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Wanna Smell Like Marni? The Fashion Label is Getting Into the Fragrance Biz (Forum Buzz)

Raquel Zimmermann photographed by Nick Knight for Marni's new fragranceCome February 2013, Marni will be launching its very first scent, fittingly called Marni. The full fragrance range will include purse spray, body lotion, and body cream as well as the standard eau de parfum, and eau de toilette. Marni’s creative director Consuelo Castiglioni told WWD:

“It’s a perfume that’s quite individual, that doesn’t evoke anything in particular. It’s for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn’t follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric.”

Raquel Zimmermann has already been photographed by Nick Knight for the ad campaign. Though we can’t yet judge the scent, which is reported to be a “blend of spicy and woody notes,” forum members had plenty to say about the campaign image.

“I'm sorry but the shadowing on Raquel's face is horrid, not to mention the hair awkwardly placed over her face somehow ages her very badly in this image,” GERGIN critiqued. “What's even scarier is that usually everyone looks good in black and white…guess I was wrong.”

Jenna16 posted: “It's great to see her in a new campaign, but it's not a very appealing ad. A complete waste of Raquel and Nick Knight.”

AnaO isn’t a fan of the image either. “Boring, boring, boring campaign. And wow, they managed to make Raquel look ugly and forgettable. A difficult task,” she quipped.

I actually don't think the campaign image looks so bad and that the forum members who've weighed in thus far are being kind of harsh, but to each their own, I guess. Whether you like the ad campaign or not, it seems like Marni is worth a sniff.


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Maybelline Canada’s Grace Lee on Toronto Fashion Week Faces

Now that Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2013 is over, I'm sure many of you are wondering how to recreate all those flawless runway faces at home. While hanging out backstage and trying to keep out of harm's way, I caught up with Maybelline New York Canada's lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, tasked with creating the freshest looks for the event. Here's what she had to say. . .

On eyes: "There's a new mascara that's coming out in January called The Rocket, which is all about the brush. I do find that with technology and innovation, mascara changes completely every 10 or so years. This is going to be one that changes everybody's view on mascara as it instantly gives volume, lengthening all in literally two swipes. It's going to be amazing for the woman who wants something fast and easy."

The foundation: "For the base, we've been using a Fit-Me foundation or a BB Cream. For those who would like a little bit more coverage, we use Fit-Me, but they're the two staples."

Creating contour: "To shape the face, we use a bit of Age-Rewind concealer as a highlighter. The brightening one is also great as it has some pink in it to take out any blue underneath the eyes. We then contour the skin with Dream Mousse Blush in Coffee Cake and put a little bit of the Peach Satin just on the cheeks. [All the models] want contouring, so we make sure to carve just below the cheekbone to give the skin more shape, though highlighting is key as well."

Pictured: Baby Lips, The Rocket Mascara and Colour Tattoo

Product versatility: "What I also like to do for highlighting is mix the clear Baby Lips with a Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded as it makes a beautiful highlight. We've been doing this a lot backstage on the cheekbone area. Baby Lips gives just the right amount of dew to the skin without making it look glossy."

A perfect pout: "On the lips, we've used two new colours (depending on the model's own lip hue) from the new Whispers collection, which are coming out in 20 shades in January. They're very sheer, very pretty and we're using them to bits. Literally, I don't even have any left as we're gouging them out and screaming 'I need more!' So the two main colours we use are called Petal Rebel and It Mauve. They're great for the everyday woman who doesn't want a lipstick per se, but also doesn't want to do a lip balm. It's kind of that perfect in-between."

What's trending: "One of the key trends for this Spring is definitely a bold lip. Joe Fresh, Arthur Mendonca and Evan Bidell all did their own versions of a red and, whether it be a little more orange or fuchsia, it's still sticking in that tone. I would also say they all wanted that beautiful dewy skin, so yes, those are the two main trends that are screaming out at me. As well as pastels. Like Easter egg eyes to match all the colourful leathers on show this year. I think little eye accents will be making a big comeback in the way that coloured jeans did."

Pictured: Grace Lee tends to an Arthur Mendonca model

Images via Maybelline Backstage Canada

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Crystal Renn and Candice Swanepoel are 10’s Cover Girls (Forum Buzz)

10 Magazine - Crystal Renn photographed by Cedric Buchet10 Magazine - Candice Swanepoel photographed by Gregory Harris

Since we’re on the subject of 10 Magazine, Crystal Renn and Candice Swanepoel covered the ladies version of the publication, and they’re not too shabby. Well… Crystal maybe looks a little shabby (are those streaks of makeup on her face supposed to look like dried blood?!) in Chanel on her Cedric Buchet-photographed cover. Candice’s cover, photographed by Gregory Harris, on which she’s wearing Giorgio Armani, has a decidedly more romantic and seductive feel to it.

“Wow, I love both,” TeeVanity shared. “Crystal and Candice are everything on these covers.”

Justaguy was not as impressed. “Don't care for either cover, but I love the layout,” he conceded.

I would probably end up buying 10 Men if I had to choose between the two Winter/Spring 2012/2013 issues, just so I could stare at David Gandy and imagine romance novel-esque scenarios of our life together in which he never wears a shirt. But if you’re interested in the whole women’s fashion aspect of it all, here’s a video preview of the entire issue in under a minute:


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Let’s Hear It for the Boys… on the Covers of 10 Men Magazine (Forum Buzz)

10 Men Magazine - Janis Ancens photographed by Lachlan Bailey10 Men Magazine - David Gandy photographed by Paul Wetherell

I tend to focus more on women’s magazines, but 10 Men’s Winter/Spring 2012/2013 covers are too good to pass up. Janis Ancens was photographed by Lachlan Bailey, styled in a top and shorts by Emporio Armani and a jacket by Burberry Prorsum — but the real prize here is the second cover, which features David Gandy in Dolce & Gabbana photographed by Paul Wetherell.

“I went ‘whoa’ when I saw David on the cover,” Morphe confessed.

TeeVanity posted: “Mercy at David. Both covers are great; fan-girling over David's.”

Seriously, if I continue to stare at the David Gandy cover I’ll go weak-kneed and my mind won’t be able to recover for the rest of the day. That's a whole lot of man right there.

If you like elevator music and are curious about the rest of the magazine’s content, here’s a video that will take you through every page of the issue in less than a minute:


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Harrods’ Disney Princess Take Over

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already just around the corner — something which we've been neglecting as finding that perfect Halloween outfit had quite simply taken precedence! One of the best things about the Christmas holidays in the UK has to be the high-street’s own personal homage to the festive season; that’s right, we’re talking about those fab Christmas windows. London with its crème de la crème of visual merchandisers does it best, and it has to be its legendary department stores’ windows which help to pull in all of those international tourists.

Harrods’ Christmas Windows

It seems that this year will go down in fashion history as the year that the UK went cartoon crazy: If London Fashion Week’s Minnie Mouse takeover wasn't enough, it appears that the Disney Princesses are now getting ready to take centre stage. Renowned British department store Harrods has exclusively revealed that the windows of its Knightsbridge store are about to be hijacked by some of the world’s most famous princesses, and that’s of the animated variety of course!

Images via Vogue / WENN 

As Harrods’ magical elves are busily preparing the collection as we speak, they've also announced that it will ready by the 1st November. Plus, it’s not just any princess takeover, as the gowns set to adorn their globally acclaimed windows have all been exclusively created by an array of leading fashion designers. We’re talking an Oscar de la Renta Snow White gown (if only those dwarves could see her now!), Cinderella has gone all Versace, little old Ariel has been transformed by Marchesa, and that’s just for starters. So, get into the festive spirit and head over to Knightsbridge to check out the full magical range on display — but we have to warn you, these detailed couture pieces will most definitely take your breath away! 




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Remember Michelle Buswell? She’s on the November Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Turkey (Forum Buzz)

Harper's Bazaar Turkey November 2012 - Michelle Buswell photographed by Koray BirandHarper's Bazaar Turkey November 2012 - Michelle Buswell photographed by Koray Birand

We haven’t seen Michelle Buswell in a while, and isn’t it kind of a shame? Thankfully, Koray Birand photographed Michelle, and Harper’s Bazaar Turkey put her on the newsstand and subscriber covers of their November issue.

“Both covers are good,” MulletProof commented, “but the subscriber's one is so deliciously ‘90s… looks like an Elizabeth Arden ad,” she laughed. “Koray just keeps making HB Turkey one of my favorites to watch. Oh and Michelle looks gorgeous,” she added. “I had almost completely forgotten about her.”

Harper's Bazaar Turkey November 2012 - Michelle Buswell photographed by Koray BirandHarper's Bazaar Turkey November 2012 - Michelle Buswell photographed by Koray Birand

Visualoptimism posted: “Loving the editorial, she looks absolutely stunning. Loving the old school feel of the editorial too, combined with the awesome styling [by Mahizer Aytas].”

“Both covers and editorial are very very stunning,” thiago:) agreed. “Seeing Michelle brings me back to 2003, which is such an amazing feeling.”

Let’s all take a moment to thank Harper’s Bazaar Turkey (even if only in our heads) for bringing Michelle Buswell back in front of our eyes once more.


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