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In Praise of Lorde: The Singer Calls Out Fashion Magazine for Giving Her a New Nose

It was less than a year ago that Fashion magazine was scorned for transforming the stunning Olivia Wilde into a wax work figure on its cover, but now the style bible is coming under fire again for giving Lorde a Photoshopped nose job.

The “Royals” singer is famous for taking media to task over their retouching, calling out a photo agency for airbrushing her skin only in January. Now she’s blasting Fashion, tweeting, “Apart from the fact that I’m pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), I really like this photo,” in reference to one of the editorial shots.

Lorde Fashion Magazine cover

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Lorde graces the mag’s May issue, where her cover photo looks a far cry from her usually angsty persona. Her hair lightened considerably, the 17-year-old songstress wears a heavy metal Dolce & Gabbana dress with matching earrings, topped with au naturel makeup and a sunkissed glow. She looks demure and distinctly anti-Lorde, the irony of which is only exacerbated by the accompanying interview.

On her public image and her musical role models, the New Zealand star says, “I'm drawn to women who aren't painted in history as sweet figures. Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn't take people’s s***. There's no better music idol for young women, because there is a lot of pressure for us to be really positive all the time. Every photo shoot I do, I get asked for big smiles, and I shouldn't have to be that way.”

This is one seriously smart and sassy chick, which is all the more devastating that she’s being edited in such a way. I feel like the cover will only fuel Lorde’s anti-shopping stance further, but to that I say, bring on the fall-out!

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Karolina Kurkova is an Unexpected Housewife for Russian Tatler (Forum Buzz)

On a rare occasion does Tatler Russia get its very own thread on the forum, but members are fawning over the latest issue. Czech model Karolina Kurkova is on the cover, photographed by Norman Jean Roy. The Victoria's Secret regular wears a dress from Christian Dior's most recent haute couture collection which was styled by Anya Ziourova.

Tatler Russia May 2014 Karolina Kurkova

IMAGE CREDIT: TATLER RUSSIA

"She's on a roll! Another beautiful cover and excellent edit!" wrote justaguy.

"Oh I agree, absolutely beautiful pieces!" said Emmanuelle.

Forum member A.D.C was also very satisfied: "Wow. Judging from the runway pic, she really brings a crappy dress to life on that cover. Leave it to a supermodel to add structure where there isn't any."

"She cant do a bad cover! Stunning!" complimented GlamorousBoy.

What are your views regarding the cover? Do you like it? Check out the thread where you will see Karolina's housewife-inspired editorial here.
 

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5 Super-Trendy Luxury Items We Won’t Be Buying, Thanks

Luxury-PMost of the time, we encounter luxury fashion that's so fabulous it tempts us to reconsider how we feel about our kidneys. But not everything is so seductive. Certain items are like… wat da fuk. Sometimes that response has everything to do with pricing (I'm looking at you, $1,290 crystal-bedazzled stockings!), but other times… it's more like… who made the decision to bring this travesty to market?

But what do we know? We are hardly the target audience for certain upscale designer pieces. There's cat hair attached to everything we own, first of all. Also, the last time we went clubbing in Ibiza was never. We readily admit our own ignorance. And bow down to the superior taste levels of top luxury influencers.

Below, we've assembled five super-trendy items from luxury e-commerce site LuisaViaRoma. These products probably appeal to some people (????), but we won't be buying them anytime soon, thanks. 

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Jonathan Saunders Collaborates with Thomson

A new day, a new collaboration to take note of, and this year they just seem to be getting bigger and better. We’re still recovering from the exciting news of the H&M and Alexander Wang collaboration but our attention has admittedly been stolen by the news of Jonathan Saunders’ latest venture.

Jonathan Saunders, The British Fashion Awards 2012 held at The Savoy - Press Room

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The Glasgow born fashion designer has teamed up with holiday company Thomson to create a bespoke collection of must-have holiday essentials. It’s the perfect news for this time of the year when we're planning summer vacations and shopping for a beach wardrobe. An added bonus? The limited-edition collection covers both women and men.

The collaboration is focused around Thomson’s new Sensatori Resort Jamaica for which Saunders has also exclusively accessorised the surrounding pool area, and that’s where the collection will also initially launch and go on sale until filtering out to selected stores around the UK.

The collection is an inspirational fusion of beautiful Jamaica, with a colour palette that combines both bold brights with relaxing earthy tones and, of course, you can expect key pieces such as sarongs and beach bags. The key print of choice was also inspired by Saunders’ own iconic design that embodied the dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore during the Jubilee tour.

If you want to find out more about the influences behind the Jonathan Saunders for Thomson collection, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video:

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Flashback: Vogue Paris May 2005 with Julia Stegner by David Sims

As I eagerly anticipate the May 2014 issue of Vogue Paris, I thought we'd take a look back at the May 2005 issue of French Vogue for our weekly flashback series.

The cover features German model Julia Stegner photographed by David Sims, and she wears a Christian Dior haute couture dress which was designed by John Galliano. Stegner was styled by Karl Templer, makeup applied by Diane Kendal and hair seen to by Guido. It's no wonder the cover shot turned out so dynamic.

Flashback, Vogue Paris May 2005 Julia Stegner

IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E

This 242 paged issue is just full of surprises. We are treated to stories from Craig McDean, David Sims, Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Not to mention the list of models: Anja Rubik, Raquel Zimmermann and Michelle Alves to name a select few.

My favorite story from the entire issue is one entitled "A L'eau" which features Brazillian model Michelle Alves donning a number of swimsuits and beachwear. The editorial is photographed by Inez & Vinoodh against a white backdrop, with styling by Emmanuelle Alt. It's just classic I&V/Alt with a fantastic looking model doing what she does best.

Can you remember this issue? Familiarize yourself with the contents here.

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Just In: Adriana Lima on Vogue Spain’s May 2014 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Brazilian model Adriana Lima has landed herself another Vogue cover. This time she's on the cover of Vogue Spain's May 2014 issue, which has just surfaced on the forums only moments ago. This is Lima's second cover of Spanish Vogue (the beauty fronted the June 2010 issue). Miguel Reveriego was the cover shoot photographer of choice this month and Vogue Spain's fashion director Belan Antolin styled the romantic looking shoot.

Vogue Spain May 2014 Adriana Lima by Miguel Reveriego

IMAGE CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/BELANANTOLIN

Members of theFashionSpot are loving the cover with GlamorousBoy kicking off the discussion writing, "Oh this is really beautiful!"

"WOW Divine! I love the emotion in her eyes on this covershot. This girl deserves more covers!" enthused DutchHomme.

"I'm out of words… This looks stunning!" complimented Legolas.

Emmanuelle was in the same boat but began to question the shot: "Really pretty! But something about her mouth is bothering me, I dunno," she wrote.

It seems as though Vogue Spain has given themselves a cover layout  redesign. There has been less text visible on its past two covers. Miss Dalloway also noticed this and commented, "Gorgeous, and THANK YOU for finally using less text!" The Vogue team has finally answered our prayers.

Be sure to add your valued opinion within the thread here.

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