Cara Delevingne appears on the October cover of Vogue Australia, photographed by Benny Horn and styled by senior fashion editor Christine Centenera. Wearing an actual crown with a Burberry trench and one of the heavily-embellished Byzantine dresses from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2013 collection (the crown appeared along with other pieces shown on the same runway), Delevingne is named "fashion royalty" by the cover captions, which also proclaim she's been "Crowned Miss Cool." Yes, the overly literal and grandiose aspects of the cover are a teensy bit laughable, but despite it all, the styling comes together and the shot itself is great — surely one of Cara's best covers to date.
Sandra Bullock (who stars in the forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Gravity, alongside George Clooney) was photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue's October Issue. The actress wears a backless, sequined dress from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2013 collection.
In the tFS Forums, littlekiki observed that the publication duplicated the same mangy beehive for the cover which first appeared on the Jacobs runway. Another board member, jeffandtheworld, suggested that the repeated styling was a shining example of "creativity" in the fashion industry.
This is Bullock's fifth Vogue cover; she last appeared on the front of the publication in October, 2006. You can see her previous covers here.
As anticipation builds ahead of the theatrical release of her Palme D'Or-winning film, Blue is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux has been increasingly visible. In September, the French actress appeared without makeup on the Juergen Teller-lensed cover of Jalouse and fully naked on the front of LUI, shot by Mario Sorrenti. In October, she posed for one of W's two issue covers, photographed by Craig McDean. Also, she appeared in Glen Luchford's fall ads for Rag & Bone, alongside actor Michael Pitt.
And for The Gentlewoman's Fall cover, Seydoux was photographed by the promising young photographer, Zoe Ghertner. The biannual British fashion and culture publication appears on newsstands today.
It’s no secret that non-white models have it much harder becoming a runway sensation in their first season without strategic launching via exclusives and extra efforts by their agencies. Maybe it’s because of the industry’s willingness to finally bring more diversity to the runways, or maybe it’s just because she is blessed with flawless bone structure, a mesmerizing stare and a body to die for that has made Kai Newman one of the break-out stars at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 without any of that extra support. The Jamaican stunner debuted at the Tommy Hilfiger show and slowly but surely has been making her bookings more and more prestigious. She appeared in several A-list shows, like Rodarte and Marc by Marc Jacobs, but the definite highlight of her week was her appearance at the Calvin Klein show today.
Pollywolly noticed the model's potential even before she stepped foot on the runway as the tFS forum member wrote last week, “She has gorgeous skin, piercing eyes, and a great smile…I see real potential in her, I hope she goes far!”
“She really stole the show for me [at Tommy Hilfiger]. I definitely have a new favorite face I'm looking out for. There's something quite raw yet still very sweet about her face,” posted teaars.
His excitement was shared by daggertrepe who commented, “Finally! She looks wonderful. Hope this is just the beginning!”
This newcomer, who’s with One Management in New York, hopefully has a great career ahead of her. We can't wait to see where else she shows up and we will definitely be watching her!
Yesterday evening, Eric Wilson of The New York Times posted an item with the perhaps sarcastic title, "Some Gains in Runway Diversity."
Wilson noted that Derek Lam and Alexander Wang (both were called out for featuring only one black model each at their respective Fall 2013 shows by Bethann Hardison's runway diversity campaign) showed more diversity in their runway casting. "This Fashion Week, Mr. Lam and Mr. Wang each had two black models, so you could say that was a 100 percent improvement," he wrote. "Or you could say, as André Leon Talley did before the Oscar de la Renta show on Tuesday, that 'two is not enough.'”
Hardison's coalition counts supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman as close allies. Their campaign for greater runway diversity has attracted plenty of media attention (all three women appeared on Good Morning America earlier this week) and other prominent black members of the fashion establishment have stepped in to voice their support and condemn acts of racism in the industry.
One of these people — a towering inferno in the fashion world, as he likes to be called — is André Leon Talley, quoted in Wilson's aforementioned blog post. In a new video interview with Chris Witherspoon at the TheGrio, Talley spoke at length about the often silent racism he's encountered over the course of his brilliant career.
Formerly the Editor-at-Large at Vogue, Talley recently moved on to Numero Russia. He suggests the transfer was a matter of salary, and connects issues of money to implicit racial bias: