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This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Predict the Next Top Model

Computers are now claiming to do what Tyra Banks was never able to: predict which fresh faces will become top models. Jaehyuk Park and a group of researchers at the Indiana University in Bloomington have used a machine-learning algorithm to determine which models are more likely to be fashion’s next big stars.

So, how did they manage to do it? The group gathered data of 431 female models, including how many runways each had appeared on, their number of Instagram followers and likes, as well as measurements and the agencies with which they may or may not be signed. What they found was quite telling. “Various factors positively correlate with runway popularity—for example, tall models are more popular and each additional centimeter of height more than doubles their chances of walking a runway,” an article in Technology Review explains. “Being on the books of a top agency is an even more important factor which increases the chances of appearing on a runway by a factor of ten. Rather predictably, factors such as larger dress, hips, and shoe size all negatively correlate with success while waist size is not correlated either way. Social media turns out to be important too but not always in obvious ways. More comments on an Instagram account correlates with higher chances of walking a runway. But strangely, having more ‘likes’ reduces the chances by around 10 percent.”

After getting all this information, the team took things a step further and used the machine-learning algorithm to help figure out which models we would be most likely to see on future runways, taking a sample of 15 models. “The best algorithm correctly identified six of the eight models who would go on to become popular on the runway. Our framework successfully predicts most of the new popular models who appeared in 2015.”

But before you get too excited, there are some problems with the findings. They don’t take into account that some runway appearances are more coveted than others, though it did find that having a strong Instagram following seems to be a more important factor in the success of a model than being at a top agency.

Still, this provides interesting insight into what a top model makes and further proves the idea that if you want to be a successful model these days, you’ve got to make sure your Instagram account is on point.

[via This  Review]

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Michelle Dockery Looks ‘Bored As Hell’ on UK Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

We’re sooo over the September issues and thankfully for us, the October editions are starting to trickle out. Earlier this week, we took a sneak peek at the subscribers cover (right) of UK Harper’s Bazaar, which didn’t go over well in our forums. Now, the magazine has unveiled an equally unimpressive official newsstand cover (left) featuring Michelle Dockery. Shot by David Slijper, the Downton Abbey actress wears Ralph Lauren on both covers.

UK Harper's Bazaar October 2015 Michelle Dockery by David Slijper

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

“Whoa, how many times has she been featured now? It feels like every year! Justine [Picardie] is really recycling the cover stars, hard!” noticed Miss Dalloway, remembering Michelle’s covers from August 2013 and August 2014.

“Hmm.. her again? Just by the looks of the preview, it feels like I’m to expect a Town & Country cover,” added MON.

Also underwhelmed was tigerrogue, sarcastically ranting, “Country house style, what a new direction for both the cover star and the magazine.”

“I’m excited about the swan in the corner though. Finally a new cover star!” laughed A.D.C, returning to the thread soon after to say, “The girl can’t smize to save her life, can she?”

Benn98 wasn’t a fan of the styling. “I thought the newsstand cover would at least feature a different look. I don’t like this Ralph Lauren dress, it’s too bland. Reminds me of oatmeal,” he disappointingly noted.

“Ouch. She looks bored as hell on that newsstand cover,” acknowledged honeycombchild.

See what else Bazaar‘s October 2015 issue has to offer and join the conversation here.

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Watch: Lucky Blue Smith Tells Us Everything We Need to Know About Him from A to Z

Fashion can’t seem to get enough of Lucky Blue Smith, the boy with the ice blue eyes that has captured the hearts of teenage girls the world over. The 17-year-old model keeps racking up the campaigns and as it’s inevitable that we will continue to see more of him, the kind folks at i-D put together a little video to help us get to know him that much better. The A-Z of Lucky Blue Smith is a combination of facts, features and, um, random phrases and words (hey, there’s no other way to describe it) from the model which sum up his life. 

From his band The Atomics to his penchant for zoning out, the video is Mr. Lucky Blue in a nutshell. The video is set to the tune of the model banging away on a drum set, showcasing that he has more talents than just being really, really, ridiculously good looking. 

[ Lucky Blue Smith: The Latest Model Taking Over Your Instagram Feed ]

Watch Lucky Blue break it down in the video above. 

[via i-D]

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This Hipster Barbie Instagram Is Everything

Barbie just had a huge makeover with the much buzzed about Barbie Fashionistas collection. Mattel added a host of new dolls with various skin colors and features and redesigned Barbie’s feet so she can finally wear flats, providing her previously pointed, chewable feet with sweet relief.

But even with Barbie’s new look, you haven’t seen her like this. Instagram account @socalitybarbie shows another side of the iconic doll one that is more hipster than high fashion. The satirical account shows Barbie, clad in a beanie hat, glasses with perfectly messy hair taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, hiking, curling up in blankets on the beach, camping and drinking coffee – lots of it. 

Socality Barbie’s anonymous creator explained to Wired that the well-curated account was her way of making fun of the many #socality and #liveauthentic tagged images flooding her timeline, as a comment as to how lame the trend really is. “People were all taking the same pictures in the same places and using the same captions. I couldn’t tell any of their pictures apart so I thought, ‘What better way to make my point than with a mass-produced doll?'” No one can live a life as perfect as they make it seem on Instagram, after all – unless you’re a plastic toy with pretty hair, of course.  (more…)

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Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company May Not Be as Natural as It Claims, According to Lawsuit

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Image: Getty

Jessica Alba’s Honest brand finds itself in a whole world of legal trouble after being slapped with a class action lawsuit asserting that the company’s claims of producing natural products are misleading. Honest was recently in the middle of a controversy over its sunscreen, which a few customers complained didn’t work properly. These same claims are being carried over into the lawsuit, along with assertations that some of Alba’s products have “synthetic” and “unnatural” ingredients. 

Customer Jonathan D. Rubin is suing the brand for at least $5 million. According to WWD, Rubin claims that several Honest products, like the dish soap, diapers, surface cleaner and more “actually contain synthetic chemicals such as Methylisothiazolinone and Phenoxyethanol, both synthetic preservatives, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, a synthetic surfactant, and Sodium Polycrylate, a petrochemical-based additive.”

The Honest Company recently reached a $1.7 billion valuation but since then, it seems that Honest has been plagued with controversy.

[via People, WWD]

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Christopher Kane Wins Top Honor at Scottish Fashion Awards

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Last night, Scotland’s best in fashion had their time to shine at the annual Scottish Fashion Awards. The cream of the fashion crop was honored at the ceremony last night, with Christopher Kane taking home the big prize, being crowned Designer of the Year. Of course, Kane wasn’t the only one to win big last night at the so-called “Scotland’s Fashion Oscars.” 

Topman recieved the International Designer of the Year prize for its Fall 2015 collection. Viva London’s Misha Hart, whom you might recognize from the Louis Vuitton, Giles and Burberry runways (and many more, of course), nabbed the honor for Model of the Year. U.K. pop band The Vamps’ Connor Ball took home the Fashion Icon trophy, the only award voted on by the public. Pringle of Scotland’s Massimo Nicosia and Katy Wallace got the Founder’s Award. Hunter Boots walked away with the prize for Accessory Designer of the Year and Barrie Knitwear is the Scottish Textile Brand/ Manufacturer of the Year.

You can check out the full list of winners over at the Scottish Fashion Awards website.

[h/t Telegraph via Scottish Fashion Awards]

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