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For Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond: We’re Asking, Who Made Our Clothes?

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Who made your clothes? If that sounds like a simple question, just try and answer it — I bet you'll come up with the name of a fashion brand, a label, a retailer. Ok.

But how did that dress end up hanging on the rack at a clothing store? Most of us have no idea where the fabric was grown, how it was spun into yarn, how it was dyed and then sewn together into a garment. In our current fashion system, the true origins of our clothing are hidden; the only thing visible is the big glossy brand.

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Caryn Franklin / Image: Instagram/Fash_Rev

Exactly a year ago, many of us recognized how little we knew about even the most basic aspects of the clothing supply chain. It took a tragedy. On April 24, 2013, the factory fire in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh killed 1,133 garment workers and wounded 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history. 

Today, we're marking the anniversary of Rana Plaza with Fashion Revolution Day, a project founded by designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. The campaign asks supporters to wear their clothing inside out, snap a picture and share it on social media with the hashtag, #InsideOut. It's a small gesture with a simple, modest goal: to get people to start asking questions about who made their clothes. 

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Pop singer Corinne Drewery / Image: Instagram/Fash_Rev

Below, I've assembled some of some of my favorite pieces of media about Fashion Revolution Day (and beyond). If you're looking for stuff to click on today, try these links:


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Beyoncé Covers TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Issue with Suspiciously Slimmer Thighs

Beyonce's TIME magazine 100 Most Influential People cover

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Well, it looks like miss Beyoncé Giselle has become the most popular girl at the feminist prom. The singer covers TIME's 100 Most Influential People issue, and the accompanying article is written by none other than Facebook COO and the author of the feminist tome Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Beyoncé was featured in Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" video, so it makes sense that Sandberg was tapped to pen the love letter piece. In it, the social media mogul praises the "Run the World" singer for "[raising] her voice both on and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead." 

Story aside, we couldn't help but notice that Bey's thighs look a bit svelter than usual on this cover. The singer was just in the news for allegedly slimming her thighs in an Instagram photo she posted of herself playing golf on vacation. We wonder if TIME also took some liberties with the singer's gams. Her legs look strong, but that left thigh seems a bit tampered with. Hmm…

Let us know what you think of the cover, and whether or not Bey was slimmed down in the comments! 

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Cover Of The Year? Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Japan’s June Issue (Forum Buzz)

It's not even May yet, but June covers are starting to surface on the forums this week. Vogue Japan's latest was posted yesterday and has already received rave reviews from forum members. Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes is featured in this issue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in a dress from Miu Miu's spring 2014 collection.

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"Great cover! A coloured background could have added a little something more, but it's a good picture," wrote Emmanuelle.

"This is one of the best covers this year so far. Stunning!" commented gossiping.

TeeVanity was in the same frame of mind: "Very beautiful and I am agreeing with gossiping, indeed one of the best covers this year so far."

As was Nepenthes who went on to write, "I think this is my favourite cover they've done so far in 2014. It's typical Vogue Japan, I really like it. The colours and lighting are gorgeous and that Miu Miu dress looks amazing on Doutzen."

"What a refreshing colour combination, it looks like a mid-2000s cover (in a good way)," wrote Srdjan.

So, best cover of the year? A pretty strong statement considering we're only into April. Is this cover that good? Join the discussion and tell us what you think here.

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Here Come the Crazies: People Magazine Accused of Lightening Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin for ‘Most Beautiful’ Cover

Lupita Nyong'o covers People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful

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People magazine's 'Most Beautiful' cover for 2014 has been online for seven blissful, controversy-free hours. Unlike last year's issue — which featured Gwyneth Paltrow just days after the actress and lifestyle entrepreneur had been crowned "Most Hated" celebrity by tabloid magazine Star —  this year's edition, starring the universally beloved Lupita Nyong'o, has not angered anyone. The Internet saw Lupita's "Most Beautiful" cover and said, "cool! yes! perf!" And then everyone moved on to gawk at the insane menu at Guy Fieri's new Las Vegas restaurant, which features "won-tacos" drizzled in "wow-sabi."

But no, sorry — Radar Online is not having any of it. The gossip website wants outrage, and found a way to dredge some up. The outlet spoke with a photography "expect" (they mean "expert") who "believes the famed magazine used creative lighting to brighten the breakout actress’ skin tone and make her look lighter." Oy. "Epic Photoshop fail!" says Radar Online. "Leave me alone, I have a pounding headache!" says Nika. 

Previously: Lupita Nyong’o is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman

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Finally Get Your Hands on the Sophia Webster Collection for J.Crew

The moment we have all been waiting for is around the corner and Sophia Webster’s collaboration with J.Crew is available to buy starting early May. Forget rent and food and all the unnecessary things in life and focus on the prints, the polka dots, the cut-outs, the gingham…oh the list is endless. Miss Webster really has brought every element of her design personality into this collection and it is still ridiculously wearable.

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Since going it alone in September 2012, after assisting Nicholas Kirkwood, Sophia Webster has well and truly cemented her name into the world of British fashion. With an aesthetic that is both challenging, yet classic, it was no surprise when she won Emerging Accessories Award at last years British Fashion Awards.

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We are not alone in our love, though, as J.Crew’s president and Creative Director Jenna Lyons is just as gushing about Ms Webster as we are: "Sophia Webster is one of the most exciting and talented British designers. Her shoes are like miniature sets — a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in. Each shoe tells a unique story."

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There is no argument there and there seems to be something for everyone. Although if you’re looking for a total bargain, you may have to give yourself a bit of a shake, as the starting prices are around £240 up to £540, but we can guarantee that these special collaboration pieces will sell out quickly, so we need to decide which ones we want to get now.

Sophia Webster for J.Crew will be launching in J.Crew stores and online at the beginning of May 2014. 

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Kim Kardashian Only Just Getting Around to Picking Up a Copy of that Vogue Magazine Thing She Did



In today's big news shocker, reality TV star Kim Kardashian was photographed with her younger sister, up-and-coming model Kendall Jenner, at a newsstand in Studio City. They were buying magazines, if you can believe it. They picked up about a half dozen copies of Vogue's April edition — an issue which actually features Kardashian herself, together with husband Kanye West and baby North, on its cover (pictured above). The whole thing was filmed by at least two "news" crews, so you can watch it below, if you're so inclined.

The publication's April issue will only be on newsstands for a few more days, before it's swapped for Emma Stone's May cover, so I think it was pretty smart of Kim to stock on copies of her Vogue cover while she still has a chance. 

[h/t HuffPo]


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