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Cate Blanchett, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima and More Front IWC Schaffhausen’s Latest Campaign


IWC Schaffhausen is trying to woo the ladies. The Swiss luxury watch brand has launched a new collection of watches geared toward both men and women, the Portofino Midsize collection, a spinoff of its wildly popular Portofino range. The timepieces caught on quite well and now, IWC is taking the watch and sizing it slightly smaller to appeal to those members of both genders with smaller wrists, or those with a taste for a more compact watch.

Each watch in this 27-piece range boasts a slightly smaller face. The old version clocked in at 40mm, while this one is a bit more modest at 37mm. IWC went all-out for the campaign promoting the new line, tapping Cate Blanchett, Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Ewan McGregor, Zhou Xun, Christoph Waltz and Emily Blunt to appear in the advertisements. Peter Lindbergh and the gang traveled to Portofino to capture the campaign, which boasts images of leisurely drives, intimate garden parties and a little sightseeing to boot.

Check out images from the campaign below. (more…)

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Vogue Spain Jumps on the Multi-Cover Bandwagon for November (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain jumped on the multi-cover bandwagon by creating three covers for us to choose from at newsstands. The magazine bagged a DNA Model Management package, scoring Edita Vilkeviciute, Kati Nescher and Alessandra Ambrosio for its November issue. The three models were captured wearing sporty frocks from Christian Dior, while sitting on the studio floor looking effortlessly cool as each gazed into Alexi Lubomirski’s lens.

Vogue Spain November 2014


Members of our forums weigh in on which cover is their favorite. “All great covers but Edita’s is the real standout here. Love the colors against the grey background, too,” proclaimed a satisfied justaguy.

“Yeah, Edita’s cover is definitely the best one. That’s one of her best shots ever. Kati’s cover is second best. Alessandra’s is last. Though to be honest, they all look pretty great. That’s a very, very strong cover from VSpain. Best of the year (unless I’m forgetting something),” replied MyNameIs.

“They all look effortlessly beautiful but it’s true that Edita wins for me. Love the pose and the yellow-white colors of her dress against the grey background. I’m happy she got a cover,” agreed Valentine27.

Edita’s cover certainly stole the majority vote, but the others weren’t forgotten. “Alessandra was SO overdue for a Vogue Spain cover it’s not even funny. So happy to see her here and I think all the covers are pretty beautiful, can’t wait to see the accompanying editorial!” noted marsnoop2.

Kati’s offering got a couple mentions, too. Miss Dalloway sung her praises: “Gorgeous, I like them all, despite the ugly dresses, but I’m here for Kati! So nice to see her back on the cover of Vogue!”

CommanderTMugler gave props to Belen Antolin, who styled the shoot: “They made those horrible Dior dresses look decent, can’t wait for the editorials.”

Which cover do you prefer? See inside the thread for all three in HQ and share your own opinion here.

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Kerry Washington’s #WokeUpLikeThis Allure Cover Misses the Mark (Forum Buzz)

Oh dear! Allure magazine has gotten it all wrong this month. The beauty-focused magazine features Kerry Washington as its November cover star and has photographed her makeup-free. While it’s often a pleasure to see magazines breaking the mold, forum members accuse Allure of contradicting itself. Kerry is shot by Carter Smith for the soft portrait wearing a thick-knit cardigan teamed with a plunging gray bra — looking like she’s just gotten out of bed.

Allure November 2014 Kerry Washington


The minute the cover surfaced on theFashionSpot forums, members began to let loose. “I’m hating these no-makeup covers. It didn’t do any favors for Regina George and it’s not doing anything for Kerry either,” rants an unimpressed A.D.C.

“Lol she looks ill… I really don’t like these no makeup covers,” replies GlamorousBoy, in agreement.

Miguelalmedia also doesn’t appreciate the no makeup approach: “WOW I love Kerry but she looks like she has the flu and just woke up.”

Tigerrogue makes a valid point and posts, “I’m trying to like it, but I don’t really understand why a magazine so focused on make-up is selling itself with the bare-faced look. It seems a contradiction in terms.”

“I mean here you have a stunning woman who has great style, is on a hit TV show, and appears thoughtful and intelligent in her interviews. Yet somehow magazines never seem to use her well for the covers! This is even worse than that god awful Lucky cover!” disapproves Miss Dalloway.

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for more disapproving reviews and join the discussion here.

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Tilda Swinton Stars in NARS Spring 2015 Campaign



Today, NARS Cosmetics announced that Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be the face of its Spring 2015 campaign. The 53-year-old will succeed British actress Charlotte Rampling, who was the face of the brand for its 20th anniversary campaign for Fall 2014. NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars photographed the campaign featuring the fashion icon. “As a photographer, working with an actress like Tilda is very enjoyable,” said Nars. “She is a living legend and I love her bold style and really admire her work. As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera. And as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression. She was the perfect choice for NARS.” 

The first ad shows off Tilda’s perfect bone structure as she wears graphic eyeliner and bleached brows. Each of the four ads will run from January to April and will show off one of the four collections.

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Vivienne Westwood Thinks Food and Clothes Are Too Cheap, Wants to Downsize

Image: Daniel Deme/

Image: Daniel Deme/

Vivienne Westwood is no shrinking violet. The designer has always been an advocate for social justice and her latest targets are the British government along with the U.K.’s food and garment industries. Westwood let her opinions be known to The Guardian at a live event sponsored by the publication, saying that clothes and food in the U.K. should cost way more than they do. She blames government subsidies for the cheap prices and says that it is hurting the economy. 

“You know something is wrong when you can buy a cooked chicken for £2,” she said. “The world runs on debt and that’s why nothing costs what it should.” Westwood said that with this knowledge, she is recommitting herself and her company to be more environmentally friendly — and that means cutting down on staff as well as creating smaller collections. “I’m trying to pull the collection back to things I really like … I think this is the most environmental thing we can do … I only need to make the clothes I like. I have the money, so I don’t need to make things I don’t like.”

While she’s correct that the impact we make on the environment is quite devastating, the prospect of people at her company losing jobs is a bit unsettling. We guess Westwood staffers should start dipping their toes into the job search field because it sounds like Westwood plans to make good on her words.

[via The Guardian]

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TOMS Is Doing Handbags Now


TOMS is making a push to help mommies-to-be in disadvantaged communities by delving into the world of handbags. The do-gooder label unveiled its new range of carryalls, proceeds from which will, of course, go to a good cause. Sticking to the label’s crunchy granola appeal, the bags come in perforated leather options, woven pattern details and a good sprinkling of beading to boot. Envelope clutches round out the selection as well as a diaper bag, which founder Blake Mycoskie told WWD he added when he found out his wife was pregnant. 

For every one of the bags purchased, the company will donate a birth kit to a woman in need. A cord clamp, surgical blade, clean surface, gloves and soap will go to each mother to help ensure that her baby enters the world in a sanitary, healthy way. The bags are expected to drop for Spring 2015.

[via SheFinds]

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