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Team Canada Toques Sell for $200 as Supply Fails to Meet Demand

HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY - Canadian Olympic Uniform

Though the Winter Olympics are officially over, and we can finally wrestle back control of our TV to mid-season, scandal-laden dramas (hello, The Americans), Hudson’s Bay continues to make a killing off its Team Canada garb.

Just last week, the department store announced it had sold out of its most popular item, the quintessentially Canadian $20 toque. “Completely sold out. Across the country,” staff told the Toronto Star when asked about the cheap and cheerful pompom hats. Well, the big department store may have sold the last of its cozy knits, but there’s one place in which the black market for beanies is thriving — eBay.

Team Canada

As Toronto Life first pointed out, eBay sellers are now offering the same $20 hats for a whopping $200 to those who missed out on securing a toque through legitimate channels. It’s the equivalent of popping into a backstreet alleyway and shopping for winterwear from a mysterious man’s open jacket. “Psst, you wanna try the Team Sweden mittens? I’ll throw in a Serbian scarf if you buy now. Cash only…I was never here.”

The New York Times described the Team Canada toque as one of the few stylish pieces to grace the Sochi opening ceremonies, while also commending their own holiday-style Ralph Lauren sweaters, which it seems are now also selling on eBay for well over $1000. In the meantime, the market is also being flooded with counterfeit Olympic goodies — a fake Sochi 2014 Olympic torch was selling for $7,000 — meaning that, as with most eBay merchandise, the message remains buyer beware. You may fare better in that back alley.

Images via TheBay.com

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Link Buzz: Giorgio Armani Super Annoyed By Anna Wintour; Cheese Stuffed Doritos Are Real

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

  • Giorgio Armani is super annoyed that Anna Wintour didn't attend his Fall 2014 collection show in Milan. And he's not afraid to talk about it. [WWD]
     
  • What does it take to launch a jewelry brand? Alex and Ani achieved success by targeting sports fans, not the fashion establishment. [Racked]
     
  • Would you like to sometimes have an undercut but not all the time? Here's how. [BellaSugar]
     
  • So … "Teenagers Are Now at Risk for Selfie-Transmitted Head Lice." [E! Online]
     
  • Jared Leto's lustrous locks were celebrated in a special Flaunt editorial. [Fashionista]
     
  • Ashton Kutcher (yes, really) brought our attention to the new high-tech 'cosmos bed,' which mimics the experience of sleeping outdoors. [FastCo via Twitter]
     
  • 68-year-old Charlotte Rampling is the new face of Nars cosmetics. [VogueUK]
     
  • We take a break from our regularly scheduled fashion programming to bring you… cheese stuffed Doritos. [Popsugar]

 

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Watch: Who Cares About Diversity? A tFS Roundtable Discussion [theFashionDish]

Ready? Here's the latest installment of theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS. Last weekend, we brought together six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

Above, the panelists talk about runway diversity, an increasingly visible issue in fashion thanks to Bethann Hardison's Balance Diversity campaign, which calls out designers with non-diverse casting at their shows. Why does runway diversity matter, and why aren't designers better about representing multicultural America at their shows?

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 

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Watch: Do Bloggers Belong at Fashion Week? A tFS Roundtable Discussion [theFashionDish]

Robert Verdi and June Ambrose / Image by Chiun-Kai

Robert Verdi and June Ambrose / Image by Chiun-Kai “Chunky” Shih

Today, we're excited to share the first-ever installment of theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS. Last weekend, we brought together six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

Below, the panelists discuss the role of bloggers at Fashion Week, a critical subject this season in light of IMG's reported efforts to bring more exclusivity to Lincoln Center by inviting fewer fashion bloggers. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 

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Louis Vuitton Drops Its “Spirit of Travel” Campaign with Karen Elson and Edie Campbell

Louis Vuitton dropped it's new advertising campaign entitled "Spirit of Travel" via WWD earlier today. The campaign was shot in South Africa and embodies the French brand's travel heritage. British models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell were photographed in a South African desert by Peter Lindbegh with styling by Carine Roitfeld. The images are set to appear in multiple April issues, starting with Vanity Fair. A video is also going to be released to coincided with the campaign — stay tuned.

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM

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Kate Moss Wears Ziggy Stardust Fashion History

image: WENN.com

image: WENN.com

It was an extremely busy week in London town, with the residency of London Fashion Week coinciding with the arrival of the BAFTAs, and all topped off with the British music industry’s biggest night out — the BRIT Awards.

Filled with highlight upon highlight, there’s no denying that it seems like quite the task to choose just one favourite moment, well, that was until Kate Moss stepped upon the stage at the awards wearing one of the legendary Ziggy Stardust’s outfits. The reason for Moss’ appearance was all down to David Bowie who was awarded the Best British Male award and decided to decline the offer of accepting the gong in person. So, as you do when you’re the iconic Bowie, you ask one of the world’s most famous supermodels to collect it on your behalf.

And if the surprise appearance from Kate wasn’t enough, we had to love that she was wearing a piece of fashion and music memorabilia. The extra fashion savvy among us will know that the piece is referred to as Woodland Creatures, and this awesome bunny rabbit playsuit was originally created by Kansai Yamamoto in the 70s for Bowie (or should we say Ziggy?).

Does this mean that playsuits are officially back in vogue for spring?

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