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Kristen Stewart for New Balenciaga Fragrance Campaign: ‘It Looks Like She’s Holding a Bottle of Alcohol’

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Image: Forums

Balenciaga's new campaign for the brand's Rosabotanica scent has popped up online (above). It stars Kristen Stewart, who also appeared in last year's ad for the related fragrance, Florabotanica (below).

This is a repeat performance in more than just one sense: As E! Online points out, the two campaigns look very, very similar. In both images, Stewart poses topless with her hair pulled back, her body draped in a vine of tropical flowers.

What's going on here? Two guesses: 1) Either last year's campaign performed so well that Balenciaga decided not fix what wasn't broken or 2) The fashion house ran out of budget and pulled an outtake from 2013's shoot.

Either way, the first iteration of the ad was probably the more successful one. The newest campaign image has just appeared in the tFS Forums, and the early response is not favorable.

"Looks like she's holding a bottle of alcohol," said Hector.

"Could she look more dead in the eyes?" quipped Thefrenchy

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

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The Face: Here’s What You Need to Know About the Second Season of Naomi Campbell’s Modeling Show

Naomi Campbell's reality modeling show, The Face, will return to Oxygen Media with a ten-episode second season on March 5. Industry legends Lydia Hearst and Anne V join Campbell as mentors to the twelve contestants; photographer and television personality Nigel Barker reprises his role as host. The winner will become the face of Frédéric Fekkai for the beauty brand's 2014 national ad campaign and receive a spread in the July issue of ELLE magazine. 

To promote the series, the supermodel mentors were photographed wearing one-of-a-kind pieces by Israeli designer Alon Livné. You can scroll through the campaign in the slideshow below:

The Oxygen network has also released the names of the twelve aspiring models cast as contestants in the show's second season.

(If you missed it, we stopped by New York City's open casting event for the season last summer. We also attended the filming of the debut episode — you can check out the Instagram videos here, herehere, here and here.)




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Trendspotting: Mickey Mouse Headgear at the London Men’s Shows

The wonderful world of Walt Disney has been a fount of fashion inspiration for years: Alexander McQueen was quoted citing the animation giant as a reference in his 2002 collection; a few years later, Marc Jacobs took a bow following his Spring 2007 show wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt (below); in Vogue Nippon's August 2008 issue, Coco Rocha licked an ice cream cone wearing furry mouse ears; for Fall 2009, Jeremy Scott showed a yellow dress polka dotted with Minnie Mouse heads (the dress would later appear in Lady Gaga's music video for Paparazzi, styled with the designer's thick-framed Mickey sunglasses, which have pop-up ears [Beyonce also wore the glasses in Gaga's epic Telephone video]); the same season, Moschino Cheap & Chic showed Mickey Mouse headgear on the runway; that December,Vogue Germany tapped Chanel Iman for an 8-page spread highlighting the Moschino headgear; the very same month, Rihanna wore a Mickey Mouse military-inspired helmet designed by Jeremy Scott in her music video, Hard

Marc Jacobs at his Spring 2007 show

After D&G showed a Minnie Mouse T-shirt with a pair of brown leather hot pants for Spring 2010, the Disney trend quieted down for a few years, but has recently reemerged, full force. In 2012, Barneys New York created a Disney-themed holiday window display called Electric Holiday; in 2013, Minnie Mouse appeared on the cover of Love Magazine's 10th anniversary issue; that same month, Comme des Garcons unveiled a Mickey Mouse capsule collection for Fall 2013.

Most recently, the iconic American cartoon character appeared at London's Fall 2014 menswear shows. At both MAN by Bobby Abley and Katie Eary, the Mickey Mouse ears were, unlike past iterations of the trend, far more disturbing than playful. For MAN, Abley paired the bubblegum color headgear with silver metal gags which stretched the models' lips apart; at Kanye West collaborator Katie Eary's show, plastic Mickey Mouse heads topped off a few of the runway looks, like a Halloween costume version of Maison Martin Margiela's crystal masks. 

Marc Jacobs photo: Getty / Slideshow images: IMAXtree

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Malaika Firth Scores the Valentino Campaign! (Forum Buzz)

image credit: via the tfs forums

image credit: via the tfs forums

It may not be entirely unexpected after she opened and closed the latest Valentino show, but it’s exciting nonetheless that the new British model sensation Malaika Firth scored the fashion house’s Spring 2014 campaign. Valentino is known for its predominantly white castings and Malaika’s opening and closing gig was believed to be merely a reaction to the increasing criticism for that. Fortunately, the campaign does not disappoint. The first preview of the campaign that leaked on the forums today shows Malaika in a magnificent image, shot by Craig McDean, for which no other model could have been a more perfect choice.

“So happy to see Malaika! Her shot is absolutely breathtaking,” wrote teaars on the tFS forums.

TREVOFASHIONISTO added additional information about the full cast of the campaign. “Auguste Abeliunaite, Ine Neefs, Elisabth Erm and Ether Heesch are also in this,” he posted. 

Malaika is following up her strong runway season with impressive campaign presence. She is repeating the Prada campaign this season and also stars in the Burberry Prorusum ads, making her one of the brightest stars of the season. With good reason. Congratulations, Malaika! 

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Google+ and Topman’s Innovative Coverage at London Collections: Men

This week marks the return of London Collections: Men featuring menswear collections from some of our favourite designers including Paul Smith and J.W Anderson (images below). Running through today, London has been hailed as the menswear capital of the world as leading fashion movers and shakers hit the city to mark its fourth season.



Topman’s Show
We’ll be providing you with a review of our favourite menswear shows, but we feel the need to talk about Topman’s show, as it was just so innovative! This season, they teamed up with the social media network Google+ to heighten the interactive and social experience of their runway show.

Oh So Social!
Together they not only provided the public with an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the runway show, but also made it shoppable with the help of a cleverly created Google hangout. Meaning, viewers could snap up their very own Topman Fall 2014 pieces directly from the catwalk or even select the clothes that its hosts were wearing as they went behind the scenes and conducted interviews.

Emulate the Models’ Experiences
One thing about any Fashion Week is that everybody who has never modelled always wonders what it’s like to walk down the runway. So, in hand with live streaming on their site and social media, Topman planted tiny little micro cameras on each of the runway models to capture exactly what they see as they showcase the collection. This was then simultaneously screened in the corner of the main show’s footage.

As the tendency to use social media continues to increase, brands are continuously striving to come up with cool new concepts, which is great news for those of us who can’t make it to the shows, as we can feel part of it without even leaving the comfort of our own homes.

Images: ImaxTree 

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Here’s a Preview of Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 Campaign, Starring Elle Fanning

Image: Snapshot by t-rex in the tFS Forums

Image: Snapshot by t-rex in the tFS Forums

Here's a photo posted in the forums: A glimpse of Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign, which stars actress Elle Fanning posing for photography duo (and aspiring lifestyle brandInez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Although celebrities don't typically appear in fashion campaigns (starring in a brand's fragrance or cosmetics ads instead), earlier today we were treated to news that a top model (Daria Werbowy) had nabbed a major glossy magazine cover, a spot typically reserved for actresses and pop stars. So I guess today is Opposite Day.

As FashionCopious quipped, the strength of this Miu Miu ad might make up for the lackluster Prada campaign released last week.

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