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Celebrity Stylist Annabel Tollman Passes Away at 36


Annabel Tollman

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British stylist Annabel Tollman passed away in her sleep earlier this week, reportedly from suffering a blood clot, at the age of 36.

Born in Brussels and raised between New York City and London, Tollman attended Central Saint Martins and worked as the fashion director of Interview. She left the publication in 2010 to join eBay Fashion as the online retailer's stylist and spokeswoman.  

Tollman's celebrity clients included Scarlett Johansson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Shakira, Mariah Carey and Liv Tyler.  

Paper's Mickey Boardman first shared her passing over Twitter this morning:

The news swept across social media, leaving many of the people she worked with in the fashion industry reeling. 

Us Weekly's fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison:

From LOVE magazine:

Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR's executive editor:

Aliza Licht, better known as DKNY PR Girl:

Fashion writer Derek Blasberg responded with a heartfelt Facebook post

"Annabel Tollman was one of the first people I met when I moved to New York. I was in college and I was young and silly and ambitious. She was sweet and smart and drop dead sexy. She was till the end … Her passing is one of those things that happen that you can never expect. That hit you in the gut so hard and make you thankful for what you have but also so sad that she's gone. It's surreal."

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Kinee Diouf is the First Black Model to Make the Cover of Vogue Netherlands (Forum Buzz)


Image via Vogue Netherlands.

Vogue Netherlands has been straying as of late from their arsenal of Dutch cover models, and luckily for us, they put Senegalese model Kinee Diouf (photographed by Ishi) front and center for their July 2013 issue. Cynics in the forums, like CharlottefromCA, alluded to the fact that the choice to feature a black model on the cover for the first time may be Dutch Vogue’s version of an apology for depicting model Querelle Jansen in blackface in their May issue. I like to think of it as a stunning model getting a well-deserved cover, but something tells me that thought’s a bit naïve. 

Image via Vogue Netherlands.

Image via Vogue Netherlands.

At the end of the day, I don’t much care what the motivation was for putting Kinee on the cover. I’m just glad that I like what I see.

“Great to see Kinee!” Cold posted. “The effect of the dress and the sky's colors is quite mesmerizing.”

Mat Cyruss called the cover “an eyecatcher on the newsstands,” and justaguy described it as “very striking.”

Fee de foret picked up on a throwback vibe. “Wow this is great. It reminds me of Vogue covers from the Thirties and Forties,” she explained. “They had a certain mystery about them, and oftentimes the model wouldn’t even be the main focus of the shot. Very refreshing!”

Whatever the motivation for the cover and cover model, I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all wouldn’t mind seeing more of Kinee. This color-drenched cover (in every sense) is the breath of fresh air and diversity that fashion so desperately needs right now.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat is On the Cover of Vogue Germany July 2013 (w/ Linda Evangelista)

Vogue Germany

Image: Facebook/VOGUEDeutschland

We're here to inturrupt your regularly scheduled Friday with some breaking cat news: Choupette, the famed feline companion of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, has just landed her first Vogue cover. The couture-adjacent kitten appears on the cover of the magazine's German edition for July 2013, photographed by the Kaiser himself. Linda Evangelista joins Choupette on the cover, but clearly the cat is the real star of this story: Vogue Germany's styling team couldn't even be bothered to brush Evangelista's hair in preparation for the shoot.

[Spotted by Flashbang in the tFS Forums]

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Rebel Wilson Cleans Up For Her First Ever Magazine Cover (Forum Buzz)


LOL Queen Rebel Wilson has come a long way since leaving “the ghetto side of Sydney” for Hollywood. Now she’s scored her first magazine cover for the UK’s Glamour and looks an equally long way from the brash roles that launched her to fame in Bridesmaids, Bachelorette and Bogan Pride.

Rebel tweeted the evidence on Wednesday with the caption: “My first ever magazine cover..bubble bath x #glamourUK x.”  The cover shows the actress decked out in un-customised bling (perhaps her personalised knuckle dusters are outside of the frame) and a mound of strategically arranged bubbles.

tFS reader Miss Dalloway has pointed out that the cover bears more than a slight resemblance to Victoria Beckham’s equally blingy and sudsy September 2012 US Glamour cover. It’s not unknown for magazines to recycle covers, but usually it’s done to save on expenses rather than to poke fun at themselves. Whether conscious or not though, it kinda makes Rebel’s cover even more awesome.

Response hasn’t been unanimously positive. Some readers are calling the cover “horrendous” while commenter ForChicSake reckons Rebel is “Glamour UK’s most interesting cover star in years.” It’s pretty OTT on the glam factor, yes, but we suspect that’s what they were going for.

For those who prefer the actress in brash clothing and awkward situations, Rebel is going to be bringing many more LOLs in the coming months via her new anti-SATC series Super Fun Night. ABC has picked up the show and it is expected out this fall. 

Image: Rebel Wilson's Twitter

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By the Way, This Saint Laurent Dress Cara D’s Wearing Costs $68K

Cara Develingne for Saint Laurent

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There's an old saying that once you've seen a $61,000 polyester jacket, you've seen everything. Still, $68,000 for an embellished baby-doll dress (pictured above on model Cara Delevingne for Saint Laurent's Fall 2013 campaign) seems steep.

That's the mindboggling price reported in an article about the opening of a new Saint Laurent store in Soho. It's extra jarring because these kinds of prices are seemingly the new norm at the French fashion house: just a couple weeks ago, we spotted an 80% polyester jacket from the label which listed at a similar price point. 

It's hard to imagine a customer willing to spend years of college tuition on items that are so trendy, they're already out of style, but as I wrote recently, prices at luxury brands are determined by analysts (sometimes against a designer's wishes) according to what customers will spend on a piece, not what it costs to produce it. 

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Female Basketball Player Brittney Griner Will Model Menswear As Part of Her Nike Contract

Brittany Griner

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Sports and fashion don't have many fans in common, but they have a lot of other similarities. Each is a multibillion dollar global commercial mass entertainment industry fixated on the human body. When it comes to gender expression, they are counterparts: mainstream fashion reinforces traditional ideas about femininity (women are pleasant and upbeat, preoccupied with perfecting their appearance, sexually available) in the same way that pro sports culture rigidly conforms to certain masculine norms associated with aggression, competitiveness — even (off-court) promiscuity. (Of course there are niche segments of both industries that challenge the dominant models, but I'm talking about the stuff that's most visible, like the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show or the Superbowl.)

As a prominent global clothing retailer that sets the standard for athletic wear, Nike is at the nexus of both industries and it's just inked an unusual endorsement deal with WNBA player Brittney Griner

The 22-year-old basketball player was just signed to Pheonix Mercury, after being selected as the #1 overall 2013 WNBA Draft pick. She's 6'8", on the cover of this month's ESPN Taboo Issue and the first openly gay athlete to sign an endorsement deal with Nike. And there's more: Griner, who wears men's clothing in her personal life, will model Nike apparel that's branded as menswear, possibly as a move to align itself with a new wave of androgyny that's becoming increasingly more common in the sports world. 

From her ESPN profile:

"Androgynous models are coveted in high-end fashion, but the trend toward gender-neutral clothing has only just begun to reach the sports world, with NBA stars Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade blurring the lines in their tight jeans and fitted sweaters. No sports apparel company has taken it a step further and expressly targeted the gender-fluid crowd — and whether Nike is willing to ride the edge with Griner remains to be seen. 'We can't get into specifics,' says Nike spokesman Brian Strong, 'but it's safe to say we jumped at the opportunity to work with her because she breaks the mold.'"

This video, where Griner talks about struggling with her sexual identity as an athlete and bullying she faced as a kid, is worth watching: 

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