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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Announces 2015 Finalists

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The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is responsible for bringing some of America’s finest fashion talent to the forefront and this year’s crop of top young designers has been chosen. Ten finalists have been named to compete against each other for a chance to win the top prize – $400,000 ($100,000 more than last year) and a yearlong mentorship. 

Jonathan Simkhai, Baja East‘s Scott Studenberg and John Targon, Thaddeus O’Neil, Brother Vellies, Chris Gelinas, David Hart, Cadet, Chromat, Gypsy Sport and Baldwin will all duke it out in hopes of nabbing that number one spot. Of course, being a runner-up in the competition is never a terrible thing – two of the other winning labels will get a $150,000 prize (up from $100,000 last year) and a mentorship. It is unclear if the competition will be televised as it has been in the past.

A panel of industry bigwigs will judge all the collections to decide the top three. Diane Von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Anna Wintour, Andrew Rosen, Ken Downing, Reed Krakoff, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, and Neville and Marcus Wainwright are tasked with choosing the best collections out of this group of esteemed talent. Last year, Paul Andrew took home the top prize, joined by runners-up Ryan Roche and Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman.

The winners will be celebrated and announced November 2.

[via WWD]


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Watch: Caitlyn Jenner’s Inspiring Speech at the ESPY Awards

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Many awards were handed out at last night’s ESPY Awards, but none more anticipated than the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which was awarded to Caitlyn Jenner for her coming out and the awareness she has drawn to the transgender community. Her message? Respect.  

Presented by U.S. women’s soccer team player Abby Wambach, Jenner was clad in an elegant ivory Atelier Versace gown draped at the waist and gave a moving speech touching on her life and personal struggle with her identity. But in it there was a plea for understanding. “Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect,” she said, emphasizing a glimmer of hope that in the future, women and men like her might be fully accepted. 

“From that respect comes a more passionate community, a more empathetic society, a better world for all of us,” she said before giving a shoutout to transgender athletes. “It’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different – it’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing.” As expected, many of Jenner’s children were in attendance. Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian showed up, as well as Brody, Brandon, Casey, Burt, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. 

Caitlyn did joke about how difficult it was to figure out what to wear for the occasion. “OK girls? I get it. The whole process was exhausting,” she said. But she also discussed the very real issues affecting the transgender community, the high prevalence of suicide and the abuse many trans men and women face simply existing. 

Jenner has gained a bit of criticism as many have pointed out the fact that she is coming from a more privileged position than many other transgender women and men. “To me, that’s always the biggest question: am I doing it right?” she said in a recent blog post

You can watch her entire speech in the video above.

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Cody Simpson’s Relationship with Gigi Hadid Was ‘Uncomfortable’

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Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid were the golden couple (literally, Goldilocks #1 and #2), but it turns out all the media attention was just a little too much for the Aussie musician.

Speaking to DuJour magazine, Cody explained of the breakup, “I love my ex-girlfriend, I always will. It was an amicable, mutual decision, and we still talk every now and then, but the highly publicized thing made me uncomfortable.”

He continued, “Going out to dinner and there being all this paparazzi and stuff…. as soon as we split I had the realisation that I was straying away from who I was as a whole person. I want to keep it low key, and focus on my music.” (more…)

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Didier Cohen’s Opens Up About His Self-Described ‘Big Boy’ Past

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You know Didier Cohen, right? Ridiculously attractive male model with an undeniable energy and megawatt smile? Well, he wasn’t always as confident as he may seem, recently opening up about his troubles with being overweight.

Yes, it’s true. Didier wasn’t born with rock-hard abs. When he was younger he thought of himself as a “big boy”. Speaking to The Fix, Didier shared that he decided to turn around his health at the age of 19. (more…)

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Michelle Bridges and The Commando Are Having a Baby!

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Fans of The Biggest Loser and all things health and fitness: Michelle Bridges and Steve “The Commando” Willis are having a baby. The official announcement is on Australian news stands today, with WHO magazine exclusively sharing the wonderful news on its front cover.

Michelle posted her excitement on Facebook, saying, “We’re so happy to announce our special news. The well wishes and love we have received already are overwhelming and beautiful. Thank you so much. Michelle + Steve.”

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The couple have revealed that 44-year-old Michelle is four months along with her first child. This is Steve’s fourth child.

Congratulations, you two!