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Karen, Candice, Lily, Anja and Joan Land Covers for Vogue Korea’s August Issue (Forum Buzz)

The August 2014 issue marks the18th anniversary of Vogue Korea and the publication went all out. The team behind the glossy mag selected five of fashion’s finest faces, Karen Elson, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Donaldson, Anja Rubik and Joan Smalls, to front the celebratory covers. The girls showcase a range of looks from Nicolas Ghesquiére‘s debut collection for French fashion house Louis Vuitton. This is how it’s done — V Magazine should take note.

Below is one of the five covers, this one featuring Lily, whom we hardly ever get to see on magazine covers these days. The British model’s last cover was for the July 2012 issue of Vogue Russia, so she’s an unexpected but welcome choice!

Vogue Korea August 2014 Lily Donaldson Louis Vuitton


Our forum members cannot make up their minds which cover is best and some aren’t even interested, strangely enough. “I only like Joan’s cover, the others look bland,” wrote Bertrando3.

“Karen’s cover is a standout. Joan is fine too, and the others are kind of bland… Anja’s cover doesn’t even look like a Vogue cover,” added MyFavorite.

Miss Dalloway states her best and worst: “Joan and Karen for me, all the rest have unfortunate face expressions.”

“Now seeing all the covers, Karen’s cover is still the best. Great seeing Joan and the others’ covers though!” responded TeeVanity.

MyNameIs just isn’t feeling any of the covers and posted, “Don’t like any of the covers. None of the models look particularly good, all posing kind of awkwardly. I guess they tried to go modern with the styling and the color scheme, but it looks depressing. For an anniversary issue — very drab. Which brings me to their use of LV, the main reason these look so sad to me. All those browns and blacks, leather and heavy textures, wrong for the summer and wrong for the cover.”

Which is your favorite? Do you even admire any of them? Check out the thread for all the covers in HQ and join the discussion here.

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Mattel is Releasing a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Doll

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Mattel is giving Barbie a high fashion update, outfitting her in the style of fashion industry overlord Karl Lagerfeld. The toy company will unveil a limited-edition doll this fall as part of its Collector Series. Mattel decked out classic Barbie in Karl’s uniform: a pair of black skinnies, white collared blouse, black jacket, ankle boots, tie, sunglasses and, of course, Lagerfeld’s signature fingerless gloves.

This isn’t Lagerfeld’s first time working with Mattel. The designer was tapped to dress Barbie for her 50th Anniversary celebration. He devised a series of looks that were displayed at the Colette boutique in Paris, even outfitting her in a Chanel suit. 

For fashion-minded Barbie collectors, this doll is the perfect addition to their horde. For kids who actually play with dolls, this is just another opportunity to chew on sweet, delicious Barbie feet–and another makeout partner for Ken.

[via WWD]

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And This Year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Are…

Image: Getty images

Image: Getty images – 2013’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

The CFDA and Vogue announced the latest crop of designers to participate in the 11th installment of the Fashion Fund competition. As always, out of the 10 labels chosen, there will be three winners — one overall and two runners-up — who will receive $300,000 (grand prize) or $100,000 (runner-ups).

So, who is this esteemed group poised to represent the future of fashion? Finalists include Brett Heyman from Edie Parker, Gigi Burris from Gigi Burris Millinery, Wes Gordon, Paul Andrew, Simon Miller‘s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Tanya Taylor, Grey Ant‘s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Eva Fehren‘s Eva Zuckerman, Matt Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Florence of Orley and Ryan Roche.

As part of the competition, designers will participate in a challenge sponsored by Maybelline and put on a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The judging panel includes Anna Wintour, Jenna Lyons, Reed Krakoff, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright, Mark Holgate, David Neville, Ken Downing and Jeffrey Kalinsky.

The winners will be announced November 3, but you’ll be able to catch the action on The Fashion Fund, which will air on Ovation come November. 

[via WWD]

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Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 Auditions Are Coming to Town

Jennifer Hawkins Australia' Next Top Model Cycle 9 Auditions

Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/ Getty

You wanna be on top? You’re in luck. The Australia’s Next Top Model crew, including Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry and Didier Cohen, are coming to town. We’re up to the reality show’s ninth cycle already, with a national audition tour set to kick off the upcoming season’s production.

Beginning on Thursday, July 31 in host Jennifer’s hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales, the tour will then touch down in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, dedicating just under a month to hunt down the next big thing in Australian modelling.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Montana Cox, you’ll have to register over at FOX8’s site. But before you do, make sure you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 16 and 172cm or taller. Be prepared to walk the walk, talk the talk and do your thing for the camera.

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Iggy Azalea Surprises in an Elegant Black Thigh-Split Gown

Iggy Azalea Nick Young Red Carpet

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ Getty

“Elegant” and “Iggy Azalea” are two terms rarely used in the same sentence. The Australian small-town girl turned rapper is usually parading some kind of over-the-top colourful ensemble topped off with bling that is anything but graceful, tasteful and refined. But for the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, we saw the 24-year-old “Fancy” singer in a different light.

Stepping onto the red carpet in a black one-shoulder gown from Elie Saab, Iggy embodied Hollywood glamour that we could have never imagined would suit her. But we’re biting our tongues over here, because the blonde musician looked every bit the part for her basketballer boyfriend Nick Young’s big night.

Once the long black number was teamed with nude pointed heels, Jennifer Fisher jewels, a swept back quiff hairdo and minimal makeup, the elegant and sophisticated look was well and truly underway. Her beau Nick helped set the tone by donning a monochromatic suit and sparkly footwear, making us think the high-profile pair planned ahead for this one.


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Meet the First Man to Win the Most Votes in Schwarzkopf’s Most Beautiful Hair Competition

Phil Schwarzkoph Australia's Most Beautiful Hair

Image: Facebook

This week, Schwarzkopf announced the winner of its annual Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair Competition, and one contestant in particular caught our eye. Although he didn’t take out the major title, Phil Novakovic is the first man ever to get the most votes in the entire competition and somehow even win the competition’s curly hair category.

The mix of goofy photos showcasing Phil’s curly-borderline-dreaded locks garnered an impressive 7,070 votes by the time voting closed, taking out every other young and beautiful woman donning beautiful waves. But when it came to announcement time on Wednesday, the short hair category winner Subha N.A was crowned Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair, with just over 200 votes to her name.

The curly-haired hopeful had over six thousand more votes than Subha, and took to the haircare brand’s Facebook page to express his pain. “And just like that a boy’s dreams are shattered,” he wrote. “Thanks for the opportunity Schwarzkopf it sure has been one hell of roller-coaster ride.”

And even though the brand has a great reputation and the competition is so well-known, Schwarzkopf gave Phil a virtual pat on the back by announcing the man’s efforts publicly to over one million of its Facebook fans. “And finally a BIG congratulations to Phil! The Australia’s Most Beautiful Man with curly hair — them curls definitely get the girls. What a total spunk,” Schwarzkopf wrote.

Thankfully, for all his supporters and the Schwarzkopf judging panel who seems to have overlooked Phil’s luscious curls this time around, this is not the last we’ll see of the dreadlocked clown. “I’ll definitely be back next year to hopefully take on a new category challenge kopf on.” Look out potential 2015 competitors, we think it could be Phil’s year.

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