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Model Tanya Linney Explores Self-Image In New Art Exhibition


After modelling in the fashion industry for over 15 years, Tanya Linney has been exposed to ideas of materialism, consumerism, sexual exploitation and the role of beauty and age on a regular basis. Now that her modelling days are behind her, the Australian beauty has chosen to explore these controversial ideas through her art and is launching an exhibition in Sydney's Surry Hills this July.

"In a modern society full of visual overload and stimulus, we are becoming increasingly obsessed with the exterior self-image, tempting and fuelling our social anxieties," she says. "The idea of ‘self’ has become a comic gentrification, a bi-product of materialism and identities formed through brands."

Tanya-Linney-Night Thief 2014_65x70cm_Acrylic charcoal collage and oil on wood panel

And although her art touches on some serious topics, Linney reminds her audience that the work is not as heavy as we may think, and as with all her work there is a layer of humour to the collection. “As much as we explore these aspects of society, we also learn not to take ourselves too seriously, which is a notion often forgotten in today’s world of celebrity, fame and glamour,” she explains.

Even with her newfound power to put the spotlight on problems within the industry through her art, Linney is still a part of the fashion world. Since becoming an artist, Linney has worked with some of Australia's most prestigious designers including Kirrily Johnston, Sass and Bide and Ksubi on various projects, and her collaboration with Dion Lee in 2011 saw her art used on fabrics for his collection.

The Tales of Tempt collection comprises 18 one-off pieces using paint, charcoal, oil, collage and enamel on canvas and wood. It is Linney's first significant shift away from her usual methods of photography and collage. 

The Tales of Tempt exhibition will run from July 4 – July 10, 2014.
China Heights
16-18 Foster Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW

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Is This Guy the Hottest Felon Ever?

We're willing to admit we've perused hot & busted, a tumblr dedicated to mugshots of attractive men. And we're not ashamed because some of those guys are really handsome. But no mugshot you could find on that site can compare to Stockton, California's Jeremy Meeks', which went viral because, well, boy is foine

Swooning yet? Pump the breaks, because he's a convicted felon and alleged gang member, now back in jail on felony weapon charges, for which he is currently pending a second conviction. He previously served nine years for grand theft auto. It is for this reason that a lot of people have been wagging the finger at the attention he's been getting, saying that he's being put on a pedestal for his looks. Needless to say, Jeremy Meeks is a guy who probably had a tough upbringing which eventually led to a life of crime and in his words, he's done stuff he's "not proud of."

Of course, we should care that he's not someone you'd ideally take home to mom. But your eyes can't deny those cheekbones, those pillowy, perfectly-shaped lips and those ice gray eyes. The guy's got a look. And it's very editorial–and I wanna stare at it for hours. That's a face (and maybe body) that could sell some clothes. Sorry I'm not sorry.

While we all hope he is punished in a manner fitting for his crime (never a guarantee under U.S. Justice System), maybe when he gets out, some agency will offer him a modeling contract? Whisk him away from a life of crime to the Paris runwa–ugh, there I go glamorizing him. 

He's not a model citizen, but Jeremy Meeks is out-of-control gorgeous–and that's OK! You don't need to condone his lifestyle to appreciate his beauty.

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Cara Delevingne Strips Off and Gets Sewing for Mulberry

Mulberry's brand may be falling out of favour since the departure of designer Emma Hill, but it's still pushing a lot of weight behind the continued partnership with model, muse and enfant terrible, Cara Delevingne. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, or any ensuing controversy, the London It girl and coveted model stripped down for the just-released ad campaign. 


Image: Mulberry

The featured bag, which is a quilted hybrid shape somewhere between a backpack and a handbag, will be available in two sizes and a range of colours from emerald green to monochrome camouflage. The brand, whose other It girl-inspired bags include the Del Rey and Alexa, has also released a behind-the-scenes video to support the collaboration. 

"Being a muse for Mulberry, it's just very funny to me," says Cara in the video as she departs from London's iconic Paddington station. "Just saying it now, the fact that I inspire the brand…it's a two way street, you know? The amount I get back is exactly the same."

The video shows the model taking a trip to the factory and overseeing the production of her signature bag. Getting your bag handmade by Cara is a bit of a pipe dream, but you can get your hands on the exclusive style by entering a competition on Mulberry's Cara-themed hub. 

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Constance Jablonski’s Vogue Spain Cover ‘Makes Her Look Like a Glamorous Migraine Sufferer’ (Forum Buzz)

Scoring her second Vogue Spain cover, Constance Jablonski is the magazine's July 2014 cover model of choice. Patrick Demarchelier shot Constance while she struck a pose against a classic dove gray backdrop, wearing a black dress by Sportmax and jewelry from Bulgari, styled by Belen Antolin, Vogue's fashion director. The French model and current face of Estée Lauder previously fronted Vogue Spain's February 2011 issue.

Vogue Spain July 2014 Constance Jablonski Patrick Demarchelier


As usual on our forums, members have diverse opinions regarding the cover. "Constance is lovely but something about the hand placement makes her look like a glamorous migraine sufferer," comments Luxx.

"Looks just a bit unfinished. Something's just not working here. Still, kudos to them for not using all those texts," wrote Srdjan.

Creative made a pretty strong statement: "Ugly cover. They chose the worst picture. I literally CAN'T with this magazine anymore. I'm done."

Then on the other hand, some members were satisfied with the cover. "Go Constance! Happy she got another Vogue!" enthused la veronika.

"How stunning, this will look even better in print I think," shared Miss Dalloway.

Be sure to check out the accompanying cover story and the rest of the issue's contents within the thread here.

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See Alicia Keys’ Givenchy Dahlia Divin Fragrance Ad

Rounding out Givenchy's diverse list of campaign stars is Alicia Keys, who is the face for the brand's Dahlia Divin fragrance. Keys is personal friends with creative director Riccardo Tisci, through whom she says she learned of the opportunity. "As time passed, [this fragrance campaign] came to fruition," she explained to WWD. "I love what Givenchy is about. Givenchy is this timeless, chic, but very strong woman, but with an edgier, almost street feel. I love that she’s raw, but she’s powerful–and that’s who I believe I am, too.”

Image: Givenchy

Image: Givenchy

Keys' campaign for the fragrance, however, is more soft than edgy. The singer sits perched in a Tisci-designed embellished champagne-hued gown with her hair slicked back, head tilted furtively to the side. The image, with its wisps of what looks like gold wire, gives a bit of a storybook vibe, a la "I visited Rumplestiltskin's atelier and took this dress spun from gold."

The fragrance is due for release in time for fall, with Keys expected to make an appearance promoting the scent at Macy's Herald Square come September 2. If you're looking to scoop one up for yourself, prices range from $65 to $110 a bottle, with a Skin Dew option for $53.

What do you think of the campaign shot? 

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