Ok, Dazed & Confused: I accept Carey Mulligan's status as a modern myth, but why bring her down to size or whatever with such an affectless cover concept? The 28-year-old actress is all limp hair and microphone face, both aesthetic choices which are highly acceptable in theory (just ask my bathroom mirror about the limp hair part), but exceedingly inappropriate if you don't commit. Why so half-baked? It's not like she's a brownie.
Apart from a cover, this looks like a really fantastic issue: there are interviews with Japanese designer Junya Watanabe, superstar Snoop Dogg and art critic Dave Hickey. There's also new short fiction by writers Tao Lin, Alissa Nutting and others tackling the existential despair of being a privileged young Apple consumer. As the publication's books editor Stuart Hammond put it, expect to read about "celebrity, self-harm, MacBook sex games, teen suicide, Sylvia Plath misquoted on the Internet and the particular type of crushing ennui that only a smartphone can induce.” < lol crushing ennui okay can't wait >
image credit: womenmanagement.tumblr.com via the tfs forums
The winner of the tFS Style Awards’ ‘Best Female Model Newcomer’ Award, the stunning Sasha Luss, follows up her appearance on the Vogue Russia Special with the January 2014 cover of the Vogue Russia main edition. Looking flawless as per usual, the Russian model is wearing a Prada dress from the latest Spring 2014 collection. And since Ms. Luss can do no wrong, the tFS forums, once again, had nothing bad to say about the cover, which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier.
“Loving the eyeshadow + dress combo. Sometimes matching eyeshadow to the outfit can look a little dated, but in this instance it works beautifully. Just a nice, simple, elegant Demarchelier shot and Sasha looks really lovely,” posted Luxx.
Justaguy agreed and stated, “Great use of colors and the styling's right on here.”
And catherine88 pointed out, “I like the makeup. She looks surreal.”
Surreal, gorgeous, breathtaking. We’re once again enchanted by Sasha. And let’s indeed not forget to give credit to the great styling and makeup here, because all elements together make this just one striking cover!
Pantone's Color of the Year has arrived! It's like a holiday for PR professionals. Named 'Radiant Orchid,' this eggplanty hue was not arbitrarily selected by the color consultancy as a branding tool, but has something truly meaningful to say about the times we live in and what it means it be human. [Pantone]
Of course, no sensible designer trying to take his/her label to the next level would turn down a perfectly good news peg; New York's finest designers sketch their way onto the Pantone Color of the Year trend bandwagon. [Fashionologie]
"How to Wear Skirts with Boots!" In case you've lost cognitive functioning. [FabSugar]
Marc Jacobs confesses: "I've always admired Nicolas." [WWD]
"Beyoncé and Jay Z eat lunch at a California restaurant at the same time as Anne Hathaway." Juicy celebrity gossip. [Vanity Fair]
What's happening at Amazon's Williamsburg photo studio? Much fashun. [Racked]
Image courtesy Mango
Mango has announced the international launch of a new plus-size range, a standalone brand called Violeta by MANGO.
Offering trend-conscious items in European sizes 40-52 (converts to sizes 10-20 in US), the label will include 400 items and is scheduled to go on sale in January. In addition to the substantial product range, Violeta also boasts a sizable staff – the brand is launching with a dedicated 40-person team.
The brand will intially be introduced to Mango's seven largest markets — France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and Spain — with a projected 100 retail outlets by the end of 2014. The first independent store will open in Spain.
The line will be available online in Europe, Turkey and Russia, but not in the US, despite increasing stateside demand for fashion-conscious plus-size apparel. Earlier this year, we heard from e-commerce site Modcloth, which reported an astonishingly postive response and heightened levels of customer engagement after launching a new plus category. And last year, Mango's Spanish competitor Zara faced a barrage of criticism for its limited sizing options, with some plus-size bloggers and customers accusing the fast fashion chain of "fat shaming."
Related: Who’s Really Driving the Thin Trend? Some Believe Consumers Want to See More Body Diversity
Rising stars April Tiplady and Maddison Brown are Greek chic on the cover of Vogue Portugal’s December 2013 issue.
It’s a stunning shot, but one we’ve seen before. Vogue Australia first published this image in a spread for its October 2013 issue. ‘Generation Next’ featured Tiplady and Brown alongside other up-and-coming local girls Matilda Dods and Astrid Holler, and New Zealand’s Holly Rose Emery.
Reprinting past shoots for new covers is hardly a new phenomenon. Elle Canada recycled an Elle France image of Jennifer Lawrence for its December 2013 issue cover, and Dutch Vogue used a reprint from Doutzen Kroes’ Vogue UK editorial for its June 2013 cover. And just four months ago, Spanish Vogue chose a reprint of a reprint for its Karmen Pedaru cover.
Like Lawrence’s Dior-clad Elle shoot, Vogue’s Tiplady and Brown shot is simply too good to let slip into the archives. The blue and white Valentino appears seasonally ambivalent (thought it’s really from the Fall 2013 collections), appropriate for both an Australian spring and a temperate Portugal winter.
Anyway, we’ll be seeing plenty of new things from these two in the coming months. Maddison Brown had a killer run at the New York Spring 2014 shows, while Tiplady booked a campaign for McQ and caught the eye of Katie Grand, who featured her in a David Sims-shot editorial for issue #10 of LOVE.
Do you think reprinted cover shots are a smart use of resources or a show of laziness?
Newly-single Miranda Kerr strikes a mediocre pose for Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s December 2013 issue.
Shot by Terry Richardson, the high-contrast cover is striking as concerns the colour palette only. Miranda gives Richardson’s camera a half-hearted smize while literally just… standing there. Her hair and stomach look great as per.
Forum commenters point out that while this shot might be less disappointing for a celebrity cover, the fact that ‘supermodel’ nearly always prefaces Miranda’s name makes us demand something more. As A.D.C. points out, “I can’t ever imagine Gisele striking such a dull pose,” adding that her model card should "be revoked."
Bobby153 seconds that sentiment. “I think we can stop calling her a model at this point, she’s sort of a celebrity/personality now, and I think she does it well. So if you look at this as a celeb cover it’s perfectly acceptable.”
Other commenters think the cover is straight-up boring and are disappointed by the magazine’s choice of photographer. “Nothing exciting or new about this cover. It’s a shame they’re using Terry now,” says justaguy.
However, the worst (or perhaps the best) thing about this cover isn't the pose nor the photography — it's the unintentional reference to the Miranda Kerr/James Packer romance rumours. We're 99% Bazaar’s headline “Meet the Packer Dynasty’s Glamorous New Face” refers to an interview with the Australian business mogul's granddaughter Francesca Barham, but in light of gossip about Packer dating Kerr, it's wide open for misinterpretation…