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John Galliano Is Guest Fashion Editor of UK Vogue’s December Issue (Forum Buzz)

Kate Moss & John Galliano by Tim Walker for UK Vogue December 2013

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Kate Moss covering an issue of British Vogue is hardly something to write home about. This is her 35th appearance on the cover of the UK edition. What makes it a hell of a lot more exciting is not just that the cover was shot by Tim Walker but most of all that the fashion content of the December issue was guest edited by none other than John Galliano.

The cover itself was not met with a lot of praise on the tFS forums. Most members found the cover shot to be weak but had high hopes for the content. 

Vogue28 analyzed, “Even though it's Kate Moss on the cover (which I'm thankful for), I'm underwhelmed with the cover as a whole. She's hidden under a mass of feathers (Vogue Paris October 2009's cover shot was way better), and at first I found it hard to make out her pose. The text placement is decent but still doesn't do the cover any justice. This is nothing compared to Kate's cover shot for the December 2008 issue — now that was December cover brilliance. The lack of character and depth is evident here.”

“Always love seeing Kate on the cover and lovely to see Galliano as the guest editor. He looks great in that preview shot. It's going to be a terrific issue,” wrote Jelavender

Kate Moss by Tim Walker on the cover of UK Vogue December 2013

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And Marc10 noted, “I don't love the cover (she looks a bit cross-eyed), but isn't the preview something! Galliano guest editor? By Tim Walker? Major.”

“She does indeed look cross eyed, this is a very bad cover although the issue looks interesting. The editorial preview is nice, I'm not a fan of the hair,” co-signed GarageGlamorous 

And jeffandtheworld found that “that pic with Galliano would make a lovely cover,” which I completely agree with. It would have been a bold move and it would have embodied the British fashion focus of this issue perfectly. Like most tFSers, I can’t wait to see what Galliano came up with for this issue. 


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Get a Sneak Peak of the Prada Resort 2014 Campaign! (Forum Buzz)


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German model Anna Luisa Ewers is one of the models starring in Prada’s Resort 2014 campaign, which was shot by Steven Meisel. The blonde beauty, who often gets compared to original German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, made her debut in the Fall 2013 runway season, walking for Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Valentino. She continued in the same vein this season and snagged a runway semi-exclusive at Alexander Wang in New York and ended the season with a flawless showlist.  

As always in the case of Prada campaigns, the model cast was the essential point of discussion on the tFS forums. 

“Oh love this! Anna looks fantastic, she has this sensual allure that really works with the mood of the collection and the image captures that perfectly. Hope to see Malaika in this too,” expressed Marc10 his thoughts on the casting. 

But anlabe32 disagreed. She posted, “Why her? She's really boring. Hoping for Julia Bergshoeff and Amanda Murphy. Can't say much about the shot yet, but it looks really crowded.”

Melancholybaby made no fuss about the model and simply remarked, “It looks quite good…especially the set design. Reminds me of Daria [Werbowy]'s Fall 2003 campaign.” 

“For some reason I thought of [the Fall 2003 campaign] too. I'm really liking it. Hope to see more models in it, looks pretty promising so far,” stated mackos.  

I agree with the observation that this image is reminiscent of the Fall 2003 campaign (see the iconic campaign here) and find this image to be unusually strong for a Resort campaign. It’s not unreasonable to assume more models have been cast for this campaign, so stay tuned for more images from the campaign and follow the discussion on the tFS forums

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Blake Lively Celebrates Being Named the Newest Face of L’Oréal Paris in Balmain

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Who: Blake Lively

Where: L’Oréal Paris Egérie New Face Announcement Paris, France

Why we like it: The former Gossip Girl star was unveiled as the newest face of L’Oréal Paris wearing a long sleeve Balmain Spring 2014 light blue off-the-shoulder houndstooth dress with pleated skirt and chain-accented wide belt. Blake capped off the look with nude Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Was Naomi Campbell’s Skin Whitened for Her Vogue Thailand Cover? Photographer Marcin Tyszka Responds

Naomi Campbell's Thailand VOGUE cover in which she rocks a short bob and tweed jacket


Vogue Thailand's November Issue cover featuring Naomi Campbell (above) was first posted to Facebook yesterday by photographer Marcin Tyszka, who shot the cover image and editorial spread. The response was immediate and in the tFS Forums, mostly unfavorable, with some members suggesting that the publication had whitewashed Campbell's skin: "Naomi was recently a guest on the Jonathan Ross show and her skin was beautifully dark," wrote Cosmic Voices. "It's such a shame that retouchers aren't only over-Photoshopping but in fact lightning skin tone."

The sentiment was echoed by a handful of outlets, most forcefully by The Gloss: "It’s hard not to see a racial side to this—they lightened her skin and eyes for god’s sake. This shows just how insidious beauty standards can be, and even a supermodel could be prettier. She could be less black."

Today, Vogue Thailand shared a screenshot (below) showing Tyszka's email response to a critic of the cover. The photographer didn't respond to charges of racism directly or discuss airbrushing, claiming the effect was "a question of [lighting] + make up" and that the "pastel tones" are his standard style.

Marcin Tyszka's email in response to Naomi Campbell photoshop allegations

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"[I]f you see the rest of the story — all the pictures are like this," he wrote, "everything is light including her skin…she has perfect skin condition — no wrinkles at all — thats [sic] why we wanted to go for close up — to show how perfect her skin in. Naomi is always super sexy – our idea was to create the Prada [2006] look — more light - pastel - sweet – soft."

Tyszka continued, saying that Campbell's agent "loved" the photos, as did "other supermodels." He did acknowledge that it may be "surprising to see her like this," but says the choices were intentional, that the look was created as a fashion statement: "This is what we wanted."

We've reached out to our friends at Vogue Thailand to confirm whether the photos were manipulated and will report back with their statement. [Update: The publication responded with a statement that you can read here.]

Update: While we were prepping this post, Tyszka shared the final version of Vogue Thailand's November cover, which will go live tomorrow. Campbell's skin is undeniably darker in the second image:

Naomi Campbells final VOGUE Thailand cover


Follow-up with Vogue Thailand statementVogue Thailand Explains Its Controversial November Cover: We Had No Intention of Making Naomi Campbell Look ‘Whiter’ or ‘Pale’

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Abbey Cornish’s Anneberg Center Gala Gown Has Us Seeing Double

Abbie Cornish might like to switch things up career-wise (the actress moonlights as a rapper under the alias MC Dusk), but when it comes to her wardrobe, she sticks to what works: Namely blue halter necks and belted waists.

At the Wallis Anneberg Center for the Performing Arts gala last week, Cornish opted for a floor-length satin gown that was remarkably similar in DNA to the one she wore to Warner Music Group’s 2013 Grammy celebration back in February. The fancier Ferragamo version was elevated to gala status with lustrous fabric and glitzy embellishments, but the cut is almost identical. Even her Old Hollywood hairstyle is waved and parted in the exact same places.

Well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?


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Aymeline Valade Goes Platinum Blonde (Forum Buzz)


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French top model Aymeline Valade was the campaign queen of the Fall 2012/Winter 2013 season, having been featured in campaigns for Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Donna Karan, McQ and Reed Krakoff. After that followed a long drought period with very little major print work and not a single campaign in Spring 2013. In the Spring 2014 runway season, she was nowhere to be seen. So what does a top model do when her career seems to be drastically dwindling like that? Yep, she goes platinum blonde. Albeit sympathetic towards the fact the fading model is trying to revive her career, tFS forum members were not happy about the change.

“I'm far too attached to her dark femme fatale look to really appreciate this right now,” wrote Cold

And Marc10 posted, “I hate it so much, it washes her out.”

“Oh yeah I hate it too. It seems like a desperate attempt to revive her career…” agreed anlabe32

Aymeline was not the only model to recently pull off the platinum blonde stunt. Ava Smith, an American model who could not follow up an impressive runway season with any notable campaigns, had the same idea. She had decent success this Fashion Week but forum members mostly found the new hair to not do her any favors.

“The hair doesn't look very natural but with a face like that it doesn't matter she still looks very beautiful,” commented Melly5525

Ava Smith at Maxime Simoens Spring 2014; Sasha Luss at Elie Saab Spring 2014

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It’s safe to say both Aymeline and Ava will not the repeat the success of Sasha Luss, whose transition from dark blonde to platinum blonde paid off and catapulted her from being a runway filler to becoming one of the most sought-after models of the Spring 2014 season. Which model do you think pulls off the extreme platinum blonde hair best?

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