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Guess How Much The Duchess of Cambridge’s Engagement Ring is Worth Now?

Arguably the most famous engagement ring in the world, The Duchess of Cambridge’s ring is now worth over ten times its purchase price. The ring, made up of a 12-carat Ceylon sapphire encased in 14 diamonds, has been valued at £300,000, after being bought for £28,000 by Prince Charles for Princess Diana in 1981.

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The Duchess’ ring comes first in a new top 20 list of the world’s most expensive engagement rings and how much they have increased in value since they were bought. If anything is going to help prove that diamonds really are a worthwhile purchase, this certainly will.

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The list was compiled by Vashi Dominguez, jewellery expert on British TV show This Morning, and while we may gasp at the astonishing price of some of these sparklers, that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t want to know how much they all cost.

The queen's ring comes second with the beautiful platinum-set 3-carat diamond solitaire, flanked on each side by 5 smaller diamonds, given to her by Prince Phillip, which has risen from £28,000 in 1947 to £100,000 today. Michelle Obama follows in third with her ring given to her by the president who was a then-unknown lawyer in 1991 at the cost of £7,500, which has since gone to £20,000. 

Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Anniston and Halle Berry are all up there too in terms of value, but nothing tops Beyonce and Kim Kardashian for original price. Beyonce’s enormous 18-carat emerald cut diamond, designed by Lorraine Schwarz, is thought to have cost £2.65 million when Jay-Z bought it in 2007, but now has a value of £5.8 million.

Meanwhile, Kardashian's is a marginally smaller 15-carat diamond, also by Schwarz, given to her by fiancé Kanye West in October last year, and it has already seen an impressive boost, rising from £5 million to £5.15 million. Who knows, after their lavish Parisian wedding ceremony, she may be giving the Duchess of Cambridge a run for her money soon.


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Karlie Kloss to be Fashion’s Next Harvard-Edumacated Model

Karlie Kloss is more than just a pretty face and long legs, y'all. The model is trading in her high heels for highlighters, as she's enrolled in classes at Harvard University. She posted a snap to Instagram of herself standing by the school's statue of its namesake, John Harvard, with the very adorable caption, "I am very excited to be spending a few days here on the Harvard Campus in Cambridge for a class this week. I had to pay respect to Mr. John Harvard himself and rub his foot for good luck ;)"

And it looks like the model's workload is already pretty heavy. She added another photo hours later of piles of highlighted papers, captioning it, "Late night in the library." The shot was tagged as being at the Baker Library at Harvard Business School, which could mean Karlie's enrolled in the same Owner/President Management extension program Tyra Banks couldn't stop reminding us about back in 2011. 

If so, she might not get a real-life HARVARD DIPLOMA, but at least she's getting her book learnin' on. Snaps to you, Ms. Kloss!

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Hire New Global Brand Ambassador Through an E! Reality Show

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Diane von Furstenberg is hunting for a new Global Brand Ambassador, but you won't be hearing rumors about who it might be in the pages of Women's Wear Daily. That's because the designer's been tapped by E! to turn the hiring process into mindless entertainment for millions of Americans. Diane will star in The DVF Project, which is not a hilarious sitcom written by Mindy Kaling about being Diane von Furstenberg. Instead, the reality docu-series will follow the designer as she chooses amongst a handful of hopefuls wishing to work for her high-profile label.

The contestants will be pitted against each other working a series of DVF events, managing campaigns and as the grand finale, helping put together the New York Fashion Week runway show.

E! promises drama galore, to which we're giving MAJOR side-eye. If you're applying for a job, especially as a Global Brand Ambassador for an iconic fashion house, the last thing you want to do is be seen acting out on television. Reality shows are an incubator for ratchet and unbecoming behavior of all kinds–it's pretty much guaranteed that something head-shakingly ridiculous is going to happen, otherwise…no one would watch. Funny how that works out.

Diane, on the other hand, seems stoked about the show: "I am so thrilled to partner with E!and to grant young women the opportunity to become the women they want to be," she said.

Let's just hope the ladies behave themselves.

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See the Remote Dubai Island Where Chanel Will Stage Its Cruise 2015 Runway Show

Karl Lagerfeld is never one to settle for second best. We can just imagine him saying to himself in a singsong voice as he strokes Choupette: If Raf Simons wants to stage a runway show in the distant lands of Brooklyn, well that's just fine. We'll do him one better. 

Indeed. Chanel's Cruise 2015 collection runway show will take place on May 13 on a remote island off the coast of Dubai. It's like the Brooklyn of Dubai. JK not really. According to an item in WWD last month: "It is known officially as The Island, located off Jumeirah Beach Road." Sounds central. 

Earlier this afternoon, Chanel tweeted a preview:

Still no word on whether there'll be ferry service, but fingers crossed. 

Related: This is What a Dior Ferry Looks Like (Bonus: Dior Brought Its Own Sailorboys Too)


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The Dior Show Was Super Stank: A Shocking Tale of Style and Sewage

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Last last night Page Six, the glorious New York City gossip institution, posted a brave and important report about the Dior Cruise 2015 collection runway show, which took place in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.

The headline: Fashionistas Brave Garbage Stench to Attend Dior Show

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"[At the show] attending fashionistas were struck by a pungent smell of garbage.

One spy … said arriving guests on a ferry from Manhattan were met by 'an overpowering stench of sewage or garbage.'

Some VIPs even felt queasy until they made it inside the show and escaped the olfactory onslaught."

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Are Fashion Magazines Becoming Too Expensive?

How much are you willing to pay for a fashion magazine? Many tFS forum members are avid readers of print material and most of us regularly peruse digital versions of various publications, but are some print magazines becoming too expensive?

How much? Vogue Paris Collections F/W 14.15


The Fall/Winter 2014-2015 issue of Vogue Paris Collections arrived in the UK today and I couldn't wait to pick up my copy. I've been collecting the biannual since 2010, and have always (without fail) received questionable looks from the shocked cashier when they ring up the tome. The magazine retails for £24.95 ($39.95), which could get you five issues of French Vogue's main monthly magazine here in the UK (with change!). Sure, it's a lot of money to part with for a magazine and I very well understand that. Perhaps I have deluded myself into thinking the magazine is an investment. After all, it can double as a great coffee table book, and it's a bonus that the contents of the magazine are on point, including every fashion show worth documenting and a wide range of designer accessories for the upcoming season.

I used to collect Vogue Japan after falling for its simple covers and rich content. However, after a few years, the price went up dramatically and I suddenly decided the magazine wasn't worth almost £18 every single month. The content has become dull to me and the covers were becoming increasingly tiresome. So, I guess it all boils down to the content. I'll pay the asking price if the content is satisfying.

Tell us, do you think fashion magazines have gotten too expensive? Do you find yourself trying to justify spending premium prices for international or limited-edition issues?

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