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Elisabeth Erm Scores Her First Vogue Cover…with Mixed Reviews (Forum Buzz)

We’ve seen a handful of December issues surfacing on our forums over the past week, and now Vogue Ukraine’s takes center stage. Missy Rayder unexpectedly graced the cover of the magazine’s November issue and now Elisabeth Erm stars on the title’s last issue for 2014, looking as glamorous as ever. The cover marks a first for the Estonian model, who is captured by photographer duo Driu and Tiago, wearing a piece from Prada’s Fall 2014 collection and a head full of tight curls.

Vogue Ukraine December 2014 Elisabeth Erm


Yet our forum members are sharing mixed reactions towards this particular cover. “Awkward pose and I don’t like the hair. Not sure if I like it but it’s nice to see her,” comments Valentine27.

“All I see is Vogue Russia. That put aside, it’s an okay cover,” shares Srdjan, who recognizes a similarity with the Russian edition of Vogue.

Also left feeling uncertain is justaguy: “Elisabeth looks great here and loving the styling, just not sure about the overall coloring/lighting of the cover.”

Gossiping certainly disapproves of the cover and posts, “Bad hair, bad pose, this doesn’t work.” Ouch! Has the magazine gotten it majorly wrong this month?

Not everyone shares the same sentiments, though. MyNameIs soon changes the tone of the thread by contributing, “I actually adore it. It’s glamorous, bold, festive, sexy and kind of brash but in a good way. I think the colors are perfect for December. The hair works here too. It might be my favorite cover of the year for Vogue Ukraine. There’s not a thing I’d change about it.”

“I’m biased because I love Elisabeth, but I think this is awesome. The styling is glamorous and not trashy, it’s festive but not corny, and her face is perfection. Great cover!” replies Psylocke in agreement.

Are you a fan of Elisabeth’s first Vogue cover? Take a peek inside the thread and share your own opinion with us here.

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Patrick Demarchelier Photographs Vanessa Axente for Vogue Spain’s December Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain is ending 2014 on a high note with its December cover. The magazine often makes a big fuss about December issues by enlisting a guest editor to contribute, but it appears as though the Spanish monthly has settled on an exclusive Patrick Demarchelier spread. Vanessa Axente stars on Vogue Spain’s latest installment wearing a black lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana, styled by Julia von Boehm. A classically beautiful cover image, right?

Vogue Spain December 2014 Vanessa Axente Patrick Demarchelier


Our forum members are loving it! “It is gorgeous! Vanessa looks great – that hair is amazing. Last month with Edita and now this – Vogue España really grew on me,” complimented Srdjan, who got us off on a positive note.

“Gorgeous indeed, like the glove, it adds some delicate and chic,” added a satisfied Nymphaea.

Also sharing the same outlook was miguelalmeida, who wrote, “Vogue Spain has always surprising and great cover choices! LOVE IT! Vanessa looks every inch of a supermodel! Such class and poise! LOVEEE!”

Creative even went so far as to say, “First time in centuries they have a cover-worthy subject! Happy to see Vanessa.”

“It’s relatively safe, sure, but the cover itself is really gorgeous. I love the composition and it actually does feel relatively festive to me. Lovely December cover,” commented Moofins.

Benn98 was pleasantly surprised and shared his rave review: “What a nice surprise, not a bombshell for once! I didn’t think they’d be able to top last month’s bonanza. I’m glad the glove is in the shot, it distracts a bit because otherwise this would look like her Chanel ads. Based on the content I might get this, but it’s such a mission to get this from VS from newsagents.”

Await Demarchelier’s spread for Vogue Spain’s December 2014 issue inside the thread here. And don’t forget to tell us what you think!

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Nasty Gal, Macy’s Suppliers Owe Workers Over $3 Million in Unpaid Wages

Image: Nasty Gal

Image: Nasty Gal

You would think that in 2014, American clothing companies would strive to make better decisions about how they compensate the people who actually put together the products. This latest investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor proves otherwise. According to findings, there are over 1,500 garment workers who are not being properly compensated for their work, particularly workers linked to a certain supplier whose clients include Nasty Gal, Nordstrom, Macy’s and more. 

According to The Fashion Law, California’s minimum wage is $9/hr, but garment workers were being given only nine cents for every article of clothing they sewed together. Laborers are made to work in sweatshop-like conditions, where their hours are not being properly logged, resulting in an average of $1,900 of unpaid labor — over $3 million in all. 

There have been several reports of the poor conditions garment workers are made to toil under in countries like India and Bangladesh. While workers in America aren’t dealing with buildings constantly on the brink of collapse, it’s clear that the negative aspects of working in clothing production are not limited to that corner of the world. Garment workers are even being treated unfairly in a country that touts its “advanced” civil rights and labor policies. It just goes to show that sometimes, you don’t have to look further than your own backyard to see injustice playing out.

[via The Fashion Law]

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First Look: Simone Rocha x J Brand Denim Collection

Since we heard the news of a Simone Rocha x J Brand collaboration earlier this year, we’ve been wondering what to expect. Well, this week the wait was finally over as we’ve been treated to several sneak peeks of the collection on social media.

Why has the Irish designer turned her hand to denim? In a recent interview with Grazia to celebrate the launch, Rocha explained that it was the fact that denim is typically thought of as workwear and so she wanted the challenge of breaking the rules. Mission accomplished. Her final pieces carry no trace of that typical tomboyish aesthetic that’s usually synonymous with denim.


Simone Rocha for JBrand installation In DOVER STREET MARKET GINZA @doverstreetmarketginza

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The transformation was achieved with the injection of volume and ruffles creating gentle, feminine-feeling frills. Plus, Rocha told Grazia that “for this collection for J Brand I wanted to use colour to create emotion.” It’s interesting to see just how different colour can make the exact same piece feel entirely different as a pastel pink makes for a very girly feel, black keeps it sleek and classic, but red imbues the garments with sultry appeal. (more…)

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Taylor Swift Headlines the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

We hope you like Taylor Swift as much as you like hot women parading around in underwear because your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is coming with a huge side order of the “Shake It Off” singer, who’s been tapped to perform at this year’s show in London. Taylor headlined the event last year, performing alongside her model buddies Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss. Due to the fact that she’s basically everywhere now that her album 1989 has dropped, it makes sense that the lingerie giant would ask her for an encore this year.

Also lined up to perform is another one of Taylor’s BFFs, Ed Sheeran, as well as Irish musician Hozier and Ariana Grande. The show is a mere two weeks away — it will go down at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre December 2, airing stateside on CBS at 10 p.m. come December 9. 

[via EW]

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Link Buzz: Amy Adams Would Love to Trade Places with Oprah, Solange Knowles and Son Daniel Julez Danced to ‘No Flex Zone’ at Her Wedding

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty

  • Solange Knowles and her son Daniel Julez dancing to “No Flex Zone” at her wedding this weekend has to be the cutest thing ever. [People]
  • Google Glass is already a big flop. [Reuters]
  • Dry shampoo: Does it make your hair fall out? One writer investigates. [Jezebel]
  • Opening Ceremony’s wearable tech device MICA is completely setting the standard for future products. [Fashionista]
  • Kendall Jenner explains why she’d rather not have her older sister Kim attending any of her fashion shows. [Page Six]
  • If stores are trying to catch shoplifters, a good place to start may be their own staff. [The Atlantic]
  • Amy Adams adorably answers 73 questions for Vogue. [Vogue]
  • TIME is really sorry that it put “feminist” on its list of words that should be banned in 2015. [TIME]
  • Sara Sampaio is pissed at Victoria’s Secret for throwing shade at her Victoria’s Secret body positivity spot. [Vogue UK]

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