The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Cassie’s Blank Magazine Spread, Lil’ Kim Poses As Black Barbie, and Gunshot Wounds Make For Excellent Jewelry

• Singer/model Cassie poses for Blank Magazine. (Necole Bitchie)

• In a move to fully embrace the power of the internet, Balenciaga has added an e-commerce option on their new website slated to launch this week.  The site is said to be flash-heavy with lots of photos and short films, which is quite a departure from their old, more basic website. Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière says the goal was to make it “…like a daily magazine now: It has to be really alive.” Check it out! (WWD)

Lil’ Kim poses as a black Barbie in a recent promo shoot. Hmm… (Necole Bitchie)

Kate Spade, late to the designer collaboration party, links up with Current/Elliott denim design team to create a capsule collection of bags ranging from $245 to $1295. This is an admittedly strange collabo, as Kate Spade is known for her WASP-y aesthetic, and Current/Elliott is more California cool. It will be interesting to see what kind of weirdly fabulous hybrid bags the two will release in August. (Stylelist)

• Fashion insiders can barely contain themselves over Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s new handbag collection for The Row. They toted two samples of the bags along with them at last month’s CFDA awards. From what I see, I don’t get the fuss. I can’t even count how many hipsters in NYC I’ve seen with those bags, purchased at the Salvation Army. Those Olsens aren’t getting a dime from me, what about you? (The Window)

• Trying to pull off that “killed in a war-torn country chic” look? Super Fertile‘s Fall/Winter collection has got you covered with pieces in the shapes of gunshot wounds and machete slashes. Creative director (and M.I.A’s older sister) Kali Arulpragasam says the pieces mimic the “butchering and hacking of the throat, head, and ears to portray the inhumanity around the world.” Is it weird that I’m into this? Would you guys wear any of these? (Refinery 29)


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