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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…)

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Valentino Keeps the Cultural Appropriation Coming With Bantu Knots for Pre-Fall 2016 Show

 

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The reigning perception among people of color is that the fashion industry loves black culture, just not black people. It’s a harrowing thought and yet it rings true when designers embrace hairstyles made popular in the black community and style them on a cast of mostly white models. Such was the case in Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. Models posed in sequin gowns and embellished leather jackets wearing bantu knots in their hair. (more…)

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Zoolander Lands Vogue Cover: Will the Movie Live Up to All the Hype?

Courtesy: Vogue

Courtesy: Vogue

When Zoolander crashed the Valentino runway, we couldn’t help but get excited about the movie sequel hitting theaters on February 12. We chuckled when Zoolander showed up in Mario Testino’s towel series, raised an eyebrow when Justin Bieber joined the cast and laughed uncontrollably when Marc Jacobs recreated the iconic car wash scene. Then, the Zoolander 2 marketing machine went into overdrive. (more…)

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Marie Claire Overstyles Chloë Grace Moretz for Its Messy February Cover (Forum Buzz)

Our forums have made no attempt to hide the fact that Marie Claire has become very hit and miss of late, after failing to deliver the goods with three different covers last month. Now with the unveiling of its February 2016 offering, the title unfortunately continues its descent into mediocrity. Chloë Grace Moretz stars on the cover shot by Tesh, striking an unflattering pose while wearing a rather unforgiving and hideous Gucci outfit.

US Marie Claire February 2016 : Chloë Grace Moretz by Tesh

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The cover did not go unnoticed by our feisty forum members. “The styling just overwhelms the whole cover IMO,” complained kokobombon within seconds of the cover coming to light.

“Everything looks wrong. I can’t,” added MON in a state of shock. (more…)

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Anna Ewers Outshines Zoe Kravitz in Balenciaga’s Spring 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Lara Stone and Kate Moss joined forces in Balenciaga‘s campaign last season and now another duo comes together in the French fashion house’s new Spring 2016 campaign. Alexander Wang favorite Anna Ewers is welcomed back as the face of the collection and joined by Zoe Kravitz , making for an interesting and stimulating collaboration. Photographed by Steven Klein (everyone’s favorite photographer this season), the campaign leaves our forums with mixed views.

Balenciaga S/S 2016 : Anna Ewers & Zoe Kravitz by Steven Klein

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“I hope Klein will finally drop his signature filter in his editorial work. His campaigns for both Versace and Balenciaga this season are on fire!” complimented russianelf.

Also full of praise was Lola701: “This is good! It actually reminds me of the Diana Dondoe campaign for Balenciaga back in Spring 2004. It has the same airy feel. I love it!” (more…)

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Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash Over New ‘Tribal’ Campaign

Courtesy of Mango

Courtesy of Mango

Controversy seems to follow the Kardashian-Jenner clan and the latest sister to find herself embroiled in scandal is none other than Kendall Jenner. Mango tapped the model to front its latest collection and the line is rightfully getting panned by critics for its offensive tribal theme.

The premise for the ‘Tribal Spirit’ collection is problematic in and of itself. It’s reportedly inspired by the African savanna but from what we’ve seen so far, it just features leather fringe and rope belts. The fashion interpretation of tribal is often reductive, portraying Africans as primitive and uncivilized with no intelligence or sophistication. Valentino just came under fire for its wildly offensive tribal-inspired Spring 2016 show that went so far as to send mostly white models down the runway in cornrows. It’s time the industry abandons the tribal motif altogether. (more…)