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Kanye West and Joan Smalls Star in Balmain’s Dynamic Fall 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

You have to hand it to Olivier Rousteing for propelling Balmain into the modern age. His relationships with the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna have been paramount in the iconic French label’s ongoing success and he’s certainly made use of his connections, regularly turning his high-profile BFFs into campaign stars. After Rousteing welcomed back three supermodels from the 90s for the campaign last season, the designer has asked Kanye West to star in the Fall 2016 campaign along with model Joan Smalls. Photographed in black and white, the duo appears to be battling it out in the dynamic shot which surfaced earlier today.

Balmain F/W 2016.17 : Joan Smalls & Kanye West

IMAGE: VIA US VOGUE’S AUGUST 2016 DIGITAL EDITION

Members of our forums are currently sharing mixed feelings toward the campaign. “Hideous. Awful. Disappointing. Trashy. Two awful people. Just some words in my mind right now. Can I say that I really, really hate this. Like intensely hate this brand right now. They’re doing everything I despise,” slandered a horrified anlabe32.

“I hate Olivier’s Balmain, but this isn’t so bad. Joan and Kanye is so random though. This should’ve been two models or him and Kim,” said Scotty. (more…)

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Calling All Beauty Bloggers: Kim Kardashian’s New Reality Show Wants You to Compete to Join Her Glam Squad

Kim Kardashian’s vision of America is akin to that of Andrew Carnegie. Much like the late steel tycoon, she believes everyone is entitled to a chance at fame and fortune. And by everyone, we mean beauty bloggers with substantial followings, known for their makeup skills and tutorials.

According to a casting call announcement first spotted by PopSugar, Kim K has yet another reality show in works. Executive produced by KiKi herself (videographer of Kanye, foe of Taylor Swift) and the deep pockets behind Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York, the show, a sort of America’s Next Top Model for beauty bloggers, has already been picked up by a major cable television network. (more…)

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Paloma Elsesser and Claire Fountain Star in Nike’s New (Sort of) Body Positive Bra Ads

Curvy model Paloma Elsesser in Nike's latest sports bra offering.

Image: Nike

Nike has been through its share of ups and downs. Recently, the company received some good press for upping worker benefits and sustainability goals, only to be dubbed toxic by Greenpeace soon after for failure to eliminate 100 percent of PFCs and a lack of transparency about suppliers. However, we can now add another check in Nike’s “win” column thanks to the brand’s latest social media initiative, #Brahaus, which consciously, refreshingly, features non-straight-sized women without labeling them as “plus-size.” Nike is the first activewear giant to make the statement that being curvy doesn’t equate to being unhealthy.

Underlining the idea that women of all sizes care about fitness, among Nike’s five social media campaign stars are curvy model Paloma Elsesser and Trill Yoga creator Claire Fountain. The brand shares their stories whilst also showcasing its latest line of sports bras, the Nike Pro bra collection.

New York-based “culture creator,” ASOS Curve model, muse to Pat McGrath and all-around cool girl Paloma tells Nike she first discovered her love of fashion “rifling in my sister and mom’s closet. I would construct these costumes and leave for school the next day. Some days I was girly, some boyish, some punk. I remember being fascinated at how I could transcend my regular dress and be whoever I wanted to be, by simply using clothes.” (more…)

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Chanel’s ‘Sad Collage’ of a Campaign for Fall 2016 Is a Flop According to tFS Forums (Forum Buzz)

As reported on our forums back in March, Mariacarla Boscono and Sarah Brannon were handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to star in Chanel’s upcoming Fall 2016 campaign, replacing Mica Arganaraz and Lineisy Montero who roamed the streets of Brooklyn for the brand last season. Photographed by Lagerfeld (per usual) and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the ads feature an artsy cut-and-paste collage design, which unfortunately failed to impress our forum members. 

Chanel F/W 2016.17 : Mariacarla Boscono & Sarah Brannon by Karl Lagerfeld

IMAGE: WWD.COM

Forum members were not feeling the concept. “No. This Looks cheap, like a fragrance campaign for 12-year-olds,” slammed dcmaike at once.

“First the Prada background and now this?” asked a horrified SpeakThatJDunn. (more…)

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Hailey Baldwin Makes Her Design Debut, Because of Course

Hailey Baldwin releases a capsule collection with Australian luxury label The Daily Edited.

Image: The Daily Edited

These days, the mark of a truly successful model is a design credit. In recent years we’ve seen more and more brands releasing capsule collections of clothes and accessories with famous faces in order to capitalize on their social media clout and signature style. Think: Karlie Kloss for Frame, Joan Smalls for True Religion, Cara Delevingne for DKNY, Kendall (and Kylie) for Nordstrom and Pacsun, Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger and many, many more.

Following in the footsteps of her besties Kendall and Gigi, Hailey Baldwin, face of Guess and Tommy Hilfiger, big-name runway show walker and keeper of more than 6.5 million Instagram followers, has added the coveted designer notch to her belt. The Instagirl just announced her collaboration with Australian luxury leather goods label The Daily Edited. (more…)

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Kendall Jenner Nails Elvis Impersonation in Fendi’s Fall 2016 Ad Campaign

Karl Lagerfeld, much like Marc Jacobs, has long been a champion for Kendall Jenner. Recently, he graced the bonafide supermodel with the opening spot at Fendi’s breathtaking 90th anniversary show. As a follow-up to Kendall’s fountain-side stroll, three days ago the brand revealed the first images from its Fall 2016 campaign, starring the catwalk queen, who posed for none other than Lagerfeld himself.

 

Fendi FW16 campaign shot by @karllagerfeld

A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on

In one photo, the 20-year-old model channels a young Elvis Presley. Her recently cropped tresses are styled in a tight, boyish bouffant, her smoky eye makeup at once conceals and accentuates her full, coquettish lashes. Her orange and purple-striped button-down shirt and brown slacks contribute to the ad’s offbeat, 60s-era androgynous vibe. (more…)

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