For their September issue, Vs. decided that four would be better than one, so they got four different “photographers” to capture four different cover girls for four different covers. Ellen von Unwerth photographed Coco Rocha, Guy Aroch captured Amanda Seyfried, Helena Christensen snapped Liv Tyler, and Drew Barrymore (Who knew Drew was into photography? Is she looking to expand her résumé!?) shot Rachel McAdams.
Coco’s cover, which was the first to be revealed, received lots of praise from forum members. “Wow. Amazing!” Congacon exclaimed. “She is one of the best models out there.”
Heelscatchfire posted: “Love the cover, Coco is really striking and iconic in that shot.”
When the rest of the covers were revealed jmrmartinho wrote: “What a great set of covers. I don’t have a least favorite. Coco has by far the most striking one, but Liv looks absolutely stunning.”
One gripe for Vs. is that all of their covers seemingly look more or less the same. “Their cover style is so redundant,” saann pointed out. “I get that they're creating an identity but you can only have so many black and white photos mixed with whatever color of the month you choose before you start repeating yourself.” To illustrate her point she provided a screen capture of a google image search for Vs. covers:
Kind of tough to argue with after seeing that, but still, this is a pretty good set of September covers.
Images via fashiongonerogue.com and google image search screen capture.
The company designs modern raffia handbags that are rooted in the deep heritage of skilled artisans in the Visaya region of the Philippines. The raffia is harvested from the buri palm tree that grows abundantly in this region and is given its colour with water-based dyes. Textiles then come to life on traditional wooden looms, where home-based weavers work their craft, while wooden handles and accents are individually hand made by local carpenters.
"The inspiration behind Ann & Arayata collections is always the artisans, their weaves and techniques and the unique indigenous materials they use. I simply bring my personal design aesthetic to create styles and an overall look to appeal to the contemporary fashion crowd," Stephenson explains to me as I peruse the F/W12 collection.
Translating the trends of fall runways, this season's clutch collection offers a decadent lineup of rich hues, including sumptuous reds, wines, and jewel berry tones. Ann & Arayata has also added hand-loomed scarves and beaded necklaces to the mix as the line continues to expand.
The scarves are woven in a unique ikat pattern, available with or without lurex, to appeal to both men and women. The necklaces feature cascading strands of beads and come in an array of colours including some killer metallic options — perfect for the holiday season. And while we're on the subject of holiday giving, it's worth noting that the company donates a minimum of 10% of its profits to L.I.F.E. For Health, a volunteer-run registered charity working in the Philippines.
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Olivia Metallic Necklaces, $86
This morning it was confirmed to the press by Sir Philip Green, the owner of Arcadia, that he’s exclusively bringing the Kardashian Kollection to British shores. The Kardashian Kollection has, of course, been created by the Kardashain sisters, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe, who in a reality television-obsessed Britain, may as well be royalty.
The Arcadia store of choice will be Dorothy Perkins, as Green believes that this is the best fit stylistically. Dorothy Perkins is often regarded as boring amongst the masses, so let’s hope that the Kardashian Kollection injects the brand with that much needed lift. It’ll be available just before Christmas in 250 standalone stores, eight BHS concessions, and also at dorothyperkins.com.
As stateside, the collection will include denim, accessories, and shoes. The girls also revealed that they are set to incorporate a range of optical glasses into the collection —watch out Vicky B!! Although, it’s not as yet been confirmed whether these will also be available in the UK.
It’s safe to say that the girls are definitely more than just reality television stars: they are clearly proving themselves to be true business women with an array of ventures under their belts. We wonder whether they’ll ever open a Kardashian Khaos (their lifestyle boutique) or even expand their Dash stores into London? We know that there’s already an army of fans crossing their fingers for that day! More to the point, we need something to counteract the millions of boutiques which have been opened by the TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) cast.
We’ve already given you license to drool profusely over the Autumn/Winter offering from Dion Lee’s Line II, and with another season comes another excuse to lose your sartorial marbles.
As if it wasn’t enough for him to dominate the fashion world by taking out that coveted Australian Woolmark Prize and just being magnificent at fashion in general, he’s now dropped the campaign for Line II’s Spring/Summer 2013 offering. This time around, he’s again making us question why this line is so affordably priced by showing off his superior shirting and tailoring ability with a range heavy on luxe sportswear, the pièce de résistance being a nylon windbreaker jacket that should be purchased immediately and worn around the waist until it gets cold enough to put it back on again.
Silk shirts and tailored separates are always going to be winners in any collection Lee puts his name to, but this season’s colour palette is also worth an honourable mention. For spring bold corals, oranges and pretty peach tones blend harmoniously with the monotone pieces the designer has such a strong affection for.
As testament to his almighty power, Lee has also rounded up some of the best girls in the local business this season, with Chic's Montana Cox, Rachel Rutt, and Abbey “Hazel” O’Connell all putting their best faces (and killer bodies) forward for the campaign.
Images via Vogue.com.au
Last week Dazed & Confused drummed up some interest in their September issue when they tweeted:
“Just been told our upcoming @AZEALIABANKS cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?”
That one tweet made the cover a must-see – what could possibly be so bad that it was banned from SEVEN countries? Now we see the that controversial cover features the musician holding an inflated raspberry colored condom (that Dazed refers to as “this season’s must-have accessory”) to her lips with the caption “Azealia Banks Blows Up” while more or less simultaneously flashing her rhinestone bejeweled middle finger. The Karen Langley styled, and Sharif Hamza photographed image is phallic to say the least. If the condom were over-inflated then the image could be funny, but as it is it is a blatant simulation of oral sex. I can see how seven countries would think Dazed took it a step too far, but forum members were of two minds. Some understand the ban, others don’t.
Stereo posted, “Banks looks gorgeous, I love everything about this cover, but THIS is what got banned in 7 countries? I don't want to live on this planet anymore… what bothers me is how on earth this could be considered controversial enough to get banned. I mean, what's so shocking about it? Much ado about nothing.”
SugarMe also didn’t get the controversy. “This is the banned cover? This? It's not even as though she's feigning fellatio [I would beg to differ] or being overtly vulgar. She's blowing up/smoking a condom. Considering her music, I expected something a lot more racy. I'm almost disappointed. Heaven forbid poor, impressionable, defenseless children know what a prophylactic looks like.”
ForChicSake argued that the ban made sense. “There is nothing shocking about [the cover] (no matter how tacky/tasteless/pathetic it is), surely a cover with a woman blowing up a condom isn't something you want young impressionable girls/boys to see on the newsstands of their local newsagents or shopping centers. There are standards some people would like to maintain in terms of what is exposed to the public in the name of fashion/publicity, I understand the ban.”
I don’t endorse banning content, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get why seven countries thought this image was over the top. What do you think? Is this a lot of fuss about nothing? Or did Dazed get a little too provocative with this cover?
Tyra Banks has gotten into the GIF game, so if you've ever wanted to see an animated image of the America's Next Top Model host looking up at the sunset and pondering the meaning of life, this is a good day to be you.
But for the rest of us: as much as we might like seeing Banks' foolishness showcased in a clippy picture snippet, her own creations are pretty boring. There are thousands if not millions if not billions of Tyra Banks GIFs that already exist online. The meme genre has been around since at least October 28th, 2005, when the insanely popular ANTM recapper and celebrated Tyra GIF-maker/pioneer Rich Juzwiak posted his very first Tyra GIF.
These Tyra-centric moving pictures are so funny because the former supermodel is way too self-aggrandizing and unintentionally comic. You get some of the comedy in her GIF self-portraits, but she's going to need someone outside help to truly make the most out of her new Internet project. We're going to have to invent some sort of meta GIF commentary. Like, uh … captions?
Image via Tyra Banks' cinemagr.am