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The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Nominees Master the Realest Challenge of All — Dressing Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid in Chloe Gosselin shoes and a Rodarte lace dress.

Gigi in Chloe Gosselin shoes and a Rodarte lace dress; Image: Gregory Harris

This June, OG CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (the designers behind Proenza Schouler) unveiled the latest crop of CVFF finalists at a cocktail reception at their label’s Greene Street boutique.

The nominees for 2016 (in no particular order) are Adam Selman, Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock of Brock Collection, Chloe Gosselin, Ji Oh, Stirling Barrett of Krewe du Optic, Morgan Curtis of Morgan Lane, Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of Newbark, Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau and Chris Stamp of Stampd.

How you choose between such an insanely talented group we’ll never know, but one lucky winner will receive a monetary prize of $400,000. The two runners-up will walk with $150,000. The victors will be revealed on November 7 (the day before another well-anticipated announcement) at a celebratory gala in New York City.


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Zac Posen Designed New Uniforms for Delta and They Are Fly

Delta Runway Reveal with Zac Posen

Image: Delta Air Lines

Ever daydreamed about leaving your earthly troubles behind, becoming a flight attendant and traveling the world on an airline’s dime? Or did we watch Catch Me If You Can one too many times? Regardless, with the news that Delta employees’ uniforms are getting a revamp courtesy of one Zac Posen, maker of glow-in-the-dark Met Gala gowns and evaluator of Project Runway contestants, we’re seriously considering taking to the skies in style.

Yesterday, in Atlanta (where Delta Air Lines is based), the partnership unveiled the new collection via a catwalk show (natch). Comprised of about four dozen or so looks, the new range will be worn by about 60,000 Delta employees (ticket and gate agents, Sky Club and flight attendants, technicians — mainly those employees who fliers see). Employees will be allotted points with which to purchase their outfits. Dresses, skirts, blazers, coats, shirts and pants will be assigned different values and employees can mix and match as they so choose, because personal style.

“We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style,” said Posen of the uniforms. “I worked alongside employees to understand how they interact with the clothes they wear and developed a look that empowers and excites, because we want Delta’s global workforce to exude the confidence and thoughtfulness that reflects the airline’s brand.” (more…)

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A ‘Beautiful and Classy’ Amanda Seyfried Gives Allure Its Best Cover in Months (Forum Buzz)

Our forums were disappointed when Allure jumped on the Kendall Jenner bandwagon last month for the October issue. The magazine redeems itself, however, with the release of the November 2016 cover featuring the beautiful Amanda Seyfried. Photographed by Scott Trindle, the American actress gives us arguably the strongest cover of the season wearing a velvet blazer and a head full of bouncy curls.

Allure November 2016 : Amanda Seyfried by Scott Trindle


What’s not to love? Our forum members sure were more than content with the outcome. “What a beautiful cover for them. The rich colors and overall mood is very autumnal, which is appropriate. Never knew she had a mole, but Amanda looks great here,” raved a more than delighted Benn98, the second the cover came to light.

“It’s beautiful and classy,” added narcyza, feeling the same way. (more…)

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Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga Slay on the Covers of T Magazine’s “The Greats” Issue

Michelle Obama on the cover of New York Times Magazine's "The Greats" issue.

Image: Collier Schorr

In 2016 alone, Michelle Obama covered Seventeen’s May issue and InStyle’s October edition. She and hubby Barack also posed for Essence’s October release. Lady Gaga, meanwhile, shot over a dozen covers for V Magazine’s Pre-Spring issue, including that infamous photo of her and then-fiancé Taylor Kinney seated on a canvas, coiled around one another, nude but for paint.

However, assuming FLOTUS and Gaga each have a wall of covers a la the Kardashians, it’s their latest T Magazine covers that deserve to be front and center. In The New York Times style glossy’s second annual “The Greats” issue, released yesterday, the First Lady and Lady Gaga slay in sleek, minimal looks that let their natural beauty shine through.

Lady Gaga on the cover of New York Times Magazine's "The Greats" issue.

Image: Collier Schorr

“The Greats” features seven cover stars in total: Designer Junya Watanabe, writer Zadie Smith, photographer William Eggleston, artist Kerry James Marshall and restaurateur and chef Massimo Batturo join the ladies of the moment. (more…)

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Alicia Vikander Stars in Louis Vuitton’s ‘Boring’ Spirit of Travel Campaign for Fall (Forum Buzz)

Alicia Vikander is having a strong run as brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton. She’s a regular fixture in the front row for Nicolas Ghesquière’s shows, wears Vuitton on the cover of various magazine covers and has numerous advertising campaigns under her belt for the French fashion house. So it should come as no surprise that Alicia now fronts Vuitton’s ‘Spirit of Travel’ ad campaign for fall, which was shot on location in Brazil (presumably right after the Cruise 2017 show). Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Swedish actress wanders around the magnificent Niterói Contemporary Art Museum while leaving us a bit underwhelmed.

Louis Vuitton 'Spirit of Travel' F/W 2016.17 : Alicia Vikander by Patrick Demarchelier


The moment we took a sneak peek at the campaign, our forum members were far from overjoyed. “I wish her no ill, but Alicia bores me to tears: in movies, in talk shows and here,” sighed a disapproving Street_a_ Licious.

“I actually like her as an actress, but this campaign is horrific!” exclaimed Nefertiti87. (more…)

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Karl Lagerfeld’s 51-Year Relationship With Fendi Works Because He’s “Not on an Ego Trip”

Gigi Hadid and Karl Lagerfeld pose in the November 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar.

Image: Karl Lagerfeld via Harper’s Bazaar

These days, creative directors dart from fashion house to fashion house like bees pollinating a very exclusive garden. Not so with Karl Lagerfeld. Choupette’s devoted dad has now spent 51 years designing for Fendi. Considering the brand’s only been around for 90, that’s a pretty astonishing feat.

To celebrate its astoundingly successful open relationship with Lagerfeld and near-century in business, the brand staged a breathtaking haute couture show on Rome’s newly renovated (thanks to Fendi funds) Trevi Fountain. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid walked on water, but the elder Hadid, a Lagerfeld favorite, was noticeably earthbound.

Gigi Hadid for Harper's Bazaar November 2016.

Image: Karl Lagerfeld via Harper’s Bazaar

As if to compensate for this omission, over the last two months, Lagerfeld has shot Gigi Hadid for Harper’s Bazaar not once, but twice. In the latest round of images, Gigi models Karl’s story tale-inspired Fendi designs. In Harper’s November issue — hitting newsstands today — Lagerfeld discusses what it is that keeps his relationship with the Fendi family alive. (more…)

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