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Ondria Hardin Looks Cute on Her Very First Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

image credit: fujisan.co.jp via the tfs forums

image credit: fujisan.co.jp via the tfs forums

On her first Vogue cover, Ondria Hardin looks undeniably cute. And it’s very obviously not her fault the cover itself fails to make an impact. Shot by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Anna Dello Russo, the Vogue Japan March 2014 cover is just too predictable. (As Miranda Priestly in A Devil Wears Prada would say, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.") Needless to say, tFS forums members were not impressed. 

“God, the layout and that [Dolce & Gabbana dress] are just horrendous", noted teaars.

And Kite commented, “The photoshopping around the "V" & "O" is really annoying me. She looks cute though. That Dolce collection is EVERYWHERE.”

Indeed, there are many things wrong with this cover. And as pretty as she looks, Ondria does not exactly exude a happy, cheerful spring mood here. 

justaguy further elaborated, “If this is supposed to be a pretty cover with the theme of flowers, they should have softened Ondria's makeup and had her smile. I think they might have pulled it off better. Other than that, typical VJ cover with too much text drowning the cover subject.”

I couldn’t agree more with him. Is this cover the result of too many clashing ideas? By this lackluster cover we are definitely not convinced. Next!

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Anna Maria Jagodzinska’s Comeback is Becoming a Reality (Forum Buzz)

Anna Maria Jagodzinska in OMEGA Lifetime Magazine

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About three months ago, tFS forum members discussed that top model Anna Maria Jagodzinska was rumored to be preparing her comeback. Now the popular Polish beauty’s return to the fashion world is becoming a fact. With an enchanting advertorial for the Olympia collection by OMEGA Watches, the model is sending clear signals that she’s ready to come back with a bang.

“I love the editorial! She looks so beautiful! I'm so excited to see new work from her!”, posted wickedcrazyness in the model’s thread.  

Luxx added, “Wonderful to see that she's coming back, she's still one of the most beautiful girls in recent memory and so elegant in her pictures.”

Forum member Dona further reports that Anna Maria recently shot for Vogue. We cannot wait to see the outcome. Welcome back, Anna Maria! 

Anna Maria Jagodzinska’s Comeback is Becoming Reality (Forum Buzz)

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Vivienne Westwood’s Handmade ‘Ethical Africa’ Collection is Now Available on ASOS

Vivienne Westwood may have become somewhat synonymous with British fashion thanks to constantly setting the fashion scene alight with her quirky creations over the years. She is also widely recognized for her own flamboyant sense of personal style but sometimes, people forget about all of the hard work that she does to help charities and promote ethical fashion.

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Westwood’s latest venture is called, Ethical Africa. It’s a collection created from all things recyclable such as unused leather cut-offs and reused roadside banners, and it’s all been created in Nairobi, Kenya by women in communities affected by extreme poverty. It’s also collaboration with ASOS, so, you can peruse the entire collection and perhaps snap up your very own ethical piece over on the ASOS site.

The collection starts from around £58 and features perfectly on-trend rucksacks, as well as handy totes or clutches. And of course, each of the designs have been finished in some way with Westwood’s signature motif. So, the pieces are perfect for the Westwood fan that also likes to do their own bit for charity.

Images via ASOS 

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Adriana Lima Looks Sexy on Striking Harper’s Bazaar Spain Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper's Bazaar España February 2014

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For its February 2014 issue, Harper’s Bazaar España is going back to its quirky self (which I felt they had been neglecting the last few months) and wows with an interesting cover, showing top model Adriana Lima posing for the camera in a sexy, sporty outfit by Gucci. The pose seems odd at first, but going for an unconventional cover shot eventually pays off for the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar, as the juxtaposing elements make for a striking image. As for Adriana? She simply looks as gorgeous, sexy, and stunning as usual. 

On the tFS forums, my enthusiasm for the cover was shared by jeffandtheworld. He posted, “Love the cover! Love the image. So striking. I wouldn't walk pass it.”

Others were more critical, like vivaglam who wrote, “Her body is on point! I like the cover pose, but I think it should've been a different pic for the cover.”

Adriana Lima in the cover story of Harper's Bazaar España February 2014

image credit: defactoinc via the tfs forums

“It's a shame this was the result of something that I think had a lot of potential. The B&W image of Adriana staring down would've made a fantastic cover and in-keeping with something HB Espana might try,” analyzed marsnoop2

Hot Cowture also liked that same shot and added, “The others don't even feel like her.”

The story was shot by photographer Nico and styled by Juan Cebrian, and I think the whole team did a fantastic job here. Are forum members being too nitpicky? In my opinion, the cover is hot. And the editorial is even hotter! 

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Has Australian Designer Bowie Wong Been Inducted Into the Haute Couture Club?

An Australian designer has been initiated into fashion’s very top tier. Well, at least that’s what the Sun Herald reported over the weekend.

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“Sydney’s Bowie Wong has been confirmed as the first Australian-based designer to join fashion’s most exclusive club: Paris haute couture,” gushed the Sunday paper’s Amy Cooper. “Speaking to S from Paris, Wong revealed he’ll be showing his collection, Immortality, at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in July, alongside great names such as Chanel, Dior, Valentino and Gaultier.”

To whet those notoriously picky Parisian appetites, the designer is held a curated “sneak peek” presentation on Tuesday night in advance of that upcoming runway show.

It all sounds like a fairytale for a designer with a proudly ‘Made in Australia’ label. But it seems it might be just that – at least, it’s worth taking the story with a grain of salt. As Patty Huntington of Frockwriter pointed out in response to the Sun piece, showing as part of haute couture week isn’t quite the same thing as showing a collection during haute couture week. First, you have to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale. And secondly, it’s actually illegal to slap the trademarked words “haute couture” on your label at will. 

Evidently Wong is aware the restrictions are rigorous. “You can’t just suddenly appear as an overseas designer. You have to politely explain who you are,” he told the Sun. But that’s putting it rather simply.

Wong would be attending as an entry level “Membres Invités”, for which, as Huntington notes, the lengthy selection process likely won’t begin for months. And while Wong won’t be arrested for putting “haute couture” on his invitation, he should exercise a bit more caution. Particularly if, as he tells the Sun, he was warned about approaching the Paris fashion coterie by none other than Elie Saab

We’re all for seeing local designers making waves overseas. But in order to do that you’ve got to keep the fashion gods happy – and they’re not partial to displays of hubris.  

[Frockwriter]

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One to Watch: Canadian model Danielle Knudson for Guess Spring 2014 Campaign

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You know, I’ve been having some trouble tracking down where exactly in Canada rising model Danielle Knudson hails from — any help? — but what I have gathered is that she’s one smouldering blonde, as evidenced in her latest shoot for Guess’ Spring 2014 advertising campaign.

Shot at the beautiful Laguna Beach and overseen by creative director for Guess? Inc., Paul Marciano, and veteran Guess photographer Yu Tsai, the latest spread is a bona fide heat wave of sultry summertime stunners. Olivia Greenfield, Samantha Hoopes, Nicoleta Vaculov and Gui Fedrizzi all join 24-year-old Knudson as they pose in crisp white linens, neutral tones, lace and floral patterns.

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In one photo Knudson models a polka-dot crop and white jeans, striking a very come-hither look that connotes memories of former Guess girl Kate Upton (the perfectly placed beauty spot helps matters). In another shot, Knudson shows off her tanned legs in a mini-dress and leather jacket, not exactly the best beach attire, but certainly hot enough to rival the blazing Cali sun.

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Talking about her dream-come-true opportunity in booking a Guess gig, Knudson says, “Guess is a timeless and sexy fashion powerhouse that I have always admired growing up. It is so surreal to have the opportunity to work with Paul Marciano and Yu Tsai.”

With 2014 already starting out in a positive way for Danielle Knudson, we can only see her career flying high over the course of the year. Meanwhile, we’ll also continue to keep an eye on fellow Vancouver-based model Ashley Diana Morris, who was named the face of Guess Lingerie and Bikini in 2013. Wowzer! It goes without saying that it’s been a great few months for homegrown models in the Guess-o-sphere, so let’s all celebrate by breaking into a rendition of Dean Brody’s “Canadian Girls”…

Images via Guess

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