Yesterday, the star-studded, gothic portrait series, which aptly features icons like Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love and Genesis P-Orridge, added the likes of Kendall Jenner to its ranks. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star turned fashion favorite is virtually unrecognizable with bleached eyebrows, towering platform boots, teased hair and dark, smoky eye makeup. (Perhaps this is the getup she should’ve worn on her Hollywood Tours escapade?) Photographer David Sims masterfully captured this new side of Kendall who, unlike the aforementioned subculture legends, likely had to delve deep within herself to unleash her inner vampire. (more…)
It’s practically a given that with creative expression comes criticism. To those who insert themselves into fashion industry, a tough skin is considered part of the gig. Each season, those at the pinnacle of the fashion pyramid trot out their hard work for the world to judge and we sit ready to critique the fruits of their noble efforts. If not for popular opinion, how would we know what’s praiseworthy and what’s a pass? How would Zara know what to manufacture?
Amazon Fashion’s latest European campaign takes issue with the industry — and people’s —innate tendency to judge. “Instagram alone has more than 82 million #OOTD (outfit of the day) posts. Sadly, criticizing and ridiculing people for what they wear, known as ‘outfit shaming,’ is also becoming more common. 55 percent of women feel they have been judged before on social media about their fashion choices,” reads the campaign’s press release.
Poor Irina Shayk can’t catch a break. Our feisty forum members have critiqued just about every magazine cover and ad campaign she’s added to her ever-growing portfolio. She looked “awful in every way” on Numéro, failed to impress fronting Vogue Turkey and now does exactly the same on the cover of Vogue Japan. We took a first look at the title’s August 2016 edition earlier this week, which features the Russian bombshell in head-to-toe Prada while posing before the lens of Japanese Vogue regular Giampaolo Sgura. But styled by Anna Dello Russo, the cover failed to make an impression and certainly didn’t inspire the majority.
“At a stretch I can deal with everything from the neck down, but I don’t know what was on the stylist’s memo here. Ticket conductor meets gay sailor? I’m still not sold on Irina. Reminds me too much of Adriana Lima. Just like the latter, it seems her people are desperately trying to market her as this versatile type of girl, which she’s not,” immediately complained Benn98.
“I feel like most any other model would’ve made this cover work better,” added a far from impressed littlekiki. (more…)
Why, you ask? Each tube’s gold-flecked, clear bullet holds a tiny flower inside, so you’re essentially applying Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted rose onto your pout. They’re every little spunky-bookworm-who-wouldn’t-mind-being-twirled-around-in-a-golden-dress’ dream come true. To up the nostalgia factor even further, the line of sheer balms changes color based on the temperature of your lips. (more…)
It’s fair to say that V Magazine has lost its flair over recent months, having managed to make Britney Spears look unrecognizable and the ever-gorgeous Charlize Theron look lifeless on the cover of its last offering. But now the publication seems back in full form with its Fall Preview 2016 edition featuring the stars of the highly-anticipated The Neon Demon. Steven Klein captured Elle Fanning, Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee Kershaw, who all manage to deliver the goods.
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Forum members were quick to applaud V Magazine‘s efforts. “This is the V that I love! That first cover is absolutely amazing. One of the most inspired covers I’ve seen not only from them, but everywhere. Stunning,” applauded MON.
“This is indeed spectacular, and creates just the right amount of anticipation! Just wished Klein expanded a bit more with the direction, but all three girls killed it here. Very impressed with Elle and Bella, holding their own next to Abbey,” Benn98 added in amazement. (more…)
Remember that shot in Garden State where Zach Braff stares at us slash his bathroom mirror with those intensely vacant eyes, camouflaged against the room’s wallpaper by that questionable button-down? Or Gotye and Kimbra’s music video for possibly the most heart-wrenching, overplayed song of 2011? Well, now South Korean makeup artist Dain Yoon is channeling those same illusionary effects, but with much more entrancing results. (Snapchat copycats, move along.)
Yoon, a senior at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, uses watercolors and makeup to transform her facial features and body parts into mind-bending works of art. From Baroque wall clocks to cloudy skies, Yoon blends herself into her surroundings with incredible skill — and without the use of Photoshop. She also dabbles in performance art, once disguising her entire form as a garden wall. The 22-year-old’s mind-boggling talents have earned her over 29,000 Instagram followers to date. (more…)