In what seems like no time, Kendall Jenner has gone from “Oh, she’s a model?” to being one of the most in-demand faces in the industry. She’s graced campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld and is one of Estée Lauder’s newest ambassadors. Things are going great for Kendall, partially because of the goodwill of Katie Grand, who has taken quite a liking to the young reality star, helping her to book several fashion shows and fill the pages of LOVE magazine.
Grand spoke to Style.com to make sense of the model’s success. “This season, at Marc, we had to make sure her fitting was done in a room with blinds, as the paparazzi had camped out on the roof opposite the studio to try and get a shot of her,” she said. “In all my years being a stylist and working with the likes of Kate and Naomi, I have never known the paps to try and get a shot of a fitting with a long lens from across the street.”
And there you have it, the reason why Kendall is likely not going anywhere anytime soon. Tabloid fodder is simply a currency too valuable to pass up.
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In an agreement announced today, Unilever will be adding to its personal care business by acquiring famed U.K. skincare brand Ren in a deal set to close in May. In recent years, Unilever has moved its focus away from the food industry and head-on into the beauty industry, looking to give L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble some competition in the marketplace.
In a press release, Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever SVP Prestige Brands said, “It is a brand with an incredibly loyal following, with a unique proposition that no doubt gives it potential for even further growth, especially given that the naturals category is one of the fastest growing in skincare globally. Its premium positioning complements well our existing portfolio.”
Ren was created in 2000 by Antony Buck and Robert Calcraft with a commitment to products that encompass “performance, purity, pleasure.” The cult favorite skincare brand is sold in 50 countries, in specialty stores and pharmacies. Buck states, “It’s been an amazing experience creating and building REN over the last 15 years but it’s time for the brand to go to the next level. Unilever is a great company with great principles; it has a profound understanding of brands and global reach; it makes the perfect partner to help REN fulfil its future potential worldwide. We can’t wait to get started!”
You’ll often find us complaining that Vogue Brazil‘s covers are dated and the magazine shows zero signs of improvement with its March 2015 installment. The newly-released cover features Amanda Wellsh (who posed alongside Aline Weber back in November 2014 for the mag) captured in some long grass while sporting a military-inspired khaki ensemble. Photographed by Zee Nunes, the Brazilian beauty may look captivating in the wilderness, but the layout reminds us of covers from over a decade ago.
“It looks like the 2000 covers of U.S. Vogue. It’s better but very very dated,” shared MON, who set the tone of the thread.
“Very U.S. Vogue indeed… there’s something off with the proportions imo. Is she kneeling?” kokobombon questioned.
GlamorousBoy also noticed the resemblance. “Yeah I agree, it is very dated U.S. Vogue, with the natural background Photoshopped to look fake,” he declared.
“The face is killer but there’s something really off about the grass-sky proportion. They could at least have put her in a different garment to break up all that green. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to see Amanda!” appreciated Nepenthes.
The remainder of our forum members found positives with Vogue Brazil’s latest offering. “Very U.S. Vogue, but in a good way. She looks marvelous!” noted Miss Dalloway.
TeeVanity simply credited, “This really looks good.”
A.D.C. appeared to welcome the magazine’s layout. “Ah the type of Vogue I grew up seeing. This will always be the definitive Vogue aesthetic for me,” he commented.
Interested in seeing what else the issue has to offer? See inside the thread and join the discussion here.
Kim Kardashian‘s Hollywood app game made over $74 million last year and the app continues to grow and do well. The success of the game has landed the reality star on the cover of Adweek this week, which delves into how she got involved in the project and the secret to the game’s popularity. The magazine also talks about Kim’s high-profile social media presence (27.2 million Instagram and 29.5 million Twitter followers), namely her selfies, which are the focus of a book she is releasing this year.
Say whatever you want about Kim Kardashian, but you can’t say she isn’t self-aware. The reality star has poked fun at her social media antics in a T-Mobile commercial, but she says she realizes how silly she looks when she’s constantly taking pictures. “For me, what’s so funny is I love taking pictures and posting them on social media for memories. I genuinely love the glam of life and hair and makeup and all of that, so I love just sharing my life with people—that’s who I’ve been,” she said. “I live my life on a reality show. But sometimes people take it very seriously, or they think it’s ridiculous. I’m kind of letting them know, yes, it is ridiculous, but it’s all fun.”
Well, as long as she’s having fun…
Ever wonder how Anna Wintour got so successful? The editrix is doling out advice in a new book by Alastair Campbell called Winners: And How They Succeed and according to her, the key to success also includes what some of us may consider a major failure. Most of us would be absolutely horrified and depressed if we lost our job, but Wintour says it’s a necessary part of being successful. “I think everyone should get sacked at least once. It forces you to look at yourself,” she said. “It didn’t feel it at the time, but it was definitely a good thing for what it taught me. It is important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life. Perfection doesn’t exist.”
If perfection doesn’t exist, then Wintour will have to answer for her impeccably-coiffed bob — a hair is never out of place. But in all seriousness, getting fired is a terrifying thing, but it does offer us a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Still, that begs the question — what has Ms. Wintour done to get herself fired?
There are some major changes going on in the fashion industry, which seems to play a game of designer musical chairs every few months. This particular go-round includes Peter Dundas, who is said to have shown his final collection for Emilio Pucci this weekend. The designer showed another set of spectacularly printed pieces before taking his bow at the helm of the house. Now, all eyes are on Dundas to see what he does next, with many speculating that the designer could be headed back to Roberto Cavalli, where he worked from 2002 to 2005.
Zac Posen is another designer possibly playing a huge role in this round of shake-ups. According to Page Six, Posen has been tapped to lead the revived house of Charles James. Posen seems like an excellent choice — James was known for the grandeur of his gowns and if anyone has that spirit running through his veins, it’s Posen, whose ballooning skirts and figure-flattering silhouettes have made him a red carpet favorite for many celebrities. The resurrected label is a pet project of Harvey Weinstein, who has tapped his wife and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman to serve as a creative consultant for the brand. Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig and CEO Edward Chapman have also signed on to serve in the position alongside Georgina.
Carven is going through a few changes of its own — the house has announced two artistic directors for its womenswear line, Adrien Caillaudaud and Alexis Martial. Their very first collection for the label will be shown on Thursday, so we will get a peek at how the pair, both alums of Givenchy, worked together this season.
[via Page Six, WWD, Vogue UK]