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

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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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Karl Lagerfeld Designs Choupette Accessories

Image: Courtesy of WWD

Image: Courtesy of WWD

Well, look what the cat dragged in. Karl Lagerfeld‘s beloved fluff monster, Choupette, is the new muse for a capsule collection of feline-inspired accessories. Expect totes, scarves, shoes, leather goods and a couple ready-to-wear pieces, like a sock or a T-shirt, to be emblazoned with the feline’s comically angry cartoon likeness. 

This is the second accessories collection devoted to Lagerfeld’s mini me. Last year, the designer launched a black and white capsule featuring everything from knitted caps with cat ears to fingerless gloves with little whiskers.

The new range of Choupette accoutrements will fall under Lagerfeld’s signature label, and hit the sales floor in November.

[WWD, Vogue UK]

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Catherine McNeil Doesn’t Care for Pants at Milan Fashion Week

Catherine McNeil isn’t one to shy away from showing off a bit of skin. The Milan Fashion Week Spring 15 festivities were no exception, with the Aussie model deciding pants are totally unnecessary on multiple occasions.

Catherina McNeil

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At the amfAR Milano 2014 event on September 20, Catherine donned a Franceso Scognamiglio getup straight from the MFW Spring 15 runway. The look included an open silky white blouse tucked into a net midi skirt which showed off Catherine’s pins. (more…)

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