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If Only Russian Socialites Actually Dressed Like This: Coco Rocha for L’Officiel Russia

Image: Facebook/CocoRocha

Image: Facebook/CocoRocha

In my imagination — chiefly informed by Internet street style photography — Russia's crop of fashion editors and gallivanting socialites tend to wear their furs, sex appeal and label loyalty unironically. Not here: For the publication's October 2013 cover, L'Officiel Russia took a more playful approach. 

Photographed by Federico De Angelis, model Coco Rocha is styled in a traditional paisley coat (non-turquoise versions of the pattern are ubiquitous in the region, appearing on everything from rugs to shawls) trimmed with blood-orange fur. Her uneven bangs are cut too short and she wears dangly, oversized silver earrings. It's a look that knowingly embraces a specifically Russian kind of bad taste.

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Hark! Here We Speak of Kate Winslet’s Turn on the Cover of Vogue

Image: Vogue.com

Image: Vogue.com

I'm afraid I am prevented from offering a thorough opinion concerning Vogue's November 2013 cover, which features actress Kate Winslet as photographed by Mario Testino, for a broad range of reasons including, but not limited to, the generally uninspired quality of the publication's recent offerings, which should lead any thinking person to disregard the American glossy as anything but a wholly commercial product, created according to the dual aims of (on one end) satisfying advertisers and (on the other) stimulating impulsivity in any consumer unlucky enough to be browsing the newsstand on an empty stomach — and therefore perhaps undeserving of our critical attention. 

RelatedSandra Bullock Wears Marc Jacobs on the Cover of Vogue’s October Issue

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Gisele Bündchen Looks Orange On Vogue Paris November 2013 (Forum Buzz)

image credit: vogueparis.tumblr.com via the tfs forums

image credit: vogueparis.tumblr.com via the tfs forums

Like forum member Starry explained, the November issue of Vogue Paris has “kind of been its annual Beauty issue since [Emmanuelle] Alt is editor-in-chief,” indicated by the use of close-up shots of models for the cover. This year, Brazilian über-model Gisele Bündchen appears on the cover, wearing more makeup than usual in the picture shot by Inez & Vinoodh. As expected, there is little objection about the cover choice on the tFS forums and many members were happy with the cover.

“So this is a beauty issue? Well it’s a perfect shot for that, I also love the masthead, but it’s all about her gorgeous hair, I will buy this on account of liking the cover alone,” wrote Miss Dalloway.  

Yet many members were not satisfied with the heavy makeup and how Gisele's skin matches the salmon-colored masthead. Street_a_Licious asked, “Whose idea was it to dump that much makeup on her???”

“She looks absolutely gorgeous, yet slightly too orange, and this is a perfect cover,” found anlabe32

Starry agreed about Gisele looking "too orange" and posted, “This cover does nothing to me, her face looks so orange, which is not very good.”

And miguelalmeida commented, “I'm sorry, I love Gisele … but she looks so strange I don't know how to explain it but her expression is so off in my opinion!”

For a beauty issue, the makeup on Gisele here is indeed not exactly convincing, but at the same time, Gisele proves that not even such unfortunate makeup can ruin her naturally flawless face. And nevertheless, this is a beautiful image and, as Mat Cyruss  put it, this is a “good cover with the right cozy autumn mood.”

 

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Link Buzz: CoverGirl for The Hunger Games; Runway Show Soundtracks

  • Image: Twitter/BeautyJunkies

    Image: Twitter/BeautyJunkies

    Using The Hunger Games as a peg for your beauty campaign is kind of missing the point of the series (in the novels, fashion and beauty are portrayed as distractions meant to conceal the machinations of an unjust society in which the uber-wealthy living in the Capitol benefit from the systematic oppression of workers in the Districts), but I'm sure CoverGirl did extensive market-tested research ahead of the Capitol Collection release. [BellaSugar]
     
  • We can all find a way to celebrate National Dessert Day. [FabSugar]
     
  • Wedding dresses you can't find at Kleinfeld's. [Fashionologie]
     
  • The world is conspiring to get you to buy booties for fall. But  W I L L  Y O U ? [SheFinds]
     
  • Sound designers explain how runway soundtracks are put together. [BoF]

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Come Over Here If You Want to Celebrate Lara Stone’s L’Oreal Contract

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Lara Stone has just landed one of the most visible beauty contracts in the industry, with global cosmetics brand L'Oreal Paris. Although the Dutch model is best known for her extensive work as the face of Calvin Klein, Stone has also appeared in ads for Givenchy, Belstaff, DKNY and others. Previous campaign models include Laetitia Casta, Doutzen Kroes, Scarlett Johansson and Beyonce. [via Style.com]

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Spring 2014 Runway Micro-Trend: Keep an Eye Out for Apricot

Image: Moda Operandi

Image: Moda Operandi

Over on Moda Operandi, the so-called Apricot Washed Double Armure V-Neck Blouse (above, left) is currently featured among the "Most Wanted" items from Marni's Spring 2014 collection. And no wonder: In addition to its universally flattering color and structural shape, the top is also one of the world's most cleverly-named garments. In English, "armure" refers to fabric with a pebbled surface texture; in French, the word translates to armor. The garment's name is both literally descriptive of its own design and also a play on the bilingual double-meaning of the word "armure" — there are hints of knights armor in the blouse's stiff, pleated shape. 

I've had my eye on the Marni top, but today I spotted two other appealing apricot pieces from the Spring 2014 collections, also available for pre-order from the luxury e-commerce site. The first is a pared-down, minimalist apricot sweatshirt (above, center) from the Russian designer, Vika Gazinskaya; the second is a shift dress with laser-cut embroidery in the same color, from Alessandro Dell'Acqua's No. 21 label. Like the Marni top, both items are tagged "Most Wanted," indicating a healthy level of demand for boxy pastels, even beyond the pink coat

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