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Kate Upton on the Cover of Vogue UK

With her January 2013 Vogue UK cover (pictured), Kate Upton's high fashion status is no longer debatable. I don't think we can even debate about whether or not it's debatable. The world wanted more real, honest-to-goodness supermodels, and whether you like her or hate her, Upton is it. 

Consider this: her year in magazine covers began with Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue and ended with Vogue Italia. In between, she earned cover credits with Muse, GQ, CR Fashion Book, Jalouse, and Cosmopolitan. In short: holy range. 

She also shot at least thirteen additional fashion editorials, including three with big cheese American Vogue. She just wins. At this point, however the haters feel about her is irrelevant. To them, I say: Good luck finding a newsstand that isn't beaming out her face. 

There are reasons to be uncertain about Kate Upton's rise: Her conventionally "sexy" body isn't common in the more high-brow parts of fashionland, but her appeal isn't just carnal. Here she is on the cover of Vogue UK, covered up in a simple white Alaia dress, practically shielding her boobs from the camera, and she still looks spectacular. Not sure whether she's "the model who keeps it real," but "haters gonna hate," for sure. 

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Ksubi Reinterprets the Classics for Its Summer 2013 Eyewear Range

Balmy nights and the fact that salads are becoming swiftly more appetising than Portuguese chicken burgers… Well, here’s another great thing about the rapid onset of summer.

Ksubi has released the lookbook for its Summer 2012/2013 eyewear range, and it’s a UV protective doozy. The range picks up where its latest clothing collection left off, but these frames are equally suited to triple-tone Canadian jumpsuits as they are a pair of Havianas and the sands of Bondi Beach. Heavy metal accents and printed acetates adorn 17 unisex styles, with the best of the bunch being double-bar aviators with cool mesh inserts and thickened up, modernised cat eyes with contrasting arms.

Both the optical and sun varieties are captured in this slick lookbook shot by Sydney’s Jedd Cooney. Greasy hair and athletic outfits in palm-print and signature washed out Ksubi denim complement the futuristic eyewear, and make us rethink the relevance of puffy spaceman turtlenecks worn in the summertime.

The range is currently available on Ksubi’s website. Buy sooner rather than later and you can justify the purchase by wearing them all summer long, right?


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Maybelline is Ruining Freja Beha Erichsen

Back in September we learned that high fashion favorite Freja Beha Erichsen had finally reached the pot of gold at the end of the modeling career rainbow* — a beauty contract with a major cosmetics company.

The Danish model joined peers Charlotte Free, Christy Turlington, Erin Wasson, Shu Pei, and more as one of Maybelline's "Maybe she's born with it? Come on, she's definitely born with it!" Maybelline contract models.

Both her contribution to the Maybelline 2013 calendar and what appears to be her first print ad for the brand popped up in the TFS Forums earlier today.

Based on a video about the calendar posted to Glamour Mexico's website, that photo on the right shows Freja embodying not the Tin Man or an alien or even an extremely modelesque burrito — but New York's great Statue of Liberty. 

But Freja's Maybelline calendar picture is nothing compared to her dedicated print ad (above) which was seemingly inspired by the brochure for a dental floss-themed amusement park.

Question: What did Maybelline do to make Freja, formerly a really good model, look like a losing contestant on ANTM? There must be something in that silver body paint. 

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*I know. That was ridiculous. I'm sorry.

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Link Buzz: Karl Lagerfeld’s Scottish Collection; Watch Jourdan Dunn Cook

  • Just because Karl Lagerfeld's never been to Scotland, doesn't mean he can't design an entire collection inspired by it, okay? [FabSugar]
  • Title is: "Statement Clutches So Sparkly, You Won't Even Need to Buy a New Party Dress." Don't worry, I wasn't gonna. Wait — do you think I should? [SheFinds]
  • You've twisted my arm. I guess I really do need a new party dress. NEED one. Lucky for me, ASOS is opening its first-ever actual brick-and-mortar in Soho in New York City, the city where I live. [FashionETC]
  • The 1st episode of Jourdan Dunn's punny new cooking show, "Well Dunn," is on the other side of this link here. [Fashionologie]
  • Look, you can make your own gold leaf top coat at home and be the happiest person in the world as a result. I enjoy misery, so I'm probably not going to do it — but you should! [BellaSugar]
  • Latest in very likely invented tabloid stories: Kate Middleton and Prince Williams are having twins. And also getting a stable of unicorns, moving to Pluto, bombing Pluto, and getting a puppy. In that order. [Earsucker]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow says, "You can't have everything!" Right, like Ms. Perfect would know. [AmyGrindhouse]

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Oh Sure, Why Wouldn’t I Buy a $695 Bra from Playboy?

Because you've come a long way baby, the nice man in the smoking jacket's saying you can finally put those bunny ears into retirement. 

Playboy is joining the rest of the modern world on the fashion bandwagon with a new and very special collaboration with #cool #NewYork #designers #emerging #young #Parsons #brand Cushnie et Ochs.

In what must be an attempt to appeal to that not-insignificant swath of American consumers that don't think "Sexy Swashbuckler" is the paragon of attractiveness, Playboy's online store is now selling a haute "harnesslike" leather bra designed by designers whose designs actual women actually want to wear. 

I'm not going to lie just for effect: Playboy's Cushnie et Ochs limited-edition bra (pictured here) looks awesome. It looks like one of the bustiers Jennifer Lopez might have worn in Selena. (In case this isn't clear — that's a compliment of the highest order.)

Still, I'm a small fortune away from ever purchasing a bra (no matter who drew the sketches) that costs $695, especially from an online store that also sells tuxedo panties. The designers are launching the piece at a special "pop-up lounge" as part of the Playboy A$AP concert at Art Basel Miami today. I'm going to follow their example and start fêteing my new undergarments, too — and preferably at international art fairs, like a civilized person. 

Images via Playboy Store, Glamour

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This Is How You Show Condé: CR Fashion Book Sells Out First Issue

Despite its wildly uncreative company name, Fashion Media Group made a really good decision when it decided to add Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book to a stable of publishing properties which includes Visionaire, V, and VMan.

Today's WWD reports that the biannual magazine started by Roitfeld nearly a year after her gossip-laden departure from Paris Vogue (published by media giant Condé Nast) sold out the entire first print run of its premiere issue, which hit newsstands earlier this Fall. The magazine boasted an image of the ever more visible Kate Upton on its cover, smiling wide and holding a surplus of baby chicks against her famous (or infamous? Discuss.) bosom. This year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model followed her appearance on the front of CR Fashion Book by snagging the cover of Vogue Italia, another Condé publication. 

50,000 copies were sold for $15 each, and now Fashion Media Group has put in an order for a 15,000 unit second run. Money, money, money.

The fashion journal's second issue will launch at New York Fashion Week in February with a projected 65,000-copy first run. 

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