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…)
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.”
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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…)
Those of you who haven’t watched her Dubsmashes might be surprised by Cara Delevingne’s masterful comedic timing in this week’s “Drop the Mic” segment — the rest of us saw it coming. Last night, the Suicide Squad actress and her co-star Dave Franco swung by The Late Late Show to engage in a contest of rhymes and wits with the man best known for his decidedly gentler Carpool Karaoke rides. In the heated rap battle that ensued, claws came out, feelings may have been hurt (we even winced a couple of times), but our beloved model-turned-actress emerged deservedly victorious. Some of the most clever jabs (all said in good humor, of course) included Franco’s observation that Cara is “famous right now, but the comedown will be hellish — you won’t be a household name, because no one can f*cking spell it” and James Cordon’s Delevigne-directed diss: “My favourite Delevingne? I’d pick your sister Poppy, because she’s a real model and you’re just a copy.”
However, we knew Delevingne had cinched the win when she schooled both her adversaries with the following line: “You’re both shorter than me and I think you’ll find, I’ve hooked up with hotter girls than both of you combined.” Mic drop, indeed.
Ever since we got wind of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West participating in a not-so-secret shoot with Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar, our forums have been eagerly awaiting the outcome. It’s finally here for us to deliberate over and Bazaar‘s newly-unveiled September cover is sure to garner plenty of buzz. Photographed at Lagerfeld’s Paris studio, the close-up portrait shows the couple as they are just about to lock lips. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, Kimye can also be found inside the issue taking selfies in bed (fitted with Lagerfeld’s very own antique sheets) as part of the title’s annual ‘Bazaar Icons’ portfolio
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Naturally, the cover caused plenty of discussion. “Nothing about this works for me! Badly cropped, way too zoomed in, no clothes, no emotion, no drama! It’s almost like Karl and Carine wanted to recreate what [Emmanuelle] Alt did with the Beckham’s for the Vogue Paris cover, except it doesn’t work here!” slated Miss Dalloway at once.