It's a pleasure to see an effortlessly beautiful image of a celebrity on the cover of a magazine, it happens so rarely. For its May 2014 issue, WSJ Magazine features a radiant Julia Roberts on the cover. The Academy Award-winning actress is photographed by Josh Olins, who is noted for capturing natural and subtle imagery. Julia wears a Céline sweater on the cover which was styled by Elin Svahn.
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Members of theFashionSpot are very excited about the cover with Luxx kicking off the thread: "All her positive attributes in one image. This really captures her beauty."
"Gorgeous! She looks absolutely beautiful and warm, and the b&w goes very well with the orange text," continued anlabe32.
"Such a charming and beautiful woman, always will be," enthused Marc10.
Omnis was also very fond of the cover: "Amazing photograph that really catches Julia's spirit. One of the biggest smiles I know."
What are your views? Check out Julia's accompanying story within the thread here.
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Snagging yet another cover is Arizona Muse, who is Vogue Mexico's cover model of choice for May 2014. The American beauty was photographed by Nagi Sakai and wears Vera Wang in a rather beautiful shot. This certainly isn't Muse's first Vogue cover, the Estée Lauder spokesperson has fronted a dozen of them (her Vogue Paris November 2011 cover being my personal favorite).
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"She snatches Vogue covers month after month, it's like the only thing she does now," writes TheoG, noting the number of Vogue covers Muse has to her name.
Bertrando3 was happy to see Ms. Arizona: "She looks stunning, I'm really fond of her from the beginning. It's nice to see her keep booking Vogue covers and maintaining a high fashion profile."
"I remember when Arizona Muse was a thing… It's nice to still see her pop up every now and then…" commented A.D.C.
Below is an "alternative" cover, which Mexican Vogue regularly releases alongside their actual covers:
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"She looks really good on the first cover. The second one's nice, but it looks random for a cover," writes justaguy.
Nepenthes commented, "Arizona looks gorgeous on the first cover [despite] the awkward layout. The second one is just okay."
Urban Stylin was tired of seeing these Chanel pieces and wrote, "Love it, the first especially, the dress in the second is over used." I, on the other hand, am loving the use of all of these Chanel pieces — I adore that print!
Check out the thread and be part of the discussion here.
By now, the fashion set has come to know and love Tavi Gevinson, editorial wunkderkind that leapt onto the fashion blogging scene in 2008 with The Style Rookie, her personal blog offering insightful views on fashion and fantastic #OOTDs that looked like a stylist put them together. Gevinson is way beyond her Style Rookie days, since solidifying herself as an old pro, launching Rookie, a lifestyle site for teenage girls. Today, Gevinson turns 18, making her a real-life adult on paper. But as the adage goes, age ain't nothin' but a number, and though she's reached this milestone age, we think that Gevinson's been a grown up way before the clock struck midnight on Monday.
Let's be real: Tavi Gevinson is more mature than plenty of people twice her age who have been calling themselves "adults" since she was learning how to tie her shoes. The editrix has an old soul, and has dropped so much knowledge and common sense on us over the years, we thought it appropriate to pay tribute, on her 18th birthday, to the most level-headed teenager around.
These 8 quotes from Tavi that prove she's been grown long before she could vote:
"I look back at some of the things that I wore and I don't really like them now but I like that I wore them and I think it's kind of cool that a bunch of adults, you know, appreciate it that a young person was actually trying to make a really bleak day in middle school more interesting."
"The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option."
"When I started Rookie, there were a lot of girls like me who had fashion blogs and loved getting dressed up and thinking about appearance, not in a stressful women's magazine way, but in a creative way. I can understand how some feminists who've fought against things like style or beauty defining all women might feel confused about how we can discuss self-esteem and being your own person, but also write so much about fashion. But for Rookie, fashion is about personal expression and creativity. And I want there to be a place where women can do that, where you can care about fashion, and even be super girly, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not also smart or confident or strong."
"There's danger in glorifying negative emotions as fuel for art."
"I wanted to start a website for teenaged girls that was not kind of this one-dimensional strong character empowerment thing, because one thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism in that girls then think that to be feminists, they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers…and this is not true and actually, recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rule book but a discussion, a conversation, a process."
“People expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women ARE complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.”
"One is that feminism is for smart girls, and fashion is supposedly for stupid girls. I mean, I remember when I was writing [both] about fashion and occasionally about feminism, it was like [annoyed voice] 'Won’t she just give up this fashion crap and be smart already?' I just remember feeling, 'What, the only people who write about fashion should be stupid?' So there’s that, that they both have these different raps. And then because fashion is always about appearance, the industry is deeply flawed, and something that dictates how a woman should look and what her body should be like doesn't’t seem feminist. And it’s not. But a lot of fashion isn’t like that."
“I think you have to take the approach that feminism is ultimately about freedom.”
Just ahead of Earth Day, here's a friendly reminder that truly conscious fashion isn't just about minimizing the damage done to the environment by our current system of clothing manufacturing, its also about supporting the communities of workers who make our clothes. Handprint, the short film above, commissioned by Eco-Age creative director Livia Firth and starring American model Elettra Wiedemann, was created to spotlight the often invisible garment workers who labor over almost every single piece of clothing we wear. [via Ecouterre]
Brian Atwood and Peter Som; Images: Andres Otero/WENN.com, WENN
You won't find Peter Som or Brian Atwood staying at the Principe de Savoia in Milan, the Dorchester in London, or Le Meurice in Paris anytime soon. The designers are boycotting the hotels, as the owner, Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, has instituted a policy punishing homosexuals with death by stoning. The laws are slated to go in effect tomorrow, April 22, and LGBT activists have already begun to pull out of the Sultan's hotels.
The Gill Action Fund, an LGBT advocacy group was scheduled to hold its 'Winning The Heartland' conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel this year, but decided to change locations after hearing of the Sultan's decree.
Members of the fashion set are also joining the cause. British shoe designer Brian Atwood Instagrammed a note, encouraging fashion people to avoid booking at any of the aforementioned hotels during Couture Fashion Week this June and Fashion Month from September to October. Peter Som chimed in today with a regram of Atwood's post, adding the hashtag #takeastand.
Aside from the Sultan's deplorable policy, we think that at the very least, the boycott will cause the hotels to lose a lot of cultural capital. The last thing any hotel mogul needs is for his locations to be deemed "out of fashion" by the very caliber of people he might want to book visits. All in all, this news does not bode well for the Sultan.
[h/t Daily Mail]
Bob Geldof and a handful of celebrities paid tribute to Peaches Geldof today, who passed away on April 7 from causes investigators are still trying to figure out. The funeral service was held at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence church in Davington, Kent, the same place Geldof got married in 2012, and where late mother Paula Yates was both married and laid to rest.
Kate Moss, Sarah, Duchess of York and Alexa Chung were amongst the many who turned out to send Peaches off in a coffin painted with peaches, clouds, flowers and a portrait of Ms. Geldof, her husband, musician Tom Coen, their two sons Astala Dylan Willow and Phaedra Bloom Forever, as well as their family pets.
Her father, Bob Geldof, is said to have made a heartfelt eulogy at the service. Peaches will be cremated and her ashes spread in the estate garden where she used to play as a child.
[h/t Daily Mail]