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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

Image: SIPA/WENN.com

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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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. How I Got to Be… Harper’s Bazaar Senior Accessories Editor with Amanda Weiner — These days, when Amanda isn't jet-setting to Milan, Paris or Coachella (pinning her down for this interview was a feat in itself!), you can find Amanda well-dressed and working away as Harper's Bazaar Senior Accessories Editor.
     
  2. All The T&A in Rihanna’s Lui Magazine Spread (NSFW) — Peek inside the racy spread.
     
  3. Ingrid Verner’s Politically Charged AW 2014 Collection ‘White Washed’ — Created to cause a stir. 
     
  4. At a Glance: See How These Six Corporations Control the Luxury Fashion Industry — A handful of companies dominate the luxury fashion industry.
     
  5. Office Space: A Behind the Scenes Look At Interior Design Startup Homepolish — We go inside this interior design startup. 
     
  6. Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Met Gala — Tickets cost $25,000, up from $15,000 last year.
     
  7. Style Showdown: This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival was Full of Premieres and Second Showings — We saw a surprising amount of red carpet sequels. 
     
  8. Bling of Ire: Are You Eye-Rolling Over the Clooney Engagement Ring? — No, George Clooney did not magically transform into a ring designer while you were sleeping.
     
  9. #TBT? Five Big-Name Fashion Designers Who Had Ties to the Nazis — What were your favorite fashion designers doing during the Nazi occupation of France?
     
  10. Before You Buy: We Rank the Best Deep Conditioners for Hair — Whether your hair is parched from flatirons, highlights or even too much brushing, these deep conditioners will shape up your sad locks.

 

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Flashback: Vogue June 2006 with Uma Thurman by Mario Testino

With the June issues flooding in thick and fast this week, I thought it only right to look back at a past June issue for our flashback series. I'm a huge Instagram addict and constantly searching the hashtags of my favorite models and photographers. I happened to stumble across a stunning image of Gisele Bundchen and after doing a quick search online, I found out which magazine and issue the image was from (the joys of modern technology, right?). Luckily I happened to have the issue in my collection.

The June 2006 issue of US Vogue features Uma Thurman. The American actress is photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Tonne Goodman who selected Thurman to wear a Maison Martin Margiela silver mesh top with an Eres white bikini for the effortlessly summery cover. Uma's pictures inside are just as flawless as the cover shot. It's the type of direction that Testino excels at, each and every time.

Flashback, US Vogue June 2006 Uma Thurman

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Please excuse the unattractive sticker on my personal scan above (I'm unwilling sacrifice the condition after all these years — I knew you'd understand).

This 244-page issue consists of very seasonal stories whilst still providing the reader with a range of summer fashions. We see fashion stories from Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel and Miles Aldrige. Models include Gisele Bundchen, Amber Valletta and Caroline Trentini — all the American Vogue regulars.

'Water Baby' by Patrick Demarchelier with Gisele is my favorite story from the whole issue. It's just one of those fashion stories that works every single time, without fail. Shot in a studio and with Tonne Goodman to work her magic during the shoot, it's no wonder it's faultless image after image. A sun-kissed Bundchen wears a range of pieces from Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta and Carolina Herrera, to name a few.

Check out the dormant thread for the June 2006 issue here. You too might also find a blast from the past. Enjoy!
 

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