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eBay Unveils Its Most Shopped Items in 2014

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Sales of that hat were up 43 percent.
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Just in time for 2015, eBay has unveiled its most shopped items for the past year. It’s fascinating to watch our spending habits unfold — data in action! The findings? The online marketplace’s client base has a solid foot in the pop culture world, and is deeply inspired by what transpires in blogs and tabloids. The Royals, North West and Amal Clooney all affected sales. Can we blame them? Who doesn’t want to dress like royalty, whether it’s Hollywood, music or otherwise?

The findings were interesting, fact-nerds will no doubt love these: Over a million sneakers (a 12 percent increase from last year) were sold on the site. Fitbit won the war over Google Glass (but who didn’t see that coming?) with 370,000 more Fitbits sold versus the specs. And eBay users are far more into Matisse than Koons with 2,000 items related to the Impressionist’s work selling over Koons.

More tidbits:

Overalls Are the New Yoga Pants: “530K pairs of dungarees sold on eBay this year compared to nearly 423K pairs of yoga pants.”

Give Me [Royal Baby] Fever: Prince George made Cath Kidston sales boost up to 107,000 this year. Meanwhile, Balmain, courtesy of North West, saw a 4 percent increase YOY.

The Cold War: Frozen has trumped Barbie, selling 1.7 million items versus Barbie’s 338,000. So long, dream house.

Blame Pharrell: If you didn’t think the Vivienne Westwood hat Pharrell was rocking was going to be a major player on eBay, you haven’t been paying attention. Sales for what the site calls Mountain Hats, aka the Viv, increased 43 percent versus 2013. 

The Oscars: When Amal Clooney wore Oscar de la Renta for her wedding, brides-to-be around the world created entirely new Pinterest boards dedicated to her dress. And thus, more than 11,000 ODLR items sold on eBay. (If you’re wondering about Kim Kardashian, 5,000 Givenchy items were sold in 2014, but who’s to say it’s due to her.)

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Fur Vendors Douse Protestors With Bleach, Ammonia During Anti-Fur Protest

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

It’s not every day you hear of an anti-fur protester getting doused with liquid. Usually, it’s the other way around. But a few anti-fur advocates got unexpectedly drenched during a protest at a fur shop located at 520 Broadway in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. During a very boisterous demonstration, three fur merchants allegedly climbed to the roof of the building and threw buckets containing a mixture of ammonia and bleach onto the angry protestors in the street below. Horrified, yet?

The entire exchange was caught on video, where you will see the protestors getting soaked. It gets worse: A few passersby and an infant also got some of the liquid on them. When police arrived on the scene, they found the three men smelling like bleach and in possession of bottles of the concoction’s ingredients. The trio is currently out on bail, but it’s clear that they were caught red-handed.

[via Reuters]

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Lindsay Lohan Contracts Painful Virus While on Vacation

Just when things started looking up for Lindsay Lohan, a spot of bad news brings her hurtling back down to Earth. The actress and designer reportedly has contracted Chikungunya, a mosquito-transmitted virus while on vacation in French Polynesia. Chikungunya is no picnic either. It causes fever, severe joint and muscle pain that can last days, weeks, or in some cases, months to years. 

Lohan dropped the news via her Twitter account, and posted a photo of herself and her travel comrades to Instagram . “I refuse to let a virus effect my peaceful vacation,” she wrote before wishing her followers a happy New Year. Chikungunya doesn’t have a cure, so patients must endure the pain that comes with it. We’re hoping that Lohan isn’t hurting too much and that she’s got good painkillers because Chikungunya is no fun

Hopefully 2015 will prove healthier and far more prosperous for La Lohan. 

[via Page Six]

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8 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2015

The year’s nearly over, and while we love to reminisce about all the good times over the past 12 months, it’s time to look forward. From design house appointments to the second royal baby, 2015 promises to be anything but dull. So before we officially say goodbye to 2014, here are eight things we’re looking forward to happening (or possibly happening) once we ring in the new year.
 

Kendall Jenner on Vogue U.S.

There’s no official confirmation that this is going to happen, but let’s be real, things are looking pret-tay good for Kendall Jenner. In 2014, Vogue, like much of the fashion world, began to take a keen interest in the young reality star – she’s already been featured in editorial spreads for the glossy. Her huge social media following combined with fashion’s newfound obsession with her makes her a prime candidate for a Vogue cover. After all, her older sister Kim scored her own cover with hubby Kanye for the magazine’s April issue – even though Anna Wintour doesn’t find the couple tasteful.” Jenner’s odds at a Vogue cover might not be so bad.
 

John Galliano’s First Margiela Collection

John Galliano was in relative fashion limbo this year (and last year and the previous year…), but now that he’s been officially hired at Margiela, all eyes will be on the French fashion house to see what the designer will deliver in his first collection for the brand. Galliano is poised to take Margiela in a new, exciting direction and we’re very curious to see what he does.
 

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Julia Frauche Is Pretty in Pink for Vogue Mexico’s January Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Mexico often receives a bashing from our forum members, and it appears as though it will continue into 2015. The magazine’s January cover hit our forums earlier this week with mixed results. Vogue has handed Julia Frauche her second cover (she previously landed the April 2012 issue of Vogue Australia), but this time around she’s styled in the complete opposite and we just don’t know what to think. Photographed by Nagi Sakai, the French beauty models a baby pink Christopher Kane coat, standing in the studio against a purposely torn backdrop. The team behind the shoot must have been feeling the pink trend this season as stylist Sarah Gore Reeves selected only pink outfits for the shoot. Gimmicky or trendy?

Vogue Mexico January 2015 Julia Frauche

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Our forum members share mixed feelings. “Not a fan… They wanted to try something with the background but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t really like Julia’s face expression. That pink jacket doesn’t match with anything in this cover,” said Oxymore, not getting us off on a very positive note.

“It’s the jacket that’s bothering me the most. It doesn’t have any shape, making her look like a mannequin head that models wigs,” agreed TREVOFASHIONISTO.

We can assume Nepenthes wasn’t a fan, either: “Looks like a pre-fall lookbook.”

Benn98 showed no enthusiasm and posted, “She looks too washed out for my liking. And I don’t like the weird backdrop. I feel these colours are more suitable for winter.”

But not all of us are left disappointed by Vogue Mexico’s efforts this month. “I like what I’m seeing so far. Not a fan of the background, but I love the shade of pink. I don’t like Julia Frauche that much but she works it well here!” credited Valentine27.

“Lovely! I really like it. Nice palette of colors. This pink looks pretty elegant,” complimented narcyza.

Take a peek inside the thread and see Julia’s cover story. Share your own opinion of Vogue Mexico’s January 2015 cover here.

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John Mayer Photoshops Himself Into Another Universe on Instagram

2014’s been a banner year for Instagram retouching. Just ask Beyoncé or Kris Jenner. But it looks like those two have a little competition in the Photoshop department thanks to John Mayer. The singer posted a photo to his feed yesterday that looks a little too good to be true… that’s because it is airbrushed into near-oblivion.

 

So good to see my friend Ricky again. It’s been a while.

A photo posted by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on

The image, which looks more like a digital painting than a picture taken with a camera phone, shows Mayer sitting down next to a pal, a furtive smize in the singer’s eyes, as if he’s taunting us like, “yeah, this is ‘shopped to all hell – watchu ‘gon do about it?

Mayer could have used the extreme filter ironically. After all, none of his other pictures appear to be that altered. Or, you know, he could have been having a bad skin day and didn’t want the entire world to see. Or perhaps this is the launch of the new line of John Mayer plastic dolls? In any case, bang up use of Photoshop.

[h/t E!]

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