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Flashback: Vogue Italia February 2003 with Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel

After Vogue Italia's latest cover with Adriana Lima received endless comparisons to a cover from February 2003, I thought it fitting for us to reflect back for this week's flashback series. The February 2003 cover of Italian Vogue features model icon Linda Evangelista. The Canadian beauty is photographed by Steven Meisel (Linda and Meisel being the ultimate fashion dream team), wearing Blumarine whilst donning some sporting equipment for the sports themed cover story. Evangelista is styled by Jason Farrer.

Flashback Vogue Italia February 2003 Linda Evangelista Steven Meisel

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We get more of the cover shot inside the issue and Meisel gives us a 10-page fashion shoot with Linda working her modeling magic. It's these type of conceptual shoots where the research and planning are evident from the start. Linda portrays a range of sports such as archery, motorbike racing, cricket, hockey and fencing — all, of course, delivered with a fashion element. The editorial is wonderful and we are deprived of stories like this nowadays. (However, we are due to get a similar story from Vogue Italia's June 2014 issue.)

Craig McDean, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Nataniel Goldbergh and Paolo Roversi all photographed fashion stories for the issue. For February, it's rather heavy — 502 pages to be exact.

Take a trip down memory lane and check out "Sporting Linda" by Steven Meisel, as well as the rest of the contents inside the thread here.
 

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Dorchester Collection Cancels its 2014 Fashion Prize

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(L-R) Stephen Jones, Rupert Sanderson, Stephen Webster, Jean-Pierre Greff, Margherita Perico, Nicholas Oakwell, Huishan Zhang, Frederic Aranda, Fabia Di Drusco, Derek Blasberg, Daniella Halayel and Lorenz Baumer attend the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2013 awards ceremony; image: Getty

It’s recently emerged that the Dorchester Collection has cancelled its 2014 Fashion Prize, which awards an up-and-coming fashion designer with a cash injection of £25,000 to help with their career. The cancellation is seemingly in response to protests against its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, who has introduced anti-gay sharia law in his country, which includes death by stoning.

An host of high profile faces have already begun to boycott all connections with the Sultan of Brunei, which also incudes his portfolio of lavish hotels. Amongst the first to lead the way was the influential Anna Wintour, who has announced that she won’t be staying at her usual hotel, the extravagant Dorchester, during Fashion Week. (The Duchess of Cambridge, however, doesn't seem to be joining the boycott, implied by the fact that she has just allegedly attended the wedding of her first cousin at the Dorchester hotel with her close family, including sister Pippa.)

With the fashion crowd boycotting, it's perhaps a wise idea to cancel the Fashion Prize this year.

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WATCH: Woman’s Mascara Gives Her an Orgasm in Too Faced’s Latest Commercial

If putting on makeup was this sexy, I’d wear it every day. 

Too Faced has released a commercial for its “Better Than Sex” mascara and it is a little weird, but also–really hilarious. The spot opens with a woman casually trying to apply her mascara, when all of a sudden, she hears a Barry White-esque voice coming from the tube. Turns out, her “Better Than Sex” mascara only wants to give her the “longest, thicket, most luscious lashes” of her life, and it will be an experience like no other. “Dip my wand, and let me get to work,” the metallic pink tube croons.

Yep. She basically has a twitching orgasm by the end of the spot. If only something as simple as applying mascara could make you do that IRL…

Watch the hilarious commercial above.

[h/t Jezebel]

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Lara Stone on How Pregnancy Briefly Hurt Her Modeling Career

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We can all agree that Lara Stone is one of the sexiest high fashion models out there, but her curves–the ones which in spite of industry standards helped make her career–were at times a little too bangin' for designers to handle, particularly while she was pregnant.

Plenty of models have been able to book jobs in the early months of their pregnancy. Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Gisele Bunchen–even Jourdan Dunn got work well into her third trimester (who could forget her epic appearance on Jean Paul Gaultier's catwalk for his Spring 2010 collection?). But this was not so for Lara Stone, who when just three months along was cancelled at the last minute for a shoot she'd showed up for. “I was really upset at the time,” she told the Evening Standard. “I hadn’t yet had my three-month scan and I felt really vulnerable about everything. I no longer had a job. That was it—I had to just stop everything that I knew; the way my life was.”

And retuning to work post-pregnancy wasn't a walk in the park either. “Once the baby was out, I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ My arms don’t fit into my sweaters. I couldn’t get my jeans over my knees. I couldn’t find a bra that fitted me. I had body dysmorphia but the wrong way round.” Castings were more of a hassle, she admits. "I’ve had a few meetings because when they hear pregnancy they freak out a bit,” she says, “so they need to see if I fit in their clothes.” She says that people would be eager to reassure her that she looked great, but Stone, a modeling pro, can spot an insincere compliment from a mile away. “Everyone’s so nice to you all the time. And it’s like, ‘Ugh,’ you don’t have to be. It feels quite alienating because it’s like everyone’s just lying to you. Because everyone’s like, ‘You’re great!’ And you’re, ‘Well, obviously I’m not.’”

We happen to think Lara's one of the sexiest models out there, and although plenty of designers and publications are paying lip service to body diversity, the fact that an already-slim girl like Lara Stone had difficulty booking jobs after gaining just a little pregnancy weight is a clear indication that we have far to go.

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Link Buzz: Jennifer Lopez Brings Back the Iconic Versace Green Dress

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  • Last night, Jennifer Lopez brought back the iconic Versace green dress that she wore to the Grammys 14 years ago. [FabSugar]
     
  • Photographer Annie Leibovitz just bought a new $11.25 million home on the Upper West Side. [Jezebel]
     
  • Natalie Ratabesi, who resigned as the creative director of Philosophy on Monday, is heading to Vince. [WWD]
     
  • "An S.O.S. in a Saks Bag." [NewYorker]
     
  • Donna Karan is not happy with her employer, mega-conglomerate LVMH, and she doesn't care who knows about it. [Fashionista]
     
  • If you're in the market for a new foundation, maybe you'd like one that doubles as an SPF? [BellaSugar]
     
  • "A 9-year-old fashion wunderkind finds a following." [BostonGlobe]

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Want a Master’s Degree from Condé Nast? Soon You’ll Be Able to Get One

Anna Wintour Conde Nast University

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After terminating its internship program late last year, Condé Nast is developing what might be a new path for those aspiring to work in media. The publishing empire will partner with yet-unnamed universities to develop a series of accredited certificate programs and master's degree programs, reports InsideHigherEd, centering around individual Condé titles (initially, Architectural Digest, Wired and Gourmet)Courses will be taught by authors and editors (many of whom are already working within the university system as adjuncts, Condé points out), with some financial support provided by the parent company. 

This is not the publishing giant's first foray into higher education. Last year, Condé Nast launched the College of Fashion & Design in London, which offers a 10-week Vogue Fashion Certificate (£7,920),Vogue Fashion Foundation diploma (£23,472) and Vogue Summer Intensive (£3,360).

In recent years, Condé Nast has sought to diversify its business model (for example, in February, the media giant launched a new line of upscale frozen meals) in response to the changing media landscape. It's yet unclear whether the company's new university courses are seen as a revenue source, a way of generating brand loyalty and awareness among the next generation, or as a replacement for the shuttered internship program. Perhaps all of the above?

[h/t Racked]

Related: Media Giant Condé Nast Expands with a New Line of High-End Frozen Meals

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