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Mert & Marcus Photograph Gucci’s Pre-Fall Campaign With a ‘Basic’ Result (Forum Buzz)

Gucci regulars Anja Rubik and Clement Chabernaud are back fronting the Italian fashion house's Pre-Fall advertising campaign. The ads are lensed by Turkish duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who aren't exactly strangers to Gucci either. They've stripped the campaign this season, going right back to basics with no gimmicks and zero signs of heavy post-production. Anja and Clement are seen posing in a studio, against a classic grey background to complement the vibrant clothes designed by Frida Giannini.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2014 Campaign Anja Clement

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Forum members are not letting the new direction go down easy. "I cannot believe how basic these Gucci campaigns have become. The last one I absolutely loved was Spring 2013. Everything after that has been so uninspired and underwhelming," writes valliaddict.

"This is soooo boring. Like everybody said, it looks like a lookbook, and not even for an A-list brand like Gucci," commented anlabe32 who went on to say, "That said, Anja and Clement look nice. And so does the clothing."

Check out the thread and some more images from the campaign here.
 

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Michelle Obama Joins Fashion’s Elite to Celebrate Met Gala Day: The Best of Instagram

Today at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, New York's fashion industry is celebrating the new Anna Wintour Costume Institute, which opens with an exhibition about the work of mid-century designer Charles James, commonly known as  "America's First Couturier."

Wearing a dress by Naeem Khan, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon at the new institute's opening ceremony. FLOTUS also announced the launch of a new fashion workshop for students, which she'll be bringing to the White House as part of a joint effort with Anna Wintour

As expected, Twitter and Instagram are boiling over with Met-related shares. The Internet is blessed. We'll be bringing you highlights over the course of Met Day, so keep checking back! 

BFFs?

Their love is real:

Name in stone. Accompanying caption: "Now she's in a museum?! This is a lot to live up to…"

Another win for the flower lobby:

Oh, this old thing?

"Reserved for Victoria Beckham."

The waiter's face.

Marc Jacobs is working a new, Peewee-esque look.

Put this one in the yearbook:

And theFashionSpot is currently in the Charles James galleries, previewing the exhibition, so make sure to follow us on Instagram:

Not to be outdone by FLOTUS and VOGUEUS, Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney are getting super adorable ahead of tonight's festivities.

A quiet moment with Bill Cunningham:

Zac Posen piques our interest: "Thank you to the Zac Posen atelier for creating the most amazing creations for tonight's Met Gala I am so excited to see them worn tonight! Can't wait for all the followers to see. Can you guess who's wearing us tonight?"

Kendall Jenner in the back of a town car on the day of the Met Ball. Somehow feels like a modern version of the board game Clue.

I feel very positive about whatever's happening at Prabal Gurung's atelier right now. 

Happens to the best of us.

 

Related: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Met Gala

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André Leon Talley Wears the Infamous Pharrell Hat to the Anna Wintour Costume Center Ribbon Cutting

Who knew on that fateful day back in February, when Pharrell Williams hit the Grammys red carpet in a Smokey the Bear-style Vivienne Westwood hat, that the topper would become the most talked-about headpiece of the year? Well, maybe a couple people could tell. But in no way did we expect to see the hat so much in the months after, mainly in a few different colorways on Pharrell, and now, on André Leon Talley.

The former Numéro Russia editor was seated front row this morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly-named Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wearing what appears to be a black or navy version of the infamous hat. A couple eagle-eyed guests (like Rachel Roy and W Arts & Culture director Anne Sloway) spied the editor in the hat, posting snaps aplenty to Instagram.

This seems to be the hat that will never die. But if anyone was going to wear it after Pharrell (a really tough act to follow), it would have to be ALT, wouldn't it? A man who rocks a kimono on the reg can pretty much wear anything.

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Steven Meisel Photographs Lexi Boling for Vogue Italia’s May Cover (Forum Buzz)

Model of the moment and current Prada face, Lexi Boling, has landed Vogue Italia's May cover. The American model has become a regular choice for Steven Meisel, who also shot Lexi for Prada's recent accessories campaign. For Italian Vogue's latest, Boling is posing against a dark background, with the focus very much on her beauty and the styling of her hair. It's no wonder Meisel shot a close-up of this girl, after Guido worked his magic on her hair and Pat McGrath did the makeup for this 'look of the moment' shoot. Karl Templer styled Lexi in a top from Tod's.

Vogue Italia May 2014 Lexi Boling Steven Meisel

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"What is this, an outtake from Prada Pre-Fall campaign?" questioned Zorka.

"Looks like a boring Prada image," wrote Bruce7Lee.

Nymphaea thought the cover resembled a past Vogue Italia cover: "Nice simple cover, same vibe as Doutzen's VI cover but a tad more modern."

"Finally! I find this cover sooo gorgeous, but that might be all because of Lexi," commented anlabe32.

Miss Dalloway was also enthusiastic and wrote, "Simple but sooo lovely, I adore this! And amazing to see Lexi get a cover on her own, she rocked the runway season!"

So, there are mixed reactions from our forum members and I feel the same. This does look like it was taken just moments after the recent Prada campaign. On the other hand, I'm such a sucker for anything shot in a studio–especially when it's been photographed by Steven Meisel.

Join the discussion and check out the behind-the-scenes video within the thread here.

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Nick Knight on Photoshopping in Magazines: ‘If You Want Reality, Look Out of the Window’

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Kate Moss for Nick Knight on the cover of Vogue Spain May 2008 / Image: ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com

Photoshopped fashion images have generated a lot of outrage in recent months: there was the Instagram/MirandaKerr scandal, the Lena Dunham for Vogue controversy, the Beyonce thigh gap outrage, the Lady Gaga x Versace shocker. On blogs and across social media, the practice of airbrushing celebrity photos is one of the least polarizing aspects of the current fashion status quo; many of us agree that the abusive Photoshopping that goes on is not okay.

But in the industry, some people may feel a little differently. Speaking with The Independent's Alexander Fury for a feature on fashion's increasing willingness to embrace diversity, photographer Nick Knight explained why, in his view, Photoshop's critics have it wrong: “You have [titles] like The New York Times saying you can’t use retouching, as if that’s something intelligent to say about image making, but it absolutely shows a total lack of understanding of how an image is created… I can change how someone looks enormously by the lens I use, how close I put it to their body and what lighting I use… That’s my craft, and retouching is part of that craft. I don’t see why taking a pimple off somebody’s nose, or changing their eye colour, or elongating their body, is wrong.”

Fury writes: "When Knight photographed the famously voluptuous model Sophie Dahl in the Nineties, he used Photoshop to exaggerate her curvaceous silhouette. 'If you want reality,' Knight has said, 'look out of the window.'”

Okay, but that's missing the point: Opponents of the technique criticize the widespread use of airbrushing in the mainstream media, which produces commercial images that conform to a physically impossible standard of perfection. It's not about taking a tiny pimple off someone's nose (which, as Knight points out, is a technique that can be achieved by lighting) or using Photoshop to layer surreal elements into a picture. Knight is one of the most original and inventive photographers of the past half century, known for his unsettling and otherworldly images; he uses Photoshop to make models look like bizarre and beautiful aliens, not Barbie dolls. That's not what people are talking about when they criticize the use of retouching in fashion images. 

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Is Kimye Married Yet or Not?—We Investigate

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Image: SIPA/WENN.com

Kim and Kanye's May 24 wedding is soon upon us, but it looks like some people are a little too excited about the couple's big day. Over the weekend, Life and Style, along with other news outlets reported that the pair had already wed. Phantom "sources" claimed the couple already got their marriage license from a California court last week, making them officially married under the law.

But if you were psyched to see the couple walk tonight's Met Gala red carpet as Mr. and Mrs. West, don't get too excited–there are several sources reporting that the rumor simply isn't true, and the two have not wed yet. People magazine is saying that Kimye have yet to join as one, but the New York Daily News received quite a shady little response from Kim's publicist when asked about the alleged nuptials: "There is no statement and no comment on wedding conjecture." Shut down!

Obviously, you've always got to take the word of these "sources" with a grain of salt. But if Kim and Kanye aren't married already, wouldn't their publicist have simply denied the claims and kept it moving? Hmm… something seems to be afoot here.

What do you think? Are Kimye married, or is this whole thing just a ploy to get people to pay even more attention to their wedding?

 

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