- London-based designer Marques’Almeida won the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers for 2015. [LVMH]
- The Langley Fox Hemingway x Forever 21 collection of relaxed cool tees and tanks features illustrations from the talented model. [Forever 21]
- Lady Gaga is back to blonde and documented every. single. step. of the transformation for posterity. [Glamour]
- Ed Sheeran and Kermit the Frog sing “Rainbow Connection” for Red Nose Day. [Time]
- Also for Red Nose Day, Coldplay’s Game of Thrones: The Musical will be the best thing you watch all weekend. [YouTube]
- Quelle horreur! There might be a Prosecco shortage this year. [Mirror]
- There’s a whole lot of abs on this new Magic Mike poster. [Cosmopolitan]
- The lovely Chanel Iman stars in the new Dennis Basso campaign. [WWD]
- The Internet is freaking out over a leaked track featuring Drake, Beyoncé and OVO artist Sal Houdini. [Vice]
- Did you always want a bacon, avocado and selfie emoji? You might be in luck. [Mashable]
Apple Watch can’t catch a break. On Tuesday, a software update was released to fix security problems on the wearable tech accessory and improve the sensor that tells you if you’re sitting or standing. But Apple ran into another problem. According to Business Insider, the update broke the heart rate tracker. Now, instead of measuring your heart rate every ten minutes and then averaging the data, the watch only takes irregular measurements.
Technical issues, from sensor snafus to tattoo malfunctions, are likely one of the underlying factors affecting Apple Watch sales. Slice Intelligence, a firm that tracks and projects U.S. consumer spending through e-commerce email receipts, claims orders have drastically fallen since the watch’s debut and continue to plateau.
Slice’s data shows that Apple received almost one million pre-orders from Americans on Friday, April 10, the first day Apple began accepting orders for the watch. Since then, the orders decreased to an average of under 30,000 sales per day from April 11 to May 18. That means that almost half of the total 2.5 million watch orders placed in the U.S. were made on its inaugural debut. It’s still too early to foresee the future of the Apple Watch but if the last month has been any indication, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Magazines either get it terribly wrong or oh so right. Vogue Korea have cemented themselves as innovators of creativity but our forum members are left divided over the magazine’s recent issue. The title released its June 2015 edition which was quickly brought over to our forms for discussion. Aymeline Valade stars on the cover, shot wearing that striking Christian Dior top while standing among a blooming spring garden by photographer Cass Bird.
“Wow, nothing on this cover is working for me. Aymeline looks so awkward here and the styling doesn’t help and the background is too busy,” justaguy discredited.
“This is not working..” added GlamorousBoy.
Wolkfolk wasn’t feeling it either. “Aymeline I love you but please dye your hair back to black! The disco top is distracting from the peaceful and natural background. A white top would’ve made a much nicer composition,” he suggested.
In agreement was simon: “Too much distracting details on the background. Not loving the tops Aymeline is wearing.”
“The backdrop is season appropriate but the styling isn’t. Also, the backdrop is too messy. One thing I’ve noticed is that Vogue Korea no longer produces edgy covers,” MON contributed, adding fuel to the fire.
Surprisingly, not everyone was so underwhelmed. “I really like this! It’s not perfect but I love that Vogue Korea keeps delivering fresh covers!” approved Nepenthes.
Forum member burbuja8910 showed support also, writing, “Amazing cover.”
Are you a fan? Join the discussion here.
Burberry, Anya Hindmarch, Farfetch and John Lewis were just a few of the big names that took home top honors at the inaugural Fashion Futures Awards in London on Thursday evening. The ceremony was held by Decoded Fashion in partnership with the British Fashion Council to celebrate fashion and retailers who are evolving their companies using tech-based ideas and tools.
The awards took place after a two-day summit with a panel of judges that included Charlotte Olympia president Bonnie Takhar, Rebecca Minkoff CEO Uri Minkoff, BFC’s CEO Caroline Rush and Instagram Creative Strategist Alastair Cotterill. The full list of winners is below.
A Killer Experience: Most innovative way of enhancing the consumer experience
The Master of Mobile: Most innovative use of mobile
Bytes and Bricks: Best omni-focused in-store experience
Beyond the Runway: Most engaging digital marketing campaign
New eStore on the Block: Best new e-commerce launch
The Game Changer: Startup set to disrupt fashion in 2015
Digital Coalition: Best brand and startup collaboration
The Big Idea: Most innovative new digital project
Real Time Innovator: Best use of data and analytics for fashion and retail
Fashion Is Great: Campaign to promote the U.K.
Vogue Ukraine was in our bad books last month for the awkward Georgia May Jagger cover. Now the magazine releases its latest and we’re still left feeling a little iffy. Shot by Arcin Sagdic, Polish model Ola Rudnicka graces the June 2015 issue poised on the studio floor wearing a floor-length Burberry dress. Our savvy forum members noticed signs of some evident airbrushing, which ultimately disappoints. Maybe those bleached eyebrows aren’t helping?
“Was the dress Photoshopped onto her? There’s something really weird to it. Also, I am bothered with how the image was zoomed. I wish they zoomed it more and placed her in the middle because she’s being eaten out by the text. Vogue Ukraine just doesn’t impress me anymore,” expressed MON the moment the cover surfaced.
“Really bad airbrushing,” agreed Glamorous Boy.
In agreement over the Photoshop was Emmanelle: “Indeed there’s something weird with her cleavage. Problem with Photoshop? Besides that, the cover is pretty, I can’t wait to see what’s inside.”
Things soon started to shape up. “A couple of odd bits, no pun intended, but overall, very cool cover,” enthused justaguy.
“Weird cleavage thing aside (which isn’t even that bad), this is a really cool cover. Very unique,” MyNameIs echoed.
“I don’t know about the backdrop but Ola is beautiful on the cover,” TeeVanity commented.
Nepenthes shared the same opinion, writing, “Her face is stunning! Happy for Ola!”
Impressed with Vogue Ukraine’s efforts this month? Drop us a comment here.
The U.K. is about to gain another handsome resident. Too bad he’s already got a wife. Word is that George Clooney is moving across the pond with Amal, to a small town called Sonning, after having thrown down £10 million on a pad, which is currently going through some renovations. The pair is expected to move in at the end of the summer.
According to Hello, the house has nine bedrooms – perfect for housing any of George and Amal’s fancy friends when they visit – and is full of dope amenities like a gym, steam room, spa, boathouse, gardens and more. The house is right on the river Thames, so yeah, it’s likely as picturesque as it sounds.
“I love it and we’re going to have a great time,” Clooney said, saying he will keep busy in the sleeping town which has an “old pub” and a “great restaurant.” Of course, if he and Amal ever get bored, they can jet back to their house in Los Cabos Mexico, where they can chill out with BFFs and neighbors Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.
Ah, must be nice…