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Nicole Kidman Takes a Risk with Her Much-Loved Prada

Prada is Nicole Kidman’s go-to designer lately. She opted for the label’s sheer-sleeved midi dress with crystal piping for the Paddington premiere last Sunday, and on November 26 she looked to Prada’s funkier metallic-purple piece for the Agon Channel launch party in Milan.

Photo: Star.Press/WENN

Photo: Star.Press/WENN

The Paddington outfit was a much safer option, especially when we’re used to seeing a certain old Hollywood glamour from Nicole’s wardrobe, but we love that Nicole took a risk with the on-trend high neck, contrasting colour panels, and metallic hues in this piece.

Because the dress made such a statement on its own, we’re glad Nicole kept her makeup minimal and elegant. The beehive do with loose waves, however, wasn’t in line with Nicole’s edgier piece, sending mixed messages.

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Katy Perry Slips Into Black-and-Gold KTZ at the 2014 ARIA Awards

Katy Perry ARIAs

Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage

After rocking up to the 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet in a dazzling two-piece by Jaime Lee Major last night, Katy Perry changed into KTZ threads to present the award for Best Female Artist.

She announced her girl Sia as the winner, in a black strapless dress with white and gold cameos pulled from KTZ’s Spring 2015 collection. We didn’t hate the pearl-accented open-toe heels, but wish she’d toned down the matching jewellery.

The thick-gold choker necklace with drop detail and oval arm cuff blended into her dress too easily, and made the accessorising look a bit overdone. Fine jewellery would’ve done the trick, but the chunky pieces didn’t allow for the dress to stand out on its own.

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Link Buzz: Ryan Reynolds Joins Twitter, Vogue’s Office Rat Infestation Gets Worse

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

  • Vogue’s rat infestation just keeps getting worse and worse. Sources say that at this point, staffers are arriving to their desks in the morning to be greeted by rat droppings and the accessories closet is full of chewed-up boxes and – more droppings. [Gawker]
  • United Nude designed some super cool footwear for Elizabeth Banks’ character in the Hunger Games. [WWD]
  • Patrizia Reggiani, aka the Gucci black widow, dishes on life inside prison, and it’s very Orange is the New Black – fistfights and all. [WWD]
  • Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has implemented a new rule that says vloggers must clearly label any sponsored product placement in their videos. [BBC News]
  • Lily Aldridge is the new face of Nelly.com. [Mirror]
  • Kendall Jenner denies claims that she was bullied by other models during Fashion Month. [The Cut]
  • You can follow Ryan Reynolds on Twitter at @VancityReynolds. He’s currently following four people – and not one of them is his wife, Blake Lively, but we guess he gets to see enough of her at home. [@PeopleMag]

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B. Smith, Former Model and Restaurateur, Found After Going Missing for an Evening

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

The search was on today for former model and restaurateur B. Smith, who was reported missing. The 65-year-old beauty was seen on the Hampton Jitney going from New York City to Sag Harbor. She is said to have been last seen around South Hampton at 8 p.m. in a pink shirt, blue sweater jeans and sneakers. A man in Sag Harbor is said to have run into Smith at around 10 p.m.

While all missing persons cases are scary, this one was particularly frightening since Smith suffers from Alzheimers.

Thankfully, she has been found. Page Six reports Smith, whose first name is Barbara, was spied in a Manhattan diner today, although it is unclear if her Alzheimers symptoms are to blame for her disappearance. 

Smith has been called a “renaissance woman” by the The New York Times for her food and lifestyle know-how as well as her skills as a TV personality, style and as an actress. She was the first black woman to cover Mademoiselle magazine in July of 1976. 

[via Page Six, B.Smith]

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Net-a-Porter May Be Going Public

Net-a-Porter might soon be going public. According to Bloomberg, the luxury e-tailer’s parent company, Cie Financiere Richemont, is considering putting it up on the market. Apparently, Richemont is trying to decide whether to go with a public offering or sell Net-a-Porter altogether. 

Rumors of Net-a-Porter going up for sale have been swirling since last year and at the time, Richemont denied those whispers. This year, the website is said to have done $728 million in sales, which is just a few hundred million shy of a billion. Next year, they’re expected to do even better, pulling in $825 million. But for now, Richemont is keeping tight-lipped on its plans for the website.

Early this morning, Net-a-Porter’s Black Friday sale crashed the website, inconveniencing several online shoppers in the U.S. and internationally. Bargain hunters took to Twitter this morning to air their grievances, but since then the website has gone back online – except for the sale section, which is still not accessible. Two hours ago, Net-a-Porter tweeted that the sale would soon return, blaming the “unprecedented demand” for the shut down.

We wonder if a public option would spark a similar feeding frenzy for the e-tailer, but only time will tell. 

[via Bloomberg]

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H&M’s Conscious Initiatives are Costing It Money

Image: H&M

Image: H&M

H&M has been praised by several people for its commitment to putting out fairly-produced clothing items which don’t pose a significant risk to the environment. The retailer stresses its commitment to creating sustainable products and even puts out a yearly sustainability report in order to encourage transparency and let the people know the steps it’s taking to make a positive impact. 

An infographic from its latest report boasts all of H&M’s impressive accomplishments in the area of social and environmental sustainability. Highlights include signing the Bangladesh Building Accord, donating over 3.5 million old clothes to charity and its liberal use of recycled polyester. But a commitment to such a noble purpose doesn’t come without cost. Karl-Johan Persson, H&M’s president and CEO, told the Washington Post, “All other things equal, profits would be higher. But we believe in the long-term business case. We sacrifice short-term gains.”

Right now, H&M supports fair wage and working condition initiatives, and has partnered with WWF for the past three years on clean water initiatives. In addition, its foundation supports educational and women’s empowerment projects. Sure, it’s costing money, but being on the right side of history and affecting positive change in the retail sector seems to be more of a concern. “Higher wages equal higher prices,” Persson said, noting that H&M is already making up the difference with its own money, so the consumer doesn’t have to.

[via Washington Post, H&M]

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