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Watch: 100 Years of Swimsuit Styles in 3 Minutes — Using Body Paint

Far more fun than the cakey, unsettling 100-layers-of-makeup videos taking the beauty blogosphere by storm is the occasional 100-years-of-(insert fashion category here) retrospective that allows us to look back on trends old, newer and newest and reflect on the ways in which fashion evolves and often repeats itself.

Swimwear, for instance, has come a long way since the all-concealing costumes women wore at the turn of the 20th century. To illustrate this fact, Mode made a video (which debuted on Elle) showcasing 100 years of swimsuits, from 1916 to the present. Rather than simply trying on retro and current beachwear, Mode’s eternally patient and well-postured leading lady rocks the pantsuits of the 1910s, the yellow polka dot bikinis of the 1960s, the bondage-inspired bikinis of today and more iconic styles…in body paint. (more…)

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Steven Meisel’s ‘Epic’ Valentino Campaign Might Be the Best of the Season (Forum Buzz)

There’s no denying that Steven Meisel has been delivering an array of fantastic imagery this month. First he wowed us with a wonderful cover story for Vogue Italia and now his new campaign for Valentino has just been declared a success by forum members. After using a range of photographers for previous seasons, Valentino finally decided to commission the legendary Meisel to capture its Fall 2016 advertising campaign and the move has paid off big time. Models Jamie Bochert, Karen Elson, Julia Nobis and Katlin Aas come together and strike some dynamic poses inspired by contemporary dance.

Valentino F/W 2016.17 : Jamie, Julia, Karen & Katlin by Steven Meisel


The campaign was an instant hit. “Epic ! I got goosebumps when I read the thread title. With this casting they couldn’t have [gone] wrong. Well done!” exclaimed an elated kewkaw the moment the campaign dropped.

“FINALLY some fashion!” hailed a fashion-deprived maxlinden. (more…)

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Can Rita Ora and Ashley Graham Make America’s Next Top Model Great Again?

When the CW put America’s Next Top Model to bed last December after a 22-season run, its retirement seemed overdue. Reality shows that allowed outsiders a glimpse into the fashion world had saturated the market — Project Runway, What Not to Wear, Queer Eye, House of DVF, The Hills — to varying degrees of success. In the case of America’s Next Top Model, part of what made the show seem out of touch was the changing nature of the industry. Today’s models need a lot more than adaptive facial features, a confident walk and that first big Maybelline contract to gain relevance. They need a loyal social media following. They need a personality. If they want to generate serious buzz (and don’t come from a famous family), they need to bring something more to the table: diversity.

Conscious of these new realities, VH1, which has picked up the show for a (gulp) 23rd season, is giving ANTM a serious revamp. The new panel of of-the-moment judges will include model Ashley Graham, a symbol and advocate of body positivity, Drew Elliot, chief creative officer of indie glossy Paper and the man behind Kim Kardashian’s Internet-breaking cover, and stylist Law Roach, longtime associate of Zendaya and recent rebrander of Céline Dion. Pop sensation Rita Ora will take Tyra Banks’ place as host, bringing her star quality and millennial fan base to the mix. (more…)

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Bella Hadid and G-Dragon ‘Look Like Vampires’ Posing Together on Vogue China’s Latest (Forum Buzz)

It’s official: Bella Hadid has become a force to be reckoned with at the newsstand. She just scored the cover of Vogue Japan‘s September cover (which is major, FYI) and is currently a cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Over the weekend, yet another Bella cover has surfaced and it seems there’s just no stopping her lately. The current face of Calvin Klein stars on Vogue China’s baby sister title, Vogue Me, and is joined by South Korean rapper G-Dragon for the occasion, captured by Mario Testino.

Vogue China Me August 2016 : Bella Hadid & G-Dragon by Mario Testino


The cover was sure to generate debate on our forums. “It’s terrible. They look like poor vampires,” cried out narcyza the moment the cover dropped.

“So true, LOL. This is the first time I’m not at all on board with a Bella Hadid cover. Testino really went overboard with the retouching, even eradicating those famous cheekbones. I’m even surprised that he shot for this odd little magazine,” Benn98 replied. (more…)

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Zendaya’s Affordable New Shoe Collection Just Hit Stores (and We Want It All)


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From the tips of her strands to the ends of her toes, Zendaya never looks anything less than flawless, which is why we absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on the star’s new shoe line. A collaboration between the Spiderman: Homecoming actress and her longtime stylist Law Roach (who, alongside Rita Ora, will be a panelist on the next season of America’s Next Top Model), the line, called Daya, is now available for purchase on

The metallic Amiee strappy sandal from Daya by Zendaya.

The metallic Amiee strappy sandal from Daya by Zendaya; Image: Nordstrom

Ranging from a very affordable $69.95 for a nude pointy toe flat to $109.95 for a pair of open-toed booties, the 12-item collection features shoes rendered in lace, suede and patent leather. In an interview with Glamour heralding the collection’s release, Zendaya, woman of the people, told the glossy she hasn’t forgotten her roots, hence the reasonable pricing: “I was that girl with working parents who couldn’t afford Louboutins and wanted a great shoe to wear to my 8th grade dance. But that wasn’t available or they seemed cheap and felt like a knockoff. There’s a market for really ‘luxury’ looking and feeling shoes at a good price point.” (more…)

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You Can Aid Refugees AND Own a Piece of Fashion History by Buying Kate Moss’ DIY Denim

This June, cast members from HBO’s Game of Thrones teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis and hopefully put pressure on European Union leaders to do more to aid those languishing in camps. Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham traveled to Lesbos to visit the displaced Syrians and share their stories. Now, more world-famous faces are lending their clout — or, more specifically, their jeans — to the cause.

Emma Watson's customized jeans by Johny Dar.

Emma Watson’s customized jeans by Johny Dar; Image: Vogue/Johny Dar

Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Alicia Vikander and 96 other celebrities have donated their denim to American multimedia artist Johny Dar’s Jeans For Refugees initiative, all proceeds from which will go to support the International Rescue Committee, and, in turn, refugees all around the world.  (more…)

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