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Anna Wintour in the documentary feature film, The September Issue

I just heard about a great auction happening over at CharityBuzz.com. Anna Wintour, the world-famous editor of American Vogue, is giving away the week of a lifetime to the highest bidder.  This is what you’ll win:

Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of the world’s recognized fashion authority, Vogue, has joined the cause to help benefit the RFK Center by donating a priceless week-long experience at the revered magazine. Tailored to the individual interests and skill set of the auction winner, the week at Vogue will be as fascinating as it is informative.

As part of this experience, the winner of this dream package will get to attend a fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week.

Also included in this package:
The September Issue DVD
In Vogue
Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People
The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places
The Teen Vogue Handbook

The proceeds from the auction will benefit The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.  The RFK Center is a living memorial dedicated to the causes that Robert F. Kennedy fought for.  The goal of the RFK center is “dedicated to advancing the human rights movement through providing innovative support to courageous human rights defenders around the world who have won the RFK Human Rights Award.” The center advances human rights through various programs including  human rights education advocacy programs and pushing for legislative reform of  juvenile justice systems.

Honestly, it’s great to see Anna putting the force of her fame and clout behind such a great cause.

As of Sunday, April 11th, the winning bid is $12,000.  However, bidding goes on for a few more days and ends on April 29 at 12:29:00 PM EDT.

If you’ve got the money to spare and want to have an unforgettable week in the offices of American Vogue, definitely click over and make a bid!  It’s for a great cause.

Here is a link to the auction at CharityBuzz.com: Anna Wintour, The Legendary Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE is Offering You the Opportunity of a Lifetime! Just Being Near Her Will Make You Chic

Music for Relief has put together an impressive lineup of artists for “Haiti, Download to Donate”.

“Haiti, Download to Donate” is a mixtape of original songs to support the Haiti relief effort.

Artists include: Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, Slash, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Kenna, Enrique Iglesias and Lupe Fiasco.

Download the album, and donate whatever you can no matter how large or small to help. Click here to get started and to learn more: Download to Donate.

Music for Relief is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and prevent such disasters. Since its beginning in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $3 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents and planted over 810,000 trees to help reduce global warming. Music for Relief was found by the band Linkin Park.

Source: Look to the Stars – Download Music To Bring Relief To Haiti

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Gunn Woman and Man of the Year for 2009.   They were chosen because of their exemplary examples in promoting causes that PETA supports.

In 2008 Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, decided to go vegan.  In the pursuit of this choice, Ellen has also been active in educating the public on veganism:

…ever since she and her wife, Portia De Rossi, decided to ditch all animal products in 2008, Ellen has made sure that her wildly popular talk show includes features to raise people’s awareness of animal issues.

In addition to educating the public via her show, PETA also notes that, “Ellen also created pages on her Web site that feature insight, info, and tips about cruelty-free living. Visitors can find recipes, read about why Ellen went vegan, learn where to shop, and more.”

The man of the year is Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. As mentioned, Tim narrated the PETA video named “Fashion Victims” in 2009.

The connoisseur of class, the guru of good taste, the titan of tact (I could go on all afternoon with these) narrated our video exposing skin-crawling atrocities suffered by animals who are slaughtered for their pelts, and the media have been buzzing ever since. Tim recently told the L.A. Times, “Wearing fur is like wearing a big sign reading, ‘I’m in favor of inflicting cruelty and pain on animals as a fashion statement.’ Unspeakable torture is inflicted on dogs, cats, bunnies, raccoons, foxes, minks, and myriad trapped, helpless creatures in the name of fashion—yes, dogs and cats.”

In addition to that Tim Gunn is the chief creative officer for Liz Claiborne and there is “zero fur” in that line.  In addition, they credit the absence of challenges involving fur from Project Runway to Tim’s influence.

Maybe this will influence more notable names in fashion to openly reject fur.

What do you think?  Will Gunn’s influence more fashionable people to reject fur?

Source: PETA.org’s Blog – The PETA Files – PETA Names Man and Woman of the Year

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All sorts of new collections are starting up:

Now we’ve got the news that Nicole Richie is also expanding on her fashion empire with a contemporary clothing line for women. She’s already had success with the House of Harlow, her 60s inspired line of jewelry, and her Nicole for Pea in the Pod maternity line.

A Winter Kate jacket layered over a camisole and vest with House of Harlow 1960 accessories. Photo by Raquel Olivo

A Winter Kate jacket layered over a camisole and vest with House of Harlow 1960 accessories. Photo by Raquel Olivo

Winter Kate is the name of the new line. It will debut next spring. The line, which takes her daughter Harlow’s two middle names, will also be 60s and 70s inspired. The 37 pieces will have a bohemian feel. The line will have mostly bed jackets, tops and vests as these are the focus points of Richie’s personal wardrobe.

Richie told Women’s Wear Daily, “I probably wear the same two pairs of jeans every day as the background to a fabulous top,” she said. “Bed jackets are a staple of my wardrobe because they are a gorgeous way to give jeans and a white T-shirt a completely different look.”

For Richie, “Fashion should be accessible.” Both the House of Harlow and Winter Kate target the same type of customer. “She is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match. The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but most importantly, they provide the wearer a means of self-expression and fun.”

You’ll be able to buy Winter Kate separates beginning in February at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ron Herman, Intermix and Kitson.

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Blogger Rosemary Port

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Model Liksula Cohen

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The feud between blogger Rosemary Port and model Liskula Cohen doesn’t seem to be burning down anytime soon. Port received a lot of media attention when her identity was revealed behind the anonymous post on the website “Skanks in NYC.”  Google was forced by a court order to turn over the blogger’s identity after Port called 37-year-old Cohen a “ho,” a “skank,” and an “old hag” on the blog.

According to the New York Daily News, the 29-year-old Fashion Institute of Technology student blames Cohen for all the controversy surrounding the whole situation and also plans to sue Google for $15 million.

“”This has become a public spectacle and a circus that is not my doing,” Port said.

“By going to the press, she defamed herself.”

Cohen made an appearance on Good Morning America defending herself.  The model says she forgives Port, but she still seems a bit bitter.

Whose side are you on?

octomom-tory-burch-flatsFirst things first:  I don’t know Octomom.  I don’t know anyone that knows Octomom.  I don’t even think I want to know Octomom.  (Five minutes alone in a room with her and all those sobbing babies would be enough to turn me into a sobbing baby.)

But there’s no denying that Octomom–the nickname given to Nadya Suleman after she gave birth to eight babies conceived through in vitro fertilization–has captured the world’s attention.  Despite reports that she was (and still is) receiving public financial assistance for her family, Octomom has made sure that she’s well-dressed, dropping an estimated $1500 on herself during one shopping spree, and sporting $200 Tory Burch flats in recent photos.

In an act of generosity (and publicity), clothing company Custom Kingdom offered Octomom’s brood free clothing for a year–an offer that she promptly rejected.  In a hint of what she might have up her sleeve, Suleman trademarked the name “Octomom,” which will be used in a line of Octomom-branded apparel for adults and kids.  (No word on whether the line will include maternity clothes.)  Given the fact that she’s also shopping a reality show about her life, we may see a lot more of Octomom’s style choices in the near future.