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Vogue Releases Special Edition Issue for the Met Gala 2014 (Forum Buzz)

To coincide with the Met Gala event which was held on May 5, American Vogue has produced a special edition issue dedicated to the Charles James: Beyond Fashion event and its attendees. Rihanna and Beyonce are both on the cover of this year's issue, photographed by David X. Prutting.

Inside the magazine, Mario Testino shares his photographs taken during this year's gala, as well as his private images from the past. Testino's portfolio includes unseen images of Sienna Miller, Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, Charlize Theron, Bradley Cooper, Madonna, John Galliano and many more famous faces.
 

US Vogue Special Edition Met Gala 2014

IMAGE CREDIT: GLOSSYNEWSSTAND.COM

Forum member justaguy doesn't see the point in this publication: "This magazine is pointless. Anyone can probably see the same pics in US Today or MSN, etc. [or theFashionSpot!]" Do you agree? Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

Vogue's Special Edition Met Gala 2014 issue is available on newsstands now.

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Arizona Muse Gets Her Second Vogue Cover of the Month (Forum Buzz)

Knocking them out the park this month is Arizona Muse, who has scored her second Vogue cover for June. The American model is on the cover of Vogue Ukraine's June 2014 cover, photographed by Cuneyt Akeroglu and wearing a black dress from Christian Dior. Forum members are head over heels for the cover, loving each and every ounce of glamour and sophisticated it oozes. This is how it's done and kudos to Ukrainian Vogue for nailing it.

Vogue Ukraine June 2014 Arizona Muse

IMAGE CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/SERGEI_KOVALYOV

"What a Diva! How can she snatch a Vogue cover almost every month?" writes petit fours, who is clearly impressed with the amount of Vogue covers Arizona has to her name (20 covers to be exact).

"Whoa! She is running away with these covers, and its one more gorgeous than the other. This is stunning, I just love how she photographs," wrote Miss Dalloway.

Anlabe32 commented: "LOVE this cover, very glam. Hair, makeup, styling, font colours, Arizona… everything comes together."

GlamorousBoy suggested Vogue Ukraine was finally getting on its feet and wrote, "Finally good cover from Vogue Ukraine."

"Very nice! So good seeing other editions utilizing models in such a beautifully styled manner," posted justaguy.

Stay tuned for the editorial featuring Arizona and check out the thread here.

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Madonna Flashes a Nipple in L’Uomo Vogue May/June 2014 (NSFW)

If Madonna knows anything, it's how to rock some menswear. It is fitting then, that she was chosen as the cover model for L'Uomo Vouge's May/June 2014 issue, donning a three-piece suit from Giorgio Armani. But don't take the pop icon's buttoned-up cover as a sign that you won't see any skin in the accompanying spread.

Image: L'Uomo Vogue

Image: L’Uomo Vogue

In addition to smart menswear looks, Madonna also sports a little BDSM-inspired getup: high-waisted knickers with fishnet stockings, long leather gloves and a harness bra providing absolutely zero coverage. And when we say zero, that's exactly what we mean. In one photo, the singer is pictured on all fours, wearing the bra in question, with her bare nipple on full display.

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Watch: Photographer Tyler Shields Feeds a $100,000 Birkin to a Crocodile

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Image: Twitter/TylerShields

The above photo is a result of a project that was months in the making: It reportedly took photographer Tyler Shields seven months and $100,000 to get his hands on the pictured Birkin, just so he could feed it to an alligator. In contrast, it took only four days to acquire said alligator.

According to HuffPo, the Hermes bag has been thoroughly ravaged by gator bites, making this the second Birkin Shields publically destroyed (in 2012, he set one on fire — though it's been suggested that Shields' first stunt Birkin was a fake). 

22-year-old model Ana Mulvoy-Ten posed alongside the gator, apparently putting herself at some risk: "At one point during the shoot when Ana and the gator were both biting the bag it closed one of its eyes as if it was going to attack her, but did not," Shields told The Daily Mail. "It was one of the most insane moments I have ever photographed."

What a classy project! Pay a fortune for the skin of some poor animal living in misery at a croc farm, put a young woman's life in danger — all for the sake of a clever photo and some free PR. 

Here's a behind-the-scenes video from set:

The photos are part of Shields' latest art series, Indulgence. You can see the rest of the photos on his website

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Vanessa Seward Launches Namesake Label With the Help of A.P.C.

Image: WENN.com/JSB / PixPlanete/

Image: WENN.com/JSB / PixPlanete/

Former Azzaro creative director Vanessa Seward is no stranger to working with A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou. For five seasons, she's collaborated with the French contemporary brand on capsule collections for the label. But now, Sweard's taking her relationship with A.P.C. to the next level, as it's been announced that she will be launching her own eponymous brand, with financial backing from her friends at A.P.C.

The debut collection is due to hit the runway at the Fall 2015 shows during Paris Fashion Week next year, offering pieces across several categories, like outerwear and leather goods. The mood? "Sensible luxury," Seward says. “Maybe it is because I have lived in so many places, but I don’t like clothes to be too derivative—it’s not about a caricature of la Parisienne. I like to create flattering pieces that give women confidence, because that is what I need myself. It’s not about looking overly intellectual or trendy, but beautiful.”

As for her A.P.C. gig, Seward will present her sixth and final collection for it this September in Paris. Be on the lookout for Sweard's new line and boutiques in Paris (opening September 2015), and possible Los Angeles and New York.

[via WWD]

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Link Buzz: Ralph Lauren is Allegedly Furious with Kate Middleton; Should We Stop Talking About Cultural Appropriation in Fashion?

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Images: WENN.com (left) / Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com (right)

  • Ralph Lauren is said to be furious with Kate Middleton, because she had to flake on his Windsor Castle gala and only gave him six weeks notice. [Telegraph]
     
  • Not that I would ever drop $300 on a pair of shoes (well, never say never), but these wicker slingback flats are speaking to me. [FabSugar]
     
  • Why were fashion and beauty so good in the Nineties? Can anyone explain it to me? Anyone? [BellaSugar]
     
  • Is it bad business for slow fashion brands to tell their customers to buy less? I don't know, but I will say that Everlane's marketing and brand has worked on me like a charm; I want to own all their products, and I'm well on my way. [Fashionista]
     
  • Cara Delevingne's bunny is now on Instagram. [HuffPo]
     
  • Some thoughts on what former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson's firing means for women in the workplace. [TheCut]
     
  • Should we stop freaking out whenever a Western designer appropriates something from another culture? Eh sure. [Atlantic]

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