This Year’s $10 Million Bra

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Victoria Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will wear the $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra at this year’s Victoria’s Secret show. This year the bra is designed by world-renowned jeweller, Mouawad.

The centerpiece and headliner of the show is always worn by one of the brand’s most famous Angels.  Congrats to Swanepoel.  Previously, the Fantasy Bra has been worn by Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima and most recently last year by Alessandra Ambrosio.

The Royal Fantasy bra and matching belt contain over 4,200 precious jewels from around the world including rubies, diamonds, and sapphires which explains the $10 million dollar price tag.

Victoria’s Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie and was founded by Roy Raymond  in 1977. 2012 sales were $6.12 billionwith an operating income of $1 billion.The company sells lingerie, womens wear and beauty products through its catalogs (sending out 375 million a year), website, and thousand U.S. stores. Victoria’s Secret is wholly owned by publicly traded L Brands company.

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Dolce and Gabanna Seduces With Top Hollywood Stars

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Photo courtesy of Dolce and Gabanna

Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey dazzle in the new Dolce and Gabanna fragrances ad.  The beautiful campaign channels old Hollywood glamour and was officially released on Oct. 7.

The new advertising campaign for the women’s perfume, The One, and the men’s cologne, The One for Men, transports you into a world a luxary and leisure.. The old Hollywood theme is the creation of photographer, Peter Lindbergh.

Lindbergh is known for his black and white imagery and elected to create the romantic setting on a secluded beach on the outside of L.A.  He definitely did not disappoint.  The photographer decided to create a scene of “art imitating life” — Dolce & Gabbana said.  The ad shows both stars behind the scenes of a shoot with spotlights surrounding them — a complete opposite role than we are used to seeing both in.

The following trailer was also released Monday.  Enjoy!

British Zoo Bans Animal Print Clothing

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Chessington World of Adventures has banned visitors from wearing animal prints after concern emerged that fake leopard print and tiger stripes might be confusing or even frightening the animals.

Staff at the safari park reported noticeable changes in the behavior of the animals after the launch of a new drive-through attraction across the 22 acre reserve where animals roam free.  It was reported that some animals had tried to communicate with visitors, while others ran away, fearing they were predators.

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Spokeswoman Natalie Dilloway said, “Animals are getting confused when they see what looks like zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain in a 7.5 tonne truck.”

Versace Calls Upcoming TV Movie “Fiction”

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Donatella Versace is not a fan or supporter of the new made for TV movie House of Versace, which will air on the  American network Lifetime. The movie starring Gina Gershon is set to air this Saturday.

“Versace has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace,” the company said.

The movie is based on a 2010 book by Deborah Ball, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival (also created without Versace’s approval).

 “Since Versace did not authorise the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” a spokesperson for Versace told WWD. The book focuses on Donatella’s quest to maintain the house of Versace following the murder of her brother Gianni (Enrico Colantoni)  in 1997.
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Donatella Versace (born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella’s daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after the death of Gianni Versace, Donatella’s brother and Versace’s founder.

Kate Moss Art Collection Brings In Over $2 Million

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A collection of artworks depicting the British model Kate Moss recently sold in London for $2.73 million.

The 58 pieces by artists including Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Chuck Close and Annie Leibovitz were sold by the German photography collector Gert Elfering at Christie’s International on Sept 24.  Once a photographer himself, Elfering founded the Camerawork Gallery in Berlin.

“Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come,” Elfering said in a statement before the sale.

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Moss, now 39, is one of the world’s most recognizable fashion models, appearing frequently in Vogue and other luxury fashion magazines, as well as being the face of numerous high-profile advertising campaigns.

Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis Vuitton

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Marc Jacobs is reportedly leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on his name brand label (a move most feel will involve an IPO potentially worth billions).

Speculation is the designer will not renew his 10 year contract and give up the seat he has held the past 16 years.  Rumor is LVMH is in talks with former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere to take his place.

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LVMH has a majority stake in Marc Jacobs International, so a public offering would benefit both the designer and the luxury brands conglomerate.  However, for the listing to prove most lucrative, most feel Jacobs needs to be completely committed to his namesake brand.

The move does not appear to one that will have immediate effect as Jacobs is signed on to do collections for LVMH through mid 2014.