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Sasha Pivovarova’s Vogue China Cover Gives Us the Chills (Forum Buzz)

After giving us one Sasha last month, Vogue China delivered another Sasha on the cover of their recent edition. This time around, Sasha Pivovarova fronts the magazine’s June 2015 issue and transports us to another dimension with its futuristic looking cover shot. Captured by Boo George, Sasha dons a sequined dress from Christian Dior, appearing just as she did several years ago oozing a youthful aura and her alien-like beauty peering out toward us readers.

Yet the cover made our forum members feel a slight chill. “It is a great cover but very cold for June,” noted GlamorousBoy.

“The overall feel of the cover screams winter. It’s so cold and icy for summer. The pose is a bit Cosmo for me matched with smile. The mouth is awkward too. After last month‘s beautiful Boo George offering, this is a let down. I had high hopes,” MON expressed feeling underwhelmed.

“It’s a good cover but I agree that it is a bit cold for June,” KateTheGreatest responded soon after.

Forum member gazebo disagreed: “I think the icy feel is comforting for June. You don’t want fire on the cover when it’s fire outside. I think it’s a beautiful cover except for the face expression which is awkward and annoying.”

“Another month, another Sasha, another perfect cover!” raved miguelalmedia, projecting a different attitude.

Ash92 was quick to acknowledge, “It seems like out of the 06-07 girls like Lily, Caroline, Jessica, Sasha seems to be the one still booking Vogue covers.”

“Another great cover, love the colors, and that Dior is fantastic.” enthused Miss Dalloway.

Be sure to voice your own opinion inside the thread here.

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June Ambrose Is OK with Celebrities Not Getting the Met Gala Theme

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Every year the Met Gala red carpet showcases celebrities who clearly dress with the year’s theme in mind, as well as those who decide to do their own thing. While deviating from the motif is a little annoying for some fashion fans eager to see creative sartorial interpretations of the event’s subject, for June Ambrose, it’s not that big of a deal. 

The stylist to the stars told Page Six that she didn’t mind the decidedly non-Chinese-inspired gowns that hit the red carpet, particularly the sheer ones at the event. “It was a lot of that sheer, Bob Mackie-inspired pieces, which is not Chinese,” she said, referencing the barely-there looks sported by stars like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. “You know, they’re musicians. Do they follow rules? Never. Listen, they were stage-savvy. A lot of people thought they weren’t right for that particular venue. But when you have a killer body like those ladies have — and again, they’re musicians, they’re artists, they’re not models — they’re gonna take things out of context. You don’t really give them rules.”

Sure, rules are meant to be broken but, ironically, one of fashion’s biggest rule-breakers, Rihanna, stayed true to the night’s theme and provided one of the most stunning looks and a moment that will likely be remember in Met Gala red carpet history. Regardless, they all looked amazing and certainly brought the glamour. 

[via Page Six]

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American Idol Will Air Its Final Season Next Year

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We hope you’ve been savoring all of Jennifer Lopez‘s outfits on American Idol this season because the show will be ending its decade-long run next year.

January will mark the start of American Idol’s final season. According to the show’s producers, the decision to cancel the show was a difficult one. “American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end,” Fox CEO Gary Newman said. “But we wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated.”

Newman promises a very special final season, which will include appearances from former contestants and judges. Over the past few years, ratings for the show have declined, particularly from its 2006 heyday when it raked in 36 million viewers for its finale. Compare that to the 11.6 million figure they’re working with this year.

Over the years, American Idol has produced several huge stars in music and entertainment including Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks and more. Though we’ll be sad to see the singing competition go, the possibly of watching the ever-displeased Simon Cowell and the ever-positive Paula Abdul bicker again is reason enough to tune in next year. 

[via EW]

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One Minute With … Fashion Photographer Victor Demarchelier

Victor Demarchelier At Yorkdale Mall

Image: Courtesy of Yorkdale Mall

Victor Demarchelier, aka the youngest son of legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, touched down in Toronto last week in celebration of his recent work for Yorkdale Mall’s What’s Next Spring 2015 campaign. The campaign features fashion from some of Yorkdale’s premier retailers.

The New York-based photographer graduated from Vassar College where he studied economics and studio art, then he worked side-by-side with his famous father, learning the tricks of the trade firsthand and assisting on some of the most coveted fashion shoots in the world. We were lucky enough to have Victor give us an idea of what it’s like to be behind the camera, which includes flying to glamorous locations, working with some of the top faces and names in Hollywood and generally being on the speed dial of top publications and brands, such as H&M, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret and Vogue France to list several. (We’re pretty jealous.)

theFashionSpot: What are some of your fond memories so far while shooting with your father, Patrick?

Victor Demarchelier: We had a lot of great moments together, we really got to bond on a lot of our travels when I first started. I don’t get to see him as much now due to our schedules, but it was definitely a great experience.

tFS: How does New York’s culture and energy inspire your work?

VD: New York is great, it’s full of energy and action, it’s constantly moving and changing. There is a great art scene. I love New York. People are always coming and going, and there’s always something new to discover.

tFS: Tell us how you get prepped for a shoot. What are some things you do to get ready that keep you energized and feeling great?

VD: I always start with a healthy breakfast, I am quite into smoothies and juices. If I can get in a little bike ride before a shoot that really gets me up. I try to prep as much as possible before any shoot.

tFS: What vacation spots are inspiring you at the moment?

VD: I am headed to Greece this summer, somewhere I have always wanted to go. I think it’s important to always visit new locations.

tFS: What makes a good picture in your opinion? What are the key things each of your photos has to have before you’re happy with the final product/work?

VD: I think there are a lot of different things that can make a picture great; emotion, energy, character, beauty…

tFS: Name the top three celebrities/models you’ve photographed. What made each really great?

VD: Some of my favorite celebrities were Scarlett J., Naomi Watts and Jennifer C. They were all extremely beautiful in person, great people and really inspiring. Each one is unique and brings something really different to the table, but all wonderful!


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Catherine McNeil Just Delivered the Best Vogue Russia Cover in Ages (Forum Buzz)

Lately we’ve been ranting about just how mediocre, tiresome and uninspiring Vogue Russia‘s covers have become — and it appears that the once-loved title has been listening. For the newly-unveiled June 2015 edition, Alexi Lubomirski has turned up the heat with Aussie model Catherine McNeil, who poses poolside wearing a skimpy black swimsuit and hair coiffed into perfection, complete with a stunning makeup look for extra drama.

Vogue Russia June 2015 Catherine McNeil by Alexi Lubomirski


Make no mistake our forum members have shown interest. “Catherine looks ravishing! One of the strongest Vogue Russia covers I’ve seen in a long time,” AL92 proclaimed within seconds of the cover being posted.

“Best Russian Vogue cover in recent times,” agreed tigerrogue.

“Is this an original cover? Well done, Vogue Russia! The image is very sultry, I like it,” kokobombon admired.

Miss Dalloway used the word “gorgeous” to describe the cover and MON agreed, saying, “I was preparing myself to be disappointed but wow!! This is probably the visually and aesthetically strongest cover Vogue Russia has done in a while. It’s indeed fashion and very worthy for Vogue! Catherine is undeniably beautiful and that body is amazing!”

TeeVanity was quick to show enthusiasm and hailed, “This cover is everything.”

Also showing the cover some admiration was madzedre: “Amazing, the colors pop so much.”

“Lovely!! I am not her biggest fan but this is great,” gossiping noted.

Show the cover some love yourself and join the conversation here.

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Governor Cuomo Initiates Overhaul of New York Nail Salon Industry

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In response to the horrifying New York Times articles outlining the woeful conditions manicurists in New York are forced to endure – including wage theft, racism and health risks associated with the job – Governor Cuomo is taking emergency action against the salon industry in the state. 

Not only will the Governor dispatch a group to investigate salons to make sure they are not violating workers’ rights, but New York will implement a new set of rules to ensure that workers are at least minimally protected from the chemicals in nail products that many believe are having adverse effects on the health of manicurists. 

“New York State has a long history of confronting wage theft and unfair labor practices head on, and today, with the formation of this new Enforcement Task Force, we are aggressively following in that tradition,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We will not stand idly by as workers are deprived of their hard-earned wages and robbed of their most basic rights.”

Amongst the reforms, salons will be required to post a bill of rights for workers in several languages. Manicurists must wear gloves and masks to help protect them from nail product chemicals. Salons will have to sign contracts with bonding agencies to make sure underpaid workers are given their due. Salons will also be required to pay back wages for underpaid manicurists or be shut down if they fail to do so.

It might have taken a startling exposé for the government to finally sit up and pay attention to the regular abuses salon workers have to face, but hopefully by implementing these rules and attempting a mass overhaul of the industry in New York, manicurists will no longer have to endure unfair and illegal practices.

[via NYT]

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