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Mario Testino Fails to Do Taylor Swift Justice on Vanity Fair’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

We half expected to see Rihanna on the cover of Vanity Fair this month but in an unexpected twist, Taylor Swift appears on the September issue. The global pop princess looks noticeably different as she vamps it up, looking remarkably glamorous amid the luxurious surroundings of The Savoy hotel in London. Photographed by Mario Testino with styling from Vanity Fair‘s fashion and style director Jessica Diehl, Taylor also posed for a series of photos to accompany the cover.

Vanity Fair September 2015 Taylor Swift by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

Amazingly, forum members couldn’t hide their disapproval. “Too much whiskey bottle font!!! I wish there was more flair to her one-note styling,” criticized Aedlacir.

“I really thought Rihanna had the September cover. I don’t even like Taylor but this is an okay cover. Just wish her hair was a little more blonde,” added RanThe.

“So what issue will Rihanna be on? This is boring,” asked an uninterested SpeakThatJDunn.

Sharing the same sentiments was orchidee: “Not a flattering photo at all. I like Taylor, but she’s just been overexposed this year. I had hoped she would sort of go under the radar since she’s on tour. Definitely would have preferred Rihanna.”

KateTheGreatest wasn’t having any of it either, exclaiming, “Really really bad. Testino should retire already.”

“Yikes. Testino’s work used to have a beautiful softness to it but over the years he’s just got increasingly bad. I just can’t work out how the man that shot that beautiful, hazy, dreamy shot of Gwyneth [Paltrow] once can produce such harsh, overexposed and overworked imagery,” said a horrified honeycombchild.

Vanity Fair Editorial Preview September 2015 Taylor Swift by Mario Testino

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Check out the editorial for yourself and add your own two cents here.

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Jessica Alba Responds to Honest Sunscreen Fails

Jessica Alba’s Honest company has come under fire by unhappy customers who say the brand’s sunscreen option is sub-par. Several people took to social media to show off the painful-looking sunburns they got after using the product, with many mentioning they were only in the sun for a few minutes. A study done by NBC5 Chicago found that Honest’s sunscreen contains only 9.3 percent non-nano zinc oxide while other products contain 18 to 25 percent of the active ingredient. They wonder if the reduced amount of zinc oxide contributed to the issues customers were having. Honest changed its formula, which originally had 20 percent zinc oxide, earlier this year but claims to have added other components to make up for the reduced amounts.

Jessica Alba released a statement on the Honest website to address customer complaints  and concerns about the product. She, along with co-founder Christopher Gavigan, assure the public that their sunscreen formula had passed SPF 30 testing and had been given high marks from the Environmental Working Group. They also mentioned that they had changed the formula from their original one to make it more water resistant.

But despite getting approval from outside entities, Honest says it is taking the complaints of customers seriously. “What matters most to us is your trust and confidence. We’re passionate about living up to your expectations as much as our own,” the team writes. “We’ve personally picked up the phone to speak with many of you who have called our customer service hotline. Our team is reaching out to everyone who has posted on social media to assure you that we’re committed to your safety and satisfaction.” Honest encourages more people to speak out if they have had an unsatisfactory experience with the sunscreen and promise to work on improving the product. 

[h/t Time, via Honest Company]

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Beyoncé to Slay Us All in a Pair of $312,000 Shoes

When you’re Beyoncé, you can dazzle pretty much anyone while stomping in a pair of high heels, but sometimes a simple pair of pumps isn’t enough – especially when you’re considered pop royalty. It seems Queen Bey has found herself the perfect stilettos worthy of her iconic stature. The singer reportedly copped a pair of $312,000 shoes to wear for an upcoming music video.

[ See: 15 of Beyoncé’s Most Glittery Looks ]

The pricey “Princess Constellation” heeled sandals are covered in diamonds (1,310 to be exact) and are made by UK-based company House of Borgezie. The shoes boast ankle straps with tiny butterflies at the back and butterflies on the toe straps as well. According to House of Borgezie, the heel and sole are also removable. The site lists the shoes at $337,000 so it looks like Beyoncé got a bit of a deal for her pair.

As anyone would be, House of Borgezie owner Chris Shellis is beside himself at the thought of Bey donning his wares. “It’s the ultimate; Beyoncé’s one of those fantasy customers,” he said. “If you want someone to model your creations, you can’t get any better than Beyoncé.”

[via Page Six]

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Watch: Gigi Hadid Nails Her Runway Walk — on a Treadmill

W September issue cover girl Gigi Hadid is one of the most in-demand faces in fashion right now. Of course she is: she’s gorgeous, has 5 million Instagram followers and she’s also got a mean runway walk to boot. And not for lack of trying. W filmed a short in which Hadid explains her catwalk strut, which she says didn’t happen overnight. “You can’t just like, expect to come in and like, be a great walker. I’ve been taught by the best of the best, really watching a lot. When you are taken into the world of fashion, they want to teach you and take you under their wing.”

Through the video, we see Hadid modeling a slew of runway-ready looks as she walks (and sometimes jogs!) on a treadmill. Of course, Hadid doles out a bit of expert advice on how to achieve the perfect strut. “It’s always left foot in front of right foot. If you go right foot in front of left foot, like, everyone’s going to know. It’s embarrassing, It’s like social suicide.”

Watch Gigi stomp in the video above. 

[via W]

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Link Buzz: Allure Is Unapologetic About ‘Afro’ Tutorial, Will and Jada Are Not Breaking Up

  • Allure is sorry it’s not sorry for completely failing to acknowledge the cultural significance of the 70s afro in its wickedly appropriative “afro” hair tutorial. [BuzzFeed]
  • Stella Valle and Target’s collaboration range is hitting Covet Fashion today. [tFS inbox]
  • What’s that? Oh, just a regular day in Alexander Wang’s fabulous life. [WSJ]
  • Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell and Kohl’s are launching an athleisure line. [WWD]
  • The CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative is relaunching to help promote sustainable fashion and mentor designers. [tFS inbox]
  • Yolanda Foster and Bella Hadid deliver an effortless mother-daughter swimsuit slay. [E!]
  • Will Smith shuts down rumors by saying that he and Jada are NOT getting divorced. And now we can all sleep peacefully tonight. [Will Smith Facebook]
  • Lindsay Lohan’s little sister Ali is the face of Ranbeeri Denim. [WWD]

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These Stats About Aussie Women’s High Heel Habits May Alarm You

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It turns out Australian women are just that little bit fonder of high heels than the rest of the world, and we have the research to prove it.

Footwear e-tailer Shoes of Prey revealed to Ragtrader that the Aussie shoe-loving mentality is along the lines of, “The bigger, the better,” with recent analysed sales data showcasing that Australians wear above the average global heel height. By much more than a measly millimetre, too. Throughout the world, the average heel height is 7cm, but Australian shoe lovers are fond of a 8.3cm heel on average.

There are specific parts of Australia we can blame for giving our country this increased average, though, with West Australians wearing the highest heels on average of all the states and Victorians likely to choose as tall as a 10cm heel. On the flip side, Canberra residents are the least likely to wear high heels, while Queenslanders are most likely to choose flats. South Australians love them some kitten heels which sit at around 5.5cm. (more…)

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