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The 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge Names Winner

K/ller Collection

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Who says nice guys finish last? Not in the CFDA. This afternoon, editors took a midday recess to Uber their way to The Modern, where the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge luncheon was being held to honor seven well-deserving finalists, who were all being recognized as innovative leaders in sustainable design practices in the U.S.

In order to qualify for the Good Samaritan challenge, designers’ Fall 2015 collections had to contain at least 30 percent eco fabrics or materials. Judges also examined each brand’s eco-friendly production, dedication and ability to inspire consumers with its creativity. The selection committee this year included FIT’s Sass Brown, designer Maria Cornejo, Julie Gilhart, designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn of Rogan/Loomstate, jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning, CFDA’s Lisa Smilor and Parsons’ Timo Rissanen.

Katie Deguzman and Michael Miller of Brooklyn-based jewelry brand K/LLER Collection took home the grand prize of $75,000, besting Amour Vert, Blair Lauren Brown, Brother Vellies and Laura Siegel; Reformation and Study NY nabbed the $5,000 runner-up trophies.

“Even being finalists was such a huge accomplishment for us…” said Deguzman and Miller, while accepting their award. “This is how we should be doing business. [Sustainability] really shouldn’t be a choice. It’s the way fashion should be.”

Previous winners of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge include Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin in 2013 and jewelry designers Melissa Joy Manning and Pamela Love in 2012.

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Link Buzz: Victoria’s Secret Pisses People Off with ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign, Jessica Biel May Be Pregnant

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  • Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky call it quits. [E!]
  • Victoria’s Secret’s Perfect Body campaign promo shots show only tall, slender women — BIG oops! [ABC News]
  • More in Cara Delevingne movie rumors: The model may appear as the Joker’s sidekick Harley Quinn in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad movie, due out in 2016. [Telegraph]
  • Suki Waterhouse may be taking a turn down the Victoria’s Secret runway this season. [Hello!]
  • Taylor Swift is named New York’s Global Welcome Ambassador, which does not sit well with some actual New Yorkers who have been living in the city far longer than the few months Taylor has been here. [Mirror]
  • Jessica Biel may or may not be pregnant. [Radar]
  • There are people who spend their days entering online sweepstakes for a chance to win…anything at all. [Racked]
  • Rent the Runway is trying to raise $50 million due to profits being lower than expected. [Fortune]
  • Aeropostale got called out by customers for its new brand ambassador, who has a history of making homophobic comments on social media. [BuzzFeed]
  • Two friends dress up like Kimye to create the best Instagram account EVER. [@what_would_yeezus_wear]

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Miley Cyrus Joining MAC as the Next Viva Glam Spokesperson



Today, MAC announced “Wrecking Ball” singer Miley Cyrus as the brand’s latest spokesperson for its Viva Glam campaign. The international star will be launching a hot pink lipstick called Amplified ($16) and a matching sparkling hot pink lip gloss ($15) at North American locations and online on January 22, 2015.

Every cent of the selling price of Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass will go toward helping women, men and children affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. Miley tweeted the news of the announcement to her 18.7 million followers this afternoon.

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Indian Textile Mill Working Conditions Likened to ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ in New Report

Image: AFP/Getty Images

Image: AFP/Getty Images

After last year’s tragic Rana Plaza building collapse killing 1,130 people, preceded by the Tazreen factory fire in November of 2012 that claimed 112 lives, we’ve seen retailers and factory owners try to reform the working conditions of the people that make our garments. But the latest report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands shows that there is still much work to be done when it comes to textile factory workers in the region.

The shocking study reveals slave-like conditions at five textile factories in India’s Tamil Nadu, where over 60 percent of the garment workers are female, many of whom are under the age of 18. The girls interviewed for the piece say they were promised jobs making good money, but once they reached the factories, they were forced to toil 60 hours a week, did not receive contracts and were held hostage in their housing units, forbidden to leave without an escort. They also were not given pay slips, so there isn’t really a record of their wages. This kind of bonded labor is referred to as the “Sumangali Scheme,” which is pretty much a form of modern-day slavery. 

K.M. Knitwear, Premier Mills, Best Cotton Mills, Sulochana Cotton Spinning Mills and Super Spinning Mills are all implicated in the report, which notes horrible working conditions and child labor among the offenses. Primark, H&M and C&A have all promised to either sever ties with the mills involved in practices of Sumangali or take action against the mills. H&M has already blacklisted Super Spinning Mills. 

It is truly a shame that these workers continue to be exploited in spite of several reports, tragedies and promises from big retailers to reform the system. While change is not going to happen overnight, at this point it seems that we’ve barely even scratched the surface when it comes to addressing the working conditions of those who make the clothes we wear. 

[via WWD]

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Lululemon to Release Capsule Collection for TCS New York City Marathon



Last night, we joined the folks at Lululemon at its Meatpacking location to preview the latest from the athletic clothing line. We were stoked to learn that the brand is releasing a limited-edition collection of gear in honor of the TCS New York City Marathon that will take place in November. 

“As the daylight creeps away, we’re focusing on lighting up the night with the reflective gear available online and in stores, including the special edition NYC product with the reflective detailing. In addition to our reflective product available to all communities, we wanted to offer technical and beautiful special edition product to all the NYC runners both participating and cheering on the race,” said Lululemon in a statement to us.

The collection features a men’s and women’s sweater with a reflective graphic in the form of a New York City skyline outline. There will also be a signature Inspire Crop Pant available, which also features reflective technology and the New York City skyline detailing along the leg. All three products will be available for purchase on Thursday, October 30 exclusively at New York City locations. We don’t know about you, but this has us wanting to sign up for a marathon (or at least a half), so that we can have a solid excuse to wear this cool gear.

Lululemon Home Stretch Crew, $198, Inspire Crop Pant, $96, visit Lululemon for New York City locations

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Vogue Thailand’s November Cover with Meghan Collison Is Simply ‘Divine’ (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Thailand can often be either hit or miss with our forum members, but when the magazine gets it right, we’re head over heels. Meghan Collison stars on the November cover and looks every inch the rare beauty she truly is. The 26-year-old from Canada, who has previously covered Vogue Italia and Vogue Ukraine, gazes down the photographer’s lens with a smoky eye complemented by a nude lip. For dramatic effect, the stylist behind the shoot added a corsage to Meghan’s outfit and our forum members are loving it.

Vogue Thailand November 2014 Meghan Collinson


“Probably it’s the corsage that lends to [the] softness and femininity of this cover and not the girl. They could’ve treated the hair a bit more, but this isn’t bad. Vogue Thailand actually doesn’t produce bad covers,” commented Benn98.

“Everything here works, very nice! And I agree, the flower adds a nice softness to it,” raved justaguy.

Everyone seems to be in love with the cover and the comments keep flooding in! “I love it! Reminds me of Mirabella’s Vogue from the 70s. Vogue Thailand may be a bit all over the place with their covers but they consistently feature new models with completely different looks, and I applaud them for that,” enthused Tinsley V.

“It’s really lovely. And Meghan’s eyes look fantastic in this makeup,” complimented a more than satisfied narcyza.

“Wow, I’m not Meghan’s biggest fan but this is amazing coming from her and Vogue Thailand!” posted a surprisingly impressed khyrk.

Also sharing the same sentiments was KateTheGreatest: “It’s really beautiful, I think Meghan looks more soft here than usually.”

Forum member valliaddict simply used the word “divine” to describe Vogue Thailand’s latest offering.

Do you agree? Are you a fan? See inside the thread and share your own opinion with us here.

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