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Claire Danes Has Crazy Eyes on the Cover of Elle’s February Issue (Forum Buzz)

Elle February 2013 cover - Claire Danes by Carter Smith

Anyone who ever watched an episode of My So Called Life will forever have love for Claire Danes, but it’s hard to get past her crazy-eyed stare on the cover of Elle’s February issue. Her eyes seriously look so crazy they make it difficult to focus on anything else on the cover (for me anyway). 

Kokobombon posted, “That is one loony and intense stare, maybe she’s channeling her character in Homeland. I’m so glad she got the cover!” she added, despite the odd image.

“What did they do to my dear Claire?” asked LolaSvelt. “She looks like she stepped out of White Chicks,” she wrote, pulling out a Wayans brothers movie reference from 2004.

“I love Claire, but this is so bad – cluttered with text, super zoomed in picture of her, poor styling. Fail,” HeatherAnne concluded.

My only consolation here is that the editorial images within the magazine aren’t nearly as bad as the cover. But I still think there's a chance Claire’s gaze may haunt me as I try to go to sleep tonight.

Elle February 2013 - Claire Danes photographed by Carter SmithElle February 2013 - Claire Danes photographed by Carter SmithElle February 2013 - Claire Danes photographed by Carter Smith

Images: fashiongonerogue.com, elle.com

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Australian Models Continue Their Domination of the Spring 2013 Campaigns

Three months ago, it was about who had the punchier collection; now it’s whose campaign makes best use of an Australian model. The photographic ads for Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons’ debut collections for Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, respectively, have now both been released, with both designers inadvertently fueling their media-fabricated rivalry by choosing local faces to front them. This comes after model of the moment Ruby Jean Wilson’s domination of both the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton campaigns.

Slimane’s black and white shots of Julia Nobis for ‘Part 1’ of his campaign garnered mixed reviews from the forums, with his choice of model finding more favour than his monochromatic photography style. For Simons’ campaign, he’s chosen Willy Vanderperre to lens and six-foot Brisbane stunner Nicole Pollard to star alongside the comparatively exotic Daria Strokous, Marie Piovesan and Anna Martynova.

Pollard was booked as a Dior exclusive for the label’s Spring 2013 show in Paris, in which Julia Nobis also walked. The surrealist photographs are a massive departure from Dior circa Galliano, but even those of the opinion that they look less like a fashion campaign and more like screengrabs of a Stepford Wives video game can’t argue that choosing relatively unknown faces is an inspired move for a revamping brand.

Removed from the supposed feuding but not from the obsession with local faces is Valentino. Photographer Sarah Moon shot the Sunshine Coast’s Codie Young, who excels at looking pasty and a bit drugged in the best way possible, in a ghostly campaign created in a Parisian studio. 

Images: Dior.com & Valentino.com

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Shanina Shaik is Australia’s Latest Genetically Blessed Reality TV Success Story

Reality television protégé Shanina Shaik is making a nice career out of looking divine in next-to-nothing. After placing second in Make Me A Supermodel back in 2008, she’s landed successive gigs for Victoria’s Secret alongside fellow antipodeans Miranda Kerr and Jess Hart, and now sizzles in the pages of Australian Vogue’s January 2013 issue.

Taking athletic swimsuits by Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Jets for an off-road test drive, Shanina is yet more proof that killing it in a modeling competition shot for reality television doesn’t always end careers before it starts them. Parading around in brightly-coloured lycra and things held together primarily by sequins and underwire is no doubt her vocation, but it’s not hard to see her making an equally sizeable splash in RTW. Shanina modelled for labels such as Shipley & Halmos, Catherine Malandrino, Ann Taylor and Jason Wu in New York before walking in the Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 presentation in Paris. She has also featured in advertisements for General Pants, RMK, Revlon, Seafolly and Urban Outfitters.

The Vogue shoot was lensed Todd Barry on the New South Wales Central Coast, with barely-there makeup and tousled hair courtesy of Kellie Stratton and a really unfair genetic code. 

 

Images: Chic Management

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Peter Lindbergh Shoots a Cinematic Spring 2013 Ad Campaign for Bottega Veneta Featuring Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Radufe (Forum Buzz)

Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 ad campaign - Freja Beha Erichsen photographed by Peter Lindbergh

When you want to create images with a nostalgic, cinematic feel, your go-to guy is Peter Lindbergh. That signature aesthetic of his is fully evident in Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2013 ad campaign, which features Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Radufe. The collection was beautiful when it made its way down the runway and the clothes translate wonderfully in the campaign.

“Really enjoying what I'm seeing so far,” TomFordforGucci commented. “I like that they went for the natural face, tousled hair, etc. rather than the glamorous bombshell we've seen a million times over.”

“The photography is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful use of light. Makes everything look so desirable,” Wolkfolk noted. “One of the top campaigns of the season for sure,” he concluded.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 ad campaign - Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Radufe photographed by Peter LindberghBottega Veneta Spring 2013 ad campaign - Baptiste Radufe photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Even those who didn’t necessarily appreciate the collection were taken by the ads. “This is absolutely beautiful,” Psylocke remarked. “I agree that Lindbergh once again managed to make a simple shot look very cinematic and atmospheric. I find both the dress and the bag really ugly but I don't mind, the outfit seems like such an essential part of the narrative here. The strong pose and her intense stare are very captivating. I'm completely in love with this.”

I’m completely in love with it too – especially that first image with Freja in the red flower print dress. When I look at that photo I want to be that girl, and doesn’t Bottega Veneta kind of want me (and everyone else) to be that girl too?

Images: Bottega Veneta via the Fashion Spot forums.

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We’re Obsessed With Naomi Watts on the Cover of Vogue Australia’s February Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Australia February 2012 - Naomi Watts styled by Stevie Dance

We’ve only seen the subscriber cover, but so far, we’re obsessed with Naomi Watts (who’s starring in an upcoming film as the late Princess Diana) on Vogue Australia’s February issue. Styled by Stevie Dance, Watts is pictured in a ruffled green Gucci gown against a multicolored floral background with the caption “Fashion in Full Bloom.”

“This is absolutely beautiful!” birdyandme exclaimed. “Naomi looks gorgeous here, and everything about the cover is a huge hit for me; the colors, the pose; the gown.”

“Love Naomi!” MulletProof gushed. “And that background is gorgeous,” she added.

YoninahAliza posted: “This is an amazingly beautiful cover; from Naomi's pose, to the gown, the background, and the minimal text…it's the whole package. What I really appreciate about this cover is that Vogue Australia was able to take a celebrity who's career/life-story I've never particularly followed and suddenly make me interested in reading an interview with her and seeing an editorial with her, just from the cover alone. Very impressive and I'll be honest, not something that happens a lot these days. And now I'm actually more curious about seeing her performance as Princess Diana, someone who I've admired since I was a little girl. So well done Vogue Australia!”

Well done, indeed. Vogue Australia went through a bit of a regime change last year, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt them one bit. They keep turning out beautiful cover after beautiful cover, and I look forward to seeing what they do to try to top this one as the year progresses.

Magazine cover photographed by Fashion Spot forum member AL92.

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