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Anne Vyalitsyna Goes High Fashion on the Cover of Zoo (Forum Buzz)

Anne Vyalitsyna in Dior for Zoo - photography by Bryan Adams

Though she’s best known for her Victoria’s Secret work and bikini bod, Anne Vyalitsyna has proven once again that she’s totally capable of going high fashion. In a simple black and white shot by Bryan Adams, Anne dominates the cover of Zoo’s Spring/Summer 2013 issue.

“Really beautiful cover. Simple and elegant styling and Anne looks stunning here,” justaguy commented.

Urban Stylin wrote, “I love how easily she transitions.”

You kind of can’t go wrong with a Dior dress, minimal makeup, understated hair and Anne V, right? That’s what this cover says to me, anyway.

Image: facebook.com/Bryan Adams

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Brit Marling and Eddie Redmayne Grace W’s April Cover (Forum Buzz)

W April 2013 - Brit Marling and Eddie Redmayne

“Who are these people?” sore asked when she saw W’s latest cover. The answer? Actress Brit Marling and actor Eddie Redmayne. They are, along with Emayatzy Corinealdi, “The New Guard: Hollywood’s Freshest Faces.” Their faces may be “fresh” but Brit looks astonishingly like Lana del Rey in the cover shot (by Alasdair McLellan) and – it has to be said – W really just needs to stop with these couples covers because they are not working.

“I hate Brit's expression, it looks like Eddie is holding her hostage,” TREVOFASHIONISTO commented.

BonesAndOil wrote, “I love both of them, and it's about time Brit got some recognition, but this cover is horrible. Both of their faces, why?”

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Luxx was actually a fan of the editorial that accompanied the cover image and saw a missed opportunity. “I may be alone in this, but for me Emayatzy Corinealdi is the best thing about the story and I would have LOVED to see her on the cover. I love Brit Marling as well, but the camera is in love with Emayatzy. Love the hair and styling on this, these images have a beautiful atmosphere,” she added.

“Why would they have a featured editorial with three actors but only put two of them on the cover?” loladonna  asked, bringing to mind the recent discussion about diversity on the runways. Could the same sort of bias be at play here?

Not your best effort, W.

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Images: wmagazine.com

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Link Buzz: Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders; SPRING

  • Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders. Yes, why not. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Diane Kruger's hair is so shiny and flat. I hate it. Get the look! [BellaSugar]
     
  • It's SPRING so start dressing like it. [FabSugar]
     
  • Kim Kardashian wore a studded black dress and so can you. [SheFinds]
     
  • Opening Ceremony is making a Spring Breakers collection. Not taking this bait. [StyleBakeryTeen
     
  • Lindsay Lohan has a new mugshot and it looks great. "Best LiLo mugshot EVER," says everyone. Okay, I believe you. [Earsucker]

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i-D Serves Up Lara Stone’s Head on a Platter

If you liked Lara Stone's bizarro hair antler i-D cover, there's more where that came from. Here's the editorial, photographed by Tyrone Lebone and fashion-directed by Charlotte Stockdale.

One image shows a topless Stone covering herself with two strategically placed wine glasses; another has the Dutch model's crudely made-up face resting on a fruit platter — lips shiny and red, eyeliner thick, hair clipped up in a barette; even though the third shot isn't so in-your-face, it still feels Lynchian thanks to the headless Sphinx chair and Stone's oversized, furry Sister by Sibling top and white cowboy boot stilettos.  

Asked in the accompanying interview whether he thinks fashion photography should be beautiful, Lebone says, "Not really it gets boring doesn’t it. But fashion photography is fundamentally about selling aspirations through clothes. And most people aspire to beauty. So it follows that fashion photography should be beautiful to serve its main purpose. But there is a bit of space around the edges to work within fashion and achieve something more than this, and this is where it becomes interesting."

The issue features another equally good-weird shoot by the same creative team starring "model-of-the-moment" Cara Delevingne, which you can see here.

Images via i-D

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Emilia Clarke Turns Heads at the Game of Thrones Premiere (Forum Buzz)

Emilia Clarke in Victoria Beckham

We haven’t singled out 25-year-old actress Emilia Clarke before, but her look at the Season 3 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones has caused forum members to sit up and take notice. Wearing a blue column gown by Victoria Beckham with minimal accessories and sleek, straight hair and a smoky eye, she looked polished and lovely.

“She is stunning! Love the dress, hair, everything!” fantastical exclaimed.

“She looks amazing! One of her best looks, in my opinion,” johnnys_girl09 shared. But, she had one gripe. “Her eyebrows seem a tad bit overdrawn… And this is coming from a person who has Emilia-eyebrow-envy!” she added.

Belowen had a similar take on the look. “The shading of her eye makeup seems to highlight her big brows (which normally I ADORE) and not in a flattering way. Other than that element I love this look.”

CommanderTMugler also gave Emilia’s look some love. “Wow, she looks stunning, [the dark hair is] a good contrast to when I normally just see her as a blonde on the show. It really makes her eyes pop more. I do agree the eyebrows are a bit too dark and heavy but she pulls it off.”

I have no idea where the plot of Game of Thrones is going, but I think we can at least predict that our red carpet interest in Emilia has definitely been piqued.

Image: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com

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Buzzfeed Asks Casting Directors to Explain Lack of Diversity at Fashion Week

According to Jezebel's seasonal count of runway diversity at New York Fashion Week, the situation continues to be pretty bleak. 82.7% of the models that walked in the February shows were white. Some designers, like Calvin Klein (pictured), didn't hire a single nonwhite model to walk in their collections. 

Buzzfeed asked five of the industry's top casting directors to explain why the industry hasn't gotten it together with regards to racial diversity, despite years of pressure outside groups. 

Some respondents were outraged:

James Scully (Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Lanvin & Carolina Herrera) — "I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can't even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast."

Others pointed to the limitations of the selection pool:

Jennifer Starr (Ralph Lauren, Ohne Titel, Gap, David Bowie & the Pirelli Calendar) — "If there are 200 new white girls, and five break out as stars, then if there are six or ten new black girls, the statistics are not in their favor. It's a loaded conversation, but can anyone be faulted for not casting someone they don't absolutely love?"

Some were totally in denial:

Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna (Burberry, Marchesa, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Armani Privé & Saint Laurent)

Nicoli: "I don't like to talk in terms of white, Asian, black, etc., because a model is a model and that's it. To me, if we want to talk about diversity, it's about the model and not the color of their skin. It's more about the body, the face, and the attitude."

Ananna: "Regarding the representation of various faces [on runways], we think fashion shows have already shown it. Don't you? There are plenty of different faces in a show."

Read the full article: 5 Top Casting Directors Explain Why Their Runways Are So White - Buzzfeed

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