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Celebrities, Bloggers Lose Huge Amounts of Followers in Instagram Purge

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Image: WENN

The Internet is still recovering from this week’s Instagram purge, which deleted millions of spam accounts. Celebrities, bloggers and the Internet famous all watched as their follower counts fell, some experienced huge losses due to the fact that a portion were bought. But whether they purchased their followers or were simply spam account magnets, several celebrities suffered significant losses which could affect their wallets. Brands link with influencers to promote their products on social media and if they don’t have the reach they initially thought, it could force brands to reconsider whom they work with. 

Celebrities hit hard by the purge: Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers, Justin Bieber went down 3 million, Rihanna lost 1.2 million, Selena Gomez is out 1 million, Ariana Grande 1.5 million, Akon lost 56% of his followers and Ma$e went down a million and deleted his account. 

As for the blogger set, Fashionista reports that some influencers suffered major losses (Bryanboy noted he was down 200,000 followers and Aimee Song went from 1.9 to 1.8 million), but Fohr Card, an agency that sets up brands with top bloggers, said that they didn’t find anyone who had been running game with a significant amount of bought followers.

Still, reverberations are being felt by lots of people. Instagram’s own account lost 18 million of its followers, but they don’t seem too upset about it. “After receiving feedback from members in the Instagram community, we recently fixed an issue that incorrectly included inactive accounts in follower/following lists,” the social media network said in a statement. “We believe this will provide a more authentic experience and genuinely reflect people who are actually engaging with each other’s content.” 

[via Page Six, NYTimes]

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Is Dov Charney Trying to Buy Back American Apparel?

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This week, Dov Charney’s dismissal from American Apparel was made official. The troubled CEO, whose tenure at the brand he created has been tarnished by claims of sexual abuse and mismanagement of funds, still owns a 45 percent stake in the company, although the board is determined to cut ties completely. 

No one expects Charney to let the company he built slip away so easily, so it was certainly not a surprise to hear that the former American Apparel boss has reportedly teamed with investment firm Irving Place Capital, in hopes of buying back the company. According to The Business of Fashion, Charney has a few people in his corner, too — 30 executives from the company drew up a letter asking the board not to terminate him. 

It seems Charney will do anything to make sure he is still tied to American Apparel and we don’t blame him. After all, he is the company’s founder. 

[via The Business of Fashion]

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IMG Comments on Fashion Week Move

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We knew for a while that New York Fashion Week was leaving Lincoln Center, but yesterday’s news that the entire event had been booted from the facility did come as something of a shock, mostly for its abruptness. But word is IMG wasn’t going to renew its contract with Lincoln Center, so the hunt for a new location would have been on regardless.

IMG came forward yesterday to comment on the situation. “Lincoln Center has been a great home for the past five years, and we look forward to another world-class season this February,” it said. “However, as the fashion industry continues to evolve, IMG has been actively looking for a new home for NYFW that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions. We look forward to sharing more details on our new home soon.”

Yesterday, it was announced that the New York City Parks Department, Lincoln Center and New York Fashion Week came to a settlement in court that would bar IMG from using Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for non-park events past February. 

[via WWD]

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My-Wardrobe Shutters, Sells Domain to Net-a-Porter

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It’s been a rough road for e-tailer My-Wardrobe, but its suffering has come to an end. It has sold its domain name to Net-a-Porter, and if you try to visit the old site, it will redirect you to a Net-a-Porter group page. “We are sorry to inform you that My-Wardrobe.com is no longer trading,” the site reads. “We thank you for your loyal custom and we are pleased to introduce you to the Net-a-Porter group – the destination for luxury fashion and style online.” 

For those of you just finding out about the switch, you’re out of luck because for the past few weeks My-Wardrobe has been having the wildest sale ever with prices up to 70 percent off. The site is shutting down after eight years in business and according to the Telegraph, things took a sour turn for the once-successful destination once investors swooped in July 2012 with extra cash for the business. The financial woes started once the money disappeared that November.

My-Wardrobe, we hate to see ya go!

[via Telegraph, The Business of Fashion]

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Kate Middleton’s Hair Is Prince William’s ‘Nightmare’

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Just because he is in line to be King of England does not mean Prince William is above throwing a little shade. The Duke of Cambridge cracked a cute little quip on a visit to London’s Centrepoint homeless charity as he was talking with an aspiring hairdresser and suggested that he style Kate’s “nightmare hair.”

Yes – it’s a loving joke made by a husband about his beautiful wife but if that hair is a nightmare, we don’t want to wake up from it. Shiny, thick, silky, slightly curled at the bottom… What part of such perfection could be a nightmare? We mean, get into those highlights and lowlights people!

Don’t worry, Kate, Wills is just probably just jealous of your luxurious locks. #hairflip.

[via Daily Mail]

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Reportedly Engaged

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Image: Getty

After only seven months of dating, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are reportedly so in love that they are now engaged and expected to tie the knot in 2015. Radar says that the couple is planning a wedding for early next year and that they have been telling all their friends about it. Sources also claim that Benji’s brother, Joel Madden, is none too pleased about how suddenly the union is taking place. 

The National Enquirer also notes that Diaz is opting out of a prenup, in spite of the fact she’s sitting on $90 million dollars. But true love has no boundaries – not even practical, legally sound ones.

Needless to say, Diaz and Madden’s union will be one to watch in 2015. Congrats to the couple!

[via Radar, The National Enquirer]