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Reviews Are in for ELLE’s Annual Women in Hollywood Issue (Forum Buzz)

ELLE took a huge risk last month by using an unconventional cover image for its October offering. Now, ELLE is back to the usual tricks for its annual Women in Hollywood Issue, securing eight separate covers and features with a handful of personalities. Kate Winslet, Salma Hayek, Amy Schumer, Dakota Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan, Ava DuVernay and Gena Rowlands each front the issue, leaving us to choose whose cover is best.

US Elle November 2015 : The Women In Hollywood Issue


So, which one came out on top? “Kate Winslet’s cover is everything I’ve been missing recently, from mainstream titles. Just a great close-up shot of a beautiful face with real character, something that’s so simple yet so striking,” appreciated tigerrouge. (more…)

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Lena Dunham Talks About the Pain of Internet Criticism to Harper’s Bazaar

HBO Girls star Lena Dunham is everywhere these days. With ELLE and Vogue covers under her belt already, it was only a matter of time before Harper’s Bazaar tapped her for its cover girl. Dunham appears on the cover of the magazine’s November “The Daring Issue,” styled in a black Ralph Lauren turtleneck. Highlighting risk takers and style makers, this issue is a natural fit for the 29-year-old feminist actress, known for constantly breaking the boundaries. 

Lena Dunham on the cover of November 2015 Harper's Bazaar

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Harper’s Bazaar coins Dunham the “Internet’s whipping girl,” as she has taken a lot of negative criticism online. “I’ve been put to bed for weeks from reading things about myself on sites that used to be considered feminist gospel,” she stated. “I love the Internet because it helped me discover everything that matters to me.  But I also hate the internet because every piece of true pain I’ve experienced as an adult—with the exception of death in the family and breakups—has come from it.” (more…)

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Zara Opening New Doors in Brisbane

Image: AFP/Getty images

Image: AFP/Getty images

Spanish retailer Zara is continuing its expansion in Australia, confirming that it will be opening a new store in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall.

Ragtrader reports that this will mark Zara’s second store in Queensland, after the retail space opened in Robina Town Centre last year. This will be Zara’s 13th Australian store; not bad considering the chain only arrived down under in 2011.

The news is a result of recent figures released by Zara’s parent company, Inditex, revealing a 16 per cent increase in sales for the year up to September 10.

The Queen Street Mall’s store opening date is yet to be released by the company.

[Via Ragtrader]


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InStyle and Audi’s Man of Style 2015 Red Carpet

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InStyle and Audi’s Man of Style 2015 event hit Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. last night, October 14 with an impressive mix of designers, actresses, models and musicians on the diverse guest list. 

From Gary Bigeni‘s out-there print clashing to Cassie Howarth‘s minimalist feels and Natasha Liu Bordizzo‘s high-end flair, Australia’s social pack really did serve up a mixed offering for the night’s black carpet. 

Check out all the looks in our gallery below. (more…)

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America’s Next Top Model Is Officially Over


You wanna be on top? Well, you’re going to have to find another way to get there, because after 12 years and 22 seasons on air, America’s Next Top Model is coming to an end. 

In the worst Tyra mail we’ve ever received, creator and host Tyra Banks announced the cancellation of the show on social media this morning with a long, heartfelt message to her fans.

“Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time,” her Instagram post read. “Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world,” she continued.


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Claire Danes Has a Whole New Look on UK Marie Claire’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

She was one of the cover stars of W magazine‘s October issue and managed to outshine everyone else and now Claire Danes tries to win us over as U.K. Marie Claire‘s cover star. The magazine usually receives a bashing from our feisty forum members, despite the British edition serving up some memorable covers for us in the past. Taking a risk this month, Marie Claire gives the Homeland actress an entirely new look, but the transformation leaves the majority of us feeling uneasy. Shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath, Claire rocks a Roland Mouret jumpsuit complete with an edgy mohawk hairstyle.

UK Marie Claire November 2015 Claire Danes by Matthias Vriens-McGrath


“This actress is cool (as the title suggests) and she looks good, but this cover is a mess! Maybe it’s the flash/heavy lighting that puts you at unease,” said Srdjan, wondering where it all went wrong.

Benn98 shared the same sentiments, replying, “Yes, Claire can do no wrong in my books, but this is the third November cover ruined by terrible lighting. Her body looks great though, especially those toned arms.”

Forum member dodencebt wasn’t showing much enthusiasm, either, adding, “I think the biggest offender here is the hairstyle.”

“This makeup is not for her,” narcyza was quick to point out.

But not everyone was so underwhelmed. “So they had Ellen von Unwerth shoot the September cover and now Matthias? At least they’re trying. I’ll give them credit for that. Might bump them over U.K. ELLE on effort alone,” credited A.D.C.

“Absolutely unrecognizable WOWWW. The funny thing is that I have never paid attention to her as an actress, or to Marie Claire for that matter but I know who she is and I have seen 2 or 3 of her movies. She looks good and fashionable here: I like it,” raved Bertrando3.

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