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A Nude Gigi Hadid Poses for Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid Fragrance Campaign (Forum Buzz)

She's racking up quite the modeling portfolio and now Gigi Hadid can add a Tom Ford fragrance campaign to her ever-growing books. The American model fronts the designer's seductive new fragrance, Velvet Orchid. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, Gigi is seen posing nude as she reclines across a purple foiled background. 

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IMAGE CREDIT: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

It seems a sultry image for a fragrance campaign just isn't enough, as members of our forums weren't so pleased with the finished result. "Looks more like a CGI than a pic of a real person. And I don't think Gigi is the right model for this," commented woemwoem.

"WOW, that is not good!!" wrote an unimpressed justaguy.

Subtly acknowledging the amount of evident post-production, mikel added, "Is this the same man that photographed those classic nude images of Kate Moss for the Obsession by Calvin Klein campaign in the Nineties??? Oh how times have changed."

"The plastic background looks cheap and the bottle is lost in the corner. Nothing velvet about this. I love Gigi and Mario and Tom..how did this happen?" questioned zoom.

TeeVanity seemed optimistic, however, and wrote, "I like Gigi, but this really doesn't work, hope there's better images to come from this campaign."

Are you compelled enough to go check out the fragrance? Velvet Orchid is now available for purchase on Tom Ford's site. See inside the thread for a high-resolution image and join the discussion here.

 

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The New York Daily News Thinks Lena Dunham is More Powerful Than Anna Wintour

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Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com, WENN.com

Today, the New York Daily News published its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York, and while we were so proud and inspired to read about these accomplished women, we are seriously questioning the "definitive" nature of this list, as some of the rankings are, quite frankly, off.

Each woman is sorted by number — Beyoncé (spiritual First Lady of New York City) tops the list at #1 with Chirlane McCray (actual First Lady of New York City) coming in second. The list seems to start out pretty accurately (no one's going to argue with Beyoncé being the most powerful anything), but takes a turn for the WTF as it progresses. It's not that the women mentioned on this list aren't powerful or deserving of a mention. It's the questionable numbering system that's throwing us off.

Included on the list is Girls creator Lena Dunham, which the daily says has "redefined being young, single and female in New York." Uh…OK? Pretty sure "white and privileged" is a running theme for stories about young, single women in New York (Friends, Sex and the City, Cruel Intentions, Gossip Girl…how much time do you have because we've got all day), but even more bewildering is that Dunham was ranked at #5, while Anna Wintour, who is Forbes magazine's 39th most powerful woman in the world, is sitting at #18. A woman who got the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a celebrated and prominent New York City institution, to rename an entire wing after her and had the First Lady of the United States cut the ribbon at her big moment…is less powerful than some chick who wrote an HBO series about getting cut off from her parents, living in Brooklyn and showing more bare naked ass than anyone wished to see? Whatever you say, Daily News.

Dunham is billed as more powerful than City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Tina Fey. Who knew some masturbatory musings on having to get a job and pay rent all by yourself could give you so much ~clout~ in this city? This isn't to say that Dunham isn't accomplished or deserving–she's only 28 and she's done more in her life than plenty of people twice her age. But in order for her to be the fifth most powerful woman in NYC, she's going to need more credits under her belt than she's working with right now.

Also listed ahead of Mme. Wintour is Jenna Lyons (#11), who does have plenty of power, especially in the fashion industry. But her designs for J.Crew wouldn't even be in Vogue were it not for Wintour's seal of approval, so we're still wondering: WTF? 

Other fashion people to make the list are DKNY PR girl Aliza Licht (30), Rachna Shah, managing director of KCD Digital (#39), Eva Chen (#19) and Diane Von Furstenberg (#31).

 

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Poppy Delevingne and Alexa Chung Talk Friendship on the Road

You know that road trip you imagine taking with your friends that is beautifully shot and you all look amazing? Well Poppy Delevingne and Alexa Chung have just trumped it all, and it's really good.

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Looking impossibly beautiful in the Wild West-inspired Pre-Fall shoot in Net-a-Porter's The EDIT, Poppy Delevingne talks candidly about the self-confessed boy-crazy best friend relationship, as well as admitting on Instragram, "The truth is out… My long standing affair with@chungalexa has been revealed."

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Everything from whisky to skinny dipping comes up as Poppy waxes lyrical about everything from their first meeting at Storm model agency 10 years ago. Poppy recalls, "I remember thinking [Alexa] was very beautiful, almost cat-like, but definitely a bit of a bloke."

However, the turning point of their friendship, she says, was a spot of moonlight skinny dipping in Cannes, where she realised "it wasn’t just another friendship."

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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

IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E

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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