I'm afraid I am prevented from offering a thorough opinion concerning Vogue's November 2013 cover, which features actress Kate Winslet as photographed by Mario Testino, for a broad range of reasons including, but not limited to, the generally uninspired quality of the publication's recent offerings, which should lead any thinking person to disregard the American glossy as anything but a wholly commercial product, created according to the dual aims of (on one end) satisfying advertisers and (on the other) stimulating impulsivity in any consumer unlucky enough to be browsing the newsstand on an empty stomach — and therefore perhaps undeserving of our critical attention.
Like forum member Starry explained, the November issue of Vogue Paris has “kind of been its annual Beauty issue since [Emmanuelle] Alt is editor-in-chief,” indicated by the use of close-up shots of models for the cover. This year, Brazilian über-model Gisele Bündchen appears on the cover, wearing more makeup than usual in the picture shot by Inez & Vinoodh. As expected, there is little objection about the cover choice on the tFS forums and many members were happy with the cover.
“So this is a beauty issue? Well it’s a perfect shot for that, I also love the masthead, but it’s all about her gorgeous hair, I will buy this on account of liking the cover alone,” wrote Miss Dalloway.
Yet many members were not satisfied with the heavy makeup and how Gisele's skin matches the salmon-colored masthead. Street_a_Licious asked, “Whose idea was it to dump that much makeup on her???”
“She looks absolutely gorgeous, yet slightly too orange, and this is a perfect cover,” found anlabe32.
Starry agreed about Gisele looking "too orange" and posted, “This cover does nothing to me, her face looks so orange, which is not very good.”
And miguelalmeida commented, “I'm sorry, I love Gisele … but she looks so strange I don't know how to explain it but her expression is so off in my opinion!”
For a beauty issue, the makeup on Gisele here is indeed not exactly convincing, but at the same time, Gisele proves that not even such unfortunate makeup can ruin her naturally flawless face. And nevertheless, this is a beautiful image and, as Mat Cyruss put it, this is a “good cover with the right cozy autumn mood.”
Lara Stone has just landed one of the most visible beauty contracts in the industry, with global cosmetics brand L'Oreal Paris. Although the Dutch model is best known for her extensive work as the face of Calvin Klein, Stone has also appeared in ads for Givenchy, Belstaff, DKNY and others. Previous campaign models include Laetitia Casta, Doutzen Kroes, Scarlett Johansson and Beyonce. [via Style.com]
Over on Moda Operandi, the so-called Apricot Washed Double Armure V-Neck Blouse (above, left) is currently featured among the "Most Wanted" items from Marni's Spring 2014 collection. And no wonder: In addition to its universally flattering color and structural shape, the top is also one of the world's most cleverly-named garments. In English, "armure" refers to fabric with a pebbled surface texture; in French, the word translates to armor. The garment's name is both literally descriptive of its own design and also a play on the bilingual double-meaning of the word "armure" — there are hints of knights armor in the blouse's stiff, pleated shape.
I've had my eye on the Marni top, but today I spotted two other appealing apricot pieces from the Spring 2014 collections, also available for pre-order from the luxury e-commerce site. The first is a pared-down, minimalist apricot sweatshirt (above, center) from the Russian designer, Vika Gazinskaya; the second is a shift dress with laser-cut embroidery in the same color, from Alessandro Dell'Acqua's No. 21 label. Like the Marni top, both items are tagged "Most Wanted," indicating a healthy level of demand for boxy pastels, even beyond the pink coat.
Thought Givenchy’s crystal-studded Spring 2014 beauty look was intense? Check out the body art on top fashion month model Gabby Dover. Nine hours of body art (plus another three hours of hair and makeup) are what it took for this fabulously garish spread shot by Tom Kerr for New Zealand’s Black magazine, trumping Paris Fashion Week’s most painstaking look by eight hours of application time.
The sleeves are the work of Sydney-based Becca Gilmartin, our Pat McGrath of intricate body painting. They’re complemented by makeup from MAC’s Amber D and a slightly tripolar hairstyle combing three of the biggest hair trends du jour: afros, hair chalking and wet-look gel.
It’s some feat, then, that the clothes don’t serve as a mere backdrop. In the spread, Gabby wears ornate fall pieces from a mix of international and local designers, styled by Sarah Birchley. Heavily textured Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent meet their matches in an appliquéd tie-dye skirt by Romance Was Born, thigh-high laced boots by Tony Bianco for Alex Perry and jewelry by ManiaMania.
Sitting still for nine hours to get the same look sounds almost as painful as actually getting inked, so maybe it’s time some brave soul tasked themselves with reinventing those Ed Hardyish tattoo arm stockings. With this and the plastic choker necklaces at Carven, we’re not ruling out the revival of bargain bin 90s body accessories.