Prince George is walking already AND other news

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Prince George is walking already

Official royal photos were released this weekend showing the tiny royal taking a few steps ahead of his first birthday. Such a cutie! Wearing striped overalls and blue polo shirt, the little prince was snapped taking determined steps across the pebble-strewn ground.

We are sure mothers around the world will be dashing to the shops to buy their younglings the same outfit. We simply can’t wait to see the first birthday snaps.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely turns denim designer

The model has teamed up with Paige Denim as both its new face and its designer. Teasing a #projectintheworks on Instagram, showing her holding a pair of Paige jeans, she looks set to try her hand at denim after her very successful Marks & Spencer lingerie line.

‘With her effortless, chic off-duty style I can’t think of a more perfect ambassador for our brand,’ said Paige founder Paige Adams-Geller. ‘She will be the face and inspiration of the spring campaign when the collection launches in January 2015. We share so many of the same interests and passions. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. Working together will be an exciting adventure and a dream come true.’

Daria Werbowy returns for Céline

Already the face of various Autumn/Winter collections for 2014 – Mango, Equipment and AG Jeans – Daria Werbowy has returned as the face of French fashion house Céline for the fifth season in a row.

Shot by Juergen Teller, Werbowy wears Phoebe Philo designs like no one else.

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine tie the knot

The Victoria’s Secret angel and Maroon 5 frontman got hitched this weekend in a private ceremony in Los Cabos, Mexico in front of some 300 guests. This was a star-studded affair – Stevie Nicks was there and actor Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) officiated. The bride was clad in a custom-made Marchesa gown.

Talking weddings… 9-year-old Saneie Masilela made headlines in 2013 as the world’s youngest groom when he married 61-year-old Helen Shabangu in a traditional ceremony in Mpumalanga. Saneie originally claimed that his dead ancestors had instructed him to tie the knot. The ‘couple’ have now renewed their vows in a second ceremony. Other villagers have called the wedding ‘sickening’, but Saneie’s mother, Patience, doesn’t have a problem with it, saying: ‘I know it’s what the ancestors wanted. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked, then something bad would have happened in the family.’ For more watch the below video:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reuniting on screen

For the first time since their 2009 smash hit, Mr and Mrs Smith, Brangelina plans to reunite on screen in a new film penned by Jolie. The film will be a character-driven drama called By the Sea, and will be made by Universal Pictures. ‘I am very happy to continue my relationship with [Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea,’ Jolie said in a statement. ‘They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.’

Simply. Cannot. Wait.

The new Alexander McQueen ad campaign is oh-so-Game-Of-Thrones AND Karl Lagerfeld gets his own doll

298 killed by missile as Malaysia Airlines plane flies over Ukraine

Believed to be a Russian-made missile downed a Malaysia Airlines plane yesterday as it flew over a separatist-controlled corner of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has since prompted this as an ‘act of terror’.

The exact origins of the missile, which caused the deadliest downing of a civilian passenger plane in decades, could not yet be explained. The plane was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. For more on this story, watch the below video:

Mandela Day

Today would have been Madiba’s 96th birthday. To celebrate Mandela’s iconic legacy of giving, South Africans and people around the world will be doing good deeds for 67 minutes every 18th of July. The Marie Claire is heading to Noah House in Woodstock today, so be sure to check out our Twitter and Instagram account for updates.

Beyoncé leads the MTV nominations pack

MTV just released its nominations list for the 2014 Video Music Awards and, obviously, Beyoncé came out on top. Leading with a whopping eight nominations, the singer is followed by Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven a piece.

For the full list of nominees, go here.

Karl Lagerfeld gets his own doll

Barbie Karl is here! Mattel Inc. has decided to produce the world’s tiniest fingerless gloves as they will now produce a limited edition Karl Lagerfeld doll.

Part of the Barbie Collector series, the doll will be dressed in the designer’s iconic style: a tailored black jacket, a white shirt with a high collar and skinny black jeans. The look will be completed with some key accessories of course: a wide necktie, dark sunglasses and black ankle boots.

We want one!


The new Alexander McQueen ad campaign is oh-so-Game-Of-Thrones

Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign ads were shot by the brilliant Steven Klein and featured ‘It’ model of the moment Edie Campbell. The moody ads show Campbell lounging in elaborate McQueen frocks. Very dramatic, and almost eerie, the images remind us of the murky world of Game of Thrones.  Like it?

The cost of a supermodel and more daily snippets

The cost of a supermodel

For a long time now, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchenhas been dubbed, by the likes of Forbes magazine, the world’s highest paid model. We didn’t realise, though, just how much cash she was actually earning. After raking in campaigns for H&M and Chanel and delivering the World Cup trophy for Louis Vuitton, this model is swimming in it! It has been estimated that she now makes about $128 000 a day…

The new Fall fashion campaigns

Tom Ford’s Fall campaign is to die for. Shot by Johnny Dufort, featuring a string of ‘It’ models like Patrick Schwarzenegger, Gigi Hadid, Natalie Westling and Ashleigh Good, this is a team effort of note.

Tapping the beautiful Daria Webowy for the second consecutive campaign, Mango’s Fall/Winter campaign – shot by Josh Ollins – is strikingly ethereal.

The Calvin Klein Jeans revival is effortlessly cool, as expected. After 20 years the brand is celebrating with a string of fresh models and ads. Their most recent features Lara Stone, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The ads are covered with the hashtag #mycalvins – encouraging people to share photos of them wearing their Calvins. The ads will debut in the September issues of various magazines.

A newcomer to the campaign world, Amy Adams is the star of Max Mara’s Fall 2014 ads, posing with some of the label’s key accessories.

Kate Bosworth designs new fashion app

Known for her incredible style and fashion savvy, Miss Bosworth is now launching a new fashion app, which helps you track down pieces that you most covet, hence the name Style Thief. ‘Everyone has fashion envy. Everyone can relate to that feeling of looking at an editorial, for example – or a friend, or the runway, for that matter – wanting to steal something exactly as you’re seeing it, or something similar.’ So basically: snap and steal someone’s style.

Many have noted that this is rather similar to another app, called ASAP54, which works with image recognition technology to help users find what they’re looking for.


Tim Noakes encourage the poor to bant

Sport scientist and The Real Meal Revolution co-author Tim Noakes is now encouraging South Africa’s poor children to eat animal organs instead of pap and bread. The Banting diet, or low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet, that he endorses is often regarded as a diet for the middle classes, since it can be expensive to follow.

But Noakes now says that anyone can follow this diet, no matter his or her socio-economic status:

‘Carbohydrates drive hunger. They do not satiate us… Children in the Karoo can access animal organs but they are not eating the parts … that help them. The liver, marrow and organs are the healthiest,’ he says.

What do you think?

Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart dress up as men in Jenny Lewis’s new video

Our video of the day has to be Jenny Lewis’s recently released ‘Just One of the Guys’.  Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson dress up in Seventies tracksuits, flat-bill ball caps and gristly ’staches, as they breakdance in all-white suits.

Watch it here and let us know what you think about it:

We found the one magazine that’ll still work with Terry Richardson

We found the one magazine that’ll still work with Terry Richardson

In the wake of many accusations of sexual harassment levelled at photographer Terry Richardson by models he’s shot, clothing companies and magazines have slowly been distancing themselves from the controversial photographer.

However, Playboy is still on his side – it’s just tapped him to shoot a 100-page spread in an upcoming issue. 100 pages?! That’s basically the entire issue, in our estimate. Guess he had to go somewhere where the models are contractually obliged to get their kit off.

In fact, Terry Richardson and Playboy make perfect partners, don’t you think?

Kate Moss’s little sis models for Calvin Klein

Déjà-vu anyone? Calvin Klein Jeans has reworked nine of its most iconic Nineties denim styles for a fresh new collaboration with ‘The Reissue Project’ launches this week and features Kate Moss’s little sis, 16-year-old Lottie Moss, in a series of portraits shot by Michael Avedon. we spotted the series of ads, which have an uncanny resemblance to those retro Calvin ads with Mark Wahlberg from 1992, on Twitter: 

Via Twitter

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Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

Nobel prize-winning SA novelist Nadine Gordimer has died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90.

‘She … will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends and literary colleagues. Her son Hugo and daughter Oriane and her caring helpers were with her,’ a statement read.

‘She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people, and its ongoing struggle to realise its new democracy. Her proudest days were not only when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, but also when she testified at the Delmas Trial in 1986, to contribute to saving the lives of 22 ANC members, all of them accused of treason.’ Her talent will be greatly missed in the South African literary space.

In other SA news… Oscar Pistorius went out this weekend and got into a brawl.

Going out for a Saturday night drink in a VIP club in Sandton with his cousin might not have been the best idea Pistorius has ever had. A man in the club ‘aggressively engaged’ the athlete about his ongoing murder trial, allegedly shoving him.

Pistorius’s spokeswoman confirmed that ‘an altercation’ took place.

The club patron, Jared Mortimer, however, claimed that Pistorius acted ‘drunk and very aggressive’. 

Germany? No, North Korea actually won the World Cup, you see

According to a recently released, heavily edited YouTube video, North Korea was in line to win the FIFA World Cup, this time against Portugal.

A spoof video, uploaded on the Korean News channel, shows a North Korean anchor reading the news, saying that the national football team had made it to the World Cup final – playing a Portuguese team led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Playing in the ‘semi-final’, North Korea is seen playing in a half-empty stadium as Brazil fans go crazy at one of the North Korean goals; and Kim Jong-un appearing on a big screen in front of a crowd. Watch this hilarious video here:

Blake Lively’s lifestyle brand to be called ‘Preserve’

Following in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow who created her online lifestyle brand, Goop, Blake Lively is starting her own brand, dubbing it Preserve, and focusing on artisans and hand-made, niche products. All items will be available on the site. It will focus on Blake’s story-telling, using video, as she motivates for a one-of-a-kind, curated life. The site will apparently go live next week sometime. Excited!

Celebrities aplenty at the 2014 Wimbledon Men’s final

Yesterday, Novak Djokovic took a five-set victory over the great Roger Federer in a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, in one of the best match-ups we have ever seen.

Clearly Wimbledon is becoming the place to be seen for international and British celebrities alike, as the men’s final was watched by Prince William and his wife Kate, David Beckham withVictoria, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale and Samuel L Jackson.

Check out their stylish Wimbledon wear here:

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The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party and the latest (and greatest) ad campaigns

Stars wow at London’s annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party

One of the social events of the year for British A-listers, models, royalty and even a few American stars – including Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne, Keira Knightley, Princess Beatrice, Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper – must be London’s Serpentine Gallery Summer Party. The celebs showed up in some of the most exquisite looks ever seen at this event. Here we share our favourites with you:

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The latest (and greatest) ad campaigns

There’s been a spate of fresh new ad campaigns starring male and female celebrities and up-and-coming young models.

Gwyneth Paltrow follows in the iconic footsteps of actresses Brigitte Bardot and Farrah Fawcett in her new campaign for Max Factor, while Winona Ryder – a former face of Marc Jacobs – can be seen in the new Rag & Bone Autumn 2014 ads.

Jimmy Choo has also released its first image and video of the undeniably handsome Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow in Game of Thrones), promoting the new fragrance ‘Man’.

Lastly, Calvin Klein‘s enduring CO One fragrance has received a fresh new look and cast. Twenty years ago, the black-and-white images featuring Kate Moss and other models made history as some of the sexiest ever. To celebrate its 20 years of ads, Calvin Klein is launching a new global campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti.

A feast of sexiness, it stars singer-songwriter Dev Hynes, models Edie Campbell and Ali Michael and others. 

Tinder co-founder accused of sexual harassment

Yesterday, news broke that Justin Mateen, co-founder of the mobile dating app Tinder, has been removed from his position pending a sexual harassment investigation against him by the company’s former vice president of marketing, Whitney Wolfe. Wolfe also names Tinder CEO Sean Rad, saying he witnessed and condoned Mateen’s abuse. It is said that Mateen sent messages containing ‘inappropriate content’ to Wolfe, naming her a

‘slut,’ a ‘gold digger’ and a ‘whore’. She also claims that both Rad and Mateen refused to credit her as a co-founder even though she was among the five people who started Tinder. The reason for this? They told her: ‘You’re a girl.’

Nadal knocked out of Wimbledon by teenager

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal lost to the 144th-ranked, 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia (7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3) in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Kyrgios made history, being the first man in more than 10 years to reach the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut. He’s also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1 man at a Grand Slam tournament since the 193-ranked Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier at Wimbledon in 1992.

ANC suggest that the SABC broadcast the national anthem twice a day

ANC MP Lindiwe Michelle Maseko recently suggested that the SABC broadcast the national anthem twice a day – at 6am and noon – to boost morale and encourage South African patriotism. Maseko says that she feels that South Africans are not patriotic enough.

What do you think of her suggestion?

Louis Vuitton’s Autumn Winter 2014/2015 campaign is rather extraordinary and more

Louis Vuitton’s Autumn Winter 2014/2015 campaign is rather extraordinary

‘Series 1’ is designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s first campaign for Louis Vuitton. And boy, is it fantastic.

Shot by not one but three highly renowned photographers – Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber – the images and the accompanying fashion film breathe new life into the iconic brand.

Bruce Weber captured models Liya Kedebe, Jean Campbell and Kirstin Liljegren in Miami, while Juergen Teller snapped Freja Beha Erichsen in the Scandinavian pavilion of Venice’s Giardini della Biennale. Annie Leibovitz shot pictures of Charlotte Gainsbourg in the studios of artists Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden and Storm King at the Art Center in New York.

Of this collaboration, Nicolas Ghesquière said: ‘It’s a way to bring together an artistic family which I feel close to. I wanted an unprecedented narrative from each of these photographers whom I admire so greatly. Only they could rise to the challenge of being brought face-to-face with one another, and ultimately combined to create a single story, because their visual expression is so powerful that it goes beyond all forms of classification or definition. I also wanted to remove them from their comfort zones, from what we already know about them, to see what they would tell the world, and me, about what fashion is today.’

What do you think?

Always ads question gender stereotypes

Yet another motivational ad, this time with a bit of a twist. Always, a brand of sanitary products, has produced a brilliant new ad that challenges the ‘like a girl’ tag. Saying that someone runs ‘like a girl’ or throws ‘like a girl’ is often disparaging – suggesting that, basically, someone is a bit of a wimp (because they don’t do something as well as a boy would). This ad tries to confront this seemingly ‘normal’ way of talking about gender.

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ social media casting campaign is here

Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, who make up the Marc by Marc Jacobs creative team, recently took to social media to put out a casting call, asking aspiring models to post photos of themselves on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #castmemarc.

From 70 000 entries, they narrowed the list down to 30 finalists, finally picking 9 models to be featured in their upcoming campaign. The models were shot by David Sims.

What do you think?

Beyoncé is the most powerful celebrity

According to Forbes, music is where the money is. Beyoncé Knowles topped Forbes’ 15th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s most powerful celebrities. This is the first time since she appeared on the list back in 2004. In second place we see basketball pro LeBron James, producer Dr. Dre in third and Oprah Winfrey in fourth – who fell from the top spot last year. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres comes in at number 5, Jay Z in 6th place and Rihanna in 8th

Africa out of the World Cup

Last night, Germany and France respectively ended Algeria and Nigeria’s dream of reaching the World Cup quarterfinals, leaving African supporters without a team to cheer on. Struggling for their wins, the Euro teams secured victories over the African hopefuls. Germany and France will compete in the last eight this Friday.

Modern vs traditional floaty wonders: Chanel and Reem Acra

When picking a dress for your big day, be sure to consider the following: are you modern and a bit quirky or rather more traditional? Either way, Chanel and Reem Acra have some spot-on answers, tailor-made for your needs. Be inspired:

Chanel has a way of updating a classic, giving it that floaty, feminine edge. We love Karl Lagerfeld for this. Theses 3 dresses prove that over and over again:

Reem Acra’s designs speak to the traditional bride, who seeks a beautifully constructed gown, that’s not too over the top or voluminous: 

Which is your favourite designer?

Missibaba launches colour-block capsule collection

Missibaba designer Chloe Townsend and creative partner Lizel Strydom recently launched a capsule collection using colourful leathers sourced on their South American travels. The designs are a true celebration of sixties-inspired colour, adding delightful pops and retro glamour to a simple navy or black ensemble this winter. 

There are so many covetable pieces – the collection has added two new bag styles and a new jewellery item. Pieces within the collection are in keeping with the colour-block theme – single colour panes broken into interesting shapes and framed in matt navy.

Truly captivating, unique and African.