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•Rihanna recently settled a lawsuit with photographer David LaChapelle, who accused the chanteuse of stealing his imagery in her eyebrow raising S&M video. LaChapelle, who sought $1 million in damages, said, “I like RiRi…This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals.” Hear that, Beyoncé? (The Guardian)
• Paula Patton is the newest face for the Cover Girl Queen collection! Great choice, no? I can’t wait for the campaign shots to drop! (HuffPost)
• Like the rest of us normal folk, First Lady Michelle Obama is conscious of her booty in certain outfits. She says: “My day-to-day wardrobe choices are very practical. I’m like, ‘What’s the temperature?’ ‘Am I going to be sitting in the grass?’ ‘Will I be playing with kids?’ ‘Can I sit on the floor?’” The First Lady explained that her key concerns are generally about her shirts bunching up or not covering enough of her back, because “if I bend over [I’m] worrying about that … embarrassing shot,” she joked.” As a person who has experienced those embarrassing shots, I can wholly sympathize! (StyleWatch)
• Freshly stamped with the First Lady’s seal of approval, Doo Ri Chung has been announced as the next guest designer for Macy’s Impulse collection. The collection will be available starting February 15th, so if you want to start hinting at Valentine’s Day gifts, here’s your big chance. (Fashionista)
• Need more opportunities to throw your money away? Cop a pair of these $19,000 24-karat gold shoelaces! Why not? Paying off college loans is only for the poor! These pricey handmade laces by Colombian company, Mr. Kennedy, take 120 hours to make. Enticed? (Fashionista)
• Nicole Miller recently released an apparel and accessories collection made in collaboration with Rawndan women, many of whom have lived through the 1994 genocide. The pieces are affordable, raging from $25 for a set of three bracelets to $65 for a pair of shorts, with 15% of the proceeds going to the nonprofit Indego Africa. “Instead of just making a donation to charity, Miller has actually been helping these Rwandan women, most of whom survived the horrors of the 1994 genocide to lift themselves out of poverty and become successful entrepreneurs. She’s doing this by collaborating with them to produce clothing and accessories which she can then sell.” So, not only does part of every sale go to charity, but Ms. Miller is helping these women become financially independent. Sounds good to me! I just bought a set of bracelets, and I’m eyeing those shorts. Think you’ll support? (Racked)
• Stylists for VH1’s Love & Hip Hop are headed to Miami, and are looking for a few good designers to pull from while there. If you know a designer or boutique that’d be interested in a little VH1 shine, contact the team here.