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Good Luck Getting L.L.Bean Boots This Holiday Season Because You Probably Won’t

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Image: L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean is going to have to step its game up real quick. The brand’s famous Bean Boots are back in style, and due to the increasing demand, the company is having a tough time keeping up with orders. One quick look at the website is proof of the overwhelming interest in the classic footwear. If you attempt to order a women’s pair of 8″ boots, be prepared to wait until early February or March to get them. The earliest available dates for most pairs are in January. How is that supposed to help the 60,000 to 100,000 customers during the polar vortex and crazy snow that could hit us this winter? It won’t. 

The company is apparently inundated with that many requests for its functional footwear, and it’s no easy feat to deliver. Just learning how to properly stitch the boots can take as long as six months. L.L.Bean has purchased another molding machine to help reach demand, but that is doing little good as the majority of the boots won’t be available until after winter starts…or is about to end. L.L.Bean says that a lot of customers are kids in high school or college, which is why there is such gridlock. 

Bean Boots are hand stitched by a team of experts, so that could be contributing to why it’s taking so long to fulfill orders. But one thing is clear — with the demand for these boots swiftly rising, it may be time for the folks at L.L.Bean to consider taking the operation to the next level in order to accommodate everyone. Or perhaps it would help for the brand to reconsider how it actually makes the boots in the first place and look for faster options. L.L.Bean prides itself on craftsmanship, but it seems that is the root of the issue. 

So, if you wanted to cop a pair of snow boots this winter, our suggestion is to start searching for a different brand. 


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Does Daphne Groeneveld Resemble Kate Upton on Vogue Netherlands? (Forum Buzz)

Christmas is weeks away, but we are steadily starting to see the first magazine covers of 2015. Vogue Netherlands’ Jan/Feb issue is the most recent cover to drop and our forum members are rapidly voicing their opinions inside the thread. Daphne Groeneveld makes the cover, captured by Nico. This is the Dutch model’s fifth Vogue cover, her most memorable probably being the Tom Ford guest-edited issue of French Vogue. This time around, Daphne strikes a pose sitting cross-legged on the studio floor wearing a beige coat, black cigarette pants and a pair of black high heel booties.

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But our forum members seem to think Daphne resembles another model. “To me she looks so much like Kate Upton here. This is a very weak start to 2015, especially those cover lines! Nothing could interest the reader to purchase this issue,” commented Benn98.

“I instantly thought of Kate Upton when I first saw it, otherwise she looks great,” replied khyrk.

“Those shoes ruin the whole styling imo, could have looked better if she was barefoot. I agree with whoever said she looks like Kate Upton, at first glance I thought it was her. Grey background again… oh well…” added kokobombon.

“The way Daphne is off center to make space for the cover lines is bugging me for some reason. It makes the whole cover quite unbalanced. But I’m glad they finally got Daphne on the cover, it’s nice to see her growing into her looks,” posted ash92.

“Quite nice & happy for Daphne Groeneveld! About time! I like the pink ..makes the cover less boring. But I really hope that in 2015 the gloomy grey background will disappear!!” noted DutchHomme.

Nepenthes applauded the magazine’s efforts this month: “So so happy to see Daphne on the cover of her homeland Vogue; it’s high time they used her! She looks undeniably gorgeous and I love her pose. That said, there’s something quite generic about it with the ‘New Year New Look’ cover line and their whole layout really. I was expecting they’d do something more creative with Daphne because she’s so strikingly beautiful. To be honest, it seems that they’re still trying to find their essence as a magazine.”

Are you a fan of Vogue Netherlands’ latest cover? Do you think she resembles Kate? Tell us what you think inside the thread here.

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Amazon Launches Ethical Home Essentials Range

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Amazon is getting into the sustainable market with the launch of a new line of ethical home products. The e-tailer is starting with baby wipes, but will soon debut Amazon Elements in full. The main feature of Amazon Elements products is that you can scan them with your smartphone in order to see information about where and how the product was sourced. 

Word is Amazon is trying to compete with Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, which has a similar business model and has managed to raise over $120 million in funding. So far, Amazon Elements’ only products are diapers and the aforementioned wipes, which are a bit pricier than other, less “ethical” options. TechCrunch hypothesizes Amazon will also offer a range of healthy juices, based on a category it found under the site’s Elements heading. 

Amazon Elements will only be available to Amazon Prime customers, so if you were planning on getting environmentally-friendly diapers for your little one, we hope that you’ve got the coins to shill out for a membership. 

Amazon will be slowly releasing more products as time goes on, so it will be interesting to see how the line develops. For now, you can shop the products via the website.

[via The Washington Post]

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RUSSH Creates Its ‘Best Cover Ever’ with Magdalena Frackowiak (Forum Buzz)

RUSSH magazine’s December 2014/January 2015 cover has caught the attention of our forum members. Magdalena Frackowiak stars on the Aussie fashion bible’s latest installment and was photographed by Ward Ivan Rafik for a minimalistic fashion shoot. On the cover, the 30-year-old Polish beauty wows in a white bra top teamed with a blue skirt. Styled by Anna Schiffel, Magda also poses for a series of images inside “The Pleasure Issue” of RUSSH, which is available on newsstands now.

Russh Magazine January 2015 Magdalena Frackowaik


Forum members are ecstatic with the outcome of the shoot. “Very happy to see Magdalena, quite unexpected,” raved KateTheGreatest.

“Wow, she looks stunning. The best RUSSH cover ever…” complimented a more than impressed GIVENCHYlover.

Cosmic Voices also showed some love for the cover and expressed, “Wow, utterly stunning cover!”

“Might be the best I’ve ever seen her!” declared marsnoop2.

“Gorgeous cover. Magda looks amazing. It’s hard to believe she’s 30,” agreed MyNameIs.

Also showing enthusiasm was atomicblue: “Color me impressed. I’m absolutely buying this issue. It’s funny because it’s such a simple cover and spread but it’s all executed so elegantly. Everything looks effortless and Magdalena’s old enough to really have that complexity about her that can carry something as minimal as this.”

“Her beauty is everything. Magda looks fantastic. I like this simple cover and all editorial,” noted an impressed narcyza.

Check out Magdalena’s cover story inside the thread and share your own opinion with us here.

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Chanel’s Pre-Fall Caught on Tape!

All hail the technology gods. In case you missed Chanel’s epic Austrian homage earlier this week for its Métiers d’Art 2014/15 collection, the brand released this little video on Twitter this morning, complete with a haunting Euro-techie soundtrack bouncing off the Rococo walls and marbled floors. We guarantee it will be the best 19-plus minutes of your day.

Press play and you’ll be able to peep everything from the gilded 18th century castle where the show took place to the opulent centerpieces comprised of towering fruit displays and antique candelabras. But of course, a Chanel show is nothing without the clothes. The close-ups are key, letting viewers in on the detail of feathered hemlines and pearlized cuffs, Edelweiss embroidery and bejeweled collars. Think of it as an early Christmas present.

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Victoria Beckham Teams with Nails Inc. on a Limited-Edition Lacquer Range

Victoria Beckham would like to paint your nails, now. Well, sorta. The British designer has teamed up with Nails Inc. for a Victoria Victoria Beckham branded collection. 


At today – @victoriabeckham collaborates with @nailsinc

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The limited-edition range is her first delve into cosmetics, and the offering will include two shades: A bamboo white and tomato red, housed in matte black and white bottles with clear sides, giving you a cheeky peek at the shade. The bamboo extract infused lacquers are set to hit shelves in February, though if you can’t wait, Nails Inc. is putting the collection up for pre-sale on its website on Monday.

So, you may want to pay a visit to the brand’s online store next week because we have a feeling these shades are going to go fast.

[via WWD]