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Flashback: US Harper’s Bazaar October 2005 with Charlize Theron by Peter Lindbergh

For this week's flashback series, we're taking another look back at Harper's Bazaar. The October 2005 issue of the American edition has Charlize Theron on the front cover, photographed by Peter Lindbergh. Charlize wears a black dress from John Galliano's haute couture collection for Christian Dior with jewelry also from the French fashion house (the star's first ads for Dior's J'adore fragrance had just come out).

Flashback US Harper's Bazaar October 2005 Charlize Theron

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Not only do we get a fabulous cover shot with Charlize, we also see a cover story which consists of seven images of the actress wearing a range of creations from Giorgio Armani Privé, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy. The final shot is of Charlize wearing a black and pink Edwardian-style gown from Chanel, which has always been a favorite image of mine. It's one of those pictures where the fashion actually takes center stage (even with a beautiful woman like Charlize wearing it).

Also inside the 304-page issue is an editorial from Bazaar regular Greg Kadel who shot Inguna Butane for a 60s-inspired story. Julia Stegner is photographed by Anthony Ward for a more modern take on the trends and we also see an article with Nicolas Ghesquiére. There really is something for everyone!

Surprisingly, our forums didn't have a thread for this particular issue, so one has been started here.

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Chip Wilson May Consider Lululemon Buy Back

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

Dov Charney isn't the only ousted CEO looking to get back his company. The Wall Street Journal reports that former Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson is now courting private equity firms to raise funds to buy back the brand. Sources say a buyout in this case would be rather difficult as Lululemon is worth quite a great deal of money. Wilson would have to match the company's $6 billion market capitalization, and find extra change to afford the premium that goes with making such an expensive purchase. 

Though Wilson is no longer head honcho at Lululemon, he does retain a position as a director, and is trying to use his pull there to influence changes in the brand's leadership, with which he has been butting heads as of late. Just last month, he voted against the reelection of chairman Michael Casey and another director, RoAnn Costin, citing his displeasure with the decisions they have been making for the brand as the reason for the downvote. 

As of now, Wilson controls 28 percent of Lululemon and if he can pull off this buyout (which he and his people are not commenting on), he will obviously wield significantly more power than he does now. WSJ mentions that last year, former Best Buy CEO Richard Schulze tried to purchase the company back and failed, but he was still reinstated at the company as chairman emeritus. So even if he doesn't come up with the $6 billion-plus, perhaps there is still a light at the end of the tunnel for Wilson. 

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How Long Can You Stare at Iggy Azalea’s Ultra-Bright Cosmopolitan Australia Cover Before Going Blind?

Whether you think she’s taking over hip-hop or is just another gimmicky female emcee, Iggy Azalea is definitely hot right now and her album, The New Classic, is getting all kinds of buzz these days. Her single “Fancy” is currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is poised to be the song of the summer (an improvement from last year’s slightly rape-y “Blurred Lines“). Azalea’s been scooping up covers left and right, but it is most fitting that she would be featured on the August issue of her native Australia’s Cosmopolitan.

Image: Cosmo Australia

Image: Cosmo Australia

The blonde rapstress gives her best Beyoncé stance, hands on her hips, legs spread apart, with blonde curls from her ponytail cascading down her shoulder. Azalea poses in a cut-out Alon Livné bodysuit, complete with gold metallic detailing.

Though the rapper looks just a Ilittle sleepy in this image, this is a cover that’s gonna catch a lot of attention–who could miss those eyeball-searingly bright colors?

[h/t Global Grind]

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Liz Black Announced as River Island’s Design Forum Collaborator

We’ve often frequented the talented Liz black’s new season showcases and loved what we’ve seen. True to her goal, she always creates completely wearable statement pieces with timeless appeal. So, we’re really excited to hear River Island’s announcement that she’s set to become its next Design Forum Collaborator.

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Spanning a timeless colour palette of midnight blues and black, the nine-piece collaboration is said to be influenced by the ready-to-wear pieces and accessories of the Russian princess Anastasia Romanova. It’ll cover dresses, separates and outerwear which is set to feature Russian muffs. Can we smell yet another Clueless revival here? Remember in the film’s spin-off series when Cher made a muff and turned it into a trend at her school? 

Whether it’s vintage Cher or an opulent princess' style that you’d like to emulate, this is the perfect winter collection for you. Prices start from £30 upwards, and you’ll be able to get your mitts on the pieces online and at selected River Island stores later in the year. That’s after the initiative's launch at London Fashion Week’s fashion film event, with Mary Nighy directing the short film this time around. 

Images: River Island  

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Lorna Jane’s Social Media Stats Trump Australia’s Top Retailers

Australian activewear brand Lorna Jane has beaten some of the country's best retailers to take the number one spot for the Retail Fashion category in the Social Pulse 2014 report that analyses Australia's most engaging social media networks. Inside Retail reports that the top ranking is because of the brand's Facebook page engagement.

Although the always-growing Facebook page is just short of one million "likes," it still comes in at number 14 for the most amount of fans on an Australian retailer's page. But it is because of the engagement with its audience that Lorna Jane beat top brands like Bonds, Sass & Bide, Nike, Country Road and General Pants Co in this year's report.

With the highest engagement rate of 1.65%, and a share engagement of 14.05%, it is clear that the Lorna Jane brand voice is being heard loud and clear. The brand's social media performance also translates into online sales, with the e-commerce site receiving sales equal to that of 16 stores.

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Balmain Casts Diverse Group of Models for Fall 2014 Campaign

Image: Balmain

Image: Balmain

Advocates for more diversity in the fashion industry will be pleased to see Balmain's latest campaign for Fall 2014, through which creative director Olivier Rousteing wanted to showcase "the beauty of different ethnicities." Since the Spring 2014 season, when Bethann Hardison's Diversity Coalition called out top designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris for not using enough models of color on their runways, there seems to be a heightened awareness in the industry and greater commitment to representing more forms of beauty. 

And it seems Rousteing is one of the designers who heard the call. For this campaign, he cast Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott — an extremely diverse group of models — to pose for Mario Sorrenti. The sextet is pictured lounging in the label's studded leather and animal-print offerings for the Fall 2014 season, styled by Katie Grand.

As a "black boy in a really important French house," Rousteing felt it was important to take the lead and cast a campaign that featured more than one token minority model — and we're loving it. This is the picture of what fashion ads could look like if designers, modeling agencies and casting professionals actually made a commitment to showcasing diversity. 

As if we needed any more proof that there is beauty in women of all ethnicities.

[via WWD]

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