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Link Buzz: Alessandra Ambrosio Brings Her 5-Year-Old to Coachella; Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is $1.2 Million in Debt

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    Alessandra Ambrosio attends the second weekend of Coachella with her 5-year-old daughter Anja in tow. Small children = the next 'it' festival accessory. [TheGloss]
  • East coast vs. West coast style; this important battle rages on. [FabSugar]
  • If you want to wear makeup like Lupita Nyong'o wears makeup, here is the beauty tutorial of your dreaaams. [BellaSugar]
  • How did Cara Delevingne become Cara Delevingne? [The Cut]
  • Leaked documents show that Gwyneth Paltrow's aspirational lifestyle newsletter, Goop, is in bad financial shape. [Jezebel]
  • This trailer for the final season of True Blood features lots of violence, but no Alexander Skarsgård. [Variety]

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Vogue’s May Cover with Emma Stone is ‘More Fall than Spring’ (Forum Buzz)

After the controversial Kimye cover for the April issue, it's refreshing to see the latest issue of Vogue for May 2014, featuring The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone. Photographed by Craig McDean, Emma was styled by Tabitha Simmons in a dress from Gucci's Pre-Fall 2014 collection.

Emma Stone on the cover of Vogue May 2014


"I really like that cover, but it's more fall than Spring IMO," commented catherine88.

Suhzie shared the same sentiments: "Looks like a Fall cover wtf?" as did Emmanauelle: "'Spring in the city, clash your prints, pop your colors!' … ok, where are they in the picture?" Although she went on to write, "Besides that, Emma looks great. But who's gonna be happy to be on that cover after Kim and Kanye?"

"Poor Emma, following last month's disaster. She looks adorable as always, but this definitely would have made a better fall cover. Way too dark for spring, and I'm not crazy about the hat. Hopefully the ed will have her in some better looks," wrote SallyAlbright.

Miss Dalloway was happy to see a change in photographer shooting the cover of American Vogue and wrote, "This is the sixth issue in a row that Testino didn't shoot the cover, very interesting how times are changing, nice to see photographers like McDean & Sims are getting a chance as well. Now bring back Meisel!"

What are your views? Will you be happy to see Kimye's cover replaced on the newsstands? Tell us what you think by voicing your own opinion here.

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Did Terry Richardson Really Offer a Model a Vogue Photoshoot in Exchange for Sex?

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Terry-Richardson-1​Yesterday afternoon, model Emma J. Ackerton posted a screengrab of her phone to her Twitter account: "If i can fuck you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue," read the displayed message from a Facebook user named Terry Richardson (pictured right).​

Over the past few years, allegations against the fashion photographer have become an Internet mainstay; most tFS readers are probably aware of Richardson's creepy "Uncle Terry" reputation and the small army of models who have spoken out against his literally dickish creative process.

Based on all the previous allegations against him, Richardson isn't neccessarily "above" this kind of behavior and we wouldn't think it were "out of character" for him to offer some young model a career-making photoshoot in exchange for sex. But does Terry really seem stupid enough to leave such a blatant digital trail? 

“This is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text,” said Candice Marks, a representative for Richardson, speaking with Buzzfeed reached a US Vogue spokesperson for comment: “We have no plans to work with him in the future," said communications director Hildy Kuryk.

Richardson's work last appeared in the American fashion magazine in the June 2010 issue, for an accessories story starring top model Doutzen Kroes


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Sophie Marceau’s Vogue Paris Cover Fails to Impress (Forum Buzz)

It's here and it's a disappointment. The May 2014 cover of Vogue Paris surfaced on the forums over the weekend, and the thread is ablaze with negativity. French actress Sophie Marceau is photographed by Mario Testino against a vivid orange background. This isn't Marceau's first time on the cover of French Vogue. The World Is Not Enough femme fatale also covered August 2003 and the May 2007 issue (my personal favorite).

Vogue Paris May 2014 Sophie Marceau


From the first comment by GivenchyAddict ("Ughh absolutely atrocious. Looks like an old Vogue Paris cover and this orange background…"), you just knew from the start this wasn't about to go down lightly.

"This is atrocious! No other word, and the background is giving me a headache!" wrote Miss Dalloway.

Emmanuelle wasn't satisfied either: "I don't get the point, did they want to give a 90s vibe? This is not well done, no style here."

TeeVanity wasn't convinced the cover was even genuine and wrote, "This is not good at all, I am still waiting to see the actual cover. This can't be it."

"I don't mind seeing Sophie on another cover, but the creative here is just bad. I can't even begin to understand what they're trying to achieve here," posted justaguy.

What are your thoughts on the cover? Are you impressed? Join the discussion here.

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Franca Sozzani On Her Newest Global Issue: Water

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Franca Sozzani certainly kept both busy and blogged about when she visited Sydney last month off the back of Vogue Italia’s Australia issue.

But it wasn’t just Christopher Esber and Baz Luhrman to whom she devoted her attention. While in town, Sozzani also paid a visit to Katherine Keating, the daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, to discuss an issue far more important than this season’s trendiest hem length: Water. Or, rather, the lack of it.

In answer to Keating’s question, “As the editor in chief of Italian Vogue, how do you use the magazine to address broader social issues, and what are the issues that are most important to you?” Sozzani explained the link between Australia and Africa, the last continent to find itself the focus of Italian Vogue’s global issues.

“My effort is to use the magazine not for a social or political or monetary way, but just to present how you could see things in a different way,” she told Keating. “I made an issue about Africa, but I made it in a very social way.”

If you hadn’t noticed, Sozzani has a rather consequence-ignoring way of confronting important issues. (You'll remember her graphic treatment of domestic violence in the particularly gory editorial she featured recently.) Franca's influence clearly goes beyond fashion. The 64-year-old EIC is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development, which supports the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

“The main problem is water. Water is before everything. It is before food – before anything is water,” she explained to Keating. Her “new obsession” led her to a meeting with the representative of an Australian company that produced desalination panels. Through talking with the company, she realized the potential of a new way of providing purified water to African children in schools, and hopefully soon, in homes. “It’s a new potential way to give water to every family. That’s my goal.”

So how does fashion play into this? Sozzani believes our industry can help alleviate poverty by providing those in struggling nations with job security, training and health insurance. Water is vital to the fashion production cycle, as is an effective way of distributing Africa-made materials.

The interview was part of Keating’s One On One web series, a run of five-minute interviews with innovators in fields ranging from fashion to business and politics. She’s on the other end of the interview in this month’s Vogue Australia.

ONE ON ONE: Franca Sozzani on Water

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Mulberry Is lowering Its Prices, While Burberry Is Raising Its Prices Further

Cara Delevingne on Mulberry Spring 2014 runway

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You may be changing your it bag to a Mulberry next season following the news that the British luxury accessories brand will be lowering its prices after warnings that profits would be significantly less than expected, as reported in Reuters.

Under the recently departed CEO Bruno Guillon, the heritage brand raised its once affordable prices higher and higher in order to reinstate Mulberry as a competing brand to likes of Prada, and away from the mainstream appeal of brands such as Michael Kors.

However, after poor performance from the Christmas sales, particularly in South Korea and Britain, and downturn in profit since the departure of creative director Emma Hill in 2013, it has not been looking good for Mulberry. Perhaps this proves that even having Cara Delevingne as the face of your brand cannot always guarantee success in the store.

Much to the rejoicing of customers, prices of popular bags such as the Alexa and Del Ray could be down by up to £100 each.

However, for those of you wishing to invest in alternative heritage British brand Burberry, you will have to add a bit more budget allowance as the company has confirmed that prices will be increased in order to compete with international exchange rates. With 41% of sales coming from Asia Pacific, it is easy to see that there is a great deal of international commerce, which is in turn affecting profit margins as these sales are worth less once converted back into pounds. It was noted in The Times that adverse exchange rates could knock £30 million off Burberry's profits next year, which new Creative Director Christopher Bailey will no doubt be keen to amend.

This news comes just as the brand is about to open its biggest store in Shanghai later this month, which is certain to be a momentous affair if previous events are anything to go by.

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