It’s fair to say that V Magazine has lost its flair over recent months, having managed to make Britney Spears look unrecognizable and the ever-gorgeous Charlize Theron look lifeless on the cover of its last offering. But now the publication seems back in full form with its Fall Preview 2016 edition featuring the stars of the highly-anticipated The Neon Demon. Steven Klein captured Elle Fanning, Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee Kershaw, who all manage to deliver the goods.
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Forum members were quick to applaud V Magazine‘s efforts. “This is the V that I love! That first cover is absolutely amazing. One of the most inspired covers I’ve seen not only from them, but everywhere. Stunning,” applauded MON.
“This is indeed spectacular, and creates just the right amount of anticipation! Just wished Klein expanded a bit more with the direction, but all three girls killed it here. Very impressed with Elle and Bella, holding their own next to Abbey,” Benn98 added in amazement. (more…)
Remember that shot in Garden State where Zach Braff stares at us slash his bathroom mirror with those intensely vacant eyes, camouflaged against the room’s wallpaper by that questionable button-down? Or Gotye and Kimbra’s music video for possibly the most heart-wrenching, overplayed song of 2011? Well, now South Korean makeup artist Dain Yoon is channeling those same illusionary effects, but with much more entrancing results. (Snapchat copycats, move along.)
Yoon, a senior at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, uses watercolors and makeup to transform her facial features and body parts into mind-bending works of art. From Baroque wall clocks to cloudy skies, Yoon blends herself into her surroundings with incredible skill — and without the use of Photoshop. She also dabbles in performance art, once disguising her entire form as a garden wall. The 22-year-old’s mind-boggling talents have earned her over 29,000 Instagram followers to date. (more…)
Swedish fashion chain H&M’s new online swim editorial furthers the brand’s inclusive agenda. On the heels of its Fall 2016 runway, which featured transgender, nonwhite, plus-size and aged models alike, and its For Every Victory campaign, which starred Caitlyn Jenner, Cuban boxer Namibia Flores and Chelsea Werner, a gymnast living with Down syndrome, comes yet another grouping we can get behind.
Entitled Cool Girls in Cute Swimwear, the campaign is just that. The spread features plus-size blogger Nadia Aboulhosn, Chinese-French fitness guru Adrienne Ho, raw-food entrepreneur Natasha James and 60-year-old stylist-turned-model Gillean McLeod, among others. (more…)
It’s quite clear that Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of Kendall Jenner. He recently photographed her for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and she regularly walks the runways for Chanel and Fendi. Now, Kendall is back as the face of Fendi (after a brief hiatus). The Lagerfeld-shot campaign for the luxury Italian fashion house’s Fall 2016 collection didn’t impress our forum members, however. Sporting a bouffant hairstyle, Kendall sits cross-legged in the studio with one hand on her face, drawing attention to a gorgeous pair of cat eye sunglasses.
According to our forum members, Kendall’s modeling skills aren’t up to scratch. “She gives me nothing… there is no emotion or expression in her face, her eyes look lost and she looks bored… I’m sorry but this is just bad, how is one supposed to be attracted by those sunglasses?” asked apple.
“When you thought things couldn’t get worse, then it did,” laughed an unimpressed TaylorBinque. (more…)
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, Anthony Vaccarello is the new creative director of Saint Laurent following Hedi Slimane’s exit. After putting his own label on hiatus for the time being, Vaccarello’s first campaign for the iconic French fashion label is here for us to deliberate over. More of a teaser of what’s to come, if you will, the Italian-Belgian designer enlisted the photographic expertise of Collier Schorr, who has served up a series of minimalist black-and-white images featuring bare-faced models showing off some skin, wiping Slimane’s grungy aesthetic clean out.
The images seem to have left our forum members with mixed feelings. “He is interpreting Hedi’s Saint Laurent better than Hedi himself. I really like it. I’m sure his Saint Laurent will be good,” raved an optimistic Lola701 the second the campaign surfaced.
“This actually looks pretty interesting and the pictures are great. I need to see more though. I want more than just a literal reinterpretation of Hedi’s aesthetic. Also this looks even more youth-oriented than Slimane’s universe,” Wolkfolk said soon after. (more…)
Memes: creative outlets, sources of laughter, banes of Drake’s existence and now, the reason why Demi Lovato is (at least temporarily) quitting Twitter and Instagram.
Following an incident last week in which Lovato offered up her two cents on an unkind Mariah Carey vs. Ariana Grande meme and roused the ire of Mariah’s fanbase, the Confident singer is calling the whole thing off and sticking to Snapchat (where she can be found @theddlovato), which, for all of its tactless filters, is free of @-replies.