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All the sexy, fashiony connections we could draw from Beyoncé’s epic visual album drop


As the Internet, every friend or your internal Queen Bey clock have already alerted you to, Beyoncé released her fifth album exclusively on iTunes just before midnight last night. Quietly, elegantly and with the regal control we’ve come accustomed to with the superstar, she one-upped the leakers by being the first to release the self-titled album to the grovelling masses. “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that,” she says via video press release. “There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

Beyoncé is 14 tracks, 17 videos and features a never-ending contributor roster ranging from Frank Ocean and Drake to Terry Richardson and Jonas Åkerlund. Blue Ivy’s in there too, as is her pops Jay-Z. According to the press release, Beyoncé has been recording the songs and filming the videos for over a year while on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour which is a feat cause a) how the eff does one even function on so high a frequency and b) how the eff did not one of the zillion contribs and/or innocent bystanders (like any of these people) say a thing? Likely to be revealed later: Scarlet letter Bs imprinted on the bodies of 100 music moguls.
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Mulberry celebrates its Canadian launch with a dreamy fashion film


Much to the excitement of us It bag addicts, Brit heritage brand Mulberry launched in Canada last month, and with it came its slew of covetable leather goods, pretty ready-to-wear pieces, and of course, bags.

At both of the brand’s two new Toronto stores (Bloor Street and Yorkdale Shopping Centre), the Willow, the Suffolk, the Del Rey and the Alexa take centre stage. But at last week’s Bloor Street opening, so did a dreamy fashion film shot by Toronto-based photographer Norman Wong created to celebrate the brand’s Canadian launch.

“The vision was to bring together the UK and Canadian cultures– drawing on the parallel of nature to bring the story full-circle, merging the English countryside with the Canadian love for the great outdoors,” says Wong. Filmed in Somerset, England, and starring up and coming British stage actress Chloe Hayward, the video more than captures that, with mega beauty to whit.

Exclusive: Watch Dr. Martens Fall 2013 campaign video


What do you stand for? It’s the question Dr. Martens is asking with its latest campaign video for Fall 2013. Featuring a motley crew of stylish and avant-garde youths, the video follows the latest boot collection through the British streets. This time around, the classic clompers have been done up with punk-ready plaids, studs, heels and patents. Watch this exclusive sneak peek at the collection, which hits stores this fall.

Christian Louboutin on shoes, time travel and his iPhone addiction


Last Friday, we got down (and by that, we mean sat in the same room) with the legend that is Christian Louboutin. With arguably the most rhymed-about named in footwear, Louboutin built his red soled empire from the ground up to where it is now: worth $85 million. Like any designer worth his salt, Louboutin bears no resemblance to a business man when you meet him IRL. Instead, he’s a quirky Frenchman who can as easily wax poetic about seeing his shoes in a retrospective exhibit at Toronto’s Design Exchange as he can about eating fast food. Before the designer met with hundreds of fans at Holt Renfrew’s (he signed shoes for over 4 hours!), we chatted for a way less amount of time in the comfort of the store’s private shopping suites. Here are just a few of the gems.

Once Upon a Time: The Singapore scoop on Chanel’s new short film


Oh that Karl Lagerfeld.

Turns out he didn’t tell the stars of his latest short film, Once Upon a Time…Deauville 1913, that they would have speaking roles.

“I thought it was going to be a silent movie,” Keira Knightley revealed leading up to the film premiere on the lawn of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore earlier today. Knightley, who plays Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the lyrical black and white short that depicts the opening of Chanel’s seaside shop, didn’t make it to the party. But plenty others did.

Sipping Singapore Slings and lounging on the rattan chairs: French actress Clotilde Hesme, who plays Chanel’s Aunt Adrienne, Saskia de Brauw who plays Vita Sackville-West, Jamie Bochert, who appears as society muse and patron Luisa Casati, and Stella Tennant, who plays Lady de Grey, an early Chanel fan and pal of Oscar Wilde (his play A Woman of No Importance was dedicated to her.)
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Beyoncé debuts jet black hair and a new song in H&M’s swim ad


Ah! Beyoncé’s first H&M video promo is out and, well, you already know how we feel about it. Bikini-clad on a remote beach in the Bahamas, Queen Bey twerks her otherworldly curves in the brand’s latest swim collection while debuting her latest single, “Standing On the Sun.” Most importantly perhaps, the 31-year-old singer also debuts new hair—a sleek jet black elbow length cut, which of course, looks  amazing. Writhing around in the sand and water, Queen Bey shows off H&M’s high waisted tie-dye bikinis, long and flowing poolside dresses and a feather crown which comes fairly close to fire, but not too close, cause she’s Queen Bey.

Lana Del Rey covers Leonard Cohen in her latest video, Chelsea Hotel No 2


They say two wrongs don’t make a right. But sometimes, three rights don’t make a right either. Or do they? I’m still undecided. Lana Del Rey has released her latest video, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 “Chelsea Hotel No 2.” The instrumental beauty, which has long been rumoured to have been written about Cohen’s onetime tryst with Janis Joplin, is sung in typical Lana Del Rey form: sexy, languid, sedated. The video, a hazy montage of vintage-style shots of New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel, recalls a little bit of Andy Warhol’s 1966 cult flick, Chelsea Girls.

Given my longtime affinities for Cohen, Warhol and more recently, Del Rey, you’d think I’d love this new blended morsel, however, something’s holding me back. Perhaps it’s too simple a cover? Cohen deserves more than that? From someone who really appreciates him? Who says she doesn’t? So many questions…

While Warhol’s styles have been handily re-appropriated by so many over the years, Cohen’s may deserve a bit more tender loving and seasoned care. By who? I have no other suggestions at the moment but I do sing it really well in the shower.

Video: Behind the scenes with Joe Fresh at Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2013


Joe Fresh‘s Fall 2013 collection was rife with interesting inspirations. Hear all about punk, Paris in the ’90s and more in this behind the scenes video starring the creative director himself, Joe Mimran!

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