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Merriam-Webster’s 2014 Word of the Year Is…

Forget “bae” and “feminist,” 2014 was all about the word “culture,” at least according to Merriam-Webster. The dictionary has named it this year’s buzzword, thanks to a huge jump in lookups over the past months. 

Merriam-Webster attributes 2014′s preoccupation with defining phenomena (both pertinent and frivolous) in our society for the word’s popularity. Rape culture, celebrity culture and cultural appropriation, for example, were talked about a lot this year and it had folks turning to their dictionaries. “The term conveys a kind of academic attention to systematic behavior and allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group,” Merriam-Webster writes, noting that it usually sees a spike in lookups for the word around the time when school starts, but this time the word had a strong showing all year long.

Nostalgia, insidious, legacy, feminism, je ne sais quoi (more of a phrase than a word, really), innovation, surreptitious, autonomy and morbidity rounded out the top 10 list. Pretty important words, if you ask us.

[via Merriam-Webster]

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Announces 2015 Nominees

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Best Actress Nominee Reese Witherspoon; image: WENN

The critics have spoken. This morning, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its picks for the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Several names that have already turned up in the SAG and Golden Globes nominations also made the cut for this list. Favorites like Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything received nods in several categories. 

The awards are set to air January 15 on A&E, and football player cum TV personality Michael Strahan will host the show. Below, the full list of nominees. 

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Does Sienna Miller Deserve Yet Another Cover of Vogue Magazine? (Forum Buzz)

We’re often left hanging when it comes to U.S. Vogue‘s upcoming issue, but this time around we’ve seen it pretty quickly. The magazine’s January cover surfaced on our forums over the weekend and we are currently debating Anna Wintour’s choice of cover subject. Sienna Miller stars on Vogue‘s first issue of 2015, shot by Mario Testino (who also photographed Sienna for Vogue‘s now famous September 2007 issue), with Tonne Goodman on styling duty. Goodman selected an eye-catching Burberry trench for the Foxcatcher actress to showcase, but with uninspiring results.

US Vogue January 2015 Sienna Miller Mario Testino

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Members of our forums aren’t exactly pleased with Sienna’s latest Vogue cover. “Her second January cover? Oh Anna. Not a good start to the year. I don’t like the red. And what’s with these hat covers? Taylor, Gwen, now her,” commented Benn98, questioning Sienna’s fourth cover for the magazine.

“This isn’t very fashion to me. It looks more like Good Housekeeping magazine, not Vogue,” slammed valliaddict.

Urban Stylin wondered, “Is there a clause that she must always be photographed by Mario Testino?”

“It’s funny, I remember her name but I always forget her face. I have no idea in which movies she’s [in] or if I’ve ever seen her in a movie. She’s that forgettable. This cover is bad. Red and blue are an awful combination. And why her and not someone more exciting? Oh well, I do remember that Anna likes her a lot,” posted anlabe32, sharing her disappointment.

“I hate everything about it. The coat and hat don’t go together and swallow her up, her expression is unsure. So so disappointed,” wrote gazebo.

“Enough of the generic blonde actresses and the same models every month. FIRE ANNA!” demanded HeatherAnne.

Also not having any of it was A.D.C., who asked, “Would any other American magazine give Sienna Miller a cover in 2015?” hinting Vogue‘s on a downward spiral.

See inside the thread for a review of Vogue‘s January 2015 issue alongside some previews. Join the discussion for yourself here.

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Scoop Up Gap x GQ’s BNMDA Holiday Collab While You Still Can

Gap X GQ Best New Menswear Designers of America Holiday 2014 Capsule Collection

Gap X GQ Best New Menswear Designers in America Holiday 2014 Capsule Collection

If you didn’t satisfy your Gap x GQ fix in September, act fast. The four finalists for the magazine’s Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2014 honor are back for the holidays with a limited-edition capsule collection that’s expected to fly off shelves in record time.

The special six-piece range includes a dobby oxford and tie from Brooklyn Tailors, a premium leather backpack and dopp kit by En Noir, a wool shirt jacket by John Elliott + Co and a sherpa-lined hoodie from M.Nii. The collection is available starting today in select Gap stores and online.

 

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We’ve Seen Jennifer Aniston’s January Allure Cover a Thousand Times Before (Forum Buzz)

Thanks to Fashion Scans Remastered, we have seen the January titles of various American publications roll out over the weekend. Vogue came first and now Allure‘s first cover of 2015 surfaced on our forums. The magazine tapped Jennifer Aniston as its cover subject this time around, after failing to impress us with the December cover featuring Allison Williams. But we aren’t exactly jumping for joy with the latest installment. Jennifer was photographed by Michael Thompson looking like her usual self with soft, tousled waves and minimal makeup, while wearing a plunging top and looking very early 2000s.

Allure January 2015 Jennifer Aniston

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Our forum members have surely noticed and are currently voicing their opinions. “What an awful cover! This post-production is terrible,” slammed narcyza, not very impressed with the cover.

“Eek! Don’t like the lighting and her laugh. And what’s with the amateur art direction?” questioned Benn98.

“For a tagline that talks about hair, it’s ironic that her hair is horrible in this shot; it’s looking so frizzy. And I feel when it comes to magazines, Jennifer’s always the same, and it’s so boring. This could easily have been a part of her Bazaar cover, or any editorial that she’s done that I could remember,” added an underwhelmed ash92.

“Ouch….very poorly executed cover and very dated looking Jennifer Aniston,” agreed justaguy.

“Rachel Karen Green I will forever be in love with you but this cover feels like a reprint or something, I feel like I’ve seen this before,” shared KateTheGreatest.

Also unimpressed was tigerrouge, who posted, “I feel like a voyeur, unavoidably looking down the front of her dress. But don’t come at me with an image of Jennifer Aniston and put the words ‘hair makeover’ on it. The evolution of that woman’s hair happens at a slightly slower pace than an ice age. She’s more about the power of remaining true to your style. Not experimentation.”

Are you a fan of Jennifer’s new cover for Allure‘s January 2015 issue? Await the cover story and tell us your own opinion here.

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Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn Join Forces for Burberry’s Spring 2015 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Burberry Prorsum has released its brand spanking new campaign for Spring 2015 and it’s sure to be a hit. The British luxury fashion house tapped none other than Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn to pose alongside each other (similar to Kate Moss and Miss Campbell on the cover of French Vogue back in 2008), while giving us everything. Photographed by Mario Testino, the dynamic duo don various colorful trenchcoats and accessories from Christopher Bailey’s vibrant collection and we couldn’t be more ecstatic about the casting!

Burberry Spring 2015 Noami & Jourdan Mario Testino

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Members of our forums are currently digesting the newly released fashion ads. “Women’s is fabulous! I was expecting same old same old but this is the most perfect cast I can think of. They look strong and warm at the same time,” shared gazebo, clearly a fan of Burberry’s new ads.

“Thrilled to see Jourdan at Burberry again, I love this girl and she looks amazing. Same for Naomi, very excited to see her here too. I really enjoy the images, the blue background is a pleasing color. It’s not the most exciting campaign but it really is a great cast. I hope they keep it just these two ladies and don’t throw Cara or someone in there just for the sake of it,” added LastNight.

Nepenthes was quick to voice his opinion and wrote, “Naomi and Jourdan together for Burberry make me really happy! Kinda wish Malaika was there too since she’s one of the new Burberry girls but still, this is great!”

Also admiring the casting this season was TheoG: “What a fantastic ad! Looking at this makes me happy. It isn’t the most amazing ad but it says a lot and I admire that. Just wish Jourdan would get rid of that hair tone.”

“Damn, when was the last time Naomi worked with Burberry? I’m not too crazy about the actual images, but I love this just for the fact that Naomi AND Jourdan are in the campaign,” shared orchidee.

Although not everyone’s feeling it completely. “Well this duo is certainly better than Cara & Kate. They look incredible! Not even gonna comment on the campaign itself and Testino anymore. It’s almost offensive how [he] doesn’t even try,” commented Marc10, unimpressed with the direction Testino took.

Like what you see? Take a peek inside the thread for more campaign images and join the discussion for yourself here

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