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Style Notes: Frances Valentine Launches E-Commerce; "Damn Daniel" Offered Modeling Contract

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Frances Valentine

Pregame the Oscars with some fashion news.

Frances Valentine's E-commerce Site Is Finally Live [Fashionista]
Weeks after it was initially supposed to launch, Frances Valentine — the accessories label founded by the designer formerly known as Kate Spade and her husband, Andy Spade — is now live on the web. Unlike Kate Spade New York, the label the pair walked away from in 2007, Frances Valentine has invested heavily in Instagram in order to create buzz for their direct-to-consumer offering of shoes ($245-$545) and handbags ($325-$625).

More Magazine is No More [WWD]
Meredith-owned women's magazine More is shuttering after 19 years in print. The glossy's senior editors were informed this morning that the April 2016 issue would be the publication's last. In 2015, More underwent a makeover which included heavier paperstock — and a $5 price hike, which was responsible for a significant drop in subscriptions. Meredith cited difficulties securing advertisers in the luxury space for the closure, though we're sure the digital publishing boom contributed to the decision to pull the plug. 

Damn Daniel Offered Modeling Contract [Racked]
Damn Daniel, aka Riverside, Calif., high school student Daniel Lara, was reportedly offered a modeling scholarship following the viral success of a video his friend posted to Twitter. According to friends, Lara turned down the offer to pursue a swimming scholarship. Ellen DeGeneres already gifted the teen a lifetime supply of white vans, so really, what more could he want? 

Michael Kors Takes Beijing [Conde Nast Traveler]
While on a business trip in China, jet-setting designer Michael Kors found himself with 48 hours to kill in Beijing before press events and meetings. Never one to waste an opportunity, the designer hit the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square and avoided "tourist traps" like the Ming Tombs based on recommendations from friends at Conde Nast Traveler. Kors shared his experiences with the glossy in the latest issue.

Sephora Launches Products for Black Hair [Essence]
Sephora is launching a new line of hair care products for textured hair in collaboration with Sundial Brands. The line is named after Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. The line will debut in stores and online on March 4, and will feature products for cleansing, styling and treatment. 

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