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Watch: Sophia Loren Remodels an Italian Villa (Glamorously) in New Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance Campaign

Who knew remodeling could be such a glamorous affair? An impeccably dressed Sophia Loren gets to work transforming a Sicilian villa for the latest Dolce & Gabbana ad.

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and composed by Ennio Morricone, the 15-second clip finds a mother (Loren) directing her five sons as they remodel Villa Valgaurnera, the ancient family home. Mom gets her hands dirty too, even sawing off tree branches and plastering the walls. (more…)

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Carolyn Murphy Personifies the Oscar de la Renta Woman for Spring 2016 (Forum Buzz)

After last season’s delightful campaign, we welcome back Carolyn Murphy with open arms for Oscar de la Renta‘s Spring 2016 ads. Shot in New York by David Sims (also a return engagement), the long-serving Estée Lauder ambassador embodies elegance and sophistication to perfection.

Oscar de la Renta S/S 2016 : Carolyn Murphy by David Sims

IMAGE: DESIGNSCENE.NET

You’d best believe our forums were head over heels. “A timeless beauty in a campaign is always an A+ for me,” declared DutchHomme the moment the campaign struck.

“Hauntingly beautiful and romantic! David Sims is turning out some stellar campaigns this season. This image looks like something from yesteryear,” added Benn98. (more…)

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Demi Lovato’s Tattoos Ruin a Perfectly Good Cover of Allure (Forum Buzz)

We’re forever complaining about various magazines serving up the same old recycled cover stars. Thankfully this month, Allure brings us someone who has never fronted a major mainstream fashion title before. Joining the likes of Emma Roberts, Blake Lively and Kate Hudson, Demi Lovato is added to Allure‘s list of cover girls. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, the American singer looks radiant (at least from the neck up).

Allure February 2016 : Demi Lovato by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: PEOPLE.COM

One element in particular caught the attention of our unhappy forum members. “I wish she would have put her hand down because it’s really distracting. If this is the clean issue, then I want to see a beautiful face with little to no makeup, not a bunch of tattoos,” KateTheGreatest ranted immediately.

“Most tattoos have an interesting story, a personal meaning, but in terms of the simple aesthetics of a cover shot, those just look unimpressive and messy. Like faces, hairstyles and fashion, if something is going to be on the front of a magazine, it had better be worth looking at,” chimed in an underwhelmed tigerrouge. (more…)

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The Man Braid is Officially a Thing

We barely had time to adjust to the proliferation of the man bun before a new hair trend emerged: the man braid.

 

Man bun turned #manbraid. Love it or loathe it?

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Given the popularity of the man bun (it was the most searched hair trend on Google in 2015 after all), it was only a matter of time before men expanded their portfolio to include plaited looks. (more…)

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These CFDA Designer Footballs Are Cute Enough to Make You Care About the Super Bowl

Football designed by Alice and Olivia

Football designed by Alice + Olivia

Beyoncé’s cameo at halftime aside, there’s nothing truly exciting about the Super Bowl unless you’re a die-hard football fan. The CFDA aims to change that with 50 bespoke designer footballs created in collaboration with the NFL. Designers like Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Suno, Nicole Miller, Alice and Olivia, and Betsey Johnson joined forces to add their unique, stylish touch to the iconic football.

The 50 designer balls will be auctioned off through February 14 to benefit the NFL Foundation, a non-profit designed to better the lives of those impacted by the game of football. And lucky fans can see them up close during Super Bowl 50 week at the NFL shop presented by Visa, NFL Experience and “On the 50” restaurant.

The metallic, floral and skull-printed footballs are so chic you might actually consider playing football in cute athleisure gear, of course. Check out all 50 customized footballs in the slideshow below. (more…)

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Nothing but Love for Penélope Cruz’s Gorgeous New Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain (Forum Buzz)

She’s already on the cover of Vogue alongside co-star Ben Stiller to promote Zoolander 2 and now Penélope Cruz goes solo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain. For us, this particular magazine is usually a little hit or miss, but Spanish Bazaar has definitely done us proud this time around. Photographed by Cedric Buchet, the Lancôme ambassador looks drop-dead gorgeous in the image, showing off a killer smoky eye while still looking like the true natural beauty that she is.

Harper's Bazaar España February 2016 : Penélope Cruz by Cedric Buchet

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.ES

Members of our forums were delighted and couldn’t wait to voice their praise. “Reminds me of U.S. Bazaar’s 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World portraits by [Francesco] Scavullo, from back in the 80s/90s. Gorgeous!” admired zoom the moment the cover dropped, setting us off on a high note.

“Simple but pretty! It’s a very natural portrait,” admired GarageGlamorous. (more…)