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Amanda Murphy Looks Like a Movie Star in The New Prada Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Image Credit: Instagram @kegrand

Image Credit: Instagram @kegrand

Always one of the most anticipated campaigns of the season, the release of a new Prada campaign is guaranteed to get tFS members excited. Lensed per usual by Steven Meisel, the campaign is supposedly only starring one model this season, “new face” Amanda Murphy. This casting choice doesn’t come as a surprise to some as the American model already opened and closed the last Prada runway show and was seen in film sequences that were playing in the background at the show. The 24-year old model first appeared on the scene in 2008 and had not been seen in any major work prior to being booked for several decent Pre-Fall 2013 shows, which led to casting director Ashley Brokaw booking her for the Proenza Schouler and the Prada shows in the Fall 2013 runway season. With many forum members being unfamiliar with the model, the opinions on her look in the Prada campaign were divided. 

“Amanda looks like a movie star, which is appropriate given the cinematographic nature of the collection,” commented HeatherAnne

Teaars agreed about Amanda looking like a movie star and TREVOFASHIONISTO also noted that her face looked “so cinematic.”  

And Fiercification added, “I am seriously falling in love with this girl, she has such a unique, commanding presence. This is the hottest she's ever looked, from any perspective you look at it. Love the late 60s, early 70s glam movie star look I get from the campaign so far. Glorious.”

Other members stated the opposite. 5 8 6 wrote, “She looks beautiful and she suits the collection's mood perfectly, but I'm a little bit disappointed especially because the fashion show was so great that I was expecting something more dramatic and cinematic from Meisel.”  

This less enthusiastic view was also supported by Elfinkova who didn’t understand the praise for Amanda and said that she looked “like a corpse bride” and Kallu who found that the model looked “boring” and “not good.” 

It is true that the runway show had a very cinematic feeling to it and that this could have been translated into a campaign wonderfully. But even if the whole campaign should be kept as minimal as this first shot, this is so alluring and striking that I have no complaints. Amanda looks like a timeless beauty here and with her intense stare she has won me over. With more shots expected to arrive soon, this campaign is sure to keep the tFS forums buzzing for a while!

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Link Buzz: Mad Men Beauty, Then and Now; W Magazine Posts Lengthy Profile of Kanye West



  • The Mad Men characters: Beautiful then, beautiful now. Yes, but how? [BellaSugar]
  • Lace-up heels! They're like normal heels, but with laces. [FabSugar]
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  • Victoria Beckham: "Yes, she smiles," alleges husband and popular British football star David Beckham in an interview with his Facebook wall. [AmyGrindhouse]
  • For Fall, Essie thinks big. And warm and cozy: sweaters. [SheFinds]
  • New disturbing allegations suggest that Michael Jackson used to prank call Russell Crowe. [DailyStab]
  • Kanye West wrote the song "I Am God" because he was "just very hurt" by one unknown designer's "attempt to control him." I bet he's talking about Jessica Simpson, right? [WMag]




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Miranda Kerr Goes to Korea, Wears Utilitarian Underwear for Vogue and Elle


For Miranda Kerr, it’s just another day in Northeast Asia, for the rest of us, it’s evidence that granny panties are going to be really big (no pun intended) next season.

On Friday, the supermodel posted a photo to her Instagram of an upcoming issue of Elle she’s fronting. It shows Miranda looking about half her 30 years in a cropped balloon sweater and some rather practical underwear. The text reads: “sexy wonder body” because, duh.

The cover is most likely for the July 2013 issue of Elle Korea. Just last week, Miranda had a Korean Vogue cover shoot there, and the two are almost awkwardly alike in style. Boxy white top half? Check. Abs that encourage conspiracy rumours about her pregnancy? Check. Utilitarian underwear? Big high-waisted check.

No word yet on whether these will take off in the Western world. Miranda’s first post-Korea shoot was for Net-A-Porter’s swimwear issue and aligns more closely with the model’s Victoria’s Secret days.

Do you prefer Miranda’s Korean Elle or Vogue cover? Or is it too close to call?


Images: Miranda Kerr’s Instagram

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Stefano Pilati Shows His First Collection for Ermenegildo Zegna (Forum Buzz)

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TFS forum members wept bitter tears when Stefano Pilati was dismissed from his job at Yves Saint Laurent in February 2012… and when they saw his successor Hedi Slimane’s collection for the now renamed Saint Laurent Paris. After two seasons where Pilati remained out of the spotlight, he has now made his return as creative director at Italian menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna, showing a safe, but wonderful, collection during Menswear Spring 2014 Fashion Week in Milan. Forum members were mostly pleased with what he created for the luxury house, which has been owned by the Zegna family since its establishment in 1910. 

“It may be too soon, but this collection must be one of my favourites. Those super light coats are amazing, loved the outwear so much! Really good, I'm so glad Pilati's in charge," commented marcBarna

And mistress_f was also very excited by Pilati’s debut for the brand, saying, “The belted outerwear… so so good, I love it. I really like this collection, love it for the most part, and I see what Stefano is doing here, pretty much everything shown here could be easily found in his closet. This is him 100%. I guess he felt happy to be given freedom and did it his own way. I'm so happy to have him back in fashion.”

The similarity to Pilati’s own style is a valid point and something that struck me upon first viewing this collection, too. But others found that it was not only reminiscent of what the designer himself wears, they felt it was also too similar to what he did for Yves Saint Laurent. Pricciao wrote, “The black section is so much better than the rest, I think Stefano needs to work on the depth, what works for YSL is not what Zegna costumers want.”

This sentiment was not shared by GERGIN who felt that this collection was even better than Pilati’s YSL collections. “This is probably one of Stefano’s best outings for menswear he's ever done, as much as I enjoyed his work at YSL, the styling and tailoring is much more cleaned up…of course makes sense for a brand like E. Zegna,” he said.


Cold commented, “Pilati can definitely give Zegna a new kind of attraction. In love with the lush palette and the styling. The coats are gorgeous.”

Pilati indeed triumphs with this collection, meeting everyone’s expectations and continuing to do what he does best by delivering sophisticated and desirable menswear. This is a convincing effort in every way. And VogueDisciple93 summed up nicely: “Truly an amazing collection. Pilati did what he does best, luxury. The craftsmanship and fabrics is bar none — everything looks so light, yet completely structured. I'm in awe with what he did with the suede. I also love the vertical pockets on the suit jackets. I'm so happy to have him back!"

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Sasha Pivovarova Fronts Vogue Japan August 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)

Image Credit: via the tfs Forums

Image Credit: via the tfs Forums

After taking a break from modeling to focus on her art projects and to enjoy motherhood, Sasha Pivovarova is slowly but surely making a strong comeback. Having already starred in recent Prada campaigns and having done various editorials for major magazines, she has now landed her first Vogue cover since October 2011 when she covered Vogue Paris. For the August 2013 issue of Vogue Japan, she was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and is shown wearing a stunning dress from the Christian Dior Fall 2013 collection. TFS forum members could not find any flaws in Sasha’s appearance on the cover.

“EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! Sasha looks divine as always, stunning shot!” gushed an excited miguelalmeida

And Urban Stylin added, “I like it, fresh yet unexpected but the BAG!!!!”

The promotional item on the cover seems to be a point of frustration for many members, with some of them even making the effort to remove it from the cover with photoshop. Although giving away what seems to be a postcard sized Fendi bag with the issue is certainly a nice gesture by Vogue Japan, the placement of the preview image was all wrong, forum members agreed.

“I AM OUTRAGED BY THAT BAG! WHY?” vented MON, who went on to say, “But Sasha looks gorgeous! That pose, that stare and that dress! Oh and that mouth!!! Lord have mercy! I love everything except the bag!” MON also pointed out issues with the layout and Vogue Japan’s unsatisfying art direction.

Greenway was more pleased with the cover. He wrote, “This is gorgeous, I gasped when I saw the title because I was trying to think what they would do with Sasha and the image in my head definitely wasn't like this. It's so fresh and the light, the Dior dress is showcased to its best potential and the veil is very fitting.”

However, Nymphaea also agreed that the awkward layout took away from the beauty of the cover image. “Lovely picture, Sasha looks beautiful. Hate the clutter around her! It makes the pic less clean,” he stated. 

It is unfortunate to see one of tFS’ favorite models being overshadowed by promotional gifts and poor text placement on a Vogue cover, and I certainly co-sign what most forum members said. Sasha looks striking and, for once, Vogue Japan did a brilliant job with the styling on the cover, and yet the joy of seeing a flawless image is marred when you have such a fussy layout distracting from it. Having additional images on a Vogue cover is really just so… non-Vogue. And I would like to just repeat what justaguy commented and say, “Shame on Vogue Japan for ruining it with the shot of the handbag!”

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A Chat With Christian Louboutin at the Toronto Design Exchange

Shoes, shoes, shoes, did I get your attention ladies? What if I was to tell you that Christian Louboutin, the very mind and master behind the iconic red sole, was in Toronto this week to launch the North American debut of the highly anticipated Christian Louboutin retrospective at the Design Exchange, Toronto?

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

I attended a conference with the man himself, before being given a guided sneak peek at the collection, which if I had to describe in two words, I borrow from an aesthetically similar Baz Luhrmann film and call it: Spectacular, spectacular.

Talking about the inspiration behind his many, many creations, the stylishly dressed Louboutin (he wears a camel colour, piped blazer) simply says, "Women. Women themselves and life. What I was saying is that when I'm designing, there is a designer, there is a man, and there is a friend of women."

When asked if he has any special places "to find his muse" he adds, "When I'm designing summer shoes, I stay in my house in Egypt or travel to visit friends in Brazil. But when I'm designing for winter, I head to my cottage. If it's cold then that's great, but if not then I turn off the heating! I love working there, but I have difficulties working anywhere that I can see a garden. I love to garden."

Christian Louboutin, Designer, Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

Christian Louboutin, Designer Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange, and Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator.

As an international jetsetter with not-so-humble abodes on virtually every continent, it therefore begs the question, why Toronto for the first North American Louboutin World exhibition? "It's such an international city and the Bata Shoe Museum shows a love for shoes."

Christian Louboutin at the Design Exchange, Toronto

Christian Louboutin at the Design Exchange, Toronto

Eloquent and articulate in the discussion, Louboutin shares an endearing anecdote about a woman who went to jail for stealing a pair of his coveted footwear: "When I heard about it, I wanted to send her a pair in jail! Nobody should go to those extremes, but it is flattering the passion that people show."

I can relate with that very jailbird. Touring the exhibit, the shoes were mouthwateringly decadent, adorned with feathers, jewels and lace. Alas, they were all glued down (obviously), but if you'd like to look and not touch, the exhibit will be at Canada's design museum, the Design Exchange from June 21 to September 15, 2013. You can find tickets on, but in the meantime fellow shoe lovers, await my next post where I'll be publishing some teaser photos of the retrospective…

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