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The Model in Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 Ad Campaign is Really White (Forum Buzz)

We’re used to seeing Malgosia Bela with long flowing hair, and a natural-colored skin tone (most of the time), but leave it to Alexander Wang to subvert the model’s image for his Spring 2013 ad campaign. Steven Klein was brought in to shoot the campaign, which was art directed by Pascal Dangin – the campaign marks the first time they have worked with the label. The stark images feature an alternately blonde and brunette Malgosia with skin painted white to achieve a ghostly pallor; though perhaps the intended effect was something more along the lines of a resemblance to a marble statue?

Alexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven KleinAlexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven Klein

“The mop on Malgosia's head is an absolute disaster but aside from that it's a great [campaign],” Elfinkova posted. “Wang is one of those designers who, because of their insane popularity, have the privilege to produce a stark, artsy ad like this. I really appreciate campaigns that don't blatantly try to shove a lifestyle down my throat and instead produce interesting, eye-catching photos.”

“I am speechless this is so good, Malgosia is amazing,” elle_gb shared. “This is unique and intriguing.”

Alexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven KleinAlexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven Klein

Other forum members couldn’t get past the hair, the skin, or the overly editorial feel of the campaign, but I appreciate the effort to not rest on convention and present images that make us think and maybe even make us feel uncomfortable (aggressive crotch shots, I’m looking at you). Alexander Wang is innovative, provocative, and not afraid to try something different in his quest to outfit the urban warrior woman. Those are all traits that should serve him well now that he’s added Balenciaga to his résumé.

Alexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven KleinAlexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven KleinAlexander Wang Spring 2013 ad campaign - Malgosia Bela photographed by Steven Klein


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Milla Jovovich Covers the February Issue of Vogue Paris (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Paris February 2013 - Milla Jovovich photographed by Inez & Vinoodh

Vogue Paris strayed from their norm (if they have one) for the February 2013 issue, photographing model-cum-actress Milla Jovovich in a look from Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Paris collection with the New York City skyline behind her. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were on hand (as usual) to get the cover shot. This may not be my favorite Vogue Paris cover of all time, but I can’t hate on Milla. She looks great in the Saint Laurent Paris look, and I love that she hasn’t been Photoshopped into looking like the 20-something that she isn’t.

“I like the realism,” iluvjeisa agreed.

Miss Dalloway exclaimed, “Gorgeous! Perfectly framed, love everything about it!”

Nepenthes called the cover “absolutely perfect! Milla just gets better with age; I love her so so much,” he shared. “The styling is on point, I love the hair and I love the location. This cover is a breath of fresh air. Way to go, VP!!”

I have to say, what I’m taking away from this cover – and the magazine's last few covers – is that I love Vogue Paris’s celebration of older women. (Milla shouldn’t be considered old by any normal stretch of the imagination, but she’s admittedly ancient in modeling years.) The magazine has recently featured Carla Bruni, Stephanie Seymour, Lauren Hutton and of course the now 39-year-old Kate Moss, among others. They could do with a bit more diversity on their covers overall, but I love that they’re showing a range of self-assured women who feel comfortable in their skin rather than relying on 15-year-old waifs who haven’t made it all the way through puberty yet.

Image: Vogue Paris


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IMG Poaches All the Models; Inks Deal with Foxtel’s Australia’s Next Top Model

The latest development in IMG Models’ planned takeover of the entire country is that the world’s number one international modelling agency has inked a deal with Australia’s Next Top Model

According to WWD and a #OMG BREAKING NEWS announcement on Australia’s Next Top Model's Facebook page, IMG Models will be on board for the eighth season of the hit Foxtel reality series. Previously ANTM winners, including Cycle 7's Montana Cox (shown here), received contracts with Chic Management.

It’s interesting timing considering IMG poached perennially-babyfaced catwalk wunderkind Gemma Ward from Viviens only a couple of weeks ago. In recent months they’ve also taken Miranda Kerr and Nicole Trunfio from Chic and Bambi Northwood-Blyth from Priscilla’s. Frockwriter hinted back in July that Trunfio could be in the running to be Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 Host, but beauty queen and television presenter Jennifer Hawkins has since taken out that title to become a slightly-less-hated version of Tyra Banks.

One of the pilfered models could, however, be up for a guest spot. It probably won’t be the mind-bogglingly successful Kerr unless ANTM can offer her hundreds of thousands of dollars plus her own koala and a lifetime supply of alkalised goji berries. But if Gemma or Nicole nabbed a guest judging spot on just one episode, it could considerably reduce the current pannel’s overall dislikability factor. The universally loathed Alex Perry and unfortunate trolling victim Charlotte Dawson will be the returning judges this cycle.  

Australia’s Next Top Model is the most successful of the Top Model franchise, with Alice Burdeu and Montana Cox among the protégés. And now that the winner will be signed to the illustrious IMG, her bankability factor will presumably be even bigger.

Image: Chic Management

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Canada’s Counterfeit Culture

Earlier this week, CBC premiered a new documentary titled Counterfeit Culture, which exposes the shady underbelly of designer knock-offs. Since then, the one hour doc has been making headlines and, yes, provoking thoughts for its unapologetic portrayal of the dangers of counterfeiting.

Filmed on location in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe, Counterfeit Culture not only looks at the peddling of knock-off luxury goods, but also enters the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake, fraudulent and faux products like pharmaceuticals, food (including maple syrup and beer!), toys, electronic goods, car parts and microchips. Basically, if it can be made, it can be faked and we Canucks aren't always able to spot the difference between the fabulous and the phonies.

According to the World's Customs Organization, Europe's top clothing, accessory and footwear companies — Uggs, Hunter Boots and Toms being the fakers favourites — lose $10 billion each year to brand name copycats. Producers of fake handbags and other luxury items have become so good at their craft that they sometimes even manage to trump the real thing quality wise. In January 2006, a Hong Kong market was even selling a knock-off Louis Vuitton design that hadn't even been released yet!

Counterfeit products often lend themselves to organized crime syndicates around the world, but when it comes to cosmetics and other grooming products, there's often an even deadlier bottom line. Only recently did Canada issue warnings about a tainted batch of counterfeit toothpaste, said to have originated in China, that contained the industrial solvent diethylene glycol. Now I'm no scientist, but it wasn't hard to discover that this chemical is usually used as a component in brake fluid and not as an ingredient for minty fresh breath.

The documentary is a real eye-opener, but if you missed the premiere, you can catch it here. There's also a quiz, director's commentary and a game to test how savvy you are at picking out a fake. Honestly, can you spot the real deal among these products?

Images via CBC

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Link Buzz: Happy Birthday Kate Moss; Street Style at the Men’s Shows

  • Happy birthday to Kate Moss / oh she makes our days longer / our nights shorter / our hearts well up with love. [BellaSugar]
  • If you're one of those people that likes to make a good impression, here are thirteen things you can wear to a job interview to appear cute & competent. [FabSugar]
  • Even if you don't care about men's fashion, I KNOW you care about the street style that's been outside the shows. [Fashionologie]
  • I know Claire Danes is still relevant because she'll be on the cover of Elle next month. [FashionETC]
  • Rooney Mara thinks Hollywood parties are a nightmare which is exactly right if you're completely out of touch. [StyleBakeryTeen]
  • RIP Arm Parties. [SheFinds]

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Swatch Marries Harry Winston; I Hope They Don’t Breed

Because Harry Winston's were the ones Marilyn Monroe was referring too when she famously sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and because the only time in my life I've ever know anyone to think Swatch was cool was when I was ten years old and it was all the rage to show off your playful and punctual personality with a funky Swatch watch, it's wild to think that those two crazy kids are really getting hitched. 

Swatch, apparently a giant in the timekeeping world (it has the highest global sales numbers, with some pieces that retail for over $300,000), purchased Harry Winston, and will now be incorporating the jeweler's 535 employees and $250 million debt.

This is all quite the love story, but I just hope we don't see the two brands really combine their DNA. I imagine their progeny would be an ostentatious diamond ring the color of cotton candy puke, with a candy cane-colored vinyl band. 

Freja Beha Erichsen for Harry Winston, by Patrick Demarchelier
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