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A ‘Photoshopped’ Doutzen Kroes Lands Fourth Cover of Vogue Neatherlands (Forum Buzz)

The May 2014 cover of Vogue Netherlands has surfaced on the forums. Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes lands the cover for the fourth time, wearing a rather questionable hat. The Victoria's Secret regular was photographed by Duy Vo and styled by Martien Mellema.

Doutzen Kroes on cover of Vogue Netherland May 2014


Members of theFashionSpot were quick to brand the cover a post-production mess with kokobombon writing, "They PSed her so much she looks like she had bad plastic surgery imo…the styling looks bad also, that hat!"

HeatherAnne wrote, "They Photoshopped her to the point that she almost looks like a robot. So bad, and the styling is even worse. I give up on them."

"It looks like they have done something to her jawline and eyes which makes her face look really tense and odd. Quite ridiculous that this is all they can do with someone as stunning as Doutzen," continued Nepenthes.

Bertrando3 was also not impressed and suggested we move on to the next issue already: "The styling is really awful and the photography is very amateur indeed. Next!"

"Gosh, this reminds me of 90s euro teen mags… not good. I get so frustrated when cover images are lacklustre. I don't care if most people don't judge a magazine's contents by the cover, or if most readers toss a magazine out right after reading it — I like to leave my magazines out on display for the full month so it would be nice to have covers worth keeping. I've seen worse covers of course, but this is still disappointing," wrote iriswills.

Srdjan seemed to be a little tired of seeing Doutzen Kroes cover Dutch Vogue: "They're doing the same thing that British Vogue does with Kate [Moss]."

Be sure to get yourself involved in the discussion and check out the behind-the-scenes video here.


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Stylists Go Head-to-Head in New Macy’s Competition Series ‘The Next Style Star’

Popular clothing retailer Macy's has joined forces with online video network Maker Studios to launch an original new fashion program, The Next Style Star. The series features 16 up-and-coming stylists competing for the chance to win $10,000 (final prize amount – competitions leading up to the finale result in a $5,000 prize for the winning stylist), to serve as a guest stylist on a Macy's photo shoot, and to see his or her winning outfit featured in the Impulse department at the retailer's Herald Square location. 

Hosted by fashion expert Jeannie Mai, The Next Style Star features an exciting roster of bold-faced names as guest judges throughout the series' ten episodes, a list that includes reality star/designer Whitney Port and MADE Fashion Week founder Jenne Lombardo.

For each challenge, stylists are asked to create on-trend looks using Macy's Impulse brands such as Lucky Brand, Maison Jules, Sanctuary, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Guess, Bar III, Joe's Jeans, Kensie and MADE Fashion Week for Impulse.

The series premiered on April 3. Visit The Platform or to learn more about The Next Style Star.

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Watch: Li Xiaoxing and Zhao Lei Star in a Moody, Cinematic Fashion Film for Vs. Magazine

Li Xiaoxing Zhao Lei Unspoken Vs Magazine

Image: LASPATA DECARO for Vs. Magazine

Earlier today, the lovely people at Vs. Magazine released a new fashion film, Unspoken, starring models Li Xiaoxing and Zhao Lei and directed by Laspata Decaro.

Inspired by Asia's cinematic tradition, the short clip observes a moody, enigmatic couple. These two spend their time slinking around glamorous interiors — empty movie theaters, vacant bars, desolate restaurants, abandoned hallways, unoccupied hotel rooms. I think you get the gist: These beautiful people are either having an affair or they're the only two people left on earth. 

See for yourself in the clip below:

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Harrods Teams Up With Eight Super Bloggers

These days, bloggers and brands go hand in hand when it comes to developing successful coverage but whilst some premium high street brands are all too quick to turn down the opportunity to work with bloggers, others realise just how beneficial working with the real influencers can be. Luxury British retailer Harrods is the latest to embrace the power of the blogger and develop a campaign around them. 

Harrods Teams Up With Eight Super Bloggers

Harrods chose the crème de la crème of the blogging world, of course, and decided to invite eight of the world’s most powerful fashion bloggers together for a digital style summit at Harrods HQ. This included the Fashion Fruit, Tuula Vintage, Song of Style, Blame Fashion, Wendys Lookbook and Fashion Squad.

The ladies travelled from around the globe to attend the event, where they chose their favourite new season pieces and showed us all exactly how they would style them, resulting in one very stylish campaign shot.

If you’re a sucker for a little outfit inspiration from a fashion blogger, you can shop the entire look over at right now.

Images: Harrods

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Alessandra Ambrosio Gets ‘Inspired’ for Coachella with a Native American Headdress

"Becoming more inspired for Coachella with this amazing Native American headpiece," wrote supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio on Instagram, in a caption accompanying the photo below.

Alessandra Ambrosio wearing a Native American headdress

Image: Instagram/SlessandraAmbrosio

"This will be causing major controversy in like 5 minutes," quipped blogger TheFashionLaw on Twitter. True story: appropriated Native American headdresses are a guaranteed shitstorm factory.

Just ask Ambrosio's employer, Victoria Secret: In 2012, the lingerie brand issued an apology and pulled a look from the televised broadcast of its annual runway show, in response to the outcry over a feathered headpiece modeled by Karlie Kloss.

Karl Lagerfeld learned the lesson late last year, when he sent out a runway look inspired by a Native American bride suit for Chanel's Paris-Dallas Pre-Fall show. Chanel issued a sort-of apology ("We deeply apologize if [the look] has been misinterpreted…"), responding to the subsequent controversy.

As for the piece Ambrosio's wearing above, created by LA-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche, it surely won't be the only Native American-inspired accessory we'll see at Coachella this year; the headdress trend and the corresponding backlash has been in full swing for several years. 

"The Hipster Headdress Abounds at Coachella," ran a headline on the website NativeAppropriations in 2010.

In 2011, a thread appeared in the Coachella Forums titled, "Hipsters In Headdresses; Don't Be That Guy."

The following year, Fashionista editor Tyler McCall included headdresses among a list of "Coachella Trends That Need To Die." "It’s just culturally insensitive," she wrote.

The subject was the topic of a Jimmy Kimmel skit in 2013, in which festival attendees were asked whether they knew the true meaning of the word, "Coachella." (Punchline: "Coachella is the American Indian word for dumb white guy.")

This year, Coachella hasn't even happened yet, but bloggers are already rolling their eyes in anticipation of the headdresses. A Lucky mag feature headlined, "How To Dress For Coachella Without Looking Like A Crazy Person," is encouraging readers to swap out Native American-inspired headpieces ("just…no") for a statement snapback hat. The headdress was also included as an item in a feature published on Complex earlier today titled, "How to Not Look Like a Douchebag at Coachella."

So, to all aspiring headdress wearers: If you're not concerned about appropriating something which is used in sacred rituals by a marginalized community for your hipster parade, consider the fact that wearing a headdress isn't just offensive to Native Americans, it also kind of makes you look like you've been living under a rock. And that applies to Alessandra Ambrosio: either she is clueless or she is courting controversy. It could go either way. 


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Naomi Watts is Pretty in Pink for Australian Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

There's always one magazine which completely takes my fancy each year and thus far, that magazine is Harper's Bazaar Australia. I noticed its streak of excellence a few months back and have been anxious to see each issue ever since. This week, we're taking a look at the May 2014 edition with Naomi Watts on the cover. The British-Australian actress is photographed by James White and wears head to toe Burberry on the cover image.

Harper's Bazaar Australia May 2014 Naomi Watts


We're also treated to an editorial which is just as pretty as the cover shot, doing justice to a range of coveted designer looks. One image includes Watts wearing a $33,000 Balmain dress.

"I love the cover, I really enjoy it when mags use a set instead of a color background," wrote kokobombon.

Forum member fluxx was also very fond: "Gorgeous! Love the layout here. Everything works perfectly."

|PerfectTonight| liked "the unusual perspective of the cover" but "the styling is a bit off."

As usual, not everyone was as enthusiastic, with Bertrando3 writing, "Hum, the composition is off and she looks tired or weird. She looks like the actress on the Carrie Diaries for some reason here."

Harper's Bazaar Australia May 2014 Noami Watts


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