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Victoria Beckham Turns Teacher for the Day

Although it's pretty much a given that life for the students of the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London was always going to be a bit more glamorous than everyone else’s, even they were in for a treat when they heard that Victoria Beckham was coming to speak to them today.

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Victoria addresses the students on college professor Susie Forbes' treadmill desk (image: Twitter, Victoria Beckham)

Vogue reported that prior to the event, the identity of the guest was kept a strict secret. The college’s principal, Susie Forbes, noted that "rumours spread like wildfire around the college with whispers of Rihanna, Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfeld — even Ryan Gosling."

Victoria spoke to the group, first saying, "I hope I'm not a disappointment," although she could not have been more wrong. After speaking intently about her career as a fashion designer, as well as how she juggles motherhood, a business and marriage all so seamlessly, she was inundated with questions.

As Forbes wrote in Vogue today, the students were "inspired by her humility, her humour and her 'if I can do it, anyone can do it,' message."

No doubt her discussion at Condé Nast about being the head of a self-made brand reflected her staunch beliefs in the need for women leaders to be taken more seriously. Ms Beckham has recently joined forces with Beyoncé and Jennifer Garner to promote new campaign Ban Bossy with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg which is fighting to "ban the word bossy" and improve the attitude towards women in positions of power.

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(image: Twitter, Victoria Beckham)

The former pop star has come a long way from her early days as a celebrity to become a highly revered fashion designer within the industry and celebrated one of the most well-reviewed shows at New York fashion week in February. No doubt her insight today to the Condé Nast students was pretty inspiring.

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i-D Magazine to Launch Online in Australia

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British magazine i-D relaunched its online home in November last year after being adopted by the Vice family, continuing the trend of glossies to scale down on print and up the focus on digital. Now the fashion media paragon is taking things one step further by launching an antipodean version of its renovated site.

The video-focused i-D.co will be headed up in Australia and New Zealand by Vice Editor-at-Large Briony Wright. No specific date has been given for the launch with the news dropped teasingly via press release. The site will incorporate antipodes-specific interviews, opinion pieces, fashion films, personal columns and fashion shoots into the existing global content created by the publication's London-based team.

“Australia and New Zealand are brimming with unique talents that have been waiting for an international platform as smart and captivating as i-D.co," Wright stated in the release. "We couldn’t be more excited about being part of the evolution of this amazing brand and to break new ground here with the distinctive i-D voice.”

Editorial Director Holly Shackleton stressed that like the London and New York versions, our own i-D.co will strive to occupy a unique place between print and digital. “i-D.co marks an exciting new chapter in i-D’s history and we’re so excited to expand our fan base into new terrain like Australia," she elaborated. "The site is so much more than a magazine brought to life; it’s the go-to destination for a global community of fashion fans who heard it here first.”

It’s not exactly news we saw coming, but it now seems a natural extension. Vice has had its hooks in Australia and New Zealand for awhile, while left-of-center publications like Oyster have experienced immense growth thanks to an increased concentration on unique digital content. Brit niche magazine-cum-site 10 Magazine also recently launched an Australian version under ex-Harper’s Bazaar Editor Alison Veness-McGourty, combining geographically specific features with content created in London.

Considering how much imported magazines cost at Australian newsstands, we’re psyched to join the i-D family. Wink-faces all round. 

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The Anonymous Reddit Model Has Come Forward with Terry Richardson Allegations

Image: WENN.com

Image: WENN.com

Following a strong response to her disturbing anonymous account of posing nude for Terry Richardson, Charlotte Waters has come forward with her story publicly, in an interview with Vocativ.com. Now a 24-year-old nurse's assistant living in Los Angeles (Richardson photographed her when she was a 19-year-old NYC art student), Waters had experience posing nude for artists like Richard Kern and Ron English, but nothing had prepared her for what happened when she visited Richardson's studio.

She says that she was compelled to share her story because she kept seeing press about Richardson which was all vague rumors and allegations: "I wanted to say, 'Hey, I’ve experienced this first hand. These aren’t just rumors.'  But I wasn’t sure I wanted to come out about this very embarrassing thing I did, so I was just sitting on it for a while. And then I realized that what happened to me is something that has happened to other people and will likely continue to happen until his dick falls off, so I have to say something. I did it through Reddit because I could do it anonymously, and that seemed like a safe way to start.”

The full interview: “Oh My God, What’s Happening?” Up Close and Personal With a Terry Richardson Model [via]

Read more: How Can We Get Big Brands to Stop Working With Terry Richardson? [Updated]

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Sasha Luss is Dior’s Newest Beauty Campaign Model (Forum Buzz)

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“I have no words to describe how happy I am, and how grateful to all people who helped me,” wrote Russian model Sasha Luss in an Instagram post from yesterday, in which she announced that she was the new face for Dior Addict. Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the campaign image found a lot of praise in the theFashionSpot forums.

Member valliaddict wrote, “I love it so much. Such delicious colors & a great casting choice. Sasha is perfect for Dior Beauty.”

His opinion was shared by Nepenthes, who seemed very excited and exclaimed, “About time! Sasha is ideal for beauty campaigns and I'm so glad that she got one for Dior. The colours are so rich and her face is just perfect!”

“Love her and she's a perfect addition to Dior's beauty roster. Can't wait to see more,” shared anlabe32

The Dior beauty roster currently includes actress Natalie Portman and models Daria Strokous and Eva Herzigova, so Sasha is certainly in good company. Do you agree with all the positive sentiments about this campaign? Join the discussion and have your say here.

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Link Buzz: Vanessa Friedman to Take Over for Cathy Horyn at The Times; Kate Moss + Cara Delevingne Tease Burberry Campaign

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    Image: Getty

    It's a new era: Financial Times critic Vanessa Friedman will be taking over for Cathy Horyn (who left her longtime post to care for her sick partner) as Fashion Director at The New York Times. [Style.com]
     
  • Lupita Nyong'o opens up about her stylist. [FabSugar]
     
  • This October, Revlon and Marchesa will debut a new range of nail art products. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Fashionista spoke with Wren designer Melissa Coker about the brand's super-successful viral First Kiss video. [Fashionista]
     
  • Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss tease a selfie from the set of their upcoming Burberry campaign. [HuffPo/Style]

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Nadja Bender Lands First Vogue Cover with Russian Vogue’s April Issue (Forum Buzz)

Nadja Bender has landed her first Vogue cover, on Vogue Russia April 2014, photographed by Mariano Vivanco, wearing a creation by Raf Simons for Christian Dior which was styled by Olga Dunin.

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"Odd image to choose for a cover. It's seems like Nadja was tired and decided to sit on the footpath for a rest, and Mariano just kept on shooting," wrote AL92

Bertrando3 commented, "She's beautiful but the odd pose/cropping + the outfit makes it difficult to really appreciate this photo."

Nepenthes seemed to really appreciate the cover writing, "Beautiful, relaxed and effortless. Nadja looks beautiful and the colour scheme is great!"

"I quite like it. The pose is indeed a bit unconventional but it creates a spontaneous and carefree mood. Nadja looks lovely and she actually gives me Raquel vibes," wrote mikel.

Whilst it's a pleasure to see a deserving model get her first cover of Vogue, I don't think this is the best picture of Nadja Bender. There's something about the evident post-production which is throwing me off.

Join the discussion and await the contents of the issue here.

 

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