When Anna Wintour decided to showcase a pair of Guess jeans on the cover of Vogue back in the 80s, the fashion industry went crazy. Negative reactions to Vogue Thailand‘s latest, however, prove that jeans aren’t always a welcomed sight on the cover of the famed glossy. For May 2015, Sui He leaps across the studio for photographer Stockton Johnson, looking rather effortless in blue denim flares teamed with a navy cut-out vest and pinstriped blazer.
Our feisty forum members are less than impressed. “Jeans? Seriously?” questioned GlamorousBoy the moment the cover surfaced, setting the tone of more comments to come.
“This is the first Vogue Thailand cover which I am not overfond of. Loathe the denim masthead. It looks like a preview cover, based on a U.K. Vogue editorial,” added Benn98.
MON wasn’t impressed either: “This looks like a U.K. Vogue More Dash Than Cash supplement (in association with H&M). The jeans masthead is so 2006! The styling feels so dated. The colors are too dark. Nothing here works. What a huge downgrade from last month’s cover.”
“Jeans, seriously? Do they know the magazine they are spawned from? The one whose title they have on their masthead? To paraphrase Anna Wintour, Where’s the glamour? This is Vogue. Let’s lift it a little,” sniggered A.D.C. in horror.
Feeling the same was Bertrando3: “It does look like the H&M supplement for British Vogue indeed! Good for Sui but the cover does not have anything special, it looks very commercial and not high fashion though, so that bothers me since it’s part of the Vogue family.”
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Americans were glued to their TV sets this Friday for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer during which he came out as a trans woman. In the days since, there has been plenty of public support for Bruce’s journey, which will be chronicled in a new eight-part E! docu-series. The athlete’s family tweeted and Instagrammed words and images of support and pride for Jenner, but today, Kim Kardashian sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show to express just how happy she and the family are for Jenner at this moment.
“I’m really happy for him that he’s living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness,” she said. “That’s what life is about. I don’t know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren’t yourself. And I know it’s not something that you or I can fully understand, but I don’t even think we have to.” Kardashian admits that the news is still a huge adjustment for the Kardashian-Jenners and says that they have had several meetings on the topic as they get used to Bruce’s changing identity. Kardashian West also noted that the family will continue to use male pronouns until further notice. “Until that transition is done, we’ve learned that you do refer to him as ‘him.'”
In the meantime, people all over the world are showing support for Mr. Jenner with the #PaintYourNailsforBruce campaign. During the Diane Sawyer interview, Jenner expressed a simple wish that he would be able to wear nail polish long enough to see it chip. Australian radio station KIIS 1065 launched the campaign to help show Bruce some solidarity. Women and men alike have participated and are showing off their manis on social media with the accompanying hashtag. (more…)
Woolmark has begun to announce the nominees for this year’s International Woolmark Prize, but that’s not the only big news the competition has to offer.
The IWP is adding another region to its roster, singling out the U.K. and separating it from the European category. And no, this isn’t simply an effort to increase the number of winners hailing from Europe. According to managing director of the Woolmark Company Stuart McCullough, this new grouping is due to the U.K.’s importance in the wool market. “The decision to expand the International Woolmark Prize to six regions to include the British Isles was due to industry demands,” he said. “The U.K. is one of wool’s most tightly held markets. It is an important market from a trade and consumer perspective. It is also the most important market to inform global trends.”
Nominees include Thomas Tait, Phoebe English, Agi & Sam, Craig Green, Suket Dhir, Republic and more, which you can find listed on the Woolmark Prize website. The competition is divided into men’s and women’s categories and for the 2014/2015 season, U.S. labels Public School (menswear) and M.Patmos (womenswear) took home top honors.
[via Vogue UK, the International Woolmark Prize]
There has been so much restructuring going on at Condé Nast that it’s hard to keep up. Last year, the publisher announced plans to reform Lucky magazine, which has teamed with BeachMint to create The Lucky Group. It sold much of its Fairchild Fashion Group holdings to Penske Media Corporation, getting rid of industry institution WWD and more recently NowManifest, which it originally retained after selling the Fairchild properties. But the changes at Condé will not stop there and rumor has it that we may soon be saying goodbye to a beloved online destination – at least in the way we know it.
Style.com is getting a huge makeover and will serve as an e-commerce website while its editorial leg will be absorbed by American Vogue at voguerunway.com. Condé Nast has been keen to delve into the e-commerce market and is looking to Style.com as its opportunity to do so. The new Style.com site will carry luxury goods but will also include artwork, tech items, gifts and more. The hope is for the site to be an international luxury lifestyle shopping destination, which will launch in the U.K. this fall and expand into the U.S. at the beginning of 2016. Condé is also hoping to expand into Asia and other European countries as time goes on and is reportedly planning to invest $100 million in the venture, which will be headquartered in London.
The new Style.com is expected to be a competitor of other luxury destinations like Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter. Condé Nast chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse says Style.com seemed perfect for Condé to launch this new venture, thanks to its recognizable name.
It’s certainly the end of an era for Style.com, but it seems as if the website’s new makeover could prove to be a success for Condé Nast. After all, fashion people do love to shop.
[via Business of Fashion, WWD]
We’re fully aware of the fact that Kristen Stewart is affiliated with Chanel. She’s the current face of the brand’s Spring 2015 eyewear collection and now she wears a fabulous Haute Couture creation by the iconic French fashion house on the cover of U.K. Harper’s Bazaar. Kristen visited the sandy beaches of Malibu for the magazine’s June 2015 cover shoot, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with Miranda Almond on styling duties, and we couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
After a preview of the cover was posted over the weekend, forum members are delighted. “Well she doesn’t look dead eye so that’s a win… And tbh it’s a perfectly lovely summer cover actually,” commented A.D.C.
“This is shockingly nice, and kind of ‘soft’ for someone like her. And yes, she is present. Once again UK Harper’s Bazaar extracts the best out of their cover girl,” Miss Dalloway echoed right away.
In agreement was MON: “This actually looks good!! She looks good and finally that lifeless stare works.”
Nothing but praise filtered through the thread as ThatGuyPaul continued, “That’s gorgeous. My only complaint is that I wish her hair was a tad more polished. This is probably her best cover to date!”
“Thank God as I really didn’t like the May cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK,” appreciated Fashionmagaddict, suggesting the magazine had improved this month.
“Lovely setting and styling. The layout works, her pose and expression work… usually her ‘romantic and soft’ covers never work but this one does. I’m looking forward to the couture special!” kokobombon anticipated.
Check out the subscriber’s cover and share your own opinion with us here.
URGENT!! Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Donate & spread the message. Every dollar counts. #repost #PrayForNepal #HelpNepal For the link, click on bio. Hundreds of people have been killed by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. There is widespread devastation across Nepal. The death toll, approaching 1,000, continues to rise as search and rescue efforts are underway in Kathmandu and across the country. People are still trapped under collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, and there is no way to accurately guess how many are in need throughout the other cities and thousands of villages at this time. The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things. As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments. Your donations will go through my organization, Shikshya Foundation Nepal (www.shikshyafoundationnepal.org), and we will distribute 100% of the funds accordingly based on the latest needs on the ground. Please donate generously and spread the word. We will continue to provide updates and information regarding the allocation of funds. Thank you all for your support.
People are swiftly striving to help the victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal this weekend. This includes designer Prabal Gurung, who is raising money to help those affected by the disaster with the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
The Singapore-born Gurung was raised in Kathmandu, so the swiftness with which he started this fundraiser should come as no surprise, as the BBC says the earthquake is believed to have killed at least 3,617 people and left over 6,500 injured. Both numbers have a potential to rise as rescue efforts continue in the region.
Celebrities and fashion folk alike have been getting the word out about Gurung’s fund on social media, with the CFDA having already donated 10,000 to the fund. “The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things,” Gurung wrote in an Instagram post. “As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments.”
If you want to help make a difference, you can donate to Gurung’s fund here. This incident has been nothing short of a tragedy, but we hope that with the help of relief efforts, everyone who was affected by the earthquake can have a bit of normalcy back in their lives.
Watch Gurung talk about the earthquake and why he felt compelled to help in the video below:
[via BBC, @PrabalGurung]