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PETA Goes After Hermès for Inhumane Crocodile and Alligator Harvesting

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PETA is coming after Hermès, this time over the luxury brand’s alligator suppliers, which the animal rights group says are guilty of animal cruelty.

PETA went undercover to investigate the practices at Lone Star Alligator Farms in Texas and Zimbabwe’s Padenga Holdings (which has a stake in the Lone Star farm) crocodile farm and found unsavory harvesting methods in both locations. The animals are held in shallow waters and overcrowded concrete pits, only to be killed in what looks like an extremely painful process. Their heads are cut open and they are stabbed to dislocate their vertebrae, a method that doesn’t kill the animals at first, leaving them in agony. PETA also found that the animals are shot in the head with bolt guns and will try to escape – even when the damage is done and they are left bleeding in a pile of other alligators. You can see in a video PETA provides that some of the gators are still moving even after being readied for harvesting.

PETA has launched a petition, now over 29,000 signatures strong, urging the luxury industry to stop producing accessories made from alligator and crocodile skin. It takes about two to three crocodiles to make one Hermès handbag and at the Zimbabwe farm, crocodiles are harvested at three years old, drastically cutting their life span which can last up to 80 years.

If you can stomach it, you can watch the videos of PETA’s investigation here.

[via WWD, PETA]

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Ella Eyre Is the New Face of Emporio Armani’s Latest Fragrance

Move over Beyoncé, Ella Eyre has just stolen your crown! The British singer has replaced previous campaign star Queen Bey as the face of Emporio Armani’s latest fragrance Diamonds Violet.


Emporio Armani Diamonds launches today! IN STORES NOW! Keep an eye out for the advert

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She’s best known for her musical talents and her collaboration with Rudimental on their U.K. number-one hit “Waiting All Night,” but she’s no stranger to the fashion world and is a regular Fashion Week attendee. Known for her lively personality, the star was chosen by Giorgio Armani himself, who believes that she’s the perfect fit for his latest scent as she embodies everything that the fragrance range is about.  

The campaign’s video is a sultry black and white affair as the singer’s latest single “Together” ups its theatrical appeal. As the star performs in a crowded club, she tosses a diamond tiara from her head into the crowd, which is naturally caught by a handsome male model who’s caught her eye. It couldn’t be any more of a modern-day Cinderella moment as he finds her to return the tiara and, of course, it all ends with a kiss.

You can watch Ella in action for Emporio Armani below. (more…)

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Barbie Is a Vlogger Now

Barbie is in the midst of a major overhaul. Mattel just released the Barbie Fashionistas line, which offers a diverse range of dolls who, for the first time in 56 years, can actually wear flats. The toy retailer is working hard to give Barbie a modern edge and is employing a digital and social media-focused marketing strategy to reach today’s girl. From music videos to tapping YouTube influencers to talk about Barbie, it’s clear that Mattel is taking an aggressive approach to promoting its new product. In its latest effort, Barbie stars in her very own vlog.

In this first video, Barbie dishes out 10 facts we didn’t know about her, in the style of other vloggers who do these sorts of videos for their mass of followers. The CGI-animated blonde identifies herself as Barbie Roberts. She lives in Malibu with her three sisters and moved to California when she was 8 because her writer parents wanted to be closer to the beach. She loves science and English, hates spiders and drinking soda. 

While positioning Barbie as a vlogger seems like a smart decision, we can’t help but feel a little creeped out by the animation. But, at least Barbie sounds like a real girl and not like the overly cheerful fembot we’re accustomed to. 

Check out Barbie’s first vlog in the video above.

[via Business Insider]

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Model Disrupts Rick Owens’ Runway with Protest Banner — and He’s Furious

Rick Owens’ runway shows always give us something to talk about, but an incident at the designer’s latest catwalk show has him seeing red. As Owens was showing his latest menswear designs for Spring 2016, a model named Jera took to the runway and pulled out a banner targeting the German Chancellor, reading, “Please Kill Angela Merkel, Not.”

Jera has worked with Owens before and he is counted as one of the designer’s muses. But muse or not, Owens was not at all pleased with the display – especially since the theme of the collection was about rejecting male aggression. “It was not my idea,” Owens said. “He pulled it out and I punched him when he came off stage. He’s been my male muse for the past 12 years or something and I think he just felt comfortable enough to do something in a show and I’m furious.”

Owens is very firm about the fact that he in no way sanctioned the disruptive display, though the irony of Jera making a scene in light of the collection’s theme is not lost on him. “When does ambition and efficiency spill over into aggression? And this model just gave into his aggression, and his balance was off. He became imbalanced. His aggression took over.”

We think that will be the last time Jera tries to make an unauthorized political statement on Owens’ runway.

[via i-D]

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Aussie Stars Step Out for ‘Ted 2’ Sydney Premiere

That rude little teddy bear is back for round two, and Australian celebs didn’t pass up the opportunity for a few borderline-offensive jokes and the chance to show off their style on the green carpet.

Held at George Street’s Event Cinemas in Sydney last night, a mix of realty TV stars, pageant queens, musicians, models and presenters stepped out to enjoy the new Ted 2 film. Check out the looks below.

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich sure knows how to combine femininity with edge, rocking a pink, white and black midi pencil dress with a harsh-leather biker jacket and open-toe booties. (more…)

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Confirmed: The O.C Is Becoming a Musical!

Newport’s finest Marissa Cooper, Ryan Atwood, Summer Roberts and Seth, Sandy and Kirsten Cohen are welcoming us all back to The O.C, bitch. If there was ever a time to raise our glasses to Kirsten’s bottle of vodka and Marissa’s flask and say ‘Yogalates’, it’s now. That’s right, The O.C is officially becoming a musical, and we’re hoping it doesn’t slaughter the froth-worthy four seasons which symbolised our formative years.

Seth Cohen

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Created by the same team behind the unauthorised Cruel Intentions musical currently playing in Los Angeles, the production will premiere on August 30, 2015, and, according to the show’s Twitter, will be just “one night only”. We’ve been promised an appearance by Trey Atwood, mmm whatcha say, and are crossing our fingers for a hot, hot yard guy, in the yard, who was hot. Hopefully we’ll also finally get to meet an alopecia-ridden China. Oh, and we’ve been assured that the musical is 100% Oliver Trask free. 

The production has also revealed that “all your favourite songs from the show” will be included, we’re just not sure in what format. Considering The O.C pioneered some sterling tunes via Marissa and Ryan’s make-out sessions, The Bait Shop gigs and NYE countdown specials, we’re expecting to have our feelings a little bit let down, given the comical nature of musicals.

If you don’t believe us, just listen to “The Summer of Summer” from the Vancouver’s Fringe Festival’s unauthorised musical parody of the series below. We’re sorry in advance, and sincerely hope the new musical won’t go down this path.

 Editors note: This story has been edited because “The Summer of Summer” was originally attributed to the LA musical, rather than the Vancouver Fringe Festival.