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Flashback: Vogue Paris October 2006 with Natalia Vodianova by Mario Testino

As Natasha Poly and her baby daughter Aleksandra hit the cover of Vogue Paris’ October 2014 issue, we thought it was only fitting that we take a look back at another mother and baby cover for this week’s Fashion Flashback series.

Carine Roitfeld welcomed back Natalia Vodianova on the cover of Vogue Paris in October 2006. Patrick Demarchelier had first shot a pregnant Natalia for the magazine in April 2006. This time around, the Russian beauty gazed down the lens of Mario Testino wearing an embellished dress from Dolce & Gabbana with newborn baby daughter Neva in tow.

Flashback Vogue Paris Oct 2006 Natalia Vodianova

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Testino also photographed two portfolios with a handful of fashion’s finest models, such as Natasha Poly, Tanya Dziahileva, Sasha Pivovarova, Vlada Roslyakova, Anna Mariya Urazhevskaya and Snejana Onopka. The theme of the entire issue is everything Russia, therefore most of the fashion content was heavily influenced by Russian culture. David Sims took a break from the Russian theme, though, and shot model Bette Franke for a fun, edgy and colorful story with Marie-Amélie Sauvé on styling duties. Also inside the issue are photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who captured Raquel Zimmermann in a dingy room wearing luxurious pieces of fur, styled by Emmanuelle Alt. There’s something for everyone!

Is this issue a favorite of yours? Check out the thread here to familiarize yourself with the content and don’t be afraid to reignite the discussion.

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Malgosia Bela Covers Up with Just a Skateboard on Lui’s October Cover (Forum Buzz)

Katja Rahlwes treated her Instagram followers to a preview of Lui’s October cover this week, and the image was quickly brought over to our forums for discussion. Malgosia Bela poses on the front cover wearing nothing but a black leather jacket and some pigtails, holding a skateboard to conceal her lady bits for the raunchy magazine’s latest installment. No doubt the 37-year-old model from Poland felt comfortable with Rahlwes, as the pair have previously shot for numerous other publications, including Vogue Paris, Flair and Self Service.

Lui Oct 14 Malgosia Bela

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Our forum members are left feeling uncertain about the cover. “I am a huge Malgosia fan but I think I might have to say no to this…” shared KissMiss.

“It’s not quite the Malgosia Lui cover I would have hoped for,” wrote tigerrouge, who later came back and posted, “Malgosia’s one of those models who are capable of producing really erotic shots, somehow capturing a mood that brings together beauty, sex and something strange, a touch of darkness. So I just don’t get why they’d dress her up like this. It’s insultingly simple. It’s a waste.”

Also left unsatisfied was KateTheGreatest, who commented, “Their worst cover yet,” and later added, “Without the pigtails and the skateboard (and another pose to hide her privates), this could’ve been really cool. But it’s still Malgosia, so I have hope the editorial will be better.”

The styling of Malgosia’s hair leaves a lot to be desired. “Those ponytails on 37-year-old Malgosia look like weird child’s play!” declared Alien Sex Friend.

“This cover looks like Terry Richardson‘s style,” wrote burbuja8910, clearly not an admirer of the French title’s cover.

“It sure does and that’s a shame! Don’t like the idea and Malgosia looks so cheap here,” replied justaguy.

Let’s hope Malgosia’s cover story gets better reviews from our forum members. Take a peek inside the thread and get in on the action here.

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Are Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy Already Married?

Some folks document their weddings on national television, others do them in private. And it looks like Mary-Kate Olsen is part of the latter group, now that photos have surfaced of her and her beau, Olivier Sarkozy, sporting what looks like wedding rings. 

The pair were recently spied enjoying a bite outdoors in the Hamptons, Sarkozy tenderly feeding Ms. Olsen a sandwich (guy’s a keeper, if you ask us), with gold bands glinting on each of their left ring fingers.

If they got married in secret, we don’t blame them. The Olsen Twins have been famous since birth and the union of a child star-cum-award-winning fashion designer and the wealthy brother of the former President of France is a paparazzi nightmare just waiting to happen. It’s a great move for the couple, although we’ve got to admit, we would have loved to see what MK wore on her big day. 

Mary-Kate kept pretty mum about her engagement, so we wouldn’t be surprised if she and her likely now-husband kept the wedding hush-hush.

At any rate, it looks like congratulations are in order for the couple!

[h/t ELLE]

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Britney Spears Joins #ShortHairDontCare Nation

Britney Spears is hard at work promoting her new lingerie line, “The Intimate Collection,” around the world. But we all know that for a celebrity, the best way to promote your product is to promote yourself — or at least get people talking about you, so that they’ll talk more about whatever you’re working on.

Image: WireImage/Getty Images

Image: WireImage/Getty Images

And so here we are talking about Ms. Spears, who has seemingly chopped off her trademark long, blond locks for — gasp — a shorter bob.

Yes, y’all, Brit Brit was spied parading around Oberhausen, Germany with a brand new ‘do, serving up a piping hot plate of soccer mom realness. Could it be a wig? Judging from that part and those edges, it really doesn’t look like it. Folks, it seems Britney has indeed chopped off quite a bit of length.

What do you think of Brit’s new look?

[h/t Glamour]

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Fashion’s Night Out Returns to London

This week, we eased our London Fashion Week come-down with a trip to our second favourite event of the year — Fashion’s Night Out! It’s the sixth time that the event has taken place and this year, we were super excited to see it return from its gap year in Manchester to hit the capital once more.

Taking place along some of the world’s busiest shopping locations, Oxford Street and Regent Street, we were spoilt for choice as so many of the shops were offering great discounts and promotions all night long. And that also includes fun activities like social photo booths and great live music, plus it was all accompanied by free drinks.

One destination that never disappoints when FNO hits London is the quintessentially British department store Liberty. Amongst its celebrations this year, the #LibertyScarfSelfie competition in the store’s famous Scarf Hall was a highlight. After watching the experts show just how many ways there are to tie one of those bespoke print scarves, onlookers got the chance to show how they’d style it, whilst standing in front of a life-size Vogue, for the chance to win a limited-edition Liberty scarf.

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Also, let’s not ignore the fact that Henry Holland was in-store and DJing no less, as he celebrated the launch of his Debauched Debutantes collection. Anybody who snapped up a piece from the range also got a free cashmere scarf or House of Holland nails. You’ve got to love FNO! (more…)

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Alber Elbaz Says He’s to Blame for Pre-Collections

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

The pre-collection is a major source of revenue for many design houses and a point of stress for everyone who works at said labels. Plenty of designers have lamented the growing pressures in the modern landscape of the fashion industry, saying that with all the regular season, pre-season and (sometimes) couture collections, it’s like running on empty. Or, as Proenza Schouler‘s Lazaro Hernandez says, “It’s a pain in the ass.” 

In the past few years, pre-collections have become increasingly important, though they didn’t exist two decades ago. And who’s to blame for the added workload? Alber Elbaz thinks he is.

The Lanvin creative director is profiled today in WWD to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the storied fashion house, and during the interview he admits that the whole pre-collection trend was most likely his fault. And he’s not necessarily jazzed about it, either. “I think that I’m the first one who started presenting pre-collection, which was the biggest mistake of my life,” he said. “I did the Hôtel de Crillon thing and I invited like 10 editors and a few retailers and I thought, How wonderful just to have tea with beautiful flowers and to talk about flowers and fashion. And then more people wanted to come, and we did a second show, and then more people wanted to come and we had to turn it into a season. Now, the fact is that almost everything that is in the store is all about that pre-collection.”

It’s amazing how one bright idea can turn into a nightmare. 

Watch the totally charming Elbaz at the Lanvin studio ahead of his spring show: (more…)

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