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Surprise: The Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue Cover Didn’t Sell Like Gangbusters

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in marriage attire on Vogue US April


When Vogue revealed its April 2014 cover, featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, many of us thought that the unexpected move reflected savvy Anna Wintour's commitment to Vogue's commercial viability. That is, we thought she was hoping to sell boatloads of magazines at newsstands.

But as it turns out, massive social media follower counts and tabloid fame don't necessarily translate to glossy magazine sales. At least not for Vogue

Josh Gary, vice president at Mag Net Data (a firm that tracks magazine sales) tells the New York Post that although the issue sold 20% more copies at the newsstand than the previous month's (featuring Rihanna), Kimye's cover will likely perform below last year's April edition: “I’d argue that if you peg last year’s Michelle Obama at 269,000, this issue will net out around 250,000."

According to the Post, initial projections had sales in the 400,000-to-500,000 range, outperforming Beyonce's March 2013 cover, which sold 355,000 issues. 



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Jennifer Lawrence Covers Marie Claire, Says Tripping Incident on Oscars Red Carpet Was Unintentional

Whether you're obsessed with her or just downright sick of seeing her mug, America just can't seem to shake their girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence, who covers the June issue of Marie Claire. The glossy caught up with the Oscar-winning actress to chat about her relationship with X-Men costar Nicholas Hoult, losing to Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars, and of course, why she can't seem to ever keep her footing in those huge Dior gowns.


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If you remember (how could you forget?), J.Law had yet another Oscars-related wardrobe malfunction this year, before she even made it to her seat inside the Dolby Theatre. She fell on the red carpet on her way in, which, when you think about it, is a step up from the year before when she famously tripped up the stairs in another voluminous Dior number to receive her Oscar for Best Actress. Tripping two times at the Oscars? Folks began to get suspicious that Lawrence's endearing clumsiness was just an act. But J.Law says that her slip-up was most certainly unplanned:

“I’m trying to do the right thing, waving to fans, trying to be nice, and there’s a traffic cone. The second I hit it, I was laughing, but on the inside I was like, ‘You’re fucked. They’re totally going to think this is an act…’  But trust me if I was going to plan it, I would have done it at the Golden Globes or the SAGs. I would have never done it at two Oscars in a row. I watch Homeland – I’m craftier than that!”

We'd like to think so, too. But if the "stumblers" (the Jennifer Lawrence equivalent of Barack Obama's birthers) are looking to officially start the J.Law backlash, they have the actress' full support: "But if people want to start the backlash, I'm the captain of that team. As much as you hate me, I'm 10 steps ahead of you."

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The End of a Trend? These Dior Sandals Aren’t Just Ugly, They’re Abominable

Any trend with the word "ugly" in its name is probably going to have a short shelf life. Trends are by nature derivative and conformist, characteristics that don't translate well to ugly fashion. "Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer," Miuccia Prada said last year, describing her approach to "ugly chic" design.

And although we enjoyed watching all the ugly shoes stomping down the Spring 2014 runways and loved the way the trend transformed for retail, we think this phenomenon might be on its last legs, so to speak.

At last night's Dior Cruise Collection, a couple pairs of bizarre fabric-wrapped open-toed sneaker-sandal thingies (above) briefly made an appearance, disrupting an otherwise fabulous parade of truly killer black booties (below). To call these shoes ugly is an understatement. It's more like, why Raf wwhhhhyyyy?


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Ymre Stiekema Shows Off Her Summer Body on the Cover of Vogue Netherlands (Forum Buzz)

You had better be ready for summer, because if not, Ymre Stiekema is beating you to the punch. The Dutch beauty is on the cover of Vogue Netherlands' June issue flaunting her toned physique for readers to admire. Ymre is photographed by Nico wearing a swimsuit and a pair of Christian Dior heels (not exactly the most realistic rendition of beach attire).

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"Happy for Ymre but looks more like Shape magazine," writes ash92.

He wasn't alone, Bertrando3 also thought the cover resembled a different publication: "Wowww indeed it looks fierce! Love it! But I have to agree it looks very Shape magazine lol."

Justaguy commented, "Ymre looks fantastic here as does the styling/backdrop, but doesn't work for me as a Vogue cover."

"I love the setting, but something is lame here. Ymre's best cover was/is the September issue of Vogue NL in 2012," wrote Srdjan.

HeatherAnne wasn't impressed: "Even Ymre can't save you this time Vogue Netherlands. Awkward to the max."

So, not exactly Ymre's finest Vogue cover but still looks good nonetheless. Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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Poppy Delevingne Bans Instagram at Her Wedding

If you thought you would be able to follow the glittering, star studded affair that Poppy Delevingne's wedding will no doubt be, think again. The normally snap-happy Instagram lover has banned everyone from uploading images of the day onto the social sharing site. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Poppy's older sister Chloe revealed, "Poppy and James want it to be private and no one can post any pictures," which leaves little room for manoeuvre on that front. 

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One of Poppy’s more candid shots from her #popdoghen hen do. (instagram @poppydelevingne)

The 28-year-old and her long-term partner have instead opted to give image rights of the wedding to Net-a-Porter's print magazine Porter, after allegedly turning down glossy magazine Hello!. Porter, however, is not paying for the rights, but providing freebies to the guests instead. We can only dream as to what kind of goodie bag that will be, mind you, with the civil ceremony taking place in London and celebrations in Morocco, there will be no shortage of excitement anyway.

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Poppy and her sisters on Hen do number 1 (instagram @poppydelevingne)

So while you may be missing the opportunity to take a peek at a drunken Cara Delevingne dancing with Sienna Miller, or even Poppy and new husband James' first dance, you will be able to see the whole thing in high resolution, flattering glory, without a grainy filter in sight. Which, although we love an Instagram shot or two, is pretty much the way most people would like to capture their wedding.

Luckily for us, Poppy did not ban the lead up to the wedding, giving us all a great insight into her fantastic first hen do seven months ago, which saw her dressed as True Romance's heroine Alabama in full sheer blue bra and animal print fur, partying with the likes of Alexa Chung, Harry Styles, Sienna Miller, Jaime Winstone and Georgia May Jagger.

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Thank you #CHANEL for the best tea party send off… #WedddingCountdown Might turn into a macaroooooooon (instagram @poppydelevingne)

Yesterday, Poppy celebrated her second honeymoon, courtesy of Chanel, with a spread so lavish she commented that she 'might turn into a macaroooooooon.' Something tells us, she is still going to look incredible on her wedding day.

Let's just hope Porter brings the wedding issue out super quickly!


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This is What a Dior Ferry Looks Like (Bonus: Dior Brought Its Own Sailorboys Too)

Yesterday evening, Dior showed its Cruise Collection Brooklyn, at the Duggal Greenhouse Navy Yard space where Alexander Wang pseudo-scandalously showed his Fall 2014 collection earlier this year. To cut down on the grumbling we witnessed after Wang's show (fashion editors trying to leave the Navy Yard by car encountered massive gridlock) and play up the cruise-iness of the proceedings, Dior commissioned its own ferry to boat all guests over the East River from Manhattan and back. 

Is this the world's first-ever Dior ferry? Sure, why not:

And it came with its own Dior sailorboys, wearing matching outfits:

Related: Go Inside New York Fashion Week’s First-Ever Brooklyn Venue: The Duggal Greenhouse Will Host Alexander Wang’s Fall 2014 Runway Show

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