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Lover Taps Karen Elson for Its First-Ever Campaign (Forum Buzz)

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Lover has quietly pulled out all stops for its tenth birthday. A decade is a long time for a label to wait before releasing a campaign, but Lover’s effort is evidence that the ‘practice makes perfect’ adage doesn’t always hold true in inverse.   

Model/musician and long-time Lover fan, Karen Elson, has been tapped as the face of Fall/Winter 2013’s ‘Chrous’. Designers Nic Briand and Susie Chong told Style.com, “She was at the top of our list, but it was an ‘in your dreams’ kind of thing.” A chance encounter at a wedding (weirdly apropos, regarding the label’s romantic aesthetic) led to that dream coming true.

Shot by Lina Scheynius and styled by Leith Clark, the images show Elson breathing in flowers and sunlight while clothed in Lover’s coated lace minidresses. Dropped into the black, white and red hues that pervade each Lover collection is an icy sky blue, which could have been mixed up for the sole reason of complementing the model's hair. So far, the campaign is garnering resoundingly positive reactions around the Internet, with the tFS forums having only nice things to say about the dreamy partnership.  

“I love the romantic feeling of it, and they couldn’t’ve chosen a better model," Not Plain Jane noted.

“This is really beautiful. Very sweet, simple with just the right amount of sexiness from Karen,” added just a guy

Misstarshine adds, “I love Lover and I love Karen so it’s a perfect pairing for me. Her red hair looks stunning against the pale blue lace.”

Of Scheynius' lensing chops, navyvelvetbowie says, “As always I love Lina’s photography, especially the shots with the black dress and the red flowers.”

Lover's taste in dream girls resonates strongly with ours. Last winter they were inspired by Winona Ryder's Beetlejuice character, OG goth girl Lydia Deetz. Hopefully Briand and Chong are planning to roll out campaigns twice yearly from now on, because we're pretty psyched to see who catches their fancy next. 

See the campaign in its entirety on Lover's website and chime in here

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images via Lover

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Olivia Wilde is Unrecognizable as a Human Person on Cover of Fashion Magazine

Did you get the new Canadian edition of Fashion magazine in your mailbox? Did you recognize this month's cover girl? Well if you squint your eyes and repeat "Photoshop" in the mirror three times, you might notice that it's Olivia Wilde. Albeit a more airbrushed and plasticized version.

Yes, Fashion mag gave the already beautiful Wilde some serious Photoshopping treatment, practically erasing her cheekbones and real nose, lightening her skin and Kohling her eyes into Voldermort slits. For comparison, check out the real Wilde against the Fashion version…

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Images via Fashion magazine and HPAIL / iPhotoLive.com/WENN.com

Sure we love the dramatic, $10,000 feathered Gucci dress (kinda), but her skin is so smooth that she looks like a mannequin modelling said outfit in a store window. Inside things only get worse as the china dolled Wilde models leopard print Emanuel Ungaro and white Proenza Schouler with more eyeliner than Avril Lavigne on her wedding day. Even Perez Hilton couldn't say anything kind about this cover and he's only about the gossip niceties these days.

With all her talk of sex with Jason Sudeikis, maybe the editors were only trying to mold Olivia into the sex android she strives to be. But even so, I think she's beyond recognition as both her star personality and a real human person. Do you agree? What are your thoughts on this potential Fashion Photoshop fail?

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Link Buzz: Nicola Formichetti ‘Too Busy’ for Lady Gaga; Tampon Video Goes Viral

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • Apparently, Nicola Formichetti is so busy being the creative director of Uniqlo, he had to delegate the hard work (that's not actually sarcasm) of styling Lady Gaga to his assistant. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Bobby pins: an 'it' accessory you can believe in. [BellaSugar]
     
  • The varsity tee as a style accessory: I say it's cool only if you're in a fantasy football pool. [FabSugar]
     
  • Rihanna won her court case against Topshop, but some argue that it was hypocritical for the pop star to have taken legal action in the first place. [Telegraph Fashion]
     
  • If fashion's always changing, why are florals 'in' each spring? [HuffPo]
     
  • A video promoting a period care subscription service (timed to your cycle) has made many LOL. [SheFinds]

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Lucky Magazine Has a New Look: Patrick Demarchelier Photographs Blake Lively for September 2013

Patrick Demarchelier for Lucky Magazine

Patrick Demarchelier for Lucky Magazine

Blake Lively is on the cover of Eva Chen's first issue as the new Editor-in-Chief of Lucky (hiring the former Teen Vogue beauty editor was one of Anna Wintour's first moves after being appointed creative director of Condé Nast) and she looks great, there's no way around it. Under Chen and Wintour's leadership, the publication is going in a new direction and taking a more aspirational approach to fashion than it has in the past — “Wintour has always believed that the fashion content of Lucky should cover a wide range of prices,” was how one Condé spokesperson put it to WWD

Lucky's September Issue cover, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, is no-bones-about-it beautiful, no matter how you feel about Lively and robin's egg blue (I guess she's fine but her existence really has no bearing on my life and in fact looking at her for too long is nauseating and so flattering!, respectively). The accompanying fashion spread is mostly very nicely done, but the image Lucky's sending around for coverage (below) is beyond weird. Look, I love a good ol' moss-colored cable knit sweater with sequin embellishment as much as the next girl, but pairing one with a sheer floral maxi skirt with a thigh-high slit? It's possible that my tastes lean conservative and I don't have the sensitivity to adequately appreciate the genius of this creative vision, but hmmm. 

The issue hits newsstands on August 6th. 

Patrick Demarchelier for Lucky Magazine

Patrick Demarchelier for Lucky Magazine

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Modalu England Gives Its Iconic Pippa Grab Bag a Croc Finish for Fall

Pippa Middleton

Image: WENN

The English heritage handbag brand Modalu England is known for its iconic Pippa grab bag, which has been spotted numerous times on the arm of Pippa Middleton. She’s incorporated it into both relaxed and more formal outfits, which demonstrates the versatility of the piece.

It has a classic timeless style, which means it easily slips into an array of different looks and never goes out of fashion. Over the years, it’s been available in an array of hues from classic darker palettes to brighter, more seasonally directed tones.

For Fall 2013, Modalu England has just given the Pippa Grab bag one of its coolest makeovers to date, and it’s now available with a gorgeous high-shine croc finish. At the moment, you can pick up yours in a choice of black, nude or peacock on their website, or alternatively, you can save up you hard earned cash and splash out on the oxblood or lipstick colours when they become available in September.

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It’s a steal at just £225, and it’s the ultimate no-brainer for those who want an on-trend piece this season. 

 

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Princess Diana Covers Vanity Fair’s September Issue (Forum Buzz)

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In an attempt to cash in on the Royal Baby hype, as some tFS forum members assumed, Vanity Fair used a shot featuring the late Princess Diana for the cover of its September Style Issue. The photo, taken by Mario Testino, has appeared in the magazine multiple times before and seems to be a questionable choice for the September cover of the magazine. Although Vanity Fair is known for its love to use dead celebrities as cover stars, tFS forum members questioned the magazine’s ethics in this case as the tagline promises to reveal all about "Diana’s true love," making it seem like we can expect a gossipy article about details of Diana’s life that she may not have wanted everyone to know.

YoninahAliza wrote, “Diana was haunted by the press during her life and it is incredibly sad that even in death she is too. It's just sad and annoying that people are still speculating about her love life, she was more than just tabloid fodder and pretty clothes. Ugh, sorry, as someone who's been a fan of Princess Diana since a little girl, covers like this Vanity Fair one just get on my nerves. Of course it is a beautiful photograph but Vanity Fair's penchant for profiling dead people is a bit awful.”

She was not the only one who found Vanity Fair’s strategy here ethically questionable. Bertrando3 and justaguy also criticized Vanity Fair for its choice to use Princess Diana for the cover with such a headline. More complaints about the cover arose in other posts.

“Oh, Vanity Fair. It's a lovely shot of a truly beautiful woman, but really? Trying to be a well-timed cash in on the Royal-moment of William & Kate's baby no doubt. There wasn't anyone else more appropriate for their September Style issue?” commented honeycombchild, who was not the only one to point out the not-so-coincidental timing of this article. 

GivenchyHomme is not happy with magazines using dead celebrities for their covers in general and remarked, “You know we live in sad times when a major magazine chooses dead subjects rather than relevant (and living) people. Maybe it's cheaper for them to license out old photographs rather than splurging on something original.”

I can’t say I ever feel disappointed when I see Princess Diana on a magazine cover, as she will always seem more relevant to me than the current crop of Hollywood starlets and reality TV personalities, but the whole intention behind publishing such an article seems dubious and it comes across as rather tasteless. No matter how beautiful this cover is, it looks like this will not be one of our favorite September issues of the year.

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