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Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana Can’t Save Balmain’s Embarrassingly Bad Spring Campaign

Our forums rarely miss a beat and, thanks to social media, noticed in December that models Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana were wearing head-to-toe Balmain for an unidentified shoot. Our suspicions have been confirmed with the reveal of the brand’s Spring 2017 campaign featuring the aforementioned cast. Photographed by Balmain regular Steven Klein, there is (thankfully) no sign of Kanye West this season as the modeling trio turns the Miami desert into a runway, storming down a derelict road for this season’s new campaign.

Balmain S/S 2017 by Steven Klein

IMAGE: FACEBOOK.COM/BALMAIN

Unfortunately, it seems that three of the best models in the industry can’t save a photographer’s work from mediocrity. “Why do they make their campaigns so Photoshopped looking?” asked Scotty immediately.

“I don’t like the composition and the pictures look way too saturated, you can’t even tell if it was shot on location or not. Not a fan, despite the cast,” voiced Valentine27. (more…)

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Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren Will Likely Be the First Designers to Dress Melania Trump

Update:  According to WWD, fashion baron Karl Lagerfeld is “likely” to join Ralph Lauren in dressing Melania Trump for her husband’s inauguration this Friday. Like Lauren, Lagerfeld is a former Hillary Clinton supporter. Although the German designer was, for obvious reasons, ineligible to vote in the U.S. election, he nonetheless weighed in on the matter. “I think with the first black president, what they need now is the first woman president. That has to change, too,” the always opinionated, rarely politically correct Lagerfeld told The Associated Press back in March.

Whether this means Melania will be wearing Fendi, Chanel or Lagerfeld’s eponymous brand remains to be seen. Whether Lagerfeld will be responsible for Melania’s day or evening look is also a mystery. Although Lauren is known for his polished, preppy suiting, we could just as easily picture Melania donning a tweed two-piece for the swearing-in and an off-the-shoulder Lauren number later that evening. A Jackie O.-inspired Chanel suit would certainly get the fashion world talking — not that this apparent endorsement from Lagerfeld and Lauren, two major designer powerhouses, hasn’t already. Several wary designers have remained mum on the subject of dressing the incoming first lady (Christian Siriano among them), but with Lauren and Lagerfeld calling for separation of fashion and state, it’s hard to imagine their peers (underlings?) won’t fall in line.

 

January 17, 2017: Either Ralph Lauren has not been following the L.L. Bean backlash or he is one very brave man. WWD reports that the American designer is now working on a custom piece for Melania Trump’s Inauguration Day appearance (in T-3 days). Spokespeople for Lauren have neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

Of course, unlike duck boot heiress Linda Bean, Ralph Lauren — at least up until November 8, 2016 — was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter. He created the pantsuits worn by the former presidential candidate on several key occasions, including all three debates, her trip to the voting booth and her concession speech. Perhaps that’s why the public didn’t think much of it when Melania wore a one-shoulder Ralph Lauren jumpsuit (purchased at the brand’s Madison Avenue store) to her husband’s acceptance speech. Up until now, the FLOTUS-elect’s wardrobe has been largely off-the-rack.

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True, designing a custom piece for Melania is, on the most surface level, an act of bipartisanship (which Obama and Clinton have urged ever since Trump’s victory). On the other hand, popular sentiment seems to be that to participate in Trump’s inauguration (or administration) in any sense is to condone the 45th U.S. President’s political beliefs. Thus far, the list of inauguration performers reads like a flyer for a low-budget college concert and few celebrities — apart from Caitlyn Jenner — have deigned to RSVP, despite the potential for exposure.

The fashion world seems (somewhat) further removed from the matter. After all, as Cynthia Rowley told WWD, “She can simply purchase whatever she wants, so how can we control it?” That said, several designers have seized the chance to make a political statement, speaking out either for or against dressing Melania. If Ralph Lauren is, in fact, outfitting the soon-to-be first lady, we’ll be interested to see whether he gains Isabel Toledo-like acclaim or joins L.L. Bean and New Balance in the proverbial pillory.

[ via WWD ]

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Naomi Campbell Is the Latest Model to Go Topless for Givenchy Jeans’ Recycled Campaign

Contrary to our forum members’ outspoken opinions, Riccardo Tisci seems pretty satisfied with his tried-and-true Givenchy Jeans’ campaign concept. Despite the lack of innovation, at least we can look forward to a change of casting each season. Having already given us Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shyak and Gisele Bündchen, modeling royalty Naomi Campbell joins the list for Spring 2017. In the black and white images shot by Luigi & Iango, Naomi goes topless while perching on the shoulders of model Justin Levy — in the same pose as her predecessors.

Givenchy Jeans S/S 2017 : Naomi Campbell & Justin Levy by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

“Wait what. This is from few years back, no?” questioned forum member gazebo the moment the campaign struck, feeling a little nostalgic while viewing the image (above).

“Again this pose?! A bit more creativity please,” reprehended a disapproving Nymphaea. (more…)

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Anna Ewers Gets Swallowed Up in Loewe for Her Fourth Cover of Vogue Paris

Anna Ewers is certainly no stranger to the cover of Vogue. The German beauty captivated us on the cover of Vogue Japan last month and can currently be seen on British Vogue‘s February issue alongside fellow models Imaan Hammam and Taylor Hill. A favorite of Emmanuelle Alt, Anna returns to the cover of French Vogue for a fourth time, wearing Loewe on the magazine’s February edition shot by photographer David Sims.

Vogue Paris February 2017 : Anna Ewers by David Sims

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Unfortunately, the cover was met with mixed reviews by our critical forum members. “Stunning and powerful! There’s some excessive softening going on around her face which doesn’t match her body, but I love this shot. Glad to see Anna back at VP after a yearlong hiatus,” Benn98 pointed out the moment the cover dropped, about to stand alone in his liking toward the cover.

“I don’t like it. Anna is too weak of a model to be styled like this. She’s literally being swallowed by the clothes. Boring, next,” announced an unforgiving anlabe32. (more…)

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David Sims Shoots a Series of Mesmerizing Portraits for Valentino’s Spring 2017 Campaign

Each season, there’s always one campaign that has us head over heels, and Valentino has managed to stand out once again after a truly epic Fall 2016 campaign. With Maria Grazia now heading up Christian Dior, Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s first campaign as solo creative director is sublime. Ditching Steven Meisel in favor of David Sims, Piccioli tapped models Christy Turlington, Liya Kebede, Fei Fei Sun, Julia Ratner, Mali Koopman, Blesnya Minher and Lorena Maraschi for a series of mesmerizing portraits.

Valentino S/S 2017 by David Sims

IMAGE: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

Members of our forums were full of praise for the Spring 2017 campaign. “Oh yeah, this is going to be good,” confessed GERGIN after seeing the first campaign image.

“VERY quickly becoming a fan of Pierpaolo. I will say I usually enjoy Valentino’s campaigns but never collection AND campaign. Valentino should thank the Gods they retained the superior of the duo,” voiced VogueDisciple93. (more…)

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Dakota Johnson Sports a Fresh New Hairstyle on Her Second US Vogue Cover

Vogue received a virtual standing ovation from our forums for Ruth Negga‘s January cover. Unfortunately, not so much for February. Since it was rumored to be Viola Davis‘ month, our forums were disappointed to see Dakota Johnson on the newly revealed cover. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Fifty Shades actress makes a return appearance to US Vogue, exactly two years after her last, sporting a fresh new hairstyle while wearing Proenza Schouler.

US Vogue February 2017 : Dakota Johnson by Patrick Demarchelier

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

Per usual, our forum members voiced their opinions loud and clear. “So much better than her first one by Testino. No interest in Dakota or her movie though,” said Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.

“See, I knew she was going to get the cover for February and watch her get Glamour for March again or Cosmo. This is 1000% better than her last cover which was so bad, but why not Viola Davis?” asked RanThe. (more…)

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