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‘Before Midnight’: Checking in on Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s Relationship

I don't know who you are and what you've been doing for the past two decades, but I've been living a personal life loosely structured around ideas about romance I acquired from Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise, about a chance encounter between French student Celine (Julie Delpy) and American tourist Jesse (Ethan Hawke). Because it was basically the best movie ever made, the director reunited the actors for a sequel nine years later, Before Sunset. It was delightful.

Still more delightful: now it's getting its own sequel, Before Midnightdue out in theaters on May 24.

The trailer is below. I wish I could eat it, roll around in it, bring it with me as a plus-one to events. Could someone please send me a review copy? 

[h/t Slate]

Image via WENN

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Here’s Beyonce’s Vogue UK May Issue Cover

So here's Beyonce's Vogue UK May Issue cover. Yes, despite all evidence to the contrary (that electric blue sequin skirt lends credence to the fashion truism that "the Spice Girls did it all first") this is not of Nineties vintage. 

The Beyonce backlash has been lashing hard ever since the release of the megastar's HBO documentary special, Life Is But a Dream, which disappointed even many of her diehard fans. That's not surprising: once you perform at the Superbowl, there's really nowhere your career can go but down, even if only for a bit. This is all to say, I don't think this cover will help matters. 

It's worth noting that this is Beyonce's second recent appearance posing front of the book for the Vogue family. She's currently on the March Issue of the American edition, looking a little waxy, sure, but that's par for the course given the publication's hardcore Photoshop habit. 

[tFS Forums via GlossyNewsstand]

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The V&A Teams Up with Coast for an Exclusive Ballgown Collection

Last May, we eagerly attended and reported on the Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 exhibition at London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum, which featured an array of iconic pieces such as the late Princess Diana’s pearl encrusted Elvis style suit and memorable pieces of Alexander McQueen couture. Although the exhibition has sadly closed, we are excited to report that British high street retailer Coast has teamed up with the V&A to create a capsule collection of gorgeous dresses that have all been inspired by the exhibition.

Coast is all about creating stunning occasion pieces that are perfect for special events in your life, so this collaboration is a perfect fit. The collection is comprised of six dresses that encompass the charm and elegance of the past century. Such an extravagant collection doesn’t happen overnight; it took a year for the head designers at Coast to search through the V&A’s extensive archives of vintage dresses.

To add to the lavish feel of a 1950s ballgown, Coast adopted the techniques of couture design houses from the 30s and 50s whilst constructing the dresses, which means that the gowns’ insides are just as extravagant as their exteriors. The detail on all of the gowns is utterly remarkable, and if you look at the Blanche Dress (above left, £550) for example, it has 280 petals just on its bodice, which alone is an indication of just how much work has gone into these gems. The Pheobe Maxi (above right, £695) looks all the more intricate.

The gowns from this collaboration range from £550 to £895 and are being dubbed as modern day pieces of history that you’ll never want to throw away. If you’re intrigued, check out Coast’s site for more info here. We particularly love the Lottie Maxi dress, £695 (above left) and the Patience Maxi £895 (above right) as we can already imagine our favourite Hollywood stars gracing the red carpets in them.

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H&M Will Finally Open in Australia Next Year

We halfheartedly clamored for it on Facebook, and we were delivered the most excellent news via Twitter: Social media-savvy Swedish retail behemoth H&M is finally coming to Australia!

The brand announced its imminent descent into our market last Friday with: “We are happy to announce that we will open our first H&M store in Australia, in 2014, stay tuned!”

And that we will, fast fashion neurotics that we are — particularly in light of the fact that H&M is the torchbearer of designer collaboration. The brand has so far rocked the high street (and eBay) marketplace via capsule collections with Versace, Stella McCartney, Marni, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo, Matthew Williamson, Sonia Rykiel and Comme Des Garçons.

Also, Beyoncé.

The first question on everyone’s lips, though, will be whether Sydney or Melbourne gets to have its streets blessed with the giant logo first. Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre and Emporium (the latter is set to open late this year) have both been touted as possibilities.

However, Sydney needn’t start sulking yet. Bill Rooney of retail consultancy group 6one5 told the Herald Sun that his real estate contacts have been approached by H&M in both cities, and word on the street is that they’re looking to roll out 10 stores nationwide.

Next up, Uniqlo and Forever 21. Just let’s not forget about our comparatively fragile local labels in all the excitement, hey? 

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Watch the Finale Episode of ‘Escape My Life’

Ford concludes its Escape My Life video series with video #8, the finale. The series featured Skylar (Natasha Leggero) receiving a free Ford Escape, which came with a string attached, in the form of Barry (Joe Lo Truglio), who is there to tell her about the features of the Escape.

In the finale, Skylar is finally free of Barry. In a weird way she starts to miss him and they make up – after she travels the city using her Travel Link subscription to locate him.

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Numéro Thailand Embraces Diversity; Puts Carmen Solomons on the April 2013 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Numero Thailand April 2013 - Carmen Solomons

Since the lack of diversity in the modeling pool has been a prevalent topic lately, it seemed right to take a look at Numéro Thailand’s April issue. Covered by South African model Carmen Solomons, I think it’s a prime example of a publication embracing a non-white model (who has a really unique, multi-racial look) and being all the better for it. Carmen doesn’t have a “typical” look for Thailand, and she doesn’t fit the universal standard of white woman beauty, but she is completely and utterly stunning (seriously, just check out her thread in the forums for more images).

The Numéro cover was met with near unanimous approval in the forums. Amata54 wrote, “Good job! She's so gorgeous.”

Numéro Thailand keeps getting better,” slowdownbaby wrote. “This is my favorite cover yet.”

“How awesome!” coolasfcuk1010 exclaimed. “I haven't seen or heard of her in a while, she looks good and it's great to see her get a cover!”

So, what do you think of that? A non-white model is on the cover of a magazine and we all love it.

Image via Numero Thailand.

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