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Liu Wen Scores Numéro China’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

She may have been omitted from the U.S. Vogue September cover, but Liu Wen doesn’t need to be too upset about it. She landed her own September cover where the spotlight is all hers. For Numéro China, she was shot by up-and-coming photographer Txema Yeste — and she looks absolutely stunning.

image credit: models.com

Image Credit: models.com

Forum members were upset last week when it was revealed that Liu was not part of U.S. Vogue’s September cover with the current crop of top models. Having been the first Asian model of the new generation to achieve enormous commercial success with her Estée Lauder contract, while still being a high-fashion darling who made it into the top three of Models.com’s rankings, she would surely have deserved her spot on that cover. But while the U.S. Vogue cover is receiving mostly bad feedback, Liu’s Numéro cover is a hit.

“Awesome cover, cool to see Liu,” posted KateTheGreatest

“What a fantastic cover! Liu Wen is absolutely amazing here. Everything is perfect: simple hair, pretty interesting makeup and great styling, the pose is really cute too,” exclaimed narcyza.

“Visually striking and I love the slight creepiness of it. Great cover,” agreed annavtree.

“This cover is quite simply gorgeous. Everything about it is drawing me in. Easily my favorite September cover so far,” added Bobby153.

Between this and Vogue, this may be the less prestigious cover, but it’s definitely the better one.

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Claudia Schiffer Looks Creepy on Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper’s Bazaar Spain is always good for a surprise when it comes to covers. Very often they are unexpected, creative, artsy and different. For the September 2014 issue starring Claudia Schiffer, however, the publication produced a cover that is just flat-out frightening and not very flattering.

image credit: facebook.com/harpersbazaarspain via the tfs forums

Image Credit: facebook.com/harpersbazaarspain via the tfs forums

The image is from the editorial Carine Roitfeld styled, which was published in all international editions of Harper’s Bazaar. And maybe that’s the problem here. Quite possibly, Harper’s Bazaar Spain struggles when not using its own creative team. While Claudia’s shot (photographed by Sebastian Faena) didn’t stand out so negatively within the whole editorial, it’s arguably not a cover-worthy image.  

So, what did our forum members have to say about the cover? Nothing positive.

“Terrible” (Suhzie) and “disastrous” (la veronika) were some of the adjectives being used.

“Looks like a bad Herbal Essences/Shampoo ad! Only the clothes are good…..” commented miguelalmeida.

“It scared me!” admitted GlamorousBoy.

For the 50th issue, the mag surely would have created something much more striking and pleasant to look at, had it been up to the team of Harper’s Bazaar Spain. So, who is to blame for this mess? Benn98 knows the answer: “Ugh! This is all Carine Roitfeld’s doing.” Scapegoat found.

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Vogue’s September 2014 Pull-Out Cover Met with Sheer Disappointment (Forum Buzz)

When the image of Vogue‘s September cover leaked on Friday, there was a general feeling of approval over the image. Finally, U.S. Vogue tapped actual models instead of another recycled blond starlet as the publication is accustomed to doing for its biggest issue of the year. The main cover features Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls and Cara Delevingne, but today we have a look at the six other models on the issue’s pull-out cover. Sadly, our forum members were not so enthusiastic about the additional girls.

Image: Vogue

Image: Vogue

The extra models include (from left) Arizona Muse, Edie CampbellImaan Hammam, Fei Fei SunVanessa Axente and Andreea Diaconu. Besides the egregious use of Photoshop (will someone explain what happened to Joan, Fei Fei, Karlie, Cara and Imaan’s arms?), this casting left almost everyone thoroughly unimpressed. 

They really are scraping the bottom of the barrel here,” Tinsley V wrote.

The shot evoked quite a specific image for t-rex: “It looks like a pasty conga line. Terrible.” At least conga lines are fun?

Gabriel29 was mostly dissatisfied with the casting: “I don’t know if it’s the lighting, but this cover just has zero excitement or diversity. Just compare the September 2004 cover where each model was special, unique, and stood out! The 2014 girls look like filler runway models in comparison.”

To tigerrouge, the cover seemed a little out-of-season: “Maybe I’ll feel different once I have this issue in my hands, but I’m bored by this already. I don’t get any feel of autumn from it, and while it’s nice to see models on the front – if only for a change – I’m not that interested in the actual shot. I’d have been more impressed if this had been the choice for March, there’s a sense of light in the image that I associate more with those months.” This seems to be a symptom plenty of magazines have been suffering from. Vanity Fair‘s September issue cover is emblazoned with ribbon lettering, evoking more of a holiday feel, and Emma Stone‘s May 2014 Vogue cover looked more appropriate for October. 

As Royal-Galliano put it, the cover is “an example of how a model cover doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better than a celeb one.” Touché.

Let us know what you think of Vogue‘s foldout in the comments, and join the discussion in our forums. 

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Fashion Blogger Nadia Bartel Shares Her Very First Fitness Post

Fashion blogger Nadia Bartel of Chronicles of Nadia  is imparting her workout wisdom with the world, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  If you have spotted her abs in a stomach-revealing selfie, which she posts from time to time, you’ll know just how exciting this is for anyone who eats clean and trains mean.

So, what did we learn about this uber-babe’s fitness regimen? Motivation, for starters. Nadia gave us a few tips to get us off our backsides and into the gym. These include getting your workout out of the way in the morning, putting your runners on, finding an exercise you actually like, having a workout partner (hers is Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion) and finding your motivation (like an upcoming vaycay).

Nadia also explained her desire for us to all embrace each other for our differences and how she was really good at long jump in her state-level athletics heyday. Oh, and if she doesn’t exercise, she loses weight. “When I don’t work out, I get super thin, my sister and everyone in my family is exactly same,” Nadia wrote to her blog

You can read the entire blog post here.

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Kelly Osbourne Teams with HSN to Release New Collection This Fall

Image: FayesVision/WENN.com

Image: FayesVision/WENN.com

Back in June, Kelly Osbourne took to Instagram to show off her brand new skull tattoo. In typewriter-style lettering, the ink reads “Stories…” We weren’t sure what it meant back then, but now we have an idea of exactly which “Stories…” Ms. Osbourne was talking about. The E! News presenter is launching a collection in partnership with HSN this fall called Stories…By Kelly Osbourne.

The 13-piece range has already gained some fans from the celeb setWWD notes that Taylor Swift and Ciara have already put in orders for a few items. And looking at the lineup, we can’t blame them. Besides a very appealing polka dot jumpsuit and a plaid dress with floral border detailing down the front to accentuate curves, you’ll find T-shirts and a sweatshirt decorated with a dripping, spray-painted rose graphic (a play on the “English Rose” motif). Also, very cool-looking black and navy blue colorblocked blazers as well as a cropped moto jacket. The line combines Kelly’s ladylike sensibilities with a punk rock edge — for women of many sizes. She pushed to have the range go up to a size 24, and reinforced many of her pieces with tummy-control technology.

This collection is only just the start of what’s to come for Kelly. She mentions that she’s dubbed this collection “Chapter One,” pointing to the possibility for future ranges. In fact, Kelly is working on a holiday collection for HSN with a “hoe hoe hoe” (har har) theme. 

In addition to HSN, the collection will be available on Bluefly.com with prices ranging from $55 to $170. Stories…By Kelly Osbourne is due to launch September 25.

Think you’ll be picking anything up?

[via WWD]

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New Necklace Collab Helps Connect Moms and Babies

The Love Links necklace uses 10K gold, sterling silver and chalcedony stone to represent the bond between Mother and Child.

Leaving baby at day care for the first time can be a traumatizing for mom and tots. When Sleepy Owl Pure Baby Care founder Natacha Rey dropped her 18-month-old daughter off for care, there were tears all day. To pacify her daughter (and herself), Rey took off her bracelet and asked her to keep it until she returned. This act inspired her to approach jeweler Erin Tracy with the idea of the Love Links necklace. A collaboration was born.

Made of 10K gold, sterling silver and chalcedony stone, the necklace has a detachable bracelet that moms can give their wee ones to help comfort them while they’re apart. And bonus: Rey and Tracy decided to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation’s Women & Babies Program. 

The necklace is made in Canada, retails for $180 and will be available online through January 2015.

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