Dutch girls are regulars on any fashion runway, but one in particular has folks buzzing. Roos Abels, the 14-year-old babydoll-faced beauty, has been turning heads, partially because, well, she’s gorgeous, but also because her young age isn’t stopping her from gracing the runway.
The Brave Models newcomer just walked in Prada’s Spring 2015 show as well as for Giambattista Valli‘s new line, Giamba, which has raised more than a few eyebrows. In the past few years, the fashion industry at large has been taking steps to reform the modeling business. Vogue launched its health initiative in 2012, a plan that included a commitment to avoid using girls under the age of 16. The magazine has since had a few hiccups on that front. Vogue China published an editorial with Ondria Hardin soon after the initiative was announced, though the mag said the shoot was produced before the agreement was reached. Vogue Mexico printed a spread with then 15-year-old Julie Borawska last year.
Last October, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in New York giving under-aged models rights similar to those of child performers. This legislation doesn’t extend beyond the borders of New York, but it seems that members of the industry were hoping designers would at least try to adhere to the example set by Vogue and the state of New York.
After Anna Selezneva‘s fashion-forward cover for the September issue, Allure Russia’s October cover appears to be fairly generic. Lily Aldridge fronts the new issue sporting purple eyeshadow, pink lips and rose blush for the cover image, which could just be any regular candid of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. Lily’s last major fashion magazine cover was back in July 2014 for Vogue Mexico, where the dark-haired beauty looked sensational!
Our forum members certainly aren’t giving the cover rave reviews. “I have a problem with all (or most) covers: I wish they were slightly less zoomed in. I’m a sucker for having close-ups but they overdo it a bit,” wrote KateTheGreatest.
“She’s never been my cup of tea and this isn’t helping. It appears as though there’s a very unattractive pinky, grayish cast to her skin like the makeup artist didn’t have a clue about correctly matching her skin tone, and the dreaded too light under eye concealer look. Reminds me of Bobbi Brown‘s handiwork which is supposed to be oh so natural yet the makeup is always visible and sitting on the skin, and the blatant airbrushing of her pores. Subtlety can go along way…” noted an unsatisfied ellastica.
Also not a fan of the makeup was fashionlover2001, who posted, “Horrible eye makeup job! Just ghastly!”
“It looks like a candid from [the] Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for me LOL,” joked fluxxx.
“Given their other covers, I think this is Russian Allure‘s definition of a ‘natural look,'” posted tigerrouge.
A few members begged to differ, though. “First AR cover I like in a looong time. Still they can´t go all the way and produce a killer cover imo, this time the pink is overwhelming,” declared kokobombon, indicating Allure Russia’s covers are becoming stronger.
“Wow, a breath of fresh air. No edgy makeup or quirky expressions. Happy for Lily,” raved Benn98.
Do you like what you see? Share your own opinion inside the thread here.
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Tavi Gevinson has always been mature for her age, but now that she’s 18 and at the helm of her own publication as well as starring in a Broadway play, it’s clear that the pint-sized Style Rookie is all grown up. And the best part about entering adulthood? Being nostalgic about your childhood.
Vogue U.K. got Alexa Chung to visit Tavi in the Chicago house she grew up in, taking us inside the This Is Our Youth star’s bedroom. We find a sizable book collection (none of which are “vanity books” according to Tavi, since she’s “an intellectual”) and an inspiration wall decorated with pictures of Salt-N-Pepa. In her closet, which she shares with her Goodwill shopping-obsessed mother, are vintage disco dresses she’s saving for a night of dancing in New York City. Tavi, you can come out with us anytime.
Check out the video below.
[via Vogue UK]
Change often fails to go down well in the forums and the latest dissent is over Vogue Hommes International‘s change to the abbreviated Vogue Hommes. The amendment comes after the release of the biannual menswear magazine’s Fall 2014 issue. Louis Garrel was tapped for the cover and was shot by Mario Sorrenti, who photographed the French actor looking nonchalant as he reclined with his hands behind his head, staring down the lens. Anastasia Barbieri styled the 31 year old for the cover shoot.
IMAGE: DIGITAL EDITION OF VOGUE HOMMES VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of our forums haven’t responded well to the masthead alteration. “There’s something off with that masthead. I’m not used to seeing the huge HOMMES and the word PARIS is oddly placed below. Will it just be Vogue Hommes or still VHI? The layout reminds me of VP during Carine [Roitfeld], especially Caslon. The cover image itself is okay but it’s not as striking,” commented MON.
“Decent cover, so today, the mag becomes only Vogue Hommes?” added burbuja8910, slightly confused about the name change.
Bertrando3 was quick to post his opinion and wrote, “This looks REALLY average, bad and boring!”
“I was expecting something much more interesting than this… nothing special,” posted an underwhelmed GlamorousBoy.
The masthead change didn’t seem to cross stereo‘s mind, since he was more interested in seeing a model on the cover: “So disappointed! Boring. Bring back the models!”
Although not everyone was against the cover. “I love him, so I totally buy into this. He looks really handsome,” shared an enthusiastic Les Sucettes, whose opinion stood out among the rest.
Fontastic was also eager to get his hands on a copy: “Love Louis!!! Can’t wait to buy it.”
Are you a fan of the masthead change? See inside the thread for the fashion stories and join the discussion here.
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Karlie Kloss has pretty much cemented her position as one of the new generation of supermodels, and her latest gig is just a testament to her star power. L’Oreal Paris has tapped the leggy model as the newest face of its brand, which makes perfect sense, considering Kloss’ popularity. She’s a face people know, even those who don’t follow fashion, plus she’s young and has a huge social media following – an obvious draw for the brand.
While plenty of people welcome Kloss’ appointment with open arms, there are some who aren’t 100% sold on her for L’Oreal Paris. Our forum members have been keenly debating Karlie’s new gig. Dutch Homme, for one, is not into this casting: “Strange choice. She’s not exactly attractive for the average person,” he wrote. “She’s indeed a fashion icon just like Lara Stone, but not a beauty icon and she will never be. She won’t sell.”
Others beg to differ. “‘Karlie Kloss won’t sell.’ More like you won’t be buying it but people will rush to the stores,” coutugh quipped.
“As for any skepticism, lots of people didn’t think she was right for Victoria’s Secret and yet she’s still with them and doing quite well,” orchidee replied. “You can’t expect cosmetics companies to keep booking girls who all look the same and are ‘typical’ beauty girls. It’s about expanding and changing expectations of beauty.”
KateTheGreatest sees her contract with L’Oreal as an inevitability. “With the way her career is going, it was only a matter of time. Congrats to her, I hope she earns a lot and she sells well. Also, I think she will sell well because by now a lot of people know her (who don’t necessarily follow fashion), she is becoming more and more famous.”
Still, there are some that think there are simply too many girls fronting L’Oreal. “Why not just focus on 3 or 4 girls like Estée Lauder?” Benn98 wondered. I know they’re more commercial, but still. How many women do they actually have on their roster? Nabbing a L’Oreal contract doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
Whether you love or hate L’Oreal’s new move, one thing’s for sure: Karlie Kloss isn’t going anywhere.
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Think of the best fashion tips you’ve ever heard. Now throw them out the window. In a recent interview with Red magazine, designer Roland Mouret opened up about his friendship with Victoria Beckham, making the Galaxy dress for “women who need to wear bras” and why he went broke. But it was his honest and empowering insights about style and the female form that really got our attention. Here are our favorite words of wisdom:
On his “training”: “You know, I’ve learnt everything about fashion in bed. I’ve been touching so many bodies to know how to dress them up. I think I translate ‘touch’ into clothes.”
On the real reason we dress up: “There is something about the body shape that’s become part of my signature silhouette. Dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress.”
On women’s relationship to their bodies: “They don’t really like their upper arms, oh, and they don’t like their thighs. In fact, most women don’t like a lot about their bodies. We have such a problem with body dysmorphia in our society and women as young as 30 have the impression that they’ve started to lose it. I think it’s weird.”
On what women should do if his dress isn’t doing the trick: “Then you need to have sex. You may lack confidence when you look at yourself in the mirror but the moment you see yourself through the eyes of your lover, you start to change. An outfit can do the trick but having sex with somebody you love is much better.”
Now that’s some style advice we can get into.