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Lupita Nyong’o Is the New Face of Lancôme: ‘Beauty is Compassion for Yourself and Those Around You’

Lupita Nyong'o with smokey blue eye shadow

Image: WENN

"I'm sure all the makeup and skincare brands were after her," said tFSer t-rex, responding to the news that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o had signed on as the new face of Lancôme. Although the Nyong'o's rise to fame has been predicated on much, much more than her phenomenal style (there's also that "acting" thing she does), when she first emerged in the public eye last Fall, the fashion and beauty worlds fell all over themselves praising her easy elegance and color sense.

"It’s not just her sartorial choices that are garnering her lavish praise—the lipstick she wears on the red carpet has also become somewhat of a signature during her short time in the spotlight," wrote last November, in a post titled "The Lipstick Adventures of Lupita Nyong’o." Fast forward to six months later: Clarins' HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm sold out and went viral because Lupita pulled it out of her purse during the Oscars

Although the actress appeared in her first major campaign for fashion brand Miu Miu's Spring 2014 ads, cosmetics contracts are typically considered the most lucrative and prestigious deals — the "crown jewel" of spokesmodel campaigns. With Lupita's distinctive makeup look and immense popularity, it was only a matter of time before signed on with a big beauty brand. 

Speaking with WWD, Nyong'o explained what led her to sign on with the cosmetics giant: "I had to give a speech about beauty right before the Oscars and for me, beauty is a compassion for yourself and those around you. And I think that in focusing on that, the light inside illuminates the beauty outside. The idea that Lancôme now has a few actor ambassadors is significant because actors are not just faces, they are spirits that people enjoy and relate to more than in an aesthetic way. We have the privilege of standing for something other than just looks.”

Although that statement might scan unfavorably to readers who prefer to see models — rather than celebrities — cast in fashion and beauty campaigns, Nyong'o follows her remarks by name-checking South Sudanese top model Alek Wek as an inspiration: "When she came on the scene, I felt more seen. Having me on a huge campaign like this will hopefully do that for other girls or people who feel unseen or underseen.”

Nyong'o is the second high-profile black woman to sign a contract with a major cosmetics within the past week: Last Friday, L'Oreal Paris released a campaign image with the brand's new spokesmodel, Zoe Saldana



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It’s a Wrap: Diane von Furstenberg Goes Digital to Celebrate Her Iconic Dress

Diane von Furstenberg and Coco Rocha celebrate the iconic DVF dress

Image: Getty

When the world was first introduced to Diane von Furstenberg’s versatile wrap dress in 1974, the World Wide Web was purely the stuff of science fiction. Now as the signature piece marks its 40th anniversary, the designer is diving head first into the digital realm in a concerted attempt to ensure the silhouette stays relevant in the new millennium. A cavalcade of celebs and social media mavens have been enlisted to tweet, upload Instagram photos, as well as blog about their experiences being wrapped up in different versions of the dress.

According to Fashionista, everyone from Emma Roberts to Coco Rocha is jumping on the promotional bandwagon. So be prepared to be inundated with behind-the-scenes snaps and styling how-to clips as these designated ambassadors strive to inspire the tech savvy to reach back into the fashion archives. This new media saturation follows closely on the heels of von Furstenberg’s wrap-centric Fall 2014 show in February and LACMA’s ongoing Journey of a Dress exhibition.

It remains to be seen if a little star power will go a long way or if this year-long blitz will simply get lost in the heavily trafficked information superhighway.

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Lara Stone Channels Her Inner Bombshell for Glamour France (Forum Buzz)

Sit yourself down before you scroll any further. Lara Stone has delivered the goods once again, on the cover of the May 2014 issue of French Glamour, resembling a modern day Brigitte Bardot. This certainly wouldn't be the first time we've seen Lara channel the iconic French bombshell. On this particular cover, Lara's wearing an Azzedine Alaia top and is photographed by Nico. We couldn't really ask for more, could we?



We're also treated to several more wonderful images of Lara inside the issue. These pictures showcase Lara to her highest potential — just look at that face. It's no wonder the Dutch beauty recently signed with L'Oréal Paris.



Do yourself a favor and check out Lara's pictures inside the issue here.

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#CastMeMarc: Marc by Marc Jacobs Campaign Casting Via Hashtag on Twitter

Marc Jacobs — by which I mean not the celebrity designer, but the umbrella corporation which houses both the main brand and the Marc by Marc Jacobs sister line — is looking for models on Twitter. 

If I had to guess, I'd say that this initiative has little-to-nothing to do with finding a fresh new face to represent the label and practically everything to do with earning free social media buzz and Internet publicity.

Well you got me, Marc: It's working. You win. 

I'm writing a post about your stupid gimmicky stunt and hating myself a little for it — which in fashion terms, is mission accomplished, right? To get people to buy into whatever you're selling against their better judgment. Amazing. GENIUS BRAND.

Here: my cat wanted to participate and I don't know how to say no to him. Carl accepts all terms and conditions:

Carl the Cat CASTMEMARC photo for Marc Jacobs instagram and twitter campaign

Carl the Cat

[via HuffPoStyle]


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Henry Holland Designs Limited-Edition Ice Cream Dress for Magnum’s 25th Birthday

We’ve seen designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Zac Posen collaborate with ice cream brand Magnum before, and now it’s the turn of London Fashion Week favourite Henry Holland.

The task at hand was to create a dress inspired by the Magnum Classic ice cream range to help to celebrate the brand’s 25th birthday. A dress almost good enough to eat, you might say!

Henry Holland Designs Limited-Edition Ice Cream Dress for Magnum's 25th Birthday

Henry Holland Designs Limited-Edition Ice Cream Dress for Magnum’s 25th Birthday

The exact inspiration for the dress reportedly comes from the moment when the chocolate cracks and reveals the ice cream from underneath. This is clearly demonstrated by the dress’ design aesthetics, as brown and vanilla sequin embellishment work together in order to emulate this effect. Plus, an interesting fact is that it actually took three months to create due to the fact that each sequin was applied by hand. 

To mark Magnum’s birthday, 25 copies of the limited-edition pointed collar shift dress will be given away on Magnum’s site. So, keep an eye out for the chance to snap up your own!   

Image: Henry Holland via Twitter

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Does Vogue Italia’s April Cover Spread Glamorize Violence Against Women, Take a Stand Against Domestic Abuse — or None of the Above?

Vogue Italia April cover where Issa Lish is wearing all white on a blood stained banister with her attacker nearby

Image: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia via Vogue.It

In a feature which went up on The Independent yesterday, fashion editor Alex Fury grapples with the April Vogue Italia cover story which, according to editor Franca Sozzani, was created to raise awareness for domestic violence. (The spread was photographed by Steven Meisel and stars models Issa Lish and Natalie Westling.)

"How many women are every year attacked, abused and killed? You know, in a small country like Italy only last year [the figure] was 1,700 women and almost 130 that were killed, so it's huge: it's more than two women a week, you know, it's like a huge proportion, just killed," Sozzani tells Fury. "And so I said… why don't we give that message again, especially that the horror of life is bigger than the one that you can see in the movies. This is really a horror show, what we are looking at and what we see every day in every newspaper around the world is how fragile the woman still is today, and how she can be attacked, can be abused, can be killed.”

Fury suggests that it might be insensitive for a man (in this case, Meisel — who has photographed every single Vogue Italia cover since Sozzani became EIC) to create images depicting violence against women perpetrated by men.

"Questions are raised as to whether the images can avoid trivialising or glamorizing these issues," he writes of the publication's controversial editorials. 

Perhaps if these images really did get at the gruesome and yet relatively common horror of domestic abuse, it could seem inappropriate and exploitative that they were shot by a male photographer, for the glossiest of glossy fashion magazines. However, as it stands, the spread (which is available in full on appears to have almost nothing to do with the purported issue, except that it involves male-on-female violence taking place in private residences.

I pretty much agree completely with commenter Mikel, posting to the issue's Forum thread: "After seeing the whole editorial, the 'glamorizing violence against women' thing planted by The Independent article seems rather silly and pointless. The entire editorial basically consists of perfectly executed stills from a horror movie and (spoiler alert) the women in the end are victorious in defeating their attacker."

See the full editorial (including a dreamy backstage video) on


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