Queen Bey, Jay Z, Kanye (aka the Holy Trinity), Rhianna and Pharell, are teaming up to sue French fashion label, ElevenParis, for brazenly using their photos for products without permission.
According to reports, the brand ignored repeated requests from the musical geniuses to remove said products for sale, some of which included shirts stating “Kanye is my homie” and “Hova”.
As reported by Fashion Journal, filed complaints (there are 58 in total) includes that the brand is “wilful intellectual property infringers that, without authorization, usurp the trademarks, copyrights and other rights of A-list celebrities."
However, things are a bit awkward due to Beyonce’s sister Solange (and husband basher- remember the Met Ball elevator scene from 2014?) modelled for the brands Spring/Summer 15 campaign, and Beyoncé reportedly once had some sort of agreement with the label (which is now breached).
A statement released from ElevenParis states that the brand is hopeful that they find a “fair and balanced agreement” with the A-grade celebs.
We guess not everyone knows that when Queen Bey tells you to do something, you better bow down!
Now that the warmer weather has arrived and we have packed away our winter boots, we are ready to adorn beautiful heels and sandals. We have collated our favourite footwear trends that you will be sporting, and will be seeing, this Australian Spring Summer 15/16.
Fine Ghille Heel and Flats
Shop Now: Tony Bianco Karim Lace Up Heel, $ 189.95
Delicate lace-up heels and flats are set to be major trend for SS 15/16. The fine, feminine detailing brings attention to the ankle, and the versatility of the style means that it can be worn with jeans for a casual look, or for a night out.
Fringe and Tassels
Shop Now: Stuart Weitzman Fringelica High Heel Pump With Fringe, $830
The 70s trend for the season has been reflected in heels and sandals being adorned with fringe and tassels. The fringe and tassels will come in numerous lengths, with suede styles being popular. The footwear will come in bright hues perfect for summer, and classic black perfect to add subtle detail to an outfit.
Shop Now: Carvela Kookie Heel, $190
Thick wedges and heels in camel tones are set to be popular this SS15/16. The trend, reminiscent of the 70’s, will help add an element of bohemian chic to an outfit and is perfect to pair with jeans, or a maxi dress or skirt for an ultimate hippie vibe.
Metal studded detailing was a major trend seen at Milan Fashion Week, and is one that will dominate the footwear trends for SS15/16. Studs add an effortless edge to any outfit and will be found heels, flats and boots.
Shop Now: Senso Gabriel II, $229
Pointy toe flats overtook the Paris runways at Fashion Week and are set to be a major piece for everyone’s wardrobe this summer. The trend is set to have pointy toe flats in numerous colours and adorned with laser cut-outs to add an element of interest. The versatility of a stylish flat shoe means that it can be worn comfortably for every occasion.
It's no secret that Jardan makes the most stunning furniture. Known for their beautifully designed products and high quality craftsmanship, it comes as no surprise why uncontainable excitement is high on our list right now. Why? Because the Melbourne-based furniture designers and manufacturers Jardan have opened their first retail showroom at Fortitude Valley’s fashionable James St precinct!
The space aims to capture the essence of a quintessential Australian brand that feels more like a home than a store. Say no more ....
Headed up by brothers Nick and Mike Garnham, the family owned business has been in operation since 1987 and employs a team of specialist artisans and craftspeople in excess of 100 people.
"We are excited to move to a new space in Brisbane in the heart of the James St precinct where we are surrounded by design, fashion and food. The new store now feels like a home where we can showcase our furniture and new homeware, bedding and lighting ranges...the whole Jardan lifestyle,” says Nick Garnham.
The space was designed by Melbourne based architect Iva Foschia of IF Architecture.
“Jardan's retail store represents the perfect balance of style and function. It is a starting point for those who wish to extend their vision of a modern Australian home, yet allows a sense of history and classicism to enrich that aesthetic”, says architect Iva Foschia.
In keeping with Jardan's philosophy, the space and materials have been chosen to ensure they satisfied the company policy of 'making locally, acting mindfully and minimising all waste and by-product'.
Jardan furniture is made to last. A lifetime and more. Enduring beyond trends and fashion.
The Brisbane showroom is now currently open to the public, 7 days a week.
The details: Jardan 16A/23 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Ph: 07 3257 0098 W: www.jardan.com.au
Southbank - located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, boasting 17 hectares of lush parklands and known for its world-class eateries has welcomed a new space to their cultural destination.
If you're a beer lover - and enjoy city views and soulful foods, then you'll probably be heading to our new favourite spot this weekend, Soutbank Beer Garden.
It's a first of its kind for inner city Brisbane where you can harness the summer breeze, sip on a cool drink of your choice and enjoy the city sights.
And the view can get better, all you have to do is head on upstairs to the River Room where the space boasts 180 degree river views from two spacious decks, with a bird’s eye view of South Bank’s beach.
The venue’s owner, Bevan Bickle, hopes to provide locals with the sights, smells and tastes of the South Bank Parkland’s relaxed surrounds.
Mr. Bickle, whose repertoire of successful hospitality ventures includes, South Bank Surf Club, Family Nightclub, Birdee’s and Bunk Backpackers, plans to integrate the space for dining, drinking, functions and events.
“We all have great memories of time spent with a beer by the beach and we’re excited to introduce that atmosphere to Brisbane. We wanted to design a relaxed venue suitable for any occasion, whether it’s a special celebration, a corporate function, afternoon drinks or all day dining.”
With 14 beers on tap, 2 cider options, 20 bottled craft beers and the ultimate breakfast cocktail menu - it's easy indulging at its finest.
Oh, and the menu includes light bites along with substantial soul foods made using fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce.
It's summer's new favourite beer garden destination. Make sure you drop by and check it out for yourself.
With summer just around the corner it is important for everyone to find the perfect swimwear that not only compliments their body shape, but also leaves them feeling confident and beach ready. We spoke to Tammy Byrkek, founder and designer of successful swimwear label, Baku, about the upcoming swimwear trends for the season, how to shop for your body shape and the launch of Baku’s vibrant SS15 collection.
Summer is right around the corner, what swimwear styles do you recommend for flattering different body shapes?
TB: Triangle- Women with triangular shape bodies tend to carry weight on the lower half of their body, around the hips and thighs. The goal for this figure is to balance proportions by visually broadening shoulders to balance wide hips. Bandeau bras are fantastic for creating an overall even look for your body as they make small busts look bigger and balance out the top and bottom halves of your body. Colours have an important slimming effect also; everyone knows black makes you look thinner but patterns work even better. Print swimsuits keep eyes wandering and distract eyes from lumps and bumps; our Rockefeller range aims to do just this!
Apple- Your aim here is to create the illusion of a longer body shape by finding a swimsuit that is not only flattering but draws attention upwards towards your shoulders and face and away from the stomach. Halter styles and swimsuits with a deep V or plunging neckline create visual length and draws eyes upwards. Make sure you invest in a swimsuit with good bust support with either a soft cup or underwire. Pants with stomach ruching such as the Baku Full Coverage pant have tummy control support and flatter the stomach.
Pear- Pear shaped bodies again tend to carry weight on the lower half of their body. Look for suits that slim your lower torso and draw attention to your upper torso with shapely necklines and bust detailing. A tankini is flattering as it makes the middle section appear longer and slimmer. Frills and ruffles also give the appearance of more shape in the bust, like the Casablanca Frill Swim Singlet.
Rectangle/boy- Rectangular body shapes are characterized by strong, broad shoulders and lack of defined waist. The main goal with this body type is give the look of curves and the trick is to wear feminine suits with flirty details like bows, ruffles or ties that help to create visual curves. One-pieces such as our Scuba Essentials High Neck Cutaway with cut-out panels further create the illusion of curves. Avoid solid colour and go for bold floral or polka dot prints.
What are your tips for feeling confident in a bathing suit this summer?
TB: The most important way to feel confident in a bathing suit is to make sure you have the right fit and style for your body type. The wrong size, print or style will make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Take the time to find the right swimsuit, try on different options, ask the opinion of the salesgirl and bring a friend.
What are some of your favourite poolside accessories?
TB: Those inflatable animals that you sit on bring me back to my childhood – they are so fun and now so chic!!
What's one of biggest issues women face when choosing swimwear?
TB: Many women think they know they’re body shape and what suits with clothing. However, swimwear is a completely different game. It’s important to shop on a day when you are feeling great. Don’t shop after a big meal, there’s nothing worse than feeling bloated and trying on a swimsuit. Make sure it fits right, life your arms, bend and twist – a good suit will move with you and holds its shape!
Are there any 'it' cover-ups you can recommend for summer?
TB: A sarong or kaftan is a must have for summer. If you are self-conscious about your hips or thighs, a cover up is the best way to hide these areas, slim you down and make you feel more confident. Fabulous lace kaftans such as the Miami Lace Kaftan are a stylish way to hide any areas you may be self-conscious about.
Often as women, we have areas of our body we might want to disguise. Do you have any tips to enhancing our assets and hiding our flaws?
TB: Know your body and if you aren’t sure communicate your thoughts with the sales girl. If you are conscious about your tummy, wear a pant that is higher waisted with ruching such as the Casa Tummy Control Pant which will slim and flatter the stomach. If you have a larger bust a halter style will give you coverage, support and comfort and look great on you.
This seasons Baku SS15/16 collection is defined by its striking 3D print affects, modern tropical florals and on trend summer florals. Where do you find the inspiration to create such pieces?
TB: As the names of the collections suggest, we take inspiration from the gorgeous destinations and countries of the collections. We have spent a lot of time developing the prints and looks from these destinations and studied the tradition and culture to make sure we get it right.
Baku's latest collection contains mini ranges based on famous summer holiday destinations, including Bali Nights and Polynesia. Where in the world would you like to spend your summer?
TB: If I’m spending summer abroad, I love heading off to the Mediterranean in July/August – nothing beats the weather and the atmosphere... you feel like you have no troubles in the world! But I do love spending Summer in Australia also... everyone loves Bondi!
What is your favourite design out of this season’s collection?
TB: My favourite would have to be the Casablanca 80’s Maillot. This style is so funky and reminiscent of beauties like Pamela Anderson and Elle Ferguson. It’s been so fun to bring back this style and see it’s resurgence in popularity.
What are your top tips for getting summer ready this season?
TB: Refresh your lifestyle – eat fresh, healthy vegetables, increase your water intake, reduce sugar and focus on yourself. Take time in the lead up to summer to focus on doing what makes you happy and plan your summer.
To find the perfect swimsuit or bikini to enhance your summer be sure to check out Baku’s latest collection, available in leading swimwear retailers or online.
Nicki Minaj has once again been challenged for her strong views and opinions. In her cover story for The New York Times Magazine, Nicki flipped out and shut down the journalist and the interview as she felt she was being 'disrespected'.
Apart from owning her moment and proving once again that she is a serious Boss B*tch, she also opened up about retouching images for Instagram and her relationships.
Read on for our top highlights.
On celebrities on Instagram:
“I get that people put filters on their pictures — I definitely use filters — but I didn’t know people retouched,” she says, excitedly talking about being in a nightclub the other day, taking pictures with a friend, and how the friend “cleaned all the sweat off our face” before she posted the photo. “We’re in a club! We can have a moist, dewy-looking face.”
“People are posting pictures of working out, and then there’s a change in their body” most likely from plastic surgery, “and they say it’s because they were working out! Ah-hahahaha.” Then she turns serious again. ‘‘Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’
On her mother:
“When I was younger, I thought that the only reason my mother didn’t leave my father was for financial reasons. From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.”
Where things take a turn: The journalist asks whether Minaj enjoyed the 'drama' of all the feuds surrounding her life, in particular boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake.
“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said. “It’s between them.” How does it make you feel, I ask? “I hate it,” she said. “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
On the shut down:
“That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
Then Nicki calls the journalist 'rude' and 'a troublemaker'. And quickly tells her, "Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Read the full interview here, because it's really intense.
Despite all of the break up drama between Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Kourntey seems to be handling things perfectly fine. The reality star has been looking better than ever and recently she decided to bare it all for Vanity Fair.
Like we've never seen before, she has absolutely slain in this Metallic Life series which has been shot by Brian Bowen Smith.
Vanity Fair states that Smith said the photographs have been "printed on metallic paper and presented with no glass ... they emphasize the tantalizing textures of the skin."
The artworks will be on display at the De Re Gallery in Los Angeles from October 22 to November 19.
Kourtney was obviously thrilled with the result and she tweeted her thanks.
RESORT is back! The urban vacation returns in 2015 from Thursday October 15 to Saturday October 17.
RESORT is a celebration of James Street as a creative hub for fashion, lifestyle and design influenced by Queensland’s tropical climate. Over three days, the shopping destination will transform into a desert oasis, playing host to panels, workshops, collection presentations and exclusive collaborations. The streetwide celebration will be presented by ELLE Australia.
Australian based global influencer, Margaret Zhang, will attend James Street for the three-day program. Zhang will take part in the RESORT Trailblazers panel hosted by ELLE, joined by fashion entrepreneur Lisa Gorman from Gorman and up-an-coming jewellery designer, Holly Ryan.
RESORT 2015 features a series of collaborations with retailers including MAC Cosmetics, who have produced an exclusive RESORT collection and Molten Store, who have partnered with Demeter Fragrance to create a RESORT Eau de Parfum. The MAC Cosmetics custom RESORT collection features an eyeshadow palette, three lipstick shades, strobe cream, blush and bronzer. The RESORT collection is to be launched at the MAC Pro Store on James Street and is available to purchasing during October 15-17.
Thursday October 15 marks the launch of the Molten Store RESORT fragrance and the sundowner party with Optiko and Oliver Peoples.
Join Vogue Living’s Brisbane Editor and Publisher of MoreMargie.com, Margie Fraser for an intimate fashion panel discussion at midday on Friday 16 October. Make sure to visit JamesSt.com.au to reserve your tickets. Then bring in the weekend with RESORT AFTER DARK presented by ELLE Australia, all your favourite James St destination will be buzzing until 9pm.
On Saturday October 17, James Street will be jam packed with action! At 9.30 am, join 2XU on the grassy area outside their store for a strength conditioning session to work out all those post-holiday kinks. If getting sweaty is not your thing, enjoy a healthy BV breakfast and dance to the MORNING RAVE tunes brought to you by Multiple Man DJ’s with visuals by Callum McGrath at Blonde Venus.
At 10.00am, join the Easton Pearson Designers, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson alongside stylist Christie Nicolaides for a turban styling workshop or meet Lorna Jane for a morning of all things Move Nourish Believe, inspired by their Active Living philosophy.
Beauty lovers can learn the art of contouring and highlighting with M.A.C Australia’s Senior Artist, Carol Mackie at 11.00am. Call M.A.C James Street on (07) 3852 2444 to reserve your seat.
Finally, join Margaret Zhang, Lisa Gorman and Holly Ryan at 2.00pm in The Box for an intimate forum discussion hosted by Damien Woolnough, Editor-In-Chief of L’Officiel Australia. Visit JamesSt.com.au to reserve your ticket.
This exciting line up has something on offer for every interest. Don’t miss your chance to hear firsthand from some of Australia’s most influential fashion and beauty experts, get in quick to book your tickets!