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CULTURE, FASHION / October 25 2012 11:30 AM

QUEL SCANDALE! Banned In Britain

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Natalie Portman‘s Dior mascara ad is only the latest fashion ad to be banned on the limey streets of Britannia. Because the English are notoriously conservative, they scandalize easily whereas in America we have Lindsay Lohan. There’s no scandal big enough for us to bat a digitally altered eyelash at. Here, a sampling of ads banned by the UK’s watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority.

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CAMPAIGNS, NEWS / March 21 2012 7:57 AM

ASA Rules There’s No Shame in Harvey Nichols’ Game

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Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has had its share of questionable decisions in the past. From deeming Hailee Steinfeld‘s Miu Miu ads “irresponsible” for depicting the teen actress on railroad tracks to banning Dakota Fanning‘s Marc Jacobs “Oh Lola” ads for being “sexually provocative.” Well it seems the ASA has loosened up a little — at least when it comes to loose women — giving a controversial  ”Walk of Shame” video by Harvey Nichols a thumbs up. And maybe a high five.

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CULTURE, NEWS / December 21 2011 7:29 AM

Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Or, Why You Should Probably Step Your Game Up

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Aaliyah once said “Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number.” Of course she was 15 at the time and boinking R. Kelly, but that’s neither here nor there. Forbes Magazine, always list-happy, doesn’t believe in that mantra and therefore decided to rank the top 30 “disrupters” under 30 years of age, each in twelve categories, including art, media, music, energy, finance and technology. And just after I had finished going through my quarter-life crisis — looks like I (once again!) picked the wrong day to stop huffing glue.

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CULTURE, FASHION, NEWS / December 12 2011 2:00 PM

25 Top Fashion Moments of 2011

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‘Twas one hell of a year for fashion, 2011.  Alexander McQueen triumphed this year thanks to a pair of well-documented dresses and a bona fide cultural phenomenon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Christian Dior tried to rebound from a potential PR nightmare, to varying degrees of success. Diffusion lines easily out-shined their designer homes.  An editrix reinvented herself amidst a sea of rumors without losing a beat.  And underaged fashionistas grew up in front of our very eyes. Here are our picks for the 25 most memorable and stylish moments of 2011. 

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CAMPAIGNS, NEWS / November 23 2011 9:00 AM

The Tracks of Hailee Steinfeld’s Tears: Teen Starlet’s “Irresponsible” Miu Miu Ad Banned

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It’s not easy being Hailee Steinfeld. Sure, being prematurely gorgeous and precociously talented, earning an Oscar nomination while barely in high school, having designers clamor to dress you for the red carpet and place you in their ad campaigns seems like a dream. And for all intents and purposes it is. But leave it to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority to rain all over the young actress’ somnambulant parade. 

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BEAUTY / October 29 2011 9:00 AM

Chanel Honors Celebrity Makeup Artists With Swank Private Dinner

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On October 27th, CHANEL hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate the 5th anniversary of its Celebrity Makeup Artist Program by honoring makeup artists Rachel Goodwin, Fulvia Farolfi, Kate Lee, Kara Yoshimoto Bua, Angela Levin and manicurist Tom Bachik on the terrace of CHANEL’s Robertson boutique in Los Angeles. But what’s a CHANEL party without some of the most stylish ladies in Hollywood? Kate Bosworth, Hailee Steinfeld and Elle Fanning were just a few of the beautiful fashionistas in attendance.

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