The year’s nearly over, and while we love to reminisce about all the good times over the past 12 months, it’s time to look forward. From design house appointments to the second royal baby, 2015 promises to be anything but dull. So before we officially say goodbye to 2014, here are eight things we’re looking forward to happening (or possibly happening) once we ring in the new year.
There’s no official confirmation that this is going to happen, but let’s be real, things are looking pret-tay good for Kendall Jenner. In 2014, Vogue, like much of the fashion world, began to take a keen interest in the young reality star – she’s already been featured in editorial spreads for the glossy. Her huge social media following combined with fashion’s newfound obsession with her makes her a prime candidate for a Vogue cover. After all, her older sister Kim scored her own cover with hubby Kanye for the magazine’s April issue – even though Anna Wintour doesn’t find the couple tasteful.” Jenner’s odds at a Vogue cover might not be so bad.
John Galliano was in relative fashion limbo this year (and last year and the previous year…), but now that he’s been officially hired at Margiela, all eyes will be on the French fashion house to see what the designer will deliver in his first collection for the brand. Galliano is poised to take Margiela in a new, exciting direction and we’re very curious to see what he does.
Vogue Mexico often receives a bashing from our forum members, and it appears as though it will continue into 2015. The magazine’s January cover hit our forums earlier this week with mixed results. Vogue has handed Julia Frauche her second cover (she previously landed the April 2012 issue of Vogue Australia), but this time around she’s styled in the complete opposite and we just don’t know what to think. Photographed by Nagi Sakai, the French beauty models a baby pink Christopher Kane coat, standing in the studio against a purposely torn backdrop. The team behind the shoot must have been feeling the pink trend this season as stylist Sarah Gore Reeves selected only pink outfits for the shoot. Gimmicky or trendy?
Our forum members share mixed feelings. “Not a fan… They wanted to try something with the background but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t really like Julia’s face expression. That pink jacket doesn’t match with anything in this cover,” said Oxymore, not getting us off on a very positive note.
“It’s the jacket that’s bothering me the most. It doesn’t have any shape, making her look like a mannequin head that models wigs,” agreed TREVOFASHIONISTO.
We can assume Nepenthes wasn’t a fan, either: “Looks like a pre-fall lookbook.”
Benn98 showed no enthusiasm and posted, “She looks too washed out for my liking. And I don’t like the weird backdrop. I feel these colours are more suitable for winter.”
But not all of us are left disappointed by Vogue Mexico’s efforts this month. “I like what I’m seeing so far. Not a fan of the background, but I love the shade of pink. I don’t like Julia Frauche that much but she works it well here!” credited Valentine27.
“Lovely! I really like it. Nice palette of colors. This pink looks pretty elegant,” complimented narcyza.
Take a peek inside the thread and see Julia’s cover story. Share your own opinion of Vogue Mexico’s January 2015 cover here.
2014’s been a banner year for Instagram retouching. Just ask Beyoncé or Kris Jenner. But it looks like those two have a little competition in the Photoshop department thanks to John Mayer. The singer posted a photo to his feed yesterday that looks a little too good to be true… that’s because it is airbrushed into near-oblivion.
The image, which looks more like a digital painting than a picture taken with a camera phone, shows Mayer sitting down next to a pal, a furtive smize in the singer’s eyes, as if he’s taunting us like, “yeah, this is ‘shopped to all hell – watchu ‘gon do about it?
Mayer could have used the extreme filter ironically. After all, none of his other pictures appear to be that altered. Or, you know, he could have been having a bad skin day and didn’t want the entire world to see. Or perhaps this is the launch of the new line of John Mayer plastic dolls? In any case, bang up use of Photoshop.
Madonna’s been through some serious retouching sessions in some of her past campaigns, but apparently, not for her most recent with Versace. The 56-year-old singer looks admittedly fantastic in the Italian fashion house’s latest ads — so good that people have inevitably chalked her pristine appearance up to good ol’ Photoshop magic, but according to Donatella Versace, that’s not the case.
The designer told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera that Madonna “did not have her abdomen or arms retouched.” She does acknowledge that they did use a little studio magic to make the singer look as good as she does. “I believe that there were only the set and the filters and the rest,” which could mean a lot of really good makeup, maybe even a teensy bit of retouching? Who (besides the people who shot the ads) can really say?
Either way, Madonna looks great, filters or no filters, and her midsection at 56 is tighter than most women’s half her age. So, werque Madonna.
Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2014 advertising campaign must have served the French fashion house well because we’re seeing the same concept for the new Spring 2015 campaign. Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller all came back to lens images for the campaign entitled “Series 2.” Nicolas Ghesquière used his Instagram account to release the first campaign image, which features Freja Beha Erichsen (also from last season) standing before a floor-length window overlooking Central Park in New York City. Freja appears effortless wearing a detailed white dress, a pair of knee-high leather boots and holding one of the coveted bags Ghesquière designed for his second collection at Louis Vuitton. Jennifer Connelly also stars in the campaign and we’re beginning to wonder which Ghesquière favorite is about to show up next.
“The same three photographers again? It will get boring at some point,” slammed Melancholybaby, unimpressed by the fact that the same concept has trickled into the latest ads.
“Not a fan of either photographer, and though Weber’s photos were gorgeous last season I’m not sure if I want to see more of it. At least I hope there will be some changes in the cast (they must keep Liya though),” added anlabe32.
Also left underwhelmed was gazebo, who wrote, “Looks like last season. It’s the trend now to keep ads very similar and tight (Saint Laurent, Dior) especially at the first few seasons, to create a signature look. Yet it gets boring.”
Creative wasn’t having any of it, either: “NG for LV already got old. I feel like I’ve been seeing the same things like… forever. Good that they are trying to build an identity, but I’m bored already.”
Although not everyone was left so disappointed. “Is always a pleasure to see Freja, even if she looks so beautiful, just like this. I love it,” raved thatsfierce, clearly motivated by Freja’s return.
Are you an admirer of the new Louis Vuitton campaign? Await more shots, see Jennifer’s images and let us know what you think here.
Target finds itself in a pickle with angry customers accusing the retailer of racial discrimination. Bear, Delaware, customer L’Sean Rinique Shelton launched a Change.org petition against Target over its in-store Annie advertisements when she noticed that the ads for the movie’s branded clothing line featured a young white model fronting the campaign as opposed to Quvenzhané Wallis, who stars as the main character in the film. Shelton sees the act as another snub against young black girls.
“Why do you feel that we are not enough to portray our beautiful images on your advertisements,” the petition reads. “If it is a multi-cultural issue, surely you could use her co-stars on some ads and Quvenzhané Wallis or another African American girl on others.”
So far, Shelton’s petition is over 3,000 supporters strong, just a little over 1,600 away from reaching her goal for signatures. Shelton calls the ads a “misleading depiction of the movie,” and notes that in light of the current volatile racial climate in America, this sort of misstep is the last thing anyone needs. Perez Hilton mentions that though the in-store ads feature a white model, the line’s lookbook does include a few black girls.
“We demand that you immediately pull those misleading ads and give Quvenzhané Wallis her due respect as well as other little girls who aspire to be like her. Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable! These grossly misleading ads are adding to the divide and does not give young African American girls aspiring to become actors anything to be optimistic about.”
Supporters of Shelton’s campaign call the ads “damaging to the psyche” and “outright blatant disregard” to Quvenzhané’s role in the film. So far, Target has not commented.