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Ralph Lauren May Be the First Designer to Dress Melania Trump

Either Ralph Lauren has not been following the L.L. Bean backlash or he is one very brave man. WWD reports that the American designer is now working on a custom piece for Melania Trump’s Inauguration Day appearance (in T-3 days). Spokespeople for Lauren have neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

Of course, unlike duck boot heiress Linda Bean, Ralph Lauren — at least up until November 8, 2016 — was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter. He created the pantsuits worn by the former presidential candidate on several key occasions, including all three debates, her trip to the voting booth and her concession speech. Perhaps that’s why the public didn’t think much of it when Melania wore a one-shoulder Ralph Lauren jumpsuit (purchased at the brand’s Madison Avenue store) to her husband’s acceptance speech. Up until now, the FLOTUS-elect’s wardrobe has been largely off-the-rack.

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True, designing a custom piece for Melania is, on the most surface level, an act of bipartisanship (which Obama and Clinton have urged ever since Trump’s victory). On the other hand, popular sentiment seems to be that to participate in Trump’s inauguration (or administration) in any sense is to condone the 45th U.S. President’s political beliefs. Thus far, the list of inauguration performers reads like a flyer for a low-budget college concert and few celebrities — apart from Caitlyn Jenner — have deigned to RSVP, despite the potential for exposure.

The fashion world seems (somewhat) further removed from the matter. After all, as Cynthia Rowley told WWD, “She can simply purchase whatever she wants, so how can we control it?” That said, several designers have seized the chance to make a political statement, speaking out either for or against dressing Melania. If Ralph Lauren is, in fact, outfitting the soon-to-be first lady, we’ll be interested to see whether he gains Isabel Toledo-like acclaim or joins L.L. Bean and New Balance in the proverbial pillory.

[ via WWD ]

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Naomi Campbell Is the Latest Model to Go Topless for Givenchy Jeans’ Recycled Campaign

Contrary to our forum members’ outspoken opinions, Riccardo Tisci seems pretty satisfied with his tried-and-true Givenchy Jeans’ campaign concept. Despite the lack of innovation, at least we can look forward to a change of casting each season. Having already given us Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shyak and Gisele Bündchen, modeling royalty Naomi Campbell joins the list for Spring 2017. In the black and white images shot by Luigi & Iango, Naomi goes topless while perching on the shoulders of model Justin Levy — in the same pose as her predecessors.

Givenchy Jeans S/S 2017 : Naomi Campbell & Justin Levy by Luigi & Iango


“Wait what. This is from few years back, no?” questioned forum member gazebo the moment the campaign struck, feeling a little nostalgic while viewing the image (above).

“Again this pose?! A bit more creativity please,” reprehended a disapproving Nymphaea. (more…)

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Anna Ewers Gets Swallowed Up in Loewe for Her Fourth Cover of Vogue Paris

Anna Ewers is certainly no stranger to the cover of Vogue. The German beauty captivated us on the cover of Vogue Japan last month and can currently be seen on British Vogue‘s February issue alongside fellow models Imaan Hammam and Taylor Hill. A favorite of Emmanuelle Alt, Anna returns to the cover of French Vogue for a fourth time, wearing Loewe on the magazine’s February edition shot by photographer David Sims.

Vogue Paris February 2017 : Anna Ewers by David Sims


Unfortunately, the cover was met with mixed reviews by our critical forum members. “Stunning and powerful! There’s some excessive softening going on around her face which doesn’t match her body, but I love this shot. Glad to see Anna back at VP after a yearlong hiatus,” Benn98 pointed out the moment the cover dropped, about to stand alone in his liking toward the cover.

“I don’t like it. Anna is too weak of a model to be styled like this. She’s literally being swallowed by the clothes. Boring, next,” announced an unforgiving anlabe32. (more…)

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David Sims Shoots a Series of Mesmerizing Portraits for Valentino’s Spring 2017 Campaign

Each season, there’s always one campaign that has us head over heels, and Valentino has managed to stand out once again after a truly epic Fall 2016 campaign. With Maria Grazia now heading up Christian Dior, Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s first campaign as solo creative director is sublime. Ditching Steven Meisel in favor of David Sims, Piccioli tapped models Christy Turlington, Liya Kebede, Fei Fei Sun, Julia Ratner, Mali Koopman, Blesnya Minher and Lorena Maraschi for a series of mesmerizing portraits.

Valentino S/S 2017 by David Sims


Members of our forums were full of praise for the Spring 2017 campaign. “Oh yeah, this is going to be good,” confessed GERGIN after seeing the first campaign image.

“VERY quickly becoming a fan of Pierpaolo. I will say I usually enjoy Valentino’s campaigns but never collection AND campaign. Valentino should thank the Gods they retained the superior of the duo,” voiced VogueDisciple93. (more…)

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Dakota Johnson Sports a Fresh New Hairstyle on Her Second US Vogue Cover

Vogue received a virtual standing ovation from our forums for Ruth Negga‘s January cover. Unfortunately, not so much for February. Since it was rumored to be Viola Davis‘ month, our forums were disappointed to see Dakota Johnson on the newly revealed cover. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Fifty Shades actress makes a return appearance to US Vogue, exactly two years after her last, sporting a fresh new hairstyle while wearing Proenza Schouler.

US Vogue February 2017 : Dakota Johnson by Patrick Demarchelier


Per usual, our forum members voiced their opinions loud and clear. “So much better than her first one by Testino. No interest in Dakota or her movie though,” said Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.

“See, I knew she was going to get the cover for February and watch her get Glamour for March again or Cosmo. This is 1000% better than her last cover which was so bad, but why not Viola Davis?” asked RanThe. (more…)

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Toni Garrn Models This Season’s Most-Coveted Balenciaga Top on Vogue Germany’s February Cover

Our forums barely recognized Cameron Russell on the cover of Vogue Germany last month, but thankfully its cover girl for February 2017 is far more identifiable. With no signs of over-styling, harsh makeup or bizarre headgear, Toni Garrn makes a return to the cover of her native Vogue. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, Toni wears a minimal amount of makeup, her hair scrapped back and models one of this season’s most coveted Balenciaga looks in the full-length cover image.

Vogue Germany February 2017 : Toni Garrn by Giampaolo Sgura


The cover left our forum members divided in their opinion. “I like that Balenciaga but the G in her hand is so, so awful. This is not a children’s magazine,” snarled anlabe32 the moment the cover dropped.

“I love this cover, even the G in her hands. Could have done with a little less text though,” added sore. (more…)

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