Following the tradition of the last two years, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has just been unveiled as British Harper’s Bazaar‘s September cover girl for 2016 (despite rumors of a Kimye cover appearance). Rosie seems to be doing just fine on the magazine cover front lately, having recently starred on Vogue Thailand and currently killing it on the cover of Vogue Germany. For Bazaar’s biggest fashion issue of the year, Rosie was photographed by Bazaar regular Alexi Lubormirski for a soft and dreamy image wearing Alexander McQueen.
Kylie Jenner’s namesake cosmetics company is trying new things, expanding to a palette. Yesterday, the teen mogul delivered on her repeated promises of great things to come by announcing the release of her nine-shade bronze Kyshadow palette via Snapchat. Each palette features the following hues: Jasper (a matte finish creamy beige), Quartz (a satin finish champagne gold), Topaz (a matte finish taupe), Goldstone (a satin finish bronze), Citrine (a matte finish bright orange), Tiger Eye (a matte finish light golden brown), Hematite (a matte finish chestnut brown), Bronze (a matte finish chocolate brown) and Onyx (a matte finish, you guessed it, black). Love her or leave her, you’ve got to admit the reality starlet’s got a serious eye for makeup trends. (more…)
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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…)