When news came out abut Kim Kardashian’s publishing project comprising wholly of selfies, many had a quiet (or loud) chuckle to each other about the 352-page vanity venture. But the reality TV queen is the one laughing now, with Australian sales of Selfish making us seriously question ourselves.
Yes, sales in the US were less than impressive, with Radar Online revealing only 32,000 copies were sold throughout the country (That’s just 0.8% of Kim’s social media fans, FYI). While we’d like to rightfully restore our faith in mankind with these stats, it turns out Aussies might be the ones who have to re-think our light reading preferences.
According to Nielsen (via Sydney Morning Herald), Aussies purchased 7,200 copies of the book, making the demand three times stronger than the US per capita. During the first week of release, Selfish was Dymocks’ number one biography title and ranked third overall. Yep, biography title.
A spokesperson from the Australian publisher of Selfish, Hardie Grant, said, “We sold out of our initial print run in Australia almost immediately, driven by her profile, the book publicity both here and abroad and her amazing social media presence.”
Congratulations, Kim. You win.
[Via Radar Online, Sydney Morning Herald]
Vogue Brazil has been gaining attention lately by tapping the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid for recent issues and now, we’re treated to a cover featuring Behati Prinsloo. Zee Nunes captured the Victoria’s Secret Angel wearing a flattering creation by Louis Vuitton for the title’s August cover. The Brazilian edition of Vogue may be heading in a new direction because this cover, in particular, reminds us of something from across the pond.
“I’m getting British Vogue vibes,” shared A.D.C. the moment the cover surfaced.
“No! I’m sorry. What’s with all the different fonts and the hot pink? And I agree with A.D.C., it looks very much like British Vogue, albeit very inferior with a pouty girl,” replied Benn98 in agreement.
Sharing the same sentiments was Kite, who pointed out, “Looks like 2005 British Vogue.”
Forum member burbuja8910 felt the same way and responded, “Totally agree, also looks like a cover of Vogue Australia. Behati looks flawless.”
“The cover would be amazing WITHOUT those texts. They’re hideous, bad font choice,” phungnam96 declared.
“It has a British Vogue look to it but I love it,” said Urban Stylin as things started to shape up.
TeeVanity was quick to enlighten the thread by adding, “Behati is so cool, I love this.”
Could the cover have been better or did Vogue Brazil hit a home run once again? Join our discussion here.
Yesterday, Rihanna made us more jealous than usual on Instagram, inundating our timelines with images of her getting ready for and celebrating at the Kadooment Day parade in her native Barbados as part of the annual Crop Over festivities. Of course, Riri was dressed to the nines as she played with the Zulu International Band in a bejeweled bra top and bottoms, neckwear, a feather headdress and matching wings. As always, she looked absolutely stunning.
Rihanna’s outfit is typical of Crop Over and carnival costumes. There is always lots of bling, plenty of plumage and, of course, a generous amount of skin showing. That is the entire point of carnival – it’s a time to let loose and embrace your body (in fact, you see people of all body types in barely-there carnival outfits) while jumping and wining (which international publications are wrongly calling twerking) in the street to upbeat Caribbean tunes. But of course, what is a typical masquerading outfit to some is a vulgar look to others. The UK’s Mirror reported on Rihanna’s Kadooment Day look, calling it raunchy, pointing to the fact that only part of Rihanna’s derrière was covered.
“When it comes to flashing the flesh, no one does it better than Rihanna,” writer Edward Roberts wrote. “A fact that the singer proved as she got kitted-up in a raunchy costume for Crop Over Festival in Barbados on Monday.” Ummm…raunchy?
Sure, Rihanna’s outfit is skimpy, but besides the fact that ALL carnival costumes are like that, the term “raunchy” rubbed us the wrong way. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “slovenly, dirty… very smelly… obscene, smutty.” We’re confused as to how Riri’s outfit is more obscene than, say, something a Victoria’s Secret Angel might wear during the brand’s annual fashion show? It is a big deal for a Victoria’s Secret Angel to wear the coveted Fantasy Bra. Indeed, the Mirror noted that Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima “stun[ned]” in their respective Fantasy Bra looks, which were basically just as bare as Riri’s. For Rio’s annual Carnival, the Mirror reports on Gisele’s look, calling it simply a “bikini.” Why is Rihanna degraded for wearing pretty much the same thing in an environment where it is completely acceptable? (more…)
Models are a rarity on mainstream American fashion magazines nowadays but as the September issues continue to trickle out, Glamour hands its most important edition of the year to Karlie Kloss. After celebrating her 23rd birthday only yesterday, we suspect this will be a nice treat for the American beauty. The current face of Diane von Furstenberg was shot by Tom Munro doing her very best to model her way through a truly hideous Gucci dress.
But can a model of Karlie’s stature convince our forum members? “How great is it that one of the most mainstream fashion magazines in America went for an American model? Must applaud them for this. Also, Glamour has been stepping it up of late. Their cover stars are real cultural forces, whether the actual shot may be good or not,” credited Benn98.
[ See: 10 Times Karlie Kloss Was Adorable on Instagram ]
“Beautiful colors. Beautiful girl. Beautiful editorial. Ugly dress,” exclaimed a horrified MON, suggesting the styling ruins the entire cover.
“Ugly Gucci dress, looks like a mop,” laughed Nymphaea who then went on to add, “Karlie looks nice, a bit heavy on the makeup though.”
Forum member GIVENCHYlover simply let us know: “I don’t like that dress!”
Narcyza shared the same sentiments, ranting, “I don’t like this red dress too. But her face here is just a disaster! Is it really Karlie? What awful airbrushing.”
Also noticing signs of evident retouching was mepps: “The extreme Photoshop on her face makes her look old and hard.”
Oh dear. Karlie’s colorful cover story might change your mind. See the story for yourself and share your opinion here.
Ever bought a new dress and just couldn’t figure out what to pair it with? British retailer John Lewis is here to help with a brand new fashion and lifestyle concept launch.
Found, launching 24 September online and in the retailer’s brand new Birmingham store, will be a curated edit of both its existing and new brands. The featured items will span across fashion, home and tech, making buying into a whole lifestyle easier than ever, which is the complete opposite of how the department store usually showcases its products in distinct, separate sectors. (more…)
We half expected to see Rihanna on the cover of Vanity Fair this month but in an unexpected twist, Taylor Swift appears on the September issue. The global pop princess looks noticeably different as she vamps it up, looking remarkably glamorous amid the luxurious surroundings of The Savoy hotel in London. Photographed by Mario Testino with styling from Vanity Fair‘s fashion and style director Jessica Diehl, Taylor also posed for a series of photos to accompany the cover.
Amazingly, forum members couldn’t hide their disapproval. “Too much whiskey bottle font!!! I wish there was more flair to her one-note styling,” criticized Aedlacir.
“I really thought Rihanna had the September cover. I don’t even like Taylor but this is an okay cover. Just wish her hair was a little more blonde,” added RanThe.
“So what issue will Rihanna be on? This is boring,” asked an uninterested SpeakThatJDunn.
Sharing the same sentiments was orchidee: “Not a flattering photo at all. I like Taylor, but she’s just been overexposed this year. I had hoped she would sort of go under the radar since she’s on tour. Definitely would have preferred Rihanna.”
KateTheGreatest wasn’t having any of it either, exclaiming, “Really really bad. Testino should retire already.”
“Yikes. Testino’s work used to have a beautiful softness to it but over the years he’s just got increasingly bad. I just can’t work out how the man that shot that beautiful, hazy, dreamy shot of Gwyneth [Paltrow] once can produce such harsh, overexposed and overworked imagery,” said a horrified honeycombchild.
Check out the editorial for yourself and add your own two cents here.