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Carine Roitfeld Taps Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey for Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS Issue

Image Courtesy of Jean-Paul Goude/Harper's Bazaar; Andy Warhol Artwork, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image Courtesy of Jean-Paul Goude/Harper’s Bazaar; Andy Warhol Artwork, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Harper’s Bazaar just released cover images for its September ICONS issue, which features a gorgeous 17-page portfolio directed by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld. The issue will feature nine modern icons, including Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chris Lee, Dakota Johnson, Jessica Chastain, Willow Smith and Lucky Blue Smith (the first male featured in one of Roitfeld’s quarterly global features). 

And just like every issue, there’s a fun twist. Photographed by legendary photographer Jean-Paul Goude, with creative direction by Stephen Gan, the celebrities, actors and musicians were actually styled and photographed as their own personal inspirational icons. From Marie Antoinette to Coco Chanel, this is one September issue you don’t want to miss out on. Goude is famous for his detailed shots that often blur boundaries between fantasy and reality, so expect an out of this world, fantasy-like photo spread. 

In the magazine feature, each modern-day icon was asked to speak on their inspiration. “An icon transcends time,” said Katy Perry when asked about Liz Taylor. “Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years…and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!” To see some of the quotes and images, click through the slideshow below.


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Vogue China Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with a ‘Tragic’ Cover (Forum Buzz)

Over the past week we’ve been hearing tidbits about Vogue China‘s upcoming September issue and today the wait comes to an end. The title, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, went all-out in an attempt to impress for the momentous occasion with a fold-out cover featuring a handful of Chinese icons. Liu Wen, Bingbing Fan, Wei Zhao, Carina Lau, Wei Tang, Du Juan, Chris Lee, Bingbing Li, Zhang Ziyi and Xun Zhou pose together for the rehearsed and cold image shot by Mario Testino.

Vogue China September 2015 by Mario Testino


You’d best believe our forum members aren’t buying it. “What a tragic cover. How lame is this. It’s like Chinese Tatler,” MON announced.

“Feel the same. The poses and expressions of some of them are underwhelming. Insipid cover,” agreed ChimyeeRong.

MDNA wasn’t having any of it either. “I guess Mario [Testino] is really the curse of VC. Awful Photoshop, I couldn’t recognize most of them at first sight. Liu Wen looks tragic, and I’m quite surprised that Chris Lee slays in the cover, even though I don’t think she deserves to be one the cover stars.”

Also underwhelmed was Nepenthes: “Wow this looks really dated.”

“They got the most beautiful women in China for the cover and this is the outcome? My God! Chen Man would have done this cover justice!,” said WilliamsLe010919.

“Way too cheesy and way too wintry. Do they really need to do an anniversary issue every.single.year?” asked orchidee.

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos and add your own two cents here.

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Lisa Hyde’s The Bachelor S3, Ep 1, Low-Down: ‘Sam Wood Is a Total Catch’

Lisa Hyde

Photo: Dan Molloy

And just like he theyhat, Season 3 of The Bachelor Australia begins!

Yes, it did happen, I joined my other bachelor babes for a night in on the couch. I must admit the hype around Season 3 had me so excited, I couldn’t help but get the girls together and reminisce on some fun memories that came out of The Bachelor mansion.

For me the first night was the most daunting because you just don’t know what to expect. Personally I do not remember what I said on that red carpet. It is so nerve-racking being in front of cameras. Let me say it is so easy to have verbal diarrhoea…. #Analglands. (more…)

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Mambo Pairs Up with Emma Mulholland for a ‘Distinct Perspective’

Emma Mulholland x Mambo

Photo: Facebook/Emma Mulholland

Globally recognised surf and streetwear brand Mambo is hooking up with emerging Sydney designer Emma Mulholland for a capsule collection.

WWD reports that the 35-piece range will be called Emma Mulholland x Mambo Goddess, and is inspired by “the psychedelic marine life of the Great Barrier Reef”. The collection will boast mix-and-match swimwear, T-shirts, jackets, leggings and sunglasses with prices beginning from a reasonable $39.95 AUD.

Emma has been blessed with nothing but success since she launched her namesake label straight out of design school in 2011. She’s shown at MBFWA, has had her designs seen on the likes of Kanye West, Azealia Banks and Kimbra, and won Australia’s BT Emerging Designer Award earlier this year. (more…)

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We Love Magdalena Frackowiak but This Vogue Mexico Cover Is Awful (Forum Buzz)

One thing about Vogue Mexico is that it constantly secures relevant models for all its covers. After scoring names like Adriana Lima, Edita Vilkeviciute and Catherine McNeil this year, Magdalena Frackowiak is now added to its growing list of cover girls. Photographed by David Bellemere for the August issue, the Polish model wears a glitzy sequined top (à la Daria Werbowy on Vogue Paris) teamed with a pair of understated blue jeans.

Vogue Mexico August 2015 Magdalena Frackowaik by David Bellemere


Members of our forums shared mixed feelings toward the cover, though. “I’m glad to see her on every mag or campaign, but this cover it doesn’t work for me, it’s very lazy,” said burbuja8910 once the cover surfaced.

“It’s so good to see Magda! She looks beautiful even with this bad styling,” noted narcyza.

Sharing the same underwhelming sentiments was MON: “It had the potential, but failed miserably.”

“It really did, once you cut out that awful and cheap looking denim. The rest of the shot actually looks OK but I’m over that glitter polo neck and the layout could be better,” replied Benn98.

“Magdalena looks gorgeous, but everything else from the outfit to the font is terrible. It screams teen magazine, especially with that white background,” The Stylopedia acknowledged.

Oxymore certainly wasn’t a fan, agreeing, “What is wrong with their layout! Magda looks beautiful, but that pink and that font.”

Check out some previews of Magdalena’s cover story and add your own two cents here.

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Lindsey Wixson Channels Little Red Riding Hood on Vogue Turkey’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey is not generally noted for creating innovative, unique and eye-catching covers. The magazine has undeniably let standards slip lately, producing covers that attract attention for all the wrong reasons and it seems as though the mediocrity continues for August. Fresh off the cover of Vogue Russia, Lindsey Wixson is doused in red for the magazine’s annual Turkish designer issue, but the Richard Burbridge image makes the current face of Chanel resemble Little Red Riding Hood in the worst way possible.

Vogue Turkey August 2015 Lindsey Wixson by Richard Burbridge


Forum members couldn’t wait to let rip. “Eeck! Too much red, and Lindsey’s expression looks off. The shot doesn’t work as a cover I’m afraid,” complained Benn98, setting the tone for commentary to come.

Vogue Turkey consistently makes a fool of themselves. I am amazed,” replied a horrified MON.

“Reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood … I like that BUT I don’t like Lindsey’s face/expression,” DutchHomme expressed.

Also unimpressed was narcyza. “It’s too much red. Red is everywhere. And the nude makeup doesn’t fit at all. Even red lipstick would’ve been better!” she suggested.

Forum member justaguy wasn’t exactly shouting from the rooftops, either, writing, “I think this could have worked much better with a different model. Anytime I see Lindsey in a photo, my eyes go immediately to her open mouth.”

“They had Lindsey on the cover before. If it’s the start of the fall collection issue it’s still far too much red. Even Spanish magazines who love red don’t use this much vibrant red. I wish they used a less vibrant color and another model. Mostly magazines love to use red in December issue covers, not August issues,” laughed glamrockgal.

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