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Anna Ewers Outshines Zoe Kravitz in Balenciaga’s Spring 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Lara Stone and Kate Moss joined forces in Balenciaga‘s campaign last season and now another duo comes together in the French fashion house’s new Spring 2016 campaign. Alexander Wang favorite Anna Ewers is welcomed back as the face of the collection and joined by Zoe Kravitz , making for an interesting and stimulating collaboration. Photographed by Steven Klein (everyone’s favorite photographer this season), the campaign leaves our forums with mixed views.

Balenciaga S/S 2016 : Anna Ewers & Zoe Kravitz by Steven Klein

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“I hope Klein will finally drop his signature filter in his editorial work. His campaigns for both Versace and Balenciaga this season are on fire!” complimented russianelf.

Also full of praise was Lola701: “This is good! It actually reminds me of the Diana Dondoe campaign for Balenciaga back in Spring 2004. It has the same airy feel. I love it!” (more…)

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Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash Over New ‘Tribal’ Campaign

Courtesy of Mango

Courtesy of Mango

Controversy seems to follow the Kardashian-Jenner clan and the latest sister to find herself embroiled in scandal is none other than Kendall Jenner. Mango tapped the model to front its latest collection and the line is rightfully getting panned by critics for its offensive tribal theme.

The premise for the ‘Tribal Spirit’ collection is problematic in and of itself. It’s reportedly inspired by the African savanna but from what we’ve seen so far, it just features leather fringe and rope belts. The fashion interpretation of tribal is often reductive, portraying Africans as primitive and uncivilized with no intelligence or sophistication. Valentino just came under fire for its wildly offensive tribal-inspired Spring 2016 show that went so far as to send mostly white models down the runway in cornrows. It’s time the industry abandons the tribal motif altogether. (more…)

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Of Course Terry Richardson Gave Out Penis Lollipops at His Sex-Themed Baby Shower

Leave it to Terry Richardson to turn an innocuous tradition into a raunchy affair. The famed photographer and girlfriend Alexandra Bolotow threw a baby shower for their twins unlike any other. While some parents choose Minnie Mouse or Breakfast at Tiffany’s as baby shower themes, Terry and Alexandra chose penises. 

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The party decor included an oversize penis balloon, penis tablecloths and penis lollipops. And just so Alexandra’s genitals wouldn’t feel left out, there was a cake that featured her naked body giving birth to two Terry Richardson heads — on a plaid bedspread no less. Imagine how awkward it must’ve been just to cut the cake.  (more…)

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Is This Vogue China Cover the Best Use of Photoshop Ever? (Forum Buzz)

We’re forever calling out magazines for their disastrous attempts at using Photoshop to enhance fashion photography, but Vogue China amazed the heck out of us this month. The magazine produced a warm, breezy and refreshing cover for February 2016, enlisting beauties Sasha Pivovarova and Anja Rubik to cover the issue, which was lensed by Chen Man. The girls each wear an ethereal creation by Etro while standing before the dramatic landscape of Shanghai. Or did they?

Vogue China February 2016 : Sasha Pivovarova & Anja Rubik by Chen Man

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Our forum members were left positively startled. “Stunning cover! Sasha and Anja both look so gorgeous!” Nepenthes praised straight away.

“What a gorgeous cover, the light is just perfection, they look angelic. Chen Man is always a great welcome for them, her covers are great!” approved Miss Dalloway.

Also showing great enthusiasm toward the cover was JennaaMonroe: “Literally the casting is spot on! This cover is so refreshing, Sasha and Anja always remind me of when I first started reading Vogue avidly. I’m really excited to see them together on a cover.” (more…)

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No Surprise Here: Rihanna Named America’s Most Marketable Celebrity

Bitch better have her endorsement money! Rihanna sells out every product she promotes from Puma sneakers to sheer furry socks. With her proven record of driving sales, we’re not surprised to learn a study by The NPD Group named her the most marketable celebrity in America. Bow down. 

After assessing 1,000 celebrities and 2,500 brands using the Brandlink database, the study confirmed that Rihanna is the strongest celebrity endorser, with Beyoncé coming in second and Usher and Ne-Yo tying for third. Rihanna’s score of 367, based on the number of brands she could strongly endorse, is three times higher than the average A-list celebrity including Angelina Jolie.

And if you think Rihanna can only sell MAC Cosmetics makeup and River Island clothes, you’re sadly mistaken. According to the study, the singer would even be a good spokesperson for the automotive company Jeep. We vaguely recall Rihanna riding around in a Jeep with Oprah in Barbados so this obviously makes perfect sense. 

[via Hype Beast]

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Reese Witherspoon Oozes Old Hollywood Glamour on Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

Harper’s Bazaar sure has a thing for blondes lately, with Kate Hudson underwhelming greatly on the cover of the current double issue and Reese Witherspoon starring on its newest offering for February. Returning to the cover of the American fashion bible for the first time since 2007, Reese flashes an energetic smile and oozes Old Hollywood glamour with Rita Hayworth-esque waves, a red lip and a red dress from Michael Kors.

US Harper's Bazaar February 2016 : Reese Witherspoon by Alexi Lubomirski

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Our forum members had pretty mixed reactions to Bazaar’s new cover. “It’s 2016, and we are STILL bombarded with Reese for over two decades now. Beyond sick of seeing her, Cate, Nicole and Charlize etc at this point, just sick of it!!! Bazaar needs a major, major change, it’s beyond a joke now, and the art direction is supremely dated!” Miss Dalloway ranted.

“Recycled actress and concept,” mocked kokobombon. (more…)