- Louis Vuitton is discontinuing its colorful Murakami prints. [WWD]
- Cara Delevingne assures us that being bisexual is not just a phase for her. [NYT]
- As the rest of us gals have done at some point, Caitlyn Jenner made the mistake of wearing heels in the dirt. [Mirror]
- Curvy women are protesting Instagram’s ban of the hashtag #curvy by celebrating their bodies with #curvee [Cosmopolitan]
- Kim Kardashian says she sucked in her stomach during the Met Gala to keep her pregnancy a surprise. [Perez Hilton]
- Eva Chen is Instagram’s new head of fashion partnerships. Congrats! [@evachen212]
- Wilhelmina Models’ Erica Jean Schenk is on the cover of Women’s Running magazine. Oh, and she’s a plus-sized model. [Wilhelmina Facebook]
- The Huffington Post announces it will only cover Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in its entertainment section. BURN. [@huffingtonpost]
We called it! Kim Kardashian‘s mission must be to cover all international editions of Vogue before the year is up. At least it’s starting to feel that way since Mrs. West stars on yet another edition of the Condé Nast title. Having already racked up covers of the American, Australian and Brazilian versions, Kim now snags the cover of Vogue Spain‘s August issue because, let’s face it, Spanish Vogue could do with some much-needed press after our forums regularly tear its amateur covers apart. Kim’s latest Vogue shoot is a departure from her usual controversial imagery, appearing subtle and subdued (humongous diamond ring aside) before the lens of Theo Wenner.
Our forums were pleasantly surprised at the outcome. “I actually like it and I can’t believe I’m saying that! I was expecting something vulgar and distasteful, but somehow this is the complete opposite. This is what I wanted to see from her – simple, natural, and relatable (although that diamond ring is beyond belief),” shared MON.
“Of course she had to show that huge ring… But the cover is nice, she looks good,” Oxymore replied.
Also confessing her amazement was marsnoop2: “Might be the best I’ve seen her and I like that her age hasn’t been Photoshopped away, but enough is enough with this family,” as things began to turn a little sour.
“So much better than I expected, but stop putting any members of this family on Vogue covers please,” echoed MDNA.
Are you pleasantly surprised? Join the conversation here.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s is over and last night, Wilhelmina models helped wrap up the week with a bang. The agency held a shindig at Marquee in honor of its male models, AKA the Wolf Pack and, of course, the place was filled with gorgeous guys and glamorous gals. Laverne Cox, RJ Mitte and Carly Cushnie were just a few of the beautiful people on hand (selves included), but when we spied sibling modeling duo Armando and Fernando Cabral, we just had to pull them aside for a short chat.
The pair stars in Balmain’s Fall 2015 campaign with the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Joan and Erika Smalls and Gigi and Bella Hadid. The campaign images just dropped yesterday to every fashion nerd’s excitement and we had to get the scoop on their Balmain moment. “This is our second campaign together so it was nice that we could be together again. We always have so much fun,” Armando told us. “Fernando knows his craft and after 15 years, it’s become easy. We just try to give the client what they asked for, but there’s definitely some chemistry because he is my brother. It makes it a lot easier.” Spoken like true professionals.
Through the party, we naturally couldn’t help but have flashbacks to that epic show package Wilhelmina put out that blessed us with images of gorgeous shirtless guys getting all primal as they slathered on glow-in-the-dark paint. The vibe of the party matched the video. We noticed the artwork of Eddy Bogaert, who also did the art for the video itself, around the venue.
“It’s one of those serendipitous moments in life where you put something together that you really believe in and you have tremendous amounts of talent, from the videographers to the producers, the art director to the marketing people to the talent that participates,” Wilhelmina Models brand officer Melissa Wilhelmina Cooper said about the video. “Everybody brings elements to an idea that then takes off and transcends into something completely different. I think it’s that elemental nature that makes Wilhelmina models unique. They’re willing to put that out there, that creative spark. They’re willing to give something of themselves that is more than just a photo or a video. They embody whatever it is they’re doing and I think the guys in the wolf pack video really did that.”
It certainly did just that – and more – for many of us. “They were hot!” Ms. Cooper exclaimed. We could only wholeheartedly agree.
Cara Delevingne is a woman of many talents. She can play the drums, sing, model, act – and she’s also quite a good beatboxer. Delevingne has showed off her skills in the past, but she gave last night’s Jimmy Fallon audience a treat when she delivered an epic freestyle beatbox. As usual, her effort was quite impressive and her beats were so sick that The Roots’ Tariq Trotter hopped in with a freestyle over Delevingne’s rhythm. And you can tell: Cara knows she’s dope.
Watch the model/actress/beatboxer do her thang in the clip above.
[via Jimmy Fallon YouTube]
Beloved Latin singer Selena is getting her own makeup collection. M.A.C cosmetics is honoring the late crooner, who was shot by her fan club president Yolanda Saldívar in 1995, with a dedicated makeup collection due out late next year. It seems that fan support was a deciding factor, as M.A.C mentions in an Instagram post announcing the forthcoming range. “Like the legend herself, Selena Quintanilla’s fans are an inspiration to us all for their love and enthusiasm. It’s happening!”
M.A.C’s creative director James Gager sounds quite excited for the collection. “We have heard the passion and enthusiasm from her fans and wholeheartedly agree that her legacy embodies M.A.C’s philosophy.” According to Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla, starting a makeup line was a dream of the singer’s, so this tribute collection posthumously fulfills one of Selena’s dreams. “Helping to create this collection brings me back to all those late-night conversations on our tour bus when she spoke of having her own makeup line one day. If Selena were here she would be beyond ecstatic to have this happening. History is being made.”
We can’t wait for the collection to drop. We’re expecting to see a color for Selena’s signature red lip and perhaps a lot of pretty neutrals and certainly a brow pencil to help create her deeply pigmented slender brow.
Look out for the collection in late 2016.
If there’s one thing we learn when the advertising campaigns roll out, it’s that not only Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton can knock out show-stopping imagery. Kurt Geiger‘s Fall 2015 campaign is proof that lesser-known brands are high contenders, especially when tapping the likes of Lara Stone, who works the lens of Erik Torstensson like there’s no tomorrow. U.K. Vogue‘s August cover girl appears as though she just stepped off the set of a Robert Palmer music video back in the 80s, sporting a dramatic makeup look complemented by a platinum shade of blonde, which works beautifully with the dark atmosphere.
The campaign was an instant hit. “Love this! Has that harsh 70s makeup and lighting look to it,” described justaguy.
“Wow, she looks very harsh and fierce in these shots! Somehow it actually works,” Benn98 confessed.
In agreement over how fabulous the images are was perhydrol: “I usually don’t like Lara, but she looks really hot here and it’s not fake. Her look sells those accessories, everything is eye-catching and I like this direction for the brand because it works. Just fabulous.”
Forum member simon showed the campaign some love too, admitting, “Lara looks incredible.”
“That makeup is all sorts of wrong (the angle of the contour is just wrong) but somehow, in a very weird way, Lara pulled it off. She looks hot,” declared MON.
See the campaign in all its glory inside the thread and be sure to leave us a comment here.