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Fashion is never short of controversy, and in CQ’s Hot Topic we discuss the big fashion topics of the day and share what we think of them. From ecological issues to designer controversy, plus the biggest news stories (good and bad) we don’t hold back when it comes to a Hot Topic! Join the discussion in the comments or via facebook and twitter – we love to hear your thoughts too!

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Why Coco Rocha is seeing red over her Elle Brazil cover...

Do not mess with a model who blogs! This may be the lesson that Elle Brazil takes away after publishing their their latest May edition with Coco Rocha on the front cover. The Canadian model has blasted the glossy after... Read more »

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Alexa Chung hits back: "I'm not trying to be thinspo for anyone"

Alexa Chung has hit back at critics on Instagram after she came under attack for being too thin. The debate started after the model-turned-TV-presenter posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account wearing a short... Read more »

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Primark accused of copying Prabal Gurung

They are certainly not the first fashion chain to be accused of copying a designer, nor will they be the last, but Primark have certainly raised questions over the similarity of their latest designs with those of Prabal... Read more »

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Amy Winehouse's father slams Gaultier show as "bad taste"

Uh-oh I am sure this is not quite the reaction Jean Paul Gaultier was hoping for when he based his recent Haute Couture SS12 collection around his inspiration, Amy Winehouse . Winehouse's father, Mitch, has slammed the... Read more »

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Franca Sozzani on Karlie Kloss photo: "The picture is beautiful"

From the moment I laid eyes on the Karlie Kloss's editorial for Vogue Italia I knew it wasn't going to end well. Now Franca Sozzani has confronted the controversy that is surrounding the photos from the Steven... Read more »

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Thandie Newton hits out at Vogue for lack of racial diversity

Thandie Newton has spoken out on the apparent lack of racial diversity amongst glossy magazines. Talking to Britain's Pride magazine, the actress has criticised Vogue for not putting more black women on its covers.... Read more »

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Jaeger by Jaeger Spring/Summer 2011 full of iconic pieces

We're excited to hear about the new Jaeger by Jaeger spring/summer 2011 line. Consisting of iconic pieces inspired by the brand's back catalogue, this capsule collection gives past patterns a modern twist. These stunning... Read more »

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The Queen in royal fur debacle

The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall have found themselves in hot water after they attended Christmas Day festivities wearing fur hats. Animal rights protesters have slated the Russian-style hats made from different... Read more »

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Selfridges apologises for McQueen window display

Selfridges has landed itself in hot water after allowing an insensitive window display to go ahead in its Manchester store. The display, which consisted of a black Alexander McQueen dress hanging from beneath an oversized... Read more »

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Louis Vuitton ads banned in the UK - Have your say!

Two of Louis Vuitton's new ads have been banned in the UK for being misleading. Britain's Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) say the ads from the French fashion house are deceiving due to the context in which they depict... Read more »

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Britney Spears goes un-airbrushed for Candie's for Kohl's campaign

Hopping on the bandwagon of proving what "real" bodies look like is Britney Spears. The troubled popstar has shed all her inhibitions and gone un-airbrushed in a series of campaign images for Candie's . In her plight to... Read more »

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How much do celebs get paid for sitting on the front row?

It's a good question, isn't it? Just how much are these A-listers bagging for a spot on the highly sought-after FROW (front row). If you're surprised that they get paid at all, don't be. How else can designers secure... Read more »

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Europe takes a stand against airbrushing

Britain is leading the pack in the fight against airbrushing. The U.K.'s Committee of Advertising Practice has received a report compiled by more than 40 academics that demands a ban on ads including Photoshopped models... Read more »

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Does this look like plus-size to you? V magazine previews Jan 2010 issue

Like many of you, when I first heard that V magazine would be producing the first-ever plus-size issue for its January 2010 edition, I applauded. Now a preview of that issue, namely Terry Richardson's editorial... Read more »

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Selfridges shuts down plus-size department

Oh dear. It is unlikely that Selfridges will win many friends with this move. But nevertheless the department store has decided to ditch its plus-size clothing department. The retailer will no longer stock the Marina... Read more »

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Victoria Beckham isn't launching fur range with Marc Jacobs, says PETA

Ever since she was spotted in Paris talking to the head honchos at LVMH, rumours have been swirling that Victoria Beckham and Marc Jacobs are branching into a line of fur together. The whispers began on Twitter (where... Read more »

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Christopher Kane: "Bloggers are scary"

Blogging is the new black... well, maybe. It's definitely something now that all the designers are chattering about it. Alber Elbaz recently admitted that he was "really scared of bloggers," and it seems as though... Read more »

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Calvin Klein billboard causes uproar; designers love it

Via ShinyStyle : Calvin Klein is in hot water yet again after a provocative billboard for its womenswear and menswear jeans line was unveiled in New York this week. The racy ad which depicts a young female... Read more »

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Vogue's Alexandra Shulman calls for an end to size zero

The size zero debate has reared its controversial head again, after Alexandra Shulman comprised a letter to designers including Prada and Chanel , complaining over their use of size zero samples. "We have now... Read more »

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Pink slams Kanye West for fur comments at Stella McCartney show

Talk about wrong time, wrong audience. Kanye West has got himself into hot water with Pink , after he suggested Stella McCartney use more fur in her collections. The pair, along with Kanye's girlfriend Amber Rose... Read more »

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British women challenge Marks & Spencer's bra surcharge and win!

One point British shoppers, nil Marks & Spencer . That's the score today after shoppers won their victory over M&S's ludicrous big-bust surcharge . The retailer has come under heavy criticism after charging customers an... Read more »

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PETA urges celebrities not to wear Armani to the Oscars

A group of PETA protesters were out in force in San Francisco on Tuesday accusing Giorgio Armani of being a liar over his use of fur. The animal rights activists set up camp outside an Armani store calling on celebrities... Read more »

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Fat chance I'm buying it: The media takes aim at Gemma Ward's weight

Kimberley Foster writes... Say it with me now: "Here we go again..." I am having sudden flashbacks to the fat taunts Karolina Kurkova was subjected to following her catwalk appearance at at Sao Paulo Fashion Week... Read more »

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Jourdan Dunn: "Being the skinny black girl when I was growing up was hard"

Last week I blogged about a story I'd read in The Sun regarding Ultimo model, Katie Green's harsh comments about Jourdan Dunn . The underwear model went to town on the 18-year-old catwalker, criticising her for being... Read more »

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Ultimo model, Katie Green, hits out at Jourdan Dunn

Ultimo model, Katie Green , has lashed out at Jourdan Dunn , claiming that she is unhealthily thin. The unprovoked attack on the Model of the Year winner has reopened the size zero debate once again, with Katie... Read more »