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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

image credit: facebook.com/vogueaustralia via the tfs forums

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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Facebook Has Been Quietly Selling Its Own ‘Social-Butterfly’-Branded Nail Polish

Image: Twitter/BBosker

Image: Twitter/BBosker

Huffington Post tech editor Bianca Bosker spotted this Facebook nail polish at the tech company's campus store in Menlo Park, California. It comes in "Social Butterfly Blue" and was presumably created as an implicit justification for the Oxford English Dictionary's decision to add the word "vom" to its online dictionary. 

The social networking giant confirmed to Mashable that it has been selling the branded polish since the beginning of the year. However, the Facebook logo doesn't appear anywhere on the packaging. 

[h/t SheFinds]

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OED Adds Twerk, Selfie, Girl Crush and More Digital Slang to Online Dictionary

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

The Oxford English Dictionary has added 65 new words pertaining to digital culture to its online dictionary. The fact that the most well-respected and comprehensive dictionary in the English language would deign to recognize words like "selfie," "srsly" and "FOMO" is seen by some as a sure sign that our civilization is in decline.

"This is why everyone hates those bratty millennials," writes Salon, "The Oxford Dictionary Online has yet again legitimized 20-something narcissism and Internet culture with the addition of words like 'twerk,' 'badassery,' 'selfie,' 'derp' and 'vom' to its online dictionary."

I too find it fairly ridiculous that a publication devoted to documenting the use of language would debase by … documenting the use of Internet language with its Internet dictionary. This is all definitely the fault of those narcissistic millennials who, strangely enough, didn't even invent the Internet — they just have to live with it.

You can see the full list of added words over on the OED's blog

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The Standard Discontinues Ad Accused of Promoting Violence Against Women

Image: makemeasammich.org

Image: makemeasammich.org

Above is an ad for The Standard, a line of fashionable boutique hotels, which ran in the summer issue of Du Jour, a newish publication for the uber-wealthy. It has the unique distinction of being the single most disturbing and controversial image in an exceptionally disturbing and controversial ad campaign. 

For the past year, The Standard has been pursuing “selective audiences" in publications such as Fantastic Man, Apartamento, Interview and CR Fashion Book with a campaign displaying photographs from Austrian artist Erwin Wurm's series, "One-Minute Sculptures" and "How to Be Politically Incorrect." Prior to the emergence of the photo above, the most notorious ad showed a woman urinating on the rug. Another showed a woman dining in a restaurant, a man's head buried down the front of her blouse.

Commenting on the campaign to The New York Times last September, Claire Darrow Mosier, creative director at André Balazs Properties (the luxury group also owns The Mercer and the Chateau Marmont) explained that the ads were meant to integrate seamlessly with the arty content they'd be running alongside: “We want to contribute to the magazines. We don’t just want to advertise.”

Although you can see how Wurm's work, which is concerned with the boundaries between public and private space, might be relevant to a high-end hotel brand, the images were not originally created as ads. And in fact, the photographs take on a new meaning when they become advertising. The picture above defamiliarizes a common everyday object, the suitcase, by placing it in a strange context (on top of a woman's body); the same thing happens to the original photograph, when it's displayed in a magazine with a logo at the bottom. As Julia Sonenshein put it in The Gloss, it becomes a question of intent: "When the image of domestic violence exists as an artistic work, it has merit, but when a huge company uses an image like this to sell its luxury product, it almost becomes an endorsement."

The ad was first spotted by the feminist blog Make Me a Sammich, which created a Change.org petition calling on The Standard and Du Jour Media to apologize. The Standard has since replied with a statement:

“The Standard advertisement utilized an image series created by the contemporary artist, Erwin Wurm. We apologize to anyone who views this image as insensitive or promoting violence. No offense or harm was intended. The Standard has discontinued usage of this image.”

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Interview’s Model-Studded September Fashion Issue Makes Us Swoon (Forum Buzz)

Kate Moss on Interview September 2013, ph: Mert & Marcus

Image Credit: nydailynews.com via the tfs forums

It’s no secret that tFSers can get a bit obsessive over their favorite models, and one of the most popular complaints stated by tFS forum members concerns the frustration over fashion magazine not using enough models for their covers. Needless to say, Interview Magazine’s September issue got us all very excited. Seven covers, more than 70 models featured inside – this issue is every tFS member’s dream. Photographers Mert & Marcus shot original supermodels Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and, somewhat surprisingly, Daria Werbowy for the seven individual covers; Mikael Jansson, Craig McDean, Fabien Baron, Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh have editorials inside, according to tFSer kevinnn’s review of the complete issue

“This is what I call FASHION ORGASM, omg,” rejoiced an enthusiastic LucaNatashaFan upon seeing the covers. 

“Absolutely breathtaking… each and every one of them! Would love to have the same caliber of models dominating the industry now! I want to experience myself the Supermodel era!!!! I love the simplicity of the covers and my favorite would have to be either Daria's or Christy's!” gushed ToniOrtega

And UpperEchelon agreed saying, “I think we can all agree that these are the best September covers we've seen this year and I just can't wait to have a M&M orgasmic overdose when I see the rest of the photos.”

“Awesome. Mert & Marcus really shine when they keep it simple and shoot the models straightup looking drop-dead-Fred gorgeous with no gimmicks. All the women look beyond beautiful. All of them. And leave it to Fabien [Baron] to actually put models on a September issue for a fashion magazine— imagine that… This visionary man brings out the best in everyone that works with him and leaves the rest of the magazines in the dust,” remarked Phuel

Amber Valletta and Naomi Campbell on Interview September 2013, ph: Mert & Marcus

Image Credit: nydailynews.com via the tfs forums

But not everyone was overwhelmed by the images themselves. A nostalgic tigerrouge mused, “I must be living in a different decade, because for me, so much of this current supermodel imagery really falls short of the standard of what came around when these girls were dominating the industry. It's not age, it's that somewhere along the way, the people who produce these images learned how to suck the life out of them through artless digital manipulation, and now we're left to rave over processed scraps of famous names, with their blank faces pieced together on a page by Photoshop.”

This is a fair point made by tigerrouge considering the heavy retouching on these images and the fact that someone unaware of the fact that the featured models once rose to superstardom because of their flawless skin and bodies and their otherworldly beauty before Photoshop took over would hardly believe the featured cover models were in a complete different league as the current crop of top models. Yet I do think it’s undeniable that the original supers still evoke some excitement in most of us just because we remember them for their remarkable work back in the day, regardless of how excessively Photoshopped they are in more recent images. And either way, this issue deserves some praise just for its concept and the fact that it provides us with some serious pre-Fashion Week model excitement!

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