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Lulu Kennedy Creates Capsule Collection for Marks & Spencer

Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East founder and the brains behind her very own label Lulu & Co, is now lending a fashionable hand to the high street by teaming up with M&S to launch a capsule clothing collection called Indigo. As the suede skirt frenzy dies down, it’s another clear sign that M&S is increasingly trying to up its fashion credentials and win back a few old customers. That’s, of course, in addition to new stylish fans Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo, who were both spotted in M&S purse-friendly pieces at Fashion Week, causing waiting lists to ensue.

It may be Lulu’s first collaboration with M&S, but she’s no stranger to working with the brand as she recently starred alongside the likes of Rita Ora and Annie Lennox in its 2014 Leading Ladies campaign. 

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James Site Is Doing Quite Well, Thank You

Last week, Reese Witherspoon launched her Southern-focused lifestyle site Draper James, joining blonde thespian peers Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow in the pricey clothing and knick-knacks online space. And it looks like Witherspoon’s venture is off to a terrific start.

 

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WWD reports that on the same day Witherspoon launched her destination, a few of the items had already sold out. The top item for shoppers by far has been the $155 “Totes Y’all” tote bag, which has already been restocked. They also sold out of both colors of a $285 eyelet dress and all three versions of a $300 sundress with V-front straps. Today when we checked, the site was also sold out of the Solid Edgehill Dress and Printed Garland Tank in both magnolia prints. 

So the answer to “did we really need another celebrity lifestyle site?” has been emphatically answered by the public. Witherspoon’s twist of Southern charm has been a boon to her burgeoning business so far. Only time will tell if this success is just a flash-in-the-pan rush of excitement for a new brand, or if she can establish a long-lasting destination to rival that of Goop, which launched in 2008.

[via WWD]

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72 Dead in Philippine Factory Fire

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It seems that every few weeks we hear of another disaster in a factory filled with people who make our clothes and shoes. This time, a footwear factory outside Manila caught ablaze and 72 people are dead in the aftermath. 

A factory in Valenzuela City owned by the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. went up in flames, which is believe to have been caused by welding work going on at the entrance to the factory. Investigators say that the sparks from the welders set nearby containers of chemicals on fire. Of course, this fire brought up questions about the unsafe working conditions in this particular factory, which had bars on the windows that kept people from escaping during the blaze. 72 people are said to have been killed and many of them were on the second floor of the building, leading investigators to believe the workers were trapped. 

Many of the bodies are said to be burned beyond recognition, making identifying the victims difficult for authorities. The Kentex Manufacturing location is said to be where Havana flip flops are produced, a knockoff of the famous Havaianas footwear.

[via Quartz, CNN]

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Gisele Bündchen’s Recycled Photo on Vogue Portugal Delights (Forum Buzz)

More often than not, you’ll hear us ranting about magazines using reprints. Yet Vogue Portugal has restored our faith in recycled shots with its fabulous June 2015 cover. The magazine tapped Gisele Bündchen‘s shoot with Mario Testino from Vogue China’s March issue for its latest and we couldn’t be more delighted. The appearance is perfectly timed after Gisele’s retirement from the catwalk last month.

Vogue Portugal June 2015 Gisele Bundchen by Mario Testino

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Our forum members were quick to show their enthusiasm. “Fantastic reprint, it looks gorgeous!” Miss Dalloway raved immediately.

“Better than Vogue China March. Gisele already got 5 Vogue covers this year,” shared Kikala.

“Stunning cover! I don’t care that it’s a reprint. Pains me to say this but it looks better than the original,” Benn98 agreed.

TeeVanity shared the same sentiments and was quick to add, “Now this is a great way to use a reprint, stunning!”

Feeling the same way was Bertrando3: “One of the best reprints in the history of Vogue! Good one Vogue Portugal.”

“Shocked! I usually hate when magazines run reprints because they never seem to get it right, but a round of applause to Vogue Portugal for this knockout of a reprint. Gisele looks amazing,” enthused RanThe.

“It’s a gorgeous reprint, they did it right this time,” KateTheGreatest echoed.

Nepenthes described it as a “stunning reprint” and we couldn’t agree more.

Show your admiration inside our thread here.

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Peep Taylor Swift’s Star-Studded Cast for Her ‘Bad Blood’ Music Video

Taylor Swift has been heavily promoting her upcoming music video for “Bad Blood” over the past week, posting teaser posters of the star-studded cast on Twitter. It seems Swift is enlisting the help of all her celebrity BFFs for the video, which will premiere on Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards. And looking at the cast, we think this video is going to be pretty epic.

Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Martha Hunt are just a few of the names expected to appear alongside Swift in the much-hyped video. Each of the cast members adopts a superhero persona and name, chosen by the respective celebrities themselves. Swift retains a producer credit on the video, which was directed by Joseph Kahn.

 

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Martha Hunt (aka HomeSlice) also posted an image of her having drinks with Taylor Swift to Instagram last night. A friendly summit or a ploy to promote the music video? You decide. 

Check out each of the celebrity superhero alter egos in the gallery below. (more…)

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Lindsay Lohan Was Either Really Early or Really Late to Community Service

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Lindsay Lohan was busy yesterday playing Saint Mary, tweeting about making a difference in young children’s lives through community service. Community service, mind you, that she’s required by law to complete. But service is service whether or not one is bound by the harsh consequences of the legal system, so we gave Lohan her Mother Teresa moment.

But according to TMZ, the actress has little to brag about as she was allegedly unfashionably late to her community service gig. “Our Lohan sources tell us Lindsay managed to sneak in a back entrance to the children’s daycare facility… dodging all the media gathered out front for her arrival. She showed up about 2 hours after she was expected – or roughly 90 minutes after most of the kids got there.”

Lohan being late for anything comes as a shock to no one, but an administrator told Page Six she actually got to her service early. “She got here super early. I don’t know exact time, but she was here early,” early childhood education director Ivonne Lopez said. 

So, there you have it. Lohan is known for erratic and sometimes extreme behavior, so if you think about it, getting to her community service either woefully late or extremely early doesn’t seem out of character. But considering Lohan still has so many hours of community service left to complete, we hope she’ll arrive at least on time for now on.

[via TMZ, Page Six]

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