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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

IMAGE: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

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 Nordstrom.com.

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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Rumor Has It Adidas and Alexander Wang Are Collaborating

Alexander Wang wraps his Fall 2016 runway show.

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Kanye West, we’re going to let you finish, but we have a feeling Alexander Wang is about to have one of the best Adidas collaborations of all time. Rumor has it the athleticwear giant has tapped the sporty, streetwear conscious designer for its latest collaboration, though neither Adidas’ nor Wang’s spokespeople will confirm.

If WWD’s sources are accurate (and they usually are) full details of the project will be available to the public after Wang’s upcoming New York Fashion Week show (slated for 9 p.m. on September 10). A party to commemorate both the collaboration and the designer’s Spring 2017 collection will purportedly follow the runway show.

If the reports prove true, Wang will be joining the ranks of fashion greats like Stella McCartney, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto and Kanye West, whose ongoing partnerships with Adidas have played a significant role in putting the brand back on the fashion world’s map.

That said, as of 2015, Nike still owned a staggering 48 percent of the U.S. footwear market, Adidas a mere 9 percent. While the sportswear manufacturer certainly has a long way to go if it wants to compete with Nike, this collaboration with Wang, along with the expansion of its Yeezy line and its continual reissuing of timeless classics, bodes very well for the brand. (more…)

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Joan Smalls Captivates on the Cover of CR Fashion Book’s Eighth Edition (Forum Buzz)

Gigi Hadid’s patriotic cover for CR Fashion Book‘s Spring 2016 edition was still pretty fresh in our minds until the magazine just unveiled the covers for its upcoming edition, which seem to knock it out of the park just as hard. Continuing their theme of multi-covers, the biannual publication serves up a trio of covers for us to choose from for Issue 8, featuring beauties Fernanda Ly and Joan Smalls. Mario Sorrenti came on board to lens the cover shoot and delivers captivating close-up images of the girls, who posed with a face full of makeup and glitter — and we’re loving one cover in particular.

CR Fashion Book #9 by Mario Sorrenti

IMAGES: CRFASHIONBOOK.COM

As per usual, our forum members were quick to generate discussion. “I hope this is a preview cover. If not, then this is creepy. Glitters on her teeth? Really? Mario Sorrenti for CR?” MON quickly disapproved.

“Nothing new. Nothing Great,” said dcmaike of Fernanda’s cover which was the first to surface (above left).

But the whole dynamic changed when Joan’s cover came to light. “Oh my goodness, Joan’s cover is gorgeous. The seduction is beyond this planet,” raved a more than impressed MON, returning to the thread in awe. (more…)

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