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Zoe Saldana Doubles Up On Denim for Marie Claire’s August Issue (Forum Buzz)

Denim seems to be the one and only piece of clothing you’ll need this month — it’s everywhere! Katie Holmes sported double denim on the cover of Glamour‘s latest issue and now Zoe Saldana wears the same on Marie Claire‘s August cover, styled by Enrique Campos. Photographed by Boe Marion, the 36-year-old American actress is seen posing before a stunning, sunny beach, cracking an energetic smile for the lens. Zoe also poses inside the magazine for a paparazzi-inspired story.

US Marie Claire August 2014 Zoe Salanda Boe Marion

IMAGE CREDIT: MARIECLAIRE.COM

Our forum has been treated to scans of two covers via fashionscansremastered.net. Cover one is pictured above (which is the main newsstand cover, available on July 22), and cover two can be viewed here.

“Love the first cover! So refreshing and cute. I like the denim outfit on her. And that smile! The second one does nothing for me, it looks too fake,” commented Psylocke.

“Stunning! So good to see Zoe get a major cover!” agreed Nepenthes.

The double denim cover failed to impress loladonna, though. “Zoe is known for wearing high fashion and couture but for some reason whenever she’s on a U.S. cover, they throw her in jeans.”

While seemingly satisfied, [Piece Of Me] still hopes for something bigger in Zoe’s future: “So pretty! I still want Zoe to get a real big cover though, like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.”

“I totally agree with you, she should definitely be in Vogue & HB. I’m not a fan of the covers, the background looks fake. But it’s such a pleasure to see her,” replied KateTheGreatest.

You can join the discussion here, and also check out both covers and preview the accompanying cover story.

 

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Link Buzz: Linsday Ellingson Weds, Forever 21 Once Dropped Chrissy Teigen for Being ‘Too Fat’

  • Congratulations are in order for Victioria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson, who married her fiance Sean Clayton Saturday in a custom Sophie Theallet gown. [Us]
  • Riccardo Tisci is going to have the fanciest 40th birthday party ever. The designer is said to be chartering a yacht to tour southern Europe at the end of this month. We hope Kim & Kanye bring enough Dramamine to last the trip. [Page Six]
  • Malia Obama isn’t the only celebrity kid to snag a sweet summer internship; 15-year-old Brooklyn Beckham scored a summer gig at Guy Ritchie‘s SKA Films in London. But if you think the eldest Beckham doesn’t have a side-hustle, think again. He’s also working part-time at Starbucks to supplement his income. [Us]
  • Just when you thought we were over normcore, W magazine publishes this spread. [The Cut]
  • Yes, there is a proper way to wash a swimsuit. [Popsugar Fashion]
  • After three months of dating, Cheryl Cole confirms that she’s married her boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. [Vogue UK]
  • Naomi Campbell‘s UK version of The Face won’t be returning to SkyLiving for its second season. [Vogue UK]
  • The Fashion Model Directory is in there like swimwear for its latest editorial, Summer Splash. [FMD]
  • Chrissy Teigen tells DuJour about that time she was fired from a Forever 21 gig for being “too fat.” Ugh. [DuJour]
  • A new Korean plus sized-focused magazine, 66100, wonders what the hell “plus sized” means anyway. [Asian Town]

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Colbie Caillat’s Stripped Down Video Challenges Hollywood’s Unrealistic Standards of Beauty

Image: Colbie Caillat VEVO

Image: Colbie Caillat VEVO

It seems these days, everyone is trying to jump on the natural beauty bandwagon. Earlier this year, Aerie released an unretouched lingerie campaign showcasing models of all different sizes and shapes. More recently, Bongo unveiled its Fall 2014 campaign images featuring Vanessa Hudgens, unsullied by Photoshop’s tools of distortion. Last week, John Legend‘s music video for “You & I (Nobody in the World)” tugged on our heartstrings with a diverse sampling of women (special needs, transgender, Asian, black, disabled) from all walks of life from all around the world. Pharrell Williams‘ G I R L album has a fair share of tracks celebrating women in the “you’re perfect as you are” vein. 

Colbie Caillat is the latest artist to latch onto the trend, with the release of her music video for “Try.” The concept is simple enough: a sampling of women, dressed in full makeup and hair, mouth the words of the tune against a white background as they slowly remove their makeup during the course of the video. Producers strip away the filter effect to reveal women who are just as beautiful without all the jams, jellies and hair extensions usually attributed with beauty. “You don’t have to change a single thing,” the singer croons as the smiling women wipe down their faces with cleansing cloths. 

“‘Try’ is the first music video I’ve never prepared for,” Colbie wrote in an Instagram post promoting her new video. “I didn’t go tanning, I didn’t diet, I didn’t heavily workout, I didn’t get my hair done, I didn’t get my nails done, I didn’t have a stylist, I didn’t get my eyebrows tinted… it felt wonderful! “

The video certainly has a good message — really, what could be bad about telling women to love themselves as they are? I just can’t help but wonder if artists and brands are simply taking advantage of the Photoshop backlash for their own gain? Unretouched photos of any celebrity or campaign are enough to spark a lot of attention — just ask Lena Dunham, whose pre-Photoshopped images from Vogue went for $10,000. It’s instant click bait, and guaranteed to garner some attention, since retouching is such a common and egregiously overused practice. In a world where a missing limb in a magazine spread is the norm, there is definitely a need for positive reflections on women’s beauty. This video certainly provides that.

But with so many people coming out to reassure women that they look OK in spite of society’s standards, it’s only natural to wonder if this message is slowly becoming trite. Colbie’s video is touching, but that message only goes so far when you open a magazine and see a pore-less rendering of the singer in its pages. 

But you be the judge. Watch Colbie’s video below and decide if you think it’s a smart way to garner buzz around her new project or a tool of female empowerment.

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Steven Meisel Lenses Fall Campaign for Stuart Vevers’ First Effort at Coach (Forum Buzz)

Image: Coach

Image: Coach

Coach has unveiled the first campaign images from its fall collection–the very first designed by newly-appointed creative director Stuart Vevers. The brand tapped Steven Meisel to photograph season favorite Binx Walton, along with Harleth Kuusik, Issa Lish, Vanessa Mood, Lexi Boling, Gracie Van Gastel and David Alexander Finn. Meisel collaged his images with pictures from fine art photographer Joel Sternfeld‘s Landscape with Path, which he took of the then overgrown High Line in the early aughts. 

The models pose in an outdoor setting at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, located in Staten Island. The woodsy backdrop of the New York City park almost seamlessly works with Sternfeld’s images of an overgrown city landmark before it was resorted. As for our forum members, the campaign has garnered mixed feelings.

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“Meisel’s portraits are my favorite, the cast really doesn’t excite me all that much,” wrote TheoG.

TeeVanity couldn’t help but notice the presence of a certain It model who’s been raking in the campaigns this season: “Wow, Binx is in every campaign. I don’t mind this!”

Some of our members were less than impressed: “It’s interesting to see how serious Coach is about their re-branding efforts,” wrote orchidee. “Looks nice so far, but I agree—nothing special.”

“Dull campaign,” said an underwhelmed GIVENCHYlover.

Pretty mixed reactions! Add your two cents to the discussion over in our forums.

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Doutzen Kroes and Charlie Hunnam’s Sexy Ad for Calvin Klein’s New Fragrance

Calvin Klein has just announced that international supermodel Doutzen Kroes and Sons of Anarchy hunk Charlie Hunnam will front the worldwide campaign for its newest Reveal fragrance. Coty Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer Fragrances, Steve Mormoris, says the new fragrance “speaks to women who want to feel sexy, confident and provocative.” He adds, “Doutzen perfectly embodies that woman.” 

Calvin Klein Doutzen Kroes  Charlie Hunnam

Image: Calvin Klein

Photography royalty Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have effectively captured these traits that the latest women’s fragrance hopes to represent with their visual know-how. Although Charlie pins Doutzen up against the wall of a high-rise classy apartment window, the Victoria’s Secret angel still manages to look like she’s the seductress in charge.

This role-play comes to life with a complementary television ad directed by Jonas Akerlund, where we see the high-profile pair play some sort of heated game of seduction and desire in half a minute. Because most of us wouldn’t mind looking like Doutzen, and even more of us would love to have a man like Charlie chasing after us, we’d have to say this advertising campaign has pretty much nailed it. Watch the complete 30-second clip below.

 

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Margot Robbie Steps Back to the 50s for Vanity Fair Shoot

It mustn’t be hard for Margot Robbie to channel a 50s starlet like Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe. All she really has to do is curl her hair, slap on some red lipstick and she’s pretty much set. Vanity Fair must think so too, because that’s the look the magazine tapped into for its shoot with the 24-year-old budding actress from Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Margot Robbie Vanity Fair

Image: Miguel Reveriego via Facebook

Photographed by Miguel Reveriego at the Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York, Margot steps into a mixture of nautical-inspired black, white, navy and red outfits styled by Jessica Diehl, truly getting into her 50s character. And while her joyful smiles throughout the shoot would have us convinced this The Wolf of Wall Street star oozes confidence, her interview with the glossy makes us think otherwise.

“I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive,” Margot told Vanity Fair. “You should have seen me at 14, with ­braces and glasses, gangly and doing ballet! If I looked good in The Wolf of Wall Street I cannot take full credit; it was because of hair extensions and makeup.” 

Nice try Margot, but we’re thinking it takes so much more than hair extensions and makeup to land a gig as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s trophy wife. Besides, anyone who’s watched the notoriously confronting film knows about her insanely good looks from head to toe, and there’s no downplaying that one. For the full interview and entire photoshoot, head over to Vanity Fair’s site.

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