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Kinee Diouf is the First Black Model to Make the Cover of Vogue Netherlands (Forum Buzz)

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Image via Vogue Netherlands.

Vogue Netherlands has been straying as of late from their arsenal of Dutch cover models, and luckily for us, they put Senegalese model Kinee Diouf (photographed by Ishi) front and center for their July 2013 issue. Cynics in the forums, like CharlottefromCA, alluded to the fact that the choice to feature a black model on the cover for the first time may be Dutch Vogue’s version of an apology for depicting model Querelle Jansen in blackface in their May issue. I like to think of it as a stunning model getting a well-deserved cover, but something tells me that thought’s a bit naïve. 

Image via Vogue Netherlands.

Image via Vogue Netherlands.

At the end of the day, I don’t much care what the motivation was for putting Kinee on the cover. I’m just glad that I like what I see.

“Great to see Kinee!” Cold posted. “The effect of the dress and the sky's colors is quite mesmerizing.”

Mat Cyruss called the cover “an eyecatcher on the newsstands,” and justaguy described it as “very striking.”

Fee de foret picked up on a throwback vibe. “Wow this is great. It reminds me of Vogue covers from the Thirties and Forties,” she explained. “They had a certain mystery about them, and oftentimes the model wouldn’t even be the main focus of the shot. Very refreshing!”

Whatever the motivation for the cover and cover model, I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all wouldn’t mind seeing more of Kinee. This color-drenched cover (in every sense) is the breath of fresh air and diversity that fashion so desperately needs right now.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat is On the Cover of Vogue Germany July 2013 (w/ Linda Evangelista)

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We're here to inturrupt your regularly scheduled Friday with some breaking cat news: Choupette, the famed feline companion of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, has just landed her first Vogue cover. The couture-adjacent kitten appears on the cover of the magazine's German edition for July 2013, photographed by the Kaiser himself. Linda Evangelista joins Choupette on the cover, but clearly the cat is the real star of this story: Vogue Germany's styling team couldn't even be bothered to brush Evangelista's hair in preparation for the shoot.

[Spotted by Flashbang in the tFS Forums]

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Rebel Wilson Cleans Up For Her First Ever Magazine Cover (Forum Buzz)

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LOL Queen Rebel Wilson has come a long way since leaving “the ghetto side of Sydney” for Hollywood. Now she’s scored her first magazine cover for the UK’s Glamour and looks an equally long way from the brash roles that launched her to fame in Bridesmaids, Bachelorette and Bogan Pride.

Rebel tweeted the evidence on Wednesday with the caption: “My first ever magazine cover..bubble bath x #glamourUK x.”  The cover shows the actress decked out in un-customised bling (perhaps her personalised knuckle dusters are outside of the frame) and a mound of strategically arranged bubbles.

tFS reader Miss Dalloway has pointed out that the cover bears more than a slight resemblance to Victoria Beckham’s equally blingy and sudsy September 2012 US Glamour cover. It’s not unknown for magazines to recycle covers, but usually it’s done to save on expenses rather than to poke fun at themselves. Whether conscious or not though, it kinda makes Rebel’s cover even more awesome.

Response hasn’t been unanimously positive. Some readers are calling the cover “horrendous” while commenter ForChicSake reckons Rebel is “Glamour UK’s most interesting cover star in years.” It’s pretty OTT on the glam factor, yes, but we suspect that’s what they were going for.

For those who prefer the actress in brash clothing and awkward situations, Rebel is going to be bringing many more LOLs in the coming months via her new anti-SATC series Super Fun Night. ABC has picked up the show and it is expected out this fall. 

Image: Rebel Wilson's Twitter

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By the Way, This Saint Laurent Dress Cara D’s Wearing Costs $68K

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There's an old saying that once you've seen a $61,000 polyester jacket, you've seen everything. Still, $68,000 for an embellished baby-doll dress (pictured above on model Cara Delevingne for Saint Laurent's Fall 2013 campaign) seems steep.

That's the mindboggling price Style.com reported in an article about the opening of a new Saint Laurent store in Soho. It's extra jarring because these kinds of prices are seemingly the new norm at the French fashion house: just a couple weeks ago, we spotted an 80% polyester jacket from the label which listed at a similar price point. 

It's hard to imagine a customer willing to spend years of college tuition on items that are so trendy, they're already out of style, but as I wrote recently, prices at luxury brands are determined by analysts (sometimes against a designer's wishes) according to what customers will spend on a piece, not what it costs to produce it. 

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Female Basketball Player Brittney Griner Will Model Menswear As Part of Her Nike Contract

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Sports and fashion don't have many fans in common, but they have a lot of other similarities. Each is a multibillion dollar global commercial mass entertainment industry fixated on the human body. When it comes to gender expression, they are counterparts: mainstream fashion reinforces traditional ideas about femininity (women are pleasant and upbeat, preoccupied with perfecting their appearance, sexually available) in the same way that pro sports culture rigidly conforms to certain masculine norms associated with aggression, competitiveness — even (off-court) promiscuity. (Of course there are niche segments of both industries that challenge the dominant models, but I'm talking about the stuff that's most visible, like the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show or the Superbowl.)

As a prominent global clothing retailer that sets the standard for athletic wear, Nike is at the nexus of both industries and it's just inked an unusual endorsement deal with WNBA player Brittney Griner

The 22-year-old basketball player was just signed to Pheonix Mercury, after being selected as the #1 overall 2013 WNBA Draft pick. She's 6'8", on the cover of this month's ESPN Taboo Issue and the first openly gay athlete to sign an endorsement deal with Nike. And there's more: Griner, who wears men's clothing in her personal life, will model Nike apparel that's branded as menswear, possibly as a move to align itself with a new wave of androgyny that's becoming increasingly more common in the sports world. 

From her ESPN profile:

"Androgynous models are coveted in high-end fashion, but the trend toward gender-neutral clothing has only just begun to reach the sports world, with NBA stars Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade blurring the lines in their tight jeans and fitted sweaters. No sports apparel company has taken it a step further and expressly targeted the gender-fluid crowd — and whether Nike is willing to ride the edge with Griner remains to be seen. 'We can't get into specifics,' says Nike spokesman Brian Strong, 'but it's safe to say we jumped at the opportunity to work with her because she breaks the mold.'"

This video, where Griner talks about struggling with her sexual identity as an athlete and bullying she faced as a kid, is worth watching: 

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Alexander Wang Delivers Solid Balenciaga Resort 2014 Collection (Forum Buzz)

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Alexander Wang’s second outing for Balenciaga proves to be another success for the young designer. Albeit the majority of the fashion crowd seemed skeptical about replacing the brilliant Nicolas Ghesquière with the more street style-focused Alexander Wang, tFS forum members are showing themselves impressed with Wang’s collections for the brand thus far. The shots for the Resort 2014 collection were released early this week and forum members unanimously agreed about the stunning imagery and creative way of showcasing the clothes from multiple angles in the same image.

“The setting is amazing. The shoots are really beautiful,” stated Mathewthew.

And Crying Diamonds added, “It's so refreshing to see every angle of the clothing, especially when they are interesting like this.”

Not just the photography and styling managed to excite, many tFSers also appreciated Wang’s surprisingly sophisticated and intricate designs.

“Very pleased, loving everything!!!” said GERGIN.

And Thefrenchy stated, “I have to admit that I'm very pleasantly surprised by this. While I absolutely did not believed he'd fit the job in the first place, he proved me wrong with his first collection and he's proving me wrong once again. While he's no Nicolas and I don't think I'll ever be super excited and find his collections groundbreaking, what he has produced here is really good.”

LolaSvelt found that “the two collections he has done for Balenciaga thus far are better than pretty much anything he has done with his own brand.”

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image: balenciaga.com

Even as a major admirer of Nicolas Ghesquière I have to admit that Wang is holding himself steady at Balenciaga so far and both collections which have been presented have been on par with what we expect from Balenciaga. I will go as far as saying that he even surpasses some of Ghesquière’s last collections for the house, which seemed more lackluster and gimmicky than what Wang is trying to bring into Balenciaga. Wang may be trying a little too hard to uphold the Balenciaga identity and he is playing it somewhat safe yet, but if he keeps up the good work there is no reason for us to complain, and as UpperEchelon put it: “My faith for Wang just got back and it's stronger than ever. This is an amazing collection.”

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