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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.

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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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A Radiant Cameron Diaz is Harper’s Bazaar August Cover Girl (Forum Buzz)

After its double issue for June/July, the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar is finally out. Cameron Diaz fronts the issue promoting her new movie entitled Sex Tape, however, she looks far from provocative. Camilla Akrans captures the American actress looking radiant while wearing a white dress with collar detailing for Bazaar‘s latest installment. 

Harper's Bazaar August 2014 w Cameron Diaz

image: Harper’s Bazaar

Forum members are thrilled that controversial photographer Terry Richardson did not shoot the cover story. “I don’t care much about the covers or Cameron, but finally a little break from Richardson, it’s such a welcome change,” wrote KateTheGreatest.

“Bland, but I’m really excited about the fact that it’s not shot by Richardson,” commented Nepenthes.

HeatherAnne was in the same boat, but wasn’t so convinced about this photographer, either: “Glad it’s not Terry, but damn I hate Akrans and her Photoshop filters.”

As was happycanadian who posted, “Really refreshing covers. Cameron looks great! I adore her smile — it just really lets the joy shine. More than anything, though, I’m THRILLED that it’s not another Terry cover. That dude needs to go.”

“Strange how this is the August Issue and it’s SO SUMMERY and the July Issue with Kate Winslet was SO CHRISTMASSY……Je ne comprends pas,” exclaimed Kite, making a very valid point regarding Bazaar‘s most recent covers.

Await the contents of the issue inside the thread and share your own opinion here.

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Calvin Klein Jeans and Mytheresa Team Up for Re-Issue Collection, Starring Lottie Moss

Image: © 2014 Michael Avedon

Image: © 2014 Michael Avedon

Got a hankering for a little fashion throwback? Calvin Klein Jeans and are here to give you your fix. The two have joined forces to release a limited-edition range of updated versions of some of the label’s most popular pieces, including those CK logo T-shirts just about everyone had back in the 90s. 

Dubbed the Calvin Klein Jeans x The Re-Issue Project, the collection is expected to hit this Wednesday. Keeping in the tradition of modern classics, Calvin Klein Jeans and Mytheresa have tapped 16-year-old Lottie Moss to front the campaign–the much younger half-sister of Kate, who herself famously starred in the ads over 20 years ago. Michael Avedon, grandson of Richard Avedon, who photographed for CK in the 80s, was picked to lens the campaign. So just how 90s is this collection? Are overalls, high-waist skinny jeans, oversized denim jackets and branded sweatshirts retro enough for you? Calvin Klein Jeans has rendered these iconic pieces in a series of colors and new fabrics.  

“This Calvin Klein Jeans capsule is all about a nostalgia for the 90s and that whole look feeling very right again,” Kevin Carrigan, Calvin Klein Jeans’ Global Creative Director said in a press release issued today. “It now feels like the perfect time to re-issue the brand’s iconic hits to a new generation.”

This taste of 90s nostalgia will set you back between $105 and $415–a small price to pay for a chance to relive the days when Clinton was in office and Destiny’s Child had four members. Click through the gallery below for more images from the campaign. (more…)

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