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Anna Ewers Captivates on Vogue China’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

She’s fast-tracked to becoming a household name (having just covered American Harper’s Bazaar solo and with plenty of international Vogue covers under her belt) and now, Anna Ewers graces Vogue China‘s latest. This isn’t the German bombshell’s debut Chinese Vogue cover, having previously covered the October 2014 issue. This time around, Anna was captured by Patrick Demarchelier, who photographed the model-of-the-moment wearing a Chanel creation with her blond tresses styled into soft waves complemented by a dramatic red lip.

Anything would suffice for August 2015, considering last month‘s monstrosity. “Love it. Anna looks great here. Quite a redemption from last month,” applauded Mody right away.

“I rarely like Vogue China (well look at last month’s cover) but I really love this cover!” GreyVetiver admitted.

“The new font they use for these past two issues is incredibly gorgeous, feels like a direct conversion of Vogue U.S. text into Chinese, so commercial but also stylish. That’s some tough work to do. Good for them!” acknowledged Pricciao.

Also delighted was MON: “Stunning! Now this is Vogue China! What a stunning comeback from last month’s disaster. Anna is just so gorgeous. That stare is beyond this world.”

In agreement over Anna’s expression was bluestar. “Anna!!! Such a stunning cover. Her stare goes through it, so piercing. Can’t wait for the editorial!” he anticipated.

Bertrando3 was a fan too, exclaiming, “Now this is a great cover, I love it. Patrick Demarchelier got me worried with his last few covers (like the latest Vogue Australia with Victoria) but this is good-old Demarchelier!”

“This is fantastic. Anna’s face is made for magazine covers,” declared gossiping.

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Eve Hewson on Not Being the Cliché Celebrity Kid

The world can’t seem to get enough of attractive celebrity offspring and neither can the folks at Town & Country, who have featured Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson on the cover of its “Modern Swans” issue. 

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The Knick actress is well aware of the stigma that comes with being the daughter of someone famous. She realizes she could have taken the path many of her celebrity kid cohorts do, capitalizing on their family name to carve out their own spaces in the tabloid world. But Hewson is more interested in building an actual career for herself. “There’s the cliché of the celebrity kid with a fragrance and a handbag line and they design jewelry on the side and maybe dabble in acting,” she said. “I’ve always been very particular about the fact that this is the one thing I want to do.”

Town & Country‘s list of Modern Swans is heavy on those with famous relatives. Hewson joins names like Lottie Moss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Morgane Polanski, Leonetta Fendi, Tali Lennox and more on the list of It girls.

Check out all 50 of Town & Country‘s muses.

[via T&C]

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Topshop Is Reissuing Some of Its Throwback Pieces for a Capsule Collection

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Image: Topshop

Topshop is appealing to our thirst for nostalgia with its latest collection. The high street retailer is giving fans the opportunity to pick up some old school Topshop pieces with the announcement of a capsule collection reissue of some of popular older styles. 

Topshop opens up its archives and reaching back, way back to resell some sought-after styles, going as far back as the 70s, 80s and (of course) 90s for super cool and trendy pieces that would totally work today. From a fringe-knit sweater to silver lamé prom dress, the collection is a blast from the past. Topshop creative director Kate Phelan says the retailer aimed to make sure the reissue pieces were as close to the originals as possible. “We enlisted the help of an archivist to source pieces from a variety of places,” she said, including her own personal archives. “I actually stumbled across a photograph of me wearing the exact tiered maxi dress, accessorized with a silk headscarf and carrying my pet guinea pig.”

Topshop isn’t just stopping at this collection. They’re encouraging folks to post images of their favorite throwbacks from the retailer on social media with the hashtag #bringthatback. So that old pair of Topshop pants you wore back in the 80s could totally be yours again. Ah, the power of nostalgia.

[via Telegraph]


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Helen Mirren Still Looking Perfect in Latest L’Oreal Ad

It’s been established that we should all be so lucky to be as awesome as 69-year-old Helen Mirren. She rides the subway. She flirts with younger men (at least on TV). And if you still needed proof that the woman is a flawless boss, let L’Oreal Paris remind you. Mirren’s latest campaign for the cosmetics label is all about hair, though we’ve got to say, homegirl’s skin and barely-there makeup ain’t bad either.

Mirren peddles L’Oreal’s Excellence Age Perfect hair dye, which is specifically designed for gray hair. Mirren is ever the blonde bombshell in this spot, and is reminding women a fraction of her age that she’s still got it. “It’s taken over 60 years to look this good,” Mirren says with a sly smile.

Watch Ms. Mirren work it in the video above.

[h/t Mirror


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This Model Is Sick of Makeup Artists Who Aren’t Prepared to Work with Dark Skin

It’s no secret that black models have a tough time backstage. So-called professional hairstylists rarely understand how to style natural black hair and makeup artists are still sometimes woefully unprepared to work with black women. It’s a story we’ve heard time and again of black models having trouble at shoots and shows because the makeup artist doesn’t know what colors work with darker skin tones. 


Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?

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Nykhor Paul is fed up. The South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to voice her frustration over the fact that in 2015, she still has to come to shows with her own makeup because makeup artists don’t have products to suit her skin tone. [edited for clarity] “Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black. It’s 2015 go to MAC, Bobbi Brown, Make Up For Ever, Iman Cosmetics, Black Opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more,” she wrote. “There’s so [many] options out there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepared and do their research before coming to work because often times you know what to expect, especially at a show!” Paul has worked for labels like Rosie Assoulin, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga and more, and appeared on the cover of ELLE South Africa’s May 2015 issue. 

Granted, most of the models in the fashion industry are white or have fair skin, but that is no excuse. As a human being, you know that people come in different colors and though models tend to be white, it is possible that designers will use a model of color or two (or – gasp! — maybe even more) in their runway shows. To show up for a work assignment lacking the right tools is simply unprofessional, period. And as a makeup artist, it is your job to execute a vision. If you’re not prepared to do so, why even show up? And why make women of color pay for such unpreparedness?  (more…)

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Lucky Blue Smith and Ondria Hardin Kill It in Tom Ford’s Fall Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Tom Ford‘s Fall 2015 collection failed to impress the majority of our forum members and we were hoping the advertising campaign would change our minds. The controversial designer tapped Instagram sensation Lucky Blue Smith to showcase the menswear collection while Ondria Hardin holds down the ladies corner. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the unlikely duo pose on a rocky hillside under a scorching climate wearing thick, heavy and layered-up pieces with seemingly great ease.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Mario Sorrenti


At first, our forum members weren’t so thrilled. “In the light of day, the collection looks even more horrendous. Awful makeup on Ondria too,” an uninterested Marc10 noted.

“I really don’t understand this. Wrong models, wrong photographer, awful clothing. That location looks so hot, especially with those wintery clothes. Tom Ford is so dead,” shared an underwhelmed anlabe32.

Moofins failed to show enthusiasm too, announcing, “Wow, this campaign just highlights how horrendous the collection was. Hard pass!”

“The womenswear is hideous no matter how it’s shown, but at least the campaign is something different from the usual Tom Ford ads. Never thought of Ondria as a TF girl, but she works,” said orchidee as we started to come around to the concept.

In agreement was Style Savvy: “You gotta give credit where it’s due. Even though Ondria and Lucky are not your typical Tom Ford model, they both killed it.”

“Ondria suits the 80s-hardcore sharpness of the Tom Ford woman beautifully,” pointed out Phuel.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Mario Sorrenti


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