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Zoe Saldana is the New Face of L’Oréal Paris: Do You Care?

Image: L Oreal Paris via EOnline

Image: L Oreal Paris via EOnline

​Early this morning, E! Online reported that cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris tapped actress Zoe Saldana as its new international spokesperson.

In the first campaign shot, pictured above, the actress is impeccably made up with a subtle swipe of shimmery lipstick, velvety lashes and luscious brows. Saldana looks like many millions of bucks, the presumed value of her contract with L'Oréal Paris — and yet, I don't care?

Based on the number of people that have spent their Friday morning Tweeting the news, I am in the minority here, but to me, the photo above looks like a highly produced but fundamentally generic headshot.

And although Zoe Saldana has been the international spokesperson of my heart ever since she snuffed out a cigarette with her pointe shoe* in the 2000 movie, Center Stage, blabbering about her new deal with L'Oréal as if it were pop culture or art or something when really it is just A CONTRACT makes me feel slimy. I love creative, innovative ads, and many of the fashion ads we cover on tFS are sterling examples of how fantastic advertising can be when it's original — but most beauty ads don't do it for me. They're all Photoshop and flawless foundation; it's probably an effective way to sell lipstick, but to me, there's no story.


*I couldn't find a GIF but if you've ever seen that movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about. 

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Behati Prinsloo Covers The April Issue Of Vogue Spain (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain released its April cover a week ago, and theFashionSpot forums have become very quiet when it comes to the Spanish title. Although, with two pages of comments from the members, the cover has proven to be a hit. Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo is photographed by Greg Kadel and wears a shirt and skirt by Burberry Prorsum.

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/VOGUEESPANA VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/VOGUEESPANA VIA TFS FORUMS

"Stunning cover, Behati looks flawless & finally something good on their covers," wrote burbuja9810.

"I love Behati, and she looks soooooo gorgeouss," enthused thatsfierce.

The diversity of the forums is what makes it such an enjoyable read and not everyone was completely taken with the cover. Miss Dalloway wasn't impressed with Havana Laffitte's styling: "Wow way less text than usual, I like everything but the styling!"

Sailor also shared the same opinion and wrote, "I agree with Miss Dalloway, this is a lovely shot ruined by the styling. Everything from hair to layout works for me except what she's wearing."

"A fantastic cover, not so much fond of the styling but it's nice all together," wrote TeeVanity.

What are your views regarding the cover? Join the discussion here.
 

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Gucci Releases New Timepieces and Jewelry Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Gucci's latest advertising campaign surfaced earlier today. The campaign was released at Baselworld 2014. The images were shot by Sølve Sundsbø and evoke the creative aesthetic of 1960s photographers Franco Rubartelli and Olivo Barbieri. Nadja Bender and Tommaso De Benedictis were selected to front the campaign which is slated for release in April.

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: GUCCITIMELESS.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Check out the rest of the campaign and join the discussion here.

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Karl Lagerfeld Photographs Vanessa Paradis for Elle France (Forum Buzz)

Long-term Karl Lagerfeld muse and Chanel campaign girl, Vanessa Paradis fronts the latest issue of Elle France. The French actress is photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and is wearing a piece from Chanel's Spring 2014 collection.

This isn't the first time Paradis and Lagerfeld have worked together. The pair has collaborated for numerous magazine spreads and advertising campaigns. Paradise has also fronted various Chanel campaigns (my personal favorite being from 2005 for Chanel's latest handbag line).

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IMAGE CREDIT: FACEBOOK.COM/ELLE VIA TFS FORUMS

What are your views regarding the cover? Are you a fan of Vanessa Paradis? Check out the thread and subscribers cover here.

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Jessica Stam Wears Armani Privé On The Cover Of Vogue China Collections (Forum Buzz)

Willy Vanderperre photographs Jessica Stam for the cover of Vogue China Collections, wearing a jacket from Armani Privé's latest haute couture collection. The Canadian model was styled by Marie Chaix.

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IMAGE CREDIT: WEIBO.COM/VOGUE CHINA VIA TFS FORUMS

"I normally don't like anything Jessica does in magazines, coz for me she's a great walker but not a mind-blowing editorial girl HOWEVER this is lovely, so good on her, THIS is a great shot," wrote Bertrando3.

Littlekiki was a little unsure about Chaix's styling: "Something about the styling makes her look older than usual, but gorgeous nonetheless."

"Stunning!!! IMO, I find that Vogue China's Collection Covers are far better than their main covers," enthused fashionlover2001.

Maxlinden also shared the same positive sentiments: "Gorgeous as usual. Beautiful cover."

Join in the discussion and take a look at Jessica's editorial here.

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British Retailer Hobbs Opens Stateside in Bloomingdales

These days when we hear the name Hobbs, we also think of it as being one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite stores. With humble beginnings as a standalone store in London’s pretty Hampstead, it has since expanded throughout the UK and Ireland with even a few international franchises.

Now, U.S. based fans of Kate Middleton's style will be happy to know that the British retailer has decided to try its luck overseas, and is reportedly opening up a shop inside five Bloomingdale's department stores stateside. This includes Tysons Corner in Virginia, The Shops at Riverside New Jersey, and Chestnut Hill in Boston. 

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The first in the series of openings took place this week in Bloomingdales on 59th Street in New York. The collections available perfectly sum up Hobbs’ British heritage with a selection of fine quality tailoring and accessories on offer. Price points begin at around $149 for jersey items to $225 and up for dresses.

If you can’t make it over to one of its U.S. concessions, or haven’t got the patience for one near you to open up, you can always peruse the virtual rails at Hobbs.com.

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