Iggy Azalea is working on a book, but it isn’t your typical celebrity autobiography detailing the trials and tribulations of one’s incredibly interesting career and life. And that’s not because Iggy’s only 24, and should probably wait until she’s got a bit more life experience under her belt. It’s because the project will consist only of pictures.
“I guess you could say its a coffee table book,” Iggy announced on Twitter yesterday. The rapper’s friend, photographer Brock Fetch, has been working with Iggy on the project by taking the photos for the book.
Although it was meant to be a behind-the-scenes look at her Great Escape tour, which was cancelled last month thanks to the rapper’s “creative change of heart”, Iggy has decided to go full steam ahead with the literature-free work.
“Obviously the tour isnt happening but brock and i figured that shouldnt mean we stop documenting stuff. BTS of life not just the stage,” she explained. It’s looking like we can expect “old”, “authentic”, “candid” and “warm” shots in the book, with Iggy loving these types of photos because they “make you feel like you could close your eyes and be there”. (more…)
Justin Bieber is a big boy now and he is flaunting his big boy facial hair on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue. The singer was tapped for the magazine’s July/August issue, for which he was photographed by Francesco Carrozzini and styled by Karla Welch.
Image: L’Uomo Vogue
For the cover image, Bieber serves a softer version of his trademark bewildered smolder, his forehead only slightly furrowed this time. Bieber posted a few images from the spread to his Instagram page, which show him doing basically the same pose but in different clothes, sometimes looking in a different direction. What a range this young man has!
In this particular spread, Bieber appears to be fully clothed (at least from the images we’ve seen), so for now, we can be thankful that at least we don’t have to see him in his underwear again.
Back in May, Allure delivered an effortlessly beautiful cover with Blake Lively and now Harper’s Bazaar China takes its best shot at the actress. Blake becomes the magazine’s July subject, posing for photographer Trunk Xu looking poised and elegant for the shot. It should come as no surprise that Blake wears Chanel , having formed a solid relationship with Karl Lagerfeld — remember the Chanel handbag campaign back in 2011?
The cover leaves us with mixed feelings, however. “Wow, this looks good. Much better than American magazines (especially her last Marie Claire cover). Love what she’s wearing,” Benn98 raved.
“How disappointing, must be one of their worst cover images! She can look, and photograph so much better than this! Not to mention that bad hair, makeup, and open mouth expression in combination with the cheap looking background! It’s almost like a press junket photo!” Miss Dalloway replied as things started to go downhill.
MON wasn’t enthusiastic, either. “Oh my goodness, even The Hollywood Reporter can photograph better than this. That hair looks like a low quality dried up wig. That nose contour is all sorts of wrong. I dislike the green masthead but I wouldn’t blame them for trying to add color to a rather dead cover shot. Even her stare gives me nothing,” he complained.
Also unimpressed was gazebo: “She looks crippled. Her legs look disproportionately short and tiny.”
“That pose is awful and does not work at all, the photography is bad. Yes she looks beautiful with her face and hair but the styling, that cropping, the pose make it look super amateur or an outtake at best. The layout of that cover looks also quite weak,” disapproved Bertrando3.
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As if the scourge of the hipster set on America wasn’t scary enough, it turns out this group of too-cool-for-school cultural elitists are also arming themselves. NThe New York Times just penned a trend piece on pocket knives being all the rage for stylish dudes looking to tap into their inner mountain man – without actually having to go to the mountains and do anything.
The piece includes “noted fashion photographer” Nigel Barker, who says that the young cool kids he works with all carry pocket knives, which admittedly makes us a little uneasy. Men are apparently carrying these things to feel manlier, which, um, if carrying a weapon makes you feel more like a man, we’re a little scared for the state of manhood. But while most of these guys seem to be using their pocket knives to open boxes, some fellas are actually putting their knives to more badass use.
“Wes Siler, 34, a Los Angeles-based blogger for the outdoors website IndefinitelyWild, who said he reached for his to help a man at the site of a car crash. ‘I used the pocketknife to smash the window and cut the seatbelt and pull him out,’ Mr. Siler said. And when he’s not playing action hero? ‘If I’m eating a steak in a restaurant and the knife isn’t sharp enough,’ he said, ‘I’ll pull my knife out.'” It’s as tacky as bringing your own hot sauce to a restaurant, but the cool kids are doing it so we guess it’s OK?
Vogue Russia successfully knocked it out of the park with its June cover, featuring a smoldering Catherine McNeil. In an attempt to keep up that winning streak this month, Russian Vogue tapped Lindsey Wixson as its July model of choice. Continuing the sultry theme, the model vamps it up for photographer Ellen von Unwerth as she playfully places a daffodil across one eye and gazes down the lens — ultimately reminding us of another publication.
“Well it would be perfect for i-D… But I actually like the cover,” acknowledged Cosmic Voices within moments of the cover surfacing.
In agreement was MON, who wrote, “I’d love this for i-D. It’s not that bad actually. I expected worse.”
Also a fan of the cover was Nymphaea. “I can feel the sunshine, nice and warm,” she appreciated.
MDNA was quick to share his enthusiasm, too, writing, “Perfect cover, it’s her best Vogue cover with no doubt.” This sounds good for sales this month!
“Gorgeous cover, I also loved their Catherine one, it looked so amazing in print,” informed Miss Dalloway.
“Adorable! Love her so much. Happy she got another Vogue cover,” enthused thatsfierce.
Showing the cover some more love was happycanadian: “I have to confess that this is a stunning cover – pretty much in all regards. The lighting, the colour saturation, her hair, her lips, her emotive eye, the placement of the flower. Even the focus on her quirky teeth. It all just comes together to make a striking photograph. It’ll stand out on the magazine rack, of that I can be sure.”
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Tom Ford’s life has changed quite a bit over the years. The Evening Standard profiles the designer, who says his life is far less glamourous than what people might expect. Though he admits he had his days of partying, drinking, working out and bathing five times a day, Ford says that time is behind him now that he is a father. His home is littered with toddler toys and though Ford’s appearance is still impeccable, he says he has relaxed a bit when it comes to dressing and grooming.
“When I got up this morning, I was going to trim my beard because I knew I was having this interview and I needed to look good. It’s going quite grey, which I sometimes camouflage with Just For Men beard dye — do not put that in the article! — and I just didn’t even have the energy,” he said. As for his perfectly-tailored suits? Those are a bit of a front. Like some of the men in our lives, sometimes Ford just doesn’t have the will to put on a fresh suit every day. “This old dirty suit! I literally just pick up the suit from the night before and put it on. Sometimes I have another uniform — jeans, a jean shirt and a different jacket — and it’s one or the other of those outfits. I used to make more of an effort in the mornings but I don’t anymore.” If a day-old worn suit is what Tom considers letting himself go, we’re thinking that maybe more guys should take a page from his book.
Ford also admits that his workout regimen has changed, and by changed he means has been nixed completely. He hasn’t worked out in over two years. While he says he stays slim by eating right, he does have a guilty pleasure. “There may be a pack of Percy Pigs during the day or a couple of doughnuts, or if I’m in America, Hostess Donettes — those cheap little white powdery things. I mean, if I even see them, I have to eat the pack! So there’s junk layered on top of a really healthy diet.” And now, the image of Tom Ford dusting his suit lapel off because it got a little Hostess powder on it is blessedly forever etched into our minds.
Thank you for this, Mr. Ford.
[via Evening Standard]