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Effortlessly Chic: Christy Turlington Is Porter’s Winter 2014 Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

Porter continues to impress, having already tapped the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Lady Gaga and Lara Stone as previous cover subjects. Now onto its fifth issue, Porter‘s latest comes with Christy Turlington on the front cover. Photographed by Porter regulars Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Turlington is the epitome of effortless chic, wearing a blue denim shirt from Levi’s and a Rolex watch teamed with a pair of white gold and diamond De Grisoogono earrings.

Porter Winter 2014 Christy Turlington by Inez & Vinoodh

IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E

Our forum members show mixed reactions. “Christy was never my favorite super, but she is slaying the hell out of this cover. Porter is leagues above most other magazines these days!” shares an ecstatic marsnoop2.

“She truly is a fantastic model with amazing presence. Such a fantastic cover, I have loved all of their covers, and most issues so far!” noted Miss Dalloway, who’s clearly a fan of Net-a-Porter‘s print magazine.

Kokobombon shares her enthusiasm too: “I love it! Major 80s flashback, I had to double check the thread´s title,” and went on to suggest, “It would have been better with a cleaner layout but still, the image is very striking imo.”

Also acknowledging the 80s styling was Bertrando3 who wrote, “Very 80s indeed, I love Christy, she always does amazing pictures.”

Yet not everyone was satisfied with Porter‘s latest installment. “This magazine is just pants. I’ve never wanted to buy something less,” wrote an unimpressed Kite.

Burbuja8910 was left underwhelmed also: “What have [they] done to Christy?… Horrible cover. The Porter team should have done better work.”

For the first time since its debut, Porter has created a limited-edition cover which will soon become available for purchase via its website. Check out the cover inside our thread and share your own opinion here.

Porter‘s Winter 2014 issue is available on newsstands worldwide October 3, so be sure to grab yourself a copy!

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Taylor Swift Has ‘Never Looked Better’ on UK Vogue’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Members of our forums don’t miss a trick, and they’ve been speculating for months in the Cover Rumor Thread that this particular cover was in the works. Taylor Swift graces U.K. Vogue‘s November issue, released via its website this morning, and it was quickly brought over to our forums for debate. Mario Testino shot the “Shake It Off” singer wearing a range of pieces from Miu Miu, styled by Lucinda Chambers.

Taylor Swift On the cover of UK Vogue November 2014

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members are pleasantly surprised with the outcome. “She never looked better, I think this is one of the best celeb covers they’ve done in a long long while!” raved Miss Dalloway.

“My God! I’m ecstatic! This is amazing, love all the elements: the composition, the color scheme, styling, Taylor!! And here I was dreading a close-up shot. Don’t care for the preview, it looks too messy. Hope the rest of the ed reflects the laid-back setting,” agreed an elated Benn98.

MON shared his amazement: “I can’t believe that I actually like this. It’s not a hot mess, what a surprise!”

“This is actually very good, interesting clothes, hairstyle and concept. Nice for Vogue UK that always has terrible covers,” commented zacatecas570, echoing everyone’s delight.

Also in the mood for some Taylor was honeycombchild, who wrote, “I kind of… I’m surprised, but I actually like it. I think it looks cool. It’s very sickly sweet in its colour choices, but at least she looks different and again it’s something a little different for British Vogue.” But he went on to post, “Although, those freckles are drawn on I’m sure… Which I always find weird.”

In true forum fashion, a few members did find some flaws. “Why are all the fall covers looking so much more summery than summer covers?” questioned Darling Myy.

Not feeling Testino’s photography was blueorchid, who asked, “Was Craig McDean busy??”

Are you a fan of the cover? See inside the thread for a preview of Taylor’s cover story and don’t forget to add your own two cents here.

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Molly Sims Pregnant with Second Child

Molly Sims headshot

Image: Andres Otero/WENN.com

The human population is about to get a heck of a lot prettier thanks to Molly Sims and her husband Scott Stuber. The Sports Illustrated model just announced that she is pregnant with her second child.

Molly took to her website to break the happy news. The announcement photo pictures her sitting next to her young son Brooks holding two small chalkboards with one reading “2 years” (her son’s age), the other, “4 months,” indicating how far along she is in her pregnancy. Her son grins from ear to ear as she sweetly smiles in a heart print button-down and black leggings. Sadly, there is no sign of the baby bump (we want to see it!), but we have no doubts it will be making a formal appearance in the near future. 

I can’t even being [sic] to explain just how excited we are for a new baby,” she wrote. “We are so, so, so blessed as a family, and I’m speechless at the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a second bundle of joy into the world.”

Congratulations to Molly and her growing family!

[h/t Vogue UK]

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Stella McCartney Sparks Controversy with Instagram of Very Thin Model

Stella McCartney angered fans this week when she posted an image to Instagram of a model whom her followers deemed too thin. McCartney is famous for creating pieces for “real women,” so fans were quite taken aback when they scrolled through their timelines and saw an image of a very thin model (who appears to be JiHye Park) wearing a tank top bearing an image from the designer’s show invitation. The shot was captioned, “Worn well.”

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Image: Daily Mail

The image was met with quite a backlash as fans accused the McCartney label of promoting a bad body image. According to The Independent, several commenters thought the model looked sickly, and didn’t appreciate the message behind having such a thin model being promoted in this way. One angry fan opined, “Appalling image. This young lady is clearly very ill and the body image being used is all that is wrong with the fashion world.”

Another offended Instagram follower was equally surprised and angered by the image: “Considering what a huge influence Stella is on young people and as the mother of a young girl I’m appalled at the…pic.”

After receiving quite a lot of criticism, McCartney’s people replaced it with one of Malaika Firth, which fans applauded in the aftermath of the situation. “Much better! Glad to see you listen to your fans,” one user wrote, adding, “Please tell the other girl to seek treatment, she’s clearly sick.” 

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Malaika Firth on Fashion Industry Diversity: ‘They Are Trying’

Malaika Firth walking the runway

Image: Imaxtree

In a little over a year, Malaika Firth has gone from unknown model to one of the industry’s most buzzed about faces. Since getting cast for Prada‘s Fall 2013 campaign, the model’s star has been rapidly rising, snagging her campaigns for Burberry, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger and more. And it doesn’t look like she will be going anywhere — not that we’re complaining. She’s one of the few major models of color and anyone with two eyes can see that fashion is short on those.

As she is one of a mere handful of black high-fashion models, Malaika notices the improvements in diversity the industry has yet to make, but she thinks it’s stepping in the right direction. Even design houses like Prada, where shows and campaigns have been historically overwhelmingly white, are making strides, which Malaika is thankful for.

In an interview with The Telegraph, she calls her appearance in Prada’s ads “major,” adding, “And it’s good for Prada to have done that. The last time I did a show there they had another black girl, and a Chinese girl, too, and in general I do see that the fashion industry is getting better at putting more black girls in there. Although, still, there’s not a lot. There’s, like, Binx and Joan Smalls, of course, and a few others. But they are trying – I can see that.”

Baby steps! 

[Telegraph]

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