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A Topless Rita Ora Is UK Elle’s Latest Cover Subject (Forum Buzz)

UK Elle released its May 2014 cover earlier today with Rita Ora on the front. It wasn't a surprise, as the magazine has been tweeting about the upcoming cover since last month. The British singer is the first musician to front the British glossy's magazine in 2014. Ora was photographed by Thomas Whiteside and wears a skirt from Christian Dior.

Rita Ora topless on Elle UK

IMAGE CREDIT: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

Members of theFashionSpot are not so taken with the unnecessary nudity on the cover of a fashion magazine.

"Are they serious with this for the cover? Just stupid, if I wanted topless women, i would buy GQ!!" wrote Miss Dalloway.

Fluxx suggested the cover looks marketed towards men: "If the masthead wasn't pink, I could easily mistake this for GQ or Esquire."

"Not sure what to think of it, because it's not that bad, but it's too cheap/ordinary. It would suit InStyle more — they'd know how to make it more appealing. The worst thing about this is the tattoo," enthused Srdjan.

Honeycombchild has been contemplating canceling his subscription: "Yup. I think this is the final nail in my Elle UK coffin. I've been meaning to unsubscribe for ages and never getting around to it. Rita and indeed this cover makes me know it has to be done. Elle had a really great phase a few years back, I miss those days. Now it's a bit like that annoying person, hanging around, trying to be 'cool.'"

However, signs of positivity were evident in [Piece Of Me]'s post: "Gorgeous! I know everyone will say that she shouldn't be on the cover, but I definitely think she deserves to be on the cover of a British magazine. She is one of the biggest female artists in the UK at the moment. Her first three singles all hit #1 as well as her platinum selling debut album. She has just premiered her new single and has done a lot of things in fashion. DKNY campaign, a deal with Adidas and Rimmel London, one of the faces of the new M&S campaign. And like her style or not, she is seen as a style icon."

What are your views regarding Elle's new cover? Does the nudity bother you? Have your say here.

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Naomi Campbell to Release Three Books and a Fashion Line

Naomi Campbell

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You would think Naomi Campbell would have her hands pretty full already juggling a television show, humanitarian campaigning, as well as occasional modelling work, but she has somehow found time to work on three forthcoming books as well as news of a possible role in fashion design herself.

The 43-year-old British model entertained audiences at London Vogue Fashion Festival this past weekend in conversation with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, regaling tales of her 25 years in fashion, as well as exciting plans for the future.

Speaking in front of the audience, Campbell revealed that she would be releasing two books with Taschen, as she said on Sunday, "One is a picture book and the other one is where I have written on little pictures of Christy [Turlington], Kate [Moss] and I," during her Nineties supermodel heyday.

The third exciting publication is set to be an anthology of nude archive images "from like 15 years ago" taken by Paolo Riversi that will be released in a coffee table book soon. Not to forget the possibility of taking on design, having spent years with designers since starting out as a fit model for Azzedine Alaia, Naomi is certainly at ease with that side of the industry and feels ready to take on the challenge. As she told Shulman and Sozzani, "I used to think that if I started my own line then designers wouldn't want me to work for them anymore, but now I feel different, and I will be doing that. Hopefully the first item will be out in 2015."

There are likely few designers who would challenge Naomi with her reputation, but that aside, she is certainly an extremely driven philanthropist and creative and we are intrigued to see what her first collection will be like.

Find out what else went on at the Vogue Fashion Festival on Vogue.co.uk.

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Steven Meisel Photographs Issa Lish for Vogue Italia’s April Cover (Forum Buzz)

The April 2014 issue of Italian Vogue surfaced on the forums today, with thanks to mainstay. The cover features Mexican model Issa Lish with a male companion wearing Blumarine. Steven Meisel captured the cover shot and with Guido to style hair, Pat McGrath to apply the makeup and Karl Templer to style clothes, I have no doubt we're in for a thrilling ride.

IMAGE CREDIT: MUSENYC.TUMBLR.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: MUSENYC.TUMBLR.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Members of theFashionSpot are very excited about this with IndigoHomme kicking off the discussion: "She looks stunning, the second Mexican model on the Italian Vogue cover."

"I guess a major Steven job was bound to happen since she opened Anna Sui. I like this, it's something different, and the glint in her eyes is really captivating. I cant wait to see the story," wrote TREVOFASHIONISTO.

Youarearockstar was also enthusiastic: "100% into this, as an image. The composition is beautiful. Good on them for doing something totally different."

Darling Myy wrote, "Can't remember when was the last time I liked a Vogue Italia cover this much, hopefully the editorial doesn't disappoint."

It was hard not to acknowledge all the positive responses: "I love it! The composition of the shot really does give it a cinematic feel, almost like they stopped in the middle of shooting a movie and took some photographs instead. Beautiful, attention grabbing and well made, everything a cover should be! Issa looks great, I have to look her up!" posted orthelian.

Be sure to join the discussion and await Meisel's story here.
 

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Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed, Ever? This Is the Avant-Garde Runway Trend for You

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Comme des Garcons Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

The only thing I love more than being in bed is having my bed-dwelling validated. ("A Nika is a kind of creature that can be found in beds, often with a book," my boyfriend once explained. "Nikas like warm things, such as blankets and coffee.") Welllll lucky me: this March, some of fashion's most inventive designers turned to The Wonderful World of Being in Bed as inspiration for their Fall 2014 collections. 

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Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

Or so says the Japanese art and design website Spoon & Tamago, labeling the trend "futon fashion."

"This winter was cold. Brutally cold. And judging by the runway shows that Japanese fashion designers just released for the Fall 2014 season, cold was just about the only thing on their minds too. Japanese masters Rei Kawakubo (for Comme des Garcons), Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe all showcased voluminous, futon-like coats that conjure up images of warm bedding."

[h/t Forums]

Image: IMAXtree

Junya Watanabe Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

Related: Trendspotting: Mickey Mouse Headgear at the London Men’s Shows

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Link Buzz: Bruce Weber Photographs Johnny Depp for Interview Mag; Your Grandmother’s Beauty Brands

Image: NYDailyNews via Forums

Image: NYDailyNews via Forums

  • Bruce Weber photographed Johnny Depp for the cover of Interview's April Issue and I feel like: Overall effect, yes; Goatee, still no; Teddy bear, Whaaaat? (I like it though, the teddy bear.) [Forums]
     
  • Betsey Johnson speaks truths: "You have to stick to who you are, but you also have to know how to reinvent yourself. Ask Ralph, Donna, or Tommy. You have to keep it alive. The hardest thing is to make the ideas work with a big financial bottom line. I try to inspire people to have courage, have fun and do your own thing." [Racked]
     
  • This slogan tee trend is giving me so many junior high flashbacks I'm almost tempted to go buy a pair of hiphuggers.  [FabSugar]
     
  • Why your grandmother's favorite beauty brands should be yours too. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Do "factory extras" — leftovers from a luxury brand order sold on the black market — really exist? Probably no. [JingDaily]
     
  • The Bag Snob bloggers have launched their own line of handbags, focusing on providing high quality at an accessible price point: “We see thousands and thousands of bags every month because that’s our business. With this line we’re not trying to compete with Givenchy or Chanel or even Rebecca Minkoff. We want to be a great value to the 99.99 percent of women who shop at Zara or Forever 21, but those bags are now $150 dollars. We want to offer something to women for a great price.” [WWD]
     

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Male Models in Their Undies Kick Off Western Canada Fashion Week

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Toronto Fashion Week may have pulled in the celebrities, but Western Canada Fashion Week sure knows how to get our attention. This week, the emerging designer showcase kicked off its fashion hoorah with a show that featured men in socks and undies. Yes, you read that right, and yes, it still counts as fashion. You have our attention Edmonton.

As part of the Whyte Avenue Showcase, local company The Briefing Room (seriously, check out their Facebook page to brighten your Monday morning, you’re welcome) sent muscle-bound models sashaying down the runway in colourful boxer-briefs with fun prints of skulls and pin-up girls. Designed by Robert LeBlanc and Steven Townsend, each pair costs approximately $25 and can be found online, or at the company’s new boutique in Edmonton's trendy Old Strathcona district, where they also stock men’s loungewear, swimwear, socks and skincare. The Edmonton Journal claims the models made the walk as the other designers weren’t quite ready to take the stage, but who needs a main course when the appetizer is so satisfying?

The runway later welcomed between 13 and 20 emerging designers to each show off one outfit as the celebration continued to laud local talent. In case you missed this particular, extra-special showcase, you’ll still be happy to know that Western Canada Fashion Week will be running until April 3. This is the first year that WCFW has attracted international players, so expect further buzz from the likes of Nina AthanasiouKati Metso and Odain Crowther.

Image via TheBriefingRoom.ca

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