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Kati Nescher Covers Kristina O’Neill’s Debut Issue of WSJ. Magazine (Forum Buzz)

WSJ. March 2013 - Katie Nescher photographed by Mikael Jansson

If ever there was a cover that signifies a fresh start or rebirth of a publication, it’s Kristina O’Neill’s debut cover as Editor-in-Chief of WSJ magazine. Featuring a redesigned logo, the cover photo by Mikael Jansson is awash in bright white light, giving model Kati Nescher a luminescent glow. The caption of “Pure Elegance” feels especially fitting.

“So pure! One of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen! Gorgeous!!!” TashaRosa exclaimed.

Marc10 posted, “Seriously stunning picture, so captivating.”

The cover is striking, straightforward and fresh – which are doubtless all things O’Neill wants this magazine to be in every way. Though she’s a veteran of the magazine industry (coming off of 12 years at Harper's Bazaar), she’s now in a position where she’s taking on a publication in its infancy and she can mold it into its long-term form.

Whatever she’s doing so far seems to be working. The cover alone makes me want to crack open this issue and see what she’s got in store for us. Well done.

Image via the Fashion Spot forums.

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Marie Piovesan is Now Showing on Russh’s February/March Issue (Forum Buzz)

Russh Feb/March 2013 - Marie Piovesan photographed by Tung Walsh

Marie Piovesan may not be the most conventionally beautiful of models, but her quirky look is well-loved in the Fashion Spot forums and apparently it’s well-loved by Russh as well. Marie graces the cover of the magazine’s February/March issue in a shot by Tung Walsh, and she also features in two editorials. She makes a fitting choice for this offbeat Australian mag.

“Gorgeous, she’s always amazing in print,” TREVOFASHIONISTO commented.

|PerfectTonight| posted, “Fantastic, love Russh magazine and their vision.”

There’s something modern and simultaneously retro about Marie and the cover feature for Russh. There’s this constant drive to be cutting edge and futuristic in fashion, which the magazine does with its sharp lines and styling, but the contrast of the ratty, tattered couch and the graffiti-spattered walls? Those elements root the editorial firmly in today’s world, keeping the whole vibe from moving in an overly sleek and chic direction. The imperfections of our world are still on display, and that’s what keeps things interesting – and weird – in a good way.

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Images: Russh magazine

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The Face’s Naomi Campbell: “I Am Different. I Am Before Tyra.”

Last night, stars Naomi CampbellCoco RochaKarolina Kurkova and the artist formerly known as America's Next Top DreamhunkNigel Barker came out for a red carpet event celebrating their new Oxygen Media modeling showThe Face.

The first episode of the seven-part season will air next week on February 12. The format pits Campbell, Rocha and Kurkova against each other as model coaches, competing to see who can better mentor young women hoping to carve out careers in the modeling industry. "Helping people" is not commonly the stuff of competition, so kudos The Face!

The show's competition occurs on two levels: 1) Twelve contestants compete along the conventional reality modeling show lines of, I don't know, challenges and eliminations in hopes of becoming America's next top model the "next supermodel," as the PR copy puts it and winning an ULTA campaign; 2) The three modeling industry icons test/display their mentorship skillz.

This format is one of the main reasons why, when asked how she would differentiate The Face from America's Next Top Model and herself from Tyra Banks during a publicity conference call on Monday, Campbell thought there shouldn't even be a comparison:

I am different. I am before Tyra and I have a lot of respect for Tyra and what she’s done with America’s Next Top Model and taking it all over the world and what she’s done for young women out there who want to be in the fashion industry. I don’t like to compare anything that I do. This show is a completely different type of format. I’ve not really watched it.

Campbell doesn't like to compare anything she does, but Nigel Barker's role as host of The Face will make it difficult to set aside the comparisons. The photographer owes his celebrity primarily to an eighteen season/nine year tenure as a judge on ANTM, but was fired last year as part of a big rebranding effort. His departure had many longtime viewers (like this one) pledging to never watch America's Next Top Model again. If The Face's contract with the former ANTM judge was an attempt to woo disappointed former fans of Tyra's I-guess-let's-call-it-pioneering modeling competition, it's not a bad move — but it does make the comparison mandatory. 

Image via WENN

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Vancouver’s Ashley Diana Morris: The New Face of Guess

Sex kitten is a term thrown about a lot these days, typically when talking about a woman who exhibits a sexually provocative lifestyle or an abundant sexual aggression. Rawwwrr! But despite its provocative and liberal connotations, the term was first coined in the conservative 1950s to describe French starlet and pouty nymphette Brigitte Bardot, circa And God Created Woman.

Each subsequent decade has since spawned its own version of a sex kitten — Lauren Hutton, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Giselle — and now Guess' Paul Marciano has found his next iconic femme fatale, who just so happens to be Canadian.

On the heels of Guess' 30th anniversary celebration, the fashion house has, in its own words, "undiscovered a fresh face" as the new Guess girl of 2013. Ashley Diana Morris hails from Vancouver and is being touted as having the stunning good looks of Anna Nicole Smith (pre Marshall v. Marshall affair), the poise of Claudia Schiffer, and being labeled as the next Brigitte Bardot of our generation.

The 5'9 bombshell was discovered in her hometown by photographer Odette Sugerman (Guess, Vogue) and, after finding out she had never modeled before, Paul Marciano flew the young beauty to Los Angeles, met with her and knew right away he had found a star — his next muse. 

"This feels like I won the Super Bowl of modeling. When Paul Marciano said that I will be one of the most recognized faces in the world because of Guess, I felt like I was following in the footsteps of women who I dreamed of being like since I was a little girl. I'm still pinching myself it's all so surreal," says the buxom blonde Morris.

Not long after that surreal meeting, she was presented with a multi-figure modeling contract with the clothing brand, which has previously made megastars out of the likes of Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Jessica Heart. As the latest in the line of It girls, Morris is coming onto the fashion scene with the Guess lingerie and bikini campaigns, some of which you can see below. Oo la la.

Images via Guess/Odette Sugarman

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Is Carine Roitfeld Doing a Good Job at Harper’s Bazaar? Part 1

Harper's Bazaar has just released the first images from Carine Roitfeld's debut editorial as the magazine conglomerate's Global Fashion Editor. The feature stars Roitfeld favorites like Lara Stone (above), Stephanie Seymour (below) and Joan Smalls in looks highlighting spring trends.

In a statement sent around today, Bazaar's publisher, Hearst, said the shoot will run in 26 international editions of the magazine, which altogether have a circulation of 11.3 million across 44 countries. 

The former Vogue Paris editor and photographer Kacper Kasprzyk cut out all the frills and just showed models wearing great clothes. At first, it seemed like a little bit of a letdown (who knew Roitfeld's return to the world of corporate glossies would be so unprovocative?), but after a bit of thought, I decided it was unfortunate that this kind of straightforward approach wasn't more common to fashion editorials. And I guess Roitfeld had to show A LOT of restraint in other areas of the feature to justify styling Stone in that metallic Comme des Garçons bandage sack-dress thing. 

Harper's Bazaar has made the feature available online here

Images courtesy of Harper's Bazaar


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Miranda Kerr Adds to Her High Fashion Portfolio with a Racy Spread for Jalouse

Seamlessly transitioning from default global ambassador of coconut water to real life Barbie doll, Miranda Kerr shows the true meaning of ‘versatile’ in a perfectly plastic shoot for French fashion mag Jalouse.

Let’s start with the cover itself, on which Miranda sports heavy eye makeup and a rose that, if you cross your eyes slightly, makes her coquettish stare look a bit like a high fashion Glasgow smile. Underneath her name appears the phrase ‘Poupée Renversante,’ which translates to ‘Stunning Doll.’ 

In the spread we are given a good look at the physical benefits of a Victoria’s Secret angel workout coupled with an 80/20 diet. Miranda is flawless in 60s makeup and a wardrobe supplied by Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin, striking a series of beautifully stiff poses captured in black and white by photographer Sebastian Mader. Even when things veer towards nipple territory she looks every bit the impossibly perfect French hipster pinup. Who needs the Miracle Bra when you have a body like this?

With spreads for Russh and Vogue Italia also added to her portfolio over recent months, Miranda seems to be taking a detour from the safe route of expensive lingerie and Lipton iced tea commercials. We’re loving the new direction.  


Image: Jalouse's Facebook

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