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The Wanted: !XAM Ring-to-Wrist Bracelet

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While you’re more likely to catch Natasha Koifman running a busy downtown PR empire, this season the Toronto-based publicist is moonlighting as a jewelry designer. In partnership with local jeweler !XAM diamonds (the !X is apparently pronounced with a “click”), Koifman has designed two limited-edition ring-to-wrist bracelets, with proceeds from sales being donated to Artists for Peace and Justice.

The first piece is silver with rubies, retailing at $350, while the second is rose gold (my favourite), adorned with black diamonds and retailing for $1300. "The ring-to-wrist design is especially meaningful to me,” says Koifman. “It signifies the importance of connection — the connection with oneself and with others.”

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All of the stones are ethically sourced from Thailand and South Africa, while each chain is handmade and made to order. They were a big hit at TIFF were I first caught a glimpse of the pieces, not just at the offices of NKPR, but also on the wrists of Mila Kunis and Caitlin Cronenberg. Also joining that list is Koifman herself, who never takes off her custom namesake designs.

You can bag your own ring-to-wrist bracelet right here, or gift to a special someone this holiday season with the knowledge that you’re also giving back to a good cause. 

Image via NKPR.net

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Harper’s Bazaar Hires Someone Besides Terry Richardson to Photograph the December Cover

Image: HarpersBazaar.com

Image: HarpersBazaar.com

Up until the just-released December cover above, photographed by Alexi LubomirskiHarper's Bazaar was on a Terry Richardson streak. From August to November, all the publication's cover stories — and some of the editorial spreads — were shot by the polarizing photographer. (It was especially unfortunate timing because of a Change.org petition which circulated widely last month, asking big brands to stop hiring the alleged creep.)

So, that brings us to the Kate Hudson cover above. Purely on a visual level, do you think she would have fared better or worse at the hands of Uncle Terry?

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

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Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s Nicole Kidman Cover is ‘Beautiful Albeit Unoriginal’ (Forum Buzz)

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Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s latest issue pays homage to the holidays and to the golden age of its stateside sister issue. Starring Nicole Kidman shot by James White, the new cover is a recreation of the iconic Kate Moss one from Harper’s U.S. as it flourished under the late Liz Tilberis.

But while Nicole’s cover is certainly beautiful, it has left the forums wanting of a little more creativity. Justaguy thinks it "doesn’t come close to Kate’s classic cover, but [is] still pretty cool," while other commenters are labeling it a straight rip off.

We think the cover is stunning, and agree with Urban Stylin that Kidman photographs like a model (perhaps a string of campaigns with Jimmy Choo will do that to an actress). And seeing as it’s a Christmas cover, the snow globe and styling are spot on.

Perhaps the issue lies with the orb Nicole is holding, and the fact that there’s a miniature version of her trapped inside it. The longer we look at this, the creepier it seems – something user Luxx has picked up on too:

"The orb theme would be better if she wasn't holding a tiny Nicole Kidman in her hands, which is actually kind of creeping me out. In the Kate cover something similar is happening but the addition of the Christmas tree keeps it from being weird. Other than that the picture is beautiful albeit unoriginal."

We have to agree: Tiny humans trapped in orbs are a bit weird. It also makes us wonder if there’s a hidden meaning we’re supposed to be picking up on. But as far as homages go, it certainly does no disservice to the original. 

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NYC-Based Label Public School Wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

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Image: Getty

Following a grueling application process (which will debut today as a six-episode documentary series on Ovation network), Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of the streetwear-inspired label Public School took home top honors at last night's 10th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. The designers were awarded $300,000 and mentoring from an industry leader. 

Chow and Osborne met and formed a friendship over a decade ago, when they both worked on the design team at Sean Jean. After launching Public School in 2008, the designers joined the very first CFDA Fashion Incubator in 2010. They showed their first collection at New York Fashion Week in February 2012. Earlier this year, the pair was honored with the Swarovski award for menswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Their past string of CFDA successes made them a likely favorite to win last night. 

Runners-up Juan Carlos Obando and Mark Alary will also recieve mentoring, as well as a $100,000 prize to grow their labels.

Other finalists included Misha Nonoo of Nonoo, Tim Coppens, the Veronica Beard designers, Commodore Jason Jones of Parabellum, Tome designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons and Todd Snyder.

Public School produces its collections in New York City, at factories in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. 

RelatedWatch: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Alumni and Judges Reminisce

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The Melbourne Cup’s Crown Oaks Day is a Lesson in Feminine Power Dressing

The Melbourne Cup's Crown Oaks Day might not be the day of the race that stops a nation, but who's focusing on the horses when there are this many pretty dresses to look at? The third day of the Cup, traditionally known as 'ladies day', is really just an excuse to see some big hats, bold florals and fairytale lace frocks paraded around in front of a racing backdrop. And while there's no holding a candle to Coco Rocha in not one but two dresses and a giant gilded headpiece, Whitney Port, Jennifer Hawkins and Jesinta Campbell all deserve at least an honorable mention. Who said frocks can't be fierce?

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First Look: Melissa Nepton x Target Canada

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It’s finally here! After much speculation, teasers and anticipation, Target Canada has finally unveiled its first collaboration with Montreal designer Melissa Nepton.

After winning the company’s Emerging Designer award back in February, and that pretty darn helpful $25,000 cash prize, Nepton’s collection is set to go on sale at Quebec-based Target stores starting December 8. Prices will range between $29.99 and $69.99, but while there’s yet to be an official lookbook to drool over, both Nepton and Target were recently on hand in Montreal to offer a sneak peek to eager fashionistas.

Above you can check out a photo from the event, which shows Elisha Ballantyne, divisional merchandise manager for apparel and accessories at Target, designer Mélissa Nepton and Mitsou Gélinas, Target fashion ambassador, flanked by two models. Each model wears chevron accented pants, fox printed shirts and scarfs (do we think it’s a little late in the game for this trend?) and an oxblood knit cardigan.

The looks are a far cry from Nepton’s Spring 2014 collection recently shown at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week and featuring a kaleidoscope of pixelated prints and fluid silhouettes, but of course, the Target merch is a budget range with the likelihood of those $29.99 gloves being real leather as slim to none.

Stylist Quebec has another photo of the collaboration which shows more faux leather-like fabrics, coupled with longline tunics, abstract floral prints and gold jacquard dresses for the party season that do appear rather lux. I only wish the line was more accessible to the rest of Canada, but check out the looks and sound off on the styles in the comments below. Will you make the trek to buy?

Image via CNW Group/Target Corporation

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