CoverGirl is giving gender stereotypes a much-needed makeover. Yesterday, the cosmetics giant named its first-ever male spokesperson: beauty vlogger James Charles. The Instagram and YouTube sensation — at time of publishing, Charles has 507K followers and 76K subscribers, respectively — is the brand’s first-ever CoverBoy, a term coined by pop icon and current face of CoverGirl Katy Perry. On Tuesday morning, Perry welcomed Charles to the CoverGirl fold via Instagram. (See above.)
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The 17-year-old beauty savant is relatively new to the blogging scene, having started his channel only one year ago. However, Charles attracted a massive following in no time thanks to his masterful makeup looks. (more…)
Our forums tend to loathe it when magazines produce multiple covers for a single issue. Not so with American ELLE, however, which nailed the covers for its ‘Women In Comedy’ edition back in July and killed it for the annual ‘Women In TV’ issue back in January. Now it’s time for ELLE‘s annual ‘Women In Hollywood’ issue featuring Aja Noami King, Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Helen Mirren, Kathy Bates, Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o, each photographed for a solo cover by Dan Martensen.
Whose cover came out on top? As always, our forum members weren’t afraid to voice their opinions. “I think they all look great, they managed to style them just right,” kokobombon approved instantly, setting the tone for comments to follow.
“These are gorgeous. Kristen’s is by far my favorite. Everyone is styled so well. Well done ELLE,” echoed Bobby153. (more…)
Last month, Vogue Australia jumped on the Kendall Jenner bandwagon, which did not go over well with our forums. Now, in an attempt to get back in our good graces, forum favorite Victoria Beckham serves as the mag’s November cover star. No stranger to Vogue (and fresh off the cover of British Vogue), Victoria was shot in profile by Boo George for an almost iconic-looking image. The Estée Lauder collaborator looks beautiful with a messy updo hairstyle, a killer smoky eye and a crisp white shirt.
Although the cover ultimately generated a mixture of feedback, our forums were full of admiration at first glance. “Oh wow, that’s gorgeous. Very clean and sleek. Also love the silver masthead,” praised a delighted dodencebt.
“Victoria books more Vogue covers than working models. I do love the photo and the silver masthead,” agreed RanThe. (more…)
Regrettably, it’s a non-Meisel month for Vogue Italia and the publication has compensated by giving us a huge portfolio by photographer Peter Lindbergh for October 2016. In true Italian Vogue fashion, we can choose from three unique multi-covers this month, with Lindbergh delivering a trio of black and white covers to mark the occasion. Shot on location on the bustling streets of New York, a whole host of faces including Isabeli Fontana, Carolyn Murphy and Milla Jovovich storm the sidewalks of the city in the cinematic cover images.
Members of our forums were head over heels. “STUNNING image, perhaps the only non-Meisel issue I’ve loved since other photographers started shooting covers,” sounded off marsnoop2.
“I am pleased! Thrilled to see Isabeli Fontana’s second cover for VI since her debut August 2014 cover. Even though it’s not by Meisel I am happy that Lindbergh captured an inviting cover. It is nice to see real woman models,” applauded Boudoir. (more…)
Michael Kors sure does have a thing for blondes, with the likes of Sasha Pivovarova and Natasha Poly being cast as faces for the brand lately. Now it’s Anja Rubik’s turn as she lends her beauty to Michael Kors’ recently-unveiled advertising campaign for Resort 2017. Still insisting on showing us how the other half live, Anja is shot sitting very comfortably in the back of a luxurious boat with photographer Mario Testino at hand to capture the idyllic moment.
Our forum members made their opinions toward the campaign clear. “Same old, same old but I like the model choices: Natasha, Sasha now Anja,” approved kokobombon the moment the campaign dropped.
“It looks like we’ll just have to make peace with it, this formula will never change. Apparently it sells in America? Not sure if it’s just me, but the images are getting more tolerable. It’s effective in the way that it makes his clothes look vaguely interesting,” Benn98 chimed in. (more…)
Artist and DJ Juliana Huxtable for Kenzo x H&M; Image: Oliver Hadlee Pearch/H&M
Chances are by now you’ve had at least one tiger stripe-filled glimpse at the forthcoming Kenzo x H&M collection. When designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon produce a collaborative line, they often use their creations to celebrate a pivotal fashion moment, past or present. In this case, that moment is the diversity upswing.
Today, the brands released the full Olivier Hadlee Pearch-lensed Kenzo x H&M lookbook and the theme of diversity is evident not only in the eclectic cast of characters modeling the collection, but in the clothes themselves.
Lim and Leon tapped a throng of cool creatives — don’t worry, we won’t call them “real people” — to model their statement-making menswear and womenswear looks. Writer and activist Amy Sall, shutterbug Youngjun Koo, artist and DJ Juliana Huxtable (yet another transgender woman killing it in the entertainment industry), musician and performance artist Oko Ebombo, LOVE magazine editor Harriet Verney, makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, musician Anna of the North, model and rapper Le1f and professional models Mae Lapres, Hao Liu, Selena Forrest, Tom Gaskin, Julia Banas and Pierre Painchaud all stepped before Pearch’s camera.
The clothes beyond complement this talented cast. The eternally fashion-forward creative directors have given us a range that’s full of Spring 2017’s greatest hits — print collisions, voluminous sleeves, ruffles galore, unconventional bags, paperbag-waist pants — alongside various cross-cultural pieces. (more…)