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Now You Can Pre-Order J.Crew’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Collection

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For the fifth year, J.Crew has teamed with 2014’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and runners-up to create an exclusive capsule collection. Eva Fehren‘s Eva Zuckerman, Ryan Roche and Paul Andrew have all lent their talents to create pieces for J.Crew, which are available for pre-order today. From Roche’s pastel knits to Paul Andrew’s fancy footwear, this colorful collection has shot itself to the top of our spring wishlists.

Paul Andrew, who took home the grand prize at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion competition, says he relished in the flexibility J.Crew afforded him as he was putting the collection together. “Collaborating with J.Crew was so much fun – there were almost no limitations on what the shoes could look like and I’m thrilled with the final result; an assortment of chic, elegant and joyful styles that embrace color and print.” And they certainly do. On tap you will find goodies like bright blue suede fringed sandals and a lively pair of floral printed pumps. And if that’s not enough to complete your accessories game, Eva Feheren’s delicate yet bold jewelry will add another welcome pop of color to your ensemble, as the designer mixed neon rubber and metal to create her pieces for the collection.

Obviously, we can’t wait for the entire range to hit stores June 3, but if you’re feeling a little impatient, you can pre-order your favorite pieces today. Check out the collection in the gallery below. (more…)

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Taylor Swift Tops Maxim’s Hot List, Talks Feminism

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Taylor Swift is the hottest woman of 2015, according to Maxim. The magazine has released its annual “hot 100 ” list and it comes as no surprise that Swift is on it, much less on top. After all, the singer has had a banner year with the release of her 1989 album in October, which has helped her permeate pop culture even further. 

And yeah, Tay-Tay is well aware that she’s having the best year ever. “This year has been my favorite year of my life so far,” she told the magazine. “I got to make an album exactly the way I wanted to make it. I got to put it out exactly the way that I dreamed of putting it out. Every one of these kinds of whims and ideas came to fruition.” Taylor has been going through a coming of age right before our eyes; where we used to count on her for sad songs about unrequited or lost love, now Swift is exhibiting a bit more maturity in her music.

She’s also changed her tune on feminism – and it totally doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that feminism is trending or anything. Swift says she simply grew up and realized how important feminism is. “I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, ‘Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,’ it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening,” she noted. “I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived. A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”

So, it wasn’t until shit got real that Swift decided, “Hey, maybe there’s something to this feminism thing.” Eh, better late than never.  

[via Maxim]

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T Magazine Delivers the Perfect Summer Cover with Julia Bergshoeff (Forum Buzz)

We often forget about magazines that aren’t entitled Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or ELLE and T The New York Times Style Magazine reminds us with the release of its brand new Summer Travel 2015 issue. Julia Bergshoeff, already on the cover of Vogue Netherlands this month, was photographed by Karim Sadli in the tranquil outdoors of Hawaii, resulting in a set of natural, raw and organic fashion images — a refreshing display from what else is on offer.

Once the cover surfaced on our forums, members expressed rave reviews across the board. “Julia is such a star. What a captivating presence,” noted Steddycam91 right away.

“Julia depicts the feeling of Hawaii — laid-back, warm, and diverse natural scenery. Nice works by Karim,” TheoG shared soon after.

In agreement was zoom: “Gorgeous fresh summer cover. Love Julia here.”

The accompanying cover story later found its way onto the thread. “I adore Julia in this! Every picture is so fresh!” enthused Nepenthes.

“Fantastic cover and editorial!” echoed MON.

Vitamine W echoed the sentiments and wrote, “She and Karim are such a golden combo. Simply gorgeous.”

“Stunning cover and edit. The still life shots looks almost identical to Jamie Hawkesworth’s Miu Miu campaign, which I loved,” Benn98 acknowledged.

Check out what else T Magazine has to offer inside our thread and join the conversation here.

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Pipler Accessories Brings Sustainable Fashion to Toronto’s Cabbagetown

Retail maven by day and store manager by night, Alice Clarkson and her partner Leonie Lilla (who happens to be a talented chef) have opened Pipler Accessories, a store that carries sustainable fashion from local designers and Canadian brands across the nation.

Clarkson, who has worked with Danier, Holt Renfrew and Sears Canada, brings her style savvy to her own shop, filled with sustainable wares from Fine & Dandy, Hen Jewellery, All In Eyewear, Rachel F, Nella Bella by Tarek and many more. The store’s mission is to only carry brands that are sustainable, handmade and local or charity-driven. Now that’s fashion with heart!

To shop, head over to the new store location (453 Parliament Street) or click your way to some of their wares via shoppipler.com.

Pipler Accessories Brings Sustainable Fashion to Toronto's Cabbagetown Neighbourhood

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Kim Kardashian Says Bruce Jenner Is ‘Really Beautiful’ as a Woman

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Since Bruce Jenner revealed to the world that he is a transwoman, we’ve all been itching to see what he will look like when he finally becomes “her,” the woman he’s always been on the inside. In the groundbreaking Diane Sawyer interview, we got just a glimpse of what Bruce might look like as a woman. He took Sawyer into his closet and pulled out a slinky LBD with illusion sleeves at one point in the broadcast. We didn’t get to see him with the dress on, but we bet he looked just slammin’.

We are still waiting for more details on Bruce’s transition, which we expect to be revealed once his 8-part docu-series airs this summer on E! Of course, Bruce’s family has seen him as “her,” and Kim Kardashian, the member of his blended brood who has been most supportive of his transition, has all the tea on Bruce’s new look.

Kardashian sat down with Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush to chat about Bruce (amongst other things). Part one of the interview is set to air today and in it, Kim dishes on seeing Bruce as “her.” “It was amazing and she looked beautiful, really beautiful,” she gushed. “She was dressed up, beautiful makeup, beautiful hair, very, very beautiful and very comfortable.”

Of course, we can’t help but wonder what Bruce was wearing, but we do know that Bruce has good taste. In a clip teasing part two of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians “About Bruce” special, Jenner confesses that he stole one of Kim’s outfits. Now that’s a “who wore it better” we’re dying to see (our money’s on Bruce).

[via Access Hollywood, Us Weekly]

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Counterfeit Beauty Products Found to Contain Rat’s Feces, Urine

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For those of you who love to pay less for beauty products online, you might want to be a bit more careful when you’re making your purchases. The counterfeit beauty products you’re buying on auction websites and sketchy e-tailers might be more harmful than you thought. 

A campaign by the City of London Police is warning shoppers that the counterfeit perfumes, jams and jellies they’re buying on the ‘net are filled with icky chemicals you definitely don’t want anywhere near your body. Lab tests done on bootleg makeup products turned up levels of arsenic, lead and mercury. In cheapo  perfumes, cyanide and human urine. The Guardian notes that the makeup is made in factories that aren’t the most sanitary, and that in some cases, traces of rat feces have been found in the products. Electrical beauty items like blow dryers and flat irons are not excluded, either. Because they are so poorly made, they “can result in electrocution or the item overheating and catching fire.” 

And it’s not just your health you’re putting at risk when you’re buying fake cosmetics online. “We have had victims who have bought fake items online only to discover later that the criminals behind the site have used their payment details to make further purchases or even use their personal details to set up hundreds of illegal sites selling counterfeit goods,” City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s Maria Woodall explained.

So, if you’re looking for a cheaper version of SK-II’s Facial Treatent mask, you’re much better off paying full price for the real thing. 

[via Guardian]

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