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Dior Releases Another ‘Secret Garden’ Campaign (Forum Buzz)

The Dior brand has launched another 'Secret Garden' campaign starring Dior favorite Daria Strokous. While Dior's secret garden is still located in Versailles, like it was in the first campaign last year, Daria and several other models are now seen lounging around, dancing and showing off their Dior handbags and outfits in a misty forest near Petit Trianon. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were inspired by Édouard Manet’s famous painting “The Luncheon on the Grass” for the first image, but forum members also pointed out stylistic similarities with the photography of Annie Leibovitz.

"Very beautiful, more like US Vogue spread shot by Annie Leibovitz though," commented JoeHsiang

LagerfeldBoy agreed: "It's very Annie Leibovitz for sure. The first image is nice, but I find the second one to be too cluttered. I honestly don't get the point of this however."

LagerfeldBoy was not alone in wondering what exactly is being advertised in this campaign. "But what is this campaign advertising for? I don't get it," says Pricciao.

According to WWD, the models in the campaign are clad in outfits from the Christian Dior Fall 2013 collection although this is not an advertisement for that collection per se. Last year's 'Secret Garden' campaign was later said to be advertising the Dior Pre-Fall collection. Regardless of what Dior is trying to sell here, other than the Dior fantasy, the compelling images make me excited for the accompanying short film that is to to be released in June and it is nice to see how Dior is consistently establishing a new surreal and fairy tale-like aesthetic for the brand's ad campaigns under Raf Simons' creative direction.

Images: wwd.com via the FashionSpot forums

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Hooray for Kerry Washington! But, This Elle Cover Could Have Been Better (Forum Buzz)

Elle June 2013 - Kerry Washington

First, Kerry Washington is a stunning woman. Her face should be plastered on magazine covers all the time (as far as I’m concerned, anyway). But, come on Elle. You could have done better with this. Sure, black, white and red are great together, but this June cover is not quite working. Between the extreme overload of text and the lackluster styling, Kerry is completely overwhelmed.

Elle June 2013 - Kerry Washington“She is a refreshing cover choice, but I don't like the makeup or the styling here!” Miss Dalloway commented. “And jeez could they not fit in more text there? There is plenty more room,” she quipped.

“You would almost think that this text is wallpaper on the set… the styling is disappointing, but she is beautiful,” KissMiss posted.

Vogue28 actually liked the cover. “I think this works and is one of Elle's better covers,” he shared. “Whilst I'm not overwhelmed with the actual cover shot, I just love the colors and text placement. All of the smaller cover lines suggest I might come across a few hidden treasures inside the issue – something I might not have known was inside.”

Here’s hoping the next magazine cover Kerry lands on will be better than this one. It's not the worst ever (by far), I just think she has so much potential to look off-the-charts amazing. She consistently does it on the red carpet, and I'm waiting for that to happen on a magazine.

Images: usmagazine.com and elle.com

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Exclusive: Cara Delevingne, Anna Dello Russo and Others Get Sketched for V Magazine

Jamie Lee Reardin for V Magazine

The newest issue of V magazine — the "Drawn to Fashion Issue" — and its Miley Cyrus cover hits newsstands on May 9, and we have an exclusive peek to, um, pique your interest in what guest editor Derek Blasberg put together for your page-flipping pleasure.

Illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin was commissioned to create sketches of Blasberg's favorite street style looks at the Fall 2013 shows, worn by Taylor Tomasi Hill, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Shala Monroque, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Ulyana Sergeenko, Anna Dello Russo and Cara Delevingne. I love that they all look inhuman and scary, mostly due to their supernatural chic-ness. It's the perfect palate cleanser to the heated street style debates which dominated the conversation surrounding Fashion Week this past season…

See more at Vmagazine.com

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Nicole Richie on #CandidlyNicole: ‘I Am Here in Regards to My Tramp Stamp’

Nicole Richie has come a long way since she first emerged in the limelight as then-national punching bag Paris Hilton's best friend on The Simple Life. Thanks to her acclaimed personal style and the launch of her own accessories brand, House of Harlow 1960, her reality show notoriety transformed into a kind of (more legitimate/respectable) fashion celebrity. Richie stopped getting DUIs and started getting married, started businesses, having babies — everything our society expects of mature and responsible adults.

Together with these more conventional strides towards maturity, she also built a strong (sorry this is such an icky way of putting it) personal brand. Richie has captured the attention of her over four million Twitter followers and remained relevant longer than anyone expected by being funny. So funny, in fact, that now she's even launched a web series based on being funny on Twitter.  It boggles the mind what celebrities are allowed to do.

#CandidlyNicole is made up of five minute sketch episodes (so far only two have been released) which riff on her most popular Tweets. The first episode, titled "Tramp Stamps," elaborates on a wildly successful post she made in November of last year:

Back in the early-mid 2000s, when Richie was a newly-minted celebrity, the tramp stamp was ubiquitous both as a fad and a punchline about hyper-sexualized and groomed young women with bad taste; Richie was a voice of that generation. Now she's in on the joke, but still making herself the butt of it.

Self-deprecation reads as a kind of sincerity and I bet many people (but especially women), tramp-stamped or otherwise, can relate to what it feels like to suddenly remember something shameful. That you can wake up in the morning, stained (in Richie's case, it's a literal ink mark on her body) — somehow degraded in the eyes of others. Yes, "tramp stamp" is a very funny phrase, but it's also a derogatory one, targeting women who display their bodies to seek approval from men … which is of course what plenty of social cues suggest that women are supposed to do in the first place. I'm just saying all this because I think there can be a temptation to dismiss someone like Nicole Richie as frivolous or unimportant. Resist it; it's sexism. 

"Today I am going to check out the process of getting my tramp stamp removed," she says in the debut episode of #CandidlyNicole. "It just…means a certain thing and I don't want to be a part of that group." 

Guess what? (Spoiler!) In the end, she doesn't even go through with the procedure. 

Watch it here (Big Brother fans: Dr. Will Kirby alert!):

Image via Instagram

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Kanye West to Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball: ‘You’re So Awesome’

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If the rumors are true, Kanye West had initially promised to boycott the Met Gala if organizers didn't also extend a ticket to his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, who was blocked from attending the swanky New York City event last year on the grounds of her low-rent reputation.

If I were pregnant with someone's child, I would literally kill them if they went to a fancy party I wasn't invited to. That's not hyperbole*. Whatever you think of Kardashian, her style and (if we can even call it a) career, it would have been beyond scummy if the gala's planners hadn't invited her, especially since Kanye was slated to perform. 

She chose to wear a custom-made floral print Givenchy gown with matching gloves and a thigh-high slit. A controversial choice, chiefly due to it being insane. Still, the number of "who wore it best" jokes showing Kardashian's red carpet look beside a picture of a couch makes criticism of the reality star seem pretty suspect. People deride Kardashian as low-hanging fruit, but then reach for the low-hanging jokes to further ridicule her.

For the past few months, tabloids and blogs have been laughing so hard at the mother-to-be's maternity style, you'd think it were an ab workout fad. And I find it frustrating. Pregnant celebrities face so much scrutiny for what they wear and how they look, you almost forget that the object of being pregnant is to create human life. Dressing well is challenging in the best of times — when you aren't worrying about how to flatter the lump of growing pre-baby attached to your torso. Kim Kardashian has been struggling to figure out how to dress for her changing pregnant body and sure, sometimes (often) it looks really weird. But I would much rather see her bundled skin-tight in a bizarre rose (okay, I'll succumb to calling it a) slipcover, than trying to be another glowing earth mama in a solid-colored, empire-waist dress. 

And Kanye West seems to agree. Revealing heretofore unknown layers of sweetness and errr… depth, the hip hop star devoted at least part of his Met Gala set to singing about how Kardashian shouldn't listen to what anyone says, because she's awesome. 

(Coco Rocha Vine'd it. Thanks Coco!!)

 

Read more: The Ultimate Met Gala 2013 Recap: The Red Carpet Goes Rebel

 


*Okay, it's hyperbole. 

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Vivienne Westwood Makes Virgin Look Good (Forum Buzz)

Vivienne WestwoodWith her latest collaboration, Vivienne Westwood is officially joining the ranks of Julien Macdonald, Balmain, Pucci and Halston by designing airline uniforms. Westwood has teamed up with Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic to revamp the brand’s signature red ensembles. The collaboration is set to run for ten years and promises to completely overhaul the airline’s outfits in all areas.

Westwood has already tackled the cabin crew uniforms, giving female employees a nipped-in jacket and pencil skirt with a “cheeky dart and double pleat at the back,” and a three-piece Savile Row-inspired suit in burgundy wool for the men. Sounds like Virgin could be up for the unofficial chicest-in-the-sky award (according to me, anyway).

Vivienne Westwood for Virgin Atlantic UniformsPhuel is a bit more skeptical, though. “Interesting – in concept,” he commented. “I don't think it'll look remotely outstanding once it's on the actual crew. When people who don't really care for fashion are made to wear fashionable items, it rarely, if ever, turns out well. Crews are going to wear their own footwear, accessories, hairstyles, etc. with this uniform and it's going to be a mess for the most part.”

Even if the individual styling is a bit off, doesn’t it help to have a fashionable base?

Pilot uniforms are set to be unveiled later this year and I think it’s a safe bet that they’ll look sharp. It’s kind of impossible for a pilot to look bad, right?

 

Images: IMAXtree and telegraph.co.uk

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