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Link Buzz: Kate Middleton is Back; Karolina Kurkova Leaves ‘The Face’

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Image: Getty

  • Kate Middleton gets back to being a shining beacon of hope for the United Kingdom and humanity in general. [FabSugar]
  • Hopefully she can pull it off even without a blowout. [BellaSugar]
  • Beyonce's new music video was filmed by Terry Richardson at Coney Island in Brooklyn, will feature a Jourdan Dunn cameo. Gross (not the Jourdan Dunn part). [Fashionologie]
  • Lena Dunham covers Marie Claire UK's October Issue. [MarieClaireUK]
  • It's almost Labor Day weekend and we all know what that means. No, not fun in the sun. Compulsive online shopping, go forth and blow money. [SheFinds]
  • Betsey Johnson sent out fashion week invitations in the form of a prescription pill bottle because she's a genius. [Marie Claire]
  • Karolina Kurkova will not return to The Face for its second season. [PageSix]

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Designer Copycats: A.F. Vandevorst Rips Off Christian Dior Couture (Forum Buzz)

Whether it’s Zara knocking off Céline (and just about everyone else), or everyone knocking off everyone, there’s a whole lot of borrowing, stealing, or should we just say “inspiration” in the fashion game. TheFashionSpot forum members are especially adept at seeking out those noteworthy copycat moments that make you shake your head and just kind of say “WTF” to yourself — and I’m going to help spread the word. 

Here, Koibito called out a Fall 2013 A.F. Vandevorst creation that seems to have been heavily inspired by one of the closing ensembles in Raf Simons’ Fall 2012 Couture collection (the designer's debut) for Christian Dior

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 versus A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2013. Images via and IMAXtree.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 versus A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2013. Images via and IMAXtree.

Sure, there are a few differences from the colors to the materials and the styling, but the essence of the look can’t be ignored. The seams in the pants. The cups of the fitted strapless top that trails behind the model. A.F. Vandevorst totally ripped off Dior.


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Doutzen Kroes Covers Elle France’s Fashion Special Issue (Forum Buzz)

Doutzen Kroes on the cover of Elle France's Special Fashion Issue

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To say that Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes is currently on a roll would be quite an understatement. This year she covered a whopping four major editions of Vogue September issues (Vogue Italia, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Spain and Vogue China!) and recently appeared in prestigious editorials for Interview and Industrie Magazine, and it looks like she will continue in the same vein for a while. For Elle France’s Special Fashion issue, Doutzen posed for three different but equally nice covers and stars in the issue’s grand collections editorial. Not surprisingly, tFS forum members keep being wowed by Doutzen’s staggering success at the moment and got excited about the three covers.

“I like the top one best… but they're all beautiful,” wrote gossiping.

Avogadro shared that opinion and posted, “They all look nice.”

“Doutzen is on fire!!! Love all three covers but the Miu Miu one is my favourite!” gushed Nepenthes.

Another vote for the cover with the white background and the Miu Miu outfit came from justaguy who stated, “All are nice but the cover with the white background is a standout!”

That version of the cover seemed to be the favorite among tFSers, though some members preferred the other covers, like DutchHomme who remarked, “She is a hard working model. The first one with white letters is the best. She looks moody in Miu Miu … looks a bit [as] if she's sitting on the toilet.”

Miss Kroes keeps consistently delivering and it seems as though there is no stopping her! Luckily, I am not tired of her in the least, yet. And I feel like I cannot even pick just one cover here, they are all great in their own way and Doutzen manages to bring personality and a certain allure to each of them. Which cover is your favorite?

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Tom Ford Wishes We Didn’t Live in Such a Materialistic World

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

In an interview with Tom Brady (the football player and husband to supermodel Gisele Bundchen) in VMan magazine, designer Tom Ford revealed that he feels conflicted about the part he played in advancing a culture of materialism:

"[It] was pretty funny listening to Bruno Mars singing ‘You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are’ [at the Met Ball] when it was in front of a thousand people who are rich, beautiful, wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry, and dressed in $30,000 dresses that are only good this season because next season it’s all going to look out-of-date. That was quite funny because it’s this industry, of course, that makes people feel like they have to change. I have such a split personality about it. On the one hand I want to go off and live in the desert with my dog and sculpt things out of adobe, but then on the other I’m part of this industry that creates insecurity and focuses on materialism and things that aren’t actually, for me, the most important things in life. So it’s strange. […] I finally came to terms with it, because whether we like it or not, we do live in a material world."

I dare you to imagine the designer sitting stoically in a tux in front of an adobe hut, an Irish Wolfhound named Baxter growling affectionately by his side and not be charmed. Although Ford is candid about his own feelings of hypocrisy and insightful about the distorted values promoted by the image culture, it's worth remembering that not only has he benefitted personally from his success, he also played a star part in making fashion what it is today. Ford was one of the first designers to become a true celebrity; his work for the Gucci Group in the early 2000s created a model for the modern megabrand. Without him, the Met Gala might be a less glitzy spectacle, more niche industry event. If he doesn't like what fashion has become … well, it's too late to turn back the clock. But Ford's tremendous influence and wealth could still serve as a platform to do some real good in the world.

As one forum commenter, Phuel, put in a recent tFS thread discussing materialism in the fashion industry, "Be a generous individual and use some of your millions to help those that need it most. There are impoverished villages in China, India and South America and Eastern Europe which only need things like clean drinking water, roads and the very basics to make their lives better. Rather than set up shop and appeal to the Chinese and Russian nouveau riche (which is exactly what his designs target towards), how about contributing to the less fortunate of those countries?"

I would also recommend that Ford tear off all his clothes, grow a beard and join a radical militia of anti-capitalist revolutionaries. 

Read the full interview: Dog Days Are Over [VMan]

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Elle Fanning Looks Fresh and Beautiful On Miss Vogue Australia’s Debut Issue (Forum Buzz)

Elle Fanning on the cover of Miss Vogue Australia

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Following the launch of British Miss Vogue earlier this year, Australian Vogue released its own version of the more teen-oriented edition of Vogue this month and chose actress Elle Fanning for the cover of its premier issue. Edited by former Oyster editor Alice Cavanagh, the publication is said to be aimed at a younger audience than the original Vogue, which is clearly demonstrated not just by the choice of cover star but also the styling, the quirky masthead and the featured celebrities inside (Lorde , Alexa Chung, Iggy Azalea). The cover found approval on the tFS forums, with many members applauding the use of Elle Fanning.

“Such a cute cover! And Elle is a perfect fit for their first issue,” wrote Tinsley V

“Very nice cover and Elle is perfect here!” agreed justaguy

Peachescream had mixed feelings about the cover. She posted, “I LOVE Elle and I think this was an incredibly smart choice for the first cover but I am so distracted by the one sleeve pushed up one sleeve pushed down thing I can't quite get into this cover.”

Kite also had issues with the styling but for another reason. He raised the point that it was idiotic to feature a £1,500 Givenchy sweater on the cover considering the magazine’s target audience, but several other members defended the styling, such as Egoiste who wrote, “I think the styling is superb. Elle looks fresh, beautiful and very youthful.”

I share those sentiments about the cover and find myself charmed by Fanning’s beautiful smile, the youthful styling and the non-fussy layout. It seems that Miss Vogue Australia is off to a good start!

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Link Buzz: Michelle Obama Style Summit; 12-Year-Olds Employed at Old Navy Jeans Factory

Image: White House Flickr

Image: White House Flickr

  • "Michelle Obama Gives a Speech but Distracts Us With Her New Highlights" [BellaSugar]
  • "Michelle Obama's Most Stylish Moments Yet" [FabSugar]
  • Simon Doonan: "Mrs. Obama is quite chic, but not sort of in a vain, self-involved way. I guess I was getting sick of people talking about her appearance all the time, and I thought it was very unfair to her and borderline insulting." [New Republic]
  • Rag & Bone does one of its DIY ad campaigns with 90s supermodels Erin O'Connor and Kirsty Hume. [Fashionologie]
  • Speaking of Rag & Bone… it's one brand featured prominently in this striking "contemporary classics" editorial in Industrie's latest issue. [FashionCopious]
  • The New York Times and Yves Saint Laurent Makeup's creative director discuss how to wear a 'heroin chic' beauty look to the office. :( [NYTimes]
  • In an investigative report about working conditions at Bangladeshi factories, Al Jazeera discovered that 12-year-olds were employed at a factory that manufactures Old Navy Jeans. Gap (which owns Old Navy) has denied any connection to the factory. [HuffPo]

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