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ELLE Magazine Takes Lena Dunham in a Different Direction for Its February Cover (Forum Buzz)

ELLE deserves a round of applause for styling Lena Dunham in a different way for its annual “Women in TV” cover shoot. At first we were treated to a preview of the newsstand cover. Below is the cover for subscribers where the actress, star and creator of the hit HBO show Girls sports a black tee from Michael Stars and a necklace by Tiffany & Co, styled by Samira Nasr. Lena was captured by Paola Kudacki for both covers and also posed for a series of images inside the issue, available on newsstands January 13.

US Elle February 2015 Lena Dunham


Are our forum members pleased with ELLE‘s efforts this month? “It’s a pretty good cover, but I can’t really stand Lena anymore after all those weird stories about her so-called book,” posted [Piece Of Me]. Awkward.

“Ugh, she’s so creepy. Wish people would stop giving her covers,” commented SallyAlbright.

“I don’t like her at all, and I’m trying to figure out why. Is it OK that I can’t stand her or am I just jealous because she’s like the coolest thing ever and I’m not? Don’t know,” noted gazebo, who’s unable to fathom why Lena makes for an interesting cover subject.

Benn98 didn’t think the team achieved the best look for Lena, either: “I can’t stand her but I think it’s the first time her makeup looks OK. The hair of course is horrendous. I’m quite keen to hear what she has to say. Also, I notice they gave her an OG cover, instead of the usual multi TV-girl covers. I’d have preferred to get any of those other girls featured in that edit instead. Oh well.”

Also not amused was inwhiterooms, who simply stated, “This is such a bad cover.”

Is it truly that bad?

“Love her, love her book (which I read immediately and before the backlash — I didn’t find the controversial passages to be disturbing when I read it initially), and her show. Cover image is not horrible, but it’s bland and uninspired. Ah well, this is US ELLE after all,” declared KINGofVERSAILLES.

Do you think ELLE missed the mark with its February cover? Or is this the best you’ve seen Lena look? Share your opinion here.

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Alexa Chung Sings to Promote Her AG Denim Collaboration

Alexa Chung can sing. Yes, you read that right. Fashion’s resident it-girl not only has great style, but she also sounds pretty good on a track. Chung teamed with to promote her AC for AG denim collaboration and decided to grace us with a little song to drum up excitement for the forthcoming collection in this Gia Coppola-shot video.

Chung is filmed at a party where she takes the mic for a karaoke session (to the great dismay of the other partygoers), set to Stevie Nicks’ Blue Denim. Now, we love Stevie Nicks, but we’re not mad at Chung’s rendition of the tune. Her easygoing, slightly raspy vocals had us bopping our heads along to the cover. Maybe she should consider a recording contract? Perhaps a duet with Cara Delevingne

Listen to Chung for yourself in the video above.

[via MyTheresa]

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Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry Front Macy’s INC 30th Anniversary Campaign

Image: Donato Sardella for WWD

Image: Donato Sardella for WWD

Macy’s INC is turning 30 and to celebrate, it’s tapping the talents of Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry to help get the party started. 

The first photos show Klum and Aubry in a few black, navy and white looks. The mighty fine Aubry dons a navy suit, white shirt and casual black sneakers while Klum poses alongside the hunky model in a striped dress with a thigh-high slit and strappy sandals. In another shot, Heidi sports a white belted trench coat and patterned shorts. WWD has a sneak peek of the campaign, which is due to roll out mid-February.

Klum will serve as INC’s brand ambassador for womenswear and appear in campaigns throughout the year, while Aubry will hold it down for INC’s menswear collections. “I’ve always loved INC for bringing runway fashion to the masses,” Klum said of the brand in a press release. “Throughout the years, INC has been a forerunner in creating clothing that make women feel confident and sexy.” Klum previously modeled for Macy’s INC back in 1999.

Look out for the campaign images once it officially goes live next month.

[h/t WWD]

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Jack O’Connell Is the New Face of Prada (Forum Buzz)

Miuccia Prada continues to prove she’s in fine form as she casts rising star Jack O’Connell to front Prada’s menswear campaign for Spring 2015. The British actor arrived on radars after being cast as the lead role in the Angelina Jolie directed movie Unbroken where he plays Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war survivor. After the release of the movie and a cover of Man About Town, Jack was photographed by Craig McDean for the Prada ads. Shot in black and white, the actor sits back in a chair as he plays with a geometric item looking like his usual self.

Ad Campaign Prada Menswear Spring 2015 Jack O'Connell


Are our forums impressed? “YES!!! I LOVE HIM! I’m very happy for him! For me, he is either a Tom Ford and a Prada kinda guy! Go boy!” exclaimed an elated Lola701, who’s clearly a fan of the pairing.

“This is absolutely incredible. What a perfect choice, what a perfect image, yes applause!” posted TeeVanity.

“Yes. This is perfect. He looks great and the photos are great,” raved mistress_f.

“I had a feeling that he’d get the campaign. I honestly think he can photograph better than that and though it is miles away from my vision of the collection I think it works really well. Love the cinematic feeling,” credited Wolkfolk.

On the other hand, HeatherAnne wasn’t ecstatic. “We get it fashion world, you got suckered right into him, but he’s way too overexposed right now, and kind of a douche,” she commented inside the thread.

For the sake of variety, Jack doesn’t star in the campaign alone. Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Ethan Hawke were each shot by McDean in both London and New York for the ads. Check the full campaign out inside the thread here.

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International Woolmark Prize Menswear Contestants Release Teaser Videos

The International Woolmark Prize winner for menswear will be announced on Friday and ahead of the big day, each of the five labels up for judging has put out a video teasing their collections created for the competition.

Australia’s Strateas.Carlucci, the UAE’s The Emperor 1688, Asger Juel Larsen of Denmark, Sise from Japan and the USA’s Public School each put together a fashion film related to their respective six-piece collections, some actually showing a piece from the range, others simply capturing a mood.

Each label is competing for $100,000 AUD and the chance to sell their pieces at retailers across the globe, like Italy’s 10 Corso Como, Britain’s Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hong Kong’s Joyce, Matches Fashion and more. High-collared turtlenecks seem to be all the rage with this crop of designers. WWD published a sneak peek of a few of the looks that will be presented on Friday and of the five, three of them boast oversized turtlenecks. 

Peep Public School’s entry above and catch the rest of the films on the International Woolmark Prize’s website

[via IWP, WWD]

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Mario Testino Fails to Capture Rosamund Pike in the Best Light for Vanity Fair (Forum Buzz)

Rejoice! That horrendous January cover of Vanity Fair with Bradley Cooper is about to disappear from newsstands as the magazine has just released its February 2015 cover via Facebook. Mario Testino photographed English actress Rosamund Pike, unfortunately failing to capture the Gone Girl actress in her best light. The cover is refreshing for a February issue, we’ll give it that, but something appears to be a little off. 

Vanity Fair February 2015 Rosamund Pike Mario Testino


Our forum members sure aren’t afraid to let us know how they’re feeling about the cover. “When even a beautiful subject like Rosamund can not be shown in her ‘best’ light by Testino, it’s truly time to take a damn break! What is this? She looks cross-eyed, weird angle, that no one can look good from, and horrible hair!” slammed Miss Dalloway.

“What a weird angle,” added Marc10.

“Beautiful woman, but this isn’t the best angle Mario has chosen,” responded Nymphaea.

Also in agreement was Melancholybaby: “When I watched Gone Girl, I was mesmerized by her presence on film, she looked like the most beautiful woman in the world. And here she is in front of Testino’s lens looking like this. Back in the days his main talent was making everyone he shot look glamorous, beautiful, desirable and now he has even lost that. Everything he does now is so two-dimensional, so flat, so fake and lifeless.”

“Yeah, how do you screw up a picture of a woman this beautiful? That aside, I would be thrilled to see Rosamund on every cover. She has been so underrated for so long and I am loving all the attention for her!” shared SallyAlbright.

TREVOFASHIONISTO didn’t admire the styling of the cover shoot and posted, “Such a dated look for her.”

What do you think of Rosamund’s cover of Vanity Fair? See a preview of the cover story and share your opinion with us here.

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