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Kendall Jenner’s New Harper’s Bazaar Cover by Karl Lagerfeld Reminds Us of THAT Instagram (Forum Buzz)

Considering she’s already got a handful of Vogue covers and even a W Korea cover appearance in her ever-growing portfolio, Harper’s Bazaar is just a little late jumping on the Kendall Jenner bandwagon. Taking to the front of Bazaar‘s double June/July 2016 edition, the Estée Lauder ambassador and current face of Calvin Klein, looks comfortable posing on Karl Lagerfeld’s studio floor wearing a white bodysuit from Balmain — and giving us flashbacks to that Instagram photo

US Harper's Bazaar June/July 2016 : Kendall Jenner by Karl Lagerfeld


As usual, Kendall’s presence captured the attention of our forum members. “The huge type has more energy than she does,” laughed an uninterested TREVOFASHIONISTO within seconds of the cover surfacing.

“And this is a top model?” asked a horrified Srdjan, suggesting the cover lacked some serious pizazz.

Also not feeling it was MyNameIs, writing, “She looks plastic. Dead in the eyes. Awkward angle.”

GreyVetiver wasn’t much of an admirer either, disapproving, “Yet another major failure. Has she ever tried to be a legit model? Just give me Anna Ewers then I’ll be happy.”

Although the cover didn’t offend everyone. “Actually for Kendall’s standards this is pretty great!” championed a surprised KissMiss.

“Whoa, this is actually stunning! Possibly the best cover they have done in a long while! Even their ugly text layout works with the image, she looks beautiful, and the makeup is amazing, and in such focus!! Very surprised how well it turned out,” confessed Miss Dalloway, projecting a different attitude toward the cover.

“Well, it could’ve been much worse. Can’t believe Karl shot this, such a strong image. It’s flawless, glossy and luxe, plus I love the angle. Next to GQ, it’s quite possibly her best cover yet,” declared Benn98 in amazement.

US Harper's Bazaar June/July 2016 : Kendall Jenner by Karl Lagerfeld


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A New Investigative Report Reveals the High Cost of Modeling

Models backstage at Altuzarra's Spring 2016 show.

Image: Imaxtree

When we were young, naïve and blissfully unaware of the Schedule C form’s existence, modeling seemed like a great gig. You’re gorgeous, you’re well paid, your job consists of strutting your stuff in designer fashions and occasionally jet-setting across the world to do it. As it turns out, unless you’ve reached near-Gisele status, modeling expectations vs. reality would make for a particularly tragic, unfunny meme.

A recent exposition by CNN Money delves into the injustices faced by workers in this time-consuming, demanding and highly competitive industry. Unhealthy restrictions on weight are just the tip of the iceberg. Models have none of the protections afforded to salaried workers in the U.S. — there’s no minimum wage, overtime, scheduled breaks or paydays. The main issue, however, is how much modeling agencies regularly deduct from their models’ earnings and the extreme lack of transparency within these institutions. (more…)

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Boring or Brilliant? Steven Meisel’s New Vogue Italia Cover With Newcomer Caitie Greene Gets Mixed Reviews (Forum Buzz)

Steven Meisel one month, another photographer the next: this is the formula we’ve come to recognize at Vogue Italia lately. Last month, Italian Vogue still managed to impress by enlisting three different photographers to shoot its wonderful April cover stories. Meisel is back for May 2016, however, working his photographic magic on model newcomer Caitie Greene, who wears a dress from Blumarine while posing on a football field.

Vogue Italia May 2016 : Caitie Green by Steven Meisel


Yet the cover left our forums divided. “Shoot me, but this is a letdown after last month. I think it’s time Meisel cut his ties permanently with this magazine. Not sure what’s going on here. A 1915-era maiden who ended up on a sports field?” asked an underwhelmed Benn98.

“What a bore. Vogue Portugal has a better cover for May…” laughed narcyza. (more…)

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Plus-Size Women Could Be the Answer to the Retail Industry’s Woes (Report)

Christian Siriano x Lane Bryant Runway Show, model Ashley Graham

Christian Siriano x Lane Bryant Runway Show, model Ashley Graham; Image: JP Yim/Getty

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — it’s time for the fashion industry to restructure and diversify. If social and cultural cues aren’t a strong enough impetus for change, perhaps this will catch retailers attention: A recent study by the NPD Group shows that while annual U.S. apparel sales increased by a mere 7 percent between 2013 and 2016, within the (egregiously underrepresented) plus-size category, profits rose by a whopping 17 percent. More plainly speaking, that’s a $20.4 billion dollar jump.

Color us unsurprised. Full-figured women have been marginalized by the industry for years and, clearly, not for lack of interest. Take this anecdote: On Monday, Christian Siriano hosted a runway show of his designs (at the United Nations, no less) for plus-size powerhouse Lane Bryant. The collection launched in stores a week prior. Today, most of the pieces have completely sold out. Women sizes 14 and up are all about the “see now, buy now” movement and if fast fashion brands were to capitalize on this market, we can only image the kind of statistics NPD would be reporting. (more…)

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Something Is Off With Heidi Klum’s Face on Harper’s Bazaar Australia (Forum Buzz)

It’s fair to say that our forums have always been huge advocates for everything Harper’s Bazaar Australia. We even got behind the magazine as it served up reprints (albeit turning them into fabulous covers) for the past two months. Thankfully, with the unveiling of the June/July 2016 edition, the title is finally back to commissioning its own shoots. Heidi Klum takes to the front cover of Bazaar‘s double issue, looking sensational wearing Christian Dior in a black-and-white image shot by Rankin.

Harper's Bazaar Australia June/July 2016 : Heidi Klum by Rankin


Although, our eagle-eyed forum members noticed something slightly off. “Her face doesn’t look 100% natural, reminds me of Yolanda Hadid. Otherwise nice clean cover,” pointed out Nymphaea the moment the cover surfaced.

“A bit too over-Photoshopped around the face, other than that it works. Love the text placement,” said KateTheGreatest straight after. (more…)

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Millennials Buy Handbags Like They’re Leasing a Car, According to New Study

New Study Explores Millennials' Handbag Purchasing Habits

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Millennials have acquired a reputation for sloth and unhealthy attachment to our childhood homes, but on the bright side, we are smart shoppers — at least when it comes to our arm candy.

A new study from the NPD Group, conducted in partnership with Stylitics, examined what the heck is going on with the handbag industry. Though the category remains extremely lucrative, in recent years labels have had to adjust their sales strategies to keep up with market trends. The result? (Semi-) affordable mini bags galore and brands’ increased online presence.

Apparently, these approaches worked, at least as far as the U.S. is concerned. In 2015, women 18 and over spent a total of $11.5 billion on handbags, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. However, most of that growth was thanks to baby boomers whose discretionary cash-lined pockets subsidize their purse rotation. On the other hand, tote expenditures among women ages 18 to 34 only inched up 2 percent, the study showed. (more…)

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