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Jasmine Tookes Is the First Model of Color in 9 Years to Wear the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra

Jasmine Tookes was one of three women of color to make Forbes’ highest-paid models list for 2016 (Joan Smalls and Liu Wen were the other two). Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced that Tookes would join another bittersweet trio. On December 5, 2016, the model will be the third black woman in Victoria’s Secret history to wear its iconic Fantasy Bra on the runway. She follows in the stiletto-clad footsteps of Tyra Banks (1997) and Selita Ebanks (2007).

Every ten years or so, a model of color is given this honor. While a 9:1 ratio may seem grim to some, Tookes prefers to look on the bright side: “I feel like it’s such a milestone for Victoria’s Secret to have a woman of color wearing the Fantasy Bra, because there’s only been two in the past, and the last one was almost 10 years ago,” she told Fashionista. “It’s major, and I think it’s awesome I get to represent that.” (more…)

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Marion Cotillard Goes to Christian Dior’s Birthplace for Latest Lady Dior Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Marking Marion Cotillard’s seventeenth appearance as Dior ambassador, the French actress and team shot the newest Lady Dior handbag campaign on location at Monsieur Dior’s childhood home in Granville, France. The idyllic shoot was photographed by Craig McDean and features Marion sitting ever so elegantly on a wicker chair amongst the tranquil floral gardens of the villa for a series of images.

Christian Dior 'Lady Dior' Handbags F/W 2016.17 : Marion Cotillard by Craig McDean


Our forum members seemed to share a mix of emotions toward the campaign. “Everything looks so fake, a shoot in an actual garden would have been lovely,” pointed out an underwhelmed kokobombon, suggesting some major Photoshopping has occurred post-production (and unaware that the campaign was indeed photographed on location).

Also noticing some evident post-production was VogueDisciple93, commenting, “The overall effect is quite assaulting. The lighting is too garish.” (more…)

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Watch: Laverne Cox and Samira Wiley’s Lip Sync Battle Should Have Been a Tie

Orange Is the New Black fans, prepare to lose your breath. Months after we bade farewell to Samira Wiley under the most devastating circumstances possible — at the end of Season 4, her character was accidentally choked to death by a prison guard, becoming a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement — Poussey and Sophia have reunited once more.

On last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle, OITNB’s Laverne Cox took on her former co-star. For her first act, the Rocky Horror Picture Show actress slayed Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge. Wiley countered with a soulful rendition of Toni Braxton’s Un-Break My Heart. We were floored and torn all at once. Chrissy Teigen, the actual winner of every Lip Sync Battle episode, expressed our sentiments perfectly. (more…)

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You Can Now Vote on What Tommy x Gigi’s Spring 2017 Collection Will Look Like

For Spring 2017, Tommy x Gigi will again walk the runway arm in arm. After the success of the pair’s Fall 2016 fashion extravaganza, it’s no surprise that the Americana peddler is renewing its partnership with the click-baity cover girl. The Friday of the mega-duo’s inaugural presentation, Hilfiger was the top-performing digital label at New York Fashion Week, with over 411,000 engagements. Granted, there was a full-on carnival involved, but there’s no debating the social media power Gigi Hadid brought to the occasion.

Same as last season, the aptly-named #TommyNow Spring 2017 runway will be a see-now, buy-now experience. All looks will be available online the moment they hit the catwalk. The full apparel, footwear, accessories and fragrance range will arrive at brick-and-mortar locations shortly thereafter, sometime in February 2017.

As part of Hilfiger’s initiative to “democratize fashion” — or determine what’ll sell best without allowing buyers the lag time needed to crunch the production numbers — Tommy and Gigi are doing something unprecedented in the world of fashion. The “❤️ To Be Part” campaign invites everyone to vote for the pieces they’d like to see produced and featured in the co-brand’s February fashion show. (more…)

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Even Doutzen Kroes Can’t Save the Terrible Styling on This Vogue Spain Cover (Forum Buzz)

We love to give credit where it is due and there’s no getting away from the fact that Vogue Spain kickstarted 2016 with a bang, delivering stellar covers one after the other. Yet the magazine has entered a rough patch over the past few months, hitting rock bottom with a Kendall Jenner cover last month. Now, Spanish Vogue moves on to its November 2016 issue with “real model” Doutzen Kroes. Captured by Benny Horne, the Dutch beauty wears a sports-inspirited Louis Vuitton jacket in the dynamic and unconventional cover shot where she appears to be trying to tell us something.

Vogue España November 2016 : Doutzen Kroes by Benny Horne


For the most part, our forum members don’t want to hear it. “Wonderful to see Doutzen, but for crying out loud that is the last thing I want to see someone wearing on the cover of Vogue!” Miss Dalloway cried out the moment the cover dropped.

“Yikes,” shirked a startled MON. (more…)

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Watch: Gigi Hadid’s Stuart Weitzman Boot Is Her Best Collab Yet

Not too long ago, Stuart Weitzman announced that it would be joining the gaggle of designers lining up to co-create with Gigi Hadid. Fresh off her much-fêted fall collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, the model again donned her designer (dad) cap to help produce a limited-edition namesake boot for the much-loved shoe brand.

Introducing the Gigi Boot, from Stuart Weitzman and Gigi Hadid.

Introducing the Gigi Boot, from Stuart Weitzman and Gigi Hadid; Image: Stuart Weitzman

Said booties feature a stacked heel and a sleek, combat silhouette. Each pair is outfitted with bold metallic eyelets, duo-toned laces and a detailed collar. So as to provide “multiple options for her style squad,” the Gigi Boot comes in three colorways: silver, bronze and “a classic-yet-modern nero soft croco-calf leather.” The design captures Gigi’s tomboy chic style so perfectly we could swear we’ve seen her trotting around in them before. (more…)

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