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Urban Outfitters Pulls Offensive Blood-Splattered Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt

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Image: Urban Outfitters

The most important rule of the hipster canon is to always reaffirm your edginess. Whether it’s being ironically racist in a Native American headdress or a T-shirt that’s some kind of dubious throwback to Nazi Germany, pushing (overstepping) boundaries in the most annoying, offensive way possible is crucial to the hipster lifestyle. Which is why it should come as no surprise that mall purveyor of the Brooklyn-centric aesthetic, Urban Outfitters, is coming under fire for another glaringly offensive product it’s shilling in the name of fashion.

This time, the retailer defiles the legacy of the antiwar protesters that were famously slaughtered at Kent State University by the Army National Guard during a campus demonstration against the Vietnam War in the 70s. The retailer was offering a one-of-a-kind faded vintage sweatshirt bearing the university’s logo. It’s all good until you notice the speckles of red dotting the sweatshirt that look a lot like blood splatter, which would be cool, if four students hadn’t died during the protest that happened on May 4, 1970. 

Of course, shoppers took to Twitter to call out Urban Outfitters and the brand quickly released a statement of apology. It says the red marks weren’t meant to look like blood splatter, and instead are what’s left of the original sweatshirt color.

“It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such,” the company wrote. “The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.”

 [via BuzzFeed]

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WATCH: David Gandy’s Sexy Marks & Spencer Underwear Ad Will Get You Through This Monday

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Image: WENN.com

So, no one is glad that the weekend is over, but David Gandy is giving us all a reason to power though this Monday. The model is launching his very first underwear line with Marks & Spencer, for which he’s released a preview video — and yeah, it’s pretty steamy.

Whoever came up with the concept for this short, we thank you a thousand times. It’s just David lying in bed, lounging in a couple of chairs in his underwear, his toned upper body quivering with every breath as he cheekily flashes those baby blues. There are a lot of ab and crotch shots, and we’re not mad at it. Especially at the end when he gives a sly smile to the camera — it feels like he’s right there in bed with us.

We’re going to need a second…and so will you after you watch the video below.

[via Vogue UK]

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Jay Z and Maybe-Pregnant Beyoncé Release Part 1 of “Bang Bang” Short Film

Image: Tim Edwards/WENN.com

Image: Tim Edwards/WENN.com

The Carter-Knowles family has been busy this weekend. First, Jay Z may or may not have announced that Beyoncé is pregnant again. According to sources, the rapper changed the lyrics of his song “Beach is Better” to “‘Cause she pregnant with another one.” Now, of course, the world will be scrutinizing any photo that’s come out of Beyonce in recent weeks, trying to find that telltale baby bump.

While you’re all doing that (we’re waiting for an official announcement before we start speculating), the rest of us can take in Bey and Jay’s latest, which is part 1 of a short film entitled Bang Bang. If you were one of the esteemed few able to make it to the “On the Run” tour this summer, you will have already seen it – the film opened the show. The pair is pictured riding through the desert (BECAUSE THEY’RE ON THE RUN, GET IT?) before stopping at a diner for a cigar break. While Jigga puffs away, he notices the guy sitting a few booths down from them is reading a newspaper which happens to have the couple’s “wanted” faces on the front cover. Instead of leaving quietly, Jay walks over to the guy, puts out his cigar in his cheeseburger and exits. Because the best way to make sure people don’t recognize you is to do something supremely dickish.

This is only part one of the Dikayl Rimmasch- directed series, so stay tuned for others as they trickle out.

[h/t Nowness]

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Jean Paul Gaultier Is Getting Rid of Ready-to-Wear

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Image: WENN

There will be one less collection showing at Paris Fashion Week after this season. Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that the ready-to-wear range he will be showing in a few weeks will be his last. The designer is doing away with RTW to focus his attentions on other projects, though mainly his couture and fragrance options. 

While it is always sad when a designer downsizes, in this case the move makes sense. “We looked at various possibilities considering the present state of the company and we have reached the same conclusion,” he wrote in a letter to WWD. “For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation.” 

Perhaps the move is an indication that Gaultier wasn’t doing so well in the ready-to wear market. Sure, his designs are truly creative and reflective of his great mind, but we’re thinking that his aesthetic wasn’t resonating with customers. Besides, his wacky proclivities seem to be better suited to a couture market. 

Fragrance is expected to make up the majority of Gaultier’s business once he nixes ready-to-wear (about 80 percent), sources say. 

“After more than 38 years spent producing men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, it seems to us that the time has come to stop some of our activities and to concentrate principally on the development of the haute couture, of perfumes and to certain collaborations that I have not yet had time to explore,” he said. “This is a new beginning, I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints.”

[WWD]

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Judges Shine in Aussie Designs for The X Factor’s Rock Week

Even with a grand entrance down dancing poles for all four judges on The X Factor last night, all eyes were on Natalie Bassingtwaighte and Dannii Minogue‘s themed frocks for the show’s rock week.

Dannii rocked a custom-made leather bodysuit with beading detail plus a sheer black skirt which were both by Aurelio Costarella. She amped up the rock-chick look with Tony Bianco open-toe booties, Capezio fishnet tights, a high pony and a double horn hand gesture. (more…)

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Julianne Hough Sports a Floral Zimmermann Cut-Out Dress

Julianne Hough

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Julianne Hough stepped out in Los Angeles looking as pretty as a picture in a floral cut-out mini dress by Zimmermann. For her Extra appearance on Thursday, September 11, the actress went for a holiday-luxe vibe in a metallic piece from the Australian label’s popular Resort 2015 collection.

The colourful piece combined an exciting mix of florals and feminine prints, with a cut-out chest area showing off Julianne’s ample cleavage. Her petite frame made the number’s cold-shoulder detail look extra cute, along with fine jewellery and gold strappy Monique Lhuillier heels.

Her wavy bob and flawless makeup kept the look fresh and upmarket.

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