image credit: art-dept.net via the tfs forums
Contrary to what most other December issues are doing, Vogue Russia’s last issue of the year seems to be about all sensuality and sexiness. On the cover, which was photographed by Vincent Peters, Belarussian model Maryna Linchuk is pictured wearing a revealing gown with some serious side boob action that is hard to ignore. For the accompanying editorial, Maryna is pictured hanging out with a group of naked extras while modeling Haute Couture pieces. TFS forum members seem to approve of the chosen direction here.
“Ow, I'm speechless. This is stunning, the hair, the make-up, the styling, Maryna's pose and face, everything works so well to create such a beautiful cover shot,” swooned UpperEchelon.
To which yesitsdagny added, “This cover is perfect in every level! I'm so glad to see Maryna on the cover, she's one of the most beautiful and hottest women on Earth and I wish she would be used more in print. It's an eyecatching, elegant and expensive cover, just flawless.”
And Nephentes didn’t object either. He wrote, “Wow this is really stunning. Maryna looks so soft and ethereal and at the same time very powerful. The hair and makeup are on point and the color of the masthead is perfect. The cover story is sensational. Amazing job, Vogue Russia!”
Arguably one of the best December issues thus far, everything we have seen from this issue is indeed impeccable, alluring and thoroughly beautiful. And when do tFSers ever so unanimously agree about something being absolutely great?
Image: tFS Forums Scan
From the forums (scanned by tFSer Leonardo), a view of Harper's Bazaar Brazil's November cover, featuring model Crystal Renn and co-starring her luscious brushed brows. (Crystal and Cara should have a browby together, the Internet would collapse in on itself.)
Creative credit goes to photographer Dusan Reljin, fashion editor Aline Borges and stylist Victoria Bartlett, with hair and makeup by Kevin Ryan and Anne Kohlhagen, respectively.
This cover might be a little heavy on Photoshoppy sheen for my taste, but the stiff hair is fantastic — and so is Renn's ability to commit to a pose.
Hello, Rihanna's new hair. I'm sure our time together will be short but memorable. [BellaSugar]
Image: Instagram / BadGirlRiRi
"We want to be an ageless, raceless, weightless agency," says IMG. [Cosmo]
I still believe that a Hunger Games-inspired clothing collection misses the whole point, but Net-a-Porter begs to differ and we're all, after all, entitled to our own opinions. [FabSugar]
Ashley Olsen was elected to the CFDA board because obviously she deserves it. [Vogue UK]
Elle UK staffers pose with "I'm a woman…" selfies as part of the glossy's November project to 'rebrand' feminism. It's one of the more interesting pro-feminism initiatives I've seen, in large part because the mag tapped both a traditional ad agency and a pretty radical ad-free UK-based feminist publication, the Feminist Times (which posted a corresponding editorial contesting the entire premise of the partnership, proposing feminism be debranded instead). [Elle UK, Feminist Times]
Mango has announced that it's swapping models: Daria Werbowy will replace Miranda Kerr as the face of the brand's Spring 2014 campaign.
Image: G. Ascencio for Mango
"As part of our policy of collaborating with celebrities from the world of fashion, Mango has decided to collaborate with one of top fashion models of the moment," says Ninona Vila, MNG by MANGO’s PR Manager. "In choosing a model of the stature of Daria Werbowy, our aim is not only to highlight our brand values, but also the importance of the quality and design of the garments in the new collection."
Image: G. Ascencio for Mango
Werbowy has just appeared in another fast fashion campaign, repping Isabel Marant's H&M collaboration, but she is perhaps best known for her work on Marant's eponymous label and for Phoebe Philo's Céline. No model is better associated with a certain kind of slouchy Parisian chic (articulated by Marant and Philo's designs), one of today's most aspired-to aesthetics — and one which fast fashion brands have copied relentlessly.
Image: G. Ascencio for Mango
I'm guessing that's what Mango means when it talks about a renewed emphasis on quality and design — these are the hallmarks of designers like Marant and Philo, who eschew luxury logomania for boyish, sophisticated cuts and exquisite but understated materials, typically in muted tones.
In the past, the Spanish retailer has been associated with more conventional ideas about femininity and aspirational taste: the Mango lady is all ruffles and animal prints, curves and smiles. The preview photos we received from the brand's Spring 2014 ads, featuring Werbowy and photographed by Josh Olins have a decidedly understated, minimalist feel. The 29-year-old model's hair is beachy and blowing in the wind (machine); she's styled in neutral-colored staples, posing against an expansive background of tan beachy sand. Mango expects the full ads to drop in February 2014.
Image: G. Ascencio for Mango
I've asked Mango for further comment about the brand's new direction and will report back when I get word.
I think Toronto Life first picked up on this story a little over a week ago, but now Toronto tailor Michael Nguyen, owner of Garrison Bespoke on Wellington St. East, is making headlines around the world for his bullet-proof suit.
Yes, you read that correctly as Mr. Nguyen recently unveiled a three-piece suit lined with the same carbon nanotube technology worn by U.S. troops in Iraq! “At Garrison, we take pride in building relationships and trust with each and every one of our clients,” boasts the company website. “That’s why, this year, it was crucial that we offer our clients a bullet-proof suit to keep them safe during their travels to dangerous places for work. We wanted to create a lightweight garment that not only looks professional, but can also act as reliable body armor. The idea was to create a stylish and discreet alternative to wearing a bulky bullet proof vest underneath a suit.”
Each bespoke outfit takes an average of 160 hours to make from start to finish, with the end result comprising of nanotubes in the fabric hardening to block force from penetrating through. This ultimately makes the garment 30 times stronger than steel and 50 times lighter than Kevlar with the ability to protect the wearer from, not just bullets, but also knife attacks.
Clearly you can’t put a price on safety, but Nguyen has gone and done it anyway with a sticker price of $20,000. It’s a little salty for your everyday business needs in the big city, but already this type of men’s clothing has built up a suave fanbase including President Barrack Obama (who reportedly wore a similar suit at his first inauguration). Now Nguyen claims he already has a waiting list of back orders from budding Bond business-types, but what are the chances that you’ll join them and shill out on your own bullet-proof three piece?
Image via Garrison Bespoke
image credit: glossynewsstand via the tfs forums
French model Marie Piovesan has landed her second Vogue cover. On Vogue Ukraine’s December cover, shot by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, the 27-year-old model poses elegantly against a simple white background, wearing a Dior Fall 2013 dress, with the only festive elements being the opulent jewelry. Her quiet beauty is accentuated with bleached eyebrows and gorgeous makeup that gives her an aristocratic look. The sophisticated cover garnered a lot of praise among tFS forum members.
“Yet another magnificent cover from Vogue Ukraine. Marie looks incredibly elegant and poised! The hair and makeup is perfect and the styling is solid. The text is a bit messy but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the cover shot,” commented Nepenthes.
HeatherAnne applauded the model choice. She posted, “Marie is so regal and distinctive looking, this cover wouldn't have the same power without her, but with her it's magic.”
Teaars agreed, “Absolutely bewitching but still feminine and just plain arresting. Marie was a perfect choice for the cover. Vogue Ukraine is surely becoming the best Vogue edition in terms of the cover shots, art direction, and photographer/model selection.”
Vogue Ukraine is still considerably new. But they have had a great run with covers and editorials, and it looks like they have no intention to slow down. An impeccable cover, and a very deserved one for Marie.