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Coco Rocha Debuts New Sportswear Line and Lifestyle Site

Courtesy: CO+CO by Coco Rocha

Courtesy: CO+CO by Coco Rocha

After giving birth to an adorable baby girl in March, Coco Rocha is showing no signs of slowing down. The supermodel revealed plans to launch a clothing brand, Co+Co by Coco Rocha, in collaboration with LA-based collective Paragon Project and her husband, artist James Conran. The line will debut with a Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection of 60 sportswear pieces ranging from $80-$300. If her previous design work is any indication (see: her handbag line with Botkier), we can expect clean yet fashion-forward pieces from the line, available on CocoRocha.com and at “leading American and International retailers” in January.

“I have always been interested in having my own clothing collection,” Rocha told WWD. “It’s always been in my mind to do it. But sometimes models are not taken seriously in this field. We’re to pose in the clothing but we don’t necessarily have our own point of view. But Paragon knew from conversations on day one that I was going to be very hands-on. They like that, rather than someone who comes in and only says, ‘Yes, no and maybe.'” We have no doubt Rocha will play a prominent role in the development and marketing of her line. She even found fit inspiration in her coffee table book, “The Study of Pose,” when constructing the garments. (more…)

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Watch: The Inspiring Reason This Model Went From Size 2 to Plus-Size

The pressures of staying thin in the modeling business are well known. But Sabina Karlsson experienced that trauma firsthand. The Swedish model was rejected by casting agents for her weight even as a size 2. “I was always stressed out — will I fit the clothes, will I be happy? Maybe they’ll have to send me back, because I’m not skinny enough,” she said in a video interview with i-D Magazine for Size Matters week. Karlsson felt powerless as casting agents picked her apart. “I remember in Milan once and the casting director, she just, like, squeezed my thigh and said, ‘No, no, no, too big,'” she recounts, adding, ​”Sometimes, models don’t get treated as people, like an actual human being, a person. We’re just being treated as we’re just products.​”

Despite adopting a strict diet and working out three times a day, Karlsson was dropped from her agency. That crushing moment inspired her to embrace her natural weight. “I thought being a straight-size model was the only way I was going to be successful … I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to enter the plus-size industry because this is just me being my natural self.​” Being her “natural self” is paying off. She’s enjoying a successful career as a plus-size model and recently nabbed a prominent spot in Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual campaign. Karlsson opens up about her moving journey in the clip above.

[via Refinery29]

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Hope You Like Pastels: Pantone Announces Two Colors of the Year for 2016

Color us surprised. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year is actually two hues: Serenity (soft pink) and Rose Quartz (muted blue). This marks the first time Pantone chose more than one color at once. But that’s not the only reason this year’s selection is special.

The combo is all about striking the perfect balance. “Found in tandem on the runway, on the streets and in nature, Serenity and Rose Quartz evoke calm, stability and comfort even in turbulent times,” Pantone explained in a press release. “The seamless union of Serenity and Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfect counterpoint to the fast-paced, fractured and hurried lives we live.”

If you’ve ever watched a sunset on the beach, you’re familiar with this gorgeous color combo. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the “harmonious color pairing” inspire its own sunset hair trend. (more…)

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12 Supermodels Go Nude for Lui’s Stunning NSFW Holiday Covers (Forum Buzz)

Just as our forums declared the December 2015 covers stale and depressing, Lui magazine turns up the heat and gets us hot under the collar, unveiling not one, but a whopping 12 covers featuring 12 of fashion’s most recognizable faces. Lara Stone, Toni Garrn, Natasha Poly, Carolyn Murphy, Anja Rubik, Daria Strokous, Edita Vilkeviciute, Jourdan Dunn, Isabeli Fontana, Amber Valletta, Mariacarla Boscono and Malgosia Bela each got naked before the lens of photographic duo Luigi & Iango — and we aren’t complaining.

Lui December 2015/January 2016 by Luigi & Iango

IMAGES: MODELS.COM

The covers sure set our forums ablaze. “Damn it! I can’t pick one. All of them look SO good. I’m so happy to see Edita in this, she looks amazing,” confessed thatsfierce straight away.

“Whoa, it’s hot in here! Thrilled by these covers and amazing casting of girls! I only wish it was in the form of an actual calendar. It made me think about the Vogue Paris 2009 calendar which was hanging on my bedroom wall,” added an equally delighted Valentine27. (more…)

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ELLE UK’s January Cover with Lupita Nyong’o Is a ‘Waste of a Beautiful Girl’ (Forum Buzz)

It’s pretty fair to say that the British edition of ELLE failed to impress across the board for the majority of 2015. But the magazine commences 2016 with some diversity, which we cannot overlook, enlisting actress Lupita Nyong’o as its January cover subject. Unlike December, the team took the cover shoot outdoors with photographer Kai Z Feng opting to photograph the Star Wars beauty perched on the sidewalk wearing a loud Louis Vuitton dress.

UK Elle January 2016 : Lupita Nyong'o by Kai F Zeng

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

Unfortunately, a nice cover shot doesn’t always cut it. “I don’t like it all. The print, the text, the colors, the hair, the expression. Everything is wrong. I love her but no,” hailed an unimpressed MON seconds after the cover dropped.

“Yikes. What a waste of a beautiful girl. It’s so busy!” voiced honeycombchild. (more…)