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Sydney Film Festival Kicks off With Star-Studded Guest List

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival opened last night, June 3, at Market Street’s State Theatre with the world premiere of Australian film Ruben Guthrie.

Ruben Guthrie is the directorial debut of award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Brendan Cowell. Produced by Kath Shelper, the film was shot on location all over Sydney with a cast including our very own Abbey Lee Kershaw and Brenton Thwaites.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said Australian films are a strong flavour at this year’s festival. “The local film industry is firing on all cylinders with over 51 Australian productions screened over 12 days at this year’s festival including; six features, 10 feature-length documentaries, 12 short documentaries, and 22 short fiction films, together with some of the best cinema in the world,” Tony said. (more…)

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Link Buzz: SJP Delves into Bridal, Mansur Gavriel Developing Footwear and Clothing

  • Let Bodhi the menswear dog teach you fellas how to stay fly this summer. [NYT]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a bridal shoe collection. [Vogue UK]
  • Double your fun — Kim Kardashian is rumored to be carrying twins. May the pregnancy gods be kind to her poor feet! [NYDN]
  • Check out this new trailer for the upcoming Paper Towns film. [Variety]
  • Mansur Gavriel plans to launch clothing and shoe options. [Style.com]
  • Crave online sits down with Waraire Boswell, the guy who designs suits for NBA players like Lebon James, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh and more. [Crave]
  • A Maryland woman died after getting back alley butt injections in Queens. [NYDN]
  • Teen Vogue quizzes the Jenner sisters to find out how well they know each other. [Teen Vogue]
  • See how plus- and straight-size bloggers style the same dress. [Who What Wear]
  • One writer’s nightmare ordeal trying to ask Kim Kardashian a single question (which she unintentionally answered in the most ironic of ways) at a Hype Energy Drinks press junket. [Racked]

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CFDA Cuts James Corden’s Terry Richardson Jokes out of Awards Broadcast

James Corden CFDA Awards

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We all know James Corden’s got jokes but some of his clever quips at Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards were apparently too controversial for the broadcast of the ceremony. The Late Late Show host had some words for the industry’s resident creep, Terry Richardson, whom the fashion powers-that-be can’t seem to protect (and employ) enough, in spite of the several allegations of sexual abuse against him by young models.

“Me being here has disaster written all over it,” Corden joked during the ceremony. “Asking me to host the CFDAs is like asking Terry Richardson to host your daughter’s birthday party.” Burn!

Richardson wasn’t the only creeper on Corden’s hit list. The comedian also had some shade to throw at ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, whose skeeziness rivals that of shutterbug Richardson. In his monologue, Corden wondered if now that Charney is out as CEO, “who is going to prey on [young girls] and make them do things that they’ll regret later in life?” His suggestion: “Terry Richardson?” Apparently, the allusion to the numerous times Richardson allegedly took advantage of young women was just too controversial for the fashion set.

A rep for the event says that the jokes were edited for time, but we get the feeling that time didn’t have as much to do with it as a desire to avoid a controversial moment. But since when is the fashion set scared of a little controversy? 

[via Page Six]

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Natasha Poly Returns for Isabel Marant’s Fall 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

She’s back and looking as fierce as ever for Isabel Marant‘s newly-unveiled Fall 2015 campaign. Russian beauty Natasha Poly returns for yet another season as the face and body of the French fashion brand’s latest ads, striking some dynamic poses before the lens of Dutch photographic duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Styled by Géraldine Saglio in a studio setting, Natasha dominates the shots with some interesting props.

But for the majority of our forum members, this all looks too familiar. “Nice to see that she landed Isabel Marant again, but this looks exactly the same as last season,” complained zacatecas570.

“Same here, I honestly thought this was part of her last campaign. I like the poses, but at this stage they really need to come up with something fresh,” Benn98 replied in agreement.

“Natasha looks great, but Isabel Marant’s campaigns are the same as her runway shows, consistently monotonous,” shared jescajade.

Also not showing much enthusiasm was Moofins, who exclaimed, “This is a complete snore.”

Forum member gossiping wasn’t in the mood, either: “Like that it’s Natasha but looks verrrry boring.”

On the other hand, Nymphaea actually liked the campaign. “I like Natasha looking tough! Showing a great attitude,” she enthused.

“I think the poses are very dynamic and the result is good!” agreed Emmanuelle.

Check out some more images and share your opinion with us here.

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Joan Smalls Poses for Porter Magazine in Native Puerto Rico

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We expect Joan Smalls to look stunning no matter what she does and she is keeping in that tradition with her latest spread for Porter magazine. The Puerto Rican beauty nabbed herself a very special double cover for the magazine this month, going back to her roots for a shoot in her hometown of Hatillo. 

Inside the issue, we find a 20-page spread of the gorgeous Smalls, who poses on the cover in a furry coat (quite a contrast considering the warm climate she was photographed in) and an olive green cut-out swimsuit, with leafy vines curling around her. In the accompanying interview, Smalls talks about coming of age in Puerto Rico and her experiences with boys who didn’t seem to be all that into her despite her flawless countenance. “I didn’t hit puberty, I didn’t have boobs, I didn’t have a butt,” she said. “I had a pretty face and that was it, and that wasn’t enough for boys. But I owned my little skinny body.” 

And it is that same body that has made her one of the most in-demand models today, though it wasn’t easy getting there. Joan also recalls the struggles she faced as she was trying to make it in the modeling industry, struggles that she says “could have been” attributed to the racist undercurrent we tend to see in the modeling industry. “It was really easy for some girls to get booked automatically into an agency, but I had to go to appointment after appointment and a gazillion castings, and sometimes no one looked at me at all,” she explained. “I would cry out of frustration because I didn’t understand why. I didn’t want to quit. I’m determined. That’s the fuel for my fire. I’m like, ‘I’m going to show you. Sooner or later you’ll see what happens when you don’t believe in someone.’ I understand that not everybody’s going to like me, that this is not the look that they’re going for, because, of course, it’s fashion and they’re going for a certain aesthetic. I just didn’t get how you can walk into a place and somebody would not say, ‘Hello’, or ‘Have a nice day’, and actually acknowledge your presence.”

Smalls also touched on the lack of diversity in modeling, mentioning that part of the problem is the inconsistency with which models of color are cast for shows, campaigns, etc. “It’s not just a case of doing one season and then everything’s okay, because after that it can all just fall back to nothing,” she said. “It’s a conversation that needs to continue to happen so that people see it as the norm and not some kind of a chore. We have to do this to make people happy. Why not represent the rainbow that we live in? And then women can look at the runway and see themselves.”

Joan’s issue of Porter hits newsstands June 5.

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Check, Please! Target Taps Adam Lippes to Design Plaid-Heavy Fall Collection

Adam Lippes Target

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This fall, Target’s going mad for plaid with a new collaboration with designer Adam Lippes. The retailer, which just announced a collaboration with CFDA Swarovski Award winner Eddie Borgo, is wasting no time keeping the partnerships coming. For the season, Target is stamping a good amount of its wares – from Coke bottles to paper towels – with tartan print, but the crown jewel of the plaid campaign will be the Adam Lippes collection. 

Target tapped the designer to create a range boasting over 50 buffalo plaid items including clothing, accessories, homewares and pet products. Plaid mania launches in August, but already we’re seeing a few items – like a red and black checkered blanket and a black and white plaid bucket bag – that we need right now

“As a designer, I’ve always admired Target’s ability to make beautiful products available to everyone,” Lippes said of the collaboration. “I was thrilled when they approached me with the challenge of creating an entire collection around buffalo plaid. It’s also been exciting to design for categories that are entirely new for me.”

Adam’s collection for Target launches September 27, with prices ranging from  $1.99 to $179.99. 

[via Target]

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