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Alicia Vikander Stars in Yet Another Mediocre Louis Vuitton Campaign, for Cruise 2019

While Chanel is forever recruiting new brand ambassadors to keep things fresh, the likes of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton tend to stick to what they think works best. Ever since Alicia Vikander joined Vuitton’s rank of ambassadors back in 2015, our forum members haven’t exactly been her biggest supporters. Alicia’s last campaign for the legendary French fashion house fell flat, as did prior efforts, so it comes as no surprise that the recently unveiled Cruise 2019 campaign was met with a similar lack of enthusiasm. Photographed by Craig McDean, Alicia transports us to the rugged coastline of the Corsican coast while proving once again that modeling isn’t her strongest attribute.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 : Alicia Vikander by Craig McDean

IMAGE: LOUISVUITTON.COM

Another total waste of a good trip and photoshoot, if you ask our forum members. “Very nice for a Mango ad,” mocked helmutnotdead.

“Why do I have to suffer from this mediocrity. WHY?” asked TaylorBinque.

“God help this brand and their lack of innovative campaigns. The last time I was in love with their imagery was Spring 2016 when they used a Final Fantasy character,” laughed GERGIN.

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Opening Ceremony Is the Latest Brand to Collaborate With Disney for Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday

Everyone just can’t get enough of Mickey Mouse. Just last week, a Kate Spade x Disney collaboration was revealed, quickly followed by a Vans x Disney collection to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Now, the birthday extravaganza gets even bigger with a collaboration reveal between Disney and Opening Ceremony.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

The designs were created by Opening Ceremony’s creative director, Humberto Leon, who took inspiration from the Disney archives and past drawing styles of Mickey Mouse. The collection features numerous menswear and womenswear pieces, including hoodies, T-shirts, dresses, pants and much more, each decked out in Mickey motifs and symbols. The tops and dresses have puffed sleeves structured to look like Mickey Mouse ears. The faux fur coats, jackets and bags that have spotted patterns and Mickey Mouse images are sure to sell out.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

Scoop up your favorite high-fashion Mickey look in stores and on the Opening Ceremony’s website now.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

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Sonia Rykiel Enlists Kirsten Dunst, Liya Kebede and Others to Design Sweaters for a Good Cause

In 1962, designer Sonia Rykiel made a name for herself with her iconic “Poor Boy” sweater, a body-hugging ribbed knit pullover with high armholes. As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sonia Rykiel fashion house, creative director Julie de Libran started a campaign called “Generous Sweaters,” featuring seven influential women putting their own spin on the classic poor boy sweater.

Proceeds from the limited-edition designs will go to each woman’s charity of choice: Planned Parenthood (Kirsten Dunst), Ving (Sofia Boutella), Hope & Home for Children (Kristin Scott), Gohan Shokudo (Kazuyo Sejima), lemlem Foundation (Liya Kebede), Le Refuge (Langley Fox), Children’s Hospital of Seoul National University (Sue-Jin Kang) and Maison des Femmes (Julie de Libran).

Langley Fox’s design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

Each design was inspired by personal stories and advocacies. Boutella’s sweater features a colorful crocheted butterfly, which was influenced by her childhood memories of a butterfly top she would borrow from her father. Kebede’s sweater, stitched in Ethiopian fabrics, is a recognition of her birthplace. Fox’s rainbow sweater honors Le Refuge, which provides safety to LGBT youths who are met with violence.

Generous Sweaters will be available in Sonia Rykiel stores and on the brand’s website by mid-November.

Kirsten Dunst's design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

Kirsten Dunst’s design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

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Elle Fanning Tries on a New Image for Vogue Japan’s November Cover

After last month’s extraordinary cover featuring Namie Amuro, Vogue Japan is back to ordinary for November 2018 with a cover featuring actress and current face of Miu Miu, Elle Fanning. Unlike other magazines (*cough* US Vogue *cough*), an actress appearing on the cover of Vogue Japan is a rarity, with models being the title’s preferred cover subjects. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and styled by Sissy Vian, Elle wears an embellished number from Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 collection, complete with a bouffant hairstyle and smoky eye.

Vogue Japan November 2018 : Elle Fanning by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

Make no mistake, our forums won’t be picking this up at the newsstand this month. “Elle is beautiful as always but… what a waste of cover,” said forum member jorgepalomo.

“Meaningless and lifeless, a supplement cover bought by Miu Miu, that’s what it is,” chimed in chanelh.

“It’s actually getting comical with all these super bad Vogue covers, and they wonder why print is dying! Do better!” Miss Dalloway exclaimed.

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Karl Lagerfeld Adds Sculptor to His Long List of Credentials

Karl Lagerfeld is going full da Vinci with his multiple artistic ventures — and killing it every time. The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous brand, and accomplished photographer now has his first sculpture exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.

Titled “Architectures,” the exhibit was inspired by antiquity, a period that represents the origin of beauty, culture and modernity for Lagerfeld. Coinciding with his theme, the sculptures are made of two rare marbles. One is Arabescato Fantastico, a key feature of it is its whiteness with dark gray veins, obtained from a quarry that has been untouched for 30 years. The second is a black marble with white veins called Nero Marquina.

Image: Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Lagerfeld hired the best Italian artisans to hand carve the marble and make Lagerfeld’s vision a reality. It was also further developed by Aline Asmar d’Amman, a French-Lebanese architect and interior designer.

“Working with Karl Lagerfeld is an immense privilege, not only because he’s the design maverick with multifaceted talent in every creative field but also because his knowledge is cross-disciplinary,” d’Amman says. For d’Amman, witnessing his expansive bank of references open up in the design process is akin to speedy time travel. “You learn about every period from antiquity, to the 18th century, to modernism or contemporary design,” she adds. “Of course, with lots of humor and amusing insider stories.”

Check out Lagerfeld’s exhibit at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery from October 19 through December 22.

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Angela Bassett Deserved Better Than This November Cover of Allure

Allure has had its fair share of hits and misses this year. Rihanna gave the beauty-focused magazine a winner of a cover last month, as did Bella Hadid on the all-important September issue. But there have also been a series of disappointing covers featuring the likes of Lily James, Janelle Monae and Sasha Lane. Now, as the magazine unveils its November 2018 issue, it’s landed back in the red with a shockingly bad Angela Bassett cover. Photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Jaime Kay Waxman, the 60-year-old actress suits up in a gray plaid double-breasted jacket and trousers from Joseph — and we genuinely don’t know how Allure managed to get it oh so wrong.

Allure November 2018 : Angela Bassett by Sharif Hamza

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

Our forum members were left speechless — almost. “Ugh, this had potential,” sighed RMDV the second the cover came to light.

“Wow, how, HOW do you ruin Angela mot****** Bassett!!!! Shame on them, she can photograph million times better than this, and she deserved a better cover, but at least they gave her one. Still, sigh!” complained Miss Dalloway.

“Ugh, it had so much potential but ultimately failed due to bad decisions. Who even thought that was a good cover shot?” asked dodencebt.

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