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Link Buzz: Gaultier Archive Pieces On Sale; Alessandro Dell’Acqua Apologizes for Blackface Costume

  • Image: Getty

    Image: Getty

    Concurrently with the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, FarFetch is selling over 50 unworn pieces from the designer's archives, including a version of the cone bra dress (most famously worn by Madonna in 1990; pictured here on Daisy Lowe in 2011). [Fashionologie]
  • Uniqlo is collaborating with Ines de la Fressange on a collaboration which centers around the idea of "Parisian chic." [FabSugar]
  • Need Halloween inspiration? Go here. [BellaSugar]
  • Miley Cyrus tries on a wig, channels her former Hannah Montana self. [SheFinds]
  • Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua has apologized on Twitter for wearing blackface to a "Disco Africa" themed Halloween party in Milan. Fashion photographer and party host Giampaolo Sgura has also apologized. [FashionBombDaily]

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Isabel Lucas Sharpens Up for One Night Only

Australia’s answer to Sienna Miller, Isabel Lucas, was a prime contributing factor towards the resurgence in popularity of denim waist coats and coin purses circa 2004. But while Miller’s openly voiced her hatred of the word ‘boho,’ Lucas has never strayed far from her sartorial roots: When she’s wearing phosphorescent Dior ruffles, she’s offsetting them with bronzed skin and beachy blonde waves, and she’s made headpieces and elfin braids her regular red carpet appendages.

So we had to look twice to make sure the sleek woman who showed up to Giorgio Armani’s ‘One Night Only’ event in New York City last week really was the same person who was wearing straggly hair and an oversized ribbon last time we saw her. And what do you know, that really is Home & Away’s Tasha Andrews wearing head-to-toe Armani in black and deep navy blue. Can we pause for a moment to admire the sharp shoulders on that blazer?

To complete her style overhaul, Lucas slicked her hair back with a velvet headband and swapped her bronzer for the most powerful face illuminator in existence.

What do you think of Isabel’s extreme style makeover?



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Miu Miu Announces Fragrance with Coty, Taps Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos for Resort Campaign


Image: FashionGoneRogue

Two pieces of Miu Miu news today: 

  1. For the label's Resort 2014 campaign, Blue is the Warmest Color stars Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos were photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for a five ad series.

    The film (which won the Cannes Palme d’Or in May and was just released in the U.S.) received inordinate pre-release attention due to its Cannes success and supposedly graphic lesbian sex scenes.

    Miu Miu's campaign plays on the film's sexy reputation, highlighting the two leads' "candid chemistry." From a statement to WWD: "The background wall in baby pink and girlish styling of the collection contrast with the actresses’ seductive presence."

  2. Unrelated/related: The label has just announced a partnership with fragrance giant Coty, Inc. The Paris-based beauty company will develop a Miu Miu-branded line of prestige fragrances, slated to debut in 2015. In a written statement, Prada Group CEO Patrizio Bertelli suggested that move was part of a broader strategy to expand the Miu Miu brand: 

    “The agreement with Coty, an internationally recognized reference in the luxury fragrance market, marks a major step forward in Miu Miu's development plan. I am therefore sure that, leveraging on Coty’s know-how and Miu Miu’s strong identity, this partnership will be a worldwide success of mutual satisfaction to both companies.”

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Upcoming Collaborations from Kendra Spears and Trish Summerville

Fashion retailers are always competing to secure the best collaborations and we’ve just learned of two forthcoming campaigns that sound extra exciting.

Next with Kendra Spears

The Elle Style Awards 2013


Originally discovered through a MySpace competition, Princess Salwa Aga Khan, as she’s now also become known since marrying the billionaire Prince Rahim, has just landed Next’s A/W13 campaign. Move over Kate Middleton as here’s another royal who’s ranking very high in the style stakes right now. The stunning model is the new face of the British retailing giant and can be seen showcasing Next’s key pieces for fall, which includes gorgeous lace dresses and must have silky jump suits, perfect for the party season ahead. The collection goes on sale online at Next on October 31, and is punted as one of Next’s best yet.



Net-A-Porter with Trish Summerville

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For those of you who don’t already know, Trish Summerville is the fabulous costume designer behind the award winning movie The Hunger Games and following in the footsteps of other costume designers like Janie Bryant, who created a special Mad Men inspired capsule collection for Banana Republic, Trish has gone and done the same. Only this time, it’s a breathtaking Hunger Games collection which is available at Net-A-Porter.

Don’t worry that the collection is going to emulate the movie's overly flamboyant costumes. Instead, pieces that could translate down to high street tastes were chosen. Get ready for a mix of elegant sheer dresses and edgy leather trousers which are available to buy at Net-A-Porter site as of November 21.



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Mariacarla Boscono Stars On Striking New Numéro Cover (Forum Buzz)

Mariacarla Boscono on Numéro France #148

image credit: Facebook Numéro via the tfs forums

Photogrpaher Stéphane Sednaoui shot Italian top model Mariacarla Boscono for a surreal and visually striking Numéro cover. The November issue of the French edition shows the high fashion icon surrounded by surrealistic elements and effects, wearing a gorgeous Lanvin gown from the Fall 2013 collection . 

The cover pleased non-fans and Mariacarla’s hardcore stans alike and received mostly positive responses on the tFS forums.

“She is one of those models I will never get tired of. Stunning, can't wait to see the editorial,” noted GarageGlamorous. 

“Beautiful, phenomenal, striking, stunning and cinematic. These are the adjectives I came up with just looking at the cover,” gushed Kanna 

TREVOFASHIONISTO called the cover “gorgeous” and justaguy loved it and said that it is a “beautiful shot of [Mariacarla]”.

Indeed, the cover is unique and powerful. Mariacarla looks mesmerizing and ravishing and to me this cover is on a whole other level. Other forum members also pointed out this was unlike most Numéro covers. 

“I adore this, it's a departure from the usual headshots that make the cover,” wrote atomicblue 

And LRlovesDaria encapsulated, “This is obviously the best Numéro cover of the year, the queen is coming to amaze.”

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Vogue Thailand Explains Its Controversial November Cover: We Did Not Enhance Naomi Campbell’s Looks In Any Way

Naomi Campbell Covers, Preliminary version (left), Final version (right) / Images: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCIN-TYSZKA

Naomi Campbell Covers, Preliminary version (left), Final version (right) / Images: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCIN-TYSZKA

When photographer Marcin Tyszka first posted the preliminary version of his Vogue Thailand November Issue cover, featuring Naomi Campbell, some commentators observed that the supermodel's skin had been heavily airbrushed and made to appear lighter. Outrage quickly reached fever pitch and within a day, Tyszka shared a statement saying his choices were stylistic and did not reflect any kind of racism.

(You can read the photographer's full statement here: Was Naomi Campbell’s Skin Whitened for Her Vogue Thailand Cover? Photographer Marcin Tyszka Responds.)

The publication has since released the final version of the cover (above, right), which shows the supermodel with unmistakably darker skin. 

We reached out to Vogue Thailand for comment, and their Editor in Chief, Kullawit Laosuksri, sent back a statement*. His remarks:

"The cover shot of Naomi Campbell was taken in Paris by Polish photographer Marcin Tyszka, whose signature style is pastel, with light (natural) soft colours created by using lighting techniques and make-up for his results.  In his own words he explains, “Naomi is always super sexy – our idea was to create the Prada ‘60s look – more natural– pastel – sweet – soft.”

It was an incredible opportunity for me to work with such an icon as Naomi Campbell and we were so pleased that she agreed to grace our November cover. We chose Naomi because she represents a strong, intelligent and beautiful woman and we did not enhance or need to enhance her looks in any way.

We at Vogue Thailand believe in the universal beauty of women and I have had a chance to work with so many gorgeous women such as Liu Wen, Carolyn Murphy, and Coco Rocha as our cover models, and to be able to add Naomi into our portfolio is something that I am very proud of."

It's true that accusations of racism are quick to go viral, and online publishers will sometimes manufacture outrage to boost the appeal of a story. Still, all over the world, skin tone factors into the beauty standard (not least of all in Asia, where the skin whitening industry is projected to reach nearly $20 billion within the next five years) in a way that propagates white, Eurocentric beauty ideals and excludes many women of color.

Vogue Thailand says it didn't enhance Campbell's looks in any way. We should take the publication at its word, but acknowledge that showing a famous black supermodel in a photo with lighter skin does send a message, unintended or otherwise. Fashion magazines have a lot of influence and produce powerful images that shape society's understanding of what's beautiful and desirable — and they should take responsibility for it. 

*This article has been modified. The original version included a statement by Vogue Thailand's digital editor, Tachol Kajornmasabus. She has since retracted her statement. 

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