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Dutch Vogue Uses Reprint from Doutzen Kroes Vogue UK Editorial for June 2013 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Last month, Vogue Netherlands surprised us by using its first non-Dutch model on a cover since launching the magazine in April 2012. This month, they went back to Dutch with Doutzen Kroes on the cover, but it’s another first for the publication: its first reprint. Forum members debated over the reasons for Vogue NL using an image from the Vogue UK January 2013 editorial shot by Josh Olins for its cover and raised the question of whether this means the magazine is already running out of budget

“Using a reprint is a very stupid decision for Vogue Netherlands. They won't be able to book a major top model for their cover anymore…. using reprints is perhaps their only option,” noted DutchHomme.

“Just gorgeous, interesting they went for a reprint, wonder if it was the case of low budget for this month, or just putting a beautiful image to good use!“ stated Miss Dalloway.

happycanadian also doesn't mind that the cover image is not new: “Reprint or not, it's a truly impactful cover which would stop me dead in my tracks in the magazine store. Doutzen is serving some epic face right here. Just breathtaking! And the colors are so dog-days-of-summer. Love it! Wish it were the cover of an issue with bigger circulation.”

“I don't think reprints are so bad… at least not when the results are as stunning as this. Every once in a while I think it’s ok to see great work a second time in a fresh way,” agreed fee de foret.

Turning reprinted images from editorials into covers is nothing unusual for international editions of Vogue. But I normally tend to think reprints fail to make good cover images since it is often clear that the image was not originally meant to be used for a cover when it was shot. But I would have to agree with the majority here that this beautiful and summery image of Doutzen makes for a great cover. Interesting fact: Doutzen was rumored to be on the cover of the Vogue UK January 2013 issue with an image from this editorial but ended up losing the cover to Kate Upton


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Kate Upton is American Vogue’s June ‘Dream Girl’

Kate Upton is American Vogue’s June ‘Dream Girl’

Image via Vogue

Kate Upton's US Vogue cover: no longer a distant dream. The Sports Illustrated model has been one of fashion's more polarizing figures ever since it became clear that she was trying to make the transition from swimsuit to high fashion. 

Her trajectory through the Vogue family: a swimwear story for Vogue Spain in July 2012; the cover of the Italian edition in November 2012; and both a spread for German Vogue and the cover of the British edition in January 2013

The American version of the glossy may not be as directional in terms of actual fashion taste as its French counterpart, but it is a market leader. US Vogue hasn't run a model on one of its covers since Kate Moss appeared on the September 2011 issue*. The cover of the publication's June issue calls Upton "the hottest supermodel on Earth," which of course sounds like lunacy if you're a fashion junkie, but Vogue's not talking to you — the publication's talking to the general public, which is what it does successfully from month to month. 

So what about the cover? Do yourself a favor and don't pretend it's not great. Shot by Mario Testino, Upton is utter summer, tan and blonde and glowy. I like the styling, the salty, sun-dried hair and printed, classically-fitted one-piece swimsuit. And I approve of the way whoever Photoshopped this photograph blued the model's blue eyes. 

You can see the full spread here and read the accompanying profile here — which, by the way, features many fascinating tidbits about Upton's life, like what she wears when she works out (leggings), what Michael Kors thinks when he looks at her figure ("This is a person who’s enjoying life"), how old she was when she got her boobs (15) and her nationality (“I’m American"). It's depressing.

*Correction: A previous version of this article said that the last time Vogue had run a model on its cover was in April 2010. 

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The Future of tFS … Is Awesome

Having just moved to a new apartment after living in the same place for three years, I can tell you that 1) change is hard, 2) change is scary, 3) change is really good, especially when you're all unpacked and the cat stops hiding behind the toilet

We've been working on some BIG changes to theFashionSpot which will roll out in the next week, and we can't wait. Stay tuned and let us know what you think!

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How Many Times Has Kate Moss Modeled Nude?

Image via St. Tropez

Self tanning brand St. Tropez has just released advertising images featuring its first-ever ambassador, Kate Moss. One of the images shows the model wearing, in the words of WWD, "nothing but a St. Tropez tan." And, we assume, makeup. 

But why split hairs? The supermodel looks fantastic, a dead ringer for a supermodel doing a super job modeling for a luxe self-tanning brand. Mission accomplished, and all for only $4 million. The campaign was photographed by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Katy England. Hair and makeup were done by Sam McKnight and Val Garland; Nichola Joss did the tanner (first time I've ever seen someone credited as a tanning stylist!). 

(So much sarcasm, I know, I'm sorry, I can't help myself — my sincerity bone broke upon contact with generational irony and cruel twisted fate. BUT: I recently chatted with a representative from St. Tropez, who was literally applying the tanner to her body throughout our conversation, and I came away with the impression that it's actually a pretty great product. The tanner applies evenly and looks natural on skin in real life, and I am particularly enthusiastic about it given the damaging side effects of its biggest competitor, the sun.)

Still: Kate Moss nude. For something that feels like an unprecedented event, there sure are a lot of precedents. I was going to tally the number of times the British model has appeared naked, intentionally, for fashion and beauty photographs. Um, but then I realized there's a whole Tumblr devoted to it: Naked Kate dot Tumblr dot com. NSFW, obviously. 

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Phillip Lim: The Next Target Collaborator

After broadening the scope of its traditional designer collaborations by partnering with celebrity stylist Kate Young, Target is going back to its roots. The retailer announced today that it was working on a capsule collection with New York designer Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will launch in stores and online on September 15, with an 100-piece range of apparel and accessories, including shoes, bags and travel gear. Items will retail for $19.99 – $299.99 for clothing and $19.99 – $15.99 for accessories.  The collection will be available in a neutral fall palette and will, according to Target, include a trench coat for women and a leather moto jacket (!) for men. 

Phillip Lim is a golden boy of New York City design (I suppose a 40-year-old man can't really be called a boy). After launching his label in 2005, Lim went on to be nominated as a finalist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue's prestigious Fashion Fund Award. In 2007 he was awarded the CFDA's Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear in the Womenswear category. Five years later, in 2012, he received the same award for Menswear. This year, the American fashion body nominated him for the 2013 Accessory Designer of the Year Award. Soon, the CFDA will have to invent entirely new awards solely dedicated to praising Phillip Lim.

Image via Getty

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RIP Ottavio Missoni

"The Missoni Family announces that Ottavio Missoni passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, surrounded by his Family.

The day and time of his burial will be communicated soon."

Image via WENN

Ottavio Missoni, co-founder of the iconic Italian fashion brand, has passed away, according to a statement released by his family earlier today.

Missoni was 92 years old. The New York Times reports that he was treated for respiratory problems just last week. 

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