Prepare to see a lot more of Iggy Azalea in the coming months. The rapstress is sitting atop the charts with her catchy summer tune, “Fancy,” and is showing no signs of slowing down once the weather gets cooler. Iggy, who is already become something of a fashion plate, is making her first foray into the industry with a shoe line created in collaboration with Steve Madden.
The range is set to hit shelves this February, and little else is known beyond that. Judging from Iggy’s streetwise, vixenish style, however, we predict plenty of mile-high heels (which will go perfectly with any one of the many bodycon dresses or hot pants she sports on the regular), perhaps a couple of extra-sexy, thigh-high boots and likely, a pair or two of fly kicks.
Madden’s collaborated with a mix of entertainers and personalities on shoe lines. Iggy will join the ranks of Keyshia Cole, Kendall and Kylie Jenner as well as The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni.
WANT — the mere word makes you, well, want more. West Coasters will no longer have to pine for WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie’s exclusively curated brands, as the high-end lifestyle company has expanded its apothecary retail concept to Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood. This is its third location, following Montreal and Toronto.
Founded by brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is an upscale lifestyle brand characterized by exquisitely crafted leather goods designed by the brothers, rounded out with a fine-tuned selection of fashion, beauty and home decor items carried in select apothecary stores. The one element that the new Vancouver outpost has over the others is an integrated washbasin on the sales floor where customers are invited to learn more about the products by experiencing them firsthand in a tactile and interactive way. (more…)
- Gigi Hadid‘s younger, equally gorgeous sister, Bella just inked a modeling contract with IMG. [@bellahadid]
- Joanna Coles really likes her job at Cosmopolitan, and having sex. [The Daily Beast]
- Nicole Richie‘s Candidly Nicole show isn’t doing too hot in the ratings area. [Page Six]
- Cara Delevingne snaps a selfie with an NYPD officer. [Mirror]
- Could Kim Kardashian‘s waist get any smaller? Why yes, yes it could. The reality star is jumping on the “waist-training” trend, and shows the proof on Instagram. [@KimKardashian]
- Check out T magazine’s Vogue infographic. Apparently, Anna Wintour‘s been rocking her signature bob since she was 15. [T magazine]
- The “smelfie,” — a camera phone designed to look like a perfume bottle, created specifically for taking stealth selfies — is a thing. This is how real the narcissism is in these streets. [FT]
- This woman spent more than $150,000 on plastic surgery, so she could look like her caricature and have heart-shaped nipples. What a world. [Cosmo]
- Plus-sized fashion isn’t doing that well because plus-sized customers simply aren’t buying. [Time]
Drinks are on Christopher Bailey this week, as the Burberry chief executive officer just made £5.2 million after selling 68,667 shares in Burberry, along with some performance-related shares, leaving him with another 303,110 shares that are worth £4.4 million. When Angela Ahrendts left the British fashion brand to move to Apple four months ago, Bailey was promoted and awarded a £27 million package.
After this sale, the British designer will now only own 13 percent more of the company shares than he did before his promotion, and the money will also go to the payment of his tax. This is also on top of his £1 million salary and possible £2 million annual bonus, so he won’t be short of cash anytime soon. The Guardian reported that Bailey remained stoic about the company’s decision to award him so much earlier this year. “I was never sitting there with a pencil drawing clothes,” he explained. “It’s about having a vision and leading the team and ensuring consistency around the globe.”
Even a vision like that, however, can’t placate the unhappy shareholders within the company, and Bailey received a great deal of criticism when he was given the shares worth £20 million, as £1.35 million of them were presented to him before his formal promotion. In fact, more than 50 percent of the investors voted against the remuneration package that he was given. But Burberry clearly knows that Bailey is worth keeping in the company.
“Christopher Bailey has exercised the option on a number of shares that he was awarded during his time as chief creative officer. As part of this process the number of Burberry shares he actually owns has increased. There are only certain times of the year when board members of a public company can sell shares which is why he is doing this now,” a representative from Burberry informed The Guardian.
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Rejoice! Those old Jimmy Choos collecting dust in the back of your closet might finally do someone some good. The Fashion Project, an e-commerce/charity venture that resells donated luxury clothes, accessories and shoes with 55 percent of the proceeds going to a cause of your choice, is teaming up with C. Wonder on a philanthropic project aiming to make women with cancer feel gorgeous.
The two are pairing to raise money for Look Good Feel Better, a service that helps women with cancer cope with the side effects treatment has on their appearance. The program teaches women beauty and styling tricks to help them better deal with the changes their looks go through during treatment.
For the next month, C. Wonder and the Fashion Project are asking stylish women with overflowing wardrobes to donate their lightly-worn clothes, accessories and shoes to the cause and in return, receive 20 percent off their purchase of $100 or more at C. Wonder, in stores or online. Plus, 55 percent of the proceeds from every sold item will go to Look Good Feel Better.
The project will run through September 18, so you have until then to do a little digging and choose the items you want to get rid of for a good cause. Fashion Project has a list of approved brands, so make sure you check them before you start digging up your old clothes.
If you’re looking to join the cause, you can donate your clothes here or leave them in a drop-off bin at your local C. Wonder store.
Had enough of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge yet? These fashion designers certainly have not. After her husband David and son Brooklyn got in on the fun, Victoria Beckham picked up the gauntlet thrown down by her friend Eva Longoria and got not one, but two buckets full of ice water poured over her head. The pressure threw the already-kneeling designer to the ground, who nominated her son Cruz, Katie Holmes and Tom Ford (we’re dying to see that one) to take the challenge next.
Victoria carried out her challenge with almost Wintour-level dignity. Almost. Because none is more dignified than Anna, except maybe Queen Elizabeth II. MAYBE.
But perhaps the strangest interpretation of the challenge yet comes from Jean Paul Gaultier, who didn’t really carry out the challenge as he was supposed to. But, he’s an artist, so it’s OK for him to break the rules every once in awhile. First off, he starts the challenge already wet, submerged in a swimming pool from the waist down. We thought the point of the challenge was to see people actually get wet before our eyes, but you know, semantics. The designer also makes use of an “accessoire indispensable” — a dish cover — to protect his head from the hail of ice cubes. After his Speedo-clad pool boy dumps the water on Gaultier’s topper, the designer sinks down into the pool, still with the dish cover on his head, and swims away. A little bizarre? Oui. But it is demonstrative of why we love Gaultier so much.
So, who executed the #IceBucketChallenge better? We’re going to go with Victoria, although Gaultier’s efforts will always have a special place in our hearts. Victoria actually went from completely dry to completely wet, and though we always appreciate the opportunity to oogle a hottie in a Speedo, the dish cover, and the fact that Gaultier was already in the pool, sort of defeats the purpose.
You win this time, VB.
[via Facebook, Gaultier YouTube, h/t Dazed]