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Galliano Creates Stage Costumes for Stephen Fry’s ‘Importance of Being Earnest’

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Marking John Galliano's first major endeavor since he was dismissed from Dior and his eponymous brand in March 2011 (that is, if you don't consider his internship at Oscar de la Renta 'major'), the designer is set to costume Stephen Fry's British stage production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

No matter what you think of Galliano, who has made a solid case for his rehabilitation in press outlets like Vanity Fair and The Charlie Rose show, there's no question that the designer is well suited for the project.

Galliano has a biting sense of drama and dandy-ish, even Wildean, personal style. Vogue UK notes that the designer costumed Lady Bracknell (played by Judi Dench) for the 1982 production at the National Theatre. Galliano is reportedly already at work. 

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Rumor: Is Harper’s Bazaar UK Planning a Kim Kardashian Cover? [Update]



Is Kim Kardashian slated to appear on a Harper's Bazaar UK cover in 2014? That's the rumor going around the tFS forums.

Miss Dalloway first posted about the possibility a week ago: "Did you hear anything about Kim Kardashian on upcoming UK HB cover? I mean that was even more unbelivable to hear than the Miley on US Vogue cover, hopefully it has the same outcome of not being true. Don't follow them, or view their site, do they report about her a lot?"

After some brief discussion, the conversation came to a lull, but it was picked up again yesterday by honeycombchild, who noticed that British Bazaar's website had included the professional celebrity in its Best Dressed of the Week roundup. 

"So now I'm officially slightly worried about her face looking up at me from my doormat in 2014," he added. 

When I checked on the website, I discovered that Kardashian has actually been appearing on Harper Bazaar UK's 'Best Dressed' lists pretty consistently for the past month. The datelines run: November 20 (look is above, left), December 6, December 12 (look is above, right). Kardashian was even included in British Bazaar's Best Dressed of the Year roundup. 

The digital arm of the publication has been calling out Kardashian's style with increasing regularity ever since it ran the feature, "Kim Kardashian's Fashion Transformation," with the meta description, "How Kim Kardashian transformed herself from reality star to Carine's best friend (with a little help from Riccardo Tisci)." The Carine Roitfeld name-check is quite the compliment, coming from Bazaar: earlier this year, the former Paris Vogue editor was named Global Fashion Director of Harper's Bazaar worldwide

The glossy's attention to Kardashian is especially surprising because we're used to seeing more hostility from fashion publications in response to her bid for attention; US Vogue notoriously cropped her out of their Met Gala slideshow in May. However, the star did appear on the cover of Roitfeld's biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book

We reached out to Harper's Bazaar for comment but have not heard back. 

UPDATE: We just heard back from British Bazaar's Digital Editor, who says that the publication has no plans to feature Kardashian on a future cover:

"I'm afraid there is no correlation between our best dressed galleries and the cover stars for Harper's Bazaar, and there are no plans to place Kim Kardashian on the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK! "

RelatedYou’ll Never Guess Who’s Under All That Sparkle on the Cover of CR Fashion Book #3 (Forum Buzz)

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Was Dove’s ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ Commercial the Best Ad of 2013?

According to AdWeekDove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' commercial was this year's most viral ad, clocking in 4.24 million shares since its April 19 debut. It was also one of the most watched videos, with over 59.5 million views on YouTube (Dove's commercial trailed Evian's 'Baby & Me' film, which had above 66.2 million views). One more distinction for Dove's commercial coup: AdWeek just named it ad of the year, describing it as "a clever and poignant exploration of self-esteem that was as beautiful as the subjects it studied."

Though the ad clearly resonated with many millions of viewers, it also produced a fair share of vocal critics, who suggested that the film reinforces many of the same ideas (about sexism and the beauty standard) it claims to undermine.

Other people (like me) believe that ad's main problem lies not in its messaging (which is pretty standard for a commercial product), but in its taste level and believability — it's cheesy. Although there's no proof that the video is scripted, it's hard to believe that some of these lines came out of people's mouths, unprompted. ("She had nice eyes, they lit up when she spoke." "She was thin, so you could see her cheekbones.")

Best ad of the year? You decide: 

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We Are Infatuated with Givenchy’s New Campaign Model, Riley (Forum Buzz)

image credit: via the tfs forums

image credit: via the tfs forums

For an absolute newcomer to score a campaign as huge as Givenchy is quite something. But after seeing the first preview of the campaign, tFS forum members wasted little time wondering how the über-stunning Riley, whose test shots first showed up just a month ago, nabbed this campaign. 

“WOW! I'm actually blown away by her beauty and her potential. I can't wait to see where she goes because this girl has it. Riley is someone to look out for! I can't stop looking at her she's so pulchritudinous (I ran out of adjectives),” posted TheoG, one of many forum members who instantly fell in love with the gorgeous new model.

image credit: newyorkmodels via the tfs forums

image credit: newyorkmodels via the tfs forums

Commenting on the Givenchy campaign — which also stars Erykah Badu, Asia Chow and model Maria Borges — HeatherAnne wrote, “She kind of knocks the wind out of Erykah's sails. Stunning girl, lovely shot.”

“Whoa. This is one of the most stunning girls I have EVER seen! She is a keeper, for sure,” noted valliaddict.  

Having been discovered by Riccardo Tisci and having been selected by him for a campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott can only mean good things for this beauty’s future career. Remember how it catapulted Joan Smalls into supermodel stardom a few years ago? Fingers crossed that this girl will follow the same path.

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Jane Birkin’s Daughter, Kate Barry, Dies from Four-Story Fall in Paris



Photographer Kate Barry, whose work appeared in British Vogue, Paris Match and Elle, was found dead outside her Paris apartment after suffering a four-story fall. Police sources tell The Telegraph that antidepressants were found in Barry's apartment and that she was alone at the time of her death. 

Barry is the daughter of Jane Birkin and John Barry (who composed soundtracks for eleven James Bond films). In 1967, the year of their daughter's birth, the couple split. Until she turned 13, Barry was raised by Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. Her family included half-sisters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon

According to The Guardian, Barry leaves behind a 26-year-old son. 

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Band of Outsiders Designer Scott Sternberg: ‘The Fashion Industry Is Retarded’

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For the Apartmento's Fall/Winter 2013 Issue, Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg opened up in more ways than one, following up a home tour with an on-record rant. The article isn't available online, but FashionWeekDaily did the Internet the favor of posting some highlights. 

Sternberg reveals a profound sense of misanthropy: “I have 26 employees. I used to do everything myself. It was ten times easier and more enjoyable. Now I have to socialize with all these people and tell them what I want, which would be much easier to do myself.”

Then some remarks on how and why fashion is a warped industry: “The fashion industry is retarded. It doesn’t make sense. There is too much product out there and when you’re a wholesale business it’s really impossible to resolve. You can’t, because if you want to be in a store like Barneys, you can’t just deliver twice a year. You can’t just have two runway shows.” 

Maybe he was drunk? “There’s this layer in fashion in between me and the person buying the clothes, which is the buyers and the press. They’re this kind of hilarious community, this council of judges. They love a dog and pony show. They complain about it to no end.”

More thoughts about the all-pervasiveness of the dog and pony show: “With women’s, they pretty much spend half the year on the dog and pony show ‘cause they’re always looking at collections, we’re always presenting them. We present four times a year and they just sit there and they wait for us to show what we do. Even though with men’s, for example, there’s probably like three editors in the U.S. that like matter, you’re still doing this. You’re still having to go through this because the stores need to know that you did that show or that thing that the press are watching to have some feeling that there’s not so much risk involved with buying all this product from you.” [via Forums]

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