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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

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And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are back. Continuing their match made in co-host heaven, NBC has enlisted the pair as fashion correspondents for its coverage of the Kentucky Derby, scheduled for May 3. We can only hope that the pair’s outfits are as fun and over-the-top as they were in Sochi. [Daily Mail]

Was Kate Upton Bumped for Kimye Vogue Cover?: In the midst of a massive fashion-frenzie freak-out that can only be described as a Kimye Vogue-pocolips, rumors have begun to surface that the “#WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE” bumped supermodel/actress Kate Upton from its April cover. On Monday, Jonathan Van Meter—a frequent contributor to the publication—confirmed that his feature was indeed switched out last minute. "After getting bumped from the cover of April Vogue for Kimye and finding out only once it hit newsstands, I think I have earned the right to post this little bit of frothy praise," he posted to his Facebook page regarding a review of the magazine that named Van Meter’s Upton article the “jewel of [the] issue.” [E!Online]

Cut and Paste

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

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Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According to Women's Health, this project “resulted in four very different (and slightly unnatural-looking) people.” Very different is a bit of a stretch, considering the results are two extremely idealized, extremely thin women (slightly more voluptuous in the male fantasy) and two equally idealized, extremely muscular men (slightly more buff in the female fantasy). The actual purpose of this exercise remains unclear. To make women feel better that men prefer large breasts on their models? To foster body insecurity among men? Women and men and girls and boys are already confronted day in and out withidealized, Photoshopped images of actual individuals. Is it really necessary to play Frankenstein?

Read it at Women's Health

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

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And Nike is discontinuing its FuelBand.

Terry Richardson Allegedly Bargains Vogue Shoot for Sex: On Sunday, model Emma Appleton posted a screenshot photo to her Instagram account (which has since been deleted) of an alleged message from the notorious photographer Terry Richardson that read, “if i can fuck you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue.” A spokesperson for Richardson—who has been accused of sexual assault by models numerous times—denied the authenticity of the message, telling Buzzfeed, "This is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text." Vogue's PR representative also emphasized that the magazine has not worked with the photographer since 2010 and confirmed it has no plans to do so in the future [Gawker]

Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP is Swimming in Debt: Shedding light on the inner workings of actress Gwyneth Paltrow's luxury lifestyle blog, GOOP, Radar Online obtained the “brand’s” corporate documents that plot out its financial margins for 2011 and 2012. While swimming in $1.5 million of debt, and expenses surpassing the blog’s profits, Paltrow, as well as the company's CEO Sebastian Bishop, somehow still managed to receive a sizeable increase in pay during that time period—from $200,000 to $600,000. [Jezebel]

Delectable

Israel’s Mad Hatter

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The Duchess's DVF Dress Sells Out

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And 'FASHION' magazine denies Lorde's photoshop claims.

Kate Middleton's DVF Dress Sells Out: The world cannot get enough of The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion choices. Within a matter of minutes of photos surfacing online showing Middleton's Thursday look, the blue and white Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress she was wearing sold out in its most popular sizes. “The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Drew Hirsch, an employee at DVF's Meatpacking District store. “That's just how influential [Middleton] is in fashion.” The frenzy, known as “The Kate Effect,” comes as no surprise—Middleton’s style choices have previously boosted the sales of Tory Burch and Whistles. [New York Daily News]

Roberto Cavalli May Sell Company For $621 Million: According to sources close to the deal, agreements may be reached shortly between Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli and buyout firm Permira. The potential $621 million sale would end a 40-year-long ownership for the animal print-loving 73-year-old designer, but “The Leopard King” would still retain between 20 to 40 percent stake in the company. [Reuters]

Behind the Lens

Designing the New Dior

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Designer Raf Simons looks at a vintage Dior dress from the documentary DIOR & I. (CIM Productions)

Two years ago, Raf Simons was an unexpected pick to take over the fashion house. A new documentary follows the creation of his first collection. Spoiler alert: It was a huge success.

On Monday, April 9, 2012, Christian Dior announced the appointment of Belgian designer Raf Simons as creative director of his historic fashion house. Simons was an unexpected candidate to succeed the controversial John Galliano, who was fired from his 15-year stint at the label following an anti-Semitic outburst at a Parisian café.

Simons, who has maintained his namesake menswear line since 1995, was an unlikely choice for a house with a strong foundation in haute couture. During his time at Jil Sander, he approached collections with a predominately minimalist aesthetic that emphasized simple lines and clean silhouettes. Plus, he tended to stay out of the spotlight.

Girl Power

Stop Calling Hidalgo a Style Icon

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Anne Hidalgo, current Paris city deputy mayor and Socialist Party candidate in the forthcoming mayoral election, holds her ballot as she leaves the voting booth in Paris, March 23, 2014. The French go to the polls to cast their votes in the two-round 2014 municipal elections today and on March 30, to elect city mayors and councillors for a six-year term. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

The fashion media has painted Hidalgo as Paris's stylish first lady. But with a love of pantsuits and pointed flats, she's more Hillary Clinton than Michelle Obama. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Two weeks ago, Paris elected its first female mayor. While Anne Hidalgo’s election was a groundbreaking moment for women in politics, the glossies went wild for another reason. With a platform that includes a strong focus on supporting Paris’s fashion industry, along with a friendship with many of its main players, Hidalgo has been thrust into a position akin to the fashionable first ladies of the world; the media has covered her—and her wardrobe—in the same vein as Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, and even former French First Lady Carla Bruni. But for what reason? With her simple, monochromatic pantsuits and tailored separates, putting Hidalgo on a pedestal as an international style icon doesn’t make sense. In most ways—both politically and stylistically—she’s more of a Hillary Clinton. And that’s okay.

From the beginning of Hidalgo’s mayoral candidacy, fashion was already on the public’s mind. The 54-year-old Socialist contender was asked by WWD, “Do you see yourself in a role à la Michelle Obama, propelling designers?” She simply replied, “It is important and I love it. The designers do an incredible job. It’s good to make it visible, without being showy. I am an elected official, not a model. I like a subdued style, not bling-bling.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

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Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

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And 'Elle' searches for a replacement for Joe Zee.

Anna Wintour Wants "More Exclusivity" at Met Gala:  For this year’s Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit, high fashion and exclusivity is a top priority for Anna Wintour. Ticket prices were raised a staggering $10,000 from the $15,000 cost of last year’s attendance, and the theme, Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978), will require “gentlemen to be dressed in white tie," according to an e-mail sent by Vogue. The female attendees—who thus far include Lupita Nyong’o representing Prada, Zoe Saldana for Prabal Gurung, and Taylor Swift donning J. Mendel—are expected to wear Jamesian-style ball gowns. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sofia Coppola Guest Edits W Magazine:  Director Sophia Coppola has received the chance to fulfill a life-long dream, editing W magazine’s May issue. “As a kid, I loved magazines. That’s where I got a lot of my interest in photography and fashion,” Coppola told WWD. “I remember as a kid W being so glamorous and it being so different from my reality.” The cover story highlights actress Kirsten Dunst, who starred in Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. Content inside the issue revolves mostly around the director’s “lifestyle and friends,” and includes pieces on actress and model Marisa Berenson, socialite Cornelia Guest, and designer Paul Fortune. [WWD]

Audrey Louise Reynolds

In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.

  1. Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE Play

    Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE

  2. Be Your Own Muse Play

    Be Your Own Muse

  3. Fashion Party Gone Wrong Play

    Fashion Party Gone Wrong

First Lady

Qatar’s Jackie O

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Qatar’s Jackie O

She’s obsessed over by the fashion set, but compared to Kate Middleton, Sheikha Mozah is an unknown. How her pricey taste—and circumstances—have kept her from becoming a household name.

Bush League

How Does Your Lady Garden Grow?

Pedal On

Badass Bike Style

Bad Ideas

Gwyneth’s GOOP Guinea Pigs

Model Rights

Supermodels’ Anita Hill Problem

Body Image

The Problem With ‘Skinny’ Apps

Ouch!

The Deadliest Fashion Trends

Dress Code

The Politics of Leggings

California Girls

Living Like ‘The Hills’

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