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Teenage Dream: Here’s Katy Perry’s CoverGirl Ad

Image: Facebook/KatyPerry

Image: Facebook/KatyPerry

Forty-seven minutes ago, at the time of writing, Katy Perry posted the photo above to her Facebook fanpage, along with the message that she had "BEAUTIFUL news to share w/ [us] all."

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It could have been anything: An end to the government shutdown and easy resolution to the looming credit default crisis; News of an unprecedented scientific breakthrough in the cheese industry; An actionable proposal to bring the listicale-bubble to a breaking point. 

None of that. Here's what the "Teenage Dream" performer actually wanted to share with her ardent fans:

Today is my 1st day as a COVERGIRL! See what happens when you let the light in?

When … you … let the light in … you … become … a CoverGirl?

And there I always thought becoming a CoverGirl was a matter of beauty and exceptional luck — but all it takes, it turns out, is a positive attitude. 

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Daria Strokous Graces Vogue Russia’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Daria Strokous on Vogue Russia November 2013

image credit: models.com via the tfs forums

Russian topmodel Daria Strokous, who’s a muse to Dior designer Raf Simons and photographer Steven Meisel, has landed another Vogue Russia cover. The November cover marks her second appearance on the cover of her native country’s edition of Vogue. The cover was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and shows Daria wearing natural makeup and an opulent Christian Dior Haute Couture runway outfit. Opinions on the styling were divided on the tFS forums.

“Inspiration from Babushka? Don't get the styling…” admitted BBBBB

Nepenthes couldn’t make much of the styling either. He wrote, “I like the Babushka reference however the styling is very confusing. That said, Daria looks stunning. But I think the cover could have been a lot more striking had the styling been different.”

A more positive reaction came from MyNameIs who posted, “This is gorgeous. I'm not a fan of Daria, but she looks really lovely here. The styling works for me. Love the composition and the colors too. Very fresh and crisp.”

True, the composition and styling are very unusual, but unfortunately that special wow-factor is lacking here anyway. It’s always a delight to see the beautiful Daria, who’s ranked #6 on the models.com Top 50 ranking, on a cover and there seems to be many good ideas behind this cover (maybe too many?), but seemingly the result falls flat. 

 

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Proof Wearable Tech is Fashion’s Next Frontier? Burberry’s CEO Joins YSL’s Former CEO at Apple

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Speaking of embracing your own bad taste, it's time for a tacky romantic metaphor: Once upon a time, the fashion and tech industries were eyeing each from across the bar. This went on for years, with only feigned indifference to fan the flames of their love; finally, their mutual friend Money brought them together, and so the two alphas started dating flat-out. 

At first, things were totally casual: Remember when CFDA head Diane Von Furstenberg took a walk down the runway with Google's Sergey Brin?

But lately, it's gotten serious: In July, Yves Saint Laurent's former CEO, Paul Deneve, left the famed French fashion house to explore a new relationship with Apple. 

And today, we've learned that another luxury brand's CEO, Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, has surrendered to Apple's siren song. 

Ahrendts will join the Cupertino-based technology company as its head of retail and only female executive. Some speculate that Apple is attracting top fashion talent ahead of the rumored release of the iWatch, a wearable technology which would compete with Google Glass. Analysts project that the market for wearable tech accessories is set to grow astronomically within the next 3-5 years. 

Burberry designer Christopher Bailey will take over for Ahrendts as CEO. 

[Apple Hires Burberry C.E.O.The New York Times]

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If Only Russian Socialites Actually Dressed Like This: Coco Rocha for L’Officiel Russia

Image: Facebook/CocoRocha

Image: Facebook/CocoRocha

In my imagination — chiefly informed by Internet street style photography — Russia's crop of fashion editors and gallivanting socialites tend to wear their furs, sex appeal and label loyalty unironically. Not here: For the publication's October 2013 cover, L'Officiel Russia took a more playful approach. 

Photographed by Federico De Angelis, model Coco Rocha is styled in a traditional paisley coat (non-turquoise versions of the pattern are ubiquitous in the region, appearing on everything from rugs to shawls) trimmed with blood-orange fur. Her uneven bangs are cut too short and she wears dangly, oversized silver earrings. It's a look that knowingly embraces a specifically Russian kind of bad taste.

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Hark! Here We Speak of Kate Winslet’s Turn on the Cover of Vogue

Image: Vogue.com

Image: Vogue.com

I'm afraid I am prevented from offering a thorough opinion concerning Vogue's November 2013 cover, which features actress Kate Winslet as photographed by Mario Testino, for a broad range of reasons including, but not limited to, the generally uninspired quality of the publication's recent offerings, which should lead any thinking person to disregard the American glossy as anything but a wholly commercial product, created according to the dual aims of (on one end) satisfying advertisers and (on the other) stimulating impulsivity in any consumer unlucky enough to be browsing the newsstand on an empty stomach — and therefore perhaps undeserving of our critical attention. 

RelatedSandra Bullock Wears Marc Jacobs on the Cover of Vogue’s October Issue

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Gisele Bündchen Looks Orange On Vogue Paris November 2013 (Forum Buzz)

image credit: vogueparis.tumblr.com via the tfs forums

image credit: vogueparis.tumblr.com via the tfs forums

Like forum member Starry explained, the November issue of Vogue Paris has “kind of been its annual Beauty issue since [Emmanuelle] Alt is editor-in-chief,” indicated by the use of close-up shots of models for the cover. This year, Brazilian über-model Gisele Bündchen appears on the cover, wearing more makeup than usual in the picture shot by Inez & Vinoodh. As expected, there is little objection about the cover choice on the tFS forums and many members were happy with the cover.

“So this is a beauty issue? Well it’s a perfect shot for that, I also love the masthead, but it’s all about her gorgeous hair, I will buy this on account of liking the cover alone,” wrote Miss Dalloway.  

Yet many members were not satisfied with the heavy makeup and how Gisele's skin matches the salmon-colored masthead. Street_a_Licious asked, “Whose idea was it to dump that much makeup on her???”

“She looks absolutely gorgeous, yet slightly too orange, and this is a perfect cover,” found anlabe32

Starry agreed about Gisele looking "too orange" and posted, “This cover does nothing to me, her face looks so orange, which is not very good.”

And miguelalmeida commented, “I'm sorry, I love Gisele … but she looks so strange I don't know how to explain it but her expression is so off in my opinion!”

For a beauty issue, the makeup on Gisele here is indeed not exactly convincing, but at the same time, Gisele proves that not even such unfortunate makeup can ruin her naturally flawless face. And nevertheless, this is a beautiful image and, as Mat Cyruss  put it, this is a “good cover with the right cozy autumn mood.”

 

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