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Oh look. W Magazine's March 2014 cover has appeared in the forums ahead of its official release, and it stars the polarizing Miley Cyrus. The pop star is pictured lying nude in bed, covered with a puffy white pillow, lots of ornate metal bracets and plenty of chunky rings.
The accompanying caption reads: "NO APOLOGIES: Miley Cyrus Laid Bare, by Ronan Farrow." (Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra — the matter of his paternity recently became a media controversy — will launch his own show on MSNBC in February.)
A naked Miley Cyrus cover teasing a probing interview with the young starlet? Clearly intended to provoke. And it's working:
"I cannot wait for the meltdowns this will cause," said GarageGlamorous.
"I don't know whats worse — Miley's face, Miley's hair, or the headline 'Instaglam,'" said Cosmic Voices. "W Magazine, we were all rooting for you."
Cottonmouth13: "I have to admit I got a little excited when I saw the thread title but God, this is awful. Such a failed attempt from them to make her look sexy or sultry or whatever."
But not everyone is onboard with the negativity. LabelWhore4 had a different perspective: "What type of goddess?!? So glam imo."
So did KINGofVERSAILLES: "I may be alone in this, but I think the worst thing about this is that Ronan Farrow's name is on the cover. I don't mind Miley generally, but this is just not a good photo. She looks like a bored alien miming a sexy pose."
But no matter what we think of Cyrus, Farrow or the cover above, I think we can all agree with VogueDisciple93: "My eyes rolled out of my head at 'instaglam.'"
Bruce Weber photographed 17 transgender men and women for the new Barneys New York campaign, "Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters." [WWD, Barneys/TheWindow]
Here's a tutorial on how to wear skirts with boots, in case you've lost cognitive functioning. [FabSugar]
If you want to prevent dry skin in winter, you better introduce yourself to my friend, Moisturizer. [BellaSugar]
Or maybe you'd prefer the company of the woman with longest legs in New York City — nay, the world? Whatever works. [NYPost]
Ten years of Prada, can your eyeballs handle it without falling out of your scalp? Let us know in the comments! [Fashionologie]
Beyonce wore $10 million worth of jewels to the Grammys, chiefly because she is a good person. [SheFinds]
Kanye West is allegedly annoyed that his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, didn't get the cover of Vogue's February issue, which "instead" went to Girls creator Lena Dunham, as you know. The story continues: Kanye apparently "insisted" to Vogue editor Anna Wintour that Kardashian is “just as talented as Lena, if not more so.” [Radar]
Following months of scrutiny sparked by the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bandgladesh last Spring, H&M recently announced a plan to secure fair living wages for all textile workers employed by factories that manufacture items for the Swedish retailer.
The move didn't come as a surprise: with its eco-friendly Conscious collection, recycling program and various sustainability initiatives, H&M has long promoted itself as a socially responsible corporation. Here's what was surprising: The company's claim that increased wages for factory workers wouldn't drive up retail prices, which currently hover close to dirt cheap. Would it really be possible, critics asked, for the fast fashion brand to continue pricing dresses at $4.95 while paying fair wages to factory workers?
"How can that be true?" said Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, speaking with a reporter from Mother Jones. "It makes me think that the company is just riding on unsustainable expansion [and] will just continue to sell more and more low-quality clothes to make up for this increased cost."
But in a new report from Reuters which was published today, Helena Helmersson, H&M’s head of sustainability, told the news agency that adopting more ethical manufacturing practices wouldn't jeopordize the mass retailer's low prices.
“There is a misconception that lower prices in the stores mean bad working conditions or less pay,” said the executive. Reuters notes that according to Helmersson, sustainable practices such as "cutting water use to grow cotton, improving energy efficiency or using fewer chemicals," would all, in the long-term, improve profitability.
Another thing that will likely help profitability? H&M's nimble brand positioning and PR spin: “‘Made in Bangladesh’ is something that I’m proud of,” Helmersson told Reuters. “Our presence in Bangladesh is coming with so much positive impact if you think about the alternative jobs for women in Bangladesh.”
[H&M Says Fashion Can Be Cheap and Ethical — Reuters]
As part of DKNY's Spring 2014 campaign and to celebrate the Super Bowl (which is, I'm told, taking place this weekend), the New York City-based fashion label has released a football-themed draft video spot, titled #DKNYDRAFT. (This message was brought to you by the misguided belief that hashtags are relevant.)
In the clip, models Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cumming throw the ball around with rapper A$AP Rocky (the quartet also appears together in the collection print ads). According to FashionWeekDaily, the commercial will air on Taxi TV.
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It's that time of the season again, where readers of Harper's Bazaar are treated to a story styled by Bazaar's Global Fashion director, Carine Roitfeld. The editorial and cover shoot, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, showcases the new season's collections which include fashions from Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
IMAGE CREDIT : HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK
Bertrando3 laced into the cover within minutes of it surfacing on the forum. "It looks AWFUL!" he enthusiastically commented.
Honeycombild also shared the same sentiments: "Sweet Jesus, what the hell is that!"
The March cover isn't off to a good start with tFS members but comments began to read more positive after jeffandthewold posted, "I mean it is 'pop-art' inspired so I don't mind it. Very 90s."
I personally have become attached to Justine Picardie's version of Haper's Bazaar. Justine has showcased a clear vision for what magazine she wants readers to experience. The layouts are extremely clean, crisp, minimal and were inspired by Diana Vreeland's layouts at American Bazaar. I myself look forward to seeing how Carine's fifteen-page edit looks inside the latest issue.
In what resulted in a slew of (half joking) "I hate you" messages, I left icy New York City for Puerto Rico last week for the launch of Escada's Born in Paradise fragrance. I was joined on the trip by a handful of other online editors including ones from Byrdie, Rouge 18, Total Beauty, Beauty Blitz and Glam and we spent three days touring San Juan, drinking cocktails (well, I stick to tea, no matter how uncool it is), and, of course, talking beauty.