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Karen Elson’s Dress at Glamour’s Woman of the Year Awards Was Certainly Not Frumpy, Says Karen Elson

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

Glamour‘s Woman of the Year Awards went down last night and the stars came out in the best looks they could muster. As with any red carpet, there were hits and misses and the Internet was only too happy to weigh in.

Feminist web destination Jezebel does a “Good, Bad and Ugly” roundup for its red carpet coverage, showcasing all the looks and offering opinions on everyone’s outfits. It’s a pretty standard post formula, and the comments are usually funny, sometimes innocuous, sometimes shady, but always to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, it’s just clothes. But for Karen Elson, it’s a lot more than that. It’s a feminist issue.

Jezebel writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd was clearly not feeling Elson’s getup last night, and wrote a critical review of her look: “Karen Elson’s McQueen gown is beautiful, but the drape is not working, and giving her a frumpiness that is impossible and shocking. Karen Elson and frumpy should not be in the same sentence, but here we are.”

It’s not a glowing review, but it’s also not terrible. After all, they said the dress was beautiful – it just wasn’t their favorite look for Karen. This seemingly harmless critique set the model off, and she promptly took to Instagram to respond to Jezebel’s assessment of her look.


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International Fashion Retailers Take Canada By Storm

Yorkdale adds several international brands thanks to new reno'd wing

Yorkdale Mall welcomed a new expanded wing for international brands such as Ted Baker London, AllSaints, John Varvatos, Tory Burch, Microsoft and others.

It’s official: International retailers have set their sights on Canada as a new place to grow their businesses.

In the last five years, U.S. big box retailers like Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Target—brands for which Canadians would normally plan cross-border vacation shopping trips—have opened, some to huge success and others to sluggish sales. Urban shopping centres are making the largest investment, with fashion brands choosing to open in mega-malls in Calgary and Toronto.

Calgary’s Chinook Centre leads the way: it welcomed the first Nordstrom department store in Canada this past September with shoppers lining up for hours to see the 140,000-square-foot two-level store. Yorkdale plans to open a Nordstrom location as well, along with several other stores thanks to yet another new expansion.

“When we opened 50 years ago, Yorkdale was the biggest shopping centre in the world. We’ve continued to grow to accommodate the demands of our shoppers,” says Claire Santamaria, general manager at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. (more…)

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Taylor Swift Gets the Best Makeover Ever for Wonderland



America’s pop princess and catchy-tune writer Taylor Swift debuted brunette hair and a totally new look for the cover of Wonderland magazine’s November/December issue. Talk about #EyebrowsOnFleek! The “Shake It Off” singer, whose beauty look usually consists of red lipstick and her trademark blond hair, opted for something different for the shoot. 

Taylor looks like a model version of herself with chic, slicked-back hair, bronzed cheekbones and full Cara Delevingne-like brows. Her signature red lips were replaced with a neutral gloss and her freckles are on display. She also ditched her usual crop tops in favor of a chunky knit sweater from Boss. The new issue of Wonderland hits stands on Thursday, November 13. Are you loving her look as much as we are? 

[via Wonderland]

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River Island Launches Shoe Collab with 5 Inch and Up Blogger

Since the announcement that River Island was teaming up with super blogger Sandra Hagelstam of 5 Inch and Up, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of the collaboration. She’s got a great sense of style, so we knew that we’d be in for a treat with her own designs. We loved the sneak peek sketches they teased on social media, but nothing beats that first look at the real thing.


The six-piece capsule collection features ankle boots, mules, court shoes and a stunning pair of thigh high boots. Most pieces range from £80 to £120, but the boots will set you back a hefty £185.

If you need any inspiration on how to incorporate the shoes into your new winter wardrobe, rest assured that Sandra will be styling them up on her own blog. River Island is marketing the lovely court shoe as Sandra’s favourite, and we’ve already been treated to a whimsical winter image of the blogger wearing the nude version with a pastel pink coat. (more…)

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Goop Pop Is Coming to Dallas

Hold on to your boots y’all because Gwyneth Paltrow is headed to Texas. The actress and lifestyle guru is opening another Goop pop-up shop in Dallas next Monday, brining her pricey stackable book sets and designer exclusives to the southwest. Goop pop, as it is called, will set up shop in Highland Park, about three miles north of Dallas’ city center. The lifestyle site tapped Dallas’ Michelle Nussbaumer to design the store, which will carry home wares, clothes, accessories and beauty items from Calvin Klein Home, Claire Vivier, RMS Beauty, Stella McCartney and more.


Goop will also use the pop-up as an opportunity to unveil its latest collaboration with Monique Lhuillier, which according to the designer, promises a “modern take on day to evening looks.” Fortunately, for those of us not living in Dallas, the collection will also be available at the Goop website. 

The shop will remain open until December 14 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Sunday between 12 and 5 p.m.

Goop opened a pop-up earlier this year in Brentwood. Could a permanent standalone be in our future? We’ll have to wait and see…

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A Fresh-Faced Jennifer Aniston Makes the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

Anne Hathaway’s very festive cover of Harper’s Bazaar will soon disappear from newsstands as we’re already moving on to the next issue! Jennifer Aniston stars on the magazine’s December/January issue shot by Alexi Lubomirski, wearing a white jumpsuit from Balmain for the newsstand cover image. The star of Horrible Bosses 2 also poses for Lubomirski inside the issue, photographed in true Melvin Sokolsky fashion, captured inside a glass bubble under clear blue skies.

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Members of our forums are starting to digest Jennifer’s latest cover. “YES!! I was secretly hoping for Vogue, but this will suffice. She looks hot on this cover. And for once her body is unobstructed with text,” raved Benn98, who got the thread off on a positive note.

“Huge kudos for allowing her to keep wrinkles around her eyes. The ed is very generic, but Jennifer glows, I have to say this year she doesn’t feel like she has been on that many covers, so it’s nice to see her,” echoed Miss Dalloway.

“Gorgeous shots of Jennifer in the white background! Lovely work to end the year!” enthused miguelalmeida.

The cover doesn’t sit well with the rest of us, though. “I’ve seen this cover before. It’s nothing new, a tacky Jennifer. Feels old,” disapproved la veronika.

“Who pitches these editorial ideas to Glenda? And most importantly, why does she approve them? I feel like I’ve seen this type of idiotic concept in Bazaar at least three other times,” proclaimed an uninterested Melancholybaby.

KissMiss thinks “the editorial is kind of laughable.”

Are you impressed and happy to see Jennifer on Bazaar‘s December/January issue? Check out the cover story and join the discussion here.