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Did Vogue Russia Just Publish the Worst Cover of the Year? (Forum Buzz)

On our forums, Vogue Russia is considered to be very hit or miss. Its past two covers featuring Catherine McNeil and Lindsey Wixson seemed to successfully raise the bar in terms of creativity, but its latest issue appears to have taken four steps backward. The magazine welcomes Daphne Groeneveld back on its cover, marking the Dutch model’s second appearance. Photographed by Jason Kibbler, the Tom Ford favorite brought some drama and movement to the cover shoot styled by Olga Dunina, but the end result falls flat.

Vogue Russia August 2015 Daphne Groeneveld by Jason Kibbler


Forum members ripped into the cover the moment it dropped. “I don’t get Daphne. She’s not sexy nor does she look like a grown up woman to justify these kind of poses we always see her making. The cover looks too dark and busy,” condemned anlabe32 right away.

“I adore Daphne but when they do these type of photos with her it doesn’t appeal to me, just seems forced,” TeeVanity added.

In a state of shock was Creative: “So you are telling me that a so-called fashion professional said yes to this. OK.”

Also unamused was justaguy, who ranted, “Love me some Daphne, but this cover is a mess. Trying too hard to make her look sexy.”

RickO even went so far as to declare, “Worst Vogue cover of the year!!!!”

“To be honest, as long as Victoria Davydova is still seated at the helm of Vogue Russia, all the other under performing Vogue EICs need not worry about their jobs. Y’all can still sleep at night!” laughed MON.

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Rachel Zoe to Host a New Talk Show Coming This Fall

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Rachel Zoe fans, rejoice! Your favorite style guru is headed back to the small screen, this time joining forces with Lifetime. Zoe is all set to host Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe this fall, and she’s bringing along some fashionable friends to join her. Hubby Rodger Berman and stylish fella about town Derek Blasberg will also be on the show, which will cover style, pop culture and beauty. 

Naturally, Zoe will be inviting other celebrity guests to join her on the show for each episode for a panel discussion. Zoe’s show is set to premiere in September, right in the middle of fashion month, so there should be plenty to talk about once the show actually starts. “The show will take a look at my weekly fashion and pop culture obsessions—and a few things I’m kind of over,” Zoe said in a post on The Zoe Report. “In other words, it will be like a typical day at my Los Angeles office—only with slightly better lighting.” Zoe also mentions the program will be filmed in the penthouse at her office in a short video she posted to announce the show.

You’ll be able to catch Fashionably Late at 10:30 starting September 24.

[via Page Six, The Zoe Report]

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Katy Perry to Front H&M’s Holiday Campaign

Katy Perry seems to be raking in the fashion campaigns. The singer is the face of Moschino’s Fall 2015 campaign – a rather unsurprising choice given her close relationship with creative director Jeremy Scott. Not only will Perry be serving you popstar realness with the Italian label through the fall season, but she will also be spreading holiday cheer and encouraging mass consumption on behalf of H&M, who has tapped the singer as the face of its holiday campaign.  


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Katy Perry might have designers like Scott at her beck and call, but she says her personal style was born at H&M. “H&M was one of the places where I first began cultivating my personal style. I have continued to love integrating H&M pieces into my wardrobe throughout the years,” she said. 

Perry announced her involvement with the Swedish retailer with a post on Instagram. “Ladies, Gentlemen & unlabeled – let’s take a petite pause on the beauteous summer we are experiencing & open our calendars tooooo…THE HOLIDAYS,” she wrote. “I am excited to announce that I will be starring in @hm‘s #HappyandMerry Holiday Campaign launching later this year!!! Stay tuned for the whole unwrapping!”

We’ll be watching closely as more images from the forthcoming campaign leak out.

[via WWD, @katyperry]

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How to Get a Cut Crease Eye Look with Tweezerman Brush iQ Brushes

The perfect makeup look requires the right tools and Tweezerman is only too happy to provide them. The brand’s new Brush iQ collection helps you achieve a flawless look with patented technology that will make it seem as if your makeup was done by a pro. 

To illustrate just how easy it is to get the professional look you want, Tweezerman tapped celebrity makeup artist to the Kardashians Rob Scheppy to create a cut crease eye — a simple, chic and clean look that is all the rage right now. All you need to achieve the look are Brush iQ makeup brushes as Scheppy demonstrates in the video above. Find out more about Tweezerman’s Brush iQ collection here

In the meantime, if you’re feeling the brushes, you should head over to Total Beauty and take the contouring challenge with their #RealBeautyGenius sweepstakes for a chance to win the entire range of Tweezerman Brush iQ tools or a Mini Face Contour Kit. Share a photo of your finished, contoured look on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #RealBeautyGenius to win one of these fabulous prizes.

Presented by Tweezerman

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Kendall & Kylie Jenner and Joan & Erika Smalls Star in New Balmain Campaign Together

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Olivier Rousteing loves him some Kardashian-Jenners. Last year, he featured Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Balmain’s Spring 2015 menswear campaign. Now, the designer has tapped the youngest of the reality TV clan, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, to appear in Balmain’s fall campaign.

A first look at the ads shows Kendall lying down with her sister Kylie leaning over her in a not-so-sisterly manner with her hand on Kendall’s chest. Yep – it’s a bit weird to see relatives in an embrace that looks a little too amorous for comfort. But count on fashion to push such envelopes. 

See: Instagram Queen Kendall Jenner’s 10 Most-Liked Photos

According to Rousteing, the campaign is “a celebration of the unique and unconditional love of siblings.” Also tapped to pose for this family affair are Joan and Erika Smalls, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Armando and Fernando Cabral.

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We’ll be here waiting for the rest of the shots at the door – with a cast like that, we have every confidence this is going to be an epic campaign.

UPDATE: Balmain has released the rest of the campaign images and just as we suspected, they’re fabulous. Check ’em out in the gallery below. (more…)

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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Announces 2015 Finalists

Jonathan Simkhai Devon Windsor

Finalist Jonathan Simkhai with Devon Windsor Image: Getty

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is responsible for bringing some of America’s finest fashion talent to the forefront and this year’s crop of top young designers has been chosen. Ten finalists have been named to compete against each other for a chance to win the top prize – $400,000 ($100,000 more than last year) and a yearlong mentorship. 

Jonathan Simkhai, Baja East‘s Scott Studenberg and John Targon, Thaddeus O’Neil, Brother Vellies, Chris Gelinas, David Hart, Cadet, Chromat, Gypsy Sport and Baldwin will all duke it out in hopes of nabbing that number one spot. Of course, being a runner-up in the competition is never a terrible thing – two of the other winning labels will get a $150,000 prize (up from $100,000 last year) and a mentorship. It is unclear if the competition will be televised as it has been in the past.

A panel of industry bigwigs will judge all the collections to decide the top three. Diane Von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Anna Wintour, Andrew Rosen, Ken Downing, Reed Krakoff, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, and Neville and Marcus Wainwright are tasked with choosing the best collections out of this group of esteemed talent. Last year, Paul Andrew took home the top prize, joined by runners-up Ryan Roche and Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman.

The winners will be celebrated and announced November 2.

[via WWD]