Bangelina – Movie Stars, Parents, Philanthropists, Now Designer?

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As though the power and picture perfect couple needs more on their schedule on top of six children, paparazzi, acting, and philanthropy, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, under wraps until yesterday, are officially designers of high-end jewelry in collaboration with Asprey.

The couple will debut a limited edition collection of gold and silvery jewelry named “The Protector.” Why “The Protector”? According to Jolie, she has a special place in her heart for snakes. This time, there is a logical reason behind her fascination. When she was pregnant with her first biological daughter, Shiloh, the actress was given a snake ring – the symbol of protection for her family.

Proceeds from the collection will benefit the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, founded by Jolie. The charity’s funds will provide schooling for children who were victims of war, conflict and natural disasters.

The Asprey collection begins at $525. [WWD]

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Retail News

1. Jason Wu will collab with Yue [Stylelist]

2. Save Luella! [Fashionista]

3. Emanuel Ungaro has dug his own grave. The label was just dropped by Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter. Outside of his own stores and Vivaldi, the label cannot be found. By this rate Ungaro will turn into a novelty item. [Style.com]

4. Rumor has it Ashley Simpson may be on Vogue. But, that’s not why she appears in retail news. She’s aiming high with preppy-punk designs brought to you by the ex-Melrose Place actress – sign of a girl with too much time on her hands. [Hollyscoop]

5. Despite losses in Q1 and Q2, Bulgari sees $10 million Q3 profits. Oh joy! [WWD]

6. Zero+Maria Cornejo will debut a full menswear collection for the spring. [Racked]

7. It’s time to rack up the flights to Finland. Trade in your Finnair airline frequent-flier miles for plastic surgery. Your eyes aren’t decieving you. We said plastic surgery. [Allure]

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Must-Have: Grab a Limited Customizable YSL Roady Bag Before Christmas

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If you have $1195 – $1795 on hand and Christmas spirit to boot, YSL will be offering customers in New York and Los Angeles the chance to customize their very own Roady, with professionals aiding in the assembly of each bag. What services will YSL offer? Monogrammed initials, a personal message (if you’re in the mood for giving), a choice among 29 (exotic animal skin) handles of limited quantity and an assortment of colors.

Run to your nearest YSL boutique between November 19 and December 1st before supplies run out.

NY Address:
855 Madison Avenue
1.212.988.3821

3 East 57th Street
# 1.212.980.2970

LA Address:
326 North Rodeo Drive
#1.310.271.4110

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Spirits are Still High at Hearst With $1 Billion in Savings

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You can learn from Hearst. According to the New York Post, the publishing house for Marie Claire, Esquire and Popular Mechanics, stowed away $1 billion for emergency purposes.

Being that we’re hearing about it now, Hearst has utilized its savings, investing in its new CFO – former Goldman Sachs investment banker and Managing Director of The Silverfern Group – Mitchell Scherzer, who replaces Ronald Doerfler. Luckily the subjugated CFO will retain a job as senior VP of finance and administration.

With the grim outlook of the publishing industry, I’d say that Hearst CEO Frank Bennack, made the all the right moves. Add to that, the debt-free Hearst has $7 billion in revenue (despite the slump in profits this year).

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Guess the Most Narcissistic City in the U.S.

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Yes, you’ve guessed it – the jaded city of bright lights and a mysterious apple, New York City. We couldn’t leave it to suspense considering the obviousness of the answer.

Leave it to the Census Bureau to research the ’10 Most Vain Cities’ in the U.S.

According to the results via Total Beauty New York City is the ‘Most Vain’ city three fold in comparison to any other city:

$21 million is spent on hair coloring

$32.5 million – skin care

$5.5 million – makeup

$530,000 – hair growth products

More than 10,000 personal care businesses (spas, nail salons, etc.)

Second highest number of hair restoration surgeons

But only has 4.1 plastic surgeons per 100,000 New Yorkers

Pride be damned, thanks to the Census Bureau, I’m sure the number of plastic surgeons will explode, while spending in the aforementioned categories will see tremendous gains (once the recession returns to its dormant slumber).

Miami, Florida follows in the number 2 spot, San Francisco, California is third, and Salt Lake City, Utah is fourth. What does Utah have that merits vanity?

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What Victoria Secret Angels Are Walking the Runway?

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We all look forward to the gorgeous scantily clad Angels who know they’re the hottest commodity – because they are – but you won’t be seeing a few regulars, seeing that the stork is delivering mini-angels in the next several months. But, it’s not such a horrible thing to see new faces – and i know you will agree.

Although Heidi Klum’s post-pregnancy silhouette is less than Victoria’s Secret ready, the Aphrodite-esque mother of four is sidelined from walking but will be hosting the show. Adriana Lima continues to sport her bump and Karolina Kurkova has recently given birth to a boy.

According to Modelinia,

Erin Heatherton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Chanel Iman, Liu Wen, Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Shannan Click, Flavia de Oliveira, Lyndsey Scott, Aminata Niaria, Caroline Trentini, Caroline Winberg, and Lily Aldridge are all confirmed to walk in the show this year! It’s an especially exciting moment for Liu, as she’s the first Asian model to take part in the Victoria’s Secret show, and just as thrilling for Chanel, since she’ll be walking for the first time as well!

Alessandra Ambrosio and Selita Ebanks will be walking as well.

Tune in on December 1, 10/9C on CBS. We can’t wait!

 

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Telegraph.co.uk: ‘Men Only Buy Pants for 17 Years of Their Lives’

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The term, “Momma’s Boy” wasn’t invented without reason. U.K. department store, Debenhams, surveyed shoppers to find that men shopped only 17 years of their lives. Who is responsible for rest? Their mothers and wives/girlfriends.

The Telegraph revealed:

After a brief period of independence between the ages of 19 and 36 when men chose their own boxers or briefs, they then settle down and hand over the responsibilities to their girlfriends or wives. From then on, they are strangers to underwear departments.

Rob Faucherand at Debenhams said: “It is odd that even the most macho men delegate the duty of buying new underpants – the garment closest to their masculinity – to women as soon as they can.

“I’m sure Freudian analysis of this trait would give us all a clearer insight into human relationships.”

The country’s biggest pants retailer, Marks & Spencer, has for some time been aware this trend and ensures its male underwear section is targeted at its female shoppers. Manufacturers, most notably Armani, have also appealed to female sensitivities by publishing erotic photographs of David Beckham modelling its men’s underwear range.

A spokesman for M&S said: “We’ve noticed that the David Beckham-style hipster pants are bought predominantly by women, not men.”

The comments on M&S’s website about men’s pants are universally written by female customers.

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