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Chris Benz Named Creative Director at Bill Blass

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Image: Getty

Bill Blass is looking to inject new life into its womenswear line and the brand just hired Chris Benz to do it. The designer, who up until now had been taking a time out from the fashion world, is back in the thick of things now that he’s taken on the role of creative director at the label.

Benz tells WWD that he plans to bring a fresh, new point of view to the house. Oftentimes when new designers come in at an already-established brand, the impulse is to draw inspiration from its past. Instead, he wants to focus on  “what feels modern today, what women need and want today outside of seasons, huge collections and overdevelopment with not only design and product but how [Blass] would be running his business, taking advantage of social media and new platforms for personality connections with the customer. As a designer looking to the future, you don’t want to get lost in the archives.”

The Bill Blass house itself is also making a return to fashion after a bit of a break. It hasn’t produced any womenswear collections since 2012. The big unveiling of its new collection will take place for Spring 2016, so there is still plenty of time for Benz to ruminate on what he’s going to do for his debut at the label. 

Until then, we can’t wait to see what he turns out.

[via WWD]

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ELLE magazine Gets Charitable for the Cotton On Foundation

ELLE Australia magazine has joined forces with Cotton On, creating a limited-edition necklace and bracelet with proceeds helping the Cotton On Foundation fund its projects in Southern Uganda.

The charitable collaboration came about when members from the ELLE team, including editor Justin Cullen, feature’s editor Vanessa Lawrence and lifestyle director Jana Johnson-O’Toole, joined the Cotton On Foundation on a trip to Mannya Villahe in Southern Uganda. The girls witnessed the work which has been done for the community, and learned about their plans for the future, and were so inspired that they created accessories to help fund its projects.

“We feel so lucky to have visited some of the areas where the Cotton On Foundation is making such a difference, and we couldn’t wait to come home, tell the stories of the people we met and the things we saw, and enlist our readers to help the cause,” Justine told the Cotton On Foundation. (more…)

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Stylish Ladies Impressed the Eligible Men at the CLEO Bachelor of the Year 2014 Announcement Party

There’s no better event than the CLEO Bachelor of the Year 2014 announcement party for the ladies to pull out their sexiest threads. And they did just that, with reality TV personalities, actresses and media identities stepping out in figure-hugging, skin-baring, cleavage-showing dresses and ensembles to impress the country’s most eligible and single men. Scroll through below to see the hottest looks from the night.


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This is a hard one to try and get your head around, but The Bachelor‘s bachelorettes stepped out for CLEO‘s bachelors. Contestant Chantal Hryniewski went all-out sexy, donning a black long-sleeve T-shirt tucked into a leather skirt, plus T-bar heels and a chained choker. She looked a little red-eyed behind that chunky fringe — we hope no more bachies have been breaking her heart.

Zoe O’Brien was also looking fine alongside Chantal in a tight white midi dress from Tiger Mist, which showed off her ample cleavage and surprises of skin through crochet panels. (more…)

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Fashion Bloggers, Episode 3 Recap: #FoodPorn, Semi-Nude Cover Shoots and Crowning Ceremonies

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“Show Pony” was the title of the latest froth-worthy episode of Fashion Bloggers, which aired last night. Round three was all about horsin’ around in the bizarre alternate universe occupied by blog trotters Sara Donaldson, Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington, Kate Waterhouse and Amanda Shadforth. It was totes amazeballs, and we’re champing at the bit to relive another glorious 30 minutes with you.

Although there’s substantial evidence to suggest these girls are more than comfortable being the centre of attention, the ladies kicked off this week’s episode by trying to convince us that they aren’t fixated on the spotlight. (more…)

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The 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge Names Winner

K/ller Collection

Image: K/ller Collection

Who says nice guys finish last? Not in the CFDA. This afternoon, editors took a midday recess to Uber their way to The Modern, where the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge luncheon was being held to honor seven well-deserving finalists, who were all being recognized as innovative leaders in sustainable design practices in the U.S.

In order to qualify for the Good Samaritan challenge, designers’ Fall 2015 collections had to contain at least 30 percent eco fabrics or materials. Judges also examined each brand’s eco-friendly production, dedication and ability to inspire consumers with its creativity. The selection committee this year included FIT’s Sass Brown, designer Maria Cornejo, Julie Gilhart, designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn of Rogan/Loomstate, jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning, CFDA’s Lisa Smilor and Parsons’ Timo Rissanen.

Katie Deguzman and Michael Miller of Brooklyn-based jewelry brand K/LLER Collection took home the grand prize of $75,000, besting Amour Vert, Blair Lauren Brown, Brother Vellies and Laura Siegel; Reformation and Study NY nabbed the $5,000 runner-up trophies.

“Even being finalists was such a huge accomplishment for us…” said Deguzman and Miller, while accepting their award. “This is how we should be doing business. [Sustainability] really shouldn’t be a choice. It’s the way fashion should be.”

Previous winners of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge include Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin in 2013 and jewelry designers Melissa Joy Manning and Pamela Love in 2012.

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Link Buzz: Victoria’s Secret Pisses People Off with ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign, Jessica Biel May Be Pregnant

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  • Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky call it quits. [E!]
  • Victoria’s Secret’s Perfect Body campaign promo shots show only tall, slender women — BIG oops! [ABC News]
  • More in Cara Delevingne movie rumors: The model may appear as the Joker’s sidekick Harley Quinn in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad movie, due out in 2016. [Telegraph]
  • Suki Waterhouse may be taking a turn down the Victoria’s Secret runway this season. [Hello!]
  • Taylor Swift is named New York’s Global Welcome Ambassador, which does not sit well with some actual New Yorkers who have been living in the city far longer than the few months Taylor has been here. [Mirror]
  • Jessica Biel may or may not be pregnant. [Radar]
  • There are people who spend their days entering online sweepstakes for a chance to win…anything at all. [Racked]
  • Rent the Runway is trying to raise $50 million due to profits being lower than expected. [Fortune]
  • Aeropostale got called out by customers for its new brand ambassador, who has a history of making homophobic comments on social media. [BuzzFeed]
  • Two friends dress up like Kimye to create the best Instagram account EVER. [@what_would_yeezus_wear]

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