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Schiaparelli Presses on with Couture After Zanini’s Departure

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Since the label announced the departure of its creative director on Friday, the fashion world has been wondering what the next move will be for the house of Schiaparelli. Marco Zanini served at the helm of the label for a mere two seasons and was ousted after several rumors that the designer was displeased with what was going on at the house. Schiaparelli’s people released a statement on Friday assuring the public that it would soon announce a successor, and it looks like the fashion house had better get a move on as it plans to show a couture collection for the Spring 2015 season. 

How that collection will be shown is a different story. According to WWD, the label still has not decided how it will present the collection, which seems to be the least of its problems, considering it still has to find a designer to lead the house. Sources say that Zanini and Schiaparelli owner Diego Della Valle, whose “forte is accessories, shoes and bags,” had a strained working relationship. The source notes Della Valle’s shrewd business outlook as a possible obstacle for any designer looking to join the label. “I don’t know how much he really believes in rtw and I don’t really see him backing a couture project, independently of whoever designs the collections.”

Internal difficulties aside, Zanini’s departure definitely does not look good for Schiaparelli. After disappearing for 60 years, the fact that the house’s revival has already been so rocky could make customers and investors uncertain about Schiaparelli’s future. Were things so terrible that they couldn’t be resolved? Zanini was only there for two seasons. Though we don’t have information on what went down behind-the-scenes, it does seem very odd that the pair couldn’t come to an agreement on anything. But perhaps Zanini’s departure is ultimately what was best for the brand. If the house couldn’t get it together now, who knows what other drama may have arisen if he’d stayed on.

[via WWD]

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Birchbox Launches in Canada

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Canadian beauty junkies rejoice! Birchbox, the U.S. based company that delivers beauty samples to your door, launches this month in Canada, just in time for the holiday season. The try-learn-buy model of Birchbox means subscribers receive a monthly shipment of five samples of premium beauty products previously unavailable in Canada to test out before committing to the purchase of a full-size product. Once you’ve determined that you love and simply cannot live without one, visit to buy the product. Spanning hair, makeup, skincare, nail and body categories, there are plenty of opportunities to discover a new must-have product every month.

“Since our launch in 2010, we’ve had tens of thousands of customer inquiries regarding shipping to Canada,” Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to finally bring Birchbox north of the border.”

In addition to monthly beauty deliveries, Birchbox also creates curated content on its blog and online magazine that shows you how to make the most of your new products.

Subscriptions cost $15 a month or $159.40 per year.

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Link Buzz: Jean Touitou Is Not Feeling Hedi Slimane, Cara Delevingne’s Got a New Boo

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    Jean Touitou; image: A.P.C.

    Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoe line hits Neiman Marcus. [WWD]
  • Azealia Banks FINALLY dropped Broke With Expensive Taste Friday, after a two-year postponement. And guys, it’s worth the wait. [Pitchfork]
  • Rachel Bilson had a baby girl and named her Briar Rose. Yep, just like Sleeping Beauty. [ELLE UK]
  • Nick Jonas gives a crotch-grabbing tutorial. [E!]
  • A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou is not here for Hedi Slimane. In an interview with Vestoj, the French designer let it be known that he thinks Slimane has a crappy attitude toward fashion. “It’s like he thinks he’s the Kaiser or something.” [Vestoj]
  • Shoppers are accusing Sephora of racism after several customers with Asian-sounding last names claimed that their accounts with the store were blocked from purchasing. [Jezebel]
  • Miley Cyrus gives her pig a pedicure, everyone freaks out. [Page Six]
  • Cara Delevingne’s got a new boyfriend, whom she’s been giving some serious hickeys. [Page Six]

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Kim Kardashian Claims She Started the ‘Selfie Movement’ in Her New Book

The Internet is full of pictures of Kim Kardashian. It doesn’t take much, just a simple Google search and you’re treated to thousands of images of the reality star. If that’s too overwhelming, you can always visit her Instagram page to view more snaps of Mrs. West. But for Kim, this is clearly not enough. What if you can’t log on to the Internet? Surely people deserve to have access to photos of Kimmy, even if they forget to pay their Time Warner bill. That’s why she’s releasing Selfish, an aptly-named book featuring over 1,000 of her selfies, which is due to hit shelves April 28, 2015. Amazon already has a description of the tome, which lets us know what to expect, but also leaves out some pertinent information about the reality star.

“From her early beginnings as a wardrobe stylist, Kim Kardashian has catapulted herself into becoming one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood,” the blurb reads, completely glossing over that home video with a certain Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star, which actually put her on the map in the first place. But, you know, whatevs.

The description goes on to list Kim’s many accomplishments: Being BFFs with Riccardo Tisci, starring in a hit reality show, shilling clothes and accessories through Lipsy and Sears, starting the selfie trend — wait, what? 

“[Kim is] widely regarded as a trailblazer of the ‘selfie movement’—a modern-day self-portrait of the digital age.” Similar to how Marc Eckō definitely didn’t invent the “hipster beard,” we’re pretty sure cell phone-obsessed teenagers, nay, everyone who ever used a camera phone to take selfies, didn’t get the idea from Kim. Perhaps you could call her a selfie enthusiast, but trailblazer? That word may be a little too strong.

But besides a stray hyperbole and omission of pertinent historical information, the premise of the book is pretty simple. “For the first time in print, this book presents some of Kim’s favorite selfies in one volume—from her favorite throwback images to current ultra-sexy glam shots—and provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look into this larger-than-life star.”

Don’t all trample each other at once trying to get a copy.

[Amazon, h/t Us Magazine]

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Naomi Campbell ‘Looks the Same Everywhere’ as She Covers This Week’s Issue of The Edit (Forum Buzz)

We have become huge fans of The Edit and this week’s installment of Net-a-Porter‘s online magazine does not disappoint. Naomi Campbell fronts the issue dated November 6, 2014, lensed by Nico (who previously shot the supermodel for Vanity Fair Spain). Photographed against a grey backdrop, the modeling icon wears a blush pink coat from Burberry Prorsum with a black La Perla nightdress underneath. Naomi also poses for a series of images inside the issue, working items from Michael Kors, Lanvin, Givenchy and Calvin Klein.

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Not all members of theFashionSpot are motivated by Naomi’s presence this week, however. “She looks the same everywhere…” proclaims an uninterested Oxymore.

“I love the first B&W shoot, she looks so pretentious,” adds GIVENCHYlover.

Benn98 doesn’t appear to be impressed with The Edit‘s cover image choice as he writes, “Naomi looks flawless and as usual I’m looking forward to the actual interview. I’m not entirely convinced on the cover shot, I’d have liked the one with the trench coat to be the cover.”

Although KissMiss is a little more enthusiastic about the cover: “I am getting a little Naomi overdose at the moment… she looks great but she is sort of everywhere at the moment looking same… but u can’t fault it… she looks great in the edit.”

As we have previously discussed regarding Gisele Bündchen, do magazines need to work harder to deliver a fresh take on these well-known supers? Take a peek inside the thread for Naomi’s cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Amanda Lew Kee and Sully Wong Collaborate on One Sweet Set of Premium Sneakers


From home to the office, the cubicle to apres-five, and then home again—we’d trade in our favorite four-inch pumps for a pair of comfy fashion sneakers any day. To the rescue: Two Canadian labels to watch have put their heads together to create a pair of high-tops that make your once-edgy New Balances look just, well—plain.

Amanda Lew Kee and design duo Sully Wong have debuted the SWALK01, a women’s premium hi-top sneaker that combines the high-tech, athletic style of Sully Wong’s Japanese-inspired accessories and Amanda Lew Kee’s fashion-forward aesthetic.

The SWALK01 ($225) women’s sneaker comes with all of the bells and whistles. It’s made from premium raw-cut leather, has a Japanese-leather-lined denim interior for comfy breathability, a removable leather footpad, and black waxed rope laces for a streamlined, black-on-black look. Only 120 pairs have been made.

“Together we are aiming to give the women’s market (in Canada) a sophisticated limited edition option, in the realm of casual athletic footwear, focusing on quality,” says Amanda Lew Kee. (more…)