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Just Cavalli's latest fragrance ads are causing a stir in the Sufi Muslim community, which says that the brand has "desecrated" and "cheapen[ed]" their holy symbol for Allah. Protestors took to the streets on Saturday in Chicago to protest the offensive images.
The ads picture a topless Georgia May Jagger straddling a shirtless male model, with an H-symbol tattooed on her neck. It is this logo that Sufis have taken offense to being used in a commercial (and sexual) capacity, launching a petition in the U.K. currently over 3,000 signatures strong, as well as protests in Germany, California, Texas and London. It's difficult not to see the similarities between the two characters–Cavalli's is turned on its side and slightly less ornamental than the "Allah" symbol, which usually appears vertical. However, protestors say that the meaning does not change, no matter how it is positioned. “It still spells out ‘God.’ When he’s using it tattooed on naked models… he’s literally saying this is a sign of sin and it represents lust," demonstrator Nasim Bahadorani told The Independent.
Cavalli's people said they did not use the sacred symbol as a point of reference. The M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School of Sufism brought an infringement case against the Italian label to the European Union trademark commission, saying the logo violates their trademark on the Sufi character in question. The courts, however, were not convinced and ruled in Cavalli's favor.
But as far as the Sufis are concerned, justice has not been served. Demonstrator Saleh Ziabari sums it all up: "He’s basically stealing an identity, a religious identity, and doing this."
[via Chicago Tribune]
Making a glamorous return since her last Max Mara campaign back in 1999, Carolyn Murphy serves as the face of the brand's Fall 2014 ad campaign. Mario Sorrenti photographs the American model against a subtle gray backdrop for the new ads, which are already surfacing in various publications. Carolyn lets the clothes do the talking with her hair slicked over as she showcases the Italian brand's signature pieces of the new season, from thick chunky outerwear to ladylike leather handbags, scarves and sunglasses.
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Members of our forums have mixed reactions toward the campaign. "YES! I love this with all of my heart! Carolyn shows so much confidence and looks mature but with a hint of sexiness. A lot better than [the] last campaign," comments bluestar.
"Carolyn back for Max Mara! I still love her campaign for the brand in the late 90s/early 00s!" wrote Starry.
The same positive opinion was shared by justaguy: "Love this! The layout, styling and Carolyn looks great!"
Not everyone was in such high spirits, though. "Something's wrong, perhaps the background?" questioned GIVENCHYlover.
"I generally like Max Mara campaigns and I adore Carolyn, but I wish her hair was down here. It's a bit meh like this," debated Srdjan.
Nymphaea seemed disinterested and wrote, "Feels very one dimensional, but I didn't expect better from Max Mara."
The full campaign has been posted within the thread. Check the images out and join the discussion here.
Vogue Turkey released its latest issue just before the weekend. For the July 2014 cover, the magazine decided on a trio of girls to front the issue, including Jeneil Williams, Katlin Aas and Devon Windsor. Photographed by Jem Mitchell, the girls are seen lying in a field of flowers while donning floral lace dresses to enhance the mood of the cover. In spite of the magazine giving us a bevy of beauties, Vogue Turkey's efforts have fallen flat with most of our forum members.
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"Great idea for a cover. Great trio of girls. But unfortunately it doesn't look good," commented mikel.
"I just don't like how the far left girl is chopped, but it's a lovely photo and I love how the pink masthead complements the flowers," shared Srdjan.
In the same frame of mind, justaguy thought the cover was more of an afterthought: "I get the concept here, but somehow, the end result looks like something thrown together last minute."
Forum member anlabe32 made a heavy statement: "Worst cover of 2014 so far, and Jeneil looks awful."
MulletProof wasn't so convinced the girls looked Vogue-worthy and wrote, "They all look like they were picked up from a bus stop and asked to do a Vogue cover 2 hours later."
Are you a fan? Check out the thread and join the discussion here.
Oliva Palermo tied the knot with her beau of six and a half years, Johannes Huebl, in Bedford, New York over the weekend, and had an interesting choice of wardrobe for the big day. She didn't go for your typical embellishments, bows, ruching or lengthy trains that we usually see in a wedding dress — in fact, she didn't wear a gown at all.
The stylish socialite revealed on her blog that she went for a three-piece getup, including a cream cashmere sweater, a full tulle skirt with satin, silk and floral detailing, along with, yep, little white shorts. While shorts at a wedding sound like a huge no-no, somehow Olivia pulled it off with the help of wedding designer extraordinaire Carolina Herrera, who designed all three pieces.
Although the outfit wasn't what we expected, the look was whimsical, beautiful, classy and well, fit for an intimate park wedding with close family and friends. Not to mention how well it complemented the groom's dashing white Marc Anthony suit and navy Charvet tie.
Olivia also managed to squeeze her "something blue" into the getup, choosing Manolo Blahnik satin blue pumps. The shoes are the same pair worn by the fictional Carrie Bradshaw to her city hall wedding to Mr. Big. This has us thinking that maybe Carrie's out-of-the-ordinary wedding ensemble in the Sex and the City movie served as inspiration.
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It's pretty clear that Riccardo Tisci draws a lot of inspiration from hip-hop and black culture for his designs. His street sensibilities mixed with gothic and high fashion proclivities have made Givenchy one of the most popular brands in hip-hop–and it doesn't even have a song with an annoying refrain dedicated to it…at least, not yet. (A$AP Rocky, your move). And while we love that Riccardo brings 'round the way fashion to the Paris runway, there are certain hip-hop trends that are better left in the past. Like for example, do-rags.
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After the world suffered through their ubiquity in the 90s and early aughts, we thought we would never see do-rags again. Tailored suits and skinny jeans replaced oversized throwback jerseys and baggy jeans, leaving the do-rag looking out of place with the streamlined, tailored aesthetic that was becoming popular thanks to Jay Z and Kanye West.
But Tisci must be feeling very nostalgic for the year 2002, because for his Spring 2015 menswear collection, he sent models down the runway in stocking caps that are giving us serious high fashion do-rag vibes, and we are NOT into it. The clothes? Oh, those are fantastic as usual, but knowing Riccardo's penchant for starting trends…and Kanye West's eagerness to outfit himself with quirky runway accessories, we think this whole stocking cap thing is a sleeping giant of a trend just looking for the right opportunity to come back and annoy us.
So, from us to you, Mr. Tisci, please, please don't make do-rags a thing again. We were doing so well without them.