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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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Selena Gomez and the Coach Foundation Are Helping High School Students to ‘Dream It Real’

Coach‘s newest campaign doesn’t feature luxury leather goods or apparel, but a mission to help others. Via its charitable arm, Coach Foundation, the brand has started the “Dream It Real” campaign that focuses on inspiring high school students to pursue their dreams. The company has donated $1.4 million to this campaign, partnering with nonprofit organization The Future Project, whose “Dream Directors have partnered with students, teachers, and administrators across the country to turn their high schools into inspiring places that ignite the passion, purpose, and full potential of everyone inside them.”

Coach brand ambassadors Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan will serve as celebrity Dream Directors for the project. They will visit schools and work closely with students on their goals and projects.

“Today, we are proud to stand behind a mission to inspire and equip young people to take steps toward finding their passion and purpose,” said Joshua Schulman, CEO and president of Coach. “Together, our employees and our associates are a community united by our shared desire to achieve our dreams – and to help others achieve theirs.”

To launch the campaign, Coach released a video directed by Tyler Mitchell featuring students from The Future Project schools describing their aspirations and their goals for the future. Find out more about the #dreamitreal project here.

 

 

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Benetton Appoints Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as New Creative Director

The journey of the United Colors of Benetton is something to marvel over. Starting with humble beginnings sold door-to-door to becoming a fashion empire and one of the industry’s longest-running, influential brands. Unfortunately, the company has been underperforming in recent years, losing 180 million euros in 2017 alone. In a bid to turn things around, Benetton has just appointed Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as the new creative director of the company’s men’s and women’s divisions.

Known for his use of bright colors and mix of pop and punk aesthetic, de Castelbajac made his debut into the world of fashion in 1968 when he created a label in collaboration with his mother.

Image: Imaxtree

Benetton and de Castelbajac have a similar affinity for playful use of color. “United Colors of Benetton and I have always had the same vision of fashion, characterised by a passion for knitting, and a love for vibrant colours and pop,” de Castelbajac said. “Together, United Colors of Benetton and I will seek to create the wardrobe of tomorrow, bringing beauty and style to everyday life, at affordable prices for everyone. ”

De Castelbajac’s first collection for Benetton will be out by 2019. Here’s hoping he’s the pop of color the company has been needing.

Image: Imaxtree

[ via Fashion United ]

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Penélope Cruz Is the Face of the New Chanel Cruise 2019 Campaign

On the same day Penélope Cruz attended Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 show in Paris in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress would be the brand’s newest ambassador, following in the footsteps of celebs like Margot Robbie and Kristen Stewart. Her first official print campaign is finally here and, in true Chanel fashion, Cruz receives the full Karl Lagerfeld treatment for the brand’s nautical-themed Cruise 2019 collection. Captured in Lagerfeld’s signature black and white style of photography, Cruz appears in a series of classic and timeless portraits.

Chanel Cruise 2019 : Penélope Cruz by Karl Lagerfeld

IMAGE: WWD.COM

Members of our forums weren’t so sold on the outcome, however. “Is this a joke? Is it the actual campaign or like a supplement to it? Such a colorful and youth-focused collection, and this is the campaign?” asked TianCouture.

“Holy Photoshop! she looks like Letizia Ortiz…” kokobombon said.

Also noticing some signs of post-production was dodencebt: “Wow, they photoshopped her into oblivion. Her Mango ads were a hundred times better than this!”

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Topshop Features 8 Models of the Moment in Its New Campaign, Topshop It

Topshop is re-branding itself for Fall 2018 by changing its name to Topshop It. To celebrate, eight of today’s most popular models were chosen to promote the collection in the brand’s first co-ed campaign: Anwar Hadid, Dilone, Presley Gerber, Duckie Thot, Birgit Kos, Cara Taylor, Adonis Bosso and Sofia Mechetner.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

The purpose of the campaign is to evoke one’s individuality. Topshop It’s models were styled in a way that draws out who they are or the image they want to project. “We’ve called the campaign Topshop It to introduce our customers to a new kind of expression,” creative director David Hagglund told Vogue. “Topshop It will mean different things to different people, but to us it means always experimenting, pushing boundaries, staying true to our roots and taking it to the top.”

“We wanted to bring the brands to life,” Hagglund continues. “Topshop It is a celebration of what makes us unique. It is eye-catching, full of vibrant colour and has a youthful spirit.”

Topshop It will be available in stores and online starting October 15. Look for the campaign to roll out via social platforms to see how each of the models interprets the collection.

 

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Julia Roberts Is All Smiles (Obvi) on the November Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

We can always count on Julia Roberts to light up the newsstand with her infectious smile and whether she’s fronting British Harper’s Bazaar or WSJ Magazine, she’s sure to brighten your day. This month, she lends her dazzling charm to Harper’s Bazaar’s November cover — something the magazine sorely needed after a disastrous September cover and low-key October cover. The 50-year-old American actress was captured by Alexi Lubomirski around the rugged Vasquez Rocks, wearing a vibrant Giambattisa Valli dress (teamed with some questionable Dior sneakers) on the newsstand cover (below) and the special subscribers cover (after the jump).

US Harper's Bazaar November 2018 : Julia Roberts by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR

According to our forum members, even Julia can’t save Harper’s Bazaar. “Jesus, this magazine is a lost cause. Just last year Julia did a similar cover for the British edition in red. Earlier this year this very edition shot Jennifer Lopez in similar pink tulle overload. Doesn’t Glenda lay her covers out against the wall like any seasoned editor would? Crikey,” voiced Benn98.

“I hate when they Photoshop celebrities doing ‘extreme’ things. Looks cheap to me,” pointed out jorgepalomo.

“I just read the article and it’s actually not Photoshopped! I guess she has a fear of heights and wanted to conquer it. But yeah, not a great cover. The sneakers made me wrinkle my nose,” Lucien112 said.

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