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See ‘Wild Child’ Rihanna on the Cover of W’s September Issue (Forum Buzz)

W has pulled out all the stops for its all-important fall fashion extravaganza. The magazine tapped Rihanna to cover its September 2014 issue and enlisted Turkish photographic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to capture the “Rude Boy” singer. Styled by Edward Enninful, the 26-year-old wears a dress from Donna Karan, an Ashley Lloyd headdress, Amrapali ruby and diamond ear cuffs and a Meadowlark septum ring teamed with a Stephen Dweck sterling silver and pyrite necklace. Not to mention the dramatic makeup look from Dior.

W Magazine September 2014 Rihanna Mert & Marcus

IMAGE CREDIT: WMAGAZINE.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members are on the fence regarding Rihanna’s second cover of the American fashion publication (she previously starred on the cover of the February 2010 issue). “Ugh… I love Rihanna but, this. Is. Awful,” wrote [J.]Oliver.

“Her nose looks HUGE !! A close-up shot should be a perfect idea for a girl as beautiful as Rihanna but this is one of the most unflattering covers I’ve ever seen,” commented a disappointed Wolkfolk.

Miss Dalloway also seemed disinterested and posted, “This does nothing for me! Where are the clothes on these Sept covers! And even when it’s not that overused LV collection, it’s an Allure close up with bad hair and makeup! This doesn’t appeal to me!”

The remaining members were ecstatic, however. GarageGlamorous appreciated the concept: “At least they didn’t [go] for a boring or safe cover with a celebrity, and that itself is a big plus for me. I agree with the person who mentioned the concept was cool, I’m looking forward to a dark editorial for September.”

“Judging by that cover something tells me the content is going to be FIERCE!” enthused Breathless, clearly enticed by what the cover has to offer.

Discussion later shifted toward the content after a review was posted inside the thread. “The review sounds EPIC! Can’t wait!” exclaimed Nepenthes.

See inside the thread to read the review of the issue and check out Rihanna’s cover story. A few previews of the fashion editorials have also kindly been posted. Feel free to join the discussion and share your own opinion here.

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This Looks Familiar: Mert & Marcus Photograph Natalia Vodianova for Vogue Paris (Forum Buzz)

Only a matter of days after Vanity Fair‘s September cover with Natalia Vodianova surfaced on our forums, the Russian beauty is now fronting the September 2014 issue of Vogue Paris. As if Natalia wearing Louis Vuitton wasn’t enough (the fashion house being the most overused collection on September covers), French Vogue‘s latest cover image is reminding forum members of an existing Natalia x Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shoot. At least it’s different from the March 2012 cover, which also featured the 32-year-old and now mother of four. Joe McKenna styled Natalia for this shoot.

Vogue Paris September 2014 Natalia Vodianova Mert & Marcus

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The thread has garnered mix reviews. “I would have never thought about Natalia and I’m disappointed. The cover is too simple even if she’s beautiful. I would have loved a fresh face like Joan or Karlie. It’s like they didn’t want to take risks. September 2014 is really disappointing imo,” commented an unsatisfied Oxymore.

“I hate this, she looks like she’s got a mustache and her look ain’t happier either. The styling is beyond boring, for a September issue…” posted Royal-Galliano.

A better solution was offered by littlekiki: “I feel like any other model in the same styling would have been more intriguing. Is Natalia becoming boring? I think so.”

“What an ugly cover. The styling is terrible, there is too much Photoshop and absolutely nothing stands out…” posted Thefrenchy, yet another disinterested forum member.

There are a few members who appreciate the magazine’s efforts, however. “Even though it is the twin ed of Vogue Russia’s September issue from 2010 (I guess?!) I love the cover! The contrast and saturation makes Natalia look a little rough, but as a whole looks good, and I love the detail of the unzipping of the LV dress, gorgeous!!!!” complimented miguelalmeida.

The cover is growing on Nepenthes: “The more I look at it the more I like it. I did expect Karlie but at the same time Natalia looks gorgeous. Two major September covers already!”

Are you a fan or do you dislike the fact that Mert & Marcus used the same concept over again? Read some more comments and post your own here.

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6 Female Entrepreneurs Picked as Sambag Ambassadors

Sambag has just revealed its new ambassador lineup, with the Sydney-based clothing, footwear and accessories brand choosing six truly inspirational Australian women for its Spring 2014 campaign. The entrepreneurial bunch, including ModelCo founder Shelley Barrett and Boost founder Janine Allis, were introduced to Sambag customers via the Spring edition of its magazine, SAMMAG.

Misschu founder Nahji Chu, founding director of RedBalloon, Naomi Simson, The Big Group co-founder, Chyka Keebaugh and Grandiflora’s Saskia Havekes round up the incredible list. Just like Sambag founder Sam Wagner, all these women successfully balance their family and working life.

You can read more about the ladies’ biggest achievements, what business advice they’ve got and what their woman-on-the-go wardrobe essentials are in the personal interviews inside the mag. Just head over to the online version of SAMMAG and flick to page 31 to start getting inspired.

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Diamond Falls from Space, London Jeweler Says Finders Keepers

Image: Getty images

Image: Getty images

One lucky person in England’s Lincolnshire is about to be richer — £12,000 (about $20,000) richer. Folks are flocking to the parish on the hunt for a diamond which fell from the edge of space after having been launched up in a balloon. The precious jewel made it 100,000 feet before the vessel popped and sent the diamond hurtling back to earth to land somewhere in Lincolnshire.

77 Diamonds, the London jeweler that sent the bling into space, is urging people to search for the diamond. The best kicker? The lucky soul that finds it gets to keep it. 

The jewel is said to be within a five-mile radius of Lea, a town in the west of Lincolnshire. 77 Diamonds is busy on its Twitter feed promoting the hunt by dubbing it #diamondinthesky. The campaign has definitely boosted the brand’s Twitter followers — earlier today, 77 Diamonds announced followers were clocked at 7,777 and now it’s at 8,000 and counting. 

But why did they send the diamond up in that balloon in the first place? 77 Diamonds just launched an online game (app?) in which players can add “stars” to the virtual universe the jeweler’s set up. The purpose of this e-universe or naming a “star” for that matter is still unclear, but this treasure hunt idea is a great way to get people to promote something they otherwise might not have cared about. 

So, if you’re in the Lea, Lincolnshire area and are looking for a great piece to bring to the pawn shop guy…you might want to get out a map and purchase a few good treasure hunting tools.

[via Telegraph

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Link Buzz: Anna Wintour’s Getting Her Own Musical, a Sneak Peek at Target x Altuzarra

Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

Image: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

  • Angelina Jolie designed a pretty f-ing rad shoe for Christian Louboutin. [WWD]
  • There is a Jeremy Meeks (aka “Prison Bae”) action figure. [The Cut]
  • Anna Wintour is going to George Clooney‘s wedding, which Vogue is covering. [Page Six]
  • Anna’s also the subject of a musical. [The Cut]
  • Watch Suki Waterhouse show off her acting chops in the trailer for Love, Rosie. [Telegraph]
  • The latest old school starlet to get her own Lifetime biopic? Marilyn Monroe. The women-focused TV network is said to be developing a miniseries about the iconic blonde. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Iggy Azalea goes vintage shopping with Jeremy Scott on MTV’s House of Style. [MTV]
  • Model and Saint Laurent actress Aymeline Valade shares her beauty routine. [W]
  • Roberto Cavalli is in talks to sell 60 percent of his company to a Russian investment bank. [WWD]
  • Men’s Fashion Week could be coming to New York City. [WWD]
  • The New York City Ballet just got a bunch of major designers to design costumes. [Fashionista]
  • Looks like the Target x Altuzarra collection is going to be worth shopping. [NYT]

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Daniel Jackson Shoots Vanessa Axente for Vogue Germany’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

The September 2014 cover of Vogue Germany surfaced on our forums earlier today. Captured by Daniel Jackson, Vanessa Axente looks “every inch a supermodel” with wet hair swept back from her effortlessly beautiful face, while wearing minimal makeup for the magazine’s front cover. Styled by the fashion bible’s Editor-in-Chief, Christiane Arp, the Hungarian model showcases a white coat by Ralph Lauren Collection. Vanessa has also previously covered the October 2013 issue of German Vogue.

Vogue Germany September 2014 Vanessa Axente Daniel Jackson

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Despite the magazine’s best efforts, however, our forum members aren’t so satisfied. “She looks slightly sick…it´s the biggest issue of the year, they could have come out with a more exciting concept couldn’t they?” questioned kokobombon.

“This is such a disappointment! For a September issue this just doesn’t translate to me at all. White background? Wet hair? So plain? Where is the dream??? When will editors get that ‘normcore’ is NOT going to happen. Expected so much more. Hope the other Vogues deliver,” commented longliveamour.

Also feeling let down by the cover was bridgettetson, who wrote, “Such a bad cover! So disposable and unremarkable!”

Not everyone shared the same sentiments, though. A few of us actually admire the cover: “Not sure why no one else likes it, I think it’s a stunning cover. She looks beautiful and the white background is nice with this. Layout could be better, but at least they weren’t trying to be too funky with it for once. The cover editorial is flawless and I’m loving the Karlina Caune overload in this issue. Looks like a great September issue to me already!” enthused Psylocke.

Nepenthes favored the cover too: “I don’t know what you guys are talking about. To me, this is a stellar cover. Vanessa looks every inch a supermodel.”

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for the accompanying cover story as well as a few other features. You can join the discussion here, too.

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