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French Couturier Madame Carven Passes Away at 105 Years Old

Madame Carven

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Madame Carven, the French couturier whose namesake house is now under the design direction of Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, died at the age of 105. Née Carmen de Tommaso, Carven enjoyed a long life and illustrious career, starting her line in 1945 to design beautiful clothes for petite women. 

Carven’s work over the years was heavily inspired by her trips to locales all over the world, adopting design codes of various peoples in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. She is credited as one of the first European designers to use African and Indian fabrics in her clothes and had a penchant for gingham and stripes. Carven also designed costumes for films, airline uniforms and several wedding dresses. Carven, who got the name of her house by combining the letters of her first name (Carmen) with the last letters of her aunt’s last name (Josy Boyriven), famously said, “If I had been a big beautiful girl, I would have never started my fashion house! “

Madame Carven retired from her house in 1993. She will certainly be missed and her mark on the fashion industry will not be forgotten.

[via WWD, Le Monde Vogue Fr]

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Miley Cyurs Gets Naked for Paper Magazine

There are few pleasures in life dearer to Miley Cyrus than being naked and using her nudity to draw more attention to herself. And the kind folks at Paper magazine gave the singer another precious opportunity to frolic in the buff for its latest magazine cover.

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A naked, mud-covered Cyrus wraps her arms around her pet pig Bubba Sue’s neck as poor Bubba Sue squeals into the camera, her eyes peering longingly into the lens held by a human (Paola Kudacki) who won’t help her get away from Cyrus’ steel grip. Bubba Sue, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve this at all. 

In the issue, Cyrus talks about her Happy Hippie Foundation, which she launched to help homeless LGBT youth. And what better way to promote a charitable endeavor than by stripping naked and covering yourself in mud? There is none.

Miley’s Paper issue hits newsstands June 22. 

[via Paper]

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LOFT Launches Its ‘Best Summer Ever’ Comedy Video Series

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LOFT is back to kick off another season with a crop of hilarious videos by hilarious girls. This time around, the retailer tapped comedians Ashley Clements (who you may recognize from the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Irene Choi and Hayley Huntley to perfectly portray all the things about summer we love and love to hate. 

The shorts bring a humorous slant to everything from camping, riding in an Uber sans A/C and attending awkward summer barbecues because you don’t want to be the only loser with nothing to do on a beautiful day. Let’s just say we couldn’t stop laughing through all of them. The first of the video series just went live, which you can view at LOFT’s dedicated web page.

Of course, we had to get in touch with the girls to talk about the shorts, dish on their favorite things to do during the season and find out what they’re looking for in a summer boo, among other things. 

theFashionSpot: What’s better? Rooftop pool party or backyard pool party?

Irene Choi: Backyard. Hanging out with a bunch of wet, drunk people on top of a building sounds kind of dangerous.

Hayley Huntley: Rooftop pool party — how do pools on roofs work? What do those things weigh? How aren’t we all amazed all the time?

Ashley Clements: I’ve never been to a rooftop pool party! I’m going to say that’s better because the grass is always greener and I love grass. Like in backyards. Oh, wait. 

tFS: What are your biggest dos and don’ts for the beach?

IC: Do — wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, bring a boogie board (not just for kids!), pee in the water only if you must. Don’t — wear sneakers or makeup, bring expensive things, touch any washed up animals that appear to be dead, poop in the water under any circumstances.

HH: Do — wear sunscreen, pay for long-term parking so you don’t have to keep checking the meter (in LA), wear more sunscreen, put your dumb phone away, eat your cold sandwich before it gets warm. Don’t — play top 40 music so loud I can’t hear the waves and my important thoughts, call me an old woman for saying don’t play your loud music.

AC: Do — wear sunscreen. Slather yourself in it. And reapply every two hours! Don’t — waste a second feeling bad or self-conscious about your body. Every body is a beach body if you take it to the beach!


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Beyoncé Hyped Up Her GMA Appearance to Tell Us Something We Already Know

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Beyoncé stans woke up extra early today to tune into Good Morning America to hear the “amazing” announcement the singer was just dying to get off her chest. Bey and GMA even launched an epic teaser for the episode, complete with dramatic sound effects and a quote from Bey herself, saying that it was something she “had to share with everyone.” Was she announcing a new tour? A new baby? Was Beyoncé finally going to admit what we knew all along: she is a cyborg and therefore truly too perfect to be 100% human?

Nope. Turns out Beyoncé’s big news was way more mundane. In what was the equivalent of a tabloid fluff piece, Bey visited GMA to talk about her vegan diet and 22 Days Nutrition meal service. Yawn. “I am not naturally the thinnest woman,” she said. “I have curves, I’m proud of my curves. I have struggled since a young age with diets. Finding something that actually works, that actually keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.” Blah blah blah, Beyoncé we’re not buying your darn pre-packaged vegan meals so leave us alone! 

Of course, the Beyhive did not hesitate to express their disappointment on their dear leader’s less-than-groundbreaking announcement.



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Lorde ‘Looks Stunning’ on Vogue Australia’s July Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Australia continues to impress by tapping Lorde as its July 2015 cover girl. Our forums were aware of the shoot based on discussions inside the Cover Rumor Thread (the place to be) and we’ve been anticipating the issue ever since. The cover finally dropped over the weekend and became an instant hit. The singer and songwriter from New Zealand was styled by Christine Centenera, who selected an enchanting floral Gucci dress for Lorde to wear as she sat before the lens of Robbie Fimmano.

“Oh wow. She looks ethereal and beautiful. The cover scheme though might be perfect for October but regardless; Vogue Australia slays it again and as of now, they’re the most consistent Vogue franchise. They’re [in a] league of their own and they’re clearly putting the Top 4 to shame,” crowned MON.

“Beautiful, I’m loving everything about this cover so far, it’s also her first Vogue cover,” informed an elated MDNA.

Also showing the cover some love was TeeVanity: “Wow, Lorde looks stunning!”

HeatherAnne agreed: “Loving the jewel tones they styled her in, gorgeous work from them as always,” she praised.

Forum member khyrk was quick to reply, “I like how soft and romantic this is. Could have been a portrait. Could have been a Valentino ad. Love it!”

Vogue Australia has been winning all year with their covers!!! I’m glad to see Lorde on the cover. Kinda overdue in my opinion,” admitted RanThe.

Admit that Aussie Vogue nailed this cover shoot inside the thread here.

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Karl Lagerfeld to Beef Up US Presence

Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake label is about to have a do-over in America. The designer has signed with G-III Apparel Group Ltd. to help relaunch the brand for the Spring 2016 season. In addition to a flagship, the range will be made readily available in American department stores, with a focus on women’s clothes and handbags as well as men’s outerwear.

“We believe there’s an opportunity for another power brand today, and I can’t think of a better vehicle to fill that void than Karl Lagerfeld,” said G-III President, chairman and CEO Morris Goldfarb. The American version of Lagerfeld’s label is expected to be different than what he sells in Europe and Asia, in that the clothes will be marketed to a “broader audience,” according to Karl Lagerfeld Group President and CEO Pier Paolo Righi. G-III is hoping that Lagerfeld’s built-in notoriety will help boost interest for his brand in the United States. 

This comes at a time of great expansion for the Lagerfeld brand, which plans to open five new shops this year and one shop-in-shop location in the Middle East, with plans to open stores in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore next year.

[via WWD]