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International Clothing Company Brandy Melville Allegedly Steals Work from Tasmanian Artist

With over 28 stores around the world, plus a huge celebrity cult following including Kristen Stewart and Kendall Jenner, it would seem like American-based fashion label Brandy Melville can do no wrong. But a regional Tasmanian artist and blogger has taken to Tumblr in her bid to prove otherwise.

Laura McMahon, with an artist name of Brain Foetus, has told her blog followers that the hugely popular Brandy Melville "elin moon tears embroidery top" is actually just a copy of her own artwork — a conclusion that can easily be made when comparing the two designs side by side. Deeming the act as "intellectual property theft," the emerging artist said she hasn't seen any recognition from the brand, despite her best efforts.

"After contacting Brandy Melville I was confident that the issue would get resolved," McMahon wrote. "However after months of chasing them for a resolution, all the while having faith in their professionalism, I must out them as a company that is making profit from someone else’s hard work and creative thinking — while no credit or financial compensation has been provided."

Brain Feotus is quickly garnering support from the online community, with an increasing amount of people sharing her Tumblr link to the Brandy Melville Facebook page or publicly making harsh accusations against the brand. Tumblr user katemcdonough wrote on Brain Foetus' Tumblr: "I'm so sorry to hear what Brandy Melville did to you! As a fellow artist it makes me extremely angry to hear stories like yours… I sent them a message to let them know what they did is illegal and hurtful."

No public comments have been made from the Brandy Melville team at this stage.

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Link Buzz: Runway Fashion as Nail Art; Jamie Peck Responds to Terry Richardson

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    There's a pretty impressive nail art version of the Dsquared2 Spring 2014 dress pictured here, and you can DIY it. [BellaSugar]
  • Apparently some people enjoy matching their lipstick to their sunglasses. What a world. [FabSugar]
  • Rachel Zoe on short shorts and neon minis: NO. Just no. [HuffPoStyle]
  • Hilary Clinton and Ralph Lauren had a lovefest. [Racked]
  • On using "you're fat" as an insult. [Fashionista]
  • Model and writer Jamie Peck responds to the recent Terry Richardson profile. [TheGuardian]

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Look Magazine Collaborates with Little Mistress

We know that nothing quite beats the feeling of reading breaking fashion news within our forums, but it’s also great to turn to our favourite weekly glossies for the latest happenings. 

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One of our favourite weekly reads, Look magazine, has announced an exciting collaboration with the retailer Little Mistress. Look has actively worked with its in-house designers to produce a capsule collection filled with oh-so-pretty dresses, which is perfect for that time of the year when you’re swamped with wedding invites.

From striking colourblocks in royal blues to classic cream hues or summer-ready florals, they’ve got your summer occasion dress needs covered. A standout piece is a very Florence Welch feeling metallic wrap dress, which might be a little OTT for a wedding, but nonetheless a great summer party essential!     

Price points range from around £58 to £70, and the collection is available at Little Mistress.

Images: Look 

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Lupita Nyong’o Looks ‘Better Than Ever in Print’ for Her First Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

After much anticipation in the Cover Rumor Thread in the forums, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has landed herself her first cover of Vogue. Photographed by Mikael Jansson (his first Vogue cover shoot too!) and styled by Phyllis Posnick, Lupita is showcasing Prada's Fall 2014 collection on the front of the issue.

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Surprisingly, forum members are on the fence regarding the finished result. "Yes! I am thrilled to see Lupita on the cover; she looks absolutely radiant smiling! The cover story is just as gorgeous," commented Nepenthes, clearly in favor of the shoot.

"What a gorgeous cover. She looks fantastic (better than ever in print) and the photography is just great and the dress looks perfectly styled on her. I'm sold." enthused jmrmartinho.

GlamorousBoy shared the same sentiments: "The best US Vogue cover in months!"

Not everyone has the same outlook, however. "The cover just looks like it was fan made! If the background wasn't blurred it would be fantastic because she looks gorgeous. The spread has such nice shots, amazing to see Jansson score his first US Vogue cover, don't understand why she is on the cover already, but whatever, love her," wrote Miss Dalloway.

"Very fan-made. And it looks like her Marie Claire cover," shared Srdjan.

Eneroenero wasn't feeling the cover either and wrote, "Horrible! Lupita is so modern and the cover is nothing, what is this attitude?"

Check out the accompanying cover story and post your own opinion inside the thread here.

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Pharrell Williams’ G-Star RAW Line Wins Top Honors at Cannes Lions

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By now, so many people are enthralled by Pharrell Williams and his music making, ageless, weird hat-wearing self, that at this point, they're just showering him with some kind of praise–especially in the realm of fashion. So it should come as little surprise that Williams' efforts as creative director of Bionic Yarn and official G-Star collaborator would win him a few honors.

The producer just snapped up two awards at the Cannes Lions festival, the first for his "24 Hours of 'Happy'" video, and another for his RAW for the Oceans denim label, which collected the Grand Prix for the festival's very first Product Design award. 

A collaboration with G-Star RAW, the range is made from fabric crafted from ocean debris. This past season, they got together with Bionic Yarn, which makes material out of old plastic bottles. In this collab, Bionic Yarn supplied bottles made from recycled ocean plastic. The partnership is almost too perfect to be real. Kind of like Pharrell, who still may or may not be a vampire…

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NYX Cosmetics Signs on With L’Oréal

Rumors have been swirling since earlier this month that NYX was about to be bought out by cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris. Turns, out, the rumors were true as it was announced today that L'Oréal has agreed to buy NYX cosmetics, which will no doubt prove to be quite lucrative for the folks at L'Oréal. 

NYX is one of the fastest-growing makeup brands on the market, gaining fans in both regular girls and beauty gurus alike. Its formulas are high-quality and the prices are extremely affordable, comparable to some higher-end brands. The Nude on Nude natural look kit, for example, is a wonderful $12 alternative to Urban Decay's $54 Naked palette.

We'll certainly be watching to see how NYX's product lineup changes under this new deal. 


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