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Stella McCartney’s design policy to not harm animals whilst creating beautiful clothes is something that has earnt her high respect in my eyes, and this week she continued not to disappoint. After PETA presented the designer with distressing footage on Monday, showing mistreated sheep at the Patagonian farms where she sources wool to use in her collections, the designer ceased the connection with immediate effect. “I am very saddened to report that we have had to cease sourcing some of our sustainable wool from Ovis 21 in Patagonia,” the designer wrote on Instagram. “It was born as an amazing initiative to help protect a million acres of endangered grasslands in Patagonia whilst looking after the welfare of animals. Unfortunately, after conducting our own investigation in Argentina, following a very distressful viewing of footage provided by the great guys at @officialpeta, we found out that 1 of the 26 ranches we used source sustainable wool there, mistreated its sheep. It is one too many.” Go Stella!

It’s annoying when members of the fashion industry live up to bitchy stereotypes, and this week not only that happened, but an opinionated executive threw himself, and quite frankly his brand’s sales, (metaphorically) under a bus. A Herve Leger executive who made offensive comments regarding who should and shouldn’t wear the fashion label’s signature bandage dresses, “is no longer associated with the company,” reported Page Six. Patrick Couderc – the alleged former UK managing director of MJH Fashion, the London-based licensee of the Herve Leger brand – told The Mail on Sunday that, “voluptuous women and those with very prominent hips and a very flat chest,” should not wear the famous dress. Furthermore, he said that, “If you’re a committed lesbian and you are wearing trousers all your life, you won’t buy a Herve Leger dress. Lesbians would want to be rather butch and leisurely.” The brand was quick to issue an apologetic statement, but, was the damage already done?

Is she? Isn’t she? Was that her? The internet was abuzz this week with rumours that the first image of Jennifer Anniston were released, which turned out to be an image from a like-looking model in a look book for a bridal boutique called: Dimitrius Dalia. A few days after the social media disappointment, Anniston made her first public appearance since her wedding to Justin Theroux, giving the world the first glimpse of her wedding ring and igniting the internet once more.

Ever been to Disneyland? Well, Guerilla artist Banksy has opened his own version (on Thursday), which is aptly named Dismaland, and is an alternative theme park/exhibition that aims to challenge the traditional idea of ‘mindless escapism’. Featuring work from artists including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty and Bristol-born Bansky, it’s a must-see if you want a different take on rollercoasters and cotton candy.

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What is it with fashion big-shots making unconsidered comments that do anything than boost their sales? It seems Domenico Dolce’s comments that he made in March this year (where he that he “opposed gay adoption” and that children born through IVF treatment were “synthetic”) have been reconsidered. Dolce said: “I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realised that my words were inappropriate, and I apologise,” he told American Vogue. “They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels. I think everybody chooses for themselves. I don’t know everything about IVF, but I love it when people are happy. It’s like medicine. Science has been put on the table to help people.” In my eyes, this change of heart couldn’t be better timed for the designer, as Dolce & Gabbana’s recent collection, which is currently debuting in the September magazines, revolves around mothers and their adorable children…

Did you know that… Jennifer Lawrence is currently the highest-paid actress in the world, her staggering earnings amounting to $52 million this year alone, thanks, by large, to her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy, and her lucrative Dior contract. This puts her $16.5 million ahead of Scarlett Johansson, who comes second to Jennifer on the payday scale.

Who ever said you can be too old for Barbie obviously hasn’t heard about this new collaboration. Sophia Webster has announced her latest collab is with Barbie, meaning her already acidic coloured shoes are going to get even pinker! Mixing Webster’s signature Perspex detailing with the blonde bombshells favourite colour palette, the collection exudes both the personalities of the two fashion favourites. Not only that, but Webster has convinced Barbie to go flat: “Creating a shoe collection for Barbie has always been my dream project, but getting to be a part of her embracing flats for the first time made it extra exciting, and deeply personal,” Webster told Vogue. “I love that this concept strikes a balance between dreams and reality – the idea of getting Barbie in some hi-tops and setting her loose in East London instantly appealed.”  Barbie by Sophia Webster is perfect for you and your mini-me’s, as the collection comprises nine styles – six for adults, including two pairs of trainers, one pair of flat sandals and three pairs of heels; and three for children, and will launch in Selfridges nationwide and Webster’s website Thursday 27th August.

Still want more Webster-Barbie cuteness? Well luckily for you, next month the designer is launching a limited-edition doll which will be encased in a specially designed box and will be wearing a miniature pair of Barbie by Sophia Webster Riko hi-top glitter trainers – better put that on your wish list!

How can you trust a store with your details if they get $100 confused with $25,000? Bloomingdale’s loyalty-program customers received an unexpected treat last week when the famous American department store issued a group of them with up to $25,000 in store credit. The generous amounts, however, were the result of an accidental glitch in the company’s system which added dollar signs to reward points. That did not however stop some recipients taking advantage of the situation, with one customer indulging on $17,000 worth of ‘free’ products – which the department store has since asked him to return in exchange for a $100 gift card, or he will be taken off of the loyalty programme.  A moral versus material dilemma if ever there was one – what would you do?

By India Hunnikin

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