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Will One of These Four Preteens Become the Next Tavi Gevinson?

Tavi Gevinson blogger

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Over on The Daily Beast, one writer informs us that "the Internet is look [sic] for its next young fashion sensation…Now that fashion’s favorite wunderkind has finally graduated high school*, there is room for a new teen supreme to rule the scene."

Mhhmm. I wasn't aware that there was such a strict limited capacity on preteen fashion bloggers. Not to mention, the conditions which allowed Tavi and other now-famous bloggers to rise to prominence have changed: the fashion media has adapted to the new digital landscape (see: Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen's acclaimed social media skills) and subsumed rival upstarts into its own institutions and hierarchies (for example: one of Tavi's peers, BryanBoy, now blogs under the NowManifest network, which is owned by Fairchild Fashion Media, a division of Condé Nast). 

Still, apparently some are determined to manufacture a new Tavi. The Daily Beast goes on to list four contenders who might be the next big thing in pubescent fashion blogging:

  1. Ryker Wixom, 4 — "An Instafamous trendsetter."
  2. Tobias Otting, 9 — "For his blog, Otting teams with his mom to curate each post."
  3. Moziah Bridges, 12 — "The Memphis-based CEO has been designing and creating his own collection [of bowties]."
  4. Ophelia Horton, 14 — "At the age of 12, she began offering her original point of views, from fashion to feminism."

[Which Preteen Fashion Blogger Will Be Tavi 2.0?TheDailyBeast]

* It's worth noting that the once grey-haired blogger hasn't been a 'fashion sensation' since 2011, when she announced that she was losing interest in the industry, and would be moving on to other creative pursuits. 

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Link Buzz: Kendall Jenner Goes Commando (Probably) in Fausto Puglisi Double-Slit Dress

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  • "This Kendall Jenner Dress Is A Wardrobe Malfunction Waiting To Happen." [TheGloss]
  • The complete glossary of shoes. [FabSugar]
  • You can make your own hair-lightening spray. [BellaSugar]
  • Rag & Bone will forego a Fashion Week show in September to photograph celebrities for a lookbook instead. We presume it will be Pinnable. [WWD]
  • Victorian women essentially killed themselves for fashion — are we doing the same? [Macleans]
  • Inside the Everlane open house in Soho. [WSJ]
  • Coming-of-age books for adult women. [ELLE]

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How Your Face Wash is Destroying the Environment

In addition to millions of things already screwing up our environment, your face wash is just another. Illinois is the first state to pass a ban on personal care products containing microbeads, which are touted as a gentle exfoliant, but are really not-so-gently helping to disintegrate the environment. Microbeads are commonly made from plastic, and though they are small, they don't break down so easily–because they're not biodegradable. 

Actually, their diminutive size is part of what makes them so dangerous–they consistently slip through waste treatment filters, spreading into the water, tainting the supply and poisoning animals. Small fish and birds ingest these beads and toxins get soaked into their bloodstream. Advocates worry that these poisonous materials will affect humans once we start eating the tainted fish. Illinois lawmakers are hoping the ban on microbeads will help preserve natural resources like Lake Michigan. And it looks like other states are fixing to adopt the policy–New York is currently working on a bill that will ban the products, which could go into effect within the next year. As for Illinois, they're giving manufacturers until 2018 to end production of the harmful miniature orbs.

With this knowledge about the dangers of microbeads, hopefully other states will be compelled to follow the example of Illinois and New York. But for now, the best action anyone can take is to avoid buying these products altogether. 

[via Take Part]

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In Bid for Birkins, Christie’s Gets Slammed with a $60 Million Lawsuit

Kim Kardashian Birkin


Christie's, best known for its elite fine art offerings and upper crust estate sales, appears to be expanding into the increasingly lucrative high-end accessories market.

There are always costs associated with growth: In this case, after poaching talent from rival house Heritage Auctions, Christie's was hit with a $60 million lawsuit in damages and lost profits.

Christie's has hired Matthew Rubinger, formerly head of luxury accessories, and two other employees — that's essentially the entire luxury handbag department at Heritage. Rubinger, who reportedly possess an encyclopedic knowledge of high-end handbags, was hired at Heritage right out of college, and has helped the auction house make record sales.

In a fawning profile published on Rubinger last October ("How One Millennial With A Liberal Arts Degree Landed A Six-Figure Job"), Forbes reported that in his first year at Heritage, Rubinger brought in $4 million in handbag sales, and then doubled the figure the following year. Gross sales reached $14.5 million in 2013

(At auction, Birkin bags typically start at $10,000, but can sell for more than $100,000.)

“While certainly other auction companies, including Christie’s, have held estate sales that might have a Kelly bag in it or had an online auction that sold a modest amount of handbags, we elevated the collection of handbags to a place nobody had done it before,” Gregory Rohan, the president of Heritage Auctions, told The New York Times. “We created a dynamic worldwide market that everyone would like to own.”

Rubinger and his colleagues abruptly quit on Monday, May 19. All three are headed to Christies. In the week prior to their departure, Heritage claims that Rubinger sought access to high-level strategic meetings for one of the associates. 

According to the Times, Heritage said in its lawsuit that it had sought to "brand [Rubinger] as a 'star'; provided him with training and introduction to sources in Hong Kong and Japan; and shared all of Heritage’s corporate plans for expansion and branding, even beyond luxury accessories."

A spokesperson for Christies tells the Daily News, “We have reviewed the complaint and find it to be wholly without merit. We are prepared to vigorously defend these claims and Christie’s decision to expand our existing handbag department.”

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Miranda Kerr Ditches Girl-Next-Door Image in Racy Cover Shoot for Net-a-Porter

Miranda Kerr is getting harder to keep up with — especially when she changes her good-girl to bad-girl image, and back again, so often. Whether it’s designing a teacup collection for Royal Albert or stripping down to well, nothing for GQ, the recently-single mother has definitely got our head in a spin.

The former Victoria’s Secret model’s cover for Vogue Australia July 2014 saw Kerr tap back into her typical girl-next-door character, if only for a second. Shots of her straddling a motorbike in Christian Louboutin pumps for Net-a-Porter’s The EDIT were released soon after the fashion bible's cover.



But the genetically-blessed beauty asserts that she's much more than one of the highest earning models in the world. “If someone asks me what I do, I say, ‘I have my own skincare line,’” Kerr explains of her KORA Organics range, which is also available on Net-a-Porter. “I don’t define myself as a model.”

Even though the feature has a large focus on her career path as Managing Director of KORA, the online retailer still manages to make use of Kerr’s lengthy modelling experience, plus her incredibly engineered body to showcase a mix of its fashion labels — paying attention to the accessible grunge, tomboy-type store favourites.

Dressed in pieces like a zipped leather jacket by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Rag & Bone denim cut-offs, leopard prints by Elizabeth and James and chunky Alexander McQueen boots, it's becoming increasingly hard to picture Kerr as the Australian doe-eyed sweetheart we've all grown to love.




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Terry Richardson Addresses Sexual Abuse Allegations, Maintains Innocence in New York Magazine



Last week, Jezebel leaked that the upcoming issue of New York Magazine would feature a cover story about Terry Richardson, focusing on the several allegations of sexual abuse thrown at him over the years. The source told Jezebel that the article would absolve Richardson of any guilt and discredit his accusers. The piece, penned by Benjamin Wallace came out today, and while we're not sure if it leaves the photographer vindicated, it does certainly give plenty of insight into how easy it is for young girls to get swept up in Terryworld.

Possibly the most telling quote in the article comes from Terry's father, Bob Richardson, who seems to have cultivated an environment on his shoots in the 60s that is eerily similar to his son's M.O. "Often a session would wind up in sex," he recalls. Richardson himself has admitted his sessions can get of out hand. One particular job for Supreme ended in pure debauchery: “The woman producing the shoot got freaked out and had to leave," he told Vice in 2002. "I think every person there fucked someone. It was intense.” But though Richardson does admit to some eyebrow-raising behavior, he firmly denies forcing anyone to do anything they were uncomfortable with or taking advantage of teenage girls, two of which the piece attempts to discredit.


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