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Natalie Portman’s Hair is Too Severe in the New Miss Dior Chérie Fragrance Ad (Forum Buzz)

Miss Dior Cherie Spring 2013 - Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman is still going strong as the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, but truth be told, the new ad for Spring 2013 leaves a little something to be desired. It’s not that the ad looks bad per se – the gimmicky oversized perfume bottle is par for the course and the Raf Simons–designed dress looks beautiful, but wouldn’t the structured gown have been complemented better by loose, flowing hair?

As the ad is, Natalie’s hair looks far too severe, and far too casual. Though it’s clear she’s sporting a ponytail, it almost takes a second to process that fact.

“Nice picture but I think she should let her hair down,” ChristyLeReveur commented. “She looks much older in a ponytail.”

Anlabe32 posted, “It doesn’t look finished. Something’s missing.”

What’s missing is any excitement about this perfume.

Image via the Fashion Spot forums. 

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Coco Rocha Takes Over Sass & Bide’s Digital Media Empire

With more social media experience than most people who Tweet, Tumbl, Facebook, Instagram and Pin to pay their rent, Coco Rocha has been tapped by Sass & Bide for a social media campaign to celebrate the launch of the brand's new e-boutique.

On Monday, the Aussie label surrendered all five of their social media passwords to the Canadian model until Friday, who will fill their feeds with self-styled images featuring pieces from their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection and make you as jealous of her composition skills and wardrobe as you are of her genetic code. With backdrops featuring ancient ruins and swan-filled lakes, the #selfies posted so far more closely resemble professionally-lensed lookbook outtakes.

It’s an incredibly shrewd move for Sass & Bide and shows they really know their market. The campaign bridges the gap between brand and audience without cheapening the product, and potentially paves the way for the future of designer collaborations. It’s not just #inspo you get either: Sass & Bide are also running a giveaway on their website where you can win a look from the campaign just by entering your contact details.

Follow the digital media merger using the hastag #cocotakesover.

 

 

Images: sassandbide.com

 

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Link Buzz: Dakota Fanning for Glamour; Erin Heatherton Doles Out Career Advice

  • If you ever have the opportunity to cover a fashion magazine, let Dakota Fanning be your guide. [AmyGrindhouse]
     
  • Want to know how to style in-between bangs? Duh, everyone wants to know that. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Selena Gomez did a fine job hosting a Nylon x Coach celebration dinner — except she forgot to wear pants. [FabSugar]
     
  • Erin Heatherton says the best way to pursue a career in fashion is to pay attention to fashion. Such wise words! [Fashionologie]
     
  • Rihanna says the best thing she could possibly say on the subject of Chris Brown: "Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake."  [AnythingHollywood]
     
  • Cara Delevigne did a Shania Twain lip sync video because that's just a thing people do sometimes. [StyleBakeryTeen]

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I Know You Wanna Watch Kate Upton’s Super Bowl Ad

Unfortunately, Kate Upton is only appears in like three, maaaaybe four seconds of the Mercedes-Benz ad that's going to run this Sunday at the Super Bowl game. 

I'll forgive you if you don't take me at my word and want to verify by watching the video for yourself below. The automobile giant seemingly went nuts trying to publicize the fact that Upton would be featured in the commerical. They started hyping in November, pre-Thanksgiving. Forget "holiday season," this has been Kate-Upton-Super-Bowl-commercial-hype season. Last week, Mercedes-Benz even released a separate teaser for the ad (a commercial for a commercial, what new and strange times we live in) showing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model doing the tamest sexy carwash routine I've ever seen (people still got outraged, don't worry).

I was expecting the ad to include, at the very least, a repeat performance of her infamous "cat daddy" video, if not a whole new choregraphed dance piece. Unfortunately, we got a shot of Upton in a red dress on a red carpet. For a second, before the camera cut to Usher. Who's not even the real star of the ad. Can you guess who is? You can't! It's Willem Dafoe. WHAT?

I don't understand anything about luxury car marketing. 

Image via WENN

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Inject Some Menswear-Inspired Tailoring Into Your Wardrobe with LN-CC

If you followed the recent catwalk shows at the London Collections: Men, then you would have noticed that the showcases blurred the lines between genders. The most obvious example of this was by designer of the moment, J.W. Anderson, whose menswear collection featured a plethora of garments such as leather skirts and frilly gloves that challenged the status quo of what’s socially acceptable for men to wear.

Now, we’re not exactly sure how many guys would actually be brave enough to wear such fashion forward designs, but we can’t deny that anything that dares to break convention is a positive step forward. Just think of leading designers such as Coco Chanel, who back in her day made high society gasp when she created suits and trousers for women in an age when dresses and corseted numbers were the norm. If we lead by her trendsetting example, who knows how long it’ll be before we’re off on a date with a guy who’s wearing a nicer skirt than us!

In relation to womenswear, and for you girls who love to incorporate a bit of androgyny into your own wardrobes, we’ve recently stumbled upon fashion retailer LN-CC.  They are currently boasting a fabulous spring buy that has clearly been influenced very strongly by men’s tailoring in womenswear. Featuring an array of leading brands from J.W Anderson to Lucas Nascimento, checking out their website is a must. Plus, they also have a newly refurbished concept store (complete with record boutique and exclusive café) opening in the trendy Dalston area in London at the end of the month. 

We're loving the J.W Anderson contrast vest dress currently on sale for £284 and the Lucas Nascimento beehive cylindro jacket (above right) currently retailing at £417. Let the gender bending begin! 

Images: LN-CC, LN-CC, LN-CC

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That Awful Brad Pitt No. 5 Ad Was a Huge Success for Chanel

If South by Southwest thought The Canyons had "quality issues" the film festival selection committee probably would have thrown up all over themselves if Chanel had submitted its Brad Pitt No. 5 commercial for consideration. 

When it comes to fashion, there's always room for a difference in opinion with this one exception: Brad Pitt's Chanel ads were awful, horrible. Show me someone that disagrees and I'll show you a Chanel employee trying not to lose his or her job. 

Ah, except no one at the French fashion house is actually in danger of getting sacked over this painfully painful commercial. Because um, according to Bloomberg, Chanel earned millions of dollars in free advertising ("free" = Brad Pitt's undisclosed contract fee + production expenses) off our dumb commentary. Don't you feel dirty? I feel like that South by Southwest committee, post-vomit. 

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