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Court Finds Dolce & Gabbana Not Guilty of Tax Evasion

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce

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Dolce & Gabbana’s legal troubles have finally come to an end today as they have been found not guilty of tax evasion.

It has been a long case for the design duo. Back in June of 2013, they were found guilty of the crime and were sentenced to serve jail time for a year and eight months. They took their case to a court of appeals, where they were again found guilty yet didn’t serve any jail time since a minimum of two years must be doled out in order for anyone to actually go to jail in Italy. 

Dolce & Gabbana then took their case to the highest court, which today found that there was “no ground” for the case and set the designers free, according to WWD. Dolce & Gabbana’s lawyers argued that the pair were innocent of the charges, considering they handled the creative side of the business, leaving the finances to the experts. Any wrongdoing would not have been their fault, as they were too busy making dresses. 

No doubt, Dolce & Gabbana must be pretty pleased with this outcome.

 [via WWD]

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Just Like Us: Kim Kardashian Uses Her Birkin as a Diaper Bag Too

kim kardashian carrying north west in a matching black lace outfit

Image: WENN

Some things in life simply defy the laws of common sense: Bottled water (why are we paying for something that is supposed to be free?), Ugg boots with shorts, Justin Bieber’s entire existence… But Kim Kardashian West, as she is wont to do, has taken the nonsensical to an entirely new level. Marie Claire published an interview with the reality star this morning, in which she dishes on everything from growing up Kardashian to being a mom. New moms make all kinds of mistakes with their first child, but none so silly as letting a toddler near their very expensive grown-up stuff.

Money is clearly no object for Kim Kardashian, who is reportedly worth about $45 million. Which is probably the reason why the bag she uses to carry daughter North’s diapers and other baby effects is…a Birkin bag. You read that right. North West’s nappies get carried around in a bag that’s worth at least $10,000.

“My diaper bag is a Birkin… a big one,” she said. “There’s milk everywhere, spilled all over it and I want to say, ‘[North] we need to be a little neater, this is a Birkin.’ But obviously it means nothing to her yet.”

Um yeah, obviously not because she’s a BABY. We get that Kim’s a first-time mom, but come on, kids are messy. They spill, they drool, they poop, they put their fingers in all kinds of dirty places, because that’s what they’re supposed to do. It seems a little ridiculous to have such an expensive item as your go-to for something that can get as dirty as a diaper bag. 

But hey, in Kim’s world, Birkins probably grow on trees.

[via Marie Claire]

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Caroline Trentini Gets Us Ready for Winter on Vogue Korea’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Korea gets us ready for winter with its November issue. The magazine tapped American Vogue regular Caroline Trentini for its cover and got Steven Pan to photograph the blonde beauty. Caroline sports a crop-top teamed with a huge fur hat, which surprisingly works. The 27-year-old Brazilian’s hair appears wet as if working up a sweat for the sports-inspired cover story.

Vogue Korea November 2014 Caroline Trentini


Yet members of theFashionSpot aren’t so sure. “She looks ridiculous, she does not look good and this image for a cover does not say VOGUE to me,” states Bertrando3, who starts off the discussion and sets the tone of thread.

“I love Caroline but this is not a good cover… At all,” notes Nepenthes.

KateTheGreatest shares the same sentiments and posts, “I only like that Caroline is on the cover, everything else does not work for me at all.”

Also to disapprove of the cover is Benn98: “Certainly not a cover-worthy shot, and I hate the open spaces (for once there’s too little text!). Glad for Caroline, and obviously her editorial will be better but she appears to be engulfed by that odious cap.”

“Is this the actual cover or a preview? I think that the layout isn´t working, too much free space doesn´t enhance the picture at all…”  replies kokobombon in agreement.

Nymphaea dislikes the makeup look: “Doesn’t work at all, she looks ridiculous with the painting below her eyes.”

However, forum member narcyza soon changes the mood of the thread as she enthuses, “Wow, this cover is amazing. Another great work of Caroline. I’m so glad that she is back.”

“I actually really like this cover! It’s different and has a lot going on, but it works for me. And the fact that it’s Caroline makes it even better!” approves justaguy.

Check out the thread for a preview of Steven Pan’s cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Forum Debate: Is Joan Smalls a ‘Terrible’ Model? (Vogue Japan December Cover)

It’s not even Halloween and the December covers have begun to roll out, and as usual, Vogue Japan’s is the first to surface on our forums. Joan Smalls looks party-ready as she sports slicked back hair, a pair of ostentatious earrings and a dress from Christian Dior (also worn by Kati Nescher on Vogue Spain’s November cover). Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, the Puerto Rican beauty strikes her best pose for the cover shot…or did she?

Vogue Japan December 2014 Joan Smalls


Discussion inside the thread is very heated amongst forum members. “What a terrible model she is. She doesn’t have a single decent picture,” commented Creative, whose post sparked debate instantly.

“Joan Smalls, a terrible model? I’m not her number 1 fan but that’s totally harsh and inaccurate to say this. It could be a nice cover but I always hate this white background,” replied Valentine27.

Also coming to Joan’s defense was zoom, who wrote, “Joan Smalls ‘a terrible model’? Really? So terrible she’s the #1 model in the world. Say what you will but Joan will still come out on top. Congrats to Smalls on another Vogue cover!”

“Exactly. Let this ‘terrible’ model’s bookings over the past 5 years speak for itself,” agreed valliaddict.

“This cover makes me angry. Why and how on earth did they make one of the most stunning models look like a soulless, plastic doll? Not to mention the styling; they actually managed to make that Dior dress look cheap. Epic fail,” disapproved an underwhelmed Nepenthes.

“While I don’t think she is a terrible model, I do feel like she has many dud covers! This is just further proof, somehow it never engages, or they pick the absolute worst cover image of her,” noted Miss Dalloway.

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for more discussion and share your own opinion here.

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Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Seek Design Advice from Her Designer Pals for Kardashian Kollection Pieces

Image: FayesVision/

Image: FayesVision/

The Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy is launching its fifth season, proving that no matter how you feel about the exposure the reality family gets, they certainly know how to sell clothes to women. The range includes sexy bodycon frocks punctuated with lace and cheeky cut-outs, a fetching black and white plunging strapless jumpsuit (that Kim was photographed wearing), a few smart blazers rendered in black and white as well as the line’s very first coat option. The clothes are extremely sellable — they’ve got the sort of universally appealing silhouettes women love, but if you think the Kardashians turned to their designer friends for a few pointers on the line, think again.

Vogue U.K. sat down with Kim to discuss her latest for Lipsy, a collection which she says was in no way influenced by the work of her designer pals, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Kim admits that unlike her husband, she’s never turned to any of her high-fashion buddies for design tips: “I’ve never asked them, not yet anyway.” Not yet? Does this mean there could be a Riccardo Tisci x Kardashian Kollection special edition range in the works? Who knows. But for now, Kim is very proud of the work she’s done for the line with her sisters.

“The three of us [sisters] have worked really hard on it and I think that the great thing about the differences between us is that our shapes come in useful for designing. Khloe is really tall, obviously, and Kourtney is petite, so I think that if we can make something that suits all three of us, it will look great on anyone.”

 [via Vogue UK]

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Watch: Alek Wek in the H&M Conscious Foundation’s Latest PSA

Alek Wek is the ambassador for the H&M Conscious Foundation and she’s using her platform as a way to build awareness about the retailer’s efforts to do some good in the world.

The model stars in the latest PSA, which explains how H&M came to support various charities. It was a two-part effort: A board of advisers, which included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chose serious humanitarian issues and let the public vote on which ones the foundation should support. 

Thanks to customer votes, the H&M Conscious Foundation pledged to donate proceeds to charities that empower women, provide clean water and early childhood education in disadvantaged areas. H&M has partnered with UNICEF, WaterAid and the CARE foundation for its conscious project, which will help hundreds of thousands of women and children.

Learn more about H&M’s initiative in the video above.

[via H&M YouTube]