Princess Charlotte was christened over the weekend and Mario Testino was there to document the whole thing. The famed fashion photographer was the official shutterbug for the occasion and has been sharing some of the images on his Instagram page.
So far, he’s posted four pictures, a portrait of the entire family (minus Prince Harry), a very sweet image of Duchess Kate holding baby Charlotte, an adorable snap of the royal family of four, and a heartbreakingly cute picture of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George grinning from ear to ear.
“I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to take these portraits on the occasion of Princess Charlotte’s christening, to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much,” Testino captioned the first group image he posted.
It’s all very adorable. Check out the images in the gallery below. (more…)
O magazine finds itself in a bit of trouble over a feature it ran saying that only people with flat stomachs should wear crop tops. Naturally, such a declaration sparked the ire of the Internet, which called out the feature for body shaming. In response, women all over social media rocked their crop tops to show that you don’t need to have Rihanna’s midsection to nail the trend.
Plus-size blogger Sarah Conley got wind of the feature and penned a post decrying its tone. “I was shocked to see this kind of body shaming language from any magazine, much less one named after a woman who has had her weight scrutinized throughout her career,” she wrote. “Flat stomachs are like thigh gaps – we’re not all meant to have one. I know women who have worked out four hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of that dream only to be thwarted by genetics. But the good news is that crop tops can work for any woman.”
Obviously, anyone can wear a crop top and it can actually be quite flattering – no matter what your body type. Realizing its misstep, O has already come forward to apologize. “We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident and live their best lives – in this case, we could have expressed it better,” it said in a statement. “We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”
If any good has come out of this debacle, it’s the inspiring photos of women of all sizes proudly wearing their crop tops to prove they can wear whatever they want. #rockthecrop is officially a movement. Below, a few of our faves. (more…)
Following its successful Alice Temperley line, British department store John Lewis has now teamed up with British couture designer Bruce Oldfield on a 60-piece women’s ready-to-wear collection.
Set to mark a new chapter in fashion history for retailer, the Bruce by Bruce Oldfield collection will be bringing the designer’s couture aesthetic to the John Lewis customer for the first time ever. The goal was to transform those everyday go-to pieces with Oldfield’s signature couture silhouette. The colour palette of choice is mainly monochromatic as the collection is brought to life thanks to its clever use of innovative structure and textures.
As the capsule collection features a wide range of pieces, from skinny jeans to more exuberant items, such as velvet and silk statement dresses, Oldfield quite rightly refers to it as a “sophisticated, distinctive and versatile” collection. Among the standout pieces is definitely the collection’s black Little Bruce dress with £20 from the sale of each being donated to the Barnardo’s children’s charity, of which Oldfield is the vice president. (more…)
Glamour‘s July issue starring Kim Kardashian no doubt did well on the newsstands. Moving forward, the title taps Amy Schumer for its August 2015 edition, photographed in a blue Narcisco Rodriguez dress teamed with a Stella McCartney bra. Matt Irwin shot the cover and the accompanying story with Beth Fenton on styling duties. The American comedian can also be found inside the issue sporting pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Donna Karan.
Yet our forum members aren’t exactly thrilled with what Glamour has achieved. “And the really bad covers keep coming,” slammed jal718.
“Genuinely did not recognize who it was on that cover, what an awful photo,” shared an unimpressed SallyAlbright.
In agreement was tigerrogue: “It’s like we don’t get to see any of Amy on that cover, it’s just a shapeless mass of blue fabric and hair in front of her face. They could have done so much better with her. You’d think the team would have some tricks to bring out the best in their cover stars.”
MON wasn’t showering Glamour with much praise either. “How unflattering does this look and it is most definitely not Amy’s fault! She a beautiful, sexy and confident woman and the cover does not embody any of that! I would’ve gone with a form fitting dress to show the world of how sexy her curves are and how proud she is of them. And that wind effect, really? What’s up with the black color scheme lately? It’s too dark and makes their covers look dated!”
“So amazing to see her on the cover, sure they could have done her more justice, but I still like it,” acknowledged Miss Dalloway.
A missed opportunity on Glamour‘s behalf? Add your own two cents here.
John Galliano might be out at Dior, but according to reports, his work for the French fashion house is totally in. According to WWD, there has been an upswing in demand for Dior accessories from the early aughts over the last two years, particularly the famous Dior saddle bag.
Of course, nostalgia has a lot to do with the bag’s reemergence in popularity. A lot of the people making the purchases are millennials who yearn to harken back to a time when fashion wasn’t dominated by Instagram. Vintage sellers like Decades in Los Angeles and luxury resale website the Real Real confirm a steady increase in interest for Galliano-era Dior accessories. And going for around $400 a pop in some places, they’re actually affordable for some fashion-obsessed millennials.
Perhaps the best explanation for the uptick in vintage aughts Dior pieces comes from New York photographer Amy Lombard. “There are so many things I wanted growing up that I couldn’t afford — my mom was not going to buy me a Rasta Dior Saddle bag in my teens. It’s this nostalgic icon in my mind,” she said. Buying the vintage Dior saddle bag you remember from your teens: $400. Retroactively achieving your fashion goals a decade later: priceless.
It should come as little surprise that the offspring of a supermodel would be beautiful, or that modeling agencies would be clamoring to sign her. Such is the case for Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s 13-year-old daughter who has been signed to IMG. She joins a roster that includes Amber Valletta, Alek Wek, Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss and more.
Gerber has already appeared in a Young Versace campaign, but it looks like the youngster is ready to take the modeling world by storm. She is featured in a Vogue Italia spread this month, posing for Steven Klein’s lens, styled by Karl Templer with make up by Pat McGrath and hair by Guido Palau. Sasha Pivovarova and Yasmin Warsame join Gerber in the hauntingly stunning spread.
Of course, Kaia is the spitting image of her mother – it’s spookily like looking at a 13-year-old Cindy Crawford. And with her genetic blessings, we have no doubt that we will be seeing a lot more of Ms. Gerber in the future.