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Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue Is a Perfect Picture of What’s Wrong with Hollywood

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Image: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has released the cover for its annual Hollywood issue, and much like the Oscars, the cover is overwhelmingly white.

Let’s just say we’re not surprised. The Oscars has spurred a lot of outrage — Selma, the Ava DuVernay directed film about Martin Luther King Jr. leading the protests during the Civil Rights Movement in the Alabama town, was nominated for best picture and best original song. That’s all well and good, but the movie got no nominations in any other categories, like best actor or best director, making this Oscars the least diverse since 1998. So, it’s not a huge shock to see Vanity Fair‘s latest cover reflects that fact.

On the cover, we have Foxcatcher‘s Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller (also starring in American Sniper), Amy Adams (who won a Golden Globe for her role in Big Eyes), Reese Witherspoon (nominated for best actress in Wild), Benedict Cumberbatch (nominated for best actor in The Imitation Game) Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (nominated for best actor and actress respectively in The Theory of Everything), Miles Teller (from Whiplash), Oscar Isaac (star of A Most Violent Year, which won best picture at the National Board of Review) and David Oyelowo (Selma). 

There weren’t that many nominees of color included in the Oscar nods this year, but we still have to wonder why, with the exception of Mr. Oyelowo, Vanity Fair decided to go with an such a white cast.

Vanity Fair had the opportunity to make a statement on this year’s controversial award ceremony. Instead, it’s reflecting just how white the Oscars and Hollywood at large are. Was there no room for someone like Selma‘s Carmen Ejogo or the buzzy Tessa Thompson on this cover? Yes, Channing was in Foxcatcher, but he wasn’t nominated. Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo were the ones actually nominated for best actor/best supporting actor in those roles. If Vanity Fair is cool with using any ol’ actor from a critically acclaimed film, there’s no reason why this cover couldn’t be more diverse.

We don’t expect Vanity Fair to be a bastion for diversity, but it seems as if the magazine missed a chance to really change or address the narrative of this year’s Oscars — and the publication opted out. We’re not surprised, just a little disappointed. Last year, the magazine’s Hollywood issue featured six actors and actresses of color. Perhaps the magazine’s powers that be thought that gave them a pass for the next six years? 

This is the first time since 2007 that Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood cover has only included one actor of color. Back then, Chris Rock was the lone black actor on the cover. We guess in 2015, it’s David Oyelowo’s turn to pick up the banner.

[via Vanity Fair]

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Watch: Natalie Portman Is a Runaway Bride in New Miss Dior Film

Dior had already teased us with this clip of an upcoming short film for its best-selling fragrance Miss Dior. Now, the wait is over — the Anton Corbijn directed film starring Natalie Portman has been unveiled.

In the film, the actress, who recently attended her first-ever couture show just a few days ago in Paris for Christian Dior’s Spring 2015 collection, is visibly uneasy about her impending nuptials. A nervous Natalie walks down the aisle with her father before taking off from the picturesque French Riviera venue, throwing off her heels and ripping off her wedding gown in the process. Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” plays in the background as the runaway bride runs to be picked up by a nearby helicopter.

Corbijn told Vogue U.K., “The story is about escaping, about getting away from all the things that tie you down in life. Natalie Portman was fantastic. She is real, she’s genuine. You can see it on the screen, and people relate to it. I think that this ‘truth’ is more important than beauty. Being a beautiful woman is not enough. She’s a real person, a good person, and her personality makes the difference.”

[via Vogue UK]

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Daria Werbowy Returns for Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Spring 2015 ads, it’s that brands tend to stick with the same models or celebrities. Daria Werbowy is back for her fourth consecutive campaign for Diane von Furstenberg, shot by Emma Summerton on location in a New York City airport terminal. W magazine’s Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful styled the fashion favorite donning DVF’s new Riviera collection and we think the team hit a home run.

Ad Campaign Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015 Daria Werbowy

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It’s a shame some of our forum members don’t feel the same way. “I wouldn’t have blinked if someone had told me this was DVF x H&M. It just looks so cheap…” declared Thefrenchy within moments of the campaign image surfacing.

“Really Daria again? I was sure it would be Lily Donaldson or Naomi after the show,” noted a surprised narcyza.

Also not showing much enthusiasm was gossiping: “Seen it all before, I think DVF isn’t that great these days. A lack of ideas.”

Forum member burbuja8910 simply stated, “I don’t like it.” Nothing like being honest, right?

The rest of us, however, are loving it! “I would have preferred something more luxurious, but still this is nice and Daria looks beautiful,” shared justaguy.

“Just beautiful. Four campaigns in a row. She must sell products like hot cakes. Can’t wait for more,” enthused congacon.

Are you a fan? Add your own two cents inside the thread here.

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Band of Outsiders Is Postponing Its Fall 2015 Show

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Image: Imaxtree

Every season, right before Fashion Week hits, a show or two cancels citing various reasons. Hey, we get it, fashion shows are really expensive! But we have to admit we’re bummed by today’s news that Band of Outsiders is forgoing its Fall 2015 presentation. It’s a smart move, financially, but we so love seeing what Scott Sternberg sends out. Our Fashion Week is just a bit dimmer now. The brand is opting to show its collection at a later date, so all is not lost, fret not. But first the Viktor & Rolf news, and now this? How much drearier can one Tuesday get? (No one answer that.)

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Kate Winslet Scores Another Cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

As the March issues slowly but steadily start to trickle onto our forums, Kate Winslet is U.K. Harper’s Bazaar‘s latest cover subject; her second cover appearance since Justine Picardie took over as editor-in-chief. For the magazine’s big March issue, Kate was photographed by Alexi Lubomirski on a windswept English beach near the British actress’ farmhouse home. 

UK Harper's Bazaar March 2015 Kate Winslet

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Forum members were quick as cats to voice their opinions. “Very Peter Lindbergh! But somehow it feels dated (because it also lacks his actual touch), here we are in 2015, and it’s Kate Winslet back on the cover, yet another movie star that is a regular for them! Justine needs to cast her net wider, so many wonderful cover choices, but we keep going back to 10 same, overused, faces!” Miss Dalloway first ranted.

“Absolutely agree with you. Reese, Gwyneth, and now Kate. Where are the breakout stars?” asked Benn98.

Forum member Kite was also in the mood for change. “April 2013 was her last cover of Harper’s Bazaar U.K. but she was on American Harper’s Bazaar last year and it just feels like she has had 60 covers in the past 5 years. She’s beautiful but come on!” he exclaimed.

MsCoen22 soon fired back in disagreement: “Yes, she’s on their cover a lot, but come on. She’s a legend. She’s always a welcome presence, especially given that she always has projects to promote. She has 4 movies coming out this year. If we’re talking returning cover girls, I’ll take her over people like Gwyneth who promote their lifestyles.”

“The subscriber’s cover is sublime, the newsstand one is good too,” burbuja8910 noted.

Check out the regular newsstand cover inside the thread and join the discussion here.

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Viktor & Rolf Are Ceasing Their Ready-to-Wear Line

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Image: imaxtree

Pour out some champagne for Viktor & Rolf because it might be a while before we next get to see a ready-to-wear collection from the label, if at all. The pair will present their Fall/Winter 2015 collection this season, opting out of a runway show before halting RTW altogether. The move is said to help the label focus on its fragrance, licensing and couture aspects, much like Jean Paul Gaultier who left the ready-to-wear game in September to focus his attentions in similar categories.

Though the rest of us may be lamenting the loss of the innovative power pair in this sector, Viktor & Rolf seem to be pretty satisfied with the move, as it gives them more time to be creative now that they don’t have to deal with the added stress of the RTW season. Viktor Horsting told WWD the game “started to feel creatively restricting. By letting go of it, we gain more time and freedom.”

We’re sad to see Viktor & Rolf go, but if the extra time to work makes their couture even more amazing, it’s probably worth it for them to chuck ready-to-wear.

See all the Viktor & Rolf collections for a trip down memory lane.

[via WWD]

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