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Sneak Peek: Candice Swanepoel Covers Vogue Australia’s June 2013 Issue

Sneak Peek: Candice Swanepoel Covers Vogue Australia's June 2013 Issue

One necessary component of success in the brutal world of print publishing is continuity, and you can’t argue there’s much discrepancy between Miss Vogue’s Holly Rose Emery cover and the June 2013 issue of the magazine’s parent edition.

The impending cover of Vogue Australia’s annual body issue is fronted by a bronzed and impressively blow-waved Candice Swanepoel, who could be Holly’s older sister if she wasn’t South African. Actually neither of the cover girls are Australian, with Holly hailing from New Zealand, but they both do an excellent interpretation of ‘Bondi chic’.            

The Candice cover was styled by Katie Mossman shot by Victor Demarchelier in New York, exclusively for Vogue Australia. It’s out on May 20, and also features its cover star in a racy Catwoman in Paris-inspired shoot by Hans Feuer. Hopefully, 16-year-old Holly waits a few more years before getting involved with cleavage and latex. 

Image: Vogue.com.au

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Gossip Girl Designer Eric Daman is Century 21′s New Spokesman and Guest Stylist

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Eric Daman and Leighton Meester / via Getty

Eric Daman was one of the first celebrity stylists. The Emmy-award winning costume designer got his start working with Patricia Field on Sex and the City before graduating to his own show, Gossip GirlHis success at the CW series led to another project, The Carrie Diaries. (I've been pretending the new series, which just got renewed for its second season, doesn't exist, but it has fans. I've seen some on Tumblr.)  

Throughout Gossip Girl's loooong run, Daman's work styling outfits for the show launched countless standalone blogs dedicated to Blair and Serena's weekly wardrobe changes. On general interest fashion sites (like this one) shopping roundups either inspired by or explicitly recreating Gossip Girl outfits were a reliable crowdpleaser when the show was on air (sometimes, even in the off-season). For such a crummy series (sorry, but it's true: Gossip Girl had plotlines so convoluted it was insulting and no real sense of humor — or heart), people were obsessed with it. I watched all six seasons. 

Hoping to capitalize on Daman's vast appeal, Century 21 tapped Daman as their new spokesman and brand ambassador, as part of the discount retailer's guest stylist series (which launched last Fall with television personality George Kotsiopoulos). Century 21 is a cult shopping destination the way Target is a cult shopping destination — light on the "cult," heavy on the hype. The department store does have some high-quality designer pieces at crazy-deep discounts, but you have to contend with a swamp of near-crap and a competing swarm of bargain hunters (the downtown Manhattan location on the weekends is not for the faint of heart). 

Still, Daman might be a moderately famous, successful person, but he still feels like an "of the people" fashion fanboy. His approach to fashion is energetic, fun and pointedly accessible to regular girls, a perfect fit for Century 21's savvy-is-chic brand. 

 

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More Cara Delevingne: She Posed Nude for a Marc Jacobs Skin Cancer Research Campaign

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Cara Delevingne for Marc Jacobs / via Instagram

Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity to lend her naked body to Marc Jacobs for his "Protect the Skin You're In" clothing campaign, which has been raising money for skin cancer research since 2006. We'd all do well to be a little more critical of the "shopping as activism" model, but in this case, all proceeds (typically it's just some) from the sale of the $35 tees are donated to the NYU Cancer Institute at Langone Medical Center. So, two worthy causes: 1) Promote skin cancer awareness and help contribute to finding a cure, 2) boost Cara's international celebrity. 

Wanting to wear a designer T-shirt with a naked supermodel on the front of it is probably driven by motives more impure than wanting to help fund a cancer research institute. Still there are worse ways to satisfy your celebrity fandom; the "Protect the Skin You're In" campaign demonstrates a solid commitment to the cause from the brand. Other designers might do a shirt like this as a one-off and only donate partial proceeds to charity. The campaign's Facebook page lists the names of 45 celebrities that have previously participated: These tees have seen everyone from Chloe Sevigny to Naomi Campbell, making the line appeal to a range of cultural types — everyone from hormone-addled bros to dorky fashion girls could find a version of the item they'd like to own.  

The shirts are manufactured with 100% cotton. I've reached out to Marc Jacobs for more information about where these T-shirts are made and how they're sourced and will let you know what I find out.

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Cara Delevingne Got Her Finger Tattooed (Forum Buzz)

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Apparently, Cara Delevingne is a lion fan. So much so, that she got one tattooed on her index finger.

Cara-Delevingne-finger-tattoo-2“My first tattoo!! Lions rule! Thank you so much @bangbangnyc @badgirlriri,” she tweeted.

Tattoo-fiend Rihanna got a shout out for recommending her favorite tattoo parlor, Bang Bang Tattoos in New York, where Cara went to get inked.

“Ummm… no,” Legolas posted. He’s clearly not feeling Cara’s new finger embellishment.

“That's quite a prominent place to get a tattoo, considering she's a model,” sarahswonderland commented. “I guess it'll either become a part of her image or get covered up, although I'm not sure how. But it's very her.”

LegsXI wrote: “I am surprised by this tattoo, it’s very THERE, and she is a model.”

Cara wouldn’t be the first model to sport a prominent tattoo (though I have doubts about just how prominent it actually looks in real life). See Freja Beha ErichsenCatherine McNeilCarolyn MurphyErin Wasson… I could go on for days. Makeup works wonders and clients can easily have her cover the tattoo up if they prefer. And if makeup doesn’t work? There’s always Photoshop.

Images: instagram.com/caradelevingne

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Vogue Paris Resurrects Last Year’s Body Sand Concept for Andreea Diaconu’s Cover

Andreea Diaconu for Vogue Paris June/July 2013

Andreea Diaconu by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris June-July 2013 / via Vogue Paris Tumblr

Last year, Vogue Paris kicked off the season with a June cover that was indulgently summery: supermodel Gisele Bunchen on a beautiful blue-skied beach, wearing nothing but a skimpy bikini bottom supplemented with a generous pat of butt sand. For the June/July cover this year, editor Emmanuelle Alt took a similar approach. Mario Sorrenti photographed Andreea Diaconu against the impossibly dreamy waters of St Barts. Echoing the 2012 cover, the Romanian model is wearing almost nothing (a seashell necklace) and some body sand. A lot of body sand. Vogue Paris probably had their Chief Body Sand Styling Artist on location for the shoot. 

If you'd never heard of Diaconu before now, you've got plenty of company. The Bucharest-born model has been working in relative high fashion obscurity for a few years. Represented by IMG, Diaconu has been fairly active on runways and featured in some campaigns for brands like Ralph Lauren and MaxMara — even a one-off for Target. She was featured on the cover of ELLE Romania once, ELLE Russia twice; she landed the supplement cover for Vogue Brazil last year. Diaconu has also appeared in editorial stories for several international editions of Vogue — Brazil, US, Germany, Italia, Japan. She was first included in Vogue Paris only in February, making this June cover for the high-profile glossy a total surprise. 

As reported by one of our Forum Buzz editors, Pilar Meier, tFS members welcomed seeing the new model:

"WERQ, Andreea! Not gonna lie, I thought Gisele's beach cover from last year was perfection, but this comes quite close to being up to par. Just glad Andreea is finally getting the recognition. Total beach babe here," said LagerfeldBoy.

Bertrando3 also applauded the model choice: "This reminds me of Gisele's cover but finally: someone new!!! However it's not very creative, it's just fresh."

Thefrenchy didn't share the excitement over the cover image and said, "That girl is pretty but what a bore, we have ELLE for covers like that!"

Valentine27 also had mixed feelings about Alt going not all-out in delivering something new. "It feels refreshing to see a new model on a VP cover. This is not breathtaking but it still remains a gorgeous cover. I can't stop thinking about Gisele's cover from last year though, and I think it was executed better, but Andreea looks stunning here," she stated.

"Finally Alt is trying new things, with new models! I can't say it's all that inspiring or exciting, but I still am pleased with it and find it lovely," summarized HeatherAnne.

Pilar notes: "After all the criticism that Alt received for being too safe with her cover choices, it's been pleasant to see some surprising cover subjects in recent months — Suvi Koponen in March, Freja Beha [Erichsen] in May — but clearly tFS members need Vogue Paris to be more than just a showcase for new faces. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful cover and congratulations to Andreea, who started out as a model several years ago and was under the radar for so long, for scoring her first major magazine cover!"

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A Stunning Catherine McNeil Stars in Donna Karan’s Fall 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Catherine McNeil Stars in Donna Karan's Fall 2013 Campaign

Model Catherine McNeil was shot by photographer Mikael Jansson for the new Donna Karan Fall 2013 campaign, for which a sneak peek was released today. Catherine McNeil, who made a surprising and enormously successful runway comeback this season and opened and closed a total of 11 shows, is seen wearing a sassier version of a runway look, posing seductively in front of male model Andres Velencoso. The campaign is set in an atelier with the New York Skyline being visible in the background and it marks the return of McNeil as being the face of the Donna Karan brand after having already starred in a campaign for the line 6 years ago.

Forum members were enthusiastic about seeing Catherine McNeil back in the high fashion campaign scene.

"This is so beautiful!!!!!!!!! Expect Cat will be the queen of this campaign season," exclaimed congacon.

"Soo stunning. Both models look great! Best way to start this campaign season," agreed alonsoJonathan.

Melancholybaby joined the chorus of praise and added, "This is hot! Love the styling and the chemistry between Catherine and Andres."

Catherine McNeil Stars in Donna Karan's Fall 2013 Campaign

"What a lovely duo. Catherine not only looks mesmerizing and evokes glamour, but I love how she's essentially seducing him. Andres' sex appeal and stare only emphasizes how strong, sexy, and glamorous this campaign is. I feel like the ad seems to be depicting some furniture designer enthralled by Catherine and her sex appeal. Oh, and I have to point out that I think the New York bridge in the background is a lovely touch," analyzed LagerfeldBoy.

It is surprising that forum members are already in the mood for dark fall campaigns when summer in most countries has not even started yet. I personally find the campaign too brown and depressing but can't argue with anyone over McNeil looking simply beautiful in this campaign and I would not be shocked if congacon ended up being right with his notion about McNeil snatching a few more campaigns this Fall 2013 season.

Image credits: wwd.com and Facebook/Donna Karan via the tFS forums

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