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Mirte Maas is Just Meh on Vogue Mexico’s June Cover (Forum Buzz)

Image via Vogue Mexico

Image via Vogue Mexico

Mirte Maas covers Vogue Mexico’s June cover, and really, it’s nothing special. Outfitted in a gold fringed Versace dress and a Burberry bolero, the combination of elements comes together to clash rather than complement.

As alonsoJonathan posted, "Ugh I don’t like this. The colors/clothes/model/pose. Nothing works for me. Especially since last month’s cover with Anja Rubik was stunning. Such a let down from Vogue Mexico.”

“This cover could have been soooo much better without that awful Burberry shoulder pad. The Versace dress would have been fine on its own,” VogueDisciple93 commented.

Nepenthes went so far as to say, “Whoever styled this cover should be fired. This would have worked so much better without the little cape, the bracelet and the earrings and with straight, slick hair.”

This is definitely a case where more is not more. Mirte could have benefited from less hair, less accessories, less everything. But, to be honest, she’s not doing a whole lot to help save the situation. She may be ranked on’s list of Top 50 Models, but as of this moment, I’m completely bored by her. 

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Bette Franke Appears on the Cover of Vogue Japan July 2013, Carrying the Chanel Hula Hoop Bag

Vogue Japan July 2013

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Vogue Japan's July 2013 cover: Bette Franke photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, styled in Chanel by Anna Dello Russo. The Dutch model is carrying the label's hula hoop beach bag, which became an instant icon when it appeared at Chanel's Spring 2013 runway show. The item was made to be photographed, not worn (although a modified, smaller version will be available at Chanel stores for $2,400) and Dello Russo's eccentric, outsized sensibility makes her the ideal editor to showcase the weird, wacky Karl Lagerfeld creation. 

Still, the beautiful Franke, who has proven herself as a print model with several ad campaigns, can't seem to catch a break when it comes to Vogue covers. Her March 2013 cover for the glossy's Dutch edition was poorly received by the tFS Forums and other interested parties with eyes. This most recent offering from Vogue Japan — also disappointing. Franke is one of the most indisputably stunning models working today, but here she looks like an airbrushed Bambi mannequin with impractical taste in handbags.

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How Do Luxury Brands Determine Price?

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Yesterday I posted an item about an 80% polyester Saint Laurent jacket with a £40,420 ($61,000) price tag. Even knowing that brands often mark up some of their trendiest pieces, I couldn't believe anyone — even Saint Laurent — could get away with charging tens of thousands of dollars not for some rare, exquisite piece of finery, but for what's essentially a piece of plastic. 

Dana Thomas, the journalist who wrote Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, an exposé about how luxury became a global, multibillion dollar industry, answered some of my questions about how brands determine price over email:

"When it comes to brands in major groups, the sole motivating factor is profits. The designers can dream up beautiful designs, but the number crunchers will cut costs wherever they can to raise the profit margin.

I also know that at times, designers like to use cheap fabrics not because they don't cost much but because of the effect they cause creatively. But even if the fabric costs $2 a meter, and the dress costs $50 to produce, the number crunchers will price it at $3,000 retail. Because they can.

One designer told me a case where this happened and he even protested the high price. And the number crunchers didn't care. Their argument: consumers will pay it. And they did, crazily enough.​"

Saint Laurent is owned by Kering (formerly known as PPR), one of the largest luxury companies in the world; its other subsidiaries include Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Sergio Rossi, Bottega Veneta.

It's worth emphasizing that analysts, not designers, are most often the ones making decisions about how to price items — based on what they predict the item will sell for, not what it costs to make. Those of us that want to see fashion prices correspond more closely to quality need to educate ourselves about garment production and put pressure on brands to be more transparent about their manufacturing practices and policies. Anyone who can afford to pay more for clothing should make an effort to seek out garments that take time and skill to construct, use better quality materials and are made under good conditions for workers, with low environmental impact. 

Previously: This 80% Saint Laurent Jacket Costs $61K

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Link Buzz: Jessica Chastain at Cannes; Ferragamo Gets a Comic Book

Jessica Chastian at Cannes

Jessica Chastian at Cannes / via WENN

  • Jessica Chastain wore Elizabeth Taylor's old Bulgari necklace on the Cannes red carpet because she thinks the world would be a better place if more people would just recycle. [FabSugar]
  • Are beauty apps "the next big thing" or just a thing? File under "mysteries." [BellaSugar]
  • This morning The Today Show invited Jes Baker from The Militant Baker on to talk about a photoshoot she did in response to the recent Abercrombie & Fitch controversy. [Jezebel]
  • Ah, Zooey Deschanel directed a video for She & Him. It's precious. [StyleBakeryTeen]
  • Model Daphne Groeneveld looks like she is made of Dior in a beauty spread for the label's glossy magazine. [DesignScene]
  • 24K nail jewelry. The answer is: no, don't. [SheFinds]
  • A graphic novel about the history of Ferragamo — looks beautiful, fascinating. [Fashionologie

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Nicole Kidman Steps It Up at Cannes as Jimmy Choo’s New Ambassador

Nicole Kidman at 66th Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony; Image: WENN

Nicole Kidman at 66th Cannes Film Festival – Opening Ceremony; Image: WENN

Nicole Kidman is no stranger to brand association. The Aussie actress and emitter of ice queen vibes has played ambassador for Chanel and Omega, and more recently, got thawed out for a Swisse Vitamins commercial. Now Nicole is switching it up again for Jimmy Choo, having recently been named the face of the brand’s fall ad campaign.

As a 45-year-old mother of two, it’s no surprise Nicole usually opts for blue jeans and cardigans instead of towering stiletto heels and masses of racy animal print. But as a judge at Cannes Film Festival she’s really falling into her role as ambassador of the brash UK brand. So far the actress has teamed her Choos with Alexander McQueen and a black leather Calvin Klein, with a decent amount of PDA thrown on for good measure.


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Carolyn Murphy Covers Vogue Thailand’s 5th Issue

Carolyn Murphy for Vogue Thailand

Carolyn Murphy / courtesy Vogue Thailand

Vogue Thailand's June 2013 cover features Carolyn Murphy sunning herself in a summery white garment, her hair wrapped in a matching turban and a stripped down makeup look. The minimalism telegraphs confidence from the new publication, which is just releasing its fifth issue. The glossy's (few) previous covers have tended towards more elaborate styling; for the debut issue, Thai model Si Tanwiboon was photographed in an opulent gold headpiece custom-made by Philip Treacy

Murphy has been all over the place, being stunning, for the past few months. The 37-year-old supermodel was featured in two lengthy Vogue US editorials, one photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for May 2013 and another by Mario Testino in March; there was a cover of Madame Figaro in March; a campaign for Paul & Joe Spring 2013; another for Estee Lauder; she closed Calvin Klein's Fall 2013 runway show. And she's looked ridiculous (in the good way) throughout.

Vogue Thailand's June 2013 issue hits newsstands on Monday, May 27. 

[Update: Photographed by Lincoln Pilcher. Murphy is wearing Sanshai, a Thai designer.]

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