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Let’s Just Admire David Gandy and Bianca Balti in Dolce & Gabbana’s “Light Blue” Fragrance Campaign [VIDEO] (Forum Buzz)

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - David Gandy & Bianca Balti

If Dolce & Gabbana does one thing right, it’s casting blue-eyed, bronze-skinned, smoldering Italian-looking models in their fragrance campaigns. Bianca Balti is the new female face for the brand’s Light Blue fragrance. She joins David Gandy, who already represents the men’s version. Shot in Capri, Italy by Mario Testino, the models were captured in white swimsuits – somewhat of a tradition for Light Blue – and the ads continue to convey that relaxed yet super sexual energy.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - David Gandy

“The one with the both of them is awesome,” Urban Stylin posted.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - Bianca BaltiSome forum members might beg to differ about the couple photo. “They Photoshopped Bianca so so so much they had to do the same with David,” macBarna commented. “His skin looks much more natural in the solo pic, especially his chest and face.”

Vogue28 shared this lament: “You'd think as time has gone by and technology has become more advanced, the level of photography and images would only develop and improve. Unfortunately, that's not the case here… The first set of Light Blue ads are immaculate, they seem to be untouched and look very natural. However the latest set with Bianca Balti and David Gandy are more or less an eyesore. Yeah, the atmosphere is wonderful and the couple looks desirable. But they look as though they were both shot in the studio and placed before the Capri background post-production.”

As Photoshopped as the campaign images are, the video maintains a (somewhat) naturally sun-drenched feel and definitely ups the ante in the beautiful-people-seducing-each-other department. Watch below:

Images via vogue.co.uk and davidgandysource.blogspot.com

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Link Buzz: Dolce & Gabbana Celebrate New NYC Flagship; #PUNK

  • This weekend, L'Uomo Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia hosted a cocktail reception celebrating the opening of Dolce & Gabbana's new NYC flagship boutique, located on Fifth Avenue. [BellaSugar]
     
  • "Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About the Met Gala," if you're so inclined. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Want to see what Kate Bosworth's wearing to the Met Ball tonight? #PUNK [FabSugar]
     
  • Fashion critic Suzy Menkes saw the Met exhibit AND all the relevent fashion shows back in the day and she says: #notpunk. [IHT]
     
  • BUT do you want to see what Anna Wintour looks like as a punk? An illustration alllmost made the cover of NYMag this month. [The Cut]
     
  • Just two weeks after her highly-publicized arrest, Reese Witherspoon is walking around wearing a City of Atlanta Police baseball cap. Sorry to be beating a dead horse with a stick but #PUNK. [HaveUHeard]
     
  • Bergdorf's has the punkest windows ever right now. [Racked]
     
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will trademark their baby's name for a clothing line. #notpunk [CelebDirtyLaundry]

Image via Dolce & Gabbana

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Canadian Women and Their Hairbrained Obsessions

There's nothing I love more than a good solid statistic, but I'm not sure about how much stock to put in this one. According to a recent survey conducted by John Frieda, 39% of Canadian women have worked from home, stayed home from a party or worn a hat purely because of a bad hair day! That's absolutely crazy. Hairbrained, even. The study was from a sample of 1006 women, all aged between 18 and 64, who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members; however, with a figure like that, it's almost implying that more than one in three women will put their life on hold for the sake of their untamable mane.

Another interesting fact that stood out from the survey is that 58% of Canadian women colour their hair, but Quebec dips into the die more than any other province with 66% (BC in the lowest at 49%). The majority of these hair colour practitioners indulge in their least favourite pastime at home (51%).

I can't say I find these numbers surprising, but being at the crossroads I am in life (the silver-lined ones), I so hope less women would colour and embrace the grey. For years and years I coloured my hair, until the damage and slavery to my roots forced me to go cold turkey two years ago. Since then, I've sported my natural mousy brown, but as the silver creeps in, I ponder whether I should again hit the bottle. That is, until I read articles like this or see photos like these of Kelly Osbourne and Pixie Geldof:

 

Naming male silver foxes is easy (George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Richard Gere anyone?), but as liberating as it seems, how many of us women are really brave enough to grow grey gracefully? Should we feel more confident in our decision to go au naturel and show off what I like to call grey hair, our wisdom? Does one's ability to celebrate silver demonstrate a new age feminism akin to the burning bra scenes of yore? Sound off about this fashion grey-area in the comments below!

Images via WENN

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Trip Out to Bambi’s Uber Bright Spread for Foam Magazine

Girl of the moment Jessica Hart scored the cover of Foam’s May/June 2013 issue, but it’s this psychedelic spread starring the equally in-demand Bambi Northward-Blyth that we can’t avert our eyes from.

Snapped by American photographer Dove Shore, Bambi hits a series of angular poses in outfits playing equal tribute to geometry. Having the best eyebrows in the business doesn’t impair the visual impact either. The spread features pieces from the Spring 2013 collections of Longchamp Paris, Stella McCartney and Moschino Cheap and Chic, styled impeccably by SoCal’s Gena Tuso. Apparently the print-mixing trend is going into graphic overdrive this season, so bad news if you were still getting comfortable mixing florals. 

Images: Fashion Gone Rogue

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Cara Delevingne’s Little Baggie of White Powder: It’s None of Our Business

In their free time — that is, when they aren't busy creeping on Cara Delevingne at McDonald's late at night — Splash News likes to hang out with its paparazzi friends, stalking Cara as she makes her way home from the Burberry offices, just on the off-chance that a frantic search through her bag, looking for misplaced keys, releases a clear baggie filled with finely ground white powder into full view. 

So that's what happened last Wednesday. Splash News managed to capture two almost-perfectly rendered photos of Cara's little baggie floating through the air. Fine, I'll link, but I don't feel good about it. 

Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Agency, which represents Delevingne — as well as some other models with "party girl" reputations (like Kate Moss) — warns against making quick assumptions based on provocative tabloid stories: "I basically just spent a lot of time on the phone trying to reassure her big clients that you can’t believe everything you read and, unfortunately, all press actually is good press in this world we live in…So keep calm, don’t have a knee-jerk reaction."

Doukas is responding to the news that H&M is considering terminating its working relationship with Delevingne as a result of the paparazzi photos. "We have a zero tolerance policy towards drugs, and this also forms part of our advertising policy," the company said to The Daily Mail. "Our team will evaluate the evidence over the next few days. If the story is true, then we will take action."

There's no use pretending the white powder in the bag is likely not cocaine, but I don't think that should be a matter for public concern. Possession of cocaine in the UK is illegal and the substance is both dangerous and addictive but even disregarding the drug's high-fashion associations, more people use cocaine in the UK than anywhere else in Europe. Especially young people. It's not admirable or respectable, but it's also not uncommon, and acting scandalized doesn't do anything to actually address the problem or help people struggling with substance dependencies. Delevingne is a rich British model. Quite frankly, I'd be more shocked if she hadn't ever dabbled with blow. To be clear: I'm not condoning drug use of any kind for anyone, but I just don't understand why anyone would expect Delevingne to be a role model. Her success is predicated on her unusual beauty, goofy fashion sense and aristocratic father's wealth, not on her reputation as an anti-drug crusader. If you're looking for a moral beacon, get thee to a nunnery. 

Image via WENN

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The Met Punk Show: There’s a CBGB Toilet Replica

Image via Twitter/Eric Wilson

The Metropolitan Museum's new Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, opens for member previews tomorrow (the gala benefit is set to take place this evening). Punk fashion is getting the art show treatment from one of the largest and arguably most prestigious museums in the United States. This should be a real thrill for anyone that cares for novel experiences. 

Eric Wilson from The New York Times just tweeted the preview photo above, a replica of the toilets at iconic punk venue, CBGB — "[they're] complete with ciggie butts," he wrote, "Met will never be the same again."

Wish that were true, but despite the attention to detail, there's no indication that the toilets are functional, which seems like a missed opportunity. Making Anna Wintour and other fancy fashion show guests use a disgusting bathroom "complete with ciggie butts?" That would have easily justified the existence of the entire exhibition. Otherwise, this installation is either a diorama or, to entertain the high-concept possibilities, some sort of terrible, boring reference to Duchamp's Fountain, a way of claiming punk as a conceptual art or tying it to 20th century experimentation in anti-aesthetics. 

Another way this is a missed opportunity: As you might know, the former CBGB space is currently a John Varvatos boutique. Let's see what that bathroom looks like…

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