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Who is Issa Lish, Vogue Italia’s Stunning April Cover Girl? (Forum Buzz)

After the gorgeous cover of the April issue of Italian Vogue surfaced on the tFS forums yesterday, many members couldn't help being curious about the striking but fairly unknown cover model. Who is the exotic-looking model who appears to be a new Steven Meisel favorite?

Issa Lish at Anna Sui F/W 14.15 in New York (image credit: imaxtree)

Issa Lish at Anna Sui Fall 2014 in New York (image credit: imaxtree)

Issa Lish is Mexican and has her Japanese father to thank for her beautiful Asian features. She has been sporting her signature bold bangs since starting out as a model three years ago. For several seasons she was only seen walking smaller shows during Fashion Week in New York.

“Personally, I don't see a model in her but she could pull off some it girl,” pointed out forum member cologne_rocks in 2011. 

It wasn’t until she walked Saint Laurent in Spring 2014 that more people started paying attention to her. Later she walked Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2014. When she opened the Anna Sui show in New York in the Fall 2014 runway season, astute fashion followers knew big things were to happen for this stunner. Steven Meisel is known to handpick girls for that show and it was obvious he had taken a liking to her. 

Issa Lish at Saint Laurent Spring 2014 and at Jean Paul Gaultier HC Spring 2014 (image credit: imaxtree.com)

Issa Lish at Saint Laurent Spring 2014 and at Jean Paul Gaultier HC Spring 2014 (image credit: imaxtree.com)

Forum member leblue15 perfectly summarized what is to come for this exotic beauty: 

“[The Vogue Italia cover] is amazing!! I'm sure it will [make big names take notice of her], a Vogue Italy cover always does that and her opening Anna Sui plus this cover makes her his new favorite. Steven Meisel has a lot of power in pushing a model career, he is a tastemaker and then everybody follows like sheep, so I'm sure others will start using her more. Let's not forget that she opened a Saint Laurent show so Hedi [Slimane] likes her and Jean Paul Gaultier likes her as well….she has it for a very good start. I like her look, she is not like a clone, she has a very distinctive look.”

Are you excited to see where Issa's career is heading? Check her thread on the forums for regular updates. 

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NYC Modeling Agency, Next Management, Adds a New Talent Division: Next Pets

Next Pets / Fashion April Fool's Day / Image: blog.nextmanagement.com/

Image: http://blog.nextmanagement.com/

"Next Management represents a broad range of talent across a variety of categories from model to musician, blogger to bistro owner, prop stylist to personality, and much, much more," writes Director of Social Media, Damien Neva, in the release announcing the legendary New York City modeling agency's disruptive new talent category: Next Pets.

With a roster of top talent (the schnauzer Beau, pictured above, has already signed on as one of the division's big names), Next Pets will oversee the successful careers of the world's best known petlebrities and develop new "faces" for the rapidly expanding animal meme and pet care industries. 

"Establishing an image pets board in today’s market is an absolutely crucial first step to cornering the high fashion and luxury segments of the estimated $53 billion pet industry in the United States alone," says Neva, citing Buzzfeed as a major potential client. There's also opportunity to connect Next Pets talent with some of the more traditional fashion brands that already work with the agency's human modeling divisions.

When asked whether the agency had signed on one of the best-known names in the global pet sector, Karl Lagerfeld's cat, Choupette, Neva responded in the negative: "That would be the pet signing, though I do not think the Kaiser would sanction third party representation."

Read more at Next Management's blog and Tweet your pet talent suggestions using the hashtag #NextPets. Oh and also — happy April Fool's Day! 

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Gisele Bundchen Set to Front H&M’s Summer Campaign (Forum Buzz)

She rarely takes a bad photograph, so it's no wonder H&M has enlisted Gisele Bundchen to front its upcoming summer campaign. The Brazilian beauty is photographed by Lachlan Bailey on the beach wearing a range of swimwear and Seventies-style bohemian dresses. This isn't Bundchen's first time fronting the Swedish brand; she was also the face of the Spring 2011 and Fall 2013 advertising campaigns.

Gisele Bundchen H&M campaign

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD VIA TFS FORUMS

There will also be a song and video released to coincide with the campaign. Gisele went into the studio with French music producer and DJ Bob Sinclar to voice a cover of Blondie’s Heart of Glass.

Gisele with French music producer and DJ Bob Sinclar for H&M campaign

IMAGE CREDIT: WWD VIA TFS FORUMS

Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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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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