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Versace Brings Back Crotchless Chaps With Its Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Yesterday on InstagramMert Alas posted a preview of the Versace Fall 2014 ads, which he shot together with longtime collaborator Marcus Piggott. The first thing to note is the presence of crotchless chaps in the menswear campaign, which stars models Filip Hrivnak and Daan van der Deen:

Versace Ad with two shirtless male models in crotchless embellished chaps

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I don't know how you feel about crotchless pants, but you have to appreciate Versace's attention to detail: the way the printing on the underwear complements the embroidery crawling across the leg of Daan's jeans and the graphic on his T-shirt. If you have any inclination to wear crotchless pants, this is how you do it. 

There are other, chest-related aspects of this photo that we could discuss, but I'll leave you to silently ponder those while I move on to the womenswear campaign below. Please join me whenever you're ready.

Versace Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I wish this were the baseline for fashion photography (and in fact, it does borrow something from two of the genre's most influential practitioners — Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton). The image, featuring models Anna Ewers and Stella Tennant, is sleek and sexy; it makes me want to buy Versace clothing, and I don't typically identify with the Versace brand. Combining high commercial appeal with a strong conceptual vision, the ad draws you in as a viewer and evokes a mood. 

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More Details Surface on Rita Ora x Adidas

Internationally, Rita Ora is known as a pop princess whose star is still rising. Stateside, she's that girl who is a singer or something, who's always hanging out with Cara Delevingne and getting invited to awards shows when she's never nominated for anything. Despite the fact that she hasn't made waves on the Billboard charts in our neck of the woods, her international fame has had brands clamoring for Rita Ora, who signed on for a three-season partnership with Adidas.

The streets have been buzzing about Ora's latest effort for months, but now, WWD has more details on the forthcoming project. The range is divided up into five capsule themes, offering apparel, accessories and footwear, which will trickle out between the months of August and November. The first, her "Black" line will be available starting August 21, with her "Pastel" and "Colorblock Packs" debuting September 4. Her "Spray" and "Roses" collections drop November 1–just in time for holiday shopping.

The collection is a reflection of Rita's funky style. Expect glow-in-the-dark detailing, bold floral prints, see-through panels, reptile-embossed leather, lots and lots of florals and more. The singer's been slowly leaking looks from the collection–she's been spotted around town sporting a few of the pieces already, and she's even posted previews to Instagram:


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Kate Winslet’s Harper’s Bazaar Cover is ‘Too Festive For June’ (Forum Buzz)

We're spoiled with new magazine covers surfacing on the forums this week. Harper's Bazaar's June/July 2014 cover with Kate Winslet was posted over the weekend and we're getting mixed reviews from our forum members. The actress is seen lounging against a red backdrop, hand in her hair and looking sultry as ever while being photographed by Daniel Jackson and wearing a black Lanvin dress.

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"I think it is too festive for June, isn't it? it looks like a Christmas cover… and her decollete looks so inhuman," writes GlamorousBoy, who clearly wasn't feeling the cover.

"This looks like a November or January cover or something. Beautiful Kate though so I'm always happy to see her around," commented honeycombhild.

Miss Dalloway was simply unsatisfied: "Oh my! What is up with June covers?! None of the women on them look their best, what a bad angle, bad layout, bad background…nothing works here. And as if it wasn't crowded enough, lets put a HUGE banner!"

"There's a certain hardness to this cover shot that I actually like. It's a woman who doesn't seem too impressed by who's looking at her. Or perhaps it's the person taking her picture," wrote tigerrouge.

While I also agree the cover shot is more fitting for a winter cover, I cannot help but love this. It's different to what the other publications are doing this month. Kate looks incredible and Daniel Jackson has become a credit to American Bazaar.

Be sure to join the discussion within the thread here.

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A ‘Ravishing’ Natasha Poly Wows at Cannes – and is Confirmed for Next Gucci Campaign! (Forum Buzz)

Natasha Poly at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

image credit: gettyimages

Russian model Natasha Poly has made her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival once again, and her fans on the tFS forums are delighted as per usual. For the premiere of the Saint Laurent movie, the L'Oreal spokesmodel donned a gorgeous black Oscar de la Renta gown. 

"I adore her dress at the red carpet. It's funny, pretty and still glamorous. It's something I would wear if I have to attend," commented jexxica.

IceePriincess shared similar sentiments. She posted, "I love the fact that she can make a classic-black dress into something very refreshing and not boring. And I love her make up at Cannes."

"It's been forever since I've been on this thread; she looks ravishing at Cannes!" exclaimed KKnardi.

But Ms. Poly's attendance at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival was not the only news that kept her fans buzzing all weekend. It was also revealed that Natasha is set to star in the next Gucci ad campaign, according to WWD. Since the Pre-Fall campaign has already been released, it is safe to assume that Natasha nabbed the Fall/Winter campaign. 

"Finally!!!!! SHE'S BACK!!!! I missed her so much for Gucci!" was miguelalmeida's reaction to the news.

Are you excited? Share your feelings about these with other fans in her thread on the forums

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Wear Your Instagram Pictures with Adidas

If there is one footwear trend that has won us all over again this season it is trainers, and what could be better than Adidas letting you put your artistic input into each pair? The footwear brand has tapped into our pretty overwhelmingly obvious love of Instagram by launching a new app that will let you print your photos straight onto a pair of ZX Flux trainers all just by pressing a few buttons. So if you think of yourself as a bit of a photographer or just want another way to show off pictures of your lunch, then this is literally the most perfect way to show the world.

Adidas launched the campaign on its Instagram page today asking followers, "ARE YOU READY? Take the #zxflux to the next level with the ultra innovative photo print app from #miadidas." Going on to tell them, "Print your favourite photos straight onto one of 2014's hottest silhouettes and make a statement on your sneakers like never before. Rolling out on iPhone and Android from August 2014. The possibilities are limitless."

Whilst we are all accustomed to the idea of personalisation with brands like Nike having promoted this through its Nike IDs that can be customised to create the perfect trainer from a vast range, Adidas is the first brand to let you print your photos straight onto the shoe. So while you may be restricted to one style now, there are unlimited design options.

The Adidas Photo Print app will be available on iPhone and Android from August.

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Cruelty is Not Fashion Commentary: One Woman’s Awful Experience on the Red Carpet

Sarah Millican Bafta Dress

Image: Getty

When she was first nominated for a 2013 Bafta Award, Sarah Millican was flattered and proud. But she didn't know that she was in for a nasty surprise. Appearing on the red carpet in a floral John Lewis dress, the British comedian became a target for the bored Internet trolls who make hatred a hobby. Now, one year later, Millican has come forward with a frank essay about the vile treatment she was subjected to. Some excerpts:

On choosing a dress that fit her figure:

"I danced into John Lewis knowing that a) they have lots of mini shops in there, and b) I can fit it into most of them. Fancy expensive designer shops are out for me as I’m a size 18, sometimes 20, and I therefore do not count as a woman to them."

Describing what it's like for a normal person to walk the red carpet:

"The red carpet is very intimidating, although I garnered a few laughs when I replied to the 'Who are you wearing?' question with 'John Lewis' and the 'Where did you get your dress?' question with 'The Trafford Centre.' I had a few awkward photos taken by the wall of paparazzi. Awkward as I’m not a model (I’m a comedian), have never learnt how to pose on a red carpet (I’m a comedian) and I have pretty low self-esteem."

Crying in the car on the way home:

"I went onto Twitter and it was like a pin to my excitable red balloon. Literally thousands of messages from people criticising my appearance. I was fat and ugly as per usual. My dress (the one that caused ooohs in a department store fitting room?) was destroyed by the masses. I looked like a nana, my dress was disgusting, was it made out of curtains, why was I wearing black shoes with it. I cried. I cried in the car."

Why all the hate?

"I’m sorry. I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them."

And finally, a perfect plan for revenge:

"I made a decision the following day that should I ever be invited to attend the Baftas again, I will wear the same dress. To make the point that it doesn’t matter what I wear; that’s not what I’m being judged on. With the added fun of answering the red carpet question, 'Where did you get your dress?' with 'Oh, it’s just last year’s, pet.'"

There are three vital lessons for all here: 

  1. Just because you don't know someone doesn't mean they aren't realMean Girls was a satire, not a guidebook. 
  2. Cruelty is not fashion commentary — And it's also not a good look. 
  3. Women are not required to be fashionable or pretty. Women are not required to conform their appearance to the beauty standard — Sexism, objectification, patriarchy: let's collectively try a little harder to stop feeding into all of that stuff, okay?

[via RadioTimes h/t PolicyMic]

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