We were pretty happy flicking through our copies of Vogue‘s November issue with Angelina Jolie on the front, until we suddenly wanted to get our hands on the magazine’s brand new edition. As discussed in our Cover Rumor Thread, actress Jennifer Lawrence graces the cover of American Vogue‘s December 2015 and our forums are currently deliberating over the cover. Photographed by Mikael Jansson,The Hunger Games star took to the desert (see the adorable behind-the-scenes video below) wearing a vibrant Calvin Klein Collection dress on the cover.
It seems our forum members would have preferred something a little different. “I still adore Jennifer but this cover leaves me feeling disappointed,” said iriswills, unwilling to kick us off on a positive note. (more…)
If anyone knows the best makeup artists, wardrobe consultants and hairstylists in the business, it’s Rihanna. She’s worked with everyone from Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn to Ursula Stephen. And let’s face it: she always looks impeccable. The pop star is channeling her years worth of experience with creatives into a new agency, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Los Angeles-based firm is called Fr8me and it’s a collaboration with managing partner Benoit Demouy. The agency will help book everything from ad campaigns to red-carpet appearances for talented artists. “Hair, makeup and styling play an important role in creativity,” she said. “I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do.” (more…)
We made it pretty clear last month that we loathed InStyle‘s new redesign and unfortunately for us, the magazine hasn’t ditched it for the newly released December 2015 cover. Following in the footsteps of Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani becomes InStyle‘s latest cover girl, shot by photographer Jan Welters. A rather startled-looking Gwen wears an embellished crop top and skirt by Carolina Herrera, leaving us cold rather than feeling festive and ready for the holidays.
Members of our forums went off on the cover. “I’m really not liking the new cover formatting for U.S. InStyle,” criticized Handbag Queen right away.
“No, I’m not liking it either. I can see they’re experimenting with a cleaner look, but by tinkering with the design, it’s like they’ve lost the substance of their brand. They haven’t refined their identity, they’ve subtracted from it,” tigerrouge inputted.
Feeling the same way was MON: “It really saddens me to see an established magazine suffering from identity crisis. They’ve done well with their old layout, so why fix something that’s not broken? The new layout is just sad. The goal is to make the magazine look fresh, but it ended up looking tired, even more dated, and pretentious. It’s like how Glamour used to look like!”
Forum member jal718 agreed, simply adding, “No, not good at all.”
“The colours just remind me of a Diet Coke can. But maybe that’s just me,” mocked honeycombchild.
“Kind of baffled they went with a mostly white background when her hair, skin, and outfit are so light already. The gradient effect looks a bit stupid as well. Love Gwen, so I might pick this up regardless,” shared KINGofVERSAILLES.
What’s gotten into retailers lately? H&M South Africa made headlines for an offensive tweet defending its all-white ads and now Bloomingdale’s is under fire for an ad in its holiday catalog that encourages viewers to spike their friends’ drinks. The ad, a promotion for Rebecca Minkoff, reads, “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking.” Even more disturbing, it features a man staring intently at an unsuspecting woman seen laughing and looking in the other direction.
Date rape, which so often starts with a spiked drink, is no laughing matter. It’s certainly an indecent premise for a holiday marketing campaign. The timing of the ad couldn’t be worse given the drugging and rape accusations that continue to surface against Bill Cosby.
After the uproar, Bloomingdale’s apologized in a statement to Tech Insider: “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.”
Normalizing rape culture to sell clothes is deplorable to say the least. We can’t fathom how this ad even made it past marketing execs but let’s hope it never happens again.
Speaking to WHO Australia magazine in her cover girl role, Rebel said, “Being an actress it affects women more than men in terms of ageism and sexism so to be called out by the press on something most sensible business-minded people would have done in my position, it was a bit hurtful.” She continued, “When you’re an actor, you have what’s called a playing range; to me, it’s not really beneficial having your age written anyway.” (more…)