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Link Buzz: Michelle Obama to Open the New Anna Wintour Costume Center; Beyonce Asks #WhatIsPretty

  • Image: Vogue via WENN

    Image: Vogue via WENN

    Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon on the new Anna Wintour Costume Center on the morning of the annual Met Gala. It is yet to be confirmed whether she will also attend the ball later that evening. [LuckyMag]
     
  • If you're headed to a bunch of weddings this summer, here's how to make a single dress work for each one. [FabSugar]
     
  • Pharrell is curating a female-centric art exhibition featuring the work of legends like Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Cindy Sherman and Tracey Emin. [WWD]
     
  • Cosabella has just introduced a new line of glow-in-the-dark lingerie. [Racked]
     
  • North Korea has literal fashion police. [The Guardian]
     
  • An artist imagines what grocery store goods would look like if they were made by high-end designer brands. [HighSnobiety]
     
  • On Twitter, Beyonce launches a new female empowerment hashtag campaign: #WhatIsPretty? [BellaSugar]

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Flashback: UK Vogue April 2007 with Kate Moss by Nick Knight

This week for our weekly flashback series, I have dug out the April 2007 issue of UK Vogue. The cover marked the launch of Kate Moss' first collection for Topshop and with Kate's latest collection due out next week, I thought this particular flashback made perfect sense (or just another excuse to use my new scanner).

The cover features Kate Moss posing up a storm for Nick Knight as she showcases one of her first Topshop creations. Kate and Nick (who also photographed Kate's new adverts for Topshop) have shot together on numerous occasions, so it's no wonder the whole shoot turned out so good, they've had plenty of practice. Vogue's fashion director Kate Phelan styled the shoot, Sam McKnight cared for Kate's hair and Val Garland applied minimal makeup.

Flashback UK Vogue April 2007 Kate Moss

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As you can expect, these back issues of Vogue are just full of hidden treasures. We see appearances from Angela Lindvall, Anja Rubik, Milla Jovovich and an exclusive interview with Kate Moss is inside. Kate's interview documents her collaboration with Topshop and her relationship with Phillip Green. The article compiled by Alexandra Shulman is accompanied by six images of Kate, all with the Croydon model wearing her first-ever designs for the British retailer.

It's almost incredible to think this was just over six years ago. Kate is back on the cover of Vogue's May 2014 issue to display her Spring 2014 collection.

Familiarize yourself with the April 2007 issue of UK Vogue here.

 

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The First Campaign Image for Lorde’s M.A.C Collection is Here

Lorde's M.A.C. Cosmetics Campaign

Image: M.A.C. Cosmetics

She may never be a royal, but Lorde will be collecting some cute little royalties on her forthcoming makeup collaboration with M.A.C, for which the Canadian brand has just released more details to WWD. The color cosmetics range is due to hit stores June 5. So far, we know it will include a plum lipstick shade called "Pure Heroine" ($16) and a black version of their Penultimate Eye Liner ($19.50)—the same products used for the campaign image, shot by Charles Howells

Lorde just recently threw shade on Twitter to Canada's Fashion magazine for allegedly tweaking her nose in a spread she shot for the glossy. "Apart from the fact that I'm pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), I really like this photo," she quipped. Now that her M.A.C campaign has come out, we wonder if she has any choice words for the retouchers who rendered her pore-less in these images? 

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For Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond: We’re Asking, Who Made Our Clothes?

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Who made your clothes? If that sounds like a simple question, just try and answer it — I bet you'll come up with the name of a fashion brand, a label, a retailer. Ok.

But how did that dress end up hanging on the rack at a clothing store? Most of us have no idea where the fabric was grown, how it was spun into yarn, how it was dyed and then sewn together into a garment. In our current fashion system, the true origins of our clothing are hidden; the only thing visible is the big glossy brand.

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Caryn Franklin / Image: Instagram/Fash_Rev

Exactly a year ago, many of us recognized how little we knew about even the most basic aspects of the clothing supply chain. It took a tragedy. On April 24, 2013, the factory fire in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh killed 1,133 garment workers and wounded 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history. 

Today, we're marking the anniversary of Rana Plaza with Fashion Revolution Day, a project founded by designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. The campaign asks supporters to wear their clothing inside out, snap a picture and share it on social media with the hashtag, #InsideOut. It's a small gesture with a simple, modest goal: to get people to start asking questions about who made their clothes. 

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Pop singer Corinne Drewery / Image: Instagram/Fash_Rev

Below, I've assembled some of some of my favorite pieces of media about Fashion Revolution Day (and beyond). If you're looking for stuff to click on today, try these links:

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Beyoncé Covers TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Issue with Suspiciously Slimmer Thighs

Beyonce's TIME magazine 100 Most Influential People cover

Image: TIME

Well, it looks like miss Beyoncé Giselle has become the most popular girl at the feminist prom. The singer covers TIME's 100 Most Influential People issue, and the accompanying article is written by none other than Facebook COO and the author of the feminist tome Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Beyoncé was featured in Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" video, so it makes sense that Sandberg was tapped to pen the love letter piece. In it, the social media mogul praises the "Run the World" singer for "[raising] her voice both on and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead." 

Story aside, we couldn't help but notice that Bey's thighs look a bit svelter than usual on this cover. The singer was just in the news for allegedly slimming her thighs in an Instagram photo she posted of herself playing golf on vacation. We wonder if TIME also took some liberties with the singer's gams. Her legs look strong, but that left thigh seems a bit tampered with. Hmm…

Let us know what you think of the cover, and whether or not Bey was slimmed down in the comments! 

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Cover Of The Year? Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Japan’s June Issue (Forum Buzz)

It's not even May yet, but June covers are starting to surface on the forums this week. Vogue Japan's latest was posted yesterday and has already received rave reviews from forum members. Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes is featured in this issue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in a dress from Miu Miu's spring 2014 collection.

Vogue Japan June 2014 Doutzen Kroes

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"Great cover! A coloured background could have added a little something more, but it's a good picture," wrote Emmanuelle.

"This is one of the best covers this year so far. Stunning!" commented gossiping.

TeeVanity was in the same frame of mind: "Very beautiful and I am agreeing with gossiping, indeed one of the best covers this year so far."

As was Nepenthes who went on to write, "I think this is my favourite cover they've done so far in 2014. It's typical Vogue Japan, I really like it. The colours and lighting are gorgeous and that Miu Miu dress looks amazing on Doutzen."

"What a refreshing colour combination, it looks like a mid-2000s cover (in a good way)," wrote Srdjan.

So, best cover of the year? A pretty strong statement considering we're only into April. Is this cover that good? Join the discussion and tell us what you think here.

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