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Vivienne Westwood Thinks Food and Clothes Are Too Cheap, Wants to Downsize

Image: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

Image: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

Vivienne Westwood is no shrinking violet. The designer has always been an advocate for social justice and her latest targets are the British government along with the U.K.’s food and garment industries. Westwood let her opinions be known to The Guardian at a live event sponsored by the publication, saying that clothes and food in the U.K. should cost way more than they do. She blames government subsidies for the cheap prices and says that it is hurting the economy. 

“You know something is wrong when you can buy a cooked chicken for £2,” she said. “The world runs on debt and that’s why nothing costs what it should.” Westwood said that with this knowledge, she is recommitting herself and her company to be more environmentally friendly — and that means cutting down on staff as well as creating smaller collections. “I’m trying to pull the collection back to things I really like … I think this is the most environmental thing we can do … I only need to make the clothes I like. I have the money, so I don’t need to make things I don’t like.”

While she’s correct that the impact we make on the environment is quite devastating, the prospect of people at her company losing jobs is a bit unsettling. We guess Westwood staffers should start dipping their toes into the job search field because it sounds like Westwood plans to make good on her words.

[via The Guardian]

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TOMS Is Doing Handbags Now

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TOMS is making a push to help mommies-to-be in disadvantaged communities by delving into the world of handbags. The do-gooder label unveiled its new range of carryalls, proceeds from which will, of course, go to a good cause. Sticking to the label’s crunchy granola appeal, the bags come in perforated leather options, woven pattern details and a good sprinkling of beading to boot. Envelope clutches round out the selection as well as a diaper bag, which founder Blake Mycoskie told WWD he added when he found out his wife was pregnant. 

For every one of the bags purchased, the company will donate a birth kit to a woman in need. A cord clamp, surgical blade, clean surface, gloves and soap will go to each mother to help ensure that her baby enters the world in a sanitary, healthy way. The bags are expected to drop for Spring 2015.

[via SheFinds]

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Jeanne Lottie Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Pretty in Pink Party

Jeanne Lottie Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Pretty in Pink Party

No, it’s not an 80s-themed costume party — though who wouldn’t jump at the chance to wear a floor-length floral skirt, a cropped denim vest and strings of pearls? This Saturday, October 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Jeanne Lottie designer Jane Ip is opening up her renowned Pink House Boutique for the Pretty in Pink Party in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pink-themed occasion, held in partnership with online magazine and event planning company Pink the Town along with Yorkville’s Forest Hill Real Estate, will feature all manner of pink treats and beverages as well as offer mini manicures, makeup applications and gift bags in, you guessed it, pink. The event will also host a silent auction and a fashion show. (No word on what colour clothing the models will wear.) Ten percent of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to breast cancer research as well as proceeds from the sale of Jeanne Lottie bags, which guests can shop at up to 40 percent off. 

The piece de resistance is a KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Architect Stand Mixer, which will go to one lucky silent auction participant. The item is being donated by KitchenAid to celebrate the Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown. With every sale of this mixer, KitchenAid donates $75 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Think pink!

The Pink House is located at 32 Scollard Street in Toronto.

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Meet Me At Starbucks, Where Good Things Happen

It’s fall – the weather’s slowly getting chillier, the leaves are turning and now we’re back to craving hot coffee and delicious autumnal pastries. It’s the perfect time to gather friends, loved ones and professional contacts over coffee, the perfect time to get together. There’s a lot going on in this world today, but when we come together in a positive and productive way, good things happen – and Starbucks is the perfect place to do it. Don’t believe us? Watch above to see what happens when people all over the world meet at Starbucks.

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Iggy Azalea Unleashes on Record Label Over Magazines Reusing Pics of Her

Iggy Azalea on Cosmopolitan and Maxim

Iggy has topped Maxim‘s 2014 Hot 100, but she’s not overly impressed about the photo the magazine used on the cover. It’s not because she doesn’t look hot because by god she does. It’s because the image is from a shoot with Complex magazine three years ago.

It’s not the first time it’s happened, either, so naturally she’s going to be a little pissed off. Apparently this Cosmopolitan Australia August 2014 cover was also out of her hands.

She did the standard thing and took to Twitter to attack the Australian division of her record label for allowing both Maxim and Cosmopolitan to buy images of her. The “Fancy” rapper ranted for quite a while, which went a little something like this (you might want to set aside some time for this lengthy read): (more…)

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