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We’re Bored by Doutzen Kroes’ Seventh Vogue Netherlands Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’re fairly used to seeing Doutzen Kroes looking picture perfect with a face full of makeup and hair styled into oblivion for the majority of her work. Vogue Netherlands serves up a different concept for the Dutch beauty this month with an effortlessly beautiful April cover, Doutzen’s seventh cover appearance for the title. Photographed by Duy Vo, the team took things outdoors on location in Nepal with Doutzen perched on some rocks wearing Michael Kors.

Vogue Netherlands April 2016 : Doutzen Kroes by Duy Vo


Members of our forums wanted something more exciting and glamorous, however. “It looks awful and I find it very boring, resembling a standard holiday snap,” critiqued DutchHomme the moment the cover came to light.

“It’s boring because Doutzen is boring and Vogue Netherlands is boring, so added together it’s the definition of boring,” chimed in anlabe32. (more…)

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Alicia Vikander’s New Handbag Campaign for Louis Vuitton Is ‘Cheap’ and ‘Forgettable’ (Forum Buzz)

We’re all pretty aware of the fact that Alicia Vikander has a strong relationship with Louis Vuitton after starring in a number of campaigns for the French fashion house and even collecting her Oscar wearing one of Nicolas Ghesquière‘s designs. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Swedish actress was Ghesquière’s number-one choice to replace Michelle Williams as the face of Louis Vuitton’s new range of handbags. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier with styling from Carine Roitfeld, Alicia dances around showcasing the brand’s Twist handbag collection and also stars in an accompanying campaign video. 

Louis Vuitton Handbags S/S 2016 : Alicia Vikander by Patrick Demarchelier


Unfortunately, our forum members simply weren’t in the mood. “No, sorry! I’m fed up with this Oscar winner, can’t they bring Michelle back? The shots are OK, but so, so forgettable,” Benn98 complained at once.

“Well the background is boring and this just looks cheap. I expect so much more than this from such a house,” shamed Nomar. (more…)

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There’s Now a Sports Bra With a Built-In Self Defense Feature

Courtesy of Booby Trap Bras

Courtesy of Booby Trap Bras

Most women recognize the danger of jogging alone. You can easily be followed and tracked by assailants and in the case of an attack, you don’t have a bag, a small knife or even pepper spray to protect you. Jennifer Cutrona hopes to change that with her new invention: the Booby Trap bra.

The bra contains a small pocket in the front that can house a knife or pepper spray to be used in self-defense. Cutrona currently sells two styles: the Just In Case Knife Bra (54.99) and the Just in Case Pepper Spray Bra ($49.99).

The mother of two created the innovative bra after she was attacked while jogging on a Texas trail. Thankfully, she escaped with her life. She says the thought of her two sons gave her the will to break free. “After this happened to me, I realized that I may not be a lot to many people, but to these guys, I’m everything,” she told Fox 59. The unthinkable ordeal spurred Cutrona into action with the hopes of protecting other women.

“Just be ready,” is the advice Cutrona’s mother, Cindy Andrews, gives to other women. “You have to take responsibility for yourself and your own protection.” Indeed.

[via Latina]

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Drew Barrymore Lands a Pretty but ‘Safe’ Cover of Marie Claire (Forum Buzz)

Marie Claire is steadily getting back to full form, successfully managing to impress with last month’s issue featuring Dakota Johnson — a total upgrade from Chloë Grace Moretz‘s overly styled cover back in February. Now moving swiftly on to its April installment, the American title lands Drew Barrymore fresh off the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. But to our delight, Marie Claire did a far superior job as Drew is photographed by David Slijper for the occasion. The American actress looks positively radiant wearing Marc Jacobs, complemented by a red lip and Drew’s hair styled into loose waves.

US Marie Claire April 2016 : Drew Barrymore by David Slijper


“It feels refreshing. Same old same old, but there’s something new to it. I really like this,” confessed a pleasantly surprised MON the moment the cover dropped.

“It’s a very safe cover image but much better than her last cover for Harper’s Bazaar,” narcyza admitted soon after. (more…)

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Mario Testino’s Guest-Edited Issue of Vogue Australia Has Arrived (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Australia made no attempt to hide the fact that Mario Testino was to shoot and guest edit an entire edition of the magazine after announcing the collaboration back in December 2015 and documenting Testino’s trip down under across its Instagram feed. The wait is finally over as the magazine unveiled its highly anticipated April 2016 cover over the weekend. Our forums half-expected an Aussie cover star, but the honor went to Dutch bombshell Lara Stone, surrounded by Australian twins Jordan and Zac Stenmark with brother Louis Stenmark joining them and David Genat also thrown in for good measure. Testino shot the group lazing around with Lara looking fantastic in a white Alexandre Vauthier dress, as they enjoy the warm Sydney sunshine with Harbour Bridge making for a glorious backdrop.

Vogue Australia April 2016 by Mario Testino


Although for such a celebratory and momentous occasion, members of our forums weren’t feeling it all too much. “So much better than his Vogue Italia issue, though Lara’s face is a bit off,” critiqued jeffandtheworld right away.

“Maybe if she had another face, but I like the concept,” madzedre added. (more…)

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Reese Witherspoon Is Bringing Her Wisdom to Australia, but It’ll Cost You a Cool $2K to See Her

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Reese Witherspoon has come a long way since her iconic turn as Legally Blonde‘s Elle Woods, who taught us all that strong women can stick it to society’s expectations and succeed at whatsoever they choose, as long as they never lose faith in themselves or let others’ douchebaggery stand in their way.


Since then, Reese Witherspoon has continued to inspire us – going on to win an Oscar, launching her own production company and fashion line, raising a family and actively campaigning for a number of international charities – all while learning from her past mistakes (*cough* Legally Blonde 2 *cough*).

And now, she’s coming to impart some of that wisdom upon her Aussie fans at the touring Simpatico Connection Conference, which is due to hit our shores this July.