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Diane von Furstenberg Is Spending $100 Million to Build an Island in the Hudson River

Image: NY Post

Image: New York Post

If the whole Hudson Yards thing doesn’t pan out for Diane von Furstenberg, at least she can stage her future shows on the island she’s building in the Hudson River. According to the New York Post, The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation has given over $100 million to the city to rebuild Pier 55 into a 2.7-acre park. The donation will cover the bulk of the $130 million cost, which will include building 341 concrete piles of different lengths to create a rolling hill effect. The island, designed by Mathews Nielsen and Britain’s Heatherwick Studio, will also include an amphitheater that seats 700 people, which will be home to free and inexpensive performances for the public. The state will pay to extend the West Street Esplanade, so that the island is easily accessible from mainland Manhattan. 

The designer is obviously thrilled about her involvement in this new project, noting that “New York has always reminded me of Venice, so I am happy the time has come to properly honor its waterways.” 

If anything, it will be a beautiful location to send post fashion show emails once it’s finished.


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Elden Henson’s Red Carpet Man Braids Are Everything

There are plenty of guys who give us hair envy and today, we’re going to add Elden Henson to the list. The actor is busy promoting the latest The Hunger Games movie and turned out to the film’s Los Angeles premiere yesterday in style. Rounding out his smart suit ensemble, he finished his look with a pair of French braids down the sides of his head.

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty

Braids on guys are nothing new, but we love this look on Elden — it’s giving us a faux-cropped effect that we’re dying to recreate. As much as we love to see his feathered brown-to-strawberry-blond locks billowing in the wind, we’re completely digging this style and we think maybe more guys should consider stealing a page from his book. (more…)

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Kim Kardashian Balanced That Glass on Her Booty All By Herself, Thank You Very Much

We’ve heard from just about everyone on the topic of Kim Kardashian’s racy Paper magazine cover, but save for a few tweets and Instagrams, we haven’t heard much about the shoot from the model herself…that is, until now. The reality star paid a visit to Australian TV show The Project to dish on her latest, greatest feature. While Kim has been criticized by the propriety police about the cover, the reality star says she feels very confident about her decision to take off her clothes for photographer Jean-Paul Goude.


“I was so honored and excited to work with [photographer Jean-Paul Goude] because he is a legend, and for me that was something I wanted to do to make myself feel confident,” she said. “As a role model I’m not saying anyone else should do that, but for me it was an art project and it taught me to do what you want to do. I’m never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them.”

In the interview, Kim also revealed that she balanced that champagne glass on her booty herself — no Photoshop needed. But that’s not to say she didn’t pay for her acrobatic efforts. “My back hurt for about a week after that shoot…I used muscles..[Goude] has an art of posing you and it was definitely not comfortable.” 

It seems her efforts paid off!

[via Us Weekly]

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Elisabeth Erm Scores Her First Vogue Cover…with Mixed Reviews (Forum Buzz)

We’ve seen a handful of December issues surfacing on our forums over the past week, and now Vogue Ukraine’s takes center stage. Missy Rayder unexpectedly graced the cover of the magazine’s November issue and now Elisabeth Erm stars on the title’s last issue for 2014, looking as glamorous as ever. The cover marks a first for the Estonian model, who is captured by photographer duo Driu and Tiago, wearing a piece from Prada’s Fall 2014 collection and a head full of tight curls.

Vogue Ukraine December 2014 Elisabeth Erm


Yet our forum members are sharing mixed reactions towards this particular cover. “Awkward pose and I don’t like the hair. Not sure if I like it but it’s nice to see her,” comments Valentine27.

“All I see is Vogue Russia. That put aside, it’s an okay cover,” shares Srdjan, who recognizes a similarity with the Russian edition of Vogue.

Also left feeling uncertain is justaguy: “Elisabeth looks great here and loving the styling, just not sure about the overall coloring/lighting of the cover.”

Gossiping certainly disapproves of the cover and posts, “Bad hair, bad pose, this doesn’t work.” Ouch! Has the magazine gotten it majorly wrong this month?

Not everyone shares the same sentiments, though. MyNameIs soon changes the tone of the thread by contributing, “I actually adore it. It’s glamorous, bold, festive, sexy and kind of brash but in a good way. I think the colors are perfect for December. The hair works here too. It might be my favorite cover of the year for Vogue Ukraine. There’s not a thing I’d change about it.”

“I’m biased because I love Elisabeth, but I think this is awesome. The styling is glamorous and not trashy, it’s festive but not corny, and her face is perfection. Great cover!” replies Psylocke in agreement.

Are you a fan of Elisabeth’s first Vogue cover? Take a peek inside the thread and share your own opinion with us here.

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Patrick Demarchelier Photographs Vanessa Axente for Vogue Spain’s December Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain is ending 2014 on a high note with its December cover. The magazine often makes a big fuss about December issues by enlisting a guest editor to contribute, but it appears as though the Spanish monthly has settled on an exclusive Patrick Demarchelier spread. Vanessa Axente stars on Vogue Spain’s latest installment wearing a black lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana, styled by Julia von Boehm. A classically beautiful cover image, right?

Vogue Spain December 2014 Vanessa Axente Patrick Demarchelier


Our forum members are loving it! “It is gorgeous! Vanessa looks great – that hair is amazing. Last month with Edita and now this – Vogue España really grew on me,” complimented Srdjan, who got us off on a positive note.

“Gorgeous indeed, like the glove, it adds some delicate and chic,” added a satisfied Nymphaea.

Also sharing the same outlook was miguelalmeida, who wrote, “Vogue Spain has always surprising and great cover choices! LOVE IT! Vanessa looks every inch of a supermodel! Such class and poise! LOVEEE!”

Creative even went so far as to say, “First time in centuries they have a cover-worthy subject! Happy to see Vanessa.”

“It’s relatively safe, sure, but the cover itself is really gorgeous. I love the composition and it actually does feel relatively festive to me. Lovely December cover,” commented Moofins.

Benn98 was pleasantly surprised and shared his rave review: “What a nice surprise, not a bombshell for once! I didn’t think they’d be able to top last month’s bonanza. I’m glad the glove is in the shot, it distracts a bit because otherwise this would look like her Chanel ads. Based on the content I might get this, but it’s such a mission to get this from VS from newsagents.”

Await Demarchelier’s spread for Vogue Spain’s December 2014 issue inside the thread here. And don’t forget to tell us what you think!

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Nasty Gal, Macy’s Suppliers Owe Workers Over $3 Million in Unpaid Wages

Image: Nasty Gal

Image: Nasty Gal

You would think that in 2014, American clothing companies would strive to make better decisions about how they compensate the people who actually put together the products. This latest investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor proves otherwise. According to findings, there are over 1,500 garment workers who are not being properly compensated for their work, particularly workers linked to a certain supplier whose clients include Nasty Gal, Nordstrom, Macy’s and more. 

According to The Fashion Law, California’s minimum wage is $9/hr, but garment workers were being given only nine cents for every article of clothing they sewed together. Laborers are made to work in sweatshop-like conditions, where their hours are not being properly logged, resulting in an average of $1,900 of unpaid labor — over $3 million in all. 

There have been several reports of the poor conditions garment workers are made to toil under in countries like India and Bangladesh. While workers in America aren’t dealing with buildings constantly on the brink of collapse, it’s clear that the negative aspects of working in clothing production are not limited to that corner of the world. Garment workers are even being treated unfairly in a country that touts its “advanced” civil rights and labor policies. It just goes to show that sometimes, you don’t have to look further than your own backyard to see injustice playing out.

[via The Fashion Law]