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Marks & Spencer Under Fire for Insensitive #ShowYourStrap Campaign

Who doesn’t love taking a selfie? And all the more so when it’s for a good charitable cause. So British department store Marks & Spencer has to be on to a winner with its #ShowYourStrap social campaign, right? Not so fast.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the retailer has teamed up with charity Cancer Now, asking women to show their bra straps as part of an initiative to raise £13 million over the course of five years to support breast cancer research.

Despite the support from popular icons such as model Rosie Huntingdon Whitely and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who have already shared their own photos as part of the initiative, the campaign has received a severe backlash in the world of social media. (more…)

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Rachel Weisz Is Sitting Pretty on UK Harper’s Bazaar’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

OK, so U.K. Harper’s Bazaar could have given us anything after Michelle Dockery‘s sleepy and depressing cover last month and we’d be happy. Thankfully, the title has just unveiled its November offering with Rachel Weisz, shot by photographer Tom Craig for her fourth cover appearance. A departure from the actress’ past covers, Rachel sits elegant and pretty on the newsstand cover (below) wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, styled by Leith Clark.

UK Harper's Bazaar November 2015 Rachel Weisz by Tom Craig


Members of our forums were left pleasantly surprised. “Oh that is just so pretty,” exclaimed marsnoop2 the moment the cover surfaced.

“Wow that’s the first U.K. Bazaar cover I’ve liked in a while, very pretty,” Fashionmagaddict agreed.

But unfortunately, after a couple positive comments, the cover began to receive some critique. “I wish it was more typical Tom Craig work, I really enjoy his warm colours and I kind of miss that. But Rachel is really beautiful and it is a beautiful cover,” reasoned KateTheGreatest.

“It’s again an essentially neutral cover with white cover lines, very much like last month. Only this time I’m not overfond of the cover subject, so will await the review,” said Benn98.

Also not totally fond of the cover was Srdjan: “I love the upper half of the cover but the bottom is confusing with all the texts on her dress.”

“Lovely. I like the composition and layout. I just wish they’d have done something different with her hair, maybe an updo like in the subscribers’ cover,” wrote a slightly disappointed kokobombon.

Bertrando3 most definitely wasn’t feeling it, declaring, “It’s plain and ultra boring. NEXT!”

Are you a fan? You may like the cover for subscribers a little more, so check it out and drop us a comment here.

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Your Lash Game Is About to Get Serious: Eyeko Launched a Mascara Bar at Saks


Image: Joane Amay

When it comes to mascara, there is no such thing as one size fits all. All of us are looking for something different. Some search for length-inducing formulas to give their short spikes a natural flutter, while there are those who want to attain a dramatic flair. Others may want to achieve a specific look, like a starburst effect, and need a rich, thickening ink with a specialized brush to eke out the little clusters.

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Whatever it is that you require, Eyeko, Alexa Chung’s favorite eye-focused cosmetics line, has it. To address your every lash need, the cult British beauty brand has opened up a bespoke mascara bar at Saks’ flagship store in New York City. With over 100 formula and brush combos available, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect match. During your consultation, an eyelash specialist will analyze your “fringe” and review your likes and dislikes, then she’ll prescribe a brush and formula tailor-made just for you.

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For such a luxury service, the price can’t be beat. At $45, your customized mascara tube comes encased in an ebony-colored monogrammed box with a chic silver-toned lash comb. Afterward, be sure to peep the full assortment of liners and brow products available at the counter to round out your look.

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Snore: The Kardashian/Jenner Clan Celebrates Cosmopolitan’s 50th Anniversary (Forum Buzz)

Our forums don’t usually pay attention to Cosmopolitan and the thread stays pretty dormant for weeks. But our dedicated Cosmopolitan – Worldwide thread soon became active earlier today as the title’s November edition features some well-known TV personalities (take three guesses…). In a move that should surprise no one, all the Kardashian/Jenner women (sans Caitlyn) pose together in an exclusive portrait image, which has our members throwing opinions left, right and center. Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie each wear crisp white shirts before the lens of Francesco Carrozzini, joining their mother Kris Jenner for Cosmo‘s celebratory 50th-anniversary issue.

Cosmopolitan November 2015 Kardashian/Jenners by Francesco Carrozzini


As we should expect by now, forum members continued to show shade at the family and Cosmo‘s efforts. “When will their 15 minutes finally be up? I’m beyond tired of seeing them everywhere, all the time. Also, the cover really looks like a Glamour cover,” criticized KateTheGreatest.

“Wow that looks like a Glamour cover,” MON said, in agreement.

“No no, an OLD Glamour cover! The new Glamour consulted by Anna [Wintour] would never turn out such crap. I’m not mad because it’s the Kardashians, after all, Joanna Coles has been their most staunch supporter (Kendall, Kourtney and her mum aside, the rest all had an OG cover). Coles seems to be deviating further and further away from the brand’s DNA. Is this Francesco’s first cover for them? It’s devoid of, well, everything,” responded Benn98.

A.D.C. wasn’t buying it either, adding, “I don’t like all these random changes Joanna is doing with Cosmo. It just doesn’t feel authentic to me. I don’t know why magazine editors think straying so far from a magazine’s glory days is ever a good idea. In this case, I’m referring to the Scavullo/Helen Gurley Brown era of course.”

Also quick to voice his view was ThatGuyPaul. “I think Khloe looks the best! Kim and Kris after her. The other three looks tired (Kylie), bored (Kendall & Kourtney),” shedding a glimpse of light onto the cover.

We’re expecting some more images to follow. Await the content and join the conversation here.

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Not Just a Pretty Face: Supermodel Natasha Poly Sings in Frame Denim’s Campaign Video

It appears that Russian supermodel Natasha Poly is not only gorgeous, but she’s an amazing singer too. Poly serves as the face — and voice — of Frame Denim’s 2015 campaign video and it turns out, she’s great. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, label founder Erik Torstensson asked her what she’d do if she weren’t a model. Her reply? “Well, I was going to be a singer,” she said. All it took was Torstensson listening to an iPhone voice recording of her singing and it was decided she would perform for the brand’s video.

“In the beginning, I rehearsed myself at home and was studying all the lyrics,” said Poly. “I came into the studio and started singing so loudly, and they were like, ‘you are doing great, but it isn’t the style of the music!’ That was a funny moment.” It turns out that music has been a passion of hers since childhood. “All of my cousins went to music school,” she revealed. “One would go every day to music school and her voice was so beautiful. I would all the time try to copy her. I would come back to my mom and say, ‘Why don’t you send me to music school? I think I’m really good. It kind of just stayed with me. It was just something I really liked.”

As for the future? It seems Poly is toying around at the idea of a possible (maybe even “permanent”) music career.  “Yeah, I could!,” she enthused. “I mean I really enjoyed it and I think it could be really great.” 

To get a taste of her gorgeous voice, watch Frame Denim’s “Alert Amour” video above.

[via Harper’s Bazaar]