THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Story by Anne Pringle.

Model behaviour

The June issue of Glamour features three cover models in bikinis—one of whom is the famous plus-sized model Crystal Renn. Renn has appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, in ELLE Canada, and in four international editions of Vogue; last September, she also published Hungry, her first book. Brains, beauty, and she actually eats—no wonder she’s becoming such an icon. (NY Mag)

Good haul

Have you heard about this? For about a year, young women have been partaking in a fad known as “hauling”—basically, they post videos of themselves showcasing their shopping purchases on sites like YouTube. The videos are becoming so popular that some of the women are actually getting paid for their postings, up to $1,000 a month! The theory: The videos provide a vicarious experience for consumers halted by the recession. (NY Times)

Gap comeback

The Gap has been getting creative lately, in an effort to kick-start their lacklustre profit margins. It sponsored this week’s Met Gala, the CFDA white shirt project and has even partnered with Alexander Wang. It looks like their efforts are paying off: This week, they are expected to announce their first quarterly same-store sales increase in five years. (Wall Street Journal)

Animal instincts

Strong eyebrows have gained in popularity over the past few years—they frame and anchor your face, and are generally much more attractive than the artificially over-plucked brow. (Model agent Elmer Olsen once called that look “small-town pretty.”) Yesterday at Australian Fashion Week, designer Bianca Spender took it a step further: The models in her show sported feather brows. (Huff Post)

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