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Gigi Hadid Debuts Vogue Australia Cover After Confirming Split with Cody Simpson


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Gigi Hadid has scored prime position in the June 2015 issue of Vogue Australia, marking her first-ever cover for the Australian edition of the magazine. The news was unveiled on Gigi’s Instagram this morning, closely following the report of her split with 18-year-old Australian lover-boy Cody Simpson.

Us Weekly reported that Gigi’s rep confirmed the news, blaming the pair’s busy schedules for what appears to be a conscious uncoupling. “Cody and Gigi want each other to be in a place right now that allows him to only focus on his music, fans, and new message, while she can focus and continue building her career,” Gigi’s rep said in the statement.

“They love each other dearly and have split up in hopes that growing on their own paths will bring them together in the future. They remain friends with no hard feelings and each other’s biggest supporters.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: Jasmine Tookes and Tobias Sorensen Tapped for Calvin Klein Fragrance Ads, Tina Fey Shows Her Spanx on National TV

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  • Coco Rocha explains the meaning behind her daughter Ioni Conran’s name. [People]
  • Jasmine Tookes and her boo Tobias Sorensen will be giving us all major model couple envy in Calvin Klein’s new fragrance ads. []
  • This lingerie company shot a campaign using its employees as models. [Styleite]
  • They are offering Jamie Dornan quite a bit of money to go full frontal in the next Fifty Shades film. [ELLE UK]
  • Michael Kors is selling Grace Coddington’s Met Gala PJs. [The Cut]
  • Start your weekend off right with this teaser clip of David Gandy for Autograph Swimwear by Marks & Spencer. [David Gandy YouTube]
  • That time Tina Fey stripped down to her Spanx on national TV. [David Letterman YouTube]
  • Lululemon and Kit and Ace are bumping heads over cashmere. [WSJ]

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Celebrity Fragrances Are on the Decline

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It seems every other day a celebrity announces the launch of some fragrance, and with everybody and their mom shilling out sometimes multiple scents, one has to wonder who the heck is buying all these fragrances anyway? Well, according to Fortune, not that many people – at least not anymore. It seems celebrity fragrances are finally starting to fall out of fashion.

Big brands like Elizabeth Arden are suffering from losses and they blame celebrity fragrances for the downturn. As Coty’s Chairman Bart Becht told Wall Street analysts, “The mass fragrance part, in particular on the celebrity side in the U.S., is in decline.” Since 2000, sales in the mass fragrance market has decreased to $600 million – which is half of what it used to be worth. Part of the reason why sales in the celebrity fragrance market aren’t doing so well is that these fragrances aren’t usually particularly high-end. Beyoncé can release as many versions of her Heat scent as she likes, but if you’re able to shop for a fragrance at the drugstore, chances are you’re not going to associate it with luxury. On the other hand, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bottle of Stella by Stella McCartney at your local Rite Aid and it is that kind of positioning that reads high-end, and thus more credible to consumers. Fortune also notes that many celeb fragrances appeal to younger customers who, unfortunately, have short attention spans. 

But besides that, let’s be real: there are simply too many celebrity fragrances and it always seems like more of a money grab than an actual love and commitment to the craft when a celebrity announces they’re releasing a new scent. While high-end fragrances seem to fit into the overall feel of a luxury brand, chances are if you’re buying a bottle of Katy Perry‘s Killer Queen Eau de Parfum, you’re doing it because you’re a fan of Katy Perry and not because you’re looking for a high-quality scent to carry you from day to night.

As for us, we’ll stick to our Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and Narciso Rodriguez for Her.

[via Fortune]

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ALDA Models Sends Out Empowering Body Image Message for Icelandic Glamour

The May covers proved positive for the subject of racial diversity as Liya Kebede fronted Vogue Paris, Kayla Scott scored Vogue Italia while Binx Walton starred on Vogue Spain. This month hasn’t, however, been all that motivational toward body image after an advert caused a worldwide stir shaming the bodies of the average women. Thankfully, the Icelandic edition of Glamour comes to the rescue with its empowering 8-paged spread featuring a strong and positive body-image message inside its May 2015 issue.

Alda Models Bare All For Iceland Glamour's May 2015 edition


ALDA models (a group which passionately represents beauty and body shape without boundaries) Ashley Graham, Danielle Redman, Inga Eiriksdottir, Julie Henderson and Marquita Pring (each signed with IMG Models) reveal their true selves for photographer Silja Magg who captured a selection of inspirational photos, with makeup artist Tinna Empera at hand to tend to the ladies’ complexions. The portfolio is now circulating the internet while sending out a healthy, positive and powerful message to women to celebrate the skin they’re in. Kudos!

Alda Models Bare All For Iceland Glamour's May 2015 edition


We’re sure to be seeing even more of these ladies in the very near future, so stay tuned!

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Hate Fitting Rooms? Halsbrook Now Lets You Try on Designer Brands at Home

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image: Halsbrook

Let’s get real: Nobody likes fitting rooms. They’re cramped, they smell like feet and have the harshest lighting known to man. So, what if we told you that you can skip all that rigamarole and order clothes to try on at home without actually being required to buy them? That’s what Halsbrook has in mind. The online luxury retailer is now offering a try-before-you-buy program called Halsbrook on Approval that lets customers explore high-priced designer goods from the comfort of their living room. 

“We believe lowering these barriers will make the online shopping experience even more relatable to our customers’ values and lifestyle,” said Halsbrook founder and CEO Halsey Schroeder in an official statement.

The new program is modeled after the exclusive service that many luxury department stores offer their VIP clientele. But the beauty of Halsbrook on Approval is that you don’t have to subscribe to anything or spend a certain amount of money. You just select up to three items you want to try on and a temporary credit card hold of $1 will be placed on each item. Once you receive the merchandise, you have up to five days to try everything on and return what doesn’t work. That’s it. No gimmicks or tricks. Can we get an amen?

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‘Overexposed’ Taylor Swift Raises Her Guitar for ELLE’s June 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Just as forum members thought they’d seen the back of her for a minute, Taylor Swift rocks it out on the cover of ELLE‘s June issue. Photographed by Michael Thompson, the ‘Shake It Off’ singer poses before a dull grey background wearing a sequin-embroidered bodysuit teamed with a pair of red contrasting boots, all from Christian Dior Haute Couture. Unfortunately, the styling has failed to sit well with us and we’re left more than unimpressed.

US Elle June 2015 Taylor Swift by Michael Thompson


“Not remotely interested in this cover, she is reaching Rihanna level of overexposure in my book, and it’s just tiring!” complained Miss Dalloway the moment the cover surfaced.

Echoing the same sentiments was RanThe: “Taylor Swift is tired and I’m tired of seeing her everywhere. She is overexposed just like Rihanna, but the only difference is Rihanna always brings something different to the shoots. Taylor always looks the same.”

SallyAlbright agreed and was quick to share, “I am so so so sick of Taylor Swift. I’m not a fan to begin with, but she is on another level of overexposure at this point.”

“I love Taylor, but this cover is all sorts of awful! I don’t like the way she’s posed, and the outfit she has on isn’t flattering,” said Handbag Queen.

Also finding the styling unattractive was phungnam96: “The cover is so wrong in many ways: the styling, the pose, the guitar.”

“I like Taylor’s most recent album and I think she’s very pretty, she has been everywhere recently but I quite like this cover. It’s a little cheesy but I don’t mind, at least it’s something a bit different for them and I like seeing a full body shot,” responded LastNight.

Await more from Taylor’s ELLE cover shoot and add your own two cents here.

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