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Mert & Marcus Photograph Kate, Daria, Lara and More for W’s Spectacular November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Prepare to salivate over W‘s November 2014 cover, released today. Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott shot a group of their favorite faces, including Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone, Raquel Zimmermann and Daniel van der Deen. There are two additional covers featuring Saskia de Brauw, Mariacarla Boscono, Suvi Koponen, Riley Montana, Karmen Pedaru, Anna Ewers and Steve Milatos. Now if that ain’t a cast, we don’t know what is!

W Magazine November 2014 Mert & Marcus

IMAGE CREDIT: WMAGAZINE.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members are overcome with excitement. “This is so good I can’t even breathe!” raves Nepenthes.

After the series of multi-girl covers we have been seeing this season, A.D.C proclaims, “This is what a model cover is supposed to look like and not like that prom picture Vogue US had for September!”

“Absolutely Beyond, I am rubbing my eyes. Tears of Joy, this cover is beyond everything!” enthuses an elated TeeVanity.

The rave reviews just keep on flooding in with MyNameIs writing, “OMG, this is beyond amazing. I’m loving the 90s/early 00s feel. The cast is great. And I’m so here for this model-group cover trend. Get it.”

We assume mikel is also a fan after simply commenting, “Holy crap!”

“Gorgeous, and vibrant, but it almost looks a bit dated? Something very early 90s about it,” states Miss Dalloway.

“Yeah it’s totally Versace by Avedon,” agrees Marc10.

Also to notice a slight 90s quality to the cover image is BerlinRocks: “I like the photo of the cover. It is real fashion and indeed very Avedon, and any 1990s supermodel group shot atmosphere (everybody did a supermodels group shot in the 90s from Bensimon to Avedon, Meisel, Lindbergh etc.).”

LastNight shares, “Oooh I was not expecting this! I like it a lot, however the image with Daria, Kate, etc. would have been much more powerful with just the four girls and not the guy as well but I still like it.”

Let’s hope we’re treated to more of the M&M favorites inside the issue! Check out the other two covers and join the discussion here.

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21 Questions with… Designer Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Image: IMaxTree

Monique Lhuillier was born to design wedding dresses that make us leap for the sun. Even the frowniest editors in town lose their cool in her front row. For our latest round of “21 Questions,” Lhuillier lets loose!

  1. When I get dressed in the morning I think… girly or edgy?
  2. The item of clothing I could never live without is… leather pants.
  3. Currently, my favorite thing in my closet is… my lace-up suede python pumps from my shoe collection.
  4. Every woman should own… a jumpsuit.
  5. If you looked at my desktop you’d see… a screensaver of my kids.  
  6. My beauty essentials include… Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Clarins Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara and MAC Creme d’Nude lipstick.
  7. The last thing I googled was… reviews from my Fall 2015 bridal collection.
  8. If my days had one extra hour I’d… sleep in!
  9. My guilty pleasure is… a weekly massage.
  10. I’m dying to splurge on… a David Benjamin Sherry photo.
  11. On a typical Saturday night… I’m eating out with friends.
  12. I’m most excited for fall because… I can start wearing the coats from my Fall 2014 collection.
  13. When I’m stressed I… eat mint chip ice cream.
  14. When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle… I love the outdoors with my familyhiking, swimming, you name it.
  15. My biggest fashion pet peeve… UGGs.
  16. My one style regret… a perm!  
  17. When it comes to picking models for my show… I look for effortless beauty.
  18. What keeps me inspired to work in fashion… is the constant creative process and the incredible talent that I work beside.
  19. My favorite place to shop is… I can’t just pick one! Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue.
  20. When hiring people, the qualities I look for… are detail-oriented, hard worker and embraces change.
  21. The best advice I ever got… “Find your own balance.”

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Kim Noorda Impresses Forum Members on Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands’ Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands appears to have skipped an issue, missing out on October. The magazine premiered on our forums with three wonderful covers for September, and now, out of nowhere, comes the November cover. The newly-formed Dutch title welcomes Kim Noorda back into the spotlight, who was photographed for a portrait image by Mikael Schulz.

Harper's Bazaar November 2014 Kim Noorda

IMAGE: FASHIONCOPIOUS.TYPEPAD.COM

Members of our forums are more than satisfied. “Really nice! I was excited to see their second cover and I’m not disappointed at all. Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands looks promising,” raved Oxymore, kicking off the thread to an encouraging start.

“Such a charming cover! It’s lovely to see Kim Noorda. Everything is on point to me,” complimented Valentine27.

“I have always been a fan of Kim and it is so good to see that she is doing well. This is very autumn, the jacket in sync with her blue eyes, the brown makeup and the text, plus there is so little text which is so rare these days, but they get the point of having such a beauty like Kim on the cover they don’t need to put too much text all over it. Yes for Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands,” proclaimed lalatran.

MON even went as far as to say that the magazine “slays Vogue Netherlands by a mile.”

An element of the cover was bothering a few members, however. “Well, it’s certainly a striking cover and I like the ponytail. Just don’t see the need for confetti, they’re either too late for their own launch party, or too early for a festive mood,” commented Benn98.

Also acknowledging the confetti was Mr-Dale: “Lovely cover. Clean, gorgeous, to the point, lovely. Not sure about the confetti details, but then again I’m not entirely bothered by it.”

Does the post-production confetti bother you at all? We think it’s a cool design and contributes a little something else to a plain white background. See inside the thread and share your own opinion here.

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Sex Trafficking and Fast Fashion: Just Who Is Making Your Clothes?

Sweatshop labor and fast fashion have unfortunately gone hand in hand ever since the first $10 T-shirt was perfectly folded and stacked in five different colors. Somehow, we here in the U.S. tend to forget that in order for the oh-so-affordable clothes we buy to cost so little, real people have to make them and be paid next-to-nothing, often working in deplorable conditions.

But what we may not have realized was the link between sweatshops and sex trafficking. VICE News just posted an in-depth look at sex workers in Cambodia — who are often also the women making the hoodies we’re buying. The career options for these women aren’t great, but many would rather work in the sex trade than as garment workers. Factories pay women the minimum wage — $80 a month — and the workers can barely afford to feed and house their children, much less buy them medicine. And the labor conditions are about as great as you’d expect from sweatshops. To make matters worse, women arrested for working in the sex trade are often forced to work in the factories by seemingly well-intentioned NGOs and the police. It’s either face harassment from law enforcement or go to the factory.

Watch the video to see just where the clothes are made and why women would rather be in the sex trade. It’s eye-opening and incredibly sad, to say the least, and gives us all something to think about the next time we want to buy a cheap piece of clothing.

[VICE News]

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Heidi Klum Launches New Lingerie Line

Heidi Klum with slicked back hair

Image: Rob Rich/WENN.com

Gymwear, kidswear and now intimates. Heidi Klum sure knows how to sell clothes and that’s probably why lingerie seller Bendon tapped the model to design an intimates collection. Starting this January, Heidi Klum Intimates will replace Elle MacPherson’s line of lingerie for Bendon, which she had been affiliated with for 25 years.

Klum’s underwear lines will include a high-end option (prices ranging from $59-$99), a diffusion Heidi by Heidi Klum collection ($25-39) and a menswear option, HK Man. You can expect the line to have Bendon’s mainstay silhouettes, though Klum says she will be adding her special touch to the product.  

As with all celebrity/model turned designers, we’re left to wonder what expertise they bring to the table. In Heidi’s case, the answer is plenty. As she told WWD“I’ve seen a lot of lingerie in the past 20 years, probably more than anyone. Most women put on a bra in the morning and take it off at night. Sometimes I have like 10 or 15 of them on a day. I’ve learned so much in the years that I’ve been modeling lingerie, so I don’t come completely out of left field in terms of knowing about the product. It’s not like I’m an athlete and all of a sudden I’m going into the lingerie industry.”

We’ll have to wait until the start of the new year to see what Klum’s got up her sleeve, but something tells us this one’s going to be a crowd-pleaser. Will you be buying Heidi’s underwear?

[via WWD]

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Finally — the Alexander Wang x H&M Lookbook Is Here

Image: H&M

Image: H&M

It’s here! After months of teasers and plenty of anticipation, H&M has finally released the lookbook for its forthcoming collaboration with Alexander Wang. In the sporty offering, you’ll find slinky, bodycon dresses, leathery track pants, sweatshirts and jersey silhouettes for women. For the fellas, uplifted basketball shorts, cool sweatshirts and hoodies plus a few very warm-looking parkas. The color palette is decidedly dark and moody, but no one ever looked bad in black.

Click through the slideshow below to see all the looks! Start prepping your wishlists, folks because the collection is set to drop November 6. (more…)

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