Yesterday, Rihanna made us more jealous than usual on Instagram, inundating our timelines with images of her getting ready for and celebrating at the Kadooment Day parade in her native Barbados as part of the annual Crop Over festivities. Of course, Riri was dressed to the nines as she played with the Zulu International Band in a bejeweled bra top and bottoms, neckwear, a feather headdress and matching wings. As always, she looked absolutely stunning.
Rihanna’s outfit is typical of Crop Over and carnival costumes. There is always lots of bling, plenty of plumage and, of course, a generous amount of skin showing. That is the entire point of carnival – it’s a time to let loose and embrace your body (in fact, you see people of all body types in barely-there carnival outfits) while jumping and wining (which international publications are wrongly calling twerking) in the street to upbeat Caribbean tunes. But of course, what is a typical masquerading outfit to some is a vulgar look to others. The UK’s Mirror reported on Rihanna’s Kadooment Day look, calling it raunchy, pointing to the fact that only part of Rihanna’s derrière was covered.
“When it comes to flashing the flesh, no one does it better than Rihanna,” writer Edward Roberts wrote. “A fact that the singer proved as she got kitted-up in a raunchy costume for Crop Over Festival in Barbados on Monday.” Ummm…raunchy?
Sure, Rihanna’s outfit is skimpy, but besides the fact that ALL carnival costumes are like that, the term “raunchy” rubbed us the wrong way. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “slovenly, dirty… very smelly… obscene, smutty.” We’re confused as to how Riri’s outfit is more obscene than, say, something a Victoria’s Secret Angel might wear during the brand’s annual fashion show? It is a big deal for a Victoria’s Secret Angel to wear the coveted Fantasy Bra. Indeed, the Mirror noted that Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima “stun[ned]” in their respective Fantasy Bra looks, which were basically just as bare as Riri’s. For Rio’s annual Carnival, the Mirror reports on Gisele’s look, calling it simply a “bikini.” Why is Rihanna degraded for wearing pretty much the same thing in an environment where it is completely acceptable? (more…)
Models are a rarity on mainstream American fashion magazines nowadays but as the September issues continue to trickle out, Glamour hands its most important edition of the year to Karlie Kloss. After celebrating her 23rd birthday only yesterday, we suspect this will be a nice treat for the American beauty. The current face of Diane von Furstenberg was shot by Tom Munro doing her very best to model her way through a truly hideous Gucci dress.
But can a model of Karlie’s stature convince our forum members? “How great is it that one of the most mainstream fashion magazines in America went for an American model? Must applaud them for this. Also, Glamour has been stepping it up of late. Their cover stars are real cultural forces, whether the actual shot may be good or not,” credited Benn98.
[ See: 10 Times Karlie Kloss Was Adorable on Instagram ]
“Beautiful colors. Beautiful girl. Beautiful editorial. Ugly dress,” exclaimed a horrified MON, suggesting the styling ruins the entire cover.
“Ugly Gucci dress, looks like a mop,” laughed Nymphaea who then went on to add, “Karlie looks nice, a bit heavy on the makeup though.”
Forum member GIVENCHYlover simply let us know: “I don’t like that dress!”
Narcyza shared the same sentiments, ranting, “I don’t like this red dress too. But her face here is just a disaster! Is it really Karlie? What awful airbrushing.”
Also noticing signs of evident retouching was mepps: “The extreme Photoshop on her face makes her look old and hard.”
Oh dear. Karlie’s colorful cover story might change your mind. See the story for yourself and share your opinion here.
Ever bought a new dress and just couldn’t figure out what to pair it with? British retailer John Lewis is here to help with a brand new fashion and lifestyle concept launch.
Found, launching 24 September online and in the retailer’s brand new Birmingham store, will be a curated edit of both its existing and new brands. The featured items will span across fashion, home and tech, making buying into a whole lifestyle easier than ever, which is the complete opposite of how the department store usually showcases its products in distinct, separate sectors. (more…)
We half expected to see Rihanna on the cover of Vanity Fair this month but in an unexpected twist, Taylor Swift appears on the September issue. The global pop princess looks noticeably different as she vamps it up, looking remarkably glamorous amid the luxurious surroundings of The Savoy hotel in London. Photographed by Mario Testino with styling from Vanity Fair‘s fashion and style director Jessica Diehl, Taylor also posed for a series of photos to accompany the cover.
Amazingly, forum members couldn’t hide their disapproval. “Too much whiskey bottle font!!! I wish there was more flair to her one-note styling,” criticized Aedlacir.
“I really thought Rihanna had the September cover. I don’t even like Taylor but this is an okay cover. Just wish her hair was a little more blonde,” added RanThe.
“So what issue will Rihanna be on? This is boring,” asked an uninterested SpeakThatJDunn.
Sharing the same sentiments was orchidee: “Not a flattering photo at all. I like Taylor, but she’s just been overexposed this year. I had hoped she would sort of go under the radar since she’s on tour. Definitely would have preferred Rihanna.”
KateTheGreatest wasn’t having any of it either, exclaiming, “Really really bad. Testino should retire already.”
“Yikes. Testino’s work used to have a beautiful softness to it but over the years he’s just got increasingly bad. I just can’t work out how the man that shot that beautiful, hazy, dreamy shot of Gwyneth [Paltrow] once can produce such harsh, overexposed and overworked imagery,” said a horrified honeycombchild.
Check out the editorial for yourself and add your own two cents here.
Jessica Alba’s Honest company has come under fire by unhappy customers who say the brand’s sunscreen option is sub-par. Several people took to social media to show off the painful-looking sunburns they got after using the product, with many mentioning they were only in the sun for a few minutes. A study done by NBC5 Chicago found that Honest’s sunscreen contains only 9.3 percent non-nano zinc oxide while other products contain 18 to 25 percent of the active ingredient. They wonder if the reduced amount of zinc oxide contributed to the issues customers were having. Honest changed its formula, which originally had 20 percent zinc oxide, earlier this year but claims to have added other components to make up for the reduced amounts.
Jessica Alba released a statement on the Honest website to address customer complaints and concerns about the product. She, along with co-founder Christopher Gavigan, assure the public that their sunscreen formula had passed SPF 30 testing and had been given high marks from the Environmental Working Group. They also mentioned that they had changed the formula from their original one to make it more water resistant.
But despite getting approval from outside entities, Honest says it is taking the complaints of customers seriously. “What matters most to us is your trust and confidence. We’re passionate about living up to your expectations as much as our own,” the team writes. “We’ve personally picked up the phone to speak with many of you who have called our customer service hotline. Our team is reaching out to everyone who has posted on social media to assure you that we’re committed to your safety and satisfaction.” Honest encourages more people to speak out if they have had an unsatisfactory experience with the sunscreen and promise to work on improving the product.
[h/t Time, via Honest Company]
When you’re Beyoncé, you can dazzle pretty much anyone while stomping in a pair of high heels, but sometimes a simple pair of pumps isn’t enough – especially when you’re considered pop royalty. It seems Queen Bey has found herself the perfect stilettos worthy of her iconic stature. The singer reportedly copped a pair of $312,000 shoes to wear for an upcoming music video.
[ See: 15 of Beyoncé’s Most Glittery Looks ]
The pricey “Princess Constellation” heeled sandals are covered in diamonds (1,310 to be exact) and are made by UK-based company House of Borgezie. The shoes boast ankle straps with tiny butterflies at the back and butterflies on the toe straps as well. According to House of Borgezie, the heel and sole are also removable. The site lists the shoes at $337,000 so it looks like Beyoncé got a bit of a deal for her pair.
As anyone would be, House of Borgezie owner Chris Shellis is beside himself at the thought of Bey donning his wares. “It’s the ultimate; Beyoncé’s one of those fantasy customers,” he said. “If you want someone to model your creations, you can’t get any better than Beyoncé.”
[via Page Six]