This year’s Vogue Festival took place at the weekend with an amazing lineup that included Vivienne Westwood, Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham. It was an extra busy schedule which was filled with very insightful presentations and interviews with such notables as photographer Mario Testino who talked about his career.
The story on everybody’s lips today, however, has to be Victoria Beckham’s revelatory interview, where she seemed to let her notorious guard down and revealed her insecurities about starting a career in fashion. She explained that at the beginning there were a lot of raised eyebrows at the prospect of her entering the fashion world, which added to her nerves, but with time she persevered and proved her fashion designing credentials.
The interview really did show off Victoria’s fun side and she was even photographed leaving the festival with a pair of Minnie Mouse ears on her head! Minnie ears aside, Victoria opted for pieces from her own Fall 2013 collection for the occasion, proving that she really does design things that she would easily wear herself.
Her outfit consisted of a waterfall neck cut blouse and a three quarter length skirt — a look that’s easy to love. Inspired by her outfit, we found these waterfall jackets on the high street and online: 1) Warehouse grey zip detail drape jacket, £60; 2) Oasis waterfall grey leather jacket, £100; 3) Donna Karan at Net-a-Porter's paper taffeta cropped jacket, £1,060.
For any of you, who weren't lucky enough to secure tickets to the Vogue festival, you can still get the next best thing by popping over to vogue.co.uk and checking out their coverage.
Milla Jovovich covers the May issue of Vogue Turkey and I have to admit, I find myself having mixed feelings about it. I’m a big fan of hers (I used to bring her picture to the salon with me and got some of my favorite haircuts that way) and I’m kind of digging her manic smile and the over-the-top “M” and “J” cuffs she’s wearing, but that drawn on beauty mark really irks me for some reason. Milla is beautiful, alluring and interesting as is – no need to draw stuff on her face to theoretically make her look better. Also of note? She’s not wearing any clothes. I haven’t decided if that’s a problem since she’s clearly been accessorized, but this is a fashion magazine. Forum members were decidedly split in their opinions as well.
“I've always loved her manic smile,” Psylocke laughed. “I think this is pretty cool! I found the last few months to have been completely unremarkable efforts by Vogue Turkey to do something different, while this somehow works for me. I like the colors, too,” she added.
Urban Stylin was feeling it. “I love it! Only an old school supermodel can do such a cover justice,” he wrote.
Elle_gb posted, “The cover is weird but I quite like it. I like to see change and awkwardness. People would definitely at least glance at this cover.”
Congacon was not a fan. “This is probably the worst Vogue Turkey cover ever. Totally awful!” he exclaimed.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call it totally awful, but I definitely expect more from a Milla Jovovich cover. Though I really want to love it, I just can’t. Not all the way, anyway. (Though I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t cop to the fact that the cover has been growing on me each time I glance it. Milla has special powers like that.)
Image via Vogue Turkey
I love seeing an older, familiar face on the cover of a magazine, so I was pleasantly surprised when Helena Christensen appeared on the cover of Elle Brazil’s May issue. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, there’s color and life in this image. And, unlike French Vogue’s May cover featuring Freja Beha Erichsen and a leopard-print couch, sofa, (I don’t even know what to call it), the use of a chair as a prop on this cover enhances the image and works in sync with Helena’s look.
“Very striking cover,” ALAUU commented.
“Stunning cover, she looks beautiful of course,” GlamorousBoy chimed in.
“I love how her coat matches the Elle logo (or rather the other way round),” AnaO shared. “And the black nails are cool!”
I don’t think black nails will ever be uncool (every time I see someone with them it makes me want to change up my manicure, stat) and I have to agree that they were a good styling choice here. Up against the riot of color that’s already all over the cover, any other hue on Helena's nails would have seemed over the top.
Well played this month, Elle Brazil.
Photo via Elle Brazil
Last night at a cocktail benefit honoring Thom Browne (which followed the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion Show), we asked Hamish Bowles, Vogue's beloved Editor-at-Large, what he thought about John Galliano's new Parsons teaching job:
"I was in fashion school with John Galliano, and he was SO profoundly talented and extraordinary in every way. Anyone would be so blessed to have the benefit of his knowledge and taste and instinct for fashion."
The fashion industry has long rallied to support the former Dior designer. Almost immediately following the initial scandal two years ago, which cost Galliano his job and got him into rehab, people like WWD editor Bridget Foley and designer Patricia Field stepped in to voice their support. Within a few months, Kate Moss was married in a John Galliano wedding gown. The designer's return to fashion seemed imminent.
Things accelerated earlier this year, when the designer appeared in New York City just prior to fashion week, taking up a residency at Oscar de la Renta's studio at the bequest of Anna Wintour. He was seen lunching with Grace Coddington, who was herself enjoying a moment of heightened celebrity thanks to the publication of her autobiography. Almost immediately after the NYFW shows ended, rumors that Galliano would take a job teaching at either Central Saint Martins (his alma mater) or Parsons The New School for Design began circulating. When those rumors were finally confirmed last week and news of the designer's Parsons position broke, the reaction was mixed — which is par for the Galliano course.
Most opposition to Galliano's public rehabilitation comes from outside the fashion industry. A Change.org petition challenging Galliano's new job has racked up 405 signatures within just a couple days and received wide media coverage. As I mentioned earlier this week, it might be especially worth revisiting the appointment considering The New School's legacy; in the mid-20th century, the university was a haven for Jewish writers and academics fleeing the Nazi regime. Still, as evidenced by how readily Bowles provided a public comment in support of his old school friend, Galliano's ties to the fashion industry go deep and support for him is unwavering. No matter what happens with the Parsons job, a Galliano comeback is still only a matter of time.
Image via D. Dipasupil/Getty
Natasha Poly spilled the beans Thursday on Instagram: she and her husband, Dutch businessman Peter Bakker, are expecting their first child. A picture may say a thousand words, but the 27-year-old model went ahead and supplemented a photo of herself (looking natural and beautiful, of course) clutching the swell of her new baby bump with the caption “Baby on board.”
Forum members sang out a chorus of congratulations. “YAAY!!!! Such marvelous news! Wish her all the best,” MyFavorite posted.
Valentine27 posted, “She looks radiant! I'm so thrilled for her and her husband. And I must say she's been hiding that baby bump well, because it looks like she’s been pregnant for a few months already.”
No other news as far as a due date is concerned, but I’ll add in my heartfelt congratulations for the mom-to-be. (Are we placing bets on whether Natasha will do a nude pregnancy photo shoot? If so, then put me in the camp that thinks she will.)
Image via Natasha Poly’s Instagram
Image StrikeTwoPoses via TFS Forums
So this is stunning. Naomi Campbell is known for her intense disposition, which is both a euphemism for her tabloid scandals and just plain true, and she doesn't compromise an inch of that ferocity on the May 2013 cover of Vogue Brazil. The model is styled in a black cross-strap one-piece with cut-outs, beachy bleach blonde hair blowing in the … studio wind-machines. There are a couple things that are particularly remarkable about this cover: 1) The fact that Campbell is a bonafide supermodel and impossibly gorgeous makes it easy to forget she's also a 42-year-old black woman, covering an edition of Vogue in a bathing suit. MOAR. 2) It's hard to pull off an "edgy" summer cover, and this one's unexpected and unconventional for its dark and dramatic mood.
My one objection: Those twinned pearl cluster bracelets look like (tacky) costume jewelry and the floral embellishment is an unneccessary flourish. Still, viva Naomi for real.
[via TFS Forums]