Allure has had a terrific year thus far (major staff changes aside) and the magazine continues to steam ahead with newfound confidence. The American beauty bible has managed to secure girls-of-the-moment Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner for recent covers and served up a pixel-perfect cover featuring Jessica Alba last month. Now, sure to gain even more momentum, Allure scored none other than Kendall Jenner for October — this month’s unparalleled must-have cover girl. Yes, you’re about to see a whole lot more of Kendall at the newsstand (since she’s got three major Vogue covers this month) as she returns to the cover of Allure, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.
Members of our forums couldn’t hold their tongues for long. “That boring face again,” sighed a disapproving liberty33rlb the moment the cover struck.
“Allure‘s got to keep itself alive by any means. An awkward cover shot to match the awkward cover line. I get this magazine every month and I don’t mind what the new editor is doing, because she hasn’t shifted radically from the formula that Linda Wells created, but still, it often feels like there’s a wind blowing through the magazine, because there’s an empty sense to the pages, so I’m giving it until the end of the year before I abandon the title,” stated tigerrogue. (more…)
Chambray all day; Image: Goop
Goop’s been toying with our emotions lately. The newsletter-turned-lifestyle site-turned-all-encompassing brand released its own organic skincare line earlier this year with revered brand Juice Beauty (It rules; Cue happy tears). Then, founder Gwyneth Paltrow’s somewhat ill-worded Sage Summit comments had us all thinking she was consciously uncoupling from the brand (Um…no thank you; Cue sad tears). She’s not (happy tears again). Now, the brand known for its expertly — if expensively — curated e-commerce offerings and chic designer collaborations is launching its own apparel line, no x’s, ands or dashes necessary. The much-anticipated Goop Label is here, and before you choose whether to rejoice or depair, here are all of the deets:
First off, the line is incredibly well-made. “I think there’s a huge white space in the market for luxurious ready-to-wear at a direct-to-consumer price,” said Paltrow in a statement. Designed with Gwyn’s wardrobe staples and Goop’s greatest apparel hits in mind, the line is produced from the same Italian fabrics — and in the same Italian factories — as coveted brands like Proenza Schouler, Vetements and Dries Van Noten.
“It was very important to me to make the clothes in the same way that all of my favorite designer clothing is made, which is in Italy, with beautifully loomed fabrics, incredible tailoring, and incredible attention to detail, but to be able to deliver those pieces at a third of the price,” Paltrow affirmed. (That said, a third of the price of a Dries masterpiece is still a chunk of change. But more on that in a moment.) (more…)
The fashion industry venerates the supermodels of yore but often excludes them anyway (aged models were only cast 11 times during the Fall 2016 season). Nevermind the fact that, unless you’re a celebrity like Caitlyn Jenner or even an industry insider like Gilliean McLeod, beginning your modeling career as a quinquagenarian requires a near miracle.
However, regardless of her youth-obsessed profession, model Christy Turlington Burns is neither fazed by the prospect of aging nor tempted by plastic surgery. “Maybe I would think differently if I thought it looked good and it didn’t hurt and it didn’t send bad messages to young people,” the 47-year-old supermodel and Every Mother Counts founder said in a recent interview with Town & Country. “But I’ve never seen someone who I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It looks freaky to me.” (We’d also like to add “if I wasn’t a genetic miracle” to Turlington’s list of “ifs.”)
All jokes aside, with so many models inwardly and outwardly suffering due to poor self-image and industry pressures, it’s important to hear one of the most respected players in the game championing the idea that “being who you are, being your best self, has nothing to do with what you look like.” (She’s pretty much the perfect candidate for the All Woman Project’s next video.) (more…)
Tim Gunn poses backstage at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week; Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
In Thursday’s Washington Post, Tim Gunn (design educator, author, Project Runway co-host, tFS guest editor and newly-anointed mic dropper) penned an essay entitled, “Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.” As you may have gleaned from the title, Gunn’s candid, acerbic observations on the fashion industry’s mishandling of the plus-size consumer are the best thing you’ll read all week.
Framed in the context of New York Fashion Week, wherein plus-size models rarely grace the runways, Gunn called out the many “baffling” ways in which the American fashion industry has turned its back on the country’s 100 million plus-size women.
Gunn’s thesis is the following: the average American woman, who wears between a size 16 and a size 18, suffers from a lack of options when it comes to dressing. For this, he unequivocally blames the designers: “Many designers — dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk — still refuse to make clothes for them.”
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Gunn even offered a few appalling, unapologetic quotes from his colleagues. “I’ve spoken to many designers and merchandisers about this. The overwhelming response is, ‘I’m not interested in her.’ Why? ‘I don’t want her wearing my clothes.’ Why? ‘She won’t look the way that I want her to look.’ They say the plus-size woman is complicated, different and difficult, that no two size 16s are alike.” (more…)
Our forums have been huge advocates for just about everything The Gentlewoman has produced over the years and it should come as no surprise that we’re head over heels for the the magazine’s latest. Knocking it out of the park once again, the biannual title tapped British writer Zadie Smith as this season’s cover girl, following in the footsteps of Kirsten Dunst, Léa Seydoux and Beyoncé. Photographed by Dutch photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Zadie looks fantastic in the colorful portrait shot.
The cover was embraced by our forum members immediately. “Yes! This is amazing. The styling, the colors, Zadie… everything! Can’t wait to get this,” said mistress_f the moment the cover dropped.
“Everything about this is exquisite – the styling, the colors, and of course the incredible cover subject! As you might have guessed already, I adore Zadie. I will be rushing to the stands for this one,” informed a delighted VogueDisciple93. (more…)
Image: Marc Jacobs Beauty
Lily-Rose Depp for Chanel Fragrance, Zoe Kravitz for YSL Beauty and now Kaia Gerber for Marc Jacobs Beauty — 2016 has been quite a year for celebrity offspring with industry connections and their moms’ knack for modeling.
On Thursday, Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed #coolteen Kaia Gerber as its newest face. Yes, the IMG signee, Breakthrough Model of the Year and face of Pop magazine’s September issue (her first solo cover, we might add) is about to be swimming in all the complimentary Air Blush, Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer and Fineliner she can carry. (Insert wistful sigh here.)