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Good Luck Buying Any Alexander Wang x H&M Online – the Site’s Already Crashed

Image: Mikael Jansson, H&M

Image: Mikael Jansson, H&M

Today, the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration launched in stores and online. If you’re trying to get your hands on anything from the range, we hope you’ve either been standing outside H&M the past few hours, or are standing in line right now, because you’re going to have a tough time buying anything online. This morning, we tried logging on to the retailer’s website, and instead we were greeted with an error message – and we weren’t surprised at all.

“We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. This is due to the high level of interest in our latest collection,” the message reads. H&M promises it’s working to get the site back up and running for the rest of us looking to snap up a criscross sports bra and boxer shorts with “WANG” emblazoned across the front. We just hope they generously stocked the collection because this error message does not bode well for your chances of rolling through your boxing class next week with a brand new pair of Wang-branded gloves.

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Oh, and if you got the message in the middle of shopping, before checking out, note that the items will not be reserved until you actually make the purchase.

[via H&M]

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Nicki Minaj Works Mario Testino’s Lens for V Magazine’s Winter 2014 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Despite it being the Winter 2014 issue, V Magazine gives us a cover full of fun and sunshine. Nicki Minaj is photographed by Mario Testino under clear blue skies, on location in the grounds of a luxurious mansion. Standing with a stone statue, Nicki works Testino’s lens wearing a skimpy red dress from Guess, a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and dons a red beret to top it all off. It’s something different, right?

V Magazine Winter 2014 Nicki Minaj Mario Testino


Members of theFashionSpot forums show mixed reactions to Nicki’s rare cover appearance. “The photo is good but not for a cover,” proclaims testinofan, not getting the thread off to a very positive start.

“Agreed! None of the shots are cover worthy. This shoot seems more suited to the old OTT Nicki, not this new neutered version,” replies Benn98.

Not taking much notice of Nicki’s presence, DutchHomme writes, “The background is breathtaking.”

Also questioning the cover is A.D.C. who comments, “I literally can no longer stand Testino’s photography.”

“Testino does David Lachapelle. I love the image, but it feels forced,” adds TREVOFASHIONISTO.

Kokobombon comes to V‘s defense: “I actually like it, this is very V imo. And for once Testino´s over-Photoshoped pics are working, she looks like a plastic doll which works for her persona.”

Miss Dalloway shares the same enthusiastic attitude and raves, “I enjoy her ridiculous! This is so much fun.”

Check out a preview of Nicki’s cover story inside the thread and share your own opinion with us here.

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Vogue China’s December Covers Are a ‘Gorgeous Way’ to End the Year (Forum Buzz)

The December issues are starting to come in thick and fast. Xiao Wen Ju (whose cover is pictured below) and Fei Fei Sun star on not one, but two fantastic covers for Vogue China’s December issue with both Chinese models posing for Tim Walker’s lens. Each cover comes complete with a stark white background, as the girls sport porcelain skin with minimal makeup and each wears an intriguing ensemble for maximum effect.

Vogue China December 2014 Tim Walker


Our forum members are currently debating which one is their favorite. “Very good looking covers, the red pops of course,” commented Nymphaea.

“Xiao Wen’s cover really stands out because it’s red and the dress but Fei Fei’s expression is spot-on and absolutely draws me into her eyes,” shared TaylorBinque.

Cosmic Voices suggested, “Put Fei Fei in the red dress and you’d have a spectacular stand alone cover.” Then he went on to write, “That being said both are very strong, the first will be incredibly eye-catching on the stands.”

Miss Dalloway proclaimed, “It’s all about Xiao, who perfectly pulls it off. Fei Fei’s shot doesn’t look very cover worthy.”

“These are absolutely amazing, especially Xiao Wen’s,” responded Luxx, agreeing that Xiao’s version is the strongest.

Also feeling the same way was Melancholybaby: “Xiao Wen Ju’s cover is perfect. So eye-catching and season-appropriate.”

“I want Fei Fei’s cover right now! GORGEOUS way to end a great year for Vogue China! Congrats!” raved a more than satisfied miguelalmeida.

Join the discussion and tell us your favorite cover inside the thread here.

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Cara Delevingne Sparkles in Topshop’s Holiday Collection


It’s definitely not too early to start your holiday shopping — for yourself, we mean. The best thing about the holidays aren’t the gifts or gorging yourself on turkey and cranberry sauce (although those are great, too), it’s all the parties that come with it. You’ll need to be dressed accordingly and Topshop wants to outfit you this season. The retailer has released its lookbook images for its holiday collection, starring none other than Cara Delevingne. You’ll find all the glitz, glimmer, texture and sparkle the season requires plus a few super chic pieces that will last you past New Year’s Eve. Below, peep Cara D modeling the line for Topshop’s holiday lookbook, and start making your shopping lists! (more…)

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Link Buzz: Keira Knightley Explains Why She Went Topless for Interview, Sophia Loren Talks That Famous Side-Eye Photo

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

  • Keira Knightley says she took that topless photo for Interview because her body has been “manipulated so many different times” that she wanted to show it in its true, un-Photoshopped form. [Jezebel]
  • The key to Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton’s chill disposition? Motherhood. [Glamour]
  • Kathy Griffin was approached to replace Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [EW]
  • Peep Joan Jett’s line for Hot Topic. [WWD]
  • Sophia Loren explains why she was giving Jayne Mansfield the side-eye in that infamous photo. [Page Six]
  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds reveal the sex of their baby. [VH1]
  • Kelly Rowland gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. She and her husband Tim Witherspoon named their new son Titan Jewell. [Page Six]
  • Chris Benz talks to T magazine about his new gig as the creative director of Bill Blass. [T magazine]
  • Nicki Minaj is absolutely killing it in the winter edition of V Magazine. [Yahoo! Style]
  • Hello Kitty turns 40! Celebrate with the new Beats by Dre x Hello Kitty collab.


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Jason Polan x Soludos Brings Summer to Resort Season

Image: courtesy Soludos

Image: Courtesy of Soludos

Resort season is fast approaching and the pressure is on retailers to outfit the masses accordingly. The good people at Soludos are on it with the release of a new capsule collection in collaboration with illustrator Jason Polan. Polan spends his days on the New York City streets scribbling sketches of the people he sees milling around the city. Now he’s lending his talents to Soludos, which is putting his drawings on its famous espadrilles.

Jason Polan x Soludos is a nine-piece range of shoes for women, men and children, all featuring embroidered renderings of Polan’s drawings. The espadrilles are emblazoned with cute images of ice cream, a hamburger and fries, friendly toucans and a cheeky winking eye. The range sounds quite summery, but considering resort season is an opportunity to get away from the frigid temps of winter, this collection is right on with its aesthetic.

The collection has already hit the Soludos website. Women’s shoes are priced at $65, while you can expect to shill out $45 for kids’ shoes and $75 for men’s pairs.

Check out the full collection below. (more…)