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Flashback: US Vogue October 2000 with Charlize Theron by Herb Ritts

As some of my fellow tFS forum members know, I like to pick up back issues of magazines when the price is right. I happened to stumble across a set last week which was priced just under £1 each, so naturally I couldn't resist. Amongst the five issues I bought was the October 2000 issue of US Vogue. The cover features actress Charlize Theron, photographed by legendary photographer Herb Ritts and wearing a black beaded Giorgio Armani tulle dress, before a vast ocean background. Tonne Goodman styled Theron for the cover.

Flashback, US Vogue October 2000 Charlize Theron


This 482-page issue seems like such an oldy when you're leafing through. There are several fashion stories inside, so plenty of content to feast your eyes on. Steven Meisel photographs a vintage-inspired story, Arthur Elgot shoots Stephanie Seymour for a Giorgio Armani feature and a fresh-faced Gisele Bundchen is photographed by Michael Thompson.

The standout story is clearly Meisel's. Trish Goff is styled by Grace Coddington for the editorial which consists of more than a dozen images to portray the retro inspiration of the times. To accompany the images is an article compiled by Sally Singer, who documents her journey thrifting items of clothing around New York.

Check out 'A Fine Vintage' by Steven Meisel here. Stay tuned for next week's flashback — and be sure to check out previous posts from our flashback series.

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Surprise: The Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue Cover Didn’t Sell Like Gangbusters

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in marriage attire on Vogue US April


When Vogue revealed its April 2014 cover, featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, many of us thought that the unexpected move reflected savvy Anna Wintour's commitment to Vogue's commercial viability. That is, we thought she was hoping to sell boatloads of magazines at newsstands.

But as it turns out, massive social media follower counts and tabloid fame don't necessarily translate to glossy magazine sales. At least not for Vogue

Josh Gary, vice president at Mag Net Data (a firm that tracks magazine sales) tells the New York Post that although the issue sold 20% more copies at the newsstand than the previous month's (featuring Rihanna), Kimye's cover will likely perform below last year's April edition: “I’d argue that if you peg last year’s Michelle Obama at 269,000, this issue will net out around 250,000."

According to the Post, initial projections had sales in the 400,000-to-500,000 range, outperforming Beyonce's March 2013 cover, which sold 355,000 issues. 



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Jennifer Lawrence Covers Marie Claire, Says Tripping Incident on Oscars Red Carpet Was Unintentional

Whether you're obsessed with her or just downright sick of seeing her mug, America just can't seem to shake their girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence, who covers the June issue of Marie Claire. The glossy caught up with the Oscar-winning actress to chat about her relationship with X-Men costar Nicholas Hoult, losing to Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars, and of course, why she can't seem to ever keep her footing in those huge Dior gowns.


Image: Marie Claire

If you remember (how could you forget?), J.Law had yet another Oscars-related wardrobe malfunction this year, before she even made it to her seat inside the Dolby Theatre. She fell on the red carpet on her way in, which, when you think about it, is a step up from the year before when she famously tripped up the stairs in another voluminous Dior number to receive her Oscar for Best Actress. Tripping two times at the Oscars? Folks began to get suspicious that Lawrence's endearing clumsiness was just an act. But J.Law says that her slip-up was most certainly unplanned:

“I’m trying to do the right thing, waving to fans, trying to be nice, and there’s a traffic cone. The second I hit it, I was laughing, but on the inside I was like, ‘You’re fucked. They’re totally going to think this is an act…’  But trust me if I was going to plan it, I would have done it at the Golden Globes or the SAGs. I would have never done it at two Oscars in a row. I watch Homeland – I’m craftier than that!”

We'd like to think so, too. But if the "stumblers" (the Jennifer Lawrence equivalent of Barack Obama's birthers) are looking to officially start the J.Law backlash, they have the actress' full support: "But if people want to start the backlash, I'm the captain of that team. As much as you hate me, I'm 10 steps ahead of you."

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The End of a Trend? These Dior Sandals Aren’t Just Ugly, They’re Abominable

Any trend with the word "ugly" in its name is probably going to have a short shelf life. Trends are by nature derivative and conformist, characteristics that don't translate well to ugly fashion. "Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer," Miuccia Prada said last year, describing her approach to "ugly chic" design.

And although we enjoyed watching all the ugly shoes stomping down the Spring 2014 runways and loved the way the trend transformed for retail, we think this phenomenon might be on its last legs, so to speak.

At last night's Dior Cruise Collection, a couple pairs of bizarre fabric-wrapped open-toed sneaker-sandal thingies (above) briefly made an appearance, disrupting an otherwise fabulous parade of truly killer black booties (below). To call these shoes ugly is an understatement. It's more like, why Raf wwhhhhyyyy?


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Ymre Stiekema Shows Off Her Summer Body on the Cover of Vogue Netherlands (Forum Buzz)

You had better be ready for summer, because if not, Ymre Stiekema is beating you to the punch. The Dutch beauty is on the cover of Vogue Netherlands' June issue flaunting her toned physique for readers to admire. Ymre is photographed by Nico wearing a swimsuit and a pair of Christian Dior heels (not exactly the most realistic rendition of beach attire).

Vogue Netherlands June 2014 Ymre Stiekema


"Happy for Ymre but looks more like Shape magazine," writes ash92.

He wasn't alone, Bertrando3 also thought the cover resembled a different publication: "Wowww indeed it looks fierce! Love it! But I have to agree it looks very Shape magazine lol."

Justaguy commented, "Ymre looks fantastic here as does the styling/backdrop, but doesn't work for me as a Vogue cover."

"I love the setting, but something is lame here. Ymre's best cover was/is the September issue of Vogue NL in 2012," wrote Srdjan.

HeatherAnne wasn't impressed: "Even Ymre can't save you this time Vogue Netherlands. Awkward to the max."

So, not exactly Ymre's finest Vogue cover but still looks good nonetheless. Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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