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Brandy Melville Is the Latest Teen Shopping, Fat-Shaming Sensation

While teen-focused retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch have given into pressures of public scrutiny and will finally offer larger sizes up to a 14, Brandy Melville is bucking the trend and saying “slim girls only.” The latest shopping mecca for teen girls is quickly gaining popularity for its trendy wares and probably a little bit for its size exclusivity. Brandy Melville only sells clothing in small or “one size fits most” options, with a few mediums thrown in for good measure. Among the offerings are crop tops, side and back-baring tanks and bralets, swingy trapeze dresses and short shorts. The models are almost exclusively white; the clothes, trendy but unremarkable. One look through the store’s latest, and you won’t discover anything particularly groundbreaking. Stores that peddle similar wares in a wider variety of sizes, like Nasty Gal, boast comparable silhouettes, but a more diverse and edgier selection.




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Brandy Melville’s strong suit? Pricing. Whereas retailers like Abercrombie’s offerings are pretty pricey (especially if you’re working with a minor’s budget), you can buy a pair of Brandy Melville shorts for $10 or tops for $20. The clothes are accessible, but to only a small percentage of the population. The Huffington Post says that jean sizes don’t go above a size 2.

Of course, there is concern over what kind of message the store is sending to teenage girls about their bodies. In an open letter to the brand penned by 18-year-old Lani Renaldo for The Huffington Post, she calls out the brand for its troubling policies and misleading brand identification: “‘One size fits all’ clothing is advertised, but again, this is misleading unless you fall under the SPECIFIC category of being THIN enough to fit the clothing! In buying clothing from Brandy, I’ve been limited to long tank-tops, due to the fact that I have a large chest size.” Brandy Melville also touts itself as a brand representing “diverse, California girls.” One look at the brand’s Instagram page or website will indicate the exact opposite.  (more…)

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Diane Kruger Wears Chanel on Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

She’s no stranger to Chanel, since she’s currently the face of the iconic French fashion house’s latest skincare collection and fronted an ad for Allure back in 1996. Therefore it was a given that the former fashion model turned actress would sport Chanel on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. The 38-year-old blonde showcases the dress from Chanel’s Resort 2015 collection to perfection with arms swung above her head, allowing the fabric to fall beautifully around her body (but no doubt with the help of a wind machine, let’s be realistic here).

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As usual, the magazine has received rave reviews for its efforts this month. “Bazaar Australia wins this round. A fantastic cover! It is nice to see them produce something so fresh and original despite the reprint covers they’ve had this year,” commented AL92, starting off the thread to a good start.

“Love the image! The masthead could’ve been a different color, and I don’t like where her name is positioned, but otherwise it’s quite good,” noted Benn98.

GlamorousBoy simply used the word “stunning” to describe Bazaar‘s latest installment.

“Love it, Diane is so gorgeous! I quite like her show The Bridge so hope she talks a little about that,” enthused an excited visualoptimism.

Also a fan of the cover was Oxymore, who wrote, “That cover looks amazing!”

“Fresh cover! LOVE IT. Harper’s Bazaar Australia is following the same footsteps as Harper’s Bazaar Spain, very excited to see everything that’s inside this issue!” shared miguelalmeida.

“Fantastic cover. I love Diane in this beautiful Chanel dress. Her pose amazes me too,” complimented narcyza, yet another admirer.

It’s refreshing to read such positive opinions regarding a magazine cover, but do you agree? Have your say inside the thread here.

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Celebrate Canadian Fashion with Exclusive Gilt Sales

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Don’t you just love it when you can chalk shopping up to a matter of national security? It’s up to you to support homeland talent and defend Canadian designers from revenue loss! Or something to that effect. Lucky for you and your shopping impulse/national pride, Gilt has announced a series of exclusive flash sales featuring some of Canada’s top designers.

Starting on October 20, and coinciding with Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week, Gilt members will be able to shop exclusive and limited selections from the hottest names in Canadian fashion. “We’re excited to celebrate Canadian fashion with this exclusive flash sale series,” Marshall Porter, SVP and GM of international and business development for Gilt, said in a statement. “The Canadian fashion industry is ever-evolving and we are thrilled to partner with such a talented group of designers, offering our members an exciting shopping experience.”

The sale begins with Sid Neigum, known for his edgy and sculptural designs, and continues with a new sale every day thereafter from Biko jewellery and ready-to-wear labels Laura Siegel, Soia & Kyo and Beaufille. The sales will run until October 26. Consider it your national duty to shop.

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Aussie Stars Preview NGV’s Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition in Melbourne

High-profile guests were treated to an exclusive preview of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria last night, with the man himself attending the official opening.



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The iconic designer turned up in a polka-dot blouse and a leather jacket, while other Aussie celebs stepped out trying to impress the man responsible for Madonna’s iconic cone bra. Scroll through below to see some of the getups from the night. (more…)

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Everyone Needs to Get Pumped for Ksubi’s Australian Comeback

People, Ksubi is back. The rebellious label has returned to the Australian market after a brief receivership hiatus, with a Summer 14 range aptly called Out of the Darkness.

The resurgence sees Ksubi cut back to its roots with a denim-heavy range for its loyal customers, and also marks the first collaboration between Ksubi LA and General Pants Co. Sydney. The partnership has leveraged the label’s DNA via fresh innovation, to reinvent iconic styles with new fits and washes.


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Photographer Georges Antoni captured the essence of Ksubi and its cult following with raw images and fresh, hipster faces, with no shortage of beards, tattoos and long male locks. 20-year-old LA-based Aussie model Helena Vestergaard, the bae to 51-year-old Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead singer Anthony Keidis, is one of the leading faces. (more…)

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Didier Cohen and Kelly Osbourne Toy With Our Emotions, Claim They Could be Lovers



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#OddCouple alert! Mega hunk Didier Cohen and mohawk babe Kelly Osbourne have this morning fuelled, and somewhat confirmed, rumours of a budding romance on the Kyle and Jackie O Show.

After a sunny Sunday on Sydney’s waters together, plus a splurge of Instagram posts hashtagged #OddCouple, we were already feeling a little suspect about the two, who are working on Australia’s Next Top Model together. But then Jackie O posed the question on live radio earlier today, asking Kelly, “Is there anything going on with you and Didier?” (more…)

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