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Emily Ratajkowski Tries (and Fails) to Seduce Us on British GQ’s Cover (Forum Buzz)

Men’s fashion magazines are often overlooked in our forums, even while delivering terrific covers and content. For September, the British version of GQ serves up Emily Ratajkowski on the front of its recently released issue. The title has previously featured women, like top models Miranda Kerr and Lara Stone in memorable shoots from Mario Testino. The Peruvian photographer shot Emily for this occasion, with Katie Grand on hand to style the Gone Girl actress for a series of sexy and sultry photos.

UK GQ September 2015 Emily Ratajkowski by Mario Testino


Our forum members weren’t impressed with the outcome, however. “Is Mario Testino the highlight of this issue??? Oh well, Katie and Mario, two names I hate. Next,” MON announced immediately.

“So… that was the huge anti-climax GQ had for us?” asked an underwhelmed Chanelcouture09.

Also unimpressed was KINGofVERSAILLES, ranting, “Wouldn’t the headline about her hitting and/or seducing Hollywood have been more appropriate last year? A quick look at her IMDb page shows she had a cameo in Entourage, which was a critical and commercial flop, she has a supporting role in a bad looking indie, and a supporting role in an upcoming cable mini-series. No other roles on the horizon. Hardly seducing Hollywood.” Ouch!

Forum member honeycombchild was quick to throw in, “Ergh, I bloody hate men’s magazines like GQ sometimes. It’s tragic that the only way they believe they can sell an issue is by having a scantily clad girl or a man in a dull suit on their cover. It irritates me that they pitch themselves above the usual men’s magazines too, it’s for ‘gentlemen’ don’t you know.”

“I was like ‘Oh not Kim [Kardashian] again,'” laughed GIVENCHYlover.

UK GQ September 2015 Emily Ratajkowski by Mario Testino


See even more of Emily and join the conversation here.

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Watch: Emma Watson Leads a Discussion on Gender Equality with Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders

Since her speech at the He for She campaign talk at the UN, Emma Watson has become something of a spokesperson for equal rights for women. She urged men to join the fight in parity for women, mentioning that the patriarchy hurts men too. Some might argue that her words are simply Women and Gender Studies 101, while others regard them as “game-changing.”

This month, Vogue UK’s September issue cover girl has teamed with the magazine for a video in which she leads a discussion on gender equality. Watson poses questions, which are answered by designers Stella McCartney, Bella Freud, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem Moralioglu. They discuss what role the fashion industry can play in furthering women’s rights, their hopes for the future of gender equality and more.

Watch the video above to hear each designer’s viewpoints on the hot topic.

[via Vogue UK]

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Karlie Kloss Looks So Effortlessly Cool on Flare Magazine’s September Cover Shoot (Forum Buzz)

Is Karlie Kloss set to dominate your local newsstand this month? It’s certainly starting to look that way as Karlie already has the current cover of Glamour under her belt and now fronts the September 2015 issue of Flare. The statuesque beauty participated in a classic studio sitting with photographer Nino Muñoz behind the lens, with Katie Mossman on styling duties. Karlie shows us just how it’s done, looking effortlessly cool wearing a crisp white shirt teamed with a pair of blue jeans. 

Flare September 2015 Karlie Kloss by Nino Munoz


Members of our forums couldn’t contain their praise for long. “She is everywhere this month. Love the cover with the white shirt. This is much better than the US Glamour cover,” stated dfl-001 right away.

In agreement was MON: “Stunning! Beyond beautiful!! So much better than her Glamour cover!”

[ See: 10 Times Karlie Kloss Was Adorable on Instagram ]

“QUEEN!” hailed Slater, returning to the thread moments later to add, “Karlie is such an icon. She has left an impact on high fashion that will be remembered!”

Benn98 was quick to reply, “I know, and quite right too, if you ask me. She’s finally getting the recognition she deserves. I like this cover, she looks very approachable. Hope it sells for Canadians.”

Also full of admiration and appreciation was blueorchid: “I’m always glad when Flare manages to get a model on their cover, rather than the third rate American actresses they typically get.”

“Love this cover! Very classic!” said Nepenthes, before justaguy echoed, “Very nice! Simple, clean & love the crisp white shirt…classic!”

See more photos of Karlie doing what she does best inside our thread, and don’t forget to drop us a comment here.

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12 People Missing from Vanity Fair’s 2015 International Best Dressed List

Images: WENN

Images: WENN

Vanity Fair has released its list of the world’s best-dressed people and, while you’ll see plenty of the usual suspects (European royalty, Jenna Lyons), there were a few surprising additions. Topping the list for the ladies (and beating out Taylor Swift) is the U.K.’s first lady Samantha Cameron. ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland earned the number three slot in the top 10, followed by HRH the Countess of Wessex, the ever impeccable Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Charlotte Casiraghi, HM Queen Letizia of Spain, investment manager Mellody Hobson and Tiffany & Co.’s design director Francesca Amfitheatrof. 

You can count Stavros Niarchos III, Jonathan Ive, HRH Prince Harry and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson among some of the best dressed guys of 2015. A few noted names on the list of the best of the Hollywood set were Eddie Redmayne, Emma StoneFan Bingbing, Emma Watson, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger. For couples, Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter top the list with Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton following the Hollywood couple. Also included are Matt Bomer and Simon Halls.

Azzedine Alaïa, Jenna Lyons and FKA twigs made the “originals” list and Caroline Issa, Zac Posen, design darlings Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, Victoria Beckham and more round out the list of best-dressed professionals. 

While we were happy to see that a few people we thought should have been included last year were added to this year’s list, there are still some we think Vanity Fair forgot. Below, a few celebrities that we think should definitely have been included for 2015. (more…)

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Brit Designer Claire Barrow Launches Secret Online Pop-Up Store

The unveiling of Brit designer Claire Barrow’s brand new website is made all the more exciting with the news of her impending secret pop-up store.


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The online pop-up store launches on 7 August, boasting a cool 24-piece limited-edition pre-collection featuring an assortment of items, from silk scarves to leather jackets, ranging from £20 to around £1500. Most excitingly, all of the pieces have been hand painted or dyed by Barrow herself and it doesn’t get much more limited-edition than that. Her goal was to create a collection of art that you could wear and it was predominantly inspired by ancient erotic art with the myths of promiscuous Cleopatra and sensual French dance hall girls prevailing as key influences behind her drawings.   (more…)

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Vogue Italia Recruits Fresh New Talent for Its August 2015 Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Italia‘s August 2015 cover confirms that Steven Meisel‘s presence at the magazine won’t be consistent in the near future. Meisel photographed last month’s hit after his infamous departure and now, the Italian fashion bible introduces some new talent with its August edition by welcoming an array of photographers. Vincent van de Wijngaard shot Mariacarla Boscono in the wilderness for his debut sitting at the publication and with “The Now Image Makers” splashed across the front cover, we suspect Vogue Italia means business with its fresh new recruits.

Vogue Italia August 2015 Mariacarla Boscono by Vincent van de Wijng


Forum members couldn’t wait to share their opinions. “That is one beautiful cover and editorial! I love the vibe. I have to keep my eye on Vincent van de Wijngaard. Very promising talent. A welcome change for Vogue Italia,” Style Savvy approved.

“This time they got it right! This is what you do when you don’t have Meisel,” raved Lola701.

In agreement was [Piece Of Me]: “I’m always happy to see Mariacarla. And while I do like Meisel a lot, I’m always excited to see some fresh talent on the pages of VI. Vincent certainly delivered.”

TheoG shared the same sentiments, echoing, “This is a welcome idea, before I was in doubt that VI would be able to carry an issue without Meisel but if they plan on introducing these image makers into their publication, then Meisel for every single issue isn’t necessary. Love Meisel but he’s not the only photographer who can carry VI.”

The cover certainly seems to hold promise for sales as mistress_f informed us, “This will be the first Vogue Italia issue I buy in ages. Mariacarla looks like a goddess (as usual) and the main editorial is amazing.”

“Wow this issue feels so fresh!” credited Nepenthes.

See the contents of Italian Vogue‘s August edition and drop us a comment here.