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Harper’s Bazaar Australia Taps Kate Bosworth for January Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper's Bazaar Australia January 2013 - Kate BosworthI would be very hard pressed to tell you what Kate Bosworth’s last viable acting project was (other than singing a holiday song for Topshop), but she’s still very much a fashion world darling, as exhibited by her appearance on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s January issue. As they often do, forum members had mixed reactions to the cover shot, but I also have to point out that this cover bears more than a passing resemblance to Jessica Chastain’s current Vogue Germany cover. Is this the suggested styling and pose for January 2013 in some sort of secret international magazine cover manual that we don’t know about? That weirdness aside, I’ll share some forum member thoughts and reactions.

Blueorchid wrote, “Pretty, but she's like the American version of Sienna Miller to me: a completely irrelevant actress with marginal talent who won't go away.”

“This is beauty now?” HeatherAnne asked. “Photoshopped noses and blown up lips?  Not interested. She looks ridiculous.”

Others, like Maximilian S, were not as critical. “I love it, captivating cover, Kate looks stunning,” he wrote.

I think Kate looks fine, though the Photoshop and the plumped up lips are indeed a bit of a distraction. I just can’t get past the weirdness (I know, I tried) of how similar this cover is to Vogue Germany’s. Just look at them side by side (below) and I dare you to tell me I’m crazy.

Harper's Bazaar Australia and Vogue Germany - January 2013 Issues

Images: Harper's Bazaar Australia and

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Jessica Chastain (and Lots of Red Gucci Fabric) Covers Vogue Germany’s January Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Germany January 2013 - Jessica Chastain photographed by Bruce WeberBruce Weber photographed actress and fashion darling Jessica Chastain swathed in red Gucci for the cover of Vogue Germany’s January 2013 issue. To ring in the New Year, the issue features things that (most) people are currently obsessed with – like their cover girl, Downton Abbey cast members, and Kate Upton. Picky Fashion Spot forum members don’t always speak for “most people” though.

Melancholybaby wrote, “The sleeve looks like she's wearing an ugly hat, and honestly that's what it took to ruin the cover for me. Nice to see Bruce Weber shooting an issue of Vogue Germany again though,” he added.

SugarMe fell somewhere in the middle, saying, “I've never been impressed with or convinced of Jessica Chastain's status as a fashion icon. It always feels so forced. However, this is a nice cover… I was kind of dreading seeing Gucci SS13 on covers, but I like the way it's being used here.”

“I think this cover of Jessica is really eye-catching,” YoninahAliza posted. “I like the all red color palette, it works here. And I love seeing two of my favorite girls, Michelle Dockery and Jessica Chastain, in any edition of Vogue. They are so fantastic.”

In addition to her cover, Chastain was photographed in an All That Jazz-themed editorial with French actor Omar Sy. Weber also photographed the aforementioned Downton Abbey cast, in addition to a massive Kate Upton editorial (that you can see here, here, and here).

Is Kate Upton a bona fide fashion phenomenon yet? I think yes. I’m kind of hooked, and so apparently is Vogue Germany, but what about the rest of you? Jessica Chastain may be on the cover, but Kate’s stealing the thunder. 


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Louis Vuitton Sticks With the Checkerboard Motif for their Spring 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 ad campaign photographed by Steven Meisel

Everything Marc Jacobs does seems to be semi-controversial in the Fashion Spot forums, so it’s no surprise that the ad campaign for Louis Vuitton’s graphic checkered Spring 2013 collection received mixed reviews from forum members. It is worth noting, however, that the positive seemed to outweigh the negative, and (most) forum members were willing to give credit where it was due.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 ad campaign photographed by Steven MeiselFeaturing a whopping eight(!) models (Athena Wilson, Nastya Kusakina, Janice Alida, Magdalena Jaesk, Ruby Jean Wilson, Tian Yi, Ji Hye Park, and Bria Condon) the campaign, which was photographed by Steven Meisel, echoes the motif that permeated the collection and runway presentation. Jacobs chose the young models and specifically paired them with their “twins” to heighten “the message of repetition and the repetition of patterns.” Something not unfamiliar in the world of Louis Vuitton (Damier check anyone?).

“I hated the collection, but this campaign is the perfect way to advertise it,” Mockingbird conceded. “I'm in love!”

Fashionlover2001 wrote, “Love the campaign; it's well executed. The yellow and white checkerboard set draws you in.”

Style Savvy was among those who didn’t care for the campaign. “The collection is the ugliest I've seen in years so didn't expect much from the campaign. This gives me a headache,” he commented.

Jelavender was in the same boat. “I honestly dislike this collection as well as the styling too much to even appreciate this advertisement,” she remarked. “Good photography is not enough to salvage the hideous clothes.”

I understand the impulse to critique, but I kind of love this campaign. Whether or not I want to wear the clothes, I love the repetition, I love the models and their doubles (who coincidentally kind of make you do a double take to ensure they are not in fact the same person), and I love the mod Sixties styling. I also love that the tone of the colors is so bright and punchy. Whether you love or hate this, you kind of can’t avoid looking at it.


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I Dare You to Watch this Victoria’s Secret Holiday Video and Not Be Charmed

Victoria's Secret cast Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, and Erin Heatherton in its holiday video, which shows the models lighting holiday candles, putting presents under the Christmas tree, and hanging wreaths — all while wearing red lingerie with fluffy white trim (as you do) and singing "Deck the Halls."

If this sounds like the stuff of your holiday commercial nightmares, it's not. You're welcome to try and hate-watch, but I'll take a picture of myself in one of VS's stupid minature Santa hats if you aren't smiling by the end. 

[via Fashionologie]



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Oscar De La Renta and Cathy Horyn Kiss and Make Up

ODLR and Cathy Horyn images via WENN

I'm not sorry to have to report the news that Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have kissed, made up, and moved on from the meat feud which bloodied (sry) NYFW Spring 2013. We'll always have the memories. 

If you don't remember what happened, here it is in two sentences: After becoming offended by several perceived slights (including a reference to the designer as a "hot dog") to his work and reputation in fashion critic Cathy Horyn's New York Times column, Oscar de la Renta took out an ad in WWD's print edition, calling Horyn a "stale three-day-old hamburger." (That's the quote of the fashion year!*) Cue uproar, both parties elaborating on their statements in not entirely helpful ways, and new [Yves] Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane getting himself tangled in the crosshairs by calling the fashion writer a "schoolyard bully" (among other things) on Twitter.

These meatscapades were fun (I guess?) while they lasted, but we shouldn't count on any future protein-rich name-calling. Horyn sat front row at the designer's Pre-Fall show yesterday, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress. According to WWD, she even popped in backstage before the show, to wish the American designer luck. "I read every single article she writes on fashion," said ODLR, in another astonishing display of maturity. Look at that, people can change. 

* I know that parenthetical makes it three sentences. Hate me, it's fine. 



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Cat Get Enough: Rejected Titles for ‘Cat Lover’s Gift Guide’

Working Title: Gift Guide: Cat Lady

Proposed Alternatives:

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Crazy Cat Lady
  • The Ultimate Cat-tastic Gift Guide
  • What to Get the Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • She's On Everyone's Shopping List: Gifts for the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • Lucky for Your Fave Cat-aholic, Cat-Inspired Gifts Are Everywhere Right Now
  • Merry Catmas Karl! Choupette Would Totally Pounce on this Gift Guide
  • Meowy Christmas! Purr-fect Gifts for the Crazy Cat Lover
  • The Pawsitivly Purr-fect Present Fur the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • We're Totally Feline These Gifts for The Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • The Time to Buy Your Crazy Cat Lover Friend a Gift Is Right Meow
  • Pounce On These Purr-fect Catmas Presents

Shockingly, none of these titles were used. Final version:  Love Me, Love My Cat: The Feline Fan's Gift Guide

Image: TFS mascot Nika's cat, Carl

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