Kate Middleton may be the dream cover girl of every fashion magazine the world over, but since the Duchess of Cambridge refuses every cover request, Marie Claire South Africa took matters into their own hands to make their vision a reality. In a bit of a tongue-in-cheek way, complete with explanations of their methods and a disclaimer on the cover itself, Marie Claire used a body double and a team of five illustrators to create the cover and editorial featuring the princess in South African designs.
Forum members could barely believe what they were seeing. “This is the funniest cover and editorial ever! It’s so good,” jmrmartinho laughed. “I’m sorry but let’s say that this is… commitment!”
One thing’s for sure, this is certainly a way to get some attention. On the one hand, it feels unethical, and my first reaction was, “Are they serious?!?!” But the Marie Claire South Africa team is so up front about their actions and their methods that it can be tough to fault them for their innovation. Is this sort of thing really ok, though? At the end of the day, the magazine is still using Kate Middleton’s image to sell magazines without her consent.
In a black-and-white image that clearly shows off her best assets, Lara Stone and her incredible Calvin Klein-clad cleavage cover Vogue Korea’s 16th anniversary issue.
“The photo is beautiful but it looks exactly like her Calvin ads,” Bertrando3 posted, expressing a little disappointment.
For jmrmartinho, the resemblance to any prior photos of Lara was not a detraction. “I LOVE this cover. It’s so simple yet striking,” he wrote. “It’s great for Vogue Korea to get Lara, they are getting really big this year.”
Agee liked “Lara’s vulnerable yet compelling presence” but found issue with the proportions on the cover. “You have these big letters, her small head and then her big boobs,” she explained.
It might be Vogue Korea’s 16th anniversary, but Lara’s boobs steal the show.
Image courtesy of Vogue Korea.
Taylor Swift tops Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities under 30, beating out Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Adele. [DailyStab]
Target is really really good at courting ladies. The retailer is launching a beauty concierge service in select cities. [BellaSugar]
A behind-the-scenes look at how the extravagant flower set at the Dior Couture show was made. [Fashionologie]
Want to make dip-dyed shorts for your next pool party/BBQ/awesome summer fun party? Yeah, duh. [FabSugar]
Madonna's only now getting sued for her 1990 song, Vogue, because I guess somewhere someone still cares about Madonna. [HaveUHeard]
Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and Lana Del Rey had a slumber party at Chateau Marmont this week. They most definitely spent their time doing Osho Zen Tarot readings and talking about starting a radical feminist cell. [Starcasm]
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Shopping for a new pair of jeans can be incredibly satisfying, but it can be more demoralising than trying on swimwear with your most model-esque friends at a store that only stocks sample sizes and doesn’t have fitting rooms. Neuw is trying to make it the former, and here to help is their new Oxford Street boutique dubbed Service Store.
In Neuw-land denim is something to be revered rather than feared. Co-founder and Creative Director Par Lundqvist has amassed a staggering 3000 pairs of jeans, some of which are twice as old as he is, so safe to say he knows all about which pairs are best at accentuating and disguising muffin tops and love handles. Lundqvist pulls from his own hoard and refines them with modern tailoring and cutting methods for Neuw’s seasonal collections, transforming old pairs into the brand’s popular Marilyn, Lou, Janis, and Patti styles — each one making you feel timelessly stylish and totally bad-ass at the same time.
Neuw Service Store houses the best of Neuw’s denim and streetwear, the latter of which encompasses tees, button ups, dresses, and skirts. Hung on the walls (just out of reach of grubby hands) are a collection of beautiful 200 year-old denim kimonos, original boro noragi worker denims from Lundqvist’s personal archive, as well as black and white photographs of various screen sirens and rock stars who inspire the brand.
Start feeling good about jeans shopping.
There’s been an incredible buzz in London following the announcement that Victoria’s Secret was finally set to launch in the UK, in the form of two stores, one on London’s famous Bond Street and the other at London’s fairly new shopping destination, Westfield Stratford. The opening of the stores was initially planned to coincide with the Olympic Games, which meant that in hand with all of the fun pop up events and festivals planned to celebrate the games, Londoners would also be granted the extra special treat of having some of those beautiful Victoria’s Secret models wandering around the place. So, when the gossip mill churned out rumours last week that the launch would instead have to be pushed back to later in the year, boy, were we disappointed!
Fortunately, Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has spoken to Vogue UK to clear up speculations and confirmed that the Westfield Stratford store will be opening on the 24th July as planned, and it’s the Bond Street store that will follow a few weeks later than hoped. Victoria’s Secret is known to create some of the sexiest underwear in the world, and it’s clear that us Brits are dying to get our mitts on some as soon as possible.
Miranda in Wax
Victoria’s Secret models often leave us wondering how anybody can look that perfect. Miranda Kerr recently had her super beauty captured in wax at Madame Tussauds in Sydney. Imagine the queue of guys just waiting to have their pictures done with that one! Apparently, the mannequin’s measurements are entirely accurate, as it took a whole four months to make.
Who knows whether the real Miranda Kerr will pay a visit to London to celebrate the UK launch of the brand. We’ll see how many many angels we can spot in London over the course of the summer.
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Details about Lady Gaga's long-anticipated perfume are finally rolling in, and Mother Monster's new scent does not, as promised, smell like "blood and semen," but like a "fruity floral focused around belladonna." What a letdown!
Developed in partnership with Coty, the self-described "fragrance powerhouse," Gaga's new product launch, called Fame, is expected to earn $100 million in its first year, combining US and international sales. For the record, that's a lot of money! — but in a conversation with WWD, Coty exec Steve Mormoris said, incomprehensibly, that the product “will never be a mass-market fragrance.” Fame will be available at the following stores: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Ulta, and J.C. Penney. An ad campaign for the fragrance will run in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. There's even a TV spot in the works.
Most of the quotes in the WWD report read like a drunken dorm convo teleported into a boardroom: “The soul of fame being black was the intellectual foundation of the color of the fragrance.”
All this pseudo-intellectualism is, of course, right up Lady Gaga's alley who is, as Mormoris notes, "quite poetic, she references modern art a lot and of course music, and she has a very distinct aesthetic sense, so she’s really looking for a high-quality crafted product that expresses who she is as an artist." Okay, sure: Lady Gaga is an "artist" who creates "high-quality crafted products" to express herself and Fame "will never be a mass-market fragrance." Mormoris is using a version of the English language devised in some alternate dimension, where words have no relationship to reality. "There’s nothing commercial about [the fragrance] except it’s intending to be commercial, which is harder to do — but in the end, the rewards are greater.” Get it? There's nothing commerical about Lady Gaga's new scent except that it was developed specifically to be bought and sold on the commercial market, so really it is actually the definition of commercial.
For what it's worth, the perfume actually does sound pretty cool. Fame is the first black eau de parfum, and it comes out invisible when you spray it. Gaga came up with the idea for the 100 mL bottle's eggy shape (pictured above) while she was hanging out in that egg at the Grammys last year. The fragrance will be available in three different sizes retailing from $42 to $79 (and a $19 rollerball), but only the priciest version, titled Ultimate Masterpiece, will come packaged in the ovoid bottle.
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