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Are Christian Dior Campaigns Becoming Too Pretentious? (Forum Buzz)

From Raf Simons’ very first season at Christian Dior, his vision was evident. The Belgian designer continues to stay true to his aesthetic, tapping Willy Vanderperre for the fifth time to photograph his latest campaign. To shake things up a little, Natalie Westling and Lexi Boling join Julia Nobis (who starred in last season’s ads) for the iconic French fashion house’s Spring 2015 ready-to-wear images, which are starting to appear in major fashion titles. The three girls each pose in a bright, stark white studio setting in typical Vanderperre style.

Ad Campaign Christian Dior Spring 2015 Willy Vanderperre


What do our forum members think? Well, we’ve received mixed reviews. “Beautiful image. Julia is perfect for Dior,” raved Gábor, clearly impressed with Dior’s new fashion spots.

“I really love this. I’d take Julia over Daria Strokous any day,” replied GivenchyHomme in agreement.

Nepenthes was also a fan and commented, “Flawless. Julia is perfect for Raf’s Dior just as Karlie was perfect for John’s.”

Although not everyone was left so impressed and it appears as though the majority are rooting for change already. “I really love the pictures but it’s too pretentious. That ‘arty’ and clean thing is so boring. I get it, Dior is modern now and blah blah blah but, is modern lifeless?” asked Lola701.

Feeling the same way, Nepenthes returned to the thread to add: “Love Natalie and I like this campaign in general. That said, I do agree that Dior needs to inject some life into the image of the brand because this clean/arty thing won’t last for long. I definitely hope it won’t take as long for a different campaign as it took for Ralph Lauren.”

“I hate every campaign since Raf has been there. Extremely boring and looks so uninspired, I cannot tell them apart,” slammed gossiping.

HeatherAnne suggested, “Honestly, they’d be better off using celebrities. Natalie looks too young, and Julia is too masculine.”

Add your own two cents inside the thread here, where you can also check out more campaign images.

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Kiddie Spas: They’re Not Just for Toddlers and Tiaras Contestants Anymore


Too young for a treatment?
Photo: Getty Images

What would a 5 year old need with a facial? Apparently a lot, because spas are starting to cater more to that young demographic. The New York Times published a piece highlighting the growing trend of kid-friendly spas, focused on bringing a dash of luxury to young girls and sometimes boys. Day spa options for kids are cropping up all over the country, offering services to pamper your little one – from banana-scented facials to full-on massage sessions.

Treatments like “The Superhero,” a message that includes an aromatherapy spray means to relax the muscles and mani-pedis are just a glimpse at the sort of options these spas usually offer. While some parents frown upon treating children in this manner – after all, spas tend to be more adult territory – the International Spa Association President Lynne McNees thinks of it as instilling good habits into children. If kids start taking care of their skin at a young age, they’ll probably continue doing so as adults, is the rationale.

But any parents looking to treat their kids won’t have to search too far to find service according to the International Spa Association, 25% of spas in the U.S. have options for kids under 13. Four years ago, only 15% offered such services. Clearly, it’s more than just Toddlers and Tiaras contestants getting in on the trend. 

[via NYT]

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Say What! Wearing Hoodies Might Become Illegal…?

Justin Bieber; Image: Getty

Justin Bieber; Image: Getty

Republican Senator Don Barrington from Oklahoma is on a mission: He’s coming after your hoodies. The third-term senator has brought forth an amendment known as Senate Bill 13 that, if passed, would ban clothing in Oklahoma that “conceals the identity of the wearer during the commission of a crime or for the purpose of coercion, intimidation or harassment” and clothing that would “intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise.” This includes hoodies worn with the hood covering your head. Halloween, parades, masquerade parties and masks or disguises worn for religious or educational purposes are exemptions.

The original law in which Senate Bill 13 would amend was originally created in the 1920s to combat crimes conducted by the Klu Klux Klan. But opponents of the new amendment are slamming the senator for racial profiling. He doesn’t see it that way. According to Senator Barrington via SB13, this is “immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety” and that “an emergency is hereby declared to exist.”

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin made headlines when she addressed this same issue in March during a debate on the network after an Indiana mall banned hoodies, claiming that this was akin to “stop and frisk.” Anchor Chris Cuomo acted as Hostin’s sparring partner. Here’s the hoodie argument, in a nutshell.

[via The Source

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Sweetie, Darling! Ab Fab Movie Script Is Finally Finished

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Get your Lacroix ready, Ab Fab fans: Edina Monsoon and Patsy are coming back, and this time they’ll be on the big screen. Jennifer Saunders has revealed that she’s finished writing the first draft of a new AbFab film, titled Edina and Patsy, which she hopes to start filming by the end of this year. 

Julia Sawalha, who plays Monsoon’s daughter Saffron and June Whitfield, who plays her mother will also likely be in the film, as the Mirror notes that their characters have been included in the script. Saunders says she is “euphoric” over the fact that she’s completed a first draft of the script, and she is keen on getting everything up and running before the close of 2015. “My proper New Year’s resolution is to do the film, otherwise it’ll be a pointless year of procrastination,” she told Sunday People

In the meantime, we’ll be chilling bottles of Veuve in anticipation. Veuve and Veuve!

[via the Independent]

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Marilyn Monroe Named Global Glamour Ambassador for Max Factor

Image: WWD

Image: WWD

As a tribute to the late Marilyn Monroe, makeup brand Max Factor has named the film icon its global glamour ambassador. The brand’s Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath told WWD, “Marilyn made the sultry red lip, creamy skin and dramatically lined eyes the most famous beauty look of the 1940s…It is the ultimate look that defines glamour — nothing else compares.” The brand attributes makeup artist Max Factor Jr. with the starlet’s transformation from girl-next-door Norma Jeane Mortenson to the blond bombshell look that made her famous.

Rather than launching a new line of products, this partnership will promote the brand and bring attention to products in the current line that embody Marilyn’s beauty look from the 40s and 50s. As of tomorrow, Max Factor will launch global television, print and online ads as well as social media efforts, all of which will feature images of the icon. The ads will align with the brand’s social media campaign, #GlamJan, which is aimed at inspiring women to “undergo a personal glamour transformation” in January.

[via WWD

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Kim Kardashian’s Bleached Brows Appear in Next Issue of Love Magazine

Love has been hit by cupid’s arrow – and the object of its affection seems to be the Kardashian-Jenners. The magazine has released another image from its spring issue, which features a vintage and custom Prada-clad Kim Kardashian rocking a pair of bleached brows.


image: Instagram

Kim showed off the look back in November on Instagram, noting that her frosty brows were for a shoot and not a permanent change. The reality star revealed on social media that the Steven Klein-lensed shoot took three days to complete on location at an L.A. Motel. Oh, and it sounds like there are a lot of images from the shoot, since Kim let it slip that the spread has over 30 pages.

Love has been working quite a lot with the reality TV family. Both Kendall Jenner and mother Kris were featured more than once in its video advent calendar, and Kendall can be seen in another image for the publication‘s forthcoming issue, posing with Cara Delevingne.

[via @kimkardashian]

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