She’s the model of the moment, fronting both the Versace and Prabal Gurung fall campaigns and now, Caroline Trentini turns up on the cover of Vogue Japan. Like clockwork, the magazine releases its issue before anyone else and it’s almost hard to believe we’re discussing October already (because September issues are soo last month). Styled by Anna Dello Russo, Caroline models a rather hideous Christian Dior jumpsuit, but like a pro, successfully manages to do it justice before the lens of Giampaolo Sgura.
Members of our forums began to discuss the cover right away. “Worst Vogue Japan I’ve ever seen,” DutchHomme declared the minute the cover broke, unwilling to get us off on a high note.
“I’m just ready for this season to be over so that these hideous Dior jumpsuits can go away,” shared an unimpressed orchidee.
Also unimpressed was littlekiki, announcing, “Sgura’s work always disappoints me.”
“Dislike the jumpsuit and there’s too much text (as always for me), but other than that it’s quite good,” shared KateTheGreatest as opinions started to change.
TeeVanity approved: “You know what this actually works maybe if it was a different model it wouldn’t work but Caroline pulls it off, good job.”
In agreement was Style Savvy. “Caroline makes that awful Dior jumpsuit work. Great color scheme,” he applauded.
“Yes! Finally another fun and energetic cover from VJ,” MDNA admired.
The accompanying cover story is a far cry from the energetic cover image. Check it out and join the conversation here.
Love it or loathe it, U.K.-based fast fashion retailer Primark isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it’s set to get much bigger as it makes its American debut this coming September. In the U.K., it’s loved by those who are looking to snap up an on-trend bargain without committing to a hefty price tag, despite knowing that it’s probably only going to last a couple of washes before getting chucked into the bin.
Nevertheless, fast fashion customers just can’t get enough of Primark — and that’s even after hearing the stories about the unethical conditions for its factory workers and general bad practices for the environment. The store is now present in nine markets with Italy being the most recent addition.
The first U.S. store will be opening in Boston where the cash-strapped student population won’t be able to resist a Primark bargain. The company plans to open eight more locations across the Northeast by autumn.
Boasting full outfit steals for under £50 in the U.K., it’s only a matter of time before Primark catches on stateside because, let’s admit it, sometimes you just can’t resist a bargain.
Image: MAC Cosmetics
MAC’s latest collaborator is pop rapper Brooke Candy, who is bringing a small makeup collection to get you ready for fall. The Nicola Formichetti style muse teamed up with the cosmetics giant on two in-your-face lipstick shades, Mind Control, a bright cherry red, and Which Witch, a dark vampy hue – both of which you can top off with the boot black liquid eyeliner included in the range.
The shades are the perfect complement to Candy’s ever-changing style, which she described to i-D as “White-Trash-West Virginia-Chloe-Sevigny-in-Gummo with Liberace-Excess-Bedazzled-Jumpsuits.” Surely, a red or very dark lipstick could fit into such a, uh, unique aesthetic. The collection is said to be inspired by the forces of good and evil, though we think the collection skews a bit more bad girl than perfect angel.
But even if your style isn’t as extreme as Candy’s, you can still get on board at least with Mind Control – after all, who doesn’t look good in a classic red lip?
Brooke Candy’s collection for MAC is due to hit the MAC website August 27.
Leave it to Lui to deliver the most visually stimulating September cover. Joan Smalls joins the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Anja Rubik and Natasha Poly, who have each stripped for the racy French publication. This time around, we get an unconventional cover image with Smalls posing naked with a phone on a bed covered in PVC plastic — as we all do. Luigi and Iango captured the shot and our forums are left gagging for more.
As always, forum members couldn’t wait to see Lui‘s new installment. “Gorgeously unconventional cover, but one that works,” Miss Dalloway praised immediately.
“Back to doing something (in)decent. I’m not sure what she’s lying on, but I like it,” said tigerrogue.
Also impressed was Melancholybaby: “Now that is a gorgeous cover. A touch of [Guy] Bourdin, an unconventional pose and catchy colors and you have a great September offering.”
Justaguy couldn’t contain his excitement either, raving, “Absolutely beautiful cover. Love the props and the 70s vibe I get from it.”
Soon after, Avogadro went as far as to proclaim: “I think this is the best cover of Joan.”
“Stunning!! That makeup is on point!” MON pointed out.
“Oh wow, surprisingly I like it. Never would’ve expected her on this cover though. The composition and her make-up looks perfect,” agreed Benn98.
Are you buying it? Await the cover story and drop us a comment here.
Claudia Schiffer wants to drape us all in luxurious cashmere this fall – and we will happily oblige.The model has teamed up with TSE to create an 18-piece collection of comfy knits. On tap you’ll find sweaters, sweatpants, ponchos, skirts, sweater dresses and more. Schiffer has spent more than 25 years in the fashion industry, so making the shift to design seemed like a no-brainer for her. She actually contacted the folks at Tse to work on the collection.
“I couldn’t always find great casual cashmere tops to wear with jeans for every day and as I have been a huge fan of TSE, having been introduced to them in the early Nineties in New York,” she told Vogue UK. “I called them about collaborating on a knitwear collection and it’s an amazing experience working with one of the best in this field.” Schiffer plans on collaborating with TSE again, perhaps on collections beyond that.
Schiffer’s new collection is due to hit TSECashmere.com and Stylebop this Thursday. So ready your wallets and prepare to be smothered in sweet, supermodel-made cashmere.
[via Vogue UK]
Image: courtesy H&M
H&M is committing itself to having a more positive impact on the environment, and it’s willing to shell out a million euros for some help. The Swedish retailer is launching the Global Change Award, a contest searching for new ways to recycle clothes and will give out $1.16 million USD every year to anyone who can help improve its recycling methods.
Currently, the methods of recycling cotton aren’t the best, as Business of Fashion points out. “Existing cotton recycling methods make poor-quality fibres, and there is no efficient way to recycle garments of mixed materials, so the vast majority of clothes end up in landfill.”
Recycling is imperative to fast fashion, since a lot of clothes are made and purchased – and also thrown out. New recycling technology would help create a more sustainable approach to the industry. “No company, fast fashion or not, can continue exactly like today,” H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson said. “The (prize’s) largest potential lies with finding new technology that means we can recycle the fibres with unchanged quality.”
H&M will choose five winners of the contest who will split the €1 million prize, half of which will be distributed by the people through an online vote. You can submit your ideas before October 31 to be considered for the prize. The winners will be announced in February 2016.
[via Business of Fashion, H&M]