This year hasn’t exactly been a brilliant one for Vogue Brazil, with one mediocre cover after another. Even the title’s major coup of landing designer Nicolas Ghesquière and Selena Gomez as cover stars failed to ignite much interest on our forums. But for Brazilian Vogue‘s August 2016 edition, the title went back to its roots and tapped the country’s very own Adriana Lima for the cover. Photographed by Greg Kadel, the Brazilian native gets wrapped up in a Christian Dior camel coat and lets her flawless face do all the captivating in the commanding shot.
Was it enough to win over our critical forum members? “This looks SUPER dated, it’s not even funny! But her face is gorgeous, as always!” said Miss Dalloway.
“The cover looks rather dated but she looks absolutely gorgeous… at the end of the day that’s what matters to me, so thumbs up from me,” KissMiss echoed. (more…)
It looks as though Goop.com’s 12-odd staff members will soon be the ones guinea pigging vaginal steams, apitherapy (bee stings for beauty and de-scarring) and more unconventional beauty treatments. During her speech at the 2016 Sage Summit in Chicago, lifestyle guru and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow announced her plans to step away from the beauty, cooking, health and travel website.
What began as a weekly newsletter in 2008 has grown into a full on — New York Times contributor Bee Shapiro put it best — “New Age meets wellness meets urban bourgeoisie” phenomenon. The site’s even spawned an e-commerce offshoot as well as organic skincare and makeup lines in collaboration with Juice Beauty, for which Gwyneth now acts as Creative Director of Makeup.
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Despite the brand’s success under her tutelage, Gwyn holds that for Goop to grow, it must strike out on its own: “In order to build the brand I want to build, its scalability is limited if I connect to it,” she explained. “So I always think: ‘How can I grow the brand? How can I separate myself from the brand?’ and I think it’s going to be more its own brand.” (more…)
British Vogue covers have been a bit lackluster as of late, but with the unveiling of the title’s big September edition, it seems to be getting back on track. Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne fronts the issue and delivers her best cover for UK Vogue yet. Returning to the glossy for a fifth time, Cara was once again photographed by Mario Testino for the occasion and wears a look from Balenciaga’s coveted Fall 2016 collection, styled by Lucinda Chambers.
Members of our forums were certainly into it. “Oh wow, her best British Vogue cover yet! It’s so conceptual which is actually very rare for this magazine. Wearing Balenciaga? Love the unusual pose and composition, great hair and bright colors. Cannot wait until this is out,” Benn98 admired straight away.
“I love it! Fresh and colorful, Cara looks great,” added Oxymore. (more…)
Abercrombie & Fitch, the mall mainstay once recognizable by the shirtless, sunscreen-anointed men that beckoned you into its discriminatorily employed stores, has undergone a serious rebrand. Before the departure of former CEO Mike Jeffries, the company was known for its racy, body-shaming adverts touting chiseled, nearly nude models. Now, under new creative director Ashley Sargent Price, Abercrombie’s leading men and women are clothed, cozy and, most notably, diverse (!). One natural-haired model even wears a jean jacket around her head as a makeshift headscarf.
Under Jeffries, the teen titan maintained a (self-defined) aura of “cool” elitism — low-slung ripped jeans (ick), body-con polo tees (double ick), often-offensive message tees (triple ick) stocked shelves manned by modelesque sales assistants. In a 2006 interview with Salon, the CEO announced that sex appeal was “almost everything” to the brand, stating, “That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.” Unlike the trumped-up accusations of racism fired at Tommy Hilfiger in the late 90s, Jeffries’ exclusivity and hubris was proven and proudly held up for all to see. (more…)
The Australian premiere of the Absolutely Fabulous movie went down in Sydney over the weekend and featured Aussie designer Alex Perry as MC.
Perry stood in front of a packed audience to introduce stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley and began to talk jokingly about drug use in the fashion industry. He also used the opportunity to have a go at David Jones, the retailer who had fired him three years earlier.
“When you watch Ab Fab and you see Patsy coming out of the bathroom and she’s been ‘racking up’. Sorry ‘racking up’ is drug speak for people who do lines of cocaine, I googled that,” said Perry. “There’s never as much mirth in it when someone from the fashion industry is watching it because we’ve been at functions and we’ve watched that person go relentlessly to the bathroom 12 times. No one pees that often. But whatever it takes to get you through the DJs [David Jones] fashion launch.”
Last Saturday, Simone Mariposa, a 23-year-old plus-size model, blogger and body-positive activist started the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to highlight the fact that revealing clothing isn’t reserved for conventionally skinny girls (duh).
Mariposa was spurred to action after reading of how a plus-size woman wearing a summery turquoise dress was openly sneered at by an onlooker who disapproved of her clothing choice. It’s a scenario with which Mariposa is all too familiar. “Every plus-size girl has had to bear the terrible brunt of being judged/policed for what we wear and how we wear it. I no longer allow people to dictate what I should and shouldn’t wear. It’s okay for a plus-size woman to let her body breathe in her clothing,” the blogger vented to her 10,000-strong Twitter following.
“My body image suffered greatly from it. I stopped wearing my legs and arms out, I stayed away from clothes that accentuated my belly fat, and I was extremely self conscious [in] public,” she elaborated in an interview with Buzzfeed. “However, after a while, I stopped letting society dictate my wardrobe, and starting wearing things that I always dreamed of wearing that made me feel beautiful.” (more…)