Meandher designer Emily Cooper's branching out into womenswear, launching Lady, a footwear collection complementing the line's dapper menswear offerings. The collection is a dream for any girl with a penchant for mixing masculine and feminine. Lady offers a selection of to-die-for oxfords, brogues and even loafers.
Image: Benny Horne, Russh
RUSSH sat down with Cooper to chat about her new collection for the magazine's June/July issue, which model Freja Beha Erichsen covers. Cooper tapped her friend, newlywed Poppy Delevingne to front the campaign. "Poppy exudes cool," Cooper explains. "Born with an innate sense of style and a strong sense of self, [she’s] a modern day English rose but a rebel at heart, never taking herself too seriously. We instantly gravitated to each other–she is the perfect fit."
And indeed she is. The shoes, though some are decidedly boyish, have a feminine charm, rendered in hues of metallic silver, raspberry and even leopard print. More classic options include a pair of simple brown lace-ups, and a patent leather navy blue pair of oxfords. For those who can't be bothered with lace-ups, there are two leather slip-ons in black and navy with a velvet panel. You can shop the selection at Meandher's website.
RUSSH magazine's June/July issue hits newsstands June 5.
Giambattista Valli is expanding his brand, adding a new label to the roster. The designer will unveil his latest line, Giamba, during Milan Fashion Week this September, which he says will run "in parallel to the designer brand." Valli promises this new label will be more "playful, underground and sexy," though he thinks this new side of him will appeal to his current fan base as well as new customers.
Giamba will churn out two main and pre-season collections per year, under the umbrella of GBO, a company Valli set up with Mario Bandiera to oversee ready-to-wear production and now, Giamba collections. We don't know much yet about price points, but I wager Giamba will be slightly less expensive than its main sister label–and significantly less than Valli's couture offerings.
I guess we'll have to wait until September to find out. It'll be exciting to see what Valli has up his sleeve!
As the July issues start to flood the forums, the latest magazine to surface is UK Harper's Bazaar. The July 2014 issue features Emily Blunt, who is currently promoting Edge Of Tomorrow with co-star Tom Cruise. Emily is seen here on this vibrant and summery cover wearing Christopher Kane, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.
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"It's just a bad cover shot of her, her face does look changed, so unless it's a weird angle they caught her from, it was done in post production. It just makes me mad, because you can look at any paparazzi candid or red carpet shot, and this woman is gorgeous, needs NO messing with her face!" commented Miss Dalloway.
"My thoughts exactly. Most of the paparazzi pics of Emily are much better than this," replied Nymphaea.
Tinsley V shared the same sentiments: "Yikes. This makeup is very wrong for her. I think that's what's giving off this overly Photoshopped vibe. She has a slightly larger mouth and nose which are more exaggerated by the bold lip … the light eye makeup draws even more attention to the bottom half of the face and then the eyebrows are too heavy."
"Oh my, she looks like two different people from the cover to the editorial. In love with that landscape shot of her in green. The colour palette is certainly fresh and a nice change from all the dowdy covers we've been seeing lately, but that is not a good angle/post-production work," agreed Cosmic Voices.
However, not everyone agrees. Forum member ohmycolin enthused, "This cover is sosososososo gorgeous, I absolutely adore the colour scheme, nice and a fresh and airy and summery and Emily looks radiant!"
Check out the thread for previews of Emily's cover story and join the discussion here.
If you cast your minds back to the beginning of the year, you’ll remember that Mulberry issued a profit warning reporting that it had severely suffered over the holidays, and many were left guessing that its luxury price tag was finally becoming a little too much for the brand. Fast forward almost six months and a new, more affordable collection is born.
It’s always great to splash out on an extra expensive piece of arm candy but can most of us realistically justify spending up to £2000 on a new handbag? The news of a range that’s still an investment, yet not so crippling on the purse strings, has been well received by the majority, save for the odd bag snob who refuses to pay so little for Mulberry. Years ago, when Mulberry initially launched, its price points were nowhere near as steep as they are now and the new Tessie range, which starts at a much more reasonable £495, is reminiscent of the brand's earlier pricing.
Nail the mini bag trend with the mini small satchel or opt for the classic full size. Or, choose between a casual cool slouchy hobo and a smart shopper. You can view the collection in a choice of timeless colourways online at Mulberry here.
Image: Fox 13 News
Utah's Wasatch High School is in the news today, after several female students found their yearbook pictures were Photoshopped to show less skin, namely, clavicles, shoulders and tattoos. These are the actions of a high school in Utah–not a high school in Saudi Arabia.
The students are understandably pissed. Not only were the girls not wearing anything inappropriate or overly-revealing, it's that some students' pictures were Photoshopped for decency (which they were informed was a possibility before taking the pictures), while others were left as is. "I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who," Sophomore Rachel Russel told Fox 13 News. "There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t."
And she's right. There are two photos in which girls are wearing a denim vest over a sleeveless blouse. In one image, sleeves were added, and in another, the shoulders were left bare.
Wasatch High School has since released a "sorry-not-sorry"-style statement, in which they apologize not for Photoshopping girls who weren't at all dressed indecently in the first place, but for not being more consistent in their editing: "In the application of these graphic corrections, the high school yearbook staff did make some errors and were not consistent in how they were applied to student photos and the school apologizes for that inconsistency.”
The last few times we've posted stories calling out magazines or brands for gratuitously using Photoshop, I've noticed more and more readers speaking out in defense of the practice. Many of you agree with the Nick Knight statement on airbrushing: "If you want reality, look out the window."
Clearly Photoshop and the fashion industry aren't breaking up anytime soon, but I think most of us would agree that there are good and bad ways to use the technique. If you're airbrushing an image to create an aesthetic effect, that's one thing, but completely distorting a person's body so that it better conforms to a boring standard of perfection has nothing to do with creativity. Of course, media producers are always going to use some amount of airbrushing to make images aspirational and to present a fantasy, but shouldn't there be limits? How much Photoshop is too much Photoshop?
Consider these images of Naomi Campbell, which are from Harper's Bazaar Vietnam's June issue. One tFSer called out the one on the right: "They usually Photoshop Naomi a lot in magazines, but I think they went too far with this one." And indeed, Campbell's skin glows like plastic and her already-big lips are comically swollen. The supermodel is one of the world's most beautiful women; does she really need to be made beautiful-er? Do her pixels really need so much smoothing and rearranging?
[Images via FashionGoneRogue]