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Flashback: Vogue Paris May 2005 with Julia Stegner by David Sims

As I eagerly anticipate the May 2014 issue of Vogue Paris, I thought we'd take a look back at the May 2005 issue of French Vogue for our weekly flashback series.

The cover features German model Julia Stegner photographed by David Sims, and she wears a Christian Dior haute couture dress which was designed by John Galliano. Stegner was styled by Karl Templer, makeup applied by Diane Kendal and hair seen to by Guido. It's no wonder the cover shot turned out so dynamic.

Flashback, Vogue Paris May 2005 Julia Stegner


This 242 paged issue is just full of surprises. We are treated to stories from Craig McDean, David Sims, Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Not to mention the list of models: Anja Rubik, Raquel Zimmermann and Michelle Alves to name a select few.

My favorite story from the entire issue is one entitled "A L'eau" which features Brazillian model Michelle Alves donning a number of swimsuits and beachwear. The editorial is photographed by Inez & Vinoodh against a white backdrop, with styling by Emmanuelle Alt. It's just classic I&V/Alt with a fantastic looking model doing what she does best.

Can you remember this issue? Familiarize yourself with the contents here.

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Just In: Adriana Lima on Vogue Spain’s May 2014 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Brazilian model Adriana Lima has landed herself another Vogue cover. This time she's on the cover of Vogue Spain's May 2014 issue, which has just surfaced on the forums only moments ago. This is Lima's second cover of Spanish Vogue (the beauty fronted the June 2010 issue). Miguel Reveriego was the cover shoot photographer of choice this month and Vogue Spain's fashion director Belan Antolin styled the romantic looking shoot.

Vogue Spain May 2014 Adriana Lima by Miguel Reveriego


Members of theFashionSpot are loving the cover with GlamorousBoy kicking off the discussion writing, "Oh this is really beautiful!"

"WOW Divine! I love the emotion in her eyes on this covershot. This girl deserves more covers!" enthused DutchHomme.

"I'm out of words… This looks stunning!" complimented Legolas.

Emmanuelle was in the same boat but began to question the shot: "Really pretty! But something about her mouth is bothering me, I dunno," she wrote.

It seems as though Vogue Spain has given themselves a cover layout  redesign. There has been less text visible on its past two covers. Miss Dalloway also noticed this and commented, "Gorgeous, and THANK YOU for finally using less text!" The Vogue team has finally answered our prayers.

Be sure to add your valued opinion within the thread here.

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Link Buzz: Alexander Wang Turned Down Balenciaga at First; Jenna Lyons On NYC vs. LA

Alexander Wang at Balenciaga Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

Alexander Wang at Balenciaga Fall 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

  • Speaking with students at SCAD, Alexander Wang revealed that he had declined the Balenciaga job when it was first offered to him. Also, the company had to shut down security cameras at Balenciaga when the designer went to visit the house archives, to prevent news of the negotations from being leaked. [Fashionista]
  • Here's an inside look at the CFDA's new book, The Pursuit of Style. [FabSugar]
  • Your clothing could soon have chips in it, which would make it scannable (!) for strangers who want to shop your wardrobe. [Observer]
  • Big, big HUGE congrats to Jourdan Dunn, who was just named spokesmodel for Maybelline. How fantastic to see that lucrative contract go to a model, not a celebrity. And a model of color, to boot! [HuffPo]
  • Another new beauty contract: Tina Fey signs on to be the face of Garnier's Ultra-Lift skincare line. [Glamour]
  • Speaking of BEAUTY, find out why this beauty editor doesn't actually wear makeup in her day-to-day life. [BellaSugar]
  • Dannijo tells young brands: "Not every opportunity is right." [Racked]
  • Jenna Lyons discusses the difference between LA and NYC, when it comes ot style. [The Cut]

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Lorde On the Cover of Teen Vogue: “Prescribed Ideals of How Girls Should Look Are Over.” (Except, Oops. She’s Slathered in Photoshop.)

lorde teen vogue magazine cover

Image: Twitter/MarcJacobsIntl

The wondrous Lorde appears on the cover of Teen Vogue's May issue, wearing a bold plaid look from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 runway (the collection marked the debut of a new design duo tasked with reinvigorating the line, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley). 

The publication bills the 17-year-old singer Lorde as the leader of a "revolution," and quotes her saying that "prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over." Probably? Except the message comes with a touch of hypocrisy on the part of Teen Vogue. As forum member KingOfVersailles pointed out, it looks like the glossy went a little heavy on the makeup and Photoshop, considering the accompanying tagline.

Lorde has been vocal about the way photos are often distorted to sell a false image of physical perfection to fans. Two weeks ago, she shared photographs of herself before/after airbrushing on Twitter, reminding her followers that "flaws are okay." 

And although Lorde hasn't addressed whether her Teen Vogue cover was itself Photoshopped, she did speak to the "new nose" which had been fashioned onto her face in an editorial shot in the Canadian publication, Fashion:

I'm not even going to mention the fact that apart from this Photoshop business, it's a little ridiculous for Teen Vogue to align itself with an evolved ideal of beauty, when a quick glance at its cover gallery shows an array of predominantly white, thin and perfectly-coiffed starlets. So progressive! Ra ra ra. 

Related: Lady Gaga’s Unretouched Versace Campaign Outtakes Prove It: Fashion Advertising Is Bullsh*t

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Lady Gaga’s Unretouched Versace Campaign Outtakes Prove It: Fashion Advertising Is Bullsh*t

So this happened:

lady gaga no makeup unretouched versace mert and marcus ad spring 2014

Images: (left) / tFS Forums (right)

The unretouched outtakes from Lady Gaga's Versace campaign leaked to fan forum GagaDaily yesterday, and you may notice a slight difference between the original photos and the final ads, which rolled out online last November.

lady gaga no makeup unretouched versace mert and marcus ad spring 2014


We're calling it a small service to every woman living in the modern media world: Next time you look in the mirror and feel any measure of insecurity or disappointment, remember that the magic you're searching for is called Adobe Photoshop — and it only works on pixelated digital images.

lady gaga no makeup unretouched versace mert and marcus ad spring 2014


Take Lady Gaga as an example: Here's one of the most famous performers on the planet (in photographs by top fashion duo Mert and Marcus for the legendary Italian luxury brand Versace, no less) and she looks sort of awkward because she doesn't have the help of computer software. It's a nice reminder that fashion advertising does not only distort reality, it barely has a relationship to it: Lady Gaga wasn't even wearing makeup when she shot the original photos; that element was added in later, using Adobe brush tools. 



lady gaga no makeup unretouched versace mert and marcus ad spring 2014



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Exclusive: Alasdair McLellan Photographs the Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby Collection for Arena Homme+

raf simons sterling ruby arena homme plus  Alasdair McLellan Max Pearmain

For its Spring 2014 issue, Arena Homme+ got a special look at designer Raf Simons' one-off catwalk collaboration with the artist Sterling Ruby.  The project was photographed by British fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan in two parts, in Paris and London, and styled by Max Pearmain.

"You've looked very deeply into this collection, into our collaboration," said Simons, speaking with the magazine in an interview that accompies the feature. "And you've hit on the truth."

Check out an exclusive preview of the spread below. You can see the full story in the latest issue of Arena Homme+, available on newsstands now. 


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