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LVMH Announces 8 Finalists for Young Fashion Designer Prize

Virgil Abloh Off-White

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We’re getting closer to finding out which talented emerging designer will be the next to win LVMH’s coveted Young Fashion Designer award. This group of eight handpicked brands will compete for a prize of €30,000 and a year-long mentorship with an LVMH team in order to help get their label to the next level. Last year, Thomas Tait took home the big prize and two runners-up (Hood by Air and Miuniku) received €10,000 and a mentorship as well.

This year’s list of top contenders includes Milan-based label Arthur Arbesser, Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant’s Coperni, London menswear designer Craig Green, French designer Faustine Steinmetz, buzzy French brand Jacquemus designed by Simon Porte, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida’s Marques’Almeida, the Paris-based brand Vetements designed by Demna Gvasalia and a team of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts grads and Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label.

Interestingly enough, all of these brands, regardless of where the designers are from, are based in Europe — either London, Paris or Milan, a far cry from last year’s crop of finalists, who designed in cities like New York, Mumbai and Moscow. But despite the finalists’ gravitation toward creating in Europe’s fashion capitals, they all hail from different countries, including the U.S., Georgia, Portugal, France, Austria and the U.K.

The final winner of the prize will be selected in May by a jury of nine LVMH artistic directors. 

[via LVMH Prize]

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Belle Gibson’s The Whole Pantry App and Book Pulled from Stores

The Whole Pantry

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Top-rated food app The Whole Pantry is swirling in one very downward spiral amidst concerns that its founder, Melbourne’s Belle Gibson, falsely claimed to have cancer and hasn’t handed over money promised to go to charity.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the app has been pulled from Apple’s Australian and U.S. app stores, and that the 26-year-old’s publisher, Penguin, is pulling her debut cookbook, The Whole Pantry, from circulation in Australia. U.S. publisher Atria Books is also claiming to scrap next month’s book launch and cancel existing orders.

A version of The Whole Pantry app is still available for Android users through the Google Play store, and it is unknown as to whether it will be a default app on the forthcoming Apple Watch as planned. (more…)

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Gigi Hadid Insists She Didn’t Snort Cocaine at the VS Spring Break Party

Gig Hadid Cocaine allegation

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19-year-old model Gigi Hadid is denying any drug-taking behaviour at the Victoria’s Secret Spring Break Party in Miami over the weekend, after boyfriend Cody Simpson‘s snapchat caught her in a compromising, cocaine-snorting position.

The model magnate seems to be pretty bloody offended that anyone would suggest she’s sniffing the same path as Kate Moss, taking to her Twitter for a series of tweets to set the record straight. (more…)

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Meet Other Presenters Who Rocked the Penis Jacket Like Natarsha Belling


Natarsha Belling isn’t the only presenter who’s made a dick of herself lately.

The Aussie TV personality wore a Scanlan Theodore jacket with an unfortunately-shaped neckline on national television on Sunday night, but it turns out others have made a similar, ballsy decision. (more…)

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Andreja Pejić Makes a Funny About Body Image in the Industry

Andreja Pejic on The Project

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Australian supermodel Andreja Pejić is in town for VAMFF 2015, stopping by The Project last night to make a cute little joke about body image expectations in the modelling industry.

Comedian Ross Noble posed an interesting question to Andreja, who underwent gender reassignment surgery last year. He asked, “I’d like to know, you spend a lot of time walking along shiny catwalks, but what would happen if you took an actual cat and made it walk on a catwalk?”

Andreja replied, “Well, I think I would probably lose my job because a cat is like a clothing size minus-10 and how could I compete with that?” Hmmm. What a light-hearted way of saying the smaller your physical size as a model, the higher your chances of landing the gig. (more…)

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Oprah Is Auctioning off Her Old Favorite Things – and You Probably Still Can’t Afford Them

You might not be a billionaire, but now you can get a taste of what it’s like to be one – that is, of course, if you have the money to spend. Oprah is putting all her expensive knickknacks from her Water Tower Place condo in Chicago (which she put up for sale and then took off the market in October) and has enlisted the help of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to help. 

On April 25, you’ll be able to bid on over 500 items from Oprah’s stash, with proceeds benefiting the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. Among the items up for sale are paintings by Hovsep Pushman, porcelain vases, a gilded Austrian clock, and a Jorg and Olif bicycle. 

Now whether or not pastoral oil paintings and golden Rococo furniture is your thing, understand these are pictures, chairs and tables that Queen Oprah may or may not have used and that fact alone makes each of the items priceless. So bid away, folks, because Oprah’s got to fill her condo with some new pricey junk and she can’t do that unless you take all this stuff off her hands.

[h/t NBC New York, Leslie Hindman]

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