So, I think we can all agree that Bette Franke fits the universal beauty standard, yes? Keeping that in mind, why did Vogue Netherlands choose to do this to her for their March 2013 cover? She makes a great choice for a cover model, but apparently Vogue Netherlands set out to prove that they could kind of ruin her.
“A bit too much makeup and I don't like the hat/hair,” Nyphaea assessed.
“This cover would have been so pretty if they let Bette's hair color stay brown and got rid of that terrible eye makeup,” ChristyLeReveur agreed.
“Looks like she escaped from a circus,” MyNameIs quipped. “There was a good idea there somewhere, but the execution went horrid along the way.”
Kudos to Vogue Netherlands for employing Dutch models month after month, but thumbs down to them for continually making the models look kind of (or totally) awkward.
Melancholybaby was shocked in the best way when he saw the covers. “I was expecting a blah celeb and we get these three ladies? Right when I was thinking how much I missed Lara with M&M too. All three covers look great and the colors are out of this world, but Lara's just about steals it for me (maybe it's the different angle). So excited for the editorials; W's big fashion issues make their competitors look like gossip rags,” he concluded. He’s clearly not one who minds playing favorites.
“These are so unbelievably gorgeous. I want all three covers,” beedonaldson commented.
“Gorgeous!” t-rex agreed. “I love the ‘dark spring’ theme. Spring and summer don't have to be all light colors and fresh feelings.”
This New York Fashion Week I have three go-to pairs of shoes lined up: pumps, wedge boots and flats. In general, living in New York entails a lot of walking – especially if you have little patience like myself and get anxious when you're beached in a cab sitting in traffic. So, comfort is always key whether I’m in five-inch heels or flats.
Chuckies Minx Wedges are killer in the best sense of the word. I had to get them stretched because they were a little too tight at first (they’ll do it for free in the store), but they now drape perfectly over my go-to DL1961 Emma jeans (I plan on living in these pants this week). They’re super comfortable so I can literally wear them from day-to-night and be completely blister-free. The heel is about three inches, which is perfect to give me some height/elongate the look of my legs without leaving my calves strained. I’m wearing these today since I plan on going straight from shows to the opening of Vanessa Bruno's SoHo pop-up store at 131 Greene Street (in true Parisian style, the invite promises champagne and Ladurée macarons).
Not all outfits work with knee-high boots, however, so I also have Sergio Rossi pumps lined up for the week. I’m obsessed with their signature platform style and have gotten lucky and have purchased two out of the three pairs I own on major sale at Intermix. The black ones are incredibly versatile and just like the Chuckies boots, never leave me with blisters. They do, however, weigh on my knees and calves so I always make sure to have a pair of flats with me when I plan on wearing them. Yosi Samra’s flats are awesome because they come in every color of the rainbow and can be rolled up for portability. They’re kind of like your most trusted best friend – they’re always there for you in case of an unexpected emergency. Plus, since they come in countless iterations, you can match them with just about any outfit so it will go completely unnoticed – even amidst a fashion crowd – that you’re wearing flimsy little ballet flats.
While we're on the subject of fashion films and watching movies you don't really understand…
Today, Prada sent around its Spring 2013 campaign video, to accompany the print ads the brand released in December.
Shot by Steven Meisel who (along with Annie Leibovitz and Terry Richardson) is one of the only three people in the world who knows how to operate a camera, the short film stars ten of today's top working models: Vanessa Axente, Saskia de Brauw, Irina Kravchenko, Eva Herzigova, Sung Hee, Irene Hiemstra, Kirsten Owen, Sasha Pivovarova, Maartje Verhoef and Raquel Zimmermann. Whew.
(It appears that although Amber Valletta was in the print ads, she didn't make it into the video. Dun dun DUN.)
I would describe the campaign film to you, except I wasn't kidding when said I didn't understand it. I have no idea what it means or what's going on, except that the featured models are being really whimsical and talking about flowers as petals flutter all around them, and it's supposed to be mysterious but they're clearly in a photo studio so I'm a little insulted by how the video keeps insisting that no one knows where the flowers came from, because clearly they are a prop. And then there's this dramatic moment when a rocks glass tips over and all these clear marbles spill out while Vanessa Axentehave just looks on, bored — like of course the drinking glass would be filled with marbles, that happens all the time!
I do have to say yay yay that Prada included their geisha shoes.
If you haven't seen the Lizzy Caplan spoof of fashion films and the arty white girl fashion bloggers they appeal to, the video is waving and winking at you below.
If you're the kind of person that can't spend more than thirty seconds on Tumblr without your eyes rolling into the back of your head, you'll for sure appreciate Caplan's snarky take on the kinds of Zooey Deschanel wannabes that can't stop talking but don't have anything to say.
In the end though, it's not clear whether filmmaker Matthew Frost's main target is the hipster fashion girl or the fact that the fashion film is a commercial product masquerading as art. Aspiring Manic Pixie Dream Girl types can for sure seem insufferable for their self-indulgence and sense of entitlement, but they're really not hurting anyone. The fashion art film, on the other hand, exists as part of a system which perpetually conflates consumption with deeper satisfaction. And also: yeah, most fashion films are boring and dumb.
Florence Welch’s style is envied by many, and there aren’t many Brits who can say that their own natural sense of style has gone on to influence the likes of fashion power houses Gucci and Chanel. Let’s face it, if you can count Karl Lagerfeld amongst your fans, can your fashion credentials really get any bigger seal of approval?
If lusting after her wardrobe and constantly having her tunes on repeat inside our heads wasn’t enough, now we’ve also heard the exciting news that she’s released her own capsule jewellery collection. Her first line has been inspired by her album "Cermonials," and features a range of art deco themed cuffs, earrings and rings which will make the perfect purchase for this year’s forthcoming festivals.
You’ll also be pleased to know that she’s still in touch with the real world despite her dalliances within the luxury fashion sector, as she’s kept the price points of her new collection rather modest. Ranging from £20 – £50, you can channel Florence without breaking the bank!
She’s also given the range the rather cute name of Flotique, and all of the pieces are available to buy on her e-commerce site. So, if you’re a big fan of Flo’s vintage-come-ethereal style, then we suggest you check out the capsule collection soon, as it’ll definitely be a sell-out.