- A sitcom about working at Cosmopolitan magazine is in the works. [WWD]
- Condé Nast employees are about to experience major layoffs. Somewhere between 70 and 80 employees, mostly from the ad sales team, will be let go. [WSJ]
- Katie Holmes is the new face of Olay. [WWD]
- Michelle Obama releases the most amazing “Turn Down for What” video parody EVER. [Business Insider]
- Pharrell Williams will not rest until he collaborates with every single fashion brand people love. The latest on his long list of partnerships? Ladurée macarons. [Highsnobiety]
- Here’s how an “it” bag goes from concept to coveted must-have. [SheFinds]
- People are selling ebola hazmat Halloween costumes because the world is full of jerks. [The Independent]
- Miranda Kerr posted a sneak peek at her campaign for Wonderbra. [Instagram]
- Estée Lauder just bought Le Labo. [WWD]
- Here’s how much people in fashion are making every year. [Fashionista]
Are we experiencing a Taylor Swift overload this month? Taylor currently fronts the November issues of both U.K. Vogue and U.S. InStyle promoting her upcoming album, and now she stars on Harper’s Bazaar Germany’s cover. This time around, the “Shake It Off” singer is photographed by Paola Kudacki for a classic studio sitting, but with a modern twist thanks to the styling. Taylor sports a choppy hairstyle on both the newsstand (pictured below) and subscriber’s covers. The cover story is sure to be a hit if the images are anything to go by.
Members of our forums were first introduced to the subscriber’s cover and immediately began to discuss. “First British Vogue and now this, she is producing some great work lately,” approved marsnoop2.
“Finally something different and actually taking advantage of Taylor’s ability to model. Love it!” commented a satisfied TaylorBinque.
MON also shared a positive attitude and wrote, “Wow! This is really beautiful!”
In the same frame of mind was Anna147: “I’m glad that the magazines try to do something different and fresh and I didn’t get bored of her. It also looks great!!”
Yet things started to turn sour when KateTheGreatest posted, “Really like this cover. And I like Taylor, but it’s too much at this point, she is EVERYWHERE.”
Miss Dalloway responded in agreement: “My god so sick of her everywhere already! Is this a reprint or an original shoot for them? Either way, NOT a cover worthy shot!”
The newsstand cover soon surfaced inside the thread. Benn98 appeared satisfied as he raved, “Ja! This looks awesome!! Love it, the hair, minimal text, quirky composition. I imagine she’s got the November jewellery edit. For once I’m satisfied with the newsstand cover.”
See inside the thread for the subscriber’s cover as you await Taylor’s accompanying cover story, and join the discussion here.
Baz Luhrmann‘s much-anticipated Chanel No. 5 short starring Gisele Bündchen is finally here – and it’s heavy on the Gatsby undertones. The film depicts a brooding Michiel Huisman trying to lure Giselle away from her husband and kid to be with him because he loves her. Yes, it sounds a lot like The Great Gatsby, a story Luhrmann adapted for the screen last year, and the similarities are not lost on the director.
“They [Gisele and mystery husband] live in the Hamptons. They cross that same bridge the Buchanans do. They spend time in New York nightclubs. They’ve hit a spot in their marriage,” he told the Telegraph. Does Daisy love her husband or not? That’s the question Fitzgerald leaves unanswered…but, really, this is about updating what we did with Nicole. Back then it seemed right to put work at the forefront. Now? It seemed more honest for her to have doubts. The idea of having it all and what that means seems interesting…”
The three-minute film has Luhrmann’s signature dazzling visuals and, of course, Gisele looks absolutely gorgeous through the whole thing. Check it out above.
Ready for your daily dose of fashion nostalgia? There were few times in fashion history better for models than the 90s and the dawn of the supermodel. It catapulted models into a new realm of celebrity and it’s a time that fashionphiles love to harken back to, especially now that it’s headline news if an actual model makes the cover of a magazine over a celebrity starlet.
Amber Valletta sat down with Into the Gloss to share some of her beauty picks. As we know, no supermodel interview is complete without a story of the days of yore – and Valletta was happy to share one. In the interview, she recounts her early days of modeling, fraternizing with already-established supers as well as up-and-comers:
“Shalom [Harlow] and I were living together then, and one day she brought Kate Moss over to the apartment and was like ‘I just met this cute little girl, we fell in love on this shoot, we’re friends.’ Kate didn’t even have Calvin Klein yet! The three of us would just kind of skulk around everywhere. Then the big girls—Linda, Christy, and Naomi—started being nice to us and showing us the ropes. It was so different—we probably weren’t treated as well as models are now, but I don’t think they have as much fun as we did.”
Aww, always warms our hearts to hear of models playing nicely together.
[via Into the Gloss]
While teen-focused retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch have given into pressures of public scrutiny and will finally offer larger sizes up to a 14, Brandy Melville is bucking the trend and saying “slim girls only.” The latest shopping mecca for teen girls is quickly gaining popularity for its trendy wares and probably a little bit for its size exclusivity. Brandy Melville only sells clothing in small or “one size fits most” options, with a few mediums thrown in for good measure. Among the offerings are crop tops, side and back-baring tanks and bralets, swingy trapeze dresses and short shorts. The models are almost exclusively white; the clothes, trendy but unremarkable. One look through the store’s latest, and you won’t discover anything particularly groundbreaking. Stores that peddle similar wares in a wider variety of sizes, like Nasty Gal, boast comparable silhouettes, but a more diverse and edgier selection.
Brandy Melville’s strong suit? Pricing. Whereas retailers like Abercrombie’s offerings are pretty pricey (especially if you’re working with a minor’s budget), you can buy a pair of Brandy Melville shorts for $10 or tops for $20. The clothes are accessible, but to only a small percentage of the population. The Huffington Post says that jean sizes don’t go above a size 2.
Of course, there is concern over what kind of message the store is sending to teenage girls about their bodies. In an open letter to the brand penned by 18-year-old Lani Renaldo for The Huffington Post, she calls out the brand for its troubling policies and misleading brand identification: “‘One size fits all’ clothing is advertised, but again, this is misleading unless you fall under the SPECIFIC category of being THIN enough to fit the clothing! In buying clothing from Brandy, I’ve been limited to long tank-tops, due to the fact that I have a large chest size.” Brandy Melville also touts itself as a brand representing “diverse, California girls.” One look at the brand’s Instagram page or website will indicate the exact opposite. (more…)
She’s no stranger to Chanel, since she’s currently the face of the iconic French fashion house’s latest skincare collection and fronted an ad for Allure back in 1996. Therefore it was a given that the former fashion model turned actress would sport Chanel on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. The 38-year-old blonde showcases the dress from Chanel’s Resort 2015 collection to perfection with arms swung above her head, allowing the fabric to fall beautifully around her body (but no doubt with the help of a wind machine, let’s be realistic here).
As usual, the magazine has received rave reviews for its efforts this month. “Bazaar Australia wins this round. A fantastic cover! It is nice to see them produce something so fresh and original despite the reprint covers they’ve had this year,” commented AL92, starting off the thread to a good start.
“Love the image! The masthead could’ve been a different color, and I don’t like where her name is positioned, but otherwise it’s quite good,” noted Benn98.
GlamorousBoy simply used the word “stunning” to describe Bazaar‘s latest installment.
“Love it, Diane is so gorgeous! I quite like her show The Bridge so hope she talks a little about that,” enthused an excited visualoptimism.
Also a fan of the cover was Oxymore, who wrote, “That cover looks amazing!”
“Fresh cover! LOVE IT. Harper’s Bazaar Australia is following the same footsteps as Harper’s Bazaar Spain, very excited to see everything that’s inside this issue!” shared miguelalmeida.
“Fantastic cover. I love Diane in this beautiful Chanel dress. Her pose amazes me too,” complimented narcyza, yet another admirer.
It’s refreshing to read such positive opinions regarding a magazine cover, but do you agree? Have your say inside the thread here.