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Style Notes: Alicia Keys Responds to Makeup-Free Haters; Urban Decay Ads Under Fire

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Alicia Keys at the VMAs

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Alicia Keys Responds to Haters of Her Makeup-Free VMAs Look [Twitter]
Earlier this year, Alicia Keys embraced a makeup-free look, and she rocked her bare face at the VMAs last night — though not everyone was ready for it. While there was mostly an outpouring of support for the 35-year-old, there were also some haters who insinuated that Keys was shaming women who enjoyed wearing makeup. On Twitter on Monday, however, Keys clairified, "Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you!"  

Urban Decay Under Fire for Ad Referencing Self-Harm [Seventeen]
Urban Decay's latest campaign sparked Twitter outrage after users insisted that the ads glorified self-harm, specifically cutting. The image in question shows a wrist with color swatches of the brand's new "Razor Sharp" eyeliners in a configuration resembling cutting scars. Urban Decay clarified that the configuration was simply a coincidence, as it is common practice to showcase swatches on the inner arm, and "razor sharp" is a reference to the tool's precision. 

Brunello Cucinelli's Menswear Collection Stolen [WWD]
Brunello Cucinelli's fall menswear collection was stolen out of the fashion house's Milan showroom on Saturday evening. A group of thieves reportedly broke in through a rear window and nabbed only the menswear; the women's collection was found intact.

Nordstrom to Carry J. Crew [Fortune]
Nordstrom will begin carrying J. Crew in 16 select stores and online beginning Sept. 12. The department store currently carries J. Crew's little sister line, Madewell. The partnership is beneficial to both parties, who have been in a rut as of late. Like many mall staples, J. Crew has struggled to keep its core customer base and reported an 8 percent drop in comparable sales for the quarter ending in May. 

Comme des Garcons Rumored to Be Launching Fragrance With Gosha Rubchinskiy [WWD]
Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy is reportedly working on a fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garcons, which currently backs his eponymous menswear label. Comme des Garcons has collaborated on several fragrances in the past, including the recently launched Grace by Grace Coddington.

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