The German independent magazine 032c has just posted a preview of its #26th issue (now available). The cover of "Creative Leadership," as the edition is called, shows a close-up of Dutch model Lara Stone's face, her red mouth open wide in apparent fear, with a rough-looking (man's?) thumb caressing her cheek. The scene, photographed by Sean & Seng, is one of horror and menace. The cover is provocative and inventive, so fingers crossed it doesn't trigger one of those "does fashion glamorize violence against women?" debates.
i-D magazine released its Summer 2014 issue yesterday and the cover is proving to be a hit with most of our forum members. Julia Nobis strikes a pose with the magazine's signature wink, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Oliver Rizzo. The magazine is already showcasing Prada's Fall 2014 collection on the cover. How's that for service?
"Stunning cover. Everything about this is perfect. I love seeing this different side of Julia; soft, elegant, feminine. Her face is so interesting in this. The styling is nice, too. I have been disappointed with i-D's last few covers (I guess that tends to happen when there is only one cover per issue ) but I can find no faults in this cover, I love it!" writes Pyslocke, who was clearly a fan of the shot.
"Great cover. It's fresh and subtle. Love the soft, parted lips," commented Nepenthes.
YoninahAliza was also very positive: "Julia looks really lovely and soft on the cover. And the little interview with her is charming, she seems like a really smart and interesting girl."
KateTheGreatest was into the cover, almost in spite of herself: "I really love it even though I'm not Julia's biggest fan. But it's simple and fresh and it works for me."
However, anlabe32 clearly wasn't a fan and even questioned Julia as a model: "I can't with her…a supermodel? Please. This would've been a great cover if there was a great model."
Check out Julia's short interview within the thread and join the discussion here.
New York and London were sadly absent of the madness that is Fashion's Night Out last year. But fear not: the rowdy crowds, queuing and bulk-drunk prosecco will be back again in London’s Bond Street this September 23rd as the event returns to its capital city home once more.
Fashion's Night Out became a highly anticipated social event for the fashion masses after its launch in 2009. Whilst originally designed to drive sales and boost the revenue in more austere times, the event itself became a cherished mini-festivity centered around shopping, shopping,and more shopping (or else simply wandering around, doing a bit of star spotting).
Though in 2009, sales at FNO were a pleasant surprise — with Burberry recording a 15% increase and other stores seeing vast profits also — the crowds of 2012 were extreme and the parties far more exclusive than they had previously been, so the organizers of the event at Vogue tried out a new approach last year.
As Alexandra Shulman said in Vogue today: "After successfully transplanting the initiative to Manchester last year to share the experience with a new audience, we're returning Fashion's Night Out to London, focusing on Oxford Street and Regent Street in recognition of all the new retail activity … we're looking forward to thousands of shoppers joining us in the great mix of department stores, high-street and designer brands."
As Vogue announced today, this year’s Fashion's Night Out will have the staff dotted around with famous designers and fashion insiders to make sure the night is a success. This year also sees Paris, New York, Delhi, and Beijing joining in on the madness.
When it comes to Vogue covers, lately we've been spoiled. And Russian Vogue just released their latest cover via Facebook earlier today. Arizona Muse fronts the June 2014 issue, landing Muse her third Vogue Russia cover (and her 19th overall). Photographed by Richard Bush, Muse wears a sequined number from Givenchy's spring 2014 collection designed by Riccardo Tisci, styled by Sarah Richardson.
I'm partial to Arizona's energetic smile and I've loved every shot she's taken showing off one of her best assets. LRlovesDaria strongly disagrees: "Her eternal desperate profile portrait…Boring as ****, especially the sneaky smile, so sick."
"Something about the pose/expression and the composition feels amateurish. Not really feeling it," commented Nepenthes.
"Love her face but the styling is really bad! The earrings look junior and fake and her dress is pff baaad," wrote Bertrando3.
Miss Dalloway was on the fence: "I really don't mind the minor things that bother me here (like that ugly top), because she just exudes such great energy! And it's nice they went with less conventional angle for the cover, she looks fantastic."
What are your views? We'd love to hear from you! Join the discussion here.
It's been about ten years since the Olsen twins started their The Row label, and finally, the CFDA Award-winning brand is getting its own standalone store, which will open in Los Angeles tomorrow. The 3,800 square-foot digs are located at 8440 Melrose Place, but you barely see a sliver of the store from the street. You'll have to get past a set of double doors, a courtyard and a couple offices before you reach the store's glass main doorway.
The twins say they were trying to decide whether to set up shop in New York or Los Angeles, but NYC seemed to be a bit too intense for a first store. The flagship will carry The Row's full offerings, and is set up to look more like somebody's home than a shop. It also has a pool in the back and a bag of towels at the ready for any customers looking to cool off from a day of strenuous shopping.
The shop is divided into an east and west gallery. In the east, you'll find sweaters, t-shirts and a few items special to the flagship store. To the west, Manolo Blahnik pumps, evening bags and dresses await.
As for the store's grand opening, the twins say they want to keep things low-key. “It was important to us to open up our doors quietly. We’re not going to have a party or anything; we want to make sure it’s set up properly, merchandised properly, that things are working. Maybe in a month or so we’ll do a dinner. For now, we just want to be open and get feedback from people close to us,” Ashley told WWD. “This is our baby. This is something that we have nurtured and will continue to nurture. That is the way we feel about all our brands, but this one has always been a labor of love, and the space also reflects that.”
Any Angelenos going to check out the new store tomorrow?
Australian model Nicole Trunfio would be intimidating a Bavarian bar maid costume. But her wardrobe appears to be entirely devoid of ruffles, or of anything that could be interpreted as innocent. Perhaps even of color. (If we had to pick a costume for her we’d probably go with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman.)
Black and white never goes out of style, but there's more to monochromatic dressing than just stripes. Let’s pick apart Nicole’s badass style:
1. Be brave with textures.
You can never go wrong with leather. Or vegan leather, if that’s your jam. And if you’re still feeling a little flat, you can always add another layer in something sheer or even crochet.
2. Don’t forget details.
Adding a “pop of color” is not always a good option. Adding black nail polish always is.
3. Show a little skin.
Or a lot of skin, if you’ve got the confidence of a willowy 5’10”. Crop tops are always a good option, and if the waistband of your pants are high enough you can literally just wear a bra. Otherwise look for clever cut-outs and slit necklines.
4. Play with shapes.
Things with sharp shoulders, structured skirts, and sturdy fabrics prove it's possible to entirely change the shape of your body in less than five minutes.
5. If in doubt, add a pair of laced thigh-high boots.
Now there's something we never thought we'd say.