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Kate Upton Covers the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Again

But this is a major improvement on last year's mess. Also, kudos to Fashion Copious for posting the picture. I'll say thank you on behalf of Sports Illustrated, which last year made the unconscionable error of releasing the Kate Upton Swimsuit Issue cover on Valentine's Day. 

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Selena Gomez Ignores Protesters at the Adidas NEO Show

I know Selena Gomez has a lot of stuff going on, like being broken up with Justin Bieber (it's a hard life, I totally get it), but if she wants to be a brand ambassador, she should be thoughtful about what she's ambassadoring. Gomez is a big, big star; when she champions something, her millions upon millions of fans pay attention with their wallets. And I understand that she's just a teenager, but so was Spider-Man, and he still understood that with great power comes great responsibility. 

I don't think it's cool that Gomez didn't acknowledge the protesters that showed up at the Adidas NEO show carrying an enormous banner which read: "Selena: Don't be an Ambassador for Sweatshops." That's direct and I think reasonable. All it means is, Gomez has influence and it would be great if she tried to use it to make things better for people that weren't dealt the same outrageously good hand of cards. Selena didn't respond to the protesters IRL or later, when she mentioned the show on Twitter: "Amazing show for @adidasNEOLabel tonight!! They looked amazing." Amaaazzzzing. 

The situation with sweatshops and factory labor conditions is, for those of us that follow fashion, the single most important thing we're not paying enough attention to. I get that the word
"sweatshop" reads very Nineties, but grunge makes a "comeback" twice a month and I don't hear anyone complaining. (Haha, jk I complain alllll the time.) 

The protesters were from a group called United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and as the website LaborNotes uh, notes … they showed up to raise awareness for a recent Adidas factory closing in Indonesia which put 2,800 people out of work. USAS claims that Adidas owes the now-unemployeed factory workers a collective sum of $1.8 million in severence pay. The Selena Gomez / Adidas NEO action was part of a larger campaign which is kicking off to get students and unviersities to stop buying Adidas merchandise. 

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Nemo Destroys NYFW: Marc Jacobs Changes His Show Date Over the Big Bad Blizzard

Poor Marc Jacobs: Not only has it been so cold in New York that the designer has doubtlessly had to keep his shirt on (of course in the end, we're the ones that suffer most when Jacobs covers up those sweet ladykiller pecs), Nemo, the big bad blizzard barrelling towards the Northeast, has led Jacobs to postpone his Monday, February 8 show due to customs and delivery delays.

According to a statement by Jacobs' business parter and company president, Robert Duffy, the brand is waiting on shipments of bags, shoes and two fabrics. So pretty much everything they need to show the collection, besides models.

Marc Jacobs is always one of the most anticipated collections of New York Fashion Week, but as its been rescheduled for Thursday at 8 PM — the last day of shows — it's likely going to see a lot of guest cancellations.

From Duffy:

"Marc and I are extremely sorry for this inconvenience. We just want to have the best show possible and show all the product that our design team has been working on so hard for the last six months. We completely understand if people have to get on a plane to go to London. We're not expecting people to change those plans or other plans just for us. We are live streaming the show. Still, we recognize the significant inconvenience and are very sorry about the situation."

Inclement weather is no excuse for massively inconveniencing the entire New York fashion industry. Those people are important people, more important than snow! Mr. Duffy can apologize all he wants but some things, like winter, are unforgivable. 

Collage with Marc Jacobs image via Getty

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Naomi Campbell Covers Vogue Italia’s February Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Italia February 2013 - Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel

Naomi Campbell is all about reminding us of her awesomeness these days, and posing for the cover of Vogue Italia’s February issue is one of the latest examples of that. We all know by now that she has a new Tyra Banks-esque modeling show, The Face, coming out, but this Vogue cover is vintage Naomi at her best. Photographed in sepia tones by Steven Meisel, Naomi is emanating pure feminine power with every fiber of her being, and like the upper echelon supermodel that she is, she makes it look effortless.

“I'm biased because I'm a huge Naomi fan, but I think this cover is great,” Caswell posted. “She looks her age and she looks like she's in charge.”

Vogue Italia full foldout cover Feb 2013 - Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel

JessicaKarina wrote: “It truly looks so classic. It's simply stunning.”

“Well, I love this,” mistress_f declared. “It's classic and different at the same time and Naomi looks truly stunning.”

“Who can argue with the perfection of that face?!” Luxx asked. Certainly not me.

As if Naomi isn’t captivating enough on the cover, there’s also a video. Enjoy (even if it falls into the confounding-fashion-video-I-don’t-get category):

Image: vogue.it

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C’mon Vogue Netherlands. Why Did You Do This to Bette Franke? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Netherlands March 2013 - Bette FrankeSo, I think we can all agree that Bette Franke fits the universal beauty standard, yes? Keeping that in mind, why did Vogue Netherlands choose to do this to her for their March 2013 cover? She makes a great choice for a cover model, but apparently Vogue Netherlands set out to prove that they could kind of ruin her.

“A bit too much makeup and I don't like the hat/hair,” Nyphaea assessed.

“This cover would have been so pretty if they let Bette's hair color stay brown and got rid of that terrible eye makeup,” ChristyLeReveur agreed.

“Looks like she escaped from a circus,” MyNameIs quipped. “There was a good idea there somewhere, but the execution went horrid along the way.”

Kudos to Vogue Netherlands for employing Dutch models month after month, but thumbs down to them for continually making the models look kind of (or totally) awkward.

Image: vogue.nl

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NY Fashion Week: Girl’s Best Friend Diary, Day 2 — Comfortable (Chic) Shoes

This New York Fashion Week I have three go-to pairs of shoes lined up: pumps, wedge boots and flats. In general, living in New York entails a lot of walking – especially if you have little patience like myself and get anxious when you're beached in a cab sitting in traffic. So, comfort is always key whether I’m in five-inch heels or flats.

Chuckies Minx Wedges are killer in the best sense of the word. I had to get them stretched because they were a little too tight at first (they’ll do it for free in the store), but they now drape perfectly over my go-to DL1961 Emma jeans (I plan on living in these pants this week). They’re super comfortable so I can literally wear them from day-to-night and be completely blister-free. The heel is about three inches, which is perfect to give me some height/elongate the look of my legs without leaving my calves strained. I’m wearing these today since I plan on going straight from shows to the opening of Vanessa Bruno's SoHo pop-up store at 131 Greene Street (in true Parisian style, the invite promises champagne and Ladurée macarons).

Not all outfits work with knee-high boots, however, so I also have Sergio Rossi pumps lined up for the week. I’m obsessed with their signature platform style and have gotten lucky and have purchased two out of the three pairs I own on major sale at Intermix. The black ones are incredibly versatile and just like the Chuckies boots, never leave me with blisters. They do, however, weigh on my knees and calves so I always make sure to have a pair of flats with me when I plan on wearing them. Yosi Samra’s flats are awesome because they come in every color of the rainbow and can be rolled up for portability. They’re kind of like your most trusted best friend – they’re always there for you in case of an unexpected emergency. Plus, since they come in countless iterations, you can match them with just about any outfit so it will go completely unnoticed – even amidst a fashion crowd – that you’re wearing flimsy little ballet flats.  

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