This past summer and into the fall, identical brightly hued satchels in every colour of the rainbow began popping up everywhere from style blogs to outside of Spring 2012 shows. No label, no glitz, just simplistic construction and straight up utility. Unlike often-unattainable It bags, The Cambridge Satchel Company satchels don’t break the bank, with styles ranging from just $100 to $200 a pop. A surprise hit with street stylers and editors alike, the bag’s success was somewhat of a shock to its creator, the U.K.-based (Cambridge, to be exact) mother, Julie Deane, who started her business with her mother as a means to send her daughter to private school. Although her former manufacturer saw that Deane had hit upon something special (they stole her designs and she’s pursuing legal action), she still can’t believe her satchels “appear on such stylish people and in such amazing stores. I feel very honoured,” she says.
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With 2011 wrapping up, many end-of-year lists have been popping up. Today, Forbes released their twelve 30 Under 30 lists of people who are making a mark in their respective fields. Fashion folk have a large presence in the art and design category.
The industry’s latest bright young things that made the cut include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who have become respected fashion designers for their high-end line, The Row, which sold out of their $35,000 bags and designed T-shirts for shopping site stylemint.com. It’s no surprise that Pamela Love and Alexander Wang are included in the list, considering both of their brands’ successes this past year. Rounding out the fashionable list is recent CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner and industry darling Joseph Altuzarra. Tavi Gevinson, 15-year-old former fashion blogger turned editor-in-chief of teen cool-girl magazine Rookie repped fashion in the media category. Read more »
Taylor Swift is known for her knockout red carpet beauty looks, but today her work for Cover Girl’s Nature Luxe Mousse Mascara is coming under fire for the not-so-natural lashes in the ad’s photo. The National Advertising Division in the U.S. has banned the ad for excessive photoshopping and noted the disclaimer at the bottom of the ad that states Swift’s lashes are “enhanced in post production.” The ban was also based on the ad’s superior performance claims, which claim the mascara will give your lashes “2x more volume” and is “20 per cent lighter” than other mascaras. Read more »
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Ts? Kate Bosworth bangles? Rachel Bilson heels? BeachMint finally enters Canada!
Win an item of your choice from StyleMint, JewelMint, and Shoemint!* Enter to win by tweeting us and using the hashtag #beachmintincanada. Enter until 11:59pm EST on January 6, 2012 at twitter.com/FashionCanada!
We’ve all had rough shopping days and wished someone would just pick out pieces that work for us. Social commerce site BeachMint is kind of like the personal shopper you never had, and now the popular U.S. shopping site will finally ship to Canada starting December 26. Once you log on to any of BeachMint’s sites and complete the style quiz that helps determine your own personal style, you’re able to browse a selection of items that cater to you. BeachMint’s group of three sites include celebrity It girl–curated products, including charm necklaces and chunky boho bangles chosen by Kate Bosworth for jewelmint.com, slouchy and striped T-shirts designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at stylemint.com, and on-trend leopard-print wedge booties designed by Rachel Bilson, with the help of her stylist and Steve Madden, at recently launched shoemint.com. Stress free shopping where we don’t have to filter through duds? Sign us up.
*Winner will select 1 (one) item from each site, total 3 (three) included in prize.
Prior to the recent reports that Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons is the latest frontrunner to replace John Galliano at Dior, it was almost certain that Marc Jacobs would be the designer to succeed Galliano. However, after reports that money issues brought talks to an end, those rumours bit the dust. Throughout this whole ordeal, Jacobs has been quiet, leaving us all wondering if there was ever any truth to these reports.
Which brings us to today: Jacobs is finally setting the record straight about whether or not he was as serious about moving to Dior as we were all led to believe. In an interview with Vogue, he says that while he did talk about Dior, he didn’t have serious intentions of moving to the iconic French house. But not because of money: he’s just not that into… couture? “The idea of couture doesn’t hold that thing for me. It’s archaic—in my opinion. I mean, I am really interested in the craftsmanship behind couture. But I can explore all that in ready-to-wear.”
While Jacobs’ statement about couture is debatable (with good reason) at least the Dior rumour can finally be put to rest and we can all move on.
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Last night in New York, Christie’s auction of the legendary Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery shattered records for private jewellery sales and raised $116 million. Known for her penchant for expensive and extravagant baubles, the late actress’ collection included pieces by some of the world’s most famous jewellers including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chopard. Read more »
They said/We said: Andrej Pejic models for a Dutch lingerie label and causes controversy, though it may not be what you think
Androgynous model Andrej Pejic has popped up as a bride on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2012 runway as well as the runways at LG Fashion Week—including the Pink Tartan show—and he’s even met the Queen. Now, he has a new gig modeling lingerie for Dutch chain retailer Hema. In the ads, Pejic models a double-pushup bra that promises to increase your bust by two-cup sizes. Seeing how feminine Pejic looks, even though he’s one of the most flat-chested models in the business since he’s naturally sans cleavage, the bra must be amazing, right?
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While Rome houses the headquarters of iconic Italian labels Gucci and Fendi, the ancient city is also home to uneven, hard to navigate cobblestone roads that many Italian women teeter and totter down daily in their sky-high heels. If you live in Rome or are planning on visiting and don’t want to ditch your stilettos, there’s no need to start shopping for flats. According to Italy magazine, Mayor Gianni Alemanno plans to smooth many of the city’s sidewalks and streets with new even cobblestones and repave high traffic areas to make them easier for women in heels. The first road to get a makeover is the iconic Via del Corso and construction will begin by the end of this year. Read more »