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Here’s the Bag North West Painted for Kim Kardashian — and It’s Not a Birkin

Kim Kardashian basically received the most Kanye-ish birthday gift of all time: A very, very expensive Hermes bag painted by her daughter North West. The reality star said hubby Kanye presented her with the carryall, which she initially thought was done by an up-and-coming artist. “And on my computer was this message that said ‘Play,’ and it was a video of my daughter sitting outside painting the purse,” Kim told Us. It’s all very adorable.

Kim was spied carrying the bag yesterday while out and about with hubby Kanye, so we get our first look at North’s artistic flair.


Me & my bae out today Wearing my favorite bag painted by my little North

Une photo publiée par Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

The strangest part about this whole thing is that the bag was originally reported to be a Birkin — but it’s not. Still, some outlets continue to refer to it as such, though the style of Kim’s bag is decidedly different from what a Birkin looks like. (more…)

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Giambattista Valli to Release Collection with 7 For All Mankind

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Image: Imaxtree

Giambattista Valli and 7 For All Mankind are two companies you’d never expect to work together. When you think of Valli, you think of expertly-crafted dresses, elegance and Amal Clooney. With 7 For All Mankind, the “it” brand of the early aughts makes us think of Britney Spears, baby tees and frameless rose-colored sunglasses. But the two are joining forces for a spring collaboration, which will be released in two installments — once in February and again in May.

Melding Valli’s glamorous aesthetic with the accessibility of the denim brand, in addition to jeans, the collection will offer blouses, dresses, jackets, shorts and even a jumpsuit. The range is anchored in its denim pieces: For early spring, expect animal prints and bright red and pink pants. For the second launch, neon and pastel skinnies take center stage with white and blue denim also on tap for the second offering.  

Image: WWD

Image: WWD

Obviously, the best thing about the collection is the price point. Valli’s usually steep prices are brought hurtling back to earth with this offering, starting at $350 and peaking at $650, which is a lot more accessible than his main line which will set you back a couple thou. 

Think you’ll be shopping the collection?

[via WWD]

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Link Buzz: Cara Delevingne Made a LOT of Money Last Year, Vogue’s Guide to Respectful Cultural Appropriation

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  • Not sure how to culturally appropriate without being offensive? Let Amy Sall help you with that. [Vogue]
  • Don’t feel like shilling out $500 for a Mansur Gavriel bag only to wait six months to actually get it because it’s on back order? Forever 21 is selling a knockoff. [SheFinds]
  • Donald Robertson and Kara Ross team up for a handbag collection. [InStyle]
  • Jennifer Lopez joins forces with BodyLab to help launch its website. [SELF]
  • Martha Stewart would love to make items for Blake Lively’s Preserve site. [Page Six]
  • Myla Dalbesio, Calvin Klein’s size 10 underwear model talks appearing in the campaign alongside Lara Stone, Ji Hye Park and Jourdan Dunn. [ELLE]
  • Cara Delevingne made $10,000 a day last year, which means she got up out of bed every single morning. [ELLE UK]
  • You can now correct your typos on Instagram. [Racked]
  • J.Crew and SUPER release a two-piece sunglasses range. [Hypebeast]

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Ralph Rucci Exits Namesake Label

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Ralph Rucci has left the label he founded, reports WWD. “We recognize the contribution, vision and talent of Mr. Rucci, and wish him well,” said CEO Joey Laurenti in an official statement. There is no word yet on why the designer abruptly departed.

The company is expected to name a new creative director before the first of the year; Rucci’s successor will debut with Resort 2016. Pre-Fall and Fall 2015 will be designed by the in-house team.

Ralph Rucci began his career in 1981 and launched his high-end line, Chado Ralph Rucci, in 1994. 

[via WWD]

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10 Things We Know About This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is less than a month away, but pretty much everyone is already stoked for the lingerie label’s annual spectacle. The show will be presented in London for the first time and, of course, we’re taking notes as details surface. Because we know you can’t get enough of VS or its angels, here is everything we know so far about this year’s show.

1. The show will take place at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre on December 9

The West London venue is huge. It has hosted the BRIT Awards, the Olympics and holds about 19,000 people. 

2. There is a black tie dress code

Guests at this year’s show will have to come dressed to the nines. Though VS is staging the event in London, WWD says the theme was inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White ball, which was held in New York City.

3. The show is divided into six categories

Viewers will be treated to six mini-collections of sorts for this year’s show: Gilded Angels, Exotic Traveler, Dream Girl, Fairy Tale, University of Pink and Angel Ball. (more…)

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Jeremy Scott on His New Book and Lara Stone’s Breasts

A quick look at his designs and it’s clear that Jeremy Scott has a strong sense of humor. Who else would turn a Cheetos bag into an actual purse? So, it should come as little surprise that the designer would want to incorporate his love for gags in his new book. Scott has joined forces with Rizzoli to publish a tome following his career. The Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-shot cover pictures Scott holding a copy of his book with the back cover turned toward the camera. The result is an infinity effect, adding a perfectly whimsical dash of flavor to the sleek, sophisticated, black and white portraiture. 

jeremy-scott-cover caught up with the designer to dish on the new tome and touched on that time Scott was banned from the website thanks to a racy fashion show he’d put on. For five years after, the website wouldn’t cover any of his collections, which Scott says he didn’t understand, considering fashion’s common use of naked women in editorials. “Fashion magazines—which I’m sure you know very well—show nude women all the time,” he says. “I mean, can you name a Lara Stone photo shoot where she doesn’t show her breasts? And I mean, she’s not the only one—I picked her out just because she is an obvious candidate to point out. Not that I don’t like her breasts. I love her.”

One thing’s for certain: We definitely can’t count the model’s appearance in Scott’s book as a time we didn’t see her boobs. “She opens my book, actually; there is a picture with me and her that Ellen von Unwerth did, and she’s got the dress pulled down, showing her breasts,” he says.