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Dior (Finally!) Finds a Worthy Replacement for Raf Simons

At long last, someone has stepped up to fill Raf Simons’ sizeable shoes (which we imagine have a lingering floral scent). Nine months after the erstwhile Dior creative director made his exit, Sidney Toledano, Dior’s president and chief executive, has confirmed that Maria Grazia Chiuri is the French fashion house’s seventh couturier.

While we were devastated to see Raf go, we’re elated to finally have a woman at the helm of the storied brand. “The idea of hiring a woman is something I had in mind, and this woman was the right one,” Toledano said of the highly anticipated appointment.

Chiuri comes to Paris by way of Rome, where she served as co-creative director of Valentino, alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli. Piccioli and Chiuri have worked side by side for over 25 years — in their previous posts at Fendi, the two helped conceptualize the legendary Baguette bag. (more…)

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Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner Walk on Water at Fendi’s 90th Anniversary Show

 

one of the most beautiful shows last night with @fendi #Fendi90Years

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Further widening the divide between supermodels and mortals, yesterday evening Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner did something particularly goddess-like: They walked on water. In heels.

Or so it appeared to Kate Hudson, Bella Thorne and the other lucky onlookers who attended Fendi’s 90th anniversary show at Rome’s historic Trevi Fountain. A Plexiglass runway allowed Karl Lagerfeld’s ethereal creations to glide across the coin-speckled pool. (One coin thrown over your right shoulder promises you’ll return to Rome, two and a new romance is headed your way, three and you’re bound to get hitched — the site makes an estimated 3,000 Euros daily.)

However, it was the fashion house’s philanthropic largesse that truly allowed Bella and Kendall’s feat to take place. Fendi funded the restoration of the world-renowned landmark and the city of Rome showed its gratitude by sanctioning the show (and several street closures while preparations were underway). (more…)

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Gwen Stefani Returns to the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar for August 2016 (Forum Buzz)

We were fairly surprised to see Kendall Jenner on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s double issue last month since models are now a rarity on fashion magazine covers. But the American title has reverted back to old ways for its latest, bestowing yet another celebrity cover. Gwen Stefani is Bazaar‘s August cover girl, returning for the umpteenth time. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, the American singer was shot on location at the intriguing Petersen Automotive Museum wearing a flashy Dolce & Gabbana creation on the newsstand cover (pictured below).

US Harper's Bazaar August 2016 : Gwen Stefani by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR

The cover wasn’t exactly fawned over by our forum members, however. “I love her. I love this, even though I think that the styling is a bit heavy (flowers and sequins). The layout is also nice, not crowded with silly tags,” complimented kokobombon.

“The cover is so radiant, I bet it’s gonna look amazing in real life. Pictures from the ed are lovely as well,” added Srdjan. (more…)

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Cosmo Cover Girl Ashley Graham: I’m Giving Curvy Women a Seat at a Table That We’ve Never Been Invited to Before

Ashley Graham covers Cosmopolitan's August 2016 issue.

Image: Ben Watts/Cosmopolitan

Ashley Graham is not only an advocate for plus-size women, she’s also a voice for victims of domestic abuse. In the August issue of Cosmopolitan (which hits newsstands July 12), the conversation-changing cover girl discusses how her involvement with an alcoholic affected her feelings of self-worth.

Nearly 30 percent of American women and (10 percent of men) have been stalked, raped or physically assaulted by a partner. However, most cases of domestic violence go unreported out of fear — of retaliation, of public stigma, of giving up one’s privacy. Just look at what happened when Amber Heard spoke out against Johnny Depp (she was maligned by the Internet) or Rihanna against Chris Brown (he still has a successful music career). (more…)

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Rose McGowan Had the Perfect Response to Owen Gleiberman’s Attack on Renée Zellweger’s Appearance

 

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Hollywood has a problem with women who dare to age. We’ve seen it (in what world is Hello, My Name is Doris, a film about a woman who sacrificed her social life to care for an ailing mother, reclaims her life in the wake of her mother’s passing and gets her heart broken because she had the audacity to set her sights on a younger coworker a comedy?). We’ve read about it (in Amanda Peet’s essay for Lenny Letter, in Tina Fey’s Bossypants). We’ve even laughed about it (Amy Schumer’s skit Last F**kable Day sums up the issue perfectly). Now, actress and social activist Rose McGowan is taking Hollywood — or more specifically, Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman — to task for its ageism and sexism.

Gleiberman recently penned a piece centered around the upcoming film Bridget Jones’s Baby, entitled “Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become a Different Actress?” In it, Gleiberman lamented “something indescribably sad about our culture” — the pressure movie stars feel to conform to certain “standards,” which compels them to get cosmetic surgery. He used Renée Zellweger — once “beautiful in the way an ordinary person is” — and several other actresses as examples of those who have fallen prey to the bug. Of course, he failed to mention any altered male actors.

“She doesn’t look like Renée Zellweger,” Gleiberman protested. “I thought: She doesn’t look like Bridget Jones! Oddly, that made it matter more. Celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to look however they want, but the characters they play become part of us. I suddenly felt like something had been taken away.”

He went on to express his hope that the third Bridget Jones installation “turns out to be a movie that stars Renée Zellweger rather than a victim of ‘Invasion of the Face Snatchers.’ I hope it turns out to be a movie about a gloriously ordinary person rather than someone who looks like she no longer wants to be who she is.” (more…)

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Margot Robbie Delights on Vanity Fair’s ‘Natural’ August Cover (Forum Buzz)

Margot Robbie is having her moment and we are loving each and every second, from starring in Calvin Klein’s captivating new fragrance campaign to walking the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie The Legend of Tarzan. Now, as reported on our forums last week, the Aussie stunner stars on Vanity Fair’s August 2016 cover. Photographed on the island of St. Barth’s and captured by Patrick Demarchelier, Margot’s natural beauty shines bright while wearing a white bikini — earning the seal of approval from our forum members.   

Vanity Fair August 2016 : Margot Robbie by Patrick Demarchelier

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

“She’s on fire! I love this, even though she’s in a bikini I don’t find this tacky. Can’t wait to see the ed,” said kokobombon straight away, about to set the tone for comments to come.

“Nice to see something simple, no contortionist pin-up poses or heavy styling,” admitted a pleasantly surprised tigerrouge shortly after. (more…)

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