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Chiara Ferragni’s Spring 2015 Collection to Make US Debut at MAGIC

Image: @chiaraferragni

Image: @chiaraferragni

We’ve been stalking Chiara Ferragni‘s shoe line for quite a while now. Can you blame us? Who doesn’t have a weakness for sparkly slippers and chain-laden booties (the latter of which I need like, right now)? The Blonde Salad blogger is bringing her shoe range to the FN Platform at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas next month to make its American debut. According to a press release, Chiara will be showing her offerings for the Spring 2015 season, which she says is inspired by American culture.

“As of now I live in the U.S. and I find myself totally lost in the American pop culture. I usually send inspirations to my design team while I’m traveling and then when I’m back I work closely with them, in every step of the creative work.”

What should you expect from the Italian blogger’s stateside debut? Chiara says the range is “composed by some of [her] iconic pieces and elements,” and that she will be dishing out an offering with lots of color and plenty of sparkle. Also on the menu are pointed-toe heels, sneakers and “food embroidery styles,” because nothing’s better than a great pair of shoes decorated with a rendering of your favorite snack. Each piece is named after a pop culture reference, so it will be interesting to see exactly which aspects of American culture she latched onto.

The MAGIC show will take place from August 18 to August 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There, you can preview Chiara’s range along with the upcoming collections for several other brands and designers. We can’t wait to see what Chiara has in store for next season!

Watch: Fashion Blogger and Shoe Designer Chiara Ferragni (from the Blonde Salad) Talks Casual Dressing and Magical Fashion Moments


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Is Gisele Bündchen Really Worth $128,000 a Day?


Image: WENN

Yes Gisele, we would be smiling too if we found out we were worth as much as you are.

Good old Forbes magazine has sunk its claws back into Gisele’s bank balance to announce that the 33-year-old has had her most lucrative year to date, bringing home a total of $47 million (that’s a whopping $128,000 a day), which to most of us seems like an insane amount of money to be raking in on a daily basis. Although it would explain all of the decadent holiday photos she has been taking lately. Gisele often says that Forbes reports her earnings incorrectly, although not even she can deny the $35 million gap that lies between her earnings and the second highest-earning model, Miranda Kerr.

Despite her far more reserved approach to the media, Gisele is absolutely towering above models like Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, who may party harder with more people, but are not bringing in the contracts like the Brazilian superstar. Her Instagram makes her seem like a really laid-back, holistic yoga bunny, so perhaps the early bird is truly getting the worm. While the others are crawling into cabs at 3:00 a.m., Gisele is getting up to do pilates before going to work for either H&M, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Chanel or the other high-profile brands paying her bills.

The mother of one also recently signed new contracts with Emilio Pucci and Balenciaga, which were not even factored into Forbes’ calculations, so who knows how much the final number is. Either way, it’s impressive and the big designers clearly think so, too.

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Christopher Raeburn Teams with Barbour for Two-Season Collection

Christopher Raeburn is kicking off a two-season collaboration with Barbour, inspired by the brand’s strong military heritage. The two have paired up for a womenswear collection, for which there will be both a spring and fall range available at British department store, Fenwick. 

“It’s wearable and straightforward, and I wanted to mix the Barbour classics with new things – shirt dresses, accessories, and a mix of spot and check to create — hopefully — something very different,” Raeburn told WWD. Indeed, it looks as if he can declare that mission accomplished. 

There are several functional (but stylish!) outerwear options, apropos considering the range’s military influences. Raeburn referred to the brand’s famous Ursula jacket, a staple for British submarine officers during World War II. Trenches and bomber jackets boast large pockets and belts, rendered in moody hunter green and navy plaid, sometimes combined with a large polka dot pattern. If roomy pockets aren’t enough for your effects, Raeburn also put forth a backpack. Pleated skirts, shirt dresses, chunky knits and blouses round out the offering. 

For spring, Raeburn still worked with the plaid/polka dot aesthetic, this time in brighter blues and even pastels as seen in a light pink windbreaker. Culottes and to-the-knee shorts also have their moment in this offering. 

“Working with Barbour and particularly on womenswear has been a real honour,” Raeburn told Vogue UK. “It’s a brand with so much heritage that appealed to me due to its inherent function, but I’m proud of the fun, feminine collection that we’ve been able to achieve through the collaboration.”

[via WWD, Vogue UK]


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Etsy Hits the Road for Canadian Tour

Etsy Canada road trip

Thelma & Louise, the Griswolds, Smokey and the Bandit — the classic cross-country road trip has become a quintessential mark of summer. There’s nothing quite like packing your vehicle up for the long haul and stocking your glove box with boiled candies that turn sticky after two days, am I right? Now joining the league of extraordinary journeys, Etsy Canada will be embarking upon its own eight-day tour, to bring kitschy sellers and their one-of-a-kind pieces to a city near you.

Etsy Canada road trip

Beginning August 1, Etsy will travel around in a 30-foot custom Airstream trailer, hitting up various parks and locales that will be “Etsy-fied” (which I believe means transformed into a Wes Anderson set). The first stop will be Montreal’s Olympic Park (August 1 and 2), as a part of Montreal’s #firstfridays. Visitors there will be able to shop handmade clothing and statement accessories from Noémiah, grab a hand-drawn card or print from Kristy Boisvert, or pick a handmade sterling silver piece of jewelry from The Angry Weather.

Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats will be the next port of call on August 4, where folks can meet local Etsy seller, Burrowed by Caryne, whose upcycled clothing has been re-sewn into fashion-forward pieces. Next up is Kingston (August 5), where you can shop and mingle with Kingston-based sellers here&now, Nicole Tarasick, as well as Salvage Jewelry Co., who creates jewelry incorporating upcycled scrap metals and vintage components. Lululemon will also be on hand for a free afternoon yoga class. 

Etsy Canada road trip

Finally, Etsy’s last stop will be downtown Toronto on August 8 and 9, where you can pick up a festival-favourite flower crown from Jordan de Ruiter, browse the show-stopping neckties and bow ties by Handsome & Lace and hunt down accessories made from found, limited-edition textiles from Grace Designs travels.

You can check out the full itinerary by clicking here, but I must say, I’m a little disappointed that the trailer isn’t heading over to either the East or the West Coast. Maybe this could be a future trip for Etsy to plan? Get on it, guys!

Images via Etsy and Noémiah  

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Ohio Teenager Says Size Discrimination Caused Instagram to Delete her Profile

We don’t know what’s going on at Instagram these days, but it’s pretty clear the social media outlet needs to get it together when it comes to its “community guidelines.” Over the past few months, Instagram’s terms of propriety have helped add momentum to the #Freethenipple campaign. The social media platform’s policies deem female nipples as a violation, while men–even men who have breasts–are free to show their nipples at will. The movement has garnered support from breastfeeding mothers and celebrities like Scout Willis, Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne

Now, Instagram has another scandal on its hands. A Chillicothe, Ohio teenage girl is crying foul after the social media site deleted her account over a few underwear selfies. 19-year-old Samm Newman believes they censored the images because she’s a size 24 as opposed to a size 2. “I didn’t find [the briefs] or the bra at all inappropriate,” she told NBC4 News. “They covered me entirely and I’ve seen pictures like that all over Instagram.” And indeed, a quick scroll down almost any timeline will reveal a bevy of bikini and underwear shots from women with conventionally “hot” bodies–all deemed OK according to Instagram’s policies. Newman says, in this case, she is a victim of size discrimination–and it’s hard to disagree with her.

The Instagram feeds of Victoria’s Secret models Chanel Iman, Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio are riddled with lingerie shots, but they remain untouched and unpunished by the social media platform. Before nipple-gate, Rihanna‘s Instagram profile (RIP, gone too soon) was littered with images of her in all manner of tiny swimsuits and lingerie. There was even a nearly-naked photo of the singer posted to her BFF Melissa Forde‘s profile in late 2012, wearing nothing but a bra and fur coat, smoking a blunt by the fire.

Newman claims her images were taken down because her body “doesn’t fit [Instagram’s] ‘normal.'” Of course, the folks at Instagram say the suspension of Newman’s profile was a mistake and have issued an apology: “When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case we wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.” 

But in spite of the negativity, Newman says her experience has turned into a positive force for plus-sized women like herself. “People have said that me speaking out and making this huge ruckus…has made them feel strong, courageous and ready to fight like I have.”  She’s certainly made an impression on some people–her 204 follower count has jumped to 363. 

UPDATE: an Instagram spokesperson contacted us with an updated version of their apology: “We are truly sorry for our mistake here. When reviewing reported content from the Instagram community, we do not always get it right and we wrongly removed an account. As soon as we were made aware, we reactivated the account and restored the content.”

 [via NBC4i]

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Numéro’s August Cover with Amanda Murphy Receives Rave Reviews (Forum Buzz)

French Numero‘s #155 August issue is one of the latest to surface on our forums and with a cover girl like Amanda Murphy, you know you’re going to get something dynamic. Photographed by Numéro regular, Greg Kadel, Amanda is shot against a vivid orange and yellow gradient backdrop, which adds to the drama of the cover image. The American model wears a sports-inspired headpiece teamed with a collared top for the engaging cover shot, styled by Bill Mullen.

Numero #155 August 2014 Amanda Murphy Greg Kadel


Members of our forums just cannot get enough of the cover. “My goodness, I’m not even a fan of Amanda but I must admit to this being one fantastic cover. I’m sold,” wrote Abracadabra.

“Wow what a striking and edgy cover! Amanda is definitely cementing her position as one of the best new girls!!” enthused lukechapman.

Forum member anlabe32 is also on board and simply stated, “That’s one striking cover!”

“Great cover. Very striking. This is the first time that Amanda actually looks good,” posted a surprised MyNameIs.

Members are even satisfied with the contents of the new issue. “Numéro is alive!! I’ve seen all the content and I’m so getting this issue,” posted Abracadabra.

Psylocke does not share their sentiments, though: “I’m not super impressed with the cover and the main ed. It’s so over-styled but doesn’t really achieve much at that, and Amanda has the same vacant expression in every shot. The whole thing could have been good, but the end result leaves me cold.”

The thread has already been provided with HQs of the contents. Check out the fashion stories and share your own opinion here.

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