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Natasha Poly’s Beauty Enhances Vogue Brazil’s Awful Cover Layout (Forum Buzz)

Fresh off the Atelier Versace catwalk during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Natasha Poly graces the cover of Vogue Brazil. Photographed by Jacques Dequeker, the current face of Isabel Marant, Emilio Pucci and Marc Jacobs wears an intricate white chiffon dress from Valentino’s haute couture collection. The cover surprisingly marks a first for the Russian beauty, who’s never fronted the Brazilian title despite having 46 Vogue covers under her belt. Better late than never, right?

Vogue Brazil February 2015 Natasha Poly

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/VOGUEBRASIL

But we’ve received mixed reactions. “J’adore!! This woman slays every cover! Beautiful. Although I’m not that sure with the layout,” MON proclaimed within moments of the cover surfacing on our forums.

“Looking like a goddess! Never mind the text overload,” responded khyrk in agreement.

Sharing the same sentiments about the layout was febylous, who posted, “Don’t even care about that layout because Natasha steals the attention right when you look at the magazine cover.”

“Queen Poly always slays!!! I love that it’s both soft and sexy without being in your face about it,” appreciated orchidee, crediting the stylist of the shoot.

Benn98 was quick to add, “It looks very subtle and romantic, very fitting for February. At least one edition embraced Valentine’s Day. Hair and beauty may remind me of her Vogue Germany cover, but everything looks on point here. Except of course her teeth. Nothing wrong with it, I just cannot bear teeth on a cover.”

Also not full of enthusiasm was Miss Dalloway, who stated, “Really don’t understand how you can have a woman this beautiful, and so photogenic, and yet you do this to her!!! Very unflattering face angle!”

The magazine produced two covers with Natasha for the issue. Check them both out in HQ and share your opinion here.

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Helen Mirren Looks Way More Glamorous Taking the Subway Than We Ever Did

There’s a lot to see in the New York City subway system, much of which you can totally ignore, but sometimes you peep something that’s so cool, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. The subway is one of the fastest ways New Yorkers get around town and while you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to come upon a troop of high school boys in skinny jeans doing hat tricks and swinging on the poles in the train car, celebrity sightings aren’t as frequent as you may think. That’s why it’s always a treat to see the rich and famous taking the dirty, roach and rat infested subway like the rest of us.

Dame Helen Mirren is one such actress who braved the oversized vermin and hopped the R train with an eagle-eyed commuter, who captured the actress in her full glory. There she sits, bundled up in a shearling coat and purple gloves, her Celine tote perched on her knee as she casts a regal glance to the side. If only we could look so perfect sitting on the train.

Phoebe Philo, if you were looking for your next campaign star, we think we’ve found her:

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Why Diversity Is so Important to Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain Shows

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Olivier Rousteing is something of an oddball in the fashion industry — for one, he is a black designer at the head of a major fashion house at just 28 years old. He’s also obsessed with celebrity. Where some may pooh-pooh his love of social media and pop stars, Rousteing embraces them. Rousteing is clearly one to go against the grain in the fashion world, and that includes speaking out on the industry’s lack of diversity. The designer told the Telegraph just how disappointing it is, referencing a model friend whom he says has reservations about working in Paris since there are two popular black models already making the rounds. “Honestly, you still count how many colours of people you have in the show?” he said. “It’s just sad. There is no other word. It’s fashion getting old. Just two black girls? In the whole city? I don’t think it would be the same with blond girls.”

For Rousteing, diversity on the runway is about more than just filling a quota of girls from various ethnicities. It’s a representation of a kind of culture that may be foreign to other fashion designers and industry cohorts, but is very real to him. “Sometimes I feel like some designers just focus on the clothes. Obviously it’s a business, but when you do a show you want to be modern – it’s not only about trying to find the fabric that no one else uses,” he said. “Being modern means having a view or a vision of what the world is today. I want to show a vision of my world, what I see and what I want to see in the future.”

[via Telegraph]

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Derek Lam’s Next Collaboration Will Surprise You

Athleta‘s first designer collaboration is bound to make Lululemon sweat. Today, the athletic apparel and accessory brand announced its first partnership with Derek Lam 10 Crosby. The capsule collection will incorporate 10 Crosby signatures, like colorblocking and two-in-one styles, in Athleta’s breathable, high-performance fabrics. Expect leggings, shorts, dresses, jackets, sweatshirts and custom sneakers to roll out during three delivery seasons: Fall 2015, Winter 2015 and Spring 2016. The first installment will hit select Athleta stores, Athleta.com and the Derek Lam 10 Crosby boutique in SoHo in September 2015.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby x Athleta; Image: Athleta

Derek Lam 10 Crosby x Athleta; Image: Athleta

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Tory Burch’s Company Value Surpasses $3 Billion

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Image: WENN

While her ex-husband Chris is busy shutting down his “revenge retail” firm C. Wonder, Tory Burch’s brand is thriving. WWD reports that the designer’s label is doing better than ever thanks to some share swaps between investors, the result of which has boosted the company’s value to $3.5 billion. 

Burch’s growing value could make the company a prime candidate for a public offering, though we don’t know if that is actually in the cards for the fashion label. As recently as September, Burch made it clear that she’s satisfied with the company’s private status, at least for now. Still, people are speculating that the designer may change her mind, possibly in the near future. But until she officially makes a move, Burch will be privately raking in her billions.

[via WWD]

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Porter Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Natalia Vodianova on Its Cover (Forum Buzz)

Porter is turning one and what better way to celebrate than by placing a supermodel on the cover? The magazine tapped Natalia Vodianova for the celebratory edition, following the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Lara Stone, Anja Rubik and Lady Gaga, who have all been Porter cover girls themselves. Photographed by Ryan McGinley, Natalia was captured surrounded by vibrant blossoms for the magazine’s Spring 2015 issue.

Porter Spring 2015 Natalia Vodianova

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/LUCY_YEOMANS

It should come as no surprise that our forum members are loving Porter‘s most recent installment. “It’s another gorgeous cover from Porter, I love this! So perfect for a spring cover. This magazine is really surpassing UK Vogue, ELLE, etc. Instead of them, my money goes to Porter every time now! Proper fan of what Lucy Yeomans, and her team are doing with such a new title,” raved Miss Dalloway, making it clear she’s an admirer.

“This is so gorgeous, I’m excited to see Ryan get more work. It’s also very appropriate for spring, such lovely colors. One of the best magazines at the moment for sure, they also produce amazing covers and editorials,” agreed KateTheGreatest.

Nymphaea was also a fan: “Beautiful spring cover, love the colors and Natalia peeking through the branches is mesmerizing.”

TaylorBinque added, “When you decide to do something different with Natalia, she will always deliver. This is so beautiful.”

“Echo the same sentiments as everyone else…beautiful cover. The colors are almost ironically autumnal. Really looking forward to seeing what McGinley produced with the ever dynamic Natalia,” Fiercification enthused.

SevenWeeksLater simply stated, “That’s one stunning cover,” and we couldn’t agree more!

Await the contents of Porter‘s Spring 2015 issue and join the discussion here.

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