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Style Notes: Beyonce, Pharrell Unite for Lawsuit; Balmain x H&M Photos Leaked

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Celebrate Friday eve with a little fashion news.

The fiercest forces in music — Beyonce, Pharrell, Kanye West, Jay Z and Rihanna — have banded together to create the ultimate crime-fighting team. Kind of. The artists and their respective holding companies are suing the French brand Eleven Paris for the unauthorized use of their images on a variety of merchandise, including t-shirts, backpacks and phone cases. The suit was filed in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, and the plaintiffs are seeking profits from the sale of the merchandise as well as the cost of legal fees from the French brand. [THR]

Balmain's new H&M collaboration has been hotly anticipated ever since Olivier Rousteing and his #BalmainArmy announced the collection at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year. Fans were waiting on the edge of their seats to see the full collection when it was set for its reveal on Oct. 19 (the collection hits stores on Nov. 5), but — oops — an expert Google-searcher from Chicago found and leaked over 90 photos of the collection on Instagram. Apparently, the photos were already living on the web and simply took some URL-tweaking to find. Better luck next time, H&M web team. [The Cut, Instagram]

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Despite the warm reception of its collaboration with Lemaire internationally, it appears Uniqlo hasn't quite found its footing in the U.S. The Japanese retailer, which also recently launched a collection with renowned French editor Carine Roitfeld, has decided to scale back its store expansion in America, citing a lack of brand awareness as the cause. Instead, the retailer will focus on developing its ecommerce business. [Fashionista]

Photoshop or nah? That seems to be the question on everyone's mind with regards to a Victoria's Secret ad that was posted to the brand's Facebook page in September. Many customers have taken to social media to voice their rage about what appears to be a missing left cheek in an ad for a pair of "cheeky" underwear. (Oh, the irony.) [Cosmopolitan]

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