BELLA HADID SERVES ROCK & ROLL VIBES IN VERSUS VERSACE X ZAYN CAMPAIGN

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Bella Hadid stars in Versus Versace x Zayn campaign

Bella Hadid stars in Versus Versace x Zayn campaign

After announcing the capsule collection last year, Versus Versace has unveiled the Zayn x Versus campaign. The images star singer Zayn Malik as well as his girlfriend Gigi’s younger sister Bella Hadid. Photographed by Greg Harris, the moody images feature street style inspired looks. From bomber jackets to bra tops and laced-up pants, the collection exudes pure cool. Patti Wilson styled the shoot with hair by Tomo Jidai and makeup by Francelle Daly.

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“When I was a kid growing up in Bradford, England, wearing knock-off Versace, I never thought that one day I would actually be designing my own collection. Thanks so much to Donatella Versace for allowing me to do the coolest thing ever,” Zayn says about the collection.

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Dolce & Gabbana: The Latest Brand to Protest with Expensive Tees

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Never ones to brush anything under the rug, the designers behind Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana are playing into the cries of their critics, urging them to boycott the company. In the new protest mode of choice in the fashion industry, Dolce & Gabbana is selling expensive t-shirts that read #BOYCOTT DOLCE & GABBANA.

The $245 shirts are currently available on Dolce & Gabbana’s website, alongside a short film of Italian protesters wearing the shirts during a demonstration against the company. The company’s founders and creative directors, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, are among the protesters depicted in the video.

The shirts come on the heels of Instagram posts from Gabbana in support of First Lady Melania Trump. Last month, in particular, Gabbana took to Instagram to highlight Trump’s Dolce & Gabbana outfits during her recent overseas trip, which caused no shortage of controversy amongst Instagram users. In one of his posts, Gabbana called out “haters,” urging them to boycott the brand – by buying a t-shirt, in what appears to be fashion’s latest attempt to profit from the state of the Trump presidency.

(If you are unsure how eager people are to profit from the political status of the U.S., in particular, consider how many people have rushed to trademark offices across the world to register "Covfefe"in order to have a monopoly over the Trump-tweeted-word).

D&G’s boycott tees may be a new product for the Italian mega-brand but they are just the latest political/activism-leaning wares to join a whole slew of other products in the tokenism that surrounds fashion’s other favorite causes, including feminism, human rights, unity, and the general message of protest/resistance. All of these causes have been given the fashion treatment (aka embodied on expensive garments - such as $710 Dior "We Should All Be Feminists" tees and $90 "Protest" tanks tops from Opening Ceremony - and sold) in recent seasons.

This movement in general – whether intentionally opportunistic or not – is questionable for a number of reasons, including but certainly not limited to the fact that true protest or “action” does not consist of buying a designer sweatshirt and calling it a day, despite what Opening Ceremony, Christian Dior, and co., would like you to believe.

The funny thing surrounding the push for politically-motivated garments and accessories is that many brands - while initially aiming to profit from the products - do not stand to earn much from them at all, as public cries of opportunism and poor taste have forced many brands to change their stance. Both Dior and Opening Ceremony, for instance, have gone back on their initial messaging in connection with their wares, announcing - after the fact - that they will donate the proceeds of such sales to charity. 

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The 6 Best, Simplest Tips to Help You Get Your Hermès Dream Bag at One of the Brand’s Boutiques

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HERMÈS SALES ASSOCIATES DECIDE WHICH CUSTOMERS GET OFFERED WHICH BAGS; HERE’S HOW TO GUARANTEE YOU SEE THE BEST

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Dior Homme x Sennheiser Audio Collection

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If you’re as serious about your audio companions as you are with your designer brands, this is a collaboration you should most definitely check out. Going all out to appeal to your sensory pleasures with this visually (and naturally, aurally) stunning collaboration is Dior Homme and Sennheiser, a brand known for producing high-quality audio products. And with 4 of their signature audio products getting updated visually by Dior Homme, you can be sure this collab will also be a sight for sore eyes.

Geared towards having something for everyone, there’s firstly the Pocket Solution (SGD1700), a pair of Sennheiser’s high-end 800 Ear-Canal Headphones that comes in its very own Dior Homme-detailed carrying case. For the man who prefers to go wireless during his everyday commute, there’s the Daily Solution (SGD1700), a jazzed-up PXC 550 Wireless that comes with a soft leather clutch case that complements the audio piece seamlessly.

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Need a backpack for your headphones to go into? Dior Homme has the aptly named Travel Solution (SGD3500) up for grabs, another PXC 550 that comes with its own full-sized bag.

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Lastly, something for the ultimate bachelor pad, there’s the Home Solution(SGD15,000). Crafted to house the special editions of the HD 800 S and HDVD 800, they are housed within the padded leather drawers which you can slide open easily. Its good looks don’t hurt either, the black, anthracite and brushed metal with bold red detailing perfect for the confident and stylish individual.

Sound meets style with this stellar collaboration, but as excited as you are now, you’ll just have to wait till end-June 2017 before they are all launched at Dior Homme and Sennheiser boutiques islandwide.

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Adidas Loses Latest Round in Patent Suit Against Skeckers

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Adidas has been handed an unfavorable ruling in the patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Skechers, alleging that its fellow footwear brandwillfully infringed two patents related to adidas' Springblade design – a four-year-old design whose midsole includes blades are meant to help propel runners forward – with its similar "Mega Flex" shoe.

In refusing to grant adidas’ request for a preliminary injunction this week, Judge Michael Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, a federal court in Portland, held that Skechers did not willfully infringe adidas’ patents with its own "Mega Blade" design and that it is not facing harm that gives rise to the need for such a remedy.

According to Judge Simon, "Adidas's evidence of irreparable injury is too conclusory and speculative," and the company "fails to make a persuasive showing that the Mega Blade shoe has had an appreciable adverse effect on the Springblade shoe.”

Additionally, Judge Simon “put the case on hold so the U.S. Patent and Trial Appeals Board ("PTAB")  could consider related issues,” per Reuters. Currently pending before the PTAB are two Inter Partes Review proceedings, in which Skechers is challenging the validity of patent claims of two existing adidas patents for the Springblade design based on existing patents and printed publications. 

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BALENCIAGA SOFT LE DIX BAG

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Balenciaga Le Dix Bag. This collection was created by Alexander Wang and it was the first-time that the house expanded their bag line beyond the popular motorcycle-inspired handbags. The Le Dix’s were made to be ladylike but chic and minimal. And for this new season, Balenciaga updated their Le Dix Bags with a softer side.

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The previous Le Dix Bags were all crafted with sharp points and straight lines. The shape was tight but beautiful. The new Soft Le Dix Bags are made with looser leathers, curvy shapes and roomier interior. The style remains the same, which is minimal and ladylike. The Le Dix Bags are made in single colors, chic luggage tag and above all, super-thin handles. The handles are curved and connected with a piece of golden hardware to the bag. The center is also refined with golden plate hardware.

This is the softer version of the Le Dix Bag and it also comes with a shoulder strap in case you want to shoulder carry or cross body. It’s made from calfskin, which is a durable and strong leather.

In the interior, you will find two large compartments to store all your office essentials. There is also an internal zipped pocket and slot pockets for your important necessities. Measuring 10’ x 13’ x 4.5’ (H x W x D) inches, priced at $2225 USD, €1545 euro, $18200 HKD, ¥191200 JPY, $3505 AUD via MyTheresa.

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