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Milla Jovovich Covers the February Issue of Vogue Paris (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Paris February 2013 - Milla Jovovich photographed by Inez & Vinoodh

Vogue Paris strayed from their norm (if they have one) for the February 2013 issue, photographing model-cum-actress Milla Jovovich in a look from Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Paris collection with the New York City skyline behind her. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were on hand (as usual) to get the cover shot. This may not be my favorite Vogue Paris cover of all time, but I can’t hate on Milla. She looks great in the Saint Laurent Paris look, and I love that she hasn’t been Photoshopped into looking like the 20-something that she isn’t.

“I like the realism,” iluvjeisa agreed.

Miss Dalloway exclaimed, “Gorgeous! Perfectly framed, love everything about it!”

Nepenthes called the cover “absolutely perfect! Milla just gets better with age; I love her so so much,” he shared. “The styling is on point, I love the hair and I love the location. This cover is a breath of fresh air. Way to go, VP!!”

I have to say, what I’m taking away from this cover – and the magazine's last few covers – is that I love Vogue Paris’s celebration of older women. (Milla shouldn’t be considered old by any normal stretch of the imagination, but she’s admittedly ancient in modeling years.) The magazine has recently featured Carla Bruni, Stephanie Seymour, Lauren Hutton and of course the now 39-year-old Kate Moss, among others. They could do with a bit more diversity on their covers overall, but I love that they’re showing a range of self-assured women who feel comfortable in their skin rather than relying on 15-year-old waifs who haven’t made it all the way through puberty yet.

Image: Vogue Paris

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IMG Poaches All the Models; Inks Deal with Foxtel’s Australia’s Next Top Model

The latest development in IMG Models’ planned takeover of the entire country is that the world’s number one international modelling agency has inked a deal with Australia’s Next Top Model

According to WWD and a #OMG BREAKING NEWS announcement on Australia’s Next Top Model's Facebook page, IMG Models will be on board for the eighth season of the hit Foxtel reality series. Previously ANTM winners, including Cycle 7's Montana Cox (shown here), received contracts with Chic Management.

It’s interesting timing considering IMG poached perennially-babyfaced catwalk wunderkind Gemma Ward from Viviens only a couple of weeks ago. In recent months they’ve also taken Miranda Kerr and Nicole Trunfio from Chic and Bambi Northwood-Blyth from Priscilla’s. Frockwriter hinted back in July that Trunfio could be in the running to be Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 Host, but beauty queen and television presenter Jennifer Hawkins has since taken out that title to become a slightly-less-hated version of Tyra Banks.

One of the pilfered models could, however, be up for a guest spot. It probably won’t be the mind-bogglingly successful Kerr unless ANTM can offer her hundreds of thousands of dollars plus her own koala and a lifetime supply of alkalised goji berries. But if Gemma or Nicole nabbed a guest judging spot on just one episode, it could considerably reduce the current pannel’s overall dislikability factor. The universally loathed Alex Perry and unfortunate trolling victim Charlotte Dawson will be the returning judges this cycle.  

Australia’s Next Top Model is the most successful of the Top Model franchise, with Alice Burdeu and Montana Cox among the protégés. And now that the winner will be signed to the illustrious IMG, her bankability factor will presumably be even bigger.

Image: Chic Management

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Canada’s Counterfeit Culture

Earlier this week, CBC premiered a new documentary titled Counterfeit Culture, which exposes the shady underbelly of designer knock-offs. Since then, the one hour doc has been making headlines and, yes, provoking thoughts for its unapologetic portrayal of the dangers of counterfeiting.

Filmed on location in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe, Counterfeit Culture not only looks at the peddling of knock-off luxury goods, but also enters the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake, fraudulent and faux products like pharmaceuticals, food (including maple syrup and beer!), toys, electronic goods, car parts and microchips. Basically, if it can be made, it can be faked and we Canucks aren't always able to spot the difference between the fabulous and the phonies.

According to the World's Customs Organization, Europe's top clothing, accessory and footwear companies — Uggs, Hunter Boots and Toms being the fakers favourites — lose $10 billion each year to brand name copycats. Producers of fake handbags and other luxury items have become so good at their craft that they sometimes even manage to trump the real thing quality wise. In January 2006, a Hong Kong market was even selling a knock-off Louis Vuitton design that hadn't even been released yet!

Counterfeit products often lend themselves to organized crime syndicates around the world, but when it comes to cosmetics and other grooming products, there's often an even deadlier bottom line. Only recently did Canada issue warnings about a tainted batch of counterfeit toothpaste, said to have originated in China, that contained the industrial solvent diethylene glycol. Now I'm no scientist, but it wasn't hard to discover that this chemical is usually used as a component in brake fluid and not as an ingredient for minty fresh breath.

The documentary is a real eye-opener, but if you missed the premiere, you can catch it here. There's also a quiz, director's commentary and a game to test how savvy you are at picking out a fake. Honestly, can you spot the real deal among these products?



Images via CBC

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Swatch Marries Harry Winston; I Hope They Don’t Breed

Because Harry Winston's were the ones Marilyn Monroe was referring too when she famously sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and because the only time in my life I've ever know anyone to think Swatch was cool was when I was ten years old and it was all the rage to show off your playful and punctual personality with a funky Swatch watch, it's wild to think that those two crazy kids are really getting hitched. 

Swatch, apparently a giant in the timekeeping world (it has the highest global sales numbers, with some pieces that retail for over $300,000), purchased Harry Winston, and will now be incorporating the jeweler's 535 employees and $250 million debt.

This is all quite the love story, but I just hope we don't see the two brands really combine their DNA. I imagine their progeny would be an ostentatious diamond ring the color of cotton candy puke, with a candy cane-colored vinyl band. 

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Vogue’s Annie Leibovitz-Lensed Hurricane Sandy Editorial: Tribute or Tasteless?

Vogue's Feburary Issue includes a big editorial photographed by one of the glossy's frequent contributers, Annie Leibovitz, which stars Karlie Kloss, Kasia Struss, Arizona Muse, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman — a veritable Fashion Dream Team USA. I know this isn't the 90s and we're not allowed to call people supermodels anymore, but a rose by any other name would look as fierce, you know? 

The reason Vogue pulled out all the stops: a Hurricane Sandy relief aid tribute post. Cue exasperated sighing. Vogue likes to pretend its wardrobe staples are all crisp cotton shirts and ballet flats, but everyone knows that the magazine could never get dressed in the morning (err, put out an issue every month … boy this metaphor is really rough) without questionable and clueless editorial decisions. Like this one.

I'm going to take a different approach to this CONTROVERSY IN VOGUE post, because I do realize that the only thing more predictable than Vogue doing something scandalous is bloggers being scandalized. So I'm going to try to restrain my glee as I stir this big steaming pot of controversy. I obviously think Vogue is always in the wrong always, both as a person that works on the fashion Internet and as a principled human being — and I will express how and why I think this editorial is tasteless and dumb, but I will also play devil's advocate in Vogue's favor, just so that I don't bore myself. 

Vogue's "Storm Troupers" Editorial Is An Appropriate Tribute to Hurricane Sandy Relief Workers: As a New York-based publication, it should be completely understandable why Vogue would want to use its wide reach to "raise awareness" (as they say in the biz) for the heroic efforts of the first responders and public servants who jeopardized their lives in the immediate aftermath of the storm. The East Coast was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and New York was no exception: over 800,000 residents lost power following the storm and recovery efforts are still underway across New England — the House of Representatives just passed a measure to provide $51 billion for further relief. Whatever you think of fashion and the fashion industry, there's no denying that Vogue is a central NYC institutution and that in this city, there's a strong and admirable tradition of disparate parties coming together in the wake of tragedy. To say that Vogue produced this editorial cynically — in an attempt capitalize on the public's gratitude to and concern for the heroes of Hurricane Sandy — is in itself cynical. 

Furthormore, Vogue should be commended for so prominently featuring the real faces of Hurricane Sandy relief in its chic moneyed pages and also for selecting a racially diverse cast of models.

No, This Is Just Tasteless: Ugh, defending Vogue was so hard. 

Look, despite what I believe was an earnest desire on Vogue's part to celebrate the men and women that really did put their lives at risk — men and women that are probably ready to put their lives at risk for New York City every day — this editorial is cheesy and in poor taste. The glossy couldn't help itself, making its favorite models the real stars of this editorial and treating the very people it was ostensibly celebrating as "heroes" as little more than set pieces. 

I respect Vogue's impulse, but still I find it sad that the magazine couldn't run a tribute feature that truly honored the thing it purported to be honoring by giving it space to be itself, instead of lodging it beside the same thin 18-year-old girls and pretty dresses that dominate every other page of the publication. I get that Vogue is a fashion magazine, but do you think that if Playboy wanted to run a tribute to the heroes of Hurricane Sandy, they would do it by plopping a topless lady next to a bunch of firefighters? Nope. They would just run some actual photojournalism. Because you can be a special interest magazine and still acknowledge that the rest of the world exists. 

Images via Vogue

 

 

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