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A Radiant Natalie Portman Fronts the August Issue of Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

Magazines think they’re doing us a favor by producing double issues, but on our forums, we only think of it as another whole month we have to wait for the next cover reveal. The August 2015 edition of Harper’s Bazaar dropped earlier today featuring a beautiful and radiant Natalie Portman, who suddenly feels like a refreshing cover subject for the American title. The Norman Jean Roy shoot certainly feels like a breath of fresh air as the actress warms her skin under natural sunlight wearing a pink Prada number on the newsstand cover (left), while showcasing a full-length gown on the cover for subscribers (right).

US Harper's Bazaar August 2015 Natalie Portman by Norman Jean Roy


Forum members immediately began to sing Bazaar‘s praises. “Stunning! Best Bazaar covers this year,” zoom announced right away.

“This is all I expect from Bazaar. Easy, simple, glamour. Give me lovely looking girls and settings and I’ll forgive them for no longer producing iconic work,” added A.D.C.

“It’s lovely, but what sort of weird shadow is going on, in the newsstand shot?” asked tigerrouge as the attitude started to go south.

Also noticing the blunder was MON: “This is above their standards. She looks beautiful, but what on earth is up with that shadow? Is this a studio shot edited to look like an outdoor shot? The shadow is beyond laughable. Anyway, the subscribers cover is fabulous! Although it doesn’t look realistic, it’s just so elegant.”

Forum member honeycombchild wasn’t so forgiving, either. “The fake shadow on the newsstand is awful. Shame, could have been beautiful. The subscribers shot is a great idea but to be picky, she should have been dropped further down into the composition I feel,” he noted.

“Both covers are stunning, surprisingly,” Style Savvy shared as things got back on track.

Which do you prefer? Join the conversation here.

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Kim Kardashian’s Selfies Get Turned into Works of Art in Hilarious New Tumblr

If you ask Kanye West, he would probably agree that Kim Kardashian is a work of art that should be revered and gazed upon by people all over the world. That said, we think Yeezy would very much approve of this tumblr, Kim at the Museum (created by the Sid Lee creative agency), which sets images from Ms. Kardashian West’s Selfish book against pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a hilarious clash of highbrow art and pop culture.

Kim Kardashian’s likeness in historic works of art like Andrea Solario’s Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, Francesco Granacci’s Madonna and Child, Gustave Courbet’s Woman with a Parrot and more elevates each work to levels they have never achieved. Because really – what could make a well-maintained 15th-century painting more relevant than an image of Kim Kardashian’s nipples poking through a wet white T-shirt?

See some more images from the tumblr below.

[h/t ELLE]

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Here are Princess Charlotte’s Adorable Christening Photos by Mario Testino

Princess Charlotte was christened over the weekend and Mario Testino was there to document the whole thing. The famed fashion photographer was the official shutterbug for the occasion and has been sharing some of the images on his Instagram page.

So far, he’s posted four pictures, a portrait of the entire family (minus Prince Harry), a very sweet image of Duchess Kate holding baby Charlotte, an adorable snap of the royal family of four, and a heartbreakingly cute picture of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George grinning from ear to ear. 

“I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to take these portraits on the occasion of Princess Charlotte’s christening, to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much,” Testino captioned the first group image he posted.  

It’s all very adorable. Check out the images in the gallery below.  (more…)

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The Best #Rockthecroptop Posts In Response to O Magazine’s Crop Top Rules

O magazine finds itself in a bit of trouble over a feature it ran saying that only people with flat stomachs should wear crop tops. Naturally, such a declaration sparked the ire of the Internet, which called out the feature for body shaming. In response, women all over social media rocked their crop tops to show that you don’t need to have Rihanna’s midsection to nail the trend.

Plus-size blogger Sarah Conley got wind of the feature and penned a post decrying its tone. “I was shocked to see this kind of body shaming language from any magazine, much less one named after a woman who has had her weight scrutinized throughout her career,” she wrote. “Flat stomachs are like thigh gaps – we’re not all meant to have one. I know women who have worked out four hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of that dream only to be thwarted by genetics. But the good news is that crop tops can work for any woman.”

Obviously, anyone can wear a crop top and it can actually be quite flattering – no matter what your body type. Realizing its misstep, O has already come forward to apologize. “We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident and live their best lives – in this case, we could have expressed it better,” it said in a statement. “We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”

If any good has come out of this debacle, it’s the inspiring photos of women of all sizes proudly wearing their crop tops to prove they can wear whatever they want. #rockthecrop is officially a movement. Below, a few of our faves. (more…)

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John Lewis Announces Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Line

Following its successful Alice Temperley line, British department store John Lewis has now teamed up with British couture designer Bruce Oldfield on a 60-piece women’s ready-to-wear collection.

Set to mark a new chapter in fashion history for retailer, the Bruce by Bruce Oldfield collection will be bringing the designer’s couture aesthetic to the John Lewis customer for the first time ever. The goal was to transform those everyday go-to pieces with Oldfield’s signature couture silhouette. The colour palette of choice is mainly monochromatic as the collection is brought to life thanks to its clever use of innovative structure and textures. 

As the capsule collection features a wide range of pieces, from skinny jeans to more exuberant items, such as velvet and silk statement dresses, Oldfield quite rightly refers to it as a “sophisticated, distinctive and versatile” collection. Among the standout pieces is definitely the collection’s black Little Bruce dress with £20 from the sale of each being donated to the Barnardo’s children’s charity, of which Oldfield is the vice president. (more…)

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Did Glamour Do Amy Schumer Justice on Its August Cover? (Forum Buzz)

Glamour‘s July issue starring Kim Kardashian no doubt did well on the newsstands. Moving forward, the title taps Amy Schumer for its August 2015 edition, photographed in a blue Narcisco Rodriguez dress teamed with a Stella McCartney bra. Matt Irwin shot the cover and the accompanying story with Beth Fenton on styling duties. The American comedian can also be found inside the issue sporting pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Donna Karan.

Yet our forum members aren’t exactly thrilled with what Glamour has achieved. “And the really bad covers keep coming,” slammed jal718.

“Genuinely did not recognize who it was on that cover, what an awful photo,” shared an unimpressed SallyAlbright.

In agreement was tigerrogue: “It’s like we don’t get to see any of Amy on that cover, it’s just a shapeless mass of blue fabric and hair in front of her face. They could have done so much better with her. You’d think the team would have some tricks to bring out the best in their cover stars.”

MON wasn’t showering Glamour with much praise either. “How unflattering does this look and it is most definitely not Amy’s fault! She a beautiful, sexy and confident woman and the cover does not embody any of that! I would’ve gone with a form fitting dress to show the world of how sexy her curves are and how proud she is of them. And that wind effect, really? What’s up with the black color scheme lately? It’s too dark and makes their covers look dated!”

“So amazing to see her on the cover, sure they could have done her more justice, but I still like it,” acknowledged Miss Dalloway.

A missed opportunity on Glamour‘s behalf? Add your own two cents here