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eBay Presents the Future of Shopping: It Involves Pin-Boards and Pharrell

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Earlier today, eBay hosted a press conference to unveil a series of new features, geared towards transforming the tech company's reputation. 

eBay wants to be seen as a retailer for new merchandise, and not just an auction site. In his opening remarks at this morning's event, company President Devin Wenig noted that 75% of goods listed on eBay are available for immediate purchase at a set retail price. 

The company has already begun to leverage its relationships with high-volume retailers like Macy's and Target with its same-day delivery service, eBay Now, which was previously limited to San Francisco and New York City. As of today, eBay Now has expanded its operations to the Chicago area and will continue to roll out to 25 cities by the end of next year. (Wenig hilariously described this initiative as "shopping locally.")

The second major component to eBay's announcement: The launch of a Pinterest-style proprietary image-driven social platform, called eBay Today, which will appear on the site's homepage. Users will be able to "curate" and share collections of shoppable items with other eBay visitors.

eBay tapped a broad range of influencers and celebrities to create some of the first collections for the site. Performer Pharrell Williams (who attended the conference this morning as eBay's confused celebrity guest), Mad Men costumer Janie Bryant and designer Chris Benz have already contributed pin boards to the site. 

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Link Buzz: Anna Wintour Reportedly Wants Lena Dunham for Vogue; Interview with Betty Halbreich


  • “Anna is trying to seduce Lena into bringing her next-generation audience into the Vogue brand." [RadarOnline]
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  • Widows peakers, this way. [BellaSugar]
  • Watch Betty Halbreich discuss the "terrible thing" she does. [Fashionologie]
  • You can literally walk a mile in Lauren Conrad's $60 shoes. [SheFind]

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Terry Richardson’s Continued Relevance is Maybe Even More Disturbing than Terry Richardson Himself

Terry Richardson


First off: If you haven't already, you may want to head over to to sign a new petition urging big brands to cut ties with fashion photographer Terry Richardson. (Over 6,000 people have already signed — which is a lot, but well under the organizers' goal of 50,000 signatures.)

Another wave of public outrage has risen up against Terry's professional success, following his high-profile collaboration with Miley Cyrus (another controversial figure) for her very naked "Wrecking Ball" music video. 

Many question whether society should dole out its highest rewards (money, power, fame, respect) to a photographer who:

1) Allegedly thinks it's appropriate for his penis to be involved when young models visit his studio, hoping to get a big break in the fashion industry. 

2) Built his career with work that's more degrading and disturbing than most pornography. (Here's a very, very NSFW collection of his non-commercial, earlier work: — yes, didn't hyperlink that for a reason.)

Apart from gaining some notoriety, Richardson's position in the fashion world has been relatively unchanged since the burst of accusations against him in 2010 (most notably, by Jamie Peck in The Gloss). 

He continues to work extensively both for commercial brands (he did H&M's Summer 2013 campaign) and major magazines. He photographed the last four Harper's Bazaar covers, all featuring A-listers (Madonna, Miley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara). And the allegations didn't prevent Oprah, Lena Dunham or Beyonce (all three are vocal champions of women's rights) from posing for Richardson — the photographer even nabbed a shot with feminist icon Gloria Steinem

The petition emerged following a Huffington Post Live segment which questioned a group of panelists about Richardson's continued relevance within the fashion industry.  

"The reality is, until editors stop using him for covers, until Hollywood stars stop picking him as a photographer or a videographer for their shoots, he'll stay the way [he is]," said Financial Times fashion and luxury correspondent, Elizabeth Paton.

We've reached out to Harper's Bazaar to find out more about why so many companies and brands have maintained their professional relationship with him over the years. We'll report if we hear back. 

Read More

Terry Richardson Under Fire Again? Petition Calls For Fashion Boycott - Refinery29

Will Fashion Brands Actually Stop Working with Terry Richardson? - Fashionista

RelatedHey, Everyone: Stop Letting Terry Richardson Take Your Picture!


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Roksanda Ilincic’s New Mayfair Flagship

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We’re big fans of designer Roksanda Ilincic’s work, especially her signature colorblocking that’s often the outfit of choice amongst British fashion ambassadors such as Samantha Cameron. Well, technically, colorblocking may not be Roksanda’s signature but you have to admit that she does do it so often and so well!

We’re excited to spread the news that this Central Saint Martins graduate is finally set to open a boutique, and has opted for the lucrative London Mayfair district as her location of choice. It’s aiming to open around the beginning of 2014, but in the meantime, there's no standard boarded up storefront with a "coming soon" sign; Ilincic has teamed up with designer Gary Card to transform the building site into an art installation complete with several of Ilincic’s designs.

So, now we’re wondering which exclusive London based boutique will open first, Ilincic's or Victoria Beckham’s? 

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The November Issue Of Vogue Australia Looks Like Tatler (Forum Buzz)

Erica Packer on Vogue Australia November 2013

image credit: via the tfs forums

“For those who aren't Australian, the cover model is Erica Packer, wife of James Packer. The Packers are certainly one of Australia's great dynastic families,” explained tFS forum member AL92 about the cover of Vogue Australia’s November 2013 issue, which was shot by Steven Chee and styled by Christine Centenera. He further added, “This [a bit of a] coup for Australian Vogue since James and Erica have just announced they are divorcing. This was shot in July, so well before the split. She's in Dior…I think the shoot is pretty much featuring all Dior since she's a client. I like this cover (subscriber's?), especially given it is a celebrity cover.”

Maybe this provided information influenced the opinion of other forum members on this cover? The majority of people who commented were not excited by the fact that Vogue Australia went for such a tabloid-y direction in its latest issue.


Jeffandtheworld was hoping this was not the actual cover and commented, “Maybe a supplement? Could be a Hello! magazine if that is a real cover.”

“It's boring and looks like a Tatler or Hola cover indeed,” agreed Bertrando3

“Indeed, very Tatler and extremely bland — so yeah, very Tatler,” wrote vogue28 

And YoninahAliza analyzed, “I think the cover looks nice, I like the way she's styled and the outdoors shot. Though I think it's a bit funny that they chose someone whose story seems like it's tabloid worthy. I wonder if they were going to use these pictures for a story on the inside and then when the divorce was announced they decided to capitalize on it? Certainly seems like it.”

Although Erica Packer is wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture on the cover and the shot itself is quite nice, this does not feel like a cover of a high fashion magazine and it is an extremely unremarkable cover for any edition of Vogue.

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  7. 10 Figure Flattering Runway Trends You’ll Want to Try This Season — Some of the most figure-flattering silhouettes we saw on the Fall runways.
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  10. 21 Questions with… Celebrity Stylist Robert Verdi — Like you, Robert Verdi is obsessed with the Olsen twins.

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