Vs Magazine sent us a first look of its four Fall/Winter 2013 covers, which are out in September. The biannual print magazine tapped musician Courtney Love (photographed by Vincent Peters), actress Eva Green (Ellen von Unwerth), models Hailey Clauson and Luma Grothe (also von Unwerth) and Jessica Stam (Guy Aroch) for the issue. The issue is titled PLAYFUL, maybe in part because it makes playful use of hashtags as cover lines.
See all four covers below:
Jessica Stam by Guy Aroch
Courtney Love by Vincent Peters
Image: Cohen Media Group
Even though director Fabien Constant's latest contribution to the growing genre of fashion documentary films, Mademoiselle C, hasn't opened yet, it's already practically a classic. The film, which follows former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as she launches her own publication, CR Fashion Book, has been subject to the kind of obsessive pre-release coverage typically reserved for big budget superhero movies.
And that's for good reason, since Roitfeld is kind of like a superhero herself: Blessed with superstyling abilities, she is an outfitted vigilante, fighting the villainous forces of banality, ad pressure and societal taboos. But there's always one bad guy standing in her way: former friend Condé Nast has turned evil arch-nemesis, ousting Roitfeld from her throne at Paris Vogue and prohibiting many of fashion's top photographers from working with the editor on her new venture (to be fair, the photographers willingly signed exclusive contracts, so I might be mischaracterizing the publishing giant, which is less arch-villian than legal stickler).
Mademoiselle C will feature cameos from Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz and many, many, more — all fashion superheroes in their own right. And importantly, the film was reportedly made according to the highest ethical and creative standards; Roitfeld had no say over final cut and actively made an effort to suppress her desire to control how she appears onscreen.
Or, as she put it: "I warned Fabien from the beginning that I would not judge the movie based on my image and I wouldn’t censor it on the grounds that I thought I looked bad on screen. I accepted his rules and trusted him as I trust everyone I work with. He had the same freedom in this movie that I have in my magazine, and I need that freedom."
Mademoiselle C opens in select theaters on September 11.
As part of her comeback tour, Lindsay Lohan has relaunched her website as a style blog. And the Internet fashion community is like, "we like!" [Styleite]
I am having trouble keeping up with Beyonce hair news. It all changes/grows so fast! Today she has a bob. What will she have tomorrow? Probably a lob. [FabSugar]
I'm sure you didn't think it could be done, but Chanel Beauty found someone to replace Brad Pitt as the brand's spokesmodel. [BellaSugar]
It's Coco Chanel's birthday. Go forth and honor her memory. [Fashionologie]
Nasty Gal has launched a shoe line, h u r r a h. [SheFinds]
According to this headline, Kim Kardashian's diaper bag cost $30,000. [HollywoodLife]
You know, I think micro-trends are far superior to full-blown trends. I think I meant that. [Telegraph]
image credit: facebook.com/voguerussia via the tfs forums
Russian top model Sasha Pivovarova graces yet another Vogue September issue after having already snagged one of the covers for the 8th anniversary issue of Vogue China this month. Photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot Sasha for the September issue of Vogue Russia, also an anniversary issue, in their signature style, signalized by the oversaturated colors, the accentuation of dramatic makeup and heavy retouching. With Sasha being a long-time favorite of tFS forum members, the cover was bound to get positive reactions in the forums and it’s not surprising this striking image pleased a majority of the commenting fashionistas.
“It's always exciting to see Sasha be part of such an intense image,” posted Faith Akiyama.
And SkinnyBoy added, “This is taking me back to her Prada Fall 2006 ads. Intense! Gotta love Sasha.”
“Oh wow finally something different and fiery from them! It looks dope and so high fashion!” exclaimed Bertrando3.
Fashiognosis declared this a favorite Vogue September cover and MON called it one of the best Vogue Russia covers under Victoria Davydova’s direction. He wrote, “Amazing! That stare and that pose. Amazing!! Finally something worth remembering from Vogue Russia after the new EIC's tenure. I just hope they pick up from here, their 15th year anniversary.”
This opinion was shared by miguelalmeida who gushed, “This is for sure the best cover since the new EIC stepped in! Sasha looks soooo striking and FIERCE!!!!!! I LOVE IT! This got to be the only September issue that I'm excited to see the content, best September issue 2013 cover! Mert & Marcus did a superb job here! Congrats!”
I share the excitement over this cover and can point out numerous things I love about it – the styling, that glossy black hair on Sasha, the striking colors, the sexy pose and that intense and commanding stare. And yes, it's 'fierce!' Vogue Russia delivered a fantastic and intriguing cover, and basically, what’s not to like here?
Image Credit: vogue.co.uk via the tfs forums
British retailer Marks & Spencer surprises with an insane cast of well-known UK celebrities in its new fall clothing campaign. Annie Leibovitz shot stars Grace Coddington, who also styled the shoot, as well as legendary actress Helen Mirren, model Karen Elson, artist Tracey Emin, popstar Ellie Goulding, singer/songwriter Laura Mvula, TV Presenter/Writer Katie Piper, Writer/Journalist Monica Ali, ballerina Darcey Bussell, Gold Medalist Nicola Adams, 2011's 'Nurse of the Year' Helen Allen and charity activist Jasmine Whitbread. tFS forum members were impressed with the top-notch casting for this campaign and enjoyed the images set in typically British sceneries.
"That's a great ad campaign. Loved it! Tracey Emin rules! Love her," wrote glamrockgal.
"Absolutely adore this," added Kite.
And ChanelCouture09 noted, "I do really like this, it's very M&S — I'm wondering if there will be an accompanying TV campaign like they usually have, I'm hoping so."
"M&S are pulling out the big guns to try and ensure their clothing relaunch for AW13 goes well. The visuals are getting a big overhaul, if you go in store now the main range is fronted by Carolyn Murphy. It's about time! They also have Rosie [Huntington Whiteley] with her lingerie range and ad campaign too. Think they've dropped Ryan Reynolds from Autograph though," posted honeycombchild.
Image Credit: vogue.co.uk via the tfs Forums
It's interesting to see a retailer nabbing such a stellar cast and developing a new image that seems somewhat overly ambitious considering the usual target audience and clientele of Marks & Spencer. But if the result of the overhaul is a set of campaign images as powerful as these, it's hard to find anything to criticize. Concept and execution are flawless and this campaign is a definite hit!
1) The Hottest Label: Paper London
If you’re looking for the next big trend in the fashion world, then, look no further than the new It label, Paper London. It’s a brand that we’ve seen bubbling up for quite a while amongst our favourite style icons, with the most recent fan being Pippa Middleton.
If you love a bit of sharp tailoring, high-shine fabrics, or even statement knit wear, then check out their latest collection, and it all comes with a rather affordable price tag.
2) The Hottest Auction: Harrods Disney Princesses
Harrods’ Christmas windows always draw in the crowds from locals to international tourists, and if you cast your minds back to last year’s offerings, its spectacular Disney Princess windows were extra amazing!
Leading Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Valentino reimagined our favourite Disney Princesses’ gowns into one-of-a-kind pieces of stunning couture. And now, we’ve just heard the exciting news that these dreamy dresses are set to be auctioned off for charity. All of the money raised from the sales of the ten gowns will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity. If you’re lucky enough to have the budget to bid upon one of your favourite Disney characters’ gowns, you can find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) The Hottest Pop-Up
London is often filled with fashion pop-ups, and if you’ve only got time to check just one out, make it Sophia Webster’s. Her bold statement shoes are already gathering quite the following with international stars, with Rihanna and Anna Dello Russo already having been spotted rocking a pair. If you loved her spring debut, then get yourself over to her pop-up which is currently residing at London’s Burlington Arcade.