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Amanda Gullickson Makes a Comeback on The Face [Season 2, Episode 7]

[Season 2, Episode 7 of The Face aired on Wednesday and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 8/7 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every week for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

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I survived! I am back from last week’s elimination, thankfully, and ready to turn things around. When I was in the elimination room, Naomi Campbell asked if I would switch teams, and I said yes. You can’t forget that this is a competition and I had to do what I felt would keep me there. It was nothing against Lydia or anyone. I remember coming back and once our team went to the room, I wanted to warn Lydia Hearst because I knew the switch would come out eventually. Unfortunately, Naomi beat me to it. I was hoping Lydia knew my intentions and did not take it wrong because I love her. She is seriously an amazing coach.

Amanda Gullickson posing in a animal print coat on this screencap from the face

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We didn’t have time to sit around and worry about drama though, we had to win and get everybody off our backs. I was so ready to get it done. Once we got on set and found out it was a lingerie campaign, I was so excited! I could finally use my sexy side everyone keeps talking about, and lingerie is the career path I am aiming for. On the roof, I was in the mindset we would just make it happen on set with no need to practice. But, I knew we should have practiced a little bit. Lydia came out and got us in to shape quickly. The screaming exercise she had us try was great! It was so funny because at first I thought it was a joke. It worked though (or something worked), and once we got on set we did what we had to do. I wasn’t thrilled about being oiled up with the guys, but I knew it was something I could do well, so I was ready to win.

Amanda Gullickson holds another model's face

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Once we got on set, I was a little nervous for Ray. She seemed to be nervous and I was really hoping she could get in her element and make the shoot happen. Thankfully, she did exactly that. I felt very confident in how we did and thought we won this one. I didn’t want to get my hopes up because I’d thought that before. The next morning, Nigel Barker and the mentors came into the loft to announce the winner — it was us! Go Team Lydia! We are back! It was so nice to finally win so everyone could stop saying we never did. It was also amazing that we were safe from elimination, and you can’t forget the lingerie-shopping spree we won! Lydia was the eliminator this week and she made a very bold statement by eliminating Sharon. She was ready to change things up on everyone and I was excited for her. Now it is down to just five of us as we continue to get closer and closer.

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 8/7C on Oxygen. You can follow me on twitter and instagram at @A_Gullickson.

Amanda Gullickson's sexy photoshoot in lingerie on The Face

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Karlie Kloss Scores Third Cover of Vogue Korea (Forum Buzz)

Karlie Kloss is giving us dramatic disco diva for her third cover of Vogue Korea. Photographed by Sebastian Kim against a contrasting green backdrop for the May 2014 issue, the top model wears a dress from Giorgio Armani's Spring 2014 collection which was styled by Ye Young Kim.

Vogue Korea May 2014 Karlie Kloss

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"I feel like Karlie is usually pretty good on covers, but she looks dead here. Which is sad since I think everything else is working," wrote Gina Fish.

Nepenthes also shared the same sentiments: "When I saw Karlie's name I got excited but this leaves me underwhelmed. It's just nice."

"Not bad, it's just okay," said Abracadabra.

Members began to show more of a positive outlook when Cosmic Voices wrote, "The colours are divine, overall I like it"

"Great use of color and the styling's great," complimented justaguy.

Personally, this reminds me of Michelle Obama's April 2013 cover of US Vogue. Don't you agree the colors are very similar? Join the discussion here.

 

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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

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"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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