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Karolina Kurkova Toughens Up in Camilla & Marc

Karolina Kurkova Camilla & Marc

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Karolina Kurkova is making Australian designers very happy lately. She recently sported Dion Lee at Fashion Rocks, and has now been snapped in Camilla & Marc for Russel JamesAngels book launch.

Hosted by Victoria’s Secret on Wednesday, September 10, the leggy blonde opted for a grungy strapless dress from the Australian label’s Resort 2015 collection, which features a plaid upper half and multi-slit black skirting.

It was a toughened-up look for Karolina, who went all out with a Jennifer Fisher choker necklace, pulled back stringy hair and dark eye makeup. It wasn’t all dark and moody, though — the Victoria’s Secret angel brightened things up with yellow shoes, cleverly complementing the hints of lemon in the plaid print.

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Link Buzz: Where Cara Delevingne Likes to Hang Out During LFW, Is Buying Instagram Likes Dishonest?

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

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  • Want to stalk run into Cara Delevingne during London Fashion Week? Here’s where the model likes to hang out. [T Magazine]
  • Fashion Week, through the eyes of a first-timer. [Popsugar Fashion]
  • Paris Hilton bought the world’s smallest Pomeranian for $13,000. [Page Six]
  • Nicki Minaj‘s high school won’t let the rapper come and give the kids an inspiring chat. [Page Six]
  • Bloggers are buying Instagram likes: Is it unethical or just an easy way to build your digital presence? [Racked]
  • Find out why Graeme Black is leaving his post as creative director at Les Copains after only seven months. [Vogue U.K.]
  • Here are even more looks from the forthcoming Alexander Wang x H&M collection for you to see. [High Snobiety
  • One editor learns a hard lesson about leaving a fashion party early. [Fashionista]

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Zara Employee Launches Petition Against Company Asking for More Hours, Advancement Opportunities

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Image: Getty

Zara is one of the biggest, most successful fast fashion retailers in the world. The brand’s runway-inspired pieces still possess the refinement and coolness of something you’d find from a high-end range, except you don’t have to shill out copious amounts of cash for it. Zara’s a godsend to fashionphiles everywhere — and the chain’s got the profits to prove it. Amancio Ortega, owner of parent company Inditex, is the third richest man in the world thanks to the retailer, sitting on a fortune of about $63 billion. 

You would think that with such a successful business, Zara would be able to pay its salespeople — the ones who constantly stock the store and help customers — well enough for their work. According to a new petition, that isn’t the case.

Sharlene, a sales associate at a Zara in New York City, has launched a petition with the aim to #ChangeZara, in particular, reform its policies so that associates can have a better quality of life and more chances to move up in the company. Sharlene started working at Zara in 2012, but mentions that this past winter, things dramatically changed for her and the other shopgirls on the floor. Their hours were cut significantly — down to a maximum of 25 per week, which Sharlene said for her, turned into clocking only 16 hours each week. This is an experience several Zara employees working on the floor have, she says, adding that many girls have skipped meals in order to ease the financial burden. “We earn so little at Zara that many of us can’t even afford to buy the clothes that we sell,” she writes. 

According to the petition, Zara workers in Spain are more protected than they are here in America. “Inditex signed an agreement with a global federation of unions, UNI, promising to respect workers’ rights in their stores and factories. Zara workers in Spain have a union that grants them rights and benefits that we don’t have — don’t we deserve the same respect here in the U.S.?” (more…)

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Swinging 60s: Rave Reviews for Edie Campbell’s French ELLE Cover (Forum Buzz)

Edie Campbell already has covers for the Italian, U.K. and U.S. editions of Vogue under her belt, and now the current face of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium fragrance is turning heads on French ELLE. The British model, who first came onto the modeling scene with a mod 60s look, has now reverted back to the Penelope Tree look for ELLE France’s issue dated September 12, 2014. Edie was shot by Liz Collins, styled by Chloé Dugast and her makeup was applied by Lloyd Simmonds using products from YSL for the cover.

Elle France 12 Sept 2014 Edie Campbell

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Forum members are ecstatic with the outcome. “Edie Campbell!!! Everything works here, especially the color scheme. We really need to take our hats off for ELLE France. Week after week they turn out a solid offering, sometimes misses, but mostly hits! I still have Lara‘s issue, which imo is a classic shot,” raved Benn98.

“I love Edie on that cover, it’s a moment when her look really works for me,” posted a satisfied tigerrouge.

Srdjan commented: “I love the French ELLE cover with Edie. The direction is very similar to Edie’s British Vogue cover and shoot, but this is just better.”

“I like that cover!” simply proclaimed Oxymore.

See inside the thread for even more Edie, and join the discussion here.

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Karl Lagerfeld Hates Your Selfies, Calls Journalists ‘Basic’

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Image: SIPA/WENN.com

Any interview with Karl Lagerfeld is guaranteed to be filled with quotes that can only accurately be described as “gems.” The Chanel creative director is never shy about lending his opinion to anyone who cares to listen. This morning, WWD published a little Q&A with the designer and of course, the sit-down is not without some great quips from Mr. Lagerfeld. A few highlights:

Most journalists are “basic”: There are not so many who know how to write decently about fashion and who have the technical knowledge and culture. The others are very basic: They want to be trendy. They think trendiness is more important than knowledge.”

On social media:Those social networks, there’s something sad about them. Is it because they don’t have enough knowledge about friends and people? I don’t understand it. It’s like a talkative mirror where people talk to themselves. And what I hate most in life is selfies.”

On preferring to do live interviews:When they can cut things, I don’t like it as much. Sometimes they cut something and say, ‘Well, you would get in trouble, you would get a lawsuit.’ I tell them, ‘Well, I don’t want my lawyers to be unemployed.’”

Karl Lagerfeld pays for the books from his own bookshop:It’s not difficult for me to buy books. And I pay for books in my own bookshop. I get only a 5 percent discount. I am very much against the idea that you get it for free because it’s your bookshop.”

Oh Karl, never change. 

[via WWD]

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More Details on Next Year’s Met Gala Theme ‘Chinese Whispers’

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Image: Lia Toby/WENN.com

We weren’t sure how to feel about the Met Gala’s theme for next year“Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion. On the one hand, Chinese culture and dress is a great departure from the mostly Western-themed exhibits the Costume Institute has rolled out over the years. On the other, it could make for a really, um, culturally insensitive red carpet. 

Today, WWD has more information about the show, which will run from May 7 through August 16 of next year. It is expected to feature looks from as far back as the 1700s to today, and will include decorative art as well as clothing. It will also highlight the mesh of China with the Western world and how Eastern art has influenced Western pieces and designers in a cultural exchange. Jean Paul Gaultier, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent and more are among the designers whose Chinese-inspired works will be on display. 

Along with host Silas Chou, Jennifer Lawrence will serve as co-chair with Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Chinese actress Gong Li and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. Yahoo is also sponsoring the exhibition, which goes hand-in-hand with its push to establish itself in the fashion world, especially with the newly-launched style section helmed by Joe Zee

But the question is, is “Chinese Whispers” a setup for a hotbed of cultural appropriation/questionable choices? Maybe so. According to Vogue, “‘Chinese Whispers’ will primarily examine how eastward-looking Westerners have understood, misunderstood, and appropriated Chinese culture…” Sounds a little suspicious, particularly because this celebration of Chinese culture seems to be told through a Western lens. We don’t have to go into how problematic that could be. 

Hopefully, Katy Perry will have other commitments the night of the gala.

[via WWD]

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