April covers are coming in thick and fast. Vogue Australia‘s newly-released cover is the most recent to drop in our forums and we’re left undecided. Coming back for a second time since Edwina McCann took the helm, Cate Blanchett stars on the magazine’s April 2015 cover. We appreciate the team giving us something different, but the majority of us can’t pinpoint what’s exactly bothering us. Cate sat for Emma Summerton wearing a baby pink jacket teamed with an eye-catching headpiece, and you’ll either love it or hate it.
Our forum members share mixed opinions on Vogue Australia’s efforts this month. “So striking and fresh. Always a pleasure to see Cate in all of her glory! Definitely one of my favorite and most talented actresses!” hailed Nepenthes as soon as the cover surfaced, kicking us off on a high note.
“I love the cover, so elegant and lovely. I like the styling, it has that Dutch painting thing going on. I also like the layout and the negative effect on the masthead. And of course, I love Cate,” kokobombon enthused.
“Wow. Very, very cool. Much better than her last cover,” responded YourMonster.
Miss Dalloway also declared this cover more compelling than the one from February 2014: “So much better than her last cover, surprised to see her back already.”
But the rest of us just aren’t feeling it. “Seriously though, what have they done to her face?” questioned Kite, hinting at a possible Photoshop blunder.
“I love her but I honestly wouldn’t mind if she took like a two year break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and it would make for an epic welcome back,” A.D.C. ranted.
Oxymore was quick to complain: “Cate doesn’t look like herself. Those celebrities need to stop pretending they’re 25. Just assume your age. I mean look at Meryl Streep or Jessica Lange, they are so gorgeous.”
Do you share the same sentiments? Give us your opinion here.
Mattel‘s Hello Barbie doll is giving many people pause because they’ve figured out that the toy is capable of much more than just chatting with your child. Called the “world’s first interactive Barbie doll,” the toy uses WiFi and speech recognition to be able to have a two-way conversation with your child. The doll is also able to learn things and tell jokes and stories. Information Barbie learns from your child (like their hobbies and favorite foods) goes into a cloud that Mattel can also use to update the doll. It sounds really cool and futuristic – except when you realize that Mattel can pretty much listen in on your conversations.
Hello Barbie can remember your child’s likes, dislikes and information about your family life, which some worry that Mattel can use for advertising purposes. ToyTalk, the company Mattel teamed up with to create the doll, says that they don’t use any of the information for marketing, and the doll includes a feature that e-mails all the conversations to the parents. There is also the issue of children not being able to consent to having their information culled in this manner because, well, they’re not adults. ToyTalk says that parents will likely have to give permission to record their child’s voice.
Mattel says they are “committed to safety and security, and Hello Barbie conforms to applicable government standards.” The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has launched a petition to help stop production of the controversial toy. “Children naturally confide in their dolls, and reveal a great deal about themselves when they play,” the petition reads. “It is wrong for Mattel and your technology partner ToyTalk to record, transmit, and analyze these intimate conversations (and others within range of “Hello Barbie” microphones) for use—or misuse—by Mattel, ToyTalk, or any entity that might intercept or access the data captured by the doll and/or your computers.”
You’ve got to admit – it is beyond creepy that a doll is storing information about your child and your home life on servers they can access in a snap. We’re all for technological advances, but the idea of a corporation having personal information about your child on file is deeply troubling.
The doll, priced at $74.99 is expected to come out this fall.
[via Mashable, Washington Post]
Dolce & Gabbana has managed to piss off quite a few people over some comments its designers made about what constitutes a family. In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, Domenico Dolce expressed that he felt having a family was not in the cards due to his sexuality. “I’m gay, I can not have a child. Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family.” Quite a traditional sentiment coming from someone you wouldn’t think would share the same ideas as say, a right-wing conservative from the Bible Belt. “You are born and you have a father and a mother,” he elaborated. “I call children of chemistry ‘synthetic children’. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”*
These controversial comments did not come without some backlash. Elton John led the charge against the designers by posting a strongly-worded criticism of the pair for their views to Instagram. Elton is a father and took to the social media outlet to defend IVF as well as his family’s structure, before vowing to never wear any of Dolce & Gabbana’s designs in the future. “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,” he wrote. “And shame on you for wagging your judgemental [sic] little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil [sic] their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.”
Several celebrities mirrored Elton’s outrage by commenting on Twitter with #BoycottDolceGabbana. Families with IVF children also took part in the tweet storm by posting photos of their adorable “synthetic” babies.
This isn’t the first time the designers have outraged people. From gang-raped themed ads to racist collections, they’re known to provoke, as blogger Nicolette Mason pointed out.
Now, Dolce & Gabbana is rightfully backtracking on its comments, saying that the designers were just expressing their personal opinion, as opposed to criticizing couples who choose “unnatural” methods of conceiving and embrace non-traditional family structures. “We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” Stefano Gabbana told The Independent. “I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known,” Mr. Dolce added. “But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
The comments were certainly offensive, not only to gay couples, but to couples who can’t naturally conceive. The notion that everything should be done the way nature intended is silly — should cancer patients be allowed to suffer without medication because that’s just how it goes in nature? Obviously not. So it’s strange that the designers would hold such archaic views, especially after the brand put out a collection celebrating mothers and families. They certainly have a right to their opinion, but some opinions, as we know, are better kept private.
[via The Independent, Panorama]
*Note: These quotes were translated from the original Italian source.
Having already been on the cover of Lucky in February, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) makes history this month and becomes the first blogger to appear on the cover of Vogue. The Spanish edition of the fashion bible revealed its April 2015 cover via various social media platforms and it was immediately brought over to our forums for discussion. The widely-followed blogger-turned-fashion designer was captured by Nico Bustos for the momentous occasion.
But our forum members aren’t buying it. “What an insipid cover, hair in her face really? And the text layout makes it look so empty, it really doesn’t look like a cover, more like an opening content page!” ranted Miss Dalloway within seconds of the cover being posted.
“The art director needs to be fired asap. That font used for her name is a free font that can be downloaded by anyone! Where’s the creativity in that? I’m sorry but Vogue Spain is going downhill, sliding really fast,” added MON, not exactly shouting from the rooftops about the cover.
Also left underwhelmed was lelaid: “Seriously Chiara Ferragni? They’re grappling for relevancy at this point.”
Creative showed limited interest, too and was quick to share, “First blogger to get a Vogue cover? All I can say is… UGGGGGGGGGH. Vogue Spain is dead. I’m so happy I don’t buy it anymore.”
“Omg, Chiara for Vogue?? Whose idea was this? Even Vogue Portugal would never sink this low. It’s not a cover-worthy image, too much hair in her face. Amateur layout and dated styling. Also 3.3 mil followers is hardly special, considering her status,” Benn98 disapproved.
Fashion bloggers can now form an orderly queue to collect their Vogue covers. Share your sentiments on Chiara’s landmark cover here.
The Bachelor for 2015 has been announced, and bachelor nation is going a little cuh-razy. His name is Sam Wood, he’s 34, and a successful entrepreneur from Melbourne. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that new bachie doesn’t look anything like the Cabbage Patch lovin’ Blake Garvey.
Considering there were women who had to put up with The Bachelor saga, and Blake, last season, we were pretty freakin’ interested to hear what they thought about Channel 10’s new bachie pick. See what they think of Mr Wood below.
Photo: Harper’s Bazaar
The Cinderella premiere hit Sydney’s State Theatre last night, March 15, but the party got started well before the film started rolling. VIPs were first invited to QT Sydney, where they were able to wine and dine with Harper’s Bazaar editor, Kellie Hush, Disney Australia managing director, Catherine Powell, and fashion illustrator Megan Hess.
The three women discussed all things fashion with the fabulous mix of attendees, including musicians, actresses, models, fashion bloggers, television personalities and presenters.
See all their Cinderella-inspired looks below. (more…)