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Link Buzz: Alexander Wang Turned Down Balenciaga at First; Jenna Lyons On NYC vs. LA

Alexander Wang at Balenciaga Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

Alexander Wang at Balenciaga Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

  • Speaking with students at SCAD, Alexander Wang revealed that he had declined the Balenciaga job when it was first offered to him. Also, the company had to shut down security cameras at Balenciaga when the designer went to visit the house archives, to prevent news of the negotations from being leaked. [Fashionista]
  • Here's an inside look at the CFDA's new book, The Pursuit of Style. [FabSugar]
  • Your clothing could soon have chips in it, which would make it scannable (!) for strangers who want to shop your wardrobe. [Observer]
  • Big, big HUGE congrats to Jourdan Dunn, who was just named spokesmodel for Maybelline. How fantastic to see that lucrative contract go to a model, not a celebrity. And a model of color, to boot! [HuffPo]
  • Another new beauty contract: Tina Fey signs on to be the face of Garnier's Ultra-Lift skincare line. [Glamour]
  • Speaking of BEAUTY, find out why this beauty editor doesn't actually wear makeup in her day-to-day life. [BellaSugar]
  • Dannijo tells young brands: "Not every opportunity is right." [Racked]
  • Jenna Lyons discusses the difference between LA and NYC, when it comes ot style. [The Cut]

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Lorde On the Cover of Teen Vogue: “Prescribed Ideals of How Girls Should Look Are Over.” (Except, Oops. She’s Slathered in Photoshop.)

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Image: Twitter/MarcJacobsIntl

The wondrous Lorde appears on the cover of Teen Vogue's May issue, wearing a bold plaid look from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 runway (the collection marked the debut of a new design duo tasked with reinvigorating the line, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley). 

The publication bills the 17-year-old singer Lorde as the leader of a "revolution," and quotes her saying that "prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over." Probably? Except the message comes with a touch of hypocrisy on the part of Teen Vogue. As forum member KingOfVersailles pointed out, it looks like the glossy went a little heavy on the makeup and Photoshop, considering the accompanying tagline.

Lorde has been vocal about the way photos are often distorted to sell a false image of physical perfection to fans. Two weeks ago, she shared photographs of herself before/after airbrushing on Twitter, reminding her followers that "flaws are okay." 

And although Lorde hasn't addressed whether her Teen Vogue cover was itself Photoshopped, she did speak to the "new nose" which had been fashioned onto her face in an editorial shot in the Canadian publication, Fashion:

I'm not even going to mention the fact that apart from this Photoshop business, it's a little ridiculous for Teen Vogue to align itself with an evolved ideal of beauty, when a quick glance at its cover gallery shows an array of predominantly white, thin and perfectly-coiffed starlets. So progressive! Ra ra ra. 

Related: Lady Gaga’s Unretouched Versace Campaign Outtakes Prove It: Fashion Advertising Is Bullsh*t

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Exclusive: Alasdair McLellan Photographs the Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby Collection for Arena Homme+

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For its Spring 2014 issue, Arena Homme+ got a special look at designer Raf Simons' one-off catwalk collaboration with the artist Sterling Ruby.  The project was photographed by British fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan in two parts, in Paris and London, and styled by Max Pearmain.

"You've looked very deeply into this collection, into our collaboration," said Simons, speaking with the magazine in an interview that accompies the feature. "And you've hit on the truth."

Check out an exclusive preview of the spread below. You can see the full story in the latest issue of Arena Homme+, available on newsstands now. 


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Adidas Announces Collaboration with Mary Katrantzou

We may have only just recovered from the excitement of Alexander Wang’s forthcoming collection with H&M, but there is even more brilliant news on the collaboration front as Adidas has announced a long-term partnership with British designer Mary Katrantzou

designer Mary Katrantzou

(image: GETTY)

Katrantzou’s Spring 2014 collection may have been a catalyst for this, with her abstract photographic prints of sneakers and laces over her designs. The American sports brand is definitely pleased to add the designer to its list of collaborators that has included Topshop, Stella McCartney and Pharell Williams.

Speaking to Vogue UK this morning, Adidas global creative director Dirk Schoenberger was thrilled about the forthcoming partnership. "The collaboration between Adidas and Mary Katrantzou merges the exceptional talent of one of the most interesting designers of today and a company that embraces many different cultures from sports, pop, music and fashion, I admire Mary's extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the Adidas originals women's collection."

Mary Katrantzou FW14 show

Mary Katrantzou FW14 show (image: GETTY)

Currently reported to be released in November this year, the collection will include both footwear and clothing, and given that one of those expertly printed dresses from Mary’s own range usually retails at around $2,500, you can bet that this collection will be far more affordable and will not be left on the shelves for long, and Katrantzou cannot wait either.

"I'm really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear, I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I'm really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand,” she told Vogue UK earlier. "They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market."

We cannot wait to see what the results will be.

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Lindsey Wixson Looks ‘Cute’ on Vogue Ukraine’s May Cover (Forum Buzz)

American model Lindsey Wixson has landed herself another Vogue cover, this time for the May issue of Vogue Ukraine. She was photographed by Jeff Bark and is seen modeling a Spring 2014 Prada dress, accompanied by a tagline that announces 'Girl Power' as a theme of the issue. 

Lindsey Wixson on Vogue Ukraine May 2014 (ph: Jeff Bark)

image credit: wearesodroee via the tfs forums

TheFashionSpot forum members had a lot to say about this cover. Some, like MulletProof, didn't like the hair and model choice ("I'm all for baby-faced models and Lindsey's certainly had her moments, but that hair is only making things worse here… she looks like one of those odd 9-year-old girls that were allowed to overpluck their eyebrows before their time.") Others were disappointed that this lacked the weirdness of Jeff Bark's usual work ("I was hoping for something wonderfully weird when I saw that Jeff Bark had shot this, but it just looks like a standard cover. Nothing wrong with that, but hopefully the editorial will bring forth that strange and beautiful feel only Jeff can bring," commented Luxx.)

TeeVanity posted, "This is a very cute cover, Lindsey looks adorable."

But 'cute' and 'adorable' does not go down well with all tFS members in this instance. It didn't go unnoticed with some members that a cover like this coming from a country that is currently going through major political struggles may seem inappropriate. 

"Could Vogue Ukraine be the first edition to publish during a civil war?? It just seems odd to me to see the new covers come out with so much more going on in their country. Life must go on I suppose," noted A.D.C.

To which MyNameIs added, "I wasn't going to mention anything, but since you brought it up. I was thinking something along those lines. They don't even seem to acknowledge the reality there right now. I was wondering whether they'd go for a somber cover this month, but nope. Seems somehow inappropriate, no? I understand life must go on and all that, but you can't remove yourself completely from the reality."

Do you think it is insensitive of Vogue Ukraine to keep publishing during these times? Join the discussion on the forums or comment below. 

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Daria Werbowy Lands a Tiffany & Co. Campaign (Forum Buzz)

She's fronted multiple magazine covers and been the face of countless designer brands, and now Daria Werbowy can add Tiffany & Co. campaign girl to her resume. The Canadian beauty is the new face of the jewelry brand's 'Atlas designs' which are set to debut in the upcoming months.

Werbowy is seen posing elegantly for Michael Thompson, as they capture the timeless elegance of the brand which was founded in 1837. You really cannot go wrong with an effortless model like Daria for an advertising campaign, can you? These images are a true testament to how versatile she really is.

Tiffany & Co. Campagin Daria Werbowy Spring Summer 2014


Forum members are extremely satisfied with this campaign with Starry writing, "Beautiful images! She looks cool yet feminine in the pictures!"

"Daria + Thompson is always a lovely combo…really love how T&C switched the over-airbrushed, glossy shots for a pared down B&W portrait," enthused Fiercification.

VersaceVixen009 also shared the same positive attitude: "Ahh so classy! Love the second shot especially!"

Are you in the same boat as these members? Be sure to check out the thread voice your own opinion here.

Tiffany & Co. Campaign Daria Werbowy Spring Summer 2014


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