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    That's right — she visited the tube.

    With visible trepidation, the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her grandparents-in-law to the Baker Street tube station in London on Wednesday.

    With visible trepidation, the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her grandparents-in-law to the Baker Street tube station in London on Wednesday.

    The all-important event that warranted this hugely important visit from the queen and her grandson's pregnant wife? The tube's 150th anniversary, which surely ranks somewhere above "Toy Soldier Day" and below "National Absinthe Day" in importance. For Kate it looked like a particularly fraught public appearance — the mightily symbolic commingling with commoner things and all. Let's take a closer look.

    Image by Sang Tan / AP

    "Are you sure I actually have to go in there?"

    "Are you sure I actually have to go in there?"

    Image by Danny E. Martindale / Getty Images

    "Ha ha, that looks... dirty."

    "Ha ha, that looks... dirty."

    Image by Chris Radburn - WPA Pool / Getty Images

    "No no, it's fine - so long as I don't have to touch my bare skin to anything!"

    "No no, it's fine - so long as I don't have to touch my bare skin to anything!"

    Image by Chris Radburn - WPA Pool / Getty Images


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  • 03/21/13--06:46: Beyonce Is Now An H&M Model
  • So now we know: she IS allowed to cheat on House of Dereon.

    Here's an image from Beyonce's new ad campaign for H&M.

    Here's an image from Beyonce's new ad campaign for H&M.

    Image by H&M

    H&M is apparently sponsoring her "Mrs. Carter" tour. A press release announcing Beyonce's ads reads:

    The print and outdoor billboards introduce "Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M", the idea that women can be all things: strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun and flirtatious.

    Also: WIVES!

    The release continues:

    "I've always liked H&M's focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial," says Beyoncé.

    Jonas Ackerlund, the brilliant director behind Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" video, directed Beyonce in a commercial for H&M that will debut online in early May and features her new song "Standing on the Sun." Practically any new song of hers ought to sound amazing after "Bow Down."

    But what does this all REALLY mean? It's not just an H&M campaign, or a promo for Beyonce's upcoming tour, or joyous celebration of what it means to be a woman Beyonce — it means that the Summer of Beyonce is upon us.

    I guess I can bow down to that.


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    Rachel Zoe's biannual exercise in fabulousness and utter rejection of all that is practical.

    Bonjour, mes amis!

    Bonjour, mes amis!

    Image by Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

    Because The Rachel Zoe Project airs on Bravo and because every series on Bravo has the requisite "everyone goes to Paris" episode (looking at you, Housewives), the latest episode finds Rachel and Rodger in Paris. Rachel has to go to Paris Fashion Week, wear blue pantsuits, and be fabulous generally, but she also manages to find time to ride a carousel with "Sky Sky" and scold Rodger for eating quiche. If one thing was clear from the episode, it's this: If you're going to travel to PFW, this is the way to do it. Some rules for navigating the French fashion mayhem from our guardian angel, Rachel:

    1. When you pack for Paris, it should look like you're moving.

    1. When you pack for Paris, it should look like you're moving.

    Source: bravotv.com

    Obviously Rachel can't go to Paris Fashion Week without bringing the entire contents of her closet, Skyler's closet, and maybe the one drawer Rodger gets for his stuff. Once Rachel has amassed enough clothes to dress all of post-hurricane New Jersey, Rodger starts throwing one of the many tantrums he must be contractually obligated to throw each episode. "Rachel, it looks like a freaking estate sale. It's...seven suitcases, for a week?" he cries, beads of sweat forming between his bracelets and wrists. "And those little carry-ons? How many pocketbooks you bringing?" Plus 5 for "estate sale," but also, minus 5 for "pocketbooks." Rodger's fashion vocabulary is more up-to-date than that.


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    Allure reports from the front lines of 1 Oak: “If you have to ask where it is, you probably shouldn't be there.”

    The April issue of Allure contains a hard-hitting report about what it's like getting into - and being inside of - New York nightclub 1 Oak.

    The April issue of Allure contains a hard-hitting report about what it's like getting into - and being inside of - New York nightclub 1 Oak.

    The club opened in late 2007, yet is just hot on Allure's radar now, in the year 2013. The writer calls it, "the apex of New York City nightlife."

    So, what does it take to get in? Some choice excerpts from the article explain.

    Aspiring 1 Oak entrants should, as this caption explains, "reveal the body."

    Aspiring 1 Oak entrants should, as this caption explains, "reveal the body."

    "At 1 Oak, membership comes in the form of an incredibly short dress and high heels, lots of eye shadow, and hair — blonde, brunette, straight, wavy, whatever — that is long and very much on display," Allure reports. "Whether you love it, hate it, dismiss it, or aspire to it, this is the finely honed look of 1 Oak."

    But keep your boobs somewhat away.

    But keep your boobs somewhat away.

    "'1 Oak is definitely a legs club, not a boobs club,' says Sam, an attractive 30-year-old pastry chef who goes to 1 Oak on special occasions. 'Too much cleavage wouldn't work.'"

    Image by NBC Universal/Getty Images

    If you're going to fall because you can't walk in your shoes, don't do it in view of the doormen.

    If you're going to fall because you can't walk in your shoes, don't do it in view of the doormen.

    "A group of women make their way down the sidewalk, giggling that nervous giggle of insecurity mixed with anticipation... it's going to be a good night — they're feeling it. Suddenly, one in the group stumbles. The five-inch heel of her Christian Louboutin platform stiletto catches on a divot in the sidewalk. Bam! She goes down. Her friends rush to her side, as giddiness turns to panic. She stands up, wobbly, wiping the dirt off her knees. 'Fuck!' A look of terror flashes across her face. 'Did the doorman see me?! Do you think he saw?! He's never going to let me in! Fuck, fuck, fuck! Fuck these shoes!'

    "...Luckily for our protagonists, no one saw the fall. They make their way to the box — nod, nod, nod, nod — and they're in."

    Image by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic


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    In a decade, the 21-year-old went from being an orphan in Ethiopia to having dinner with Barack Obama.

    This is Yityish Aynaw, the first black woman ever to become Miss Israel.

    This is Yityish Aynaw, the first black woman ever to become Miss Israel.

    Source: tumblr.com

    Israel is only 65 years old, but the Miss Israel pageant has occurred each of the past 63 years. Aynaw is the first Ethiopian to win the pageant. She made a significant impression on judges (and the world, obviously) when she told them she should win because it was time for a black woman to hold the title.

    Her crowning in February came amidst ongoing protests of discrimination against Israel's Ethiopian community. In January of this year, Israeli officials admitted to administering contraceptive shots to Ethiopian women without their consent, which many activists blame for the 50% decline in the Israeli Ethiopian community's birthrate.

    Thousands of Ethiopians were airlifted to Israel in 1984 and 1991 to escape civil war, but Aynaw's grandparents moved there in 2000. She went to live with them in March 2003 at age 12 following the death of her mother, who had become suddenly ill (her father passed away when she was a year old, but she doesn't know of what causes).

    When she got to Israel, Aynaw didn't speak a word of Hebrew, but she became fluent in it at her Jewish boarding school in Haifa. In an excellent recent profile of the beauty queen, Tablet describes her Hebrew now as "accentless and expressive." Though pageant contestants typically compete using Hebrew names, Aynaw chose not to. "Yitayish" translates to "look," or "looking toward the future," Aynaw told Tablet — in Amharic.

    On Thursday, Aynaw met President Obama at the state dinner hosted by Israel's president Shimon Peres.

    On Thursday, Aynaw met President Obama at the state dinner hosted by Israel's president Shimon Peres.

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    The White House invited her upon learning she was the first black immigrant to win the Miss Israel title.

    Aynaw told the BBC, "I was influenced and inspired by Obama. Like him, I was also raised by my grandmother. Nothing was handed to me on a plate, and like him I also had to work very hard and long to achieve things in my life. To this day he inspires me just as he inspires the rest of the world."


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    She might not address the issues facing women head on, but we can still look to her vague proclamations for insight.

    As the inspiration for the Atlantic's "All the Single Ladies," you must believe, Beyonce, that the role of women in society is changing in fundamentally significant ways.

    As the inspiration for the Atlantic 's "All the Single Ladies," you must believe, Beyonce, that the role of women in society is changing in fundamentally significant ways.

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    So are you a supporter of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" campaign?

    So are you a supporter of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" campaign?

    Source: tumblr.com

    Totally. But can a woman be a feminist and stay home with the kids?

    Totally. But can a woman be a feminist and stay home with the kids?

    Source: tumblr.com

    Yet, shouldn't women work? Is that not what our foremothers fought for?

    Yet, shouldn't women work? Is that not what our foremothers fought for?

    Source: tumblr.com


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    The brand's Facebook page is overflowing with angry messages about the collection they've called “Bright Young Things.”

    This is a promotion for Victoria's Secret Pink's "Bright Young Things" underwear and apparel line, aimed at teen girls.

    This is a promotion for Victoria's Secret Pink's "Bright Young Things" underwear and apparel line, aimed at teen girls.

    Source: theblaze.com

    Victoria's Secret's growing Pink line is aimed at a younger audience than the main Victoria's Secret brand. Over the past several years, the brand has expanded Pink a lot, so the line is now sold in dedicated Pink stores and showcased in a special segment of the annual nationally broadcast Victoria's Secret fashion show. Business Insider reported earlier this month that a Limited Brands executive confirmed the "Bright Young Things" line was for even younger girls than the main Pink line, which targets college students:

    "When somebody's 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be?" Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said at a conference. "They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that's part of the magic of what we do at Pink."

    Now, Victoria's Secret's Facebook page is overflowing with angry messages about the line, and pledges to boycott the brand.

    Now, Victoria's Secret's Facebook page is overflowing with angry messages about the line, and pledges to boycott the brand.


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    “If I'm not following you on twitter, I hate you,” vagina murdering, and more gems.

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    H/t RougeValentino.Tumblr.com


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    Is this finally the internet fashion film that will go really viral?

    This is the short film Lena Dunham made to promote designer Rachel Antonoff's fall 2013 line.

    A lot of fashion labels make internet videos to promote their products, and usually they don't go viral because they're too long and pointless. But! This one has a lot going for it, like:

    1. Lena Dunham directed it.
    2. Adam from Girls narrates it.
    3. Lena Dunham directed it.
    4. Lena Dunham's little sister is in it. You might recognize her from Tiny Furniture.
    5. Hipster bed linens.
    6. Cute clothes.
    7. A long-winded line about "anthropomorphizing bears."
    8. But most importantly, again: Lena Dunham.

    Enjoy!


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    If you wanted to put her style in a box… GOOD LUCK.

    This Dumb & Dumber parody tux.

    This Dumb & Dumber parody tux.

    That's Ke$ha in the blue with her brother Louie Sebert in the orange. Nothing says "family bonding" like, "Are you free Sunday? My outfit needs one last accessory."

    Image by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

    This disco Oscar the Grouch costume.

    This disco Oscar the Grouch costume.

    DIYable with eight bathmats, old leggings, and last Christmas's tinsel. Hip in that way failing at Pinterest crafts is, now.

    Image by Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    With must-have crystal butt decals.

    With must-have crystal butt decals.

    Image by Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    This penguin-print blouse with clashing panda bell bottoms.

    This penguin-print blouse with clashing panda bell bottoms.

    Or do all black and white animals go together AS PRINTS? Hmm...

    Image by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


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    Behold: an arbitrary yet IMPORTANT imagining of what the royal kid could look like as a 25-year-old.

    A geneticist and illustrator collaborated on these renderings of what the royal baby could look like at 25 years old. If it's a girl, this is what we're in for, per dubious science:

    A geneticist and illustrator collaborated on these renderings of what the royal baby could look like at 25 years old. If it's a girl, this is what we're in for, per dubious science:

    Source: marieclaire.co.uk

    And if it's a boy, he "should" have a lusciously full head of hair a few years after graduating college:

    And if it's a boy, he "should" have a lusciously full head of hair a few years after graduating college:

    Source: marieclaire.co.uk

    But all these portraits really tell us is that illustrations of the royals just never come out quite right.

    But all these portraits really tell us is that illustrations of the royals just never come out quite right.

    Image by Handout / Reuters

    h/:t Marie Claire UK


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    Celebrity pomeranian Tito the Pom stars in the new ads for Tous accessories. Shot by famous fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti.

    As you can see in these ads...

    As you can see in these ads...

    Source: wwd.com

    There is a supporting actor.

    There is a supporting actor.

    Source: wwd.com

    And a star.

    And a star.

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    Source: wwd.com


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    Another bullet on the growing list of Sandberg criticisms is that she fails to address fashion in Lean In . But so what?

    Image by Pascal Lauener / Reuters

    Financial Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman takes Sandberg and Lean In to task for not addressing fashion.

    Friedman acknowledges that obviously clothing is a touchy subject for Sandberg, whose biggest critics say her workplace advice only serves women of privilege, and that if she talks openly about the expensive Prada and Calvin Klein things she wears, she will only fuel their fire. Yet Friedman argues, "The implication of her silence is: you wouldn't ask a man the clothes question. But I think the real answer is: a man wouldn't be afraid to answer it. She shouldn't be either. She should address it — face-on."

    But why should Sandberg have to talk about clothes? She shouldn't. Friedman is right that she would only get more attacked if she did. But also, maybe Sandberg thinks as little about her attire as the average person who gets dressed in the morning without knowing who designed every little thing in their closet does — like the Facebook employees who work alongside Sandberg and would be unable to state the provenance of their hoodies if pressed.

    Besides, the subjects tackled in Lean In — like how to engage with older male mentors or advance to higher-level positions — simply seem more complicated than how to dress for an office. If Sandberg, who's proved plenty controversial already, thought women were failing to attain equal footing with men in the workplace in large part because of their wardrobes, she very well could have leaned in and addressed that.

    There's nothing wrong with making fashion part of your public persona, as Marissa Mayer has done (though she certainly got more attention for asking Yahoo employees not to work at home than for caring about her shoes). Most people seem to understand that powerful women can be interested in fashion without being shallow or dumb, just as men can be interested in sports without being airheaded. (Though many still suggest Obama is wasting his time by filling out March Madness brackets.) But it's not Sandberg's job to make women's interest in fashion less scary to the world at large. Some people just don't care about clothes, and that's OK.

    Despite all the nasty comments she got about her pantsuits, Hillary Clinton didn't feel pressured to dress "better" — or even talk about it. Rather, she tackled the sexism head-on in this now-famous exchange with an interviewer at a talk in Kyrgyzstan in 2010:

    Interviewer: OK. Which designers do you prefer?
    Hillary Clinton: What designers of clothes?
    Interviewer: Yes.
    Hillary Clinton: Would you ever ask a man that question?
    Interviewer: Probably not. Probably not.

    And now she's downright celebrated for her disinterest in apparel.

    Give Sandberg a few years, and she probably will be too. That is, if she's not already.


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    It really is just that simple.

    "This thing started by accident, mispronouncing 'Skate Moss' (while talking about both skateboard & Kate Moss with my friend Oniram)," writes Jeff Gaudinet on his amazing Skate Moss Tumblr. "So I decided to create this useless / pointless platform." I think he meant useful and pointed.

    Source: skatemoss.com

    Source: skatemoss.com

    Source: skatemoss.com

    Source: skatemoss.com


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    “We are trying to fight the idea, to which some young women in France subscribe, that prostitution is banal and just a way of getting money to buy clothes.”

    This video is NSFW:

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    This film by Britain's Love magazine portrays fashion models meandering aimlessly through dark allies in France wearing nothing except a slip here and a fur coat there. One model is filmed from the back to show that she's naked except for her fur coat. Another writhes topless in the back of a car, as though not for her own pleasure. Shoes have been allowed, but not garments that can be relied upon to properly conceal private parts. Either the magazine wishes to highlight that whole "underwear as outerwear" trend along with the even more recent "outerwear as underwear" fad or the styling assistants are worse at applying nipple tape than J. Lo. It's anyone's guess!

    Source: gifsforum.com

    The video was styled by Love editor Katie Grand, and according to the London Times was not authorized by Louis Vuitton, which declined to comment on it. However feminist groups in France are upset by the video, which they say promotes prostitution. Lawyer Dominique Attias was amongst high profile activists and politicians who signed a letter to French newspaper Liberation decrying the video.

    Ms Attias said that Louis Vuitton had "portrayed women's bodies as an object and prostitution as something that is playful and enjoyable. This is very damaging because we are trying to fight the idea, to which some young women in France subscribe, that prostitution is banal and just a way of getting money to buy clothes."


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    Also, Karolina explains how it felt to be called an “idiot” to her face by Naomi Campbell.

    Source: style.time.com

    On the season finale of The Face 21-year-old aspiring model Devyn Abdullah won a contract to be the face of cosmetics giant Ulta. She sat down with her on-air coach, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, to talk about the fighting on their rival team led by Naomi Campbell, the very limited opportunities for models of color on fashion week runways, and more. Also, scroll down to see a video of how Abdullah's family reacted when they found out she won.

    You won a few months ago but weren't able to tell anybody. Now that the secret's out, how are you feeling?
    Devyn Abdullah: I feel amazing. I'm really excited about everything that's going to be happening with Ulta and finally being done with The Face. It's all about the future and keeping straight on the right path.

    Why did you win?
    DA: I've learned on every challenge. You have to learn, especially in this competition. It's more than just being a model — you have to be a public figure, you have to be three dimensional, you have to know how to talk, how to present to people, how to be personal and I feel like I knew that I wasn't perfect, I knew that there were some things that I needed to change, but I was willing to change it.

    What did you have to change specifically?
    DA: When I came into the competition I was the rocker girl, the Bronx New Yorker — my hair was sticking up, I was edgy and fierce, but I had to learn that I needed to tone it down. We did a challenge for Marshall's and I had to be the cutesy girl. It wasn't what I preferred, but modeling is about taking on a role and giving the client what the client needs.
    Karolina Kurkova: The client is able to say, today we want to create something like this, and you have to embark on different roles and looks when it's not what you want.

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    A video taken by Devyn of her family when they watched the show and found out she won.

    Like, everyone on the show wanted to be "the sexy one."
    KK: Yeah, of course. But you also kind of had to know how to be not glamorous and masculine and natural.

    So in the real modeling world is it the same? The girls also all want to be the sexy one?
    KK: I mean, of course.
    DA: I think every woman has an inner sexy that they want to embrace. Every woman wants to be sexy. It's like the most feminine thing that you can be.
    KK: Some women they like to be sophisticated and elegant, some girls like to be more funky — it depends. But as a model you have to be able to embrace all of it, you have to be able to do all of it. That's a true supermodel. A true supermodel is not a woman who just has one look.
    DA: It's many different shades of women.

    This past fashion week the runways were nearly 90% white. How did you feel about that?
    DA: It's actually something that me and Naomi spoke about. It's not just a problem with black models, it is a problem with Chinese, Asian — all models of color.
    KK: But I have to disagree with you [Amy], I feel like there are girls on the runway who are very international. Like, you have Eastern Europeans, you have Americans, you have Jourdan [Dunn]. You have Joan Smalls. You have Chinese girls.

    But there were more white models in previous seasons, so we saw a regression in terms of diversity.
    DA: I feel like the fashion industry is going to evolve in its own way. There's going to be a prime moment where a certain look is going to be good for that season and then it's going to switch back. It's just basically all about fashion and whatever the clients want.
    KK: It's really the casting directors and designers — they're the ones who are choosing the [cast]. It's nothing to do with us.
    DA: It is a downfall and of course we all think the world shouldn't be that way, but realistically it is, and it's just something that everyone has to deal with.

    Did Naomi say anything to you specifically about how to manage it?
    DA: Loving yourself is the best thing that you can do it doesn't matter what skin tone, what race you are, what's your background — if you love yourself people are going to see that and they're going to love you too.
    KK: And have thick skin.
    DA: I already have thick skin. I'm from the Bronx.

    Team Naomi was not the most harmonious group. Did their fighting throw off your game at all?
    KK: I didn't see as much as probably you guys because you lived in the same place [and] witnessed it more.
    DA: I feel like any drama — whether it's drama between coaches or drama between the contestants on the show — it's going to be somewhat distracting. It corrupts the atmosphere. But I feel like regardless, everybody was there for a reason, everybody wanted to win The Face, both the coaches and the contestants, and when you have a group of people wanting one thing, there's ultimately going to be drama.
    KK: But also, putting a lot of different personalities in one place, it's always — not everybody's going to get along. It's just like natural law, it's like chemistry — certain particles just don't go well together. Some people like each other some people don't. But some people are able to be like, okay I may not be your biggest fan but I'll rise above it, I'll be polite, work through it. But some people just like to get into it.

    Karolina, Naomi called you an idiot to your face on the show. How did you feel about that?
    KK: I just didn't expect it coming out of that [elimination] room. It is very intense — this girl's in front of you, and you kind of have to tell them you're going to go home and you're kind of crushing their dreams. Of course it doesn't make you feel good. That's the part of the show that is not the most fun, but that's part of it because not everybody can be a winner. So every time I walked out, I just didn't know what to expect and it always would throw me off when she would make her comments or whatever it was. Sometimes I didn't even understand it — like, why? This is what we have to do anyway. I think I made fair decisions all the time, and that's what you should look at. I really thought about it, and someone's got to go home.
    DA: I definitely look up to her as a coach. No matter the competition between the coaches, she made the focus of the show who can represent Ulta the best, who can fulfill this title, who can do this the best way — not my team winning. She always wanted to play fair and make sure this is going to change someone's life — it wasn't just about Karolina.
    KK: Yeah it was not about me. Like, I didn't come to this competition like, oh I've got to win. I wanted these girls to have a great time and I really helped them in whatever way I can.


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    Hate to break it to you, but if your baby boy isn't eating ceviche at celebrity-attended polo matches, then you might not have it all.

    Source: bravotv.com

    Now in its fifth season, The Rachel Zoe Project seems less driven by Rachel's extreme stress than the merry pace of her ultra-fabulous life. Has her freaking out about finding Cameron Diaz's Oscar dress finally told all the stories it can tell? Is she afraid to talk about anything that might remind her female viewers of her client Anne Hathaway, who the media keeps telling me everywomen hate? Or maybe she's just obsessed with Atlantic and New York cover stories, and wants to show everyone that she's having it all, contrary to the thousands upon thousands of words they've spent explaining why women don't need/can't have husbands, kids, and fulfilling careers. Given that Rachel does have it all, how does she manage it? Let's review.

    1. If you are blessed enough to be skilled at something you must generously bestow your gifts on those around you.

    1. If you are blessed enough to be skilled at something you must generously bestow your gifts on those around you.

    Source: bravotv.com

    For like the fiftieth time in the four episodes so far this season, we've seen a clip of Rodger flailing about with his scarves and dress shirts, positively freaking out about what kind of outfit to wear — a cry for attention from his invisible perch atop the RZ empire. Finally, Rachel generously bestows her gift of knowing not only what she should wear but also what everyone else should wear upon her clueless, forlorn spouse. Rather than roll her eyes at his feminine fastidious ways she explains that she just can't witness someone — especially her baby or husband — drowning in their own style and not swoop in to tell them how to fix themselves up so that they're worthy of being attached to her hip. So she dashes in, tosses Rodger a Hermes life vest, and bravely pulls him to safety from his suffocating pile of silken fringed neckwear. Once Rodger's Mary J. Blige-inspired white linen suit was in place, off to the champagne brand-sponsored polo match they were ready to go.


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    “I mean, she's smart. People don't realize it.”

    Jessica Simpson on March 23.

    Image by Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

    Fashion Star contestant Hunter Bell, who designs the line Hunter Dixon, spent hours with Jessica Simpson each day when filming the show. Simpson typically worked with her team for around four hours per challenge — something Belle found invaluable. "Working with Jessica Simpson — I mean, she's smart," Bell said. "People don't realize it but she is running a huge business." Simpson's clothing line is said to be worth $1 billion.

    Simpson often encouraged Bell to make her clothes sexier. "Even though Jessica's curvy, she still wants to play up that sex appeal," Belle said. "I hadn't been utilizing that tool as much in my designs, so she really challenged me. She'd be like, 'Remember, they want to be sexy.' I'd want to do dresses to the ground and she'd be like, just cut it off, show the leg. That was great feedback."

    Bell went on the show around the time she was considering shuttering her label: "When you're so desperate, you're like should I close? I've been married for three years, I'm 33, is it time to have kids? You do start to think about these kinds of things as a woman." But Simpson and the Fashion Star casting director who convinced her to go on the show by telling her she could win the whole thing inspired her to keep going. She currently sells her clothing in Anthropologie and boutiques nationwide.

    Fall designs by Hunter Dixon.


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    Most people wonder why she looks so stunned or, perhaps more aptly, pre-fart .

    Here's Mrs. Carter on the cover of British Vogue's May issue.

    Here's Mrs. Carter on the cover of British Vogue's May issue.

    Source: forums.thefashionspot.com

    Commenters on The Fashion Spot, the most thorough fashion forum on the internet, are not impressed.

    Commenters on The Fashion Spot, the most thorough fashion forum on the internet, are not impressed.


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    This is NOT A JOKE.*

    Kate Middleton has applied to trademark her royal title so that it can be used on everything from shoes to t-shirts for a marathon. BuzzFeed has obtained an EXCLUSIVE first look at the merchandise.

    Kate Middleton has applied to trademark her royal title so that it can be used on everything from shoes to t-shirts for a marathon. BuzzFeed has obtained an EXCLUSIVE first look at the merchandise.

    *Kidding, this is definitely a joke.

    Image by Gero Breloer / AP

    The only problem is, everyone's favorite Black Eyed Pea might not be too happy about this.

    The only problem is, everyone's favorite Black Eyed Pea might not be too happy about this.


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