Today’s Fashion Headlines: Monday December 17, 2012

Kate Middleton and David Beckham at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Kate Middleton presents prizes for BBC Sports

A pregnant Kate Middleton glowed Sunday night at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards ceremony. She told reporters she is feeling better since her recent bout of hyperemesis gravedarum, a form of extreme morning sickness. This was the Duchess of Cambridge’s first official public appearance since spending time in the King Edward VII hospital. Her dark green Alexander McQueen gown was stunning as she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Olympics organizer Lord Sebastian Coe, the Sports Personality of the Year Award to cyclist Bradley Wiggins, and the runners-up prize to track-and-field athlete Jessica Ennis. Kate even shared a laugh on stage with soccer star David Beckham and after the ceremony, she met the sports personalities backstage. Middleton attended the ceremony as part of her role as an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Online Shopping Site Secures Funding from Winklevoss Twins

If anyone watched The Social Network, chances are they remember the infamous Winklevoss twins. The real-life Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have funded a startup online shopping company called Hukkster. The company was started by Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell and the site already has 40,000 users. Hukkster is indeed growing rapidly; the number was only 5,000 in October. There are more than 1,000 retailers sold on the website, including J. Crew, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. The website features a service that alerts online shoppers when products they want go on sale. They then “hukk” the merchandise they would like to buy. “Hukkster really empowers the shopper to pull exactly what they want,” Tyler Winklevoss explained. Last Thursday, Louise Roe hosted Hukkster’s holiday party at the Winklevoss twin’s Hollywood Hills home.

Nail Art Society Launches

The nail membership website, Nail Art Society, has launched today at nailartsociety.com. The company is hoping to capitalize off the nail business’s expansive growth in the past year, the brand will be offering membership services that deliver full-size bottles of polish, nail art tools, and step-by-step guides to creating nail art at home. Products will be shipped on the 10th of every month and subscriptions can be purchased monthly for $19.95, quarterly for $58.85, or yearly for $219.40. Members will also get access to video tutorials, trend reports, and tips from nail artists. The ability to choose from different style categories to personalize a subscription is in development and will be available as early as January. The visual brand plans to use beauty blogs, social media, online marketing to reach out to potential consumers. Industry insiders estimate first-year sales to be between $12 million and $15 million.

– Claire Mykrantz
Source & Photo: WWD

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