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Natasha Poly Covers the January Issue of Vogue China (Forum Buzz)

image credit: weibo/voguechina via the tfs forums

image credit: weibo/voguechina via the tfs forums

Natasha Poly is one of those models tFSers never seem to get tired of. Having been around since the very early 2000s, Poly has covered every magazine imaginable and has starred in numerous blue chip campaigns. And yet when she took a short break during her pregnancy (she gave birth this fall), her fans were dying to see her back everywhere. But it appears her fans need not worry as the Russian supermodel is set to make a splash yet again in 2014. On the January cover of Vogue China, which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier, the L'Oréal spokesmodel looks as fresh and radiant as ever. 

“Yes!!! This is gorgeous. So glad to see Natasha back!” gushed tFS forum member Nepenthes

Lalatran couldn’t hide his excitement either. He posted, “Halelluhhh for my girl ! Great cover! She looks fresh and young here. Well done.”

Miguelalmeida gave praise to Vogue China for its consistency in delivering great covers. He wrote, “Vogue China is on a roll! First in November with Mariacarla [Boscono] by Willy [Vanderperre] and the result was GORGEOUS! The December issue about China was really perfect! And now for a stellar beginning of the year of 2014 Natasha by Patrick and the cover is BREATHTAKING!”

I will co-sign this assessment about Vogue China’s impressive streak of good covers (not to mention that this publication has always had some of the best fashion content anyway). The color scheme on the cover is refreshing and Natasha looks endearing, making her the perfect choice for this cover. Are you excited to see Natasha back?


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Discover Ic! Berlin’s Fashionable Range of Frames

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to find that perfect pair of glasses that suits your face shape and are stylish. And sometimes it feels that when you work within the fashion industry, your glasses are only considered cool if they are Ray Orbison-esque — i.e. thick black rimmed, you know the ones!

So it was quite refreshing to discover the German brand Ic! Berlin last week, which is stocked in several opticians throughout the UK. Transitions Optical, who creates light adaptive lenses, has teamed up with the German frame brand to provide a choice between metal frames (starting at £290) and acetate frames (starting from £300).

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Both designed and manufactured in the über trendy Berlin, the metal frames are a design innovation with screwless hinges that are instead held together with a detachable clip, and get this, they’re virtually unbreakable too.

Transition lenses are the perfect solution for those who wear glasses and it’s great that Ic! Berlin has finally designed some that look like a good fashionable pair of sunglasses that can easily tie in with your different outfits and style preferences. 

Images: Ic! Berlin 

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  9. Luxury Porn: The Most OTT Gift Lists — Get ready to either wallow in jealousy or rail against the capitalist system as you see what the 1% will be finding under their gold-dipped trees this holiday.
  10. Naomie Harris Continues Promoting Mandela in Style and Other Best Dressed Celebs of the Week — Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lea Michele and Naomi Campbell also secured spots on this week's list.

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Joan Smalls Scores 3 Major January Covers (Forum Buzz)

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When Joan Smalls was crowned the #1 model of the world by, people argued that she did not live up to her #1 status because she could not follow up her stellar Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 campaign seasons with another particularly strong season. But it looks like the Puerto Rican model is finally having her moment. Not only is she the first high fashion model in a long time to cover US Elle, she also landed the cover of the latest issue of Elle France and is adding another Vogue cover to her resume. On Vogue Germany January 2014, Joan is wearing Prada and is looking better than ever. The cover was shot by photographers Luigi and Daniele + Iango and marks the model’s 9th Vogue cover in total.

“This is the Best Cover I have ever seen of Joan. OMG! I love it. She continues to get better!!” gushed fashionlover2001, who shared the cover on the tFS forums.

“Wow, this girl is on fire! And I agree its the most perfect cover shot of her as of yet,” remarked Miss Dalloway 

Fans of the model were equally as excited about her beautiful cover for Elle France.

image credit: via the tfs forums

image credit: via the tfs forums

“Joan is having such a fashion moment right now!!” exclaimed fashionlover2001. 

To which valliaddict added, “YES!! Keep them covers coming!”

Not a bad way for Ms. Smalls to start the new year in fashion. And yes please, keep all the great work coming!

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Limited-Edition Outerwear: The Ideal Gift for the Discernible Man

Just in time to answer the call of your man’s Christmas wish list (and hopefully bump that new X-Box down a few places), The Bay has teamed up with a who’s-who of designers to create a new, exclusive collection of limited-edition men’s outerwear coats.

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 Philip Sparks, Sunny Fong (Vawk) and Ken Chow (Krane) are the talented trend-setters behind the collaborative creations, with each coat showcasing the different aesthetics and points of view of the Canadian designers. Applying a modern twist on classic styles, Philip Sparks presents a Double Breasted Town Coat, Krane offers a Modern Slim Peacoat, and Vawk (do also check out Sunny’s eBay Canada collaboration for women i.e. yourself) has crafted a Slim Fit Quilted Car Coat.


The perfect trend coat is often a difficult find for fashionable fellas, but this sharply-tailored capsule collection ticks all the right boxes. Each piece retails for $495, exclusively at The Bay, but my favourite has to be the timeless Krane jacket. It’s bound to make any winter month a holly, jolly one, but what do you think? Which coat would you wrap and hide under the Christmas tree?


Images via The Bay

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Top Model Gemma Ward Gives Birth to a Girl

Gemma Ward (2011) / Image: Getty

Gemma Ward (2011) / Image: Getty

Congratulations are in order to Australian model Gemma Ward and her partner David Letts, who just became new parents to a baby girl. The news was first reported by The West yesterday at 5 p.m. Australian time and has since been confirmed by comment from IMG Australia to Frockwriter

From Ward's agency: "Although IMG doesn't comment on their client's personal life, we are so thrilled for Gemma and her new family and wish them well and much happiness."

The news also appeared on Nicole Trunfio's Instagram, with a photo showing Ward breastfeeding her child. The caption read, "Congratulations to my beautiful incredible friend @glouisew and her man @lettsy2106 for welcoming this little angel into the world!!!!" (The Instagram post has since been deleted, but you can see it on Vogue Australia's website.) 

In November, The Daily Telegraph reported that Ward and Letts had traveled to Hawaii for the birth of their child.


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