Ask Lena: Girls Star Shares Advice on YouTube

If you’ve ever questioned which friendships are worth fighting for, how loud is too loud, or whether you can wear booty shorts and still be called a feminist (answer: yes), Lena Dunham is here to set the record straight. ask-lena

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In anticipation of her September 30 Not That Kind of Girl book release, the Girls star offers sage advice in a fearlessly frank video series titled Ask Lena. In each hilarious installment of the 12-part video series, she answers real questions submitted by fans. Topics range from provocative dressing to “unfunny girlfriends.”

I would highly recommend giving the show a watch to tide you over until her book release. Divvy it up at two videos a day – or if you’re a binge-watcher like me, watch them all right now.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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September 24, 2014

Girl Power: Emma Watson Speaks About Feminism

Following an Ivy League education and the Harry Potter series, British actress Emma Watson is sticking up for herself – and for women around the world. As the newly appointed Women’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Emma delivered a powerful message to U.N. officials this weekend about what it means to be a feminist and who exactly should be involved in the matter (hint: everyone).

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In her ten-minute speech, Emma raises important questions about gender inequality, like “Why has the word ‘feminism’ become such an unpopular one?” She also asks for our help in reversing the age-old stigma that all feminists are “anti-men,” formally extending an invitation for guys to join the conversation. This stance supports her newly launched campaign HeForShe, a solidarity movement encouraging men to join the fight for equal rights.

Already, Emma’s words have made their mark on the world (and on my Facebook news feed). She’s poised and passionate about equal rights, and I can think of no one better for the job. So boys, get involved and sign a commitment at heforshe.org. It’s your issue too.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

The Latest Bey & Jay Gossip? Good News for Once

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been subjected to the rumor mill quite often lately. Are they pregnant? Divorcing? According to Dash Radio host DJ Skee, the power couple is working on a joint album to be released later this year or early next. No word on the record’s title yet, but fingers crossed that Blue Ivy will be featured on another track with her mom (and this time her dad, too).

An entire album of “Bonnie and Clyde” proportions? Yep, you’re not the only one trying to stay calm.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 19, 2014

Follow Back: Barbie Is Instagram’s Newest Member

Just when you thought Barbie had done it all, she’s back at it again. With over 150 careers on her résumé, the iconic doll’s newest endeavor might be her most fashionable one yet. Next month, Barbie will play Instagram street style sensation, taking on fashion weeks in four cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

Under the handle @BarbieStyle, Barbie has already started documenting her #OOTDs, packing essentials, and accessories close-ups, as well as her favorite places in each fashion capital. Yup, shes got the blogger routine down.

Of course, this isn’t Barbie’s first time in the style ring. She’s collaborated with some of fashion’s finest – Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, and Vera Wang to name a few – and she also held a runway show in New York to celebrate her 50th anniversary. This year, she’ll kick off NYFW by co-hosting a party with the CFDA.

I followed this account quicker than I begged for that Barbie Dream House back in Christmas of 1993.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 29, 2014

In Motion: Instagram’s Time-Lapse App Is Perfect for NYFW

Yesterday, Instagram launched a standalone app that will put your existing video uploads to shame. Called Hyperlapse, it lets users record time-lapse video from their iPhone®, accelerating footage anywhere from two to twelve times the normal speed. And it didn’t take long for the fashion set to realize it’ll be a handy New York Fashion Week Tool.

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August 27, 2014

They Can’t Stop: Miley & Jeremy Are Teaming Up for NYFW

If gigantic teddy bears and cartoons are your thing, then you’re in for a treat. Miley Cyrus (well-known for both) and Moschino’s colorful tongue-in-cheek creative director Jeremy Scott have something big up their sleeves for New York Fashion Week.

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Jeremy announced, “Miley and I have something very exciting we’re brewing up for the future.” He was tight-lipped about details, but revealed that the show will feature “a group of cool kids” instead of models.

No word yet on what they’re plotting, but I have some ideas. Miley had a homeless teen, Jesse Helt, accept her Moonman on her behalf to raise awareness for the issue. Could those be the cool kids Jeremy’s talking about? Will it involve another group of performers? Perhaps his show will use Miley’s Bangerz as a soundtrack? Only time will tell. Until then, the duo will have everyone (including the front row) on the edge of their seats.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 27, 2014

Because I’m Happy: Models Smile for Fall Campaigns

Kate Moss for ELEVEN PARIS. Cara Delevingne for Burberry. Gisele Bündchen for Sonia Rykiel. Along with impeccably cozy style, this fall’s fashion models are sporting a parade of toothy grins – a welcome departure from the stoic, cold stares perpetuated by the 90s heroin-chic movement.

Perhaps it has something to do with Pharrell Williams’s insanely catchy tune. Or maybe big-name designers simply want to appear more approachable? Either way, I like this changeup. Bring on the happy.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 26, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For unwinding: Draw a relaxing bath. Just add dry lavender, epsom salt,  lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil to the tub.

For your bottom half: The best thing to scoop up at a thrift store, sample sale, or can’t-miss Rue La La Boutique? Skirts. They are one of the easiest items to tailor.

For aching feet: Rumor has it, you can alleviate stiletto pain by taping together your third and fourth toes.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 25, 2014

Raise Your Glass: Kate Moss Celebrates 25 Years in Fashion

She’s dominated fashion spreads for a quarter century. And now? Kate Moss is toasting to her success with a champagne coupe molded from the shape of her bust. The British supermodel partnered with posh London restaurant 34 to create the personalized glass.

A little bizarre? Maybe. But it’s been done before. Rumor has it, the first champagne coupe ever made was modeled on Marie Antoinette’s left breast, which British artist Jane McAdam Freud used as inspiration for Kate’s modern version.

“I was excited to participate in this project…what an honor to be alongside Marie Antoinette – she was a very intriguing and mischievous character,” Kate said. “Champagne is always associated with celebration and happy occasions and I had fun creating this beautiful coupe.”

Come October, Kate will launch the creation at 34 and its sister restaurants The Ivy, Daphne’s, and Scott’s. As if I needed another excuse to book that trip to London…

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 22, 2014

Anna Wintour: The Ice (Bucket) Queen

You’ve seen the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign raising money and awareness for ALS, on your feed and in the news. Nominees either post a video of themselves dumping ice on their heads or make a donation. The latest A-list participant? Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour.

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This week, Anna was drenched in chilly water like a true champ, accepting a nomination from her daughter Bee Schaffer. And yes, she even kept her signature sunglasses on.

It looks like Anna will need to restyle her impeccable bob, stat. But for a good cause, we’re sure she won’t mind.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 21, 2014