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The Casting of Prada’s Spring 2016 Campaign Couldn’t Be More Perfect (Forum Buzz)

If there’s one fashion house that has us biting our nails in sheer suspense and anticipation when it comes to advertising campaigns, the trophy goes to Prada. Giving us something completely different from last season‘s mess and going down a darker and more mysterious route, Steven Meisel remains Prada’s man of the moment, bringing home the bacon once again. Veteran models Sasha Pivovarova and Natalia Vodianova go before Meisel’s lens while joining newbie Yasmin Wijnaldum (below), as they separately lounge around what appears to be the ornate surroundings of a fancy hotel lobby.

Prada S/S 2016 : Natalia, Sasha & Yasmin by Steven Meisel

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The images went down as a treat. “Love the art direction, coupled with the set design and photography. This is reminiscent of Meisel’s mid-noughties Prada ads, which is no bad thing. Yasmin looks quite gorgeous here and I’m into the fact that the whole ad looks like it will veer in a more classic direction than the runway show,” applauded Fiercification straight away. (more…)

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Vivienne Westwood Sends Penis Necklaces Down the Runway

Vivienne Westwood Menswear Fall 2016 penis necklace

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Here’s a fashion trend we didn’t see coming: penises. They were on full display at Rick Owens Fall 2015 menswear show and served as a theme for Terry Richardson‘s raunchy baby shower. The latest designer to embrace the male sex organ as muse is Vivienne Westwood.

At Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Westwood dressed male models in colorful prints, pinstripe suits, metallic robes and penis necklaces. The heavy metal jewelry, available in silver and gold, features mini-penises dangling like charms. Westwood clearly has a sense of humor, designing of all things penis chokers. Pause for effect. (more…)

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Celebrities Call for a Boycott of the Whitewashed Oscars, the Academy Responds

 

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The 2016 Oscars lineup is startling in its lack of diversity. All twenty nominated actors are white for the second year in a row. Will Smith wasn’t nominated for his role in Concussion, Idris Elba was passed over for Beasts of No Nation, Benicio Del Toro’s Sicario performance went unnoticed, Straight Outta Compton was overlooked for best picture and Creed only garnered a nomination for Sylvester Stallone.

In response, Jada Pinkett-Smith announced she’d be boycotting the show, telling fans in a Facebook video: “Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful.” She also addressed the fact that the Oscars chose a black host this year, comedian Chris Rock: “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” she asked in a tweet. (more…)

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Is Vogue Paris Serious With This Edie Campbell Cover? (Forum Buzz)

After delivering a double issue to cover us over the holidays, Vogue Paris is finally back on our radar. The magazine has unveiled its February 2016 installment and Brit model Edie Campbell is Emmanuelle Alt‘s cover girl of choice to kick off the year. Since having already appeared inside the pages of French Vogue on a number of occasions, our forums guessed it was only a matter of time before she snagged the front cover. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Edie wears a suede Prada coat in the image styled by Emmanuelle herself, as she playfully bites on her thumb.

Vogue Paris February 2016 Edie Campbell by Inez and Vinoodh

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Members of our forums didn’t let the cover go down lightly. “Sorry but this is realllllllllllly bad,” voiced a horrified Avogadro the moment the cover dropped, about to set the tone for comments to come. (more…)

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Gigi Hadid’s Famous Jalapeño Burger Just Won ‘Masterchef’

The world is finally catching on to the fact that models love to cook. Jourdan Dunn had a popular cooking show we all loved and Chrissy Teigen‘s coming out with a cookbook this year. The latest model to flaunt her superb culinary skills is Gigi Hadid.

Gigi won the celebrity edition of Masterchef with her masterpiece ‘The Gigi Burger,’ even garnering praise from Chef Gordon Ramsay who said, “Gigi your burger is f****** delicious.” The burger comes with pickled jalapeños, crispy onion nest and potato crisps on the side. Our mouths are currently watering. She battled fellow model Devon Windsor who made squid ink spaghetti with white wine sauce. (more…)

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Raf Simons’ Final Christian Dior Campaign Fails to Impress Our Forums (Forum Buzz)

We started to notice a slight shift in Christian Dior‘s campaigns ever since the announcement of Raf Simons’ departure with the unveiling of the brand’s Fall 2015 eyewear campaign. But the shift has never been more apparent than after the release of the designer’s final campaign for the French fashion house. Out is photographer Willy Vanderperre in favor of the more subdued Patrick Demarchelier, who captured models Sofia Mechetner, Roos Abels, Staz Lindes, Maartje Verhoef, Grace Hartzel and Binx Walton in a classic and simple studio setting, with styling from Carine Roitfeld.

Christian Dior S/S 2016 by Patrick Demarchelier

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Members of our forums were left divided in their opinions. “I think Patrick is a nice option during this transitioning time. But as much as I was bored with Willy’s style for Dior, at least it was worthy of discussion, this is so safe, it borders on bland and boring IMO,” voiced kokobombon. (more…)