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Joan Smalls Captivates on the Cover of CR Fashion Book’s Eighth Edition (Forum Buzz)

Gigi Hadid’s patriotic cover for CR Fashion Book‘s Spring 2016 edition was still pretty fresh in our minds until the magazine just unveiled the covers for its upcoming edition, which seem to knock it out of the park just as hard. Continuing their theme of multi-covers, the biannual publication serves up a trio of covers for us to choose from for Issue 8, featuring beauties Fernanda Ly and Joan Smalls. Mario Sorrenti came on board to lens the cover shoot and delivers captivating close-up images of the girls, who posed with a face full of makeup and glitter — and we’re loving one cover in particular.

CR Fashion Book #9 by Mario Sorrenti


As per usual, our forum members were quick to generate discussion. “I hope this is a preview cover. If not, then this is creepy. Glitters on her teeth? Really? Mario Sorrenti for CR?” MON quickly disapproved.

“Nothing new. Nothing Great,” said dcmaike of Fernanda’s cover which was the first to surface (above left).

But the whole dynamic changed when Joan’s cover came to light. “Oh my goodness, Joan’s cover is gorgeous. The seduction is beyond this planet,” raved a more than impressed MON, returning to the thread in awe. (more…)

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Bella Hadid Scores a September Cover for Vogue Japan (Forum Buzz)

Gigi Hadid might want to watch her back now that sister Bella Hadid is quickly becoming the new darling of the magazine world. Having scored her first-ever solo Vogue cover for Turkish Vogue back in May and currently fronting Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Bella Hadid’s portfolio is growing rapidly. Now, the current face of Givenchy graces the cover of Vogue Japan and looks sensational on the magazine’s prestigious September cover wearing a black Giorgio Armani floor-length gown.

Vogue Japan September 2016 : Bella Hadid by Giampaolo Sgura


“A month can’t go by without seeing a Hadid sister on a cover. It’s a quite empty cover, but Bella looks good. Also, it’s nice to see an Armani piece featured on a cover. Or maybe it happens often, I just haven’t noticed,” wrote dodencebt the second the cover dropped earlier today.

“Simply shocked to see an all black outfit on the cover of Vogue Japan. How refreshing. I like the pose, but if her expression was more powerful it would work better,” added Miss Dalloway. (more…)

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This Male Makeup Artist Can Make Himself Look Exactly Like Any Game of Thrones Actress


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Game of Thrones is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s the ultimate form of Sunday night escapism, an easy, spicy beach read and the inspiration for a collection of seriously badass chokers. Now, thanks to Filipino actor, TV host and scarily talented makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros (whom we’ve showcased before), the show is also blessed us with some of the most stunning makeup transformations we’ve ever seen.

While his 1.7 million and counting followers look on via Instagram, Ballesteros, who’s known for using his formidable skills to morph into celebrities, recreates Westeros’ leading ladies using his own face as the canvas. It’s an extended process. “I start out by Googling pictures of the characters in different lighting to see the facial structures and contours,” Ballesteros told Mashable. After that, it’s a simple matter of procuring a suitable wig, trimming it to mirror the character’s length, sketching the subject’s face onto his own using an eyebrow pencil, covering his eyebrows in gluestick, priming, highlighting and contouring his face, lining his eyes to appear either bigger or further apart, shaping the size of his nostrils and, last but not least, mastering the mouth.

“Most of the lips are the same shape,” Ballesteros explained. “But if they’re not, I’ll put black liner on the lower part of my upper lip to make it thinner and give that half-open mouth expression.”

Check out his spot-on impressions of Arya, Cersei, Sansa, Brienne, Daenerys, Margaery and Melisandre in the pictures below — and prepare for your withdrawal pangs to multiply. (more…)

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Zara, River Island and More Are Under Fire for Allegedly Stealing From Indie Artists

UK retailer Bershka is among the brands under fire for allegedly stealing indie artists' designs.

Image: Bershka

It’s a widely accepted fact that fast fashion’s designers — how shall we put this — borrow liberally from the runway. However, injured parties like luxury brand Céline choose to look the other way (we suspect) because their well-to-do customer is not shopping at Zara or the like. That, or lax copyright laws make prosecuting time consuming and ineffective. However, when popular retailers blatantly lift designs from smaller fishes, i.e. indie designers, it triggers our sense of moral outrage.

At least a dozen indie artists have recently come forward with complaints that Zara, River Island, Bershka, Forever 21 and more copied their work without offering attribution or compensation. As mainstream clothing companies scramble to stay on top of the rising DIY movement and fulfill customers’ hunger for craft pins and patches, indie artists are getting trampled in the fray. However, Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen and Montreal-based Stay Home Club founder Olivia Mew aren’t shying away from the fight.

It being 2016, the Davids of the world have a very useful platform on which to stand and take on the Goliaths — social media. On Sunday, Mew took to Instagram to call out River Island after a U.K. fan pointed out the striking similarity between Mew’s work and a patch sold by the high street retailer. (more…)

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Hailey Baldwin Serves Supermodel Realness in Guess’ Stunning Fall 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

We were either so transfixed by Kendall Jenner’s Elvis impersonation for Fendi or too busy checking out a smoldering Gigi Hadid for MaxMara that we forgot their BFF Hailey Baldwin was set to be the new face of Guess. The brand’s Fall 2016 advertising campaign has just dropped and the 19-year-old beauty (captured by photographer Rayan Ayash) proves she has what it takes to be a working model.

Guess F/W 2016.17 : Hailey Baldwin by Rayan Ayash


Members of our forums were quick to extoll Hailey’s virtues as a model. “I have a hard time taking her or this brand seriously, but I have to say she looks good here and this is much stronger work (judging on the little I’ve seen) than her model/socialite friends Kendall and Gigi typically produce,” said KINGofVERSAILLES straight away.

“She looks good, I get 80s supermodel vibes from this!” applauded Fotoholic24. (more…)

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Watch: Michelle Obama Gets Her Freak On in This Week’s Carpool Karaoke

The silver lining to the cloud that is the Obamas’ impending exit from the White House is that they’ll have more time to make appearances (i.e. goof out) on our favorite TV shows. If Michelle Obama’s recent Carpool Karaoke segment is any indication, there are piles of cameo gold in our future (and we’ll never forget her and Barack’s amazing Pitch Perfect 2 credit or POTUS Getting Coffee).

In this week’s karaoke session, the First Lady took full advantage of her rare opportunity to sit passenger side and belt out tunes while sitting in traffic. She and Corden began with a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Sign, Sealed, Delivered before reminding the world of moves to the Single Ladies dance. As nothing FLOTUS does it totally frivolous, Michelle also used her The Late Late Show bit to educate us on her #LetGirlsLearn initiative, making a compelling case for why we should all follow her on Snapchat, like, yesterday.

Spoiler Alert: You will cry tears of joy when Missy Elliott hops in the backseat to do backup vocals for the best “Get Your Freak On” throwback known to man.

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