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Watch: Lady Gaga’s Spine-Tingling Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

There’s been a lot of iffy covers and remixes of prestigious tunes over the time. Think the time Yolanda Be Cool somewhat slaughtered the magnificence of Rodriguez’ “Sugar Man”, Britney Spears’ karaoke take on “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and Madonna’s stab at “American Pie”, to name a few.

Despite the risk, today’s musicians keep taking a chance with old classics. The latest being Lady Gaga, who decided to give John Lennon’s 1971 best-selling single “Imagine” a go at the Opening Ceremony for the 2015 Europeans Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 12.

Gaga sat at a piano which looked as though it had a serious case of flower vomit for the performance, and avoided her usual kooky outfits by opting for a ethereal white gown instead. Before she started singing she offered a salute, either for the audience who had already started cheering or to the late musician who she was about to cover, or both. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Justin Bieber Wants to Design Clothing, Kim Kardashian Explains the Giorgio Armani Misspelling

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  • Kim Kardashian hopes to amass 100 billion Instagram followers over the next 10 years. There are around 7 billion people in the world right now. [E!]
  • Miley Cyrus’ Caitlyn Jenner artwork raised some serious cash at amfAR’s The Inspiration Gala New York. [Page Six]
  • Helen Mirren calls the fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal was turned down for a role playing the girlfriend of a 55-year-old man because she’s too old “f***ing outrageous.” [The Wrap]
  • Kerry Washington looks absolutely PERFECT in her role as Anita Hill for HBO’s Confirmation film. [@HBO]
  • Justin Bieber wants to claim his celebrity birthright and start a clothing line. [WWD
  • Kim Kardashian blames her misspelling of Giorgio Armani’s name on being sleep deprived. [ELLE UK]
  • Yale Club members are shocked and horrified that someone would grace their hallowed halls in a T-shirt reading “F**k Forever.” [Page Six]
  • Coco Rocha has left Wilhelmina Models behind to sign on with IMG. [WWD]

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Julianna Margulies Shows Us How It’s Done on The Edit’s Latest Issue (Forum Buzz)

Ever since The Edits debut back in 2013, we’ve been huge admirers of the digital magazine, which consistently produces Vogue-worthy fashion shoots time after time. This week’s edition is no exception, tapping Julianna Margulies for the modern and simplistic shoot. Captured by Hunter & Gatti, The Good Wife actress shows off a shirt from Frame Denim teamed with an Altuzarra skirt.

The Edit June 11, 2015 Julianna Marguiles by Hunter & Gatti


Our forum members couldn’t wait to share their praise. “I loooove this! She has such strong expression! Would have loved her on the cover of Porter or even Vogue or Bazaar,” hailed Kiss Miss right away.

“WOW, how has she never fronted a Vogue cover before? She looks stunning!” raved migelalmeida

RanThe was full of enthusiasm too, echoing, “She looks amazing! You know The Edit always seems to get it right. Showing other magazines how to make a flawless editorial.”

In addition, Benn98 was quick to comment and show the shots some love. “Julianna looks stunning, much better than her last Harper’s Bazaar feature,” he acknowledged.

“Julianna at her best. She looks extremely confident, powerful and strong. I love how The Edit understands the characteristic of the model/celebrity and do it flawlessly. This is miles better than a lot of fashion magazines out there,” declared TaylorBlinque.

“It’s a shame that women like Julianna and Gillian Anderson never land more editorials and covers. They are extremely beautiful with a powerful presence, and are in top shows,” noted a frustrated t-rex.

The Edit June 11, 2015 Julianna Marguiles by Hunter & Gatti


See Julianna’s feature in all its glory and drop us a comment here.

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Taraji P. Henson Fronts Allure’s July 2015 Issue and We’re Loving it! (Forum Buzz)

Just when we thought magazines were going to fail us this month, Allure unveils its gorgeous new cover. Taraji P. Henson unexpectedly surfaced on the beauty-focused magazine’s July 2015 edition sending us into a frenzy. Captured by Carter Smith, the star of FOX’s hit TV series Empire works a plunging Lurex chiffon dress from J. Mendel while serving good face as she gazes down the lens.

US Allure July 2015 Taraji P. Henson by Carter Smith


Forum members voiced their praise the moment the cover surfaced. “I love this! Taraji’s skin looks amazing and she looks confident and sexy!! 44 never looked any better,” hailed RanThe.

“Damn, she looks good. Carter [Smith] did that,” added an enthusiastic arlekindearrabal.

Also feeling it was TeeVanity who announced, “Loving it, stunning.”

TREVOFASHIONISTO described the cover as “gorgeous” while forum member dfl-001 went the extra mile and wrote, “Super gorgeous.”

“As a Cookie fan, I’m in LOVE with this!” celebrated Fotoholic24.

MirandaPriestly was quick to show some love, announcing, “She looks fantastic.”

Our forums wouldn’t be the same without a diverse range of opinions, however. “She looks good there, but I don’t see anything special on this,” shared GlamorousBoy.

Feeling the same way was MON: “I want to like it but there’s something awkward about the cover. But the editorial looks good.”

Check out the accompanying cover story and join the conversation here.

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Barbie’s Diverse Fashionistas Star in New Music Video Spot

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Image: Mattel

Barbie’s new flat-wearing Fashionistas line is Mattel’s way of showing a commitment to diversity and empowering little girls. But with Barbie’s new look comes a new branding strategy, which is expected to go beyond the run-of-the-mill commercials we remember as kids.

To match Barbie’s new attitude, Mattel is looking to reach little girls through spots that read more like music videos, like the new “Who Is Barbie?” stop-motion short that shows off the ethnic diversity and the doll’s new, edgier image. It is also adding an aspect of digital involvement to its advertising. Mattel is tapping YouTube influencers to talk about Barbie to their fans and has been keen on keeping up the @Barbiestyle Instagram page, showing the doll in various fashionable outfits on trips to the museum, on the CFDA red carpet, taking road trips and more. 

Check out Barbie’s cool new attitude in the video above.

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We Watched ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ so You Don’t Have To

Bitch I'm Madonna

Image: Tidal

Madonna’s star-studded music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna” dropped on Tidal this morning and certainly delivered on its promise of bringing a level of celebrity involvement to rival Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. For those of you who still refuse to make Jay Z and his famous cohorts richer by signing up for Tidal, we watched the video so you don’t have to.

The video appears to be set in a hotel full of Moschino-clad club kids. Madonna runs through the hotel’s crowded halls coming upon shirtless men, colorfully-clad scenesters half her age and a smattering of celebrities, including Chris Rock, Alexander Wang, Rita Ora and more. Other celebrity appearances appear to have been pre-recorded separate from the video – like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus’ short cameos. Nicki Minaj, who appears on the track, resurrects her pink wig of yore in the video. Also: there are sock puppets.

Madonna is certainly a legend, but we can’t help but see this display as a bit of an attempt to show that she’s still hip and with it at 56. We get it. Madge wants to fight ageism and show that you can be down at any age. Still, we couldn’t help but get a certain vibe from the video, that of your newly-divorced auntie forcing you to take her for a night out on the town because she just signed those papers and she is ready to embrace her life as a middle-aged single lady – Beyoncé style. Of course, you can be cool no matter how old you are but whether you’re 16 or 56, trying to be cool is never what’s hot in the streets.

Check out some screenshots from the video below.  (more…)