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Coming This Fall: Anthony Vaccarello for Lancôme



Last week, Anthony Vaccarello showed his namesake Fall 2015 collection during Paris Fashion Week, where makeup artist Tom Pecheux created a graphic, star-shaped cat-eye for the models. The designer, who is also the creative director of Versus, is now entering the world of cosmetics with Lancôme. 

“I was inspired by the Lancôme woman’s femininity and charisma — a special kind of elegance that’s never lifeless nor frozen. For me, Lancôme embodies the philosophy of understated beauty: it’s something quintessentially French,” said the designer in a statement to Vogue UK.

Lancôme’s international general director, Françoise Lehmann, says, “We are thrilled he has agreed to join us in this collaboration, taking over from talents such as Proenza Schouler, Alber Elbaz and, more recently, Yiqing Yin, Alexandre Vauthier and Jacquemus. Entrusting a selection of our most iconic products to a designer with such a unique creative universe is an incredibly energising and enriching experience for a Maison like ours that constantly combines heritage and innovation.”

The limited-edition range will launch in Europe in October 2015 and stateside on Net-a-Porter thereafter.

[via Vogue UK]

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Vivienne Westwood Embroiled in Tax Avoidance Scandal

Image: Marcio Madeira/News Pictures/

Image: Marcio Madeira/News Pictures/

Vivienne Westwood has been accused of tax avoidance and finds herself in a bit of legal trouble. The designer has reportedly been paying an offshore Luxembourg company £2 million a year for the rights to use her name. Apparently, by relocating the rights away from the U.K., the designer may have circumvented paying U.K.’s government taxes every year, reducing her burden by about £500,000. 

This is a big no-no, especially considering the principles of the Green Party, which Westwood herself supports. The designer allegedly donated £300,000 to the group, whose platform for governance is in opposition to these types of shady practices. In fact, the Green Party is hell-bent on making sure companies can no longer look to overseas locations in order to avoid paying taxes. According to The Telegraph, the group is championing a bill outlawing the practice. 

Westwood’s people say the designer paid her share of taxes and that the Luxembourg holding company they’re paying, Latimo SA, is getting royalties due to a licensing agreement. “Vivienne Westwood Ltd and all the companies belonging to the group pay all the required taxes in all the countries in which they trade or operate, in accordance to audited financial statements. All British entities based in the UK paid the required taxes. Within the UK, Vivienne Westwood Limited paid £780,228 of taxes in 2013 and £1,250,858 of taxes in 2012.”

Allegedly, last year’s tax bill should have been at least £500,000 more. There have been a few design houses accused of tax avoidance recently, including Dolce & Gabbana (found innocent) and Prada, which is also under investigation. As they say, only death and taxes are certain in life and just as the grim reaper always catches up to you, so does the taxman.

[via The Telegraph]


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A Radiant Robin Wright Makes the Cover of Vanity Fair’s April Issue (Forum Buzz)

Robin Wright, giving us major Charlize Theron J’adore commercial vibes, is the newest celebrity to star on the cover of Vanity Fair. The 48-year-old House of Cards actress appears effortless and radiant on the newly-released April issue, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier

Vanity Fair April 2015 Robin Wright Patrick Demarchelier


Forum members were quick to descend on the thread and share their opinions. “A nice clean image almost ruined by all the text. Nonetheless, I still like it. I’ll take Patrick over Testino any day,” declared A.D.C.

“Wow! What a wonderful surprise and truly refreshing cover choice! Robin Wright has always been a fantastic actress — and despite having an entirely tabloid-worthy life, she has done everything in her power to maintain as much of her privacy as possible. Much respect for her. As a huge House of Cards fan, I am positively thrilled to see this. She is, truly, nothing short of magnificent on that series. Such depth and mystery and emotion. Superb acting. Very very deserving cover,” added an elated happycanadian.

MON was also quick to show support: “Fantastic! This makes me so happy because a beautiful woman is well represented and her beauty is not tampered beyond recognition. This is what you get when you utilize Demarchelier [rather] than Testino. This feels like the Rosamund cover but is so much better. This feels so inspired and I might actually buy this.”

“I’m so glad they didn’t Photoshop her to death. She’s a stunning woman and a wonderful actress and I’m glad she’s on the cover. Considering the success of House of Cards and how amazing she’s in it you’d think she’d have more exposure,” shared mistress_f.

Are you happy to see Robin score the cover of Vanity Fair? Join the discussion here

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Zoolander and Hansel Just Slayed the Valentino Runway

For any member of the fashion set wondering what it would be like if Zoolander wasn’t a film but a real-life situation, you’re in for a treat. Fictional model Derek Zoolander and his nemesis-turned-BFF Hansel took the runway together at today’s Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week. Mr. Zoolander (Ben Stiller) rocked a navy blue butterfly brocade suit and Hansel (Owen Wilson) sported a fetching pair of silken pajama separates. Both fellas’ looks were completed with a coat slung over their shoulders.

They say art imitates life and there have been moments where even we wondered if we were living in a scene from a Zoolander movie. The film is supposed to be a parody, but sometimes, as we know, satire can seem all too much like reality. We love the folks at Valentino for bringing the epic walk-off scene in Zoolander kinda-sorta to life.

The pair took the runway to announce the forthcoming Zoolander 2  movie which they are reportedly currently filming in Rome. We wonder if Derek and Hansel’s turn on the catwalk will be included in the film?

 [h/t @voguemagazine]

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These Butt-Enhancing Jeans Are Selling Like Crazy in the UK

J Jasper Conran Butt shaping jeans

Image: Debenhams

Now that the mainstream consumer has finally realized that having a big butt is actually a good thing, the scramble to get a more shapely derrière commences. While some turn to plastic surgeons and others prefer to work on their curves in the gym, some women are hitting the shops to help them get a booty as shapely as Serena Williams’ behind. 

Designer Jasper Conran has created a pair of jeans that promises to add two inches to your butt, and apparently they have been selling like hotcakes at Debenhams. The jeans are designed to even your tummy and increase your backside with a heavier kind of denim material. The jeans also have strategic seaming that lifts your booty to create the illusion of a bubble butt — whether or not you really have one. 

The pants are part of the J by Jasper Conran line, which is exclusive to Debenhams and includes menswear, home and childrenswear. The jeans are available in bootcut, skinny and straight leg styles on Debenhams’ website

Now, if you’re looking to have a butt like Kim Kardashian’s, you may need some extra help, but if you want to give your booty a bit of a boost, it seems that Debenhams has you covered. 

[h/t Daily Mail]

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Germaine Greer Asks Julie Bishop if She Would #FreeTheNipple for Bali Nine

Julie Bishop

Photo: WENN

ABC’s Q&A took an unexpected turn last night when academic Germaine Greer asked Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, an out-of-line question in front of the show’s panel, audience, and viewers nationwide.

In honour of International Women’s Day, the episode focused on feminism but somehow landed on the topic of the Bali Nine execution. Audience member Adam Joseph questioned Julie about her “efforts to suggest a prisoner exchange deal between Australia and Indonesia”, bringing the issue currently on Australians’ minds to the forefront.

But it was when another audience member Katie May Allen asked her question that things headed into troubled water. “I was just wondering on your opinion on teenage girls posting topless photos of themselves on Instagram and claiming it as an act of feminism?” asked Katie. (more…)

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