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Steven Meisel Captures Lexi Boling Through the Rear Window for Vogue Italia’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Italia managed to regain our attention last month by enlisting a series of brand new photographic talents. For September, it only seemed right for the mag to welcome back long-time collaborator Steven Meisel, who has unfortunately failed to deliver the goods this time around. Model Lexi Boling (her sixth Vogue Italia cover to date) wears Prada as she appears to be captured through a car window by the legendary lensman. The cover shot reminds us of Meisel’s New York City-based Fall 2015 campaign for Miu Miu

Vogue Italia September 2015 Lexi Boling by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

From the moment the cover surfaced, our forum members weren’t feeling it. “Is it me or does it look like this was taken out the back window of a car she was following? This is kinda awful,” immediately ranted Simera.

“Please be a fake cover,” prayed an underwhelmed SpeakThatJDunn.

Also hoping the cover was just a dream was GreyVetiver, writing, “I like Lexi but AGAIN?! I hope this is not the real cover… please.”

Urban Stylin certainly wasn’t admiring Vogue Italia’s latest offering either, exclaiming, “Terrible cover! The faded effect is beyond annoying.” Forum member lanvinray later described the cover as “absolutely atrocious!”

Sharing the same disappointing sentiments was littlekiki: “This concept is so tired. Fashion on the streets of New York with people walking by? A big yawn from me. Lexi does nothing for me here.”

“Those people passing by in the background…Imagine seeing yourself on the cover of Vogue! Most of them will probably never find out,” laughed Srdjan.

There is bound to be something for your tastes inside Italian Vogue‘s jam-packed September issue. Check out the contents and drop us a comment here.

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Johnny Depp Drives Into the Desert in This Artsy Dior Sauvage Film

The fashion set seems to be loving on the Depp family lately. Lily-Rose Depp scored herself a campaign with Chanel (the same brand her mother Vanessa Paradis posed for) and it was announced a while ago that her father Johnny Depp was tapped as the face of Dior. Now, the French Fashion house has unveiled its latest short film (by Jean-Baptiste Mondino) for its Sauvage fragrance and the video has us a little confused… 

The scene opens with Depp moodily strumming a guitar, his locks greased in a manner of fashionable badassery. You can tell the actor is frustrated. “I gotta get outta here,” he says, before chucking the very expensive musical instrument aside and speeding out of the city in a vintage car. And where does a man tired of the daily hustle and bustle of the city go? To the desert, of course. And what does one do in the desert? Um… dig a hole in the sand and drop some necklaces and bracelets in it?

So, what’s the point of the whole video? A quick look at the poem that came along as a press release might help shed some light: “He leaves in the night, and travels all day, as the inky blue sky of dusk comes to free him. Bury the talismans, drop the masks; he marks his trail with a sacred Cairn to show the end of artifice. The ceremony of a metamorphosis. ‘Out of my head, into my heart.’ The desert is the sign of a new departure. Now he can shine. And Johnny Depp shows us who he is…”

Nope. Still confused. But hey – who ever really knows what’s going on in perfume ads anyway?

Watch Depp in action in the video above.

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Acne Studios Taps a 12-Year-Old Boy for Its Women’s Campaign

The tradition of using children to sell clothing to grown folks is long and storied in the fashion industry and Acne is continuing it for the Fall 2015 season. The label took quite an interesting approach for its latest ad campaign, tapping a preteen boy as its star. And how did a 12-year-old boy get the opportunity to pose for a campaign selling clothes to grown women old enough to be his mother? Because his dad is the creative director, of course.

 

Coming soon – #AcneStudiosFW15

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Frasse Johansson, son of Acne’s Johnny Johansson, dons a pink jacket with oversized stitching detail, a pair of sunglasses, rings, a purse and, of course, high heels. The Viviane Sassen-shot ads represent a continuation of fashion’s love affair with gender bending and this time, they’re crossing the generation gap. “The cut, the shape and the character of the garment is the crucial thing, rather than seeking approval from society or to follow set norms,” Johansson told WWD. “I immediately pictured Frasse, since he embodies this new breed to me. I asked him and I’m happy that he wanted to be a part of the campaign.” 

While we’re all for battling gender norms and appreciate the artistic angle, we can’t help but wish to see the clothes on someone fully grown. Still, we have to give little Frasse props for standing around in high heels for the shoot – that must not have been easy on such a young boy’s feet. Somebody give him a cookie.

[via WWD]

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Madonna, Kim Kardashian and More Take Selfies for Interview’s September Covers (Forum Buzz)

It seems like only last month that Madonna graced the cover of Interview‘s double holiday issue and now she’s back at it again, starring on the title’s September 2015 edition. A series of eight covers featuring selfies from some of the world’s biggest social media stars front the issue. Joining Madonna is Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian (for obvious reasons), Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik and Mert Alas, who each go solo on consecutive covers. In addition to the cover story, the title asked an additional 150 personalities to submit self-portraits. 

 

Interview is taking inspiration from the “selfie” and fashion’s obsession with social media for its September issue. The magazine, which was founded by Andy Warhol, has melded its heritage of the portrait with technology, to create an Instagram-themed issue featuring eight alternative covers that are essentially self portraits of some of today’s most popular social media celebs. The magazine asked Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik and Mert Alas to take their own cover shots. In addition, Interview tapped 150 social media stars from fashion, entertainment and music to do the same thing for a portfolio inside the magazine. “We just asked people to imagine their ultimate self portraits — whether it was highly produced or a simple selfie,” explained Interview editor in chief Keith Pollock. “We wanted to see how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. We allowed each subject to imagine their own shoots.” The magazine will go on sale this week, and images from the portfolio — including covers — will be posted on Instagram starting today. Using the hashtag #InterviewGang, Interview will roll out images over the course of the month on its Instagram account. Meanwhile, the subjects involved in the portfolio will post their own photos on their personal Instagram accounts today using the same tag. The social media strategy around the issue is part of the overall project, which is both promotional and an exercise in showcasing the power of social media. “The intention of the portfolio was not to boost our Instagram followers or generate Web traffic — it will be a result of what we’ve done but it wasn’t the origin,” said Pollock, who explained that he and editorial director Fabien Baron derived inspiration from Warhol, himself. “We are conscious of our heritage. Andy did selfies 50 years ago. He’d be doing selfies if he were alive today.” The team tapped Instagram chief executive officer Kevin Systrom to write a piece that includes an interview with journalist Chris Wallace, as well as thoughts on social media and Warhol’s legacy. @madonna #Madonna @interviewmag #InterviewMagazine #InterviewGang

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Members of our forums were far from impressed with the outcome. “Really awful and I don’t care about other cover people either. I’m actually tired of selfies so I’m guessing this will be a lousy issue for me. Selfies for the September issue, really? This seems really lazy to me,” snapped KateTheGreatest right away.

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“I’m over Madonna. Been over her for years. I am only looking forward to seeing J.Lo and Zayn and Victoria. Everyone else is just dry. Strange they didn’t ask Rihanna to be part of this,” added a disapproving RanThe. (more…)

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Is Kim Kardashian Appearing in the New AbFab Movie?

Kim Kardashian VMAs

Image: WENN

We can’t express how excited we are for the upcoming AbFab film and as the date approaches, we’re getting more details on what we can expect from the movie. Of course, the movie is expected to be filled with no shortage of celeb cameos. Kate Moss, who already appeared in the show’s Olympic special back in 2012, will reportedly make an appearance. Victoria Beckham is another high profile fashion name, though it does not yet seem to be confirmed if she will be in the movie.

But Beckham and Moss aren’t the only fashion luminaries showing up for the French and Saunders production. A certain overexposed reality TV star may also be in the mix. Of course, we are talking about Kim Kardashian who is allegedly filming her segment for the movie during London Fashion Week.

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Kim’s reported involvement in the film is truly a testament to how far she’s risen in the fashion industry. We can’t lie: sometimes it feels like she’s taking over our news feeds, but we think she’d be a great addition to the AbFab film.

[via Telegraph]

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Get Ready: Givenchy Is Opening Its Spring 2016 Show to the Public

Givenchy Fall 2015

Image: Imaxtree

The Givenchy fashion show is a hot ticket no matter what the season, but this month, the show is going to be bigger than ever. The French fashion house is showing its Spring 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week and it turns out, everyone is invited – and we mean everyone. In addition to the usual crowd of journalists, buyers, editors and celebrities, Givenchy is inviting 1200 “regular people” to this year’s show, which has us going from excited to welcome Givenchy to NYC to absolutely terrified.

The show is set to take place on September 11 and the house is releasing 820 tickets on a first come first serve basis to the public at givenchynyfw15.com. The tickets will be up for grabs starting 10 a.m. on Wednesday. There will be 280 tickets set aside for NYC fashion school students and faculty, and 100 tickets will go to neighbors of the soon-to-be revealed venue, probably as a thank you for putting up with all the commotion.

Needless to say, it sounds like the show is going to be a veritable zoo. Combine the Givenchy name and popularity with the possibility of a Kimye sighting, tired editors and the mass of people just excited to be at a fashion show and you’ve got a recipe for confusion. 

[via WWD]

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