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The Jury’s Still Out on Emma Watson’s June/July W Cover (Forum Buzz)

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When a child actor grows up before our eyes it’s often difficult to reconcile with the fact that they’ve finally, officially entered adulthood. Emma Watson came into our lives as Hermione Granger, and now she’s a member of The Bling Ring who’s landed her first W cover (photographed by Michael Thompson). Forum members are decidedly split on whether this W cover and editorial are a good thing.

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"I'm not feeling this at all… she looks like a kid playing dress up," HeatherAnne posted.

Nymphaea wrote, "She looks like a porcelain doll. Don't like it very much."

"Emma will always be Teen Vogue level to me," Cold laughed.

YourMonster, in contrast, was fully on board. "Some people just sound plain jealous," he remarked. "I think she’s beautiful. The cover is beautiful. Editorial is beautiful."

Miguelalmeida was also a fan. "Beautiful!" he exclaimed. "Emma looks very poised and very luxurious. Sublime cover and editorial!"

The forums may be split, but I know where I stand. As much as I like Emma in movies (she makes The Bling Ring look kind of awesome), something about her charm gets lost in translation when she tries to do high fashion. It always seems a bit forced. Not every actress has to fit into that high fashion mold. Can’t she just be a pretty girl-next-door type?

Images: wmagazine.com

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Vogue Russia’s Art Issue Cover Looks Very ‘Interview’ and That’s a Good Thing (Forum Buzz)

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Dasha Zhukova on the cover of Vogue Russia June 2013. Photography: Patrick Demarchelier. Art Direction: Fabien Baron. Fashion Editor/Stylist: Ludivine Poiblanc. Hair: Damien Boissinot. Makeup: Tom Pecheux.

Patrick Demarchelier shot Russian art world It Girl Dasha Zhukova for the cover of Vogue Russia’s Art Issue. Art Directed by Fabien Baron, it’s no surprise that this image is reminiscent of Interview Magazine, where he currently reigns as editorial director.

“I had to take a second look at the masthead, this is very/too much Interview. Tsk Tsk Fabien,” VogueDisciple93 chided – without much conviction, I might add. “Looks great though!” he concluded.

Interview is this you?” jmrmartinho teased. “Amazing cover for a change… Fabien does wonders.”

Jelavender posted, “Love the masthead design. It's difficult to dislike anything Fabien Baron–related. Patrick does a good job as well. The portrait is stunning.”

Baron got a lot of credit from forum members, but Dasha deserves some recognition, too. “Absolutely flawless, Dasha is incredibly beautiful and to see her on the cover is even better,” Chanelcouture09 noted. “The styling suits her – I like that they haven't tried to do anything radical… because you don't need to do anything when you have someone as gorgeous as she is for the cover.”

Vogue Russia can be very hit or miss. So whatever they’ve done differently here, they should continue to do it.

Image: models.com

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Rihanna Sues Topshop for $5 Million

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Rihanna Tee via When-Im-Older.com; Rihanna image via Will Alexander/WENN

Rihanna has reportedly filed a $5 million lawsuit against British clothing retailer Topshop, for selling a T-shirt printed with a giant photograph of her face (above, left).

According to a Page Six source, the pop star has already spent over $1 million and eight months trying to negotiate with the British retailer's holding company, Arcadia Group (which also owns other high street shops like Miss Selfridge and Wallis), but the company has refused to pull the garment or pay licensing fees — though they did extend the artist an offer of $5,000 which, coming from a multinational corporation, is the equivalent of a very obscene gesture. 

The US has a famous "right of publicity" which protects public figures from seeing their image used for promotional purposes without permission, the UK has no real equivalent protection. Page Six's source claims that Rihanna is pursuing the case on principle, hoping to make an example of the fast fashion retailers. According to Forbes' estimate, the performing artist had earned $53 million as of May last year, so obviously she's not going to court for want of a sandwich, but it's worth noting that Topshop is a direct competitor of River Island, the British clothing brand which just launched their second capsule collection with Rihanna. 

 

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What Was Cara Delevingne Doing at Cannes? (Besides Wearing a Smoking Hot Dress)

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Cara Delevingne at Cannes / via Getty

I realize this is theFashionSpot and not theCaraDelevingneSpot, but there's a reason the British model has a whole army of fans Tweeting on behalf of her various body parts (@CarasLeftTheigh, @CarasDimples), items of clothing (@CarasOnesies, @CarasHats) and presumed level of sexual experience (@CarasVirginity): Delevingne works hard to keep herself in the spotlight. 

Delevingne so active on social media you'd think she didn't have a life; when she goes out with Rihanna, she makes sure to get photographed; she does not show up to high-profile red carpet events underdressed, like that time (yesterday) she went to Cannes for no reason except to wear a SMOLDERING deep-V gown and let the tabloids work themselves into a frenzy about whether or not she was invited to the film festival as Leonardo DiCaprio's date. The Great Gatsby star's favorite hobby is dating beautiful blonde teenagers (not quite libel: DiCaprio's recently been linked to Blake Lively, Alyce Crawford and Kendal Schuler — Lively is by far the oldest of this crew, and she had just turned 24 when she and DiCaprio broke up), so it wouldn't surprise me to learn that he was pursuing Delevingne, but she actually seems (despite the allegations of drug use and stuff) too sensible to care about the creepy old guy who got famous from being in Titanic, which came out when she was 5. 

This is all to say: Who cares why Cara went to Cannes, unless it's because she needed a place to wear her insane Burberry lace dress. 

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If Ads Could Talk: Doutzen Kroes for H&M by Terry Richardson

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Doutzen Kroes for HM / via HM Facebook

Doutzen Kroes continues her streak of high-profile campaign appearances with a series of ads for H&M's 2013 High Summer collection, photographed by Terry Richardson. Her other clients this season alone include Tiffany & Co, L'Oreal, Miu Miu and Victoria's Secret.

Though this was Kroes' first-ever campaign for the Swedish retailer, she and Richardson have a longstanding working relationship: the photographer shot her January 2009 Harper's Bazaar cover, her 2010 US Vogue shoot and her Russian Vogue cover; from time to time, Kroes pops up in the black-and-white snapshots Terry dispatches from his studio. 

H&M marks Kroes and Richardson's first time collaborating on an ad project, but it's not the first time they've been brought together for a beachy shoot. US Vogue sent them to Miami (take me to Miami) and for Russian Vogue, although they shot in a bare-walled room (Terry's studio, possibly), Kroes was styled in swimwear (the word "SEX" was stenciled over her body on the cover image, to give you a sense of the taste level). The H&M campaign below feels like the most polished and mature of all these efforts, but that may just be that the clothing brand has more restrictive demands than a fashion magazine or related to in-house post-production Photoshopping, which often has a genericizing effect. 

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​"Modeling isn't just about standing there, looking pretty."

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"Sometimes you have to lie down. And the sun gets in your eyes."


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"This is not a comfortable position, but how else are you going to see my armpits?"

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"This is a dress. Crotch-blocking man-head not included with purchase."

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Doutzen Kroes for HM / via HM Facebook

"Is this photo really going to help H&M sell this sheer scrap of dress?"

 

Bonus: Here are a bunch of short video clips for this campaign:

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Link Buzz: Christy Turlington for Calvin Klein; H&M CEO ‘Definitely Willing to Pay More’ Factory Wages

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    Christy Turlington for Calvin Klein / via WWD

    Christy Turlington and Calvin Klein are back together. Mario Sorrenti and the model shot an underwear ad for the label in Puerto Rico. Calvin Klein hopes you're excited. I hope you've been sleeping well. Who's creepier, me or Calvin Klein? (That's supposed to be an easy one.) [WWD]
     
  • Are you wearing shorts? Would you like to be? In life, we rarely get exactly what we want, but dressy shorts are something that's attainable. [FabSugar]
     
  • Brad Pitt and Salvatore Ferragamo are hosting the inaugural Arts Center Gala. That's right, keep the jerks off the streets and in the galas. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Get the perfect smoky eye in 60 seconds, because they're coming for you. [BellaSugar]
     
  • The nice people at Beauty Snob are hanging out and drinking cocktails at Bergdorf Goodman tonight. You can go, but I'm sure you have something better to do. [BagSnob]
     
  • The new Saint Laurent Paris flagship: how I resent you though I barely know you. [Refinery29]
     
  • H&M's CEO on Bangladesh wages: "We're definitely willing to pay more." [HuffPo]

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