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Two Major Fashion Glossies Head to Newsagents Down Under

Two of the biggest players in fashion magazine publishing are taking advantage of Australia’s highly competitive economy by extending their empires to down under.  

Last week it was announced that the on-again off-again Australian version of Elle magazine, which was confirmed (again) in August last year, will definitely hit newsagents in September. The digital edition ( will go live in August.

The launch is a joint venture between Hearst Magazines International and Bauer Media Group, which acquired ACP last year and boasts a portfolio of women’s titles including Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Madison. Elle will be the glossiest jewel in their crown, with a global circulation of 6,560,000 and 21 million readers across 44 editions. The magazine is currently in the process of interviewing prospective editors. Let the rumours swell.

And Elle isn’t the only glossy with its sights set on Australia. Last night former ACP editor Alison Veness threw a party to celebrate the launch of luxury Brit publication 10 Magazine (and its male counterpart 10 Men). The magazine has been around in digital form since October last year, and is now a biannual hardcover print magazine too. The expertly-timed launch must be a bit of a slap in the face for ACP: Veness is the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and founding editor of Grazia, which she left back in 2011 when sales hit a slump.

Print is far from dead in Australia, with niche publications like Frankie and Russh experiencing massive growth over the last couple of years. Whether the big players can follow suit is yet to be seen.  

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A Fresh-Faced Drew Barrymore Covers Harper’s Bazaar’s March 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)

Harper's Bazaar March 2013 - Drew Barrymore photographed by Daniel Jackson

Everyone loves Drew Barrymore, right? Right. So it is with great joy that I bring you these lovely Daniel Jackson-photographed Harper’s Bazaar magazine covers and editorial previews for the March 2013 issue. Drew looks fresh-faced, vibrant, modern and completely like her. No overzealous Photoshop wizardry here.

Harper's Bazaar March 2013 - Drew Barrymore photographed by Daniel Jackson

“Definitely one of US Bazaar's best covers in ages,” Fiercification declared. “Drew looks heavenly here. Kudos to Jackson for bringing an appropriate light and freshness to their big spring issue.”

Iluvjeisa wrote, “This was a big hit. Has Drew ever looked this good on a cover? Has the 1972 look been so tastefully emulated?” Those questions easily answer themselves (yes, no, and no, if you weren’t paying attention).

Harper's Bazaar March 2013 - Drew Barrymore photographed by Daniel JacksonHarper's Bazaar March 2013 - Drew Barrymore photographed by Daniel Jackson

“Beautiful cover,” fashionlover2001 commented. “I'm becoming a huge fan of Daniel Jackson as of late. His clean and fresh approach to photography is very appealing.”

Are you a Daniel Jackson fan yet? Because these photos are pretty good. I already know you’re a fan of Drew’s, that’s why I didn’t ask.

Harper's Bazaar March 2013 - Drew Barrymore photographed by Daniel Jackson


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Bette Franke, Daniel Jackson and Alistair McKimm Continue to Be a Great Combination for J. Mendel (Forum Buzz)

J. Mendel Spring 2013 ad campaign - Bette Franke photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alistair McKimm

J. Mendel must love the creative trio of model Bette Franke, photographer Daniel Jackson, and stylist Alistair McKimm, because for the second consecutive season they’ve used them for their ad campaign. After seeing Spring 2013 images, it’s easy to see why J. Mendel thought this trio was worth the repeat.

“Plain studio backdrop, Daniel Jackson and Bette again – but I can't even hate because this is stunning enough to catch my attention if I was flipping through a magazine,” HeatherAnne posted. “It has an editorial quality to it, and highlights the clothes beautifully/better than most ads do these days.”

J. Mendel Spring 2013 ad campaign - Bette Franke photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alistair McKimmJ. Mendel Spring 2013 ad campaign - Bette Franke photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alistair McKimm

“Gorgeous! Love the dark lip,” Elfinkova commented.

As far as I’m concerned, Bette should do her makeup like that every day for the rest of her life because she looks AMAZING. Seriously, well played, J. Mendel. These ads make me want things I have no need for.


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Link Buzz: Mobama to Cover Vogue in March?; Let’s Talk About Leather

  • It's possible that Mobama's bangs will make their Vogue debut on the cover of the fashion glossy's March issue. [Fashionologie]
  • Are you washing your face wrong? Probably. I mean, you do everything wrong. Oh wait, I'm talking about myself. [BellaSugar]
  • Leather for spring? For SPRING? Yes. Just like, think about it. [FabSugar
  • Beyonce opens up about going through a miscarriage. [DailyStab]
  • Jason Wu is collabing with Lancome because he collabs with everyone. He even owns the word "collab." Mmm not really but sort of. [SheFinds]
  • Best Rumor Ever: "Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s Breakup Negotiated By Jodie Foster" [CelebDirtyLaundry]
  • Related: "Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart: Getting Married?" [Earsucker]

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Fashion People at Risk for Fashion Flu at Fashion Week

The people that make up the fashion industry in New York may have quite a few advantages over the average chump, but bodily invincibility is not one of them.

Today The New York Times published an extensive report on how fashion is coping with the Worst Flu Season Ever in anticipation of NYFW, that cruel mistress.

(I don't want to joke too hard because this winter's been a tough one: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there have been so many flu-related deaths this season, we can go ahead and call it an epidemic.)

Prospective showgoers can expect a lower-than-usual rate of air kissing (as Dr. Barry Cohen, who works across the street from the Marc Jacobs office on Spring Street, explains: “Fashion people touch each other all day, so they get exposed over and over.") and a higher-than-usual rate of icy mistrust.

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra said they heard of one major designer who forced his runway producer to spend the week working in a closet: “She was humiliated, but wasn’t going to let that get in the way of getting paid.”

Meanwhile, Marie Claire editor and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia is warding off the cold with the help of a black cashmere Hermès scarf, which she WEARS AROUND HER MOUTH: “I try not to breath anybody else’s air,” she says, as if this were a perfectly reasonable position. At least her mouth-scarf is by Hermès: The rich do crazy with so much more style than the rest of us. 

Other things people are doing to ward off illness:

  • Trying to build up their immune systems with a diet of exclusively raw greens. Dr. Robert Glatter tells the Times he had the privilege of treating one fashionista after she got diarrhea from eating too much kale. 
  • Cynthia Rowley has been draining her bank account staying healthy by "chugging" $10 seventeen-ounce bottles of juice from Juice Press. 
  • Rachel Zoe lives in deathly fear of doorknobs. But that doesn't really surprise me; if I were her, I'd be scared of doorknobs too. 

Simon Doonan's perspective on the whole flu fiasco seems to actually be sensible: “Stay home and watch the shows [online]. Thinking you need to be there even if you’re communicating the flu is demented.” 

Yes. "Demented" is such a useful word. 

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Lena Dunham Is Writing a Fashion Comedy Series

For the past several months, being on the Internet has required steeling myself against the onslaught of Girls-centric content that's been EVERYWHERE.

I don't know. I think the extent to which people talk about the HBO show and its auteurish young creator is inversely proportional to the interestingness of the things they're saying. Me too, probably.

It all seemed like a waste of brain space, so I adapted a kind of defensive posture with regards to being online: the Internet is a Girls minefield and I now travel with extreme caution.

It's been exhausting. I think I have a cold. 

That's why I'm not happy to have to pass along this news: there's more coming. is reporting that Lena Dunham and her Girls showrunner Jenni Konner have just signed on to write HBO's new project, a comedy series based on legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich's forthcoming memoir, All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go.

So all that stuff about how Girls is the (hipper) second coming of Sex and the City? Apparently just the warm-up. Halbreich has been shopping for New York-y celebs like Joan Rivers, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric and Glenn Close for decades. She's also a TV and film wardrobe consultant, and has worked on NYC style-defining projects like early Woody Allen movies and Sex and the City.

Halbreich seems wonderful and it seems like her life's been an interesting one, but I just can't stomach the probability of a glitzier, more high-budget future version of Girls. I'm going to have to get a helmet. Or a lobotomy. 

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