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SELF Magazine Gets a Chic Update with the Help of Joan Smalls (Forum Buzz)

SELF magazine looks like it’s undergone a major makeover. The publication’s got a new editor-in-chief, Joyce Chang, and she’s pulling out the big guns for her very first issue. This month, Vogue cover girl Joan Smalls fronts the new issue and can we just say, chick looks amazing?

Image: Self

Image: Self

Joan looks serene, her limbs gracefully zigzagging down the cover. For the shoot, the magazine tapped Patrick Demarchelier, and we can expect to see the work of more top-tier photographers under the new leadership. This is a new era for the magazine, and it’s safe to say it’s off to a great start.

SELF‘s new look didn’t get past our forum members. “Don’t tell me this is SELF, the servicey US health and beauty magazine? Wow! This is great for them! They must’ve had a re-vamp,” Benn98 wrote.

So the Vogue cover girls are really taking over the Condé titles this month,” proclaimed A.D.C.

Some people weren’t too keen on the gray background. “It would have been an awesome cover if it wasn’t for the weird skin colour they gave her and the lack of life in her eyes,” Urban Stylin opined. 

Thrilled to see the model gracing another cover was orchidee, “And the Joan takeover continues!” Still, he had his criticisms: “Her body looks SO good, but she looks a little dead in the eyes. The grey tones in the lighting aren’t helping either. Happy for her though.”

“Flawless,” valliaddict simply stated.

 Get in on the discussion and add your two cents in our forum.

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This Bride Made Her Own Wedding Dress (for Just $30) During Her Daily Commute

Image: alkikatt

Image: alkikat

You’ve got to give credit when it’s due, and there is probably no one more deserving than this modern hero, a Reddit user that goes by the name alkikat. Like most brides, she was on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress, but instead of shilling out thousands of dollars for a frock, she took matters into her own hands and made the dress herself. 

The whole dress took her about five months to complete, so where did she get the time in her busy schedule to put together her dream dress? Oh, just on her daily commute. Armed with just a crochet needle and yarn, alkikat made her dress by hand using a pineapple stitch. “The dress was practically free because I didn’t spend much money on it (under $30 for all of the materials including fabric for the lining) and I didn’t spend much extra time on it,” she says. “My commute time couldn’t be used for anything else anyway.”

Oh, and the best part about the dress? No dry cleaning necessary. Plus, she says she intends to wear it more than once (Keira Knightley style), in several different ways. 

Has this Redditor won the wedding dress game forever? We think so. The dress actually came out quite beautiful, almost looking like something you might pay $600 or more for at BHLDN

So alkikat, we salute you. Watch her dress come together in the time-lapse animation below.

[via Reddit]

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Pharrell Williams Designed a Train-Themed Collection with Moynat

Image: Courtesy WWD

Image: Courtesy of WWD

Pharrell Williams is steadily storming the fashion industry, adding yet another stylish venture to an already impressive list of projects. Moncler, G-Star RAW, Comme des Garçons and Adidas have all lined up to work with the fashionable musician, who seems to be eager to pile more onto his plate. This time, Pharrell is bringing his quirky sensibilities to French leather goods label Moynat with a collection inspired by trains.

And by “inspired” we mean “heavily influenced” and “quite literally ran with the theme.” Images of trains cover everything from a small leather pouch to a silk scarf decorated with an old-timey drawing of a locomotive. According to WWD, the limited-edition range boasts resin bags that actually look like trains — smokestack and all. The bags will set you back around $12,830. When you consider that they’re made from seal trunks and ebony wood (that one is cheaper, ringing in at $4,105), the price doesn’t sound so shocking.  (more…)

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Fashion People (and Just About Everyone Else) Loved Emma Watson’s #HeForShe UN Speech

Image: Chris K./

Image: Chris K./

This weekend, Emma Watson made a speech at the U.N.’s #HeForShe campaign event, encouraging men to join the crusade and support feminism by fighting alongside women for equal rights. In her speech, she put it to men to consider gender inequality as a problem not just affecting women, but men as well.

“I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society,” she said. “I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are. And that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”

Her speech sent shock waves around the Internet. Though the idea that the patriarchy also oppresses men is a basic tenant of modern feminism, hearing it from an actress certainly made an impression on people, including members of the fashion set. The aftermath of the speech was met with tons of fawning and praise toward Ms. Watson, whose talk was described by Vanity Fair as “game-changing.” 

Below, fashion people and celebrities react to the speech. (more…)

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Mario Testino Photographs Miranda Kerr for Vogue Japan’s Anniversary Issue (Forum Buzz)

The month of November marks a special occasion for Vogue Japan as the publication celebrates its 15th anniversary. The magazine tapped Miranda Kerr for the cover and commissioned Mario Testino to shoot a large portfolio featuring the Aussie model for a geisha-inspired shoot. The transformation of Miranda isn’t the only thing different as Vogue Japan’s signature white background is absent in favor of a blue/gray backdrop, taking the cover down a different route for the magazine’s celebratory issue.

Vogue Japan November 2014 Miranda Kerr


Vogue Japan’s efforts apparently haven’t paid off, though. “I miss the white background. This looks like a diff magazine all over which isn’t that good,” noted MON, clearly not a fan of the dramatic change.

“Is there any chance this is a preview, not a real cover? Vogue Japan is not Vogue Japan without the white backdrop,” exclaimed Srdjan.

“Such a disaster. I wouldn’t blame Testino for it. It’s Kerr and the styling, which doesn’t fit her at all, that cause an eyesore,” added an underwhelmed Kanna.

GivenchyHomme shared the same sentiments and commented, “This looks like a cheap generic magazine. Everything is horrible, especially the model.”

Also not fond of the cover is blueorchid: “I always roll my eyes and think people are being overly-dramatic when they say this, but… this is one of the worst covers I have ever seen.”

“As cliche as it is, I can get past the geisha theme—barely. I think Gemma Ward would have been a much better fit. But either way, if they were going to do this kind of theme, they could have used a model who is actually Japanese,” suggested orchidee.

One of the worst covers ever? Ouch! See inside the thread for a few previews of Miranda’s cover story and join the discussion here.

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David Beckham Is Serving Perplexed Side-Eye on ‘Another Man’

We’ll always welcome a dose of David Beckham and Another Man is looking to give us one. This month, the ex-soccer star and full-time hottie graces the cover photographed in black and white, serving up an ol’ piping plate of bewildered hotness.

Image: Another Man

Image: Another Man

Photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Alister Mackie, the issue focuses on rule-breaking icons like Beckham, promising an “intimate” look at the hunky, fashionable dad’s life as a “global superstar,” written by Tim Blanks. Kate Moss is another icon tapped for the issue for a “Confessions of an Icon” story, which, if we know anything about Kate, will be nothing short of gripping. 

Another Man Issue 19 is due to hit newsstands September 25. 

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