales. Jaime Winstone, Douglas BoothHolliday Grainger along with Luke and Harry Treadaway were among the crowd that hung out with Cara and her sister Chloe in their wild open field, littered with flowers and champagne.

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A Delevingne family affair (@caradelevingne)

The owner of the estate, Lady Tania Rotherwick, spoke to the Telegraph about the event saying, “This used to be full of green houses and orchards, back in the days when the estate had 30 gardeners, but it fell into disrepair,” she said. “Today, normally this garden is cut as a football pitch, but we let it grow for Mulberry.”

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Paul Zahra Quits Role as Chief Executive of David Jones

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Photo: Don Arnold/ WireImage

He’s had the pleasure of working with Australia’s most beautiful women like Miranda Kerr, Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox, but now Paul Zahra has quit his role as David Jones’ Chief Executive.

It was a timing thing, to say the least, following the $2.2 billion takeover of Australia’s oldest department store by Woolworths South Africa. Paul also got to hang around just long enough to celebrate the Spring 2014 fashion launch only a couple of weeks ago.

In a good-guy move, Paul isn’t moving on for another three months, making sure it’s a smooth transition for his replacement. The man next in line for the throne? Ian Nairn, chief executive of Country Road (which is also owned by Woolworths), will take on the role, along with colleague and Country Road chief operating officer David Thomas, who will be David Jones’ new chief operating officer.

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Isabelle Cornish Has Been Crowned Alice McCall’s Spring Muse and We’re Not Surprised

Alice McCall has just introduced Isabelle Cornish as its muse for Spring 2014, and we’re not slightly surprised. How could we be? The Aussie designer brought Isabelle along as her muse to the David Jones Spring 2014 fashion launch, with the pair proceeding to spill the beans of their upcoming collaboration in an interview that night.

The Aussie designer revealed she was shooting Isabelle later in that week for the new campaign, telling Sydney Confidential that the Puberty Blues star “really emulates that bohemian look.” And if you missed the interview, the label continued to reveal behind-the-scenes shots to its Instagram, further spoiling the surprise. Isabelle joined in too, posting a selfie with a caption reading, “I was a fairy/bohemian flower girl yesterday for @alicemccallptyltd.”  (more…)

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