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Tyra Banks Surpasses Expectations at Harvard; Alexa Chung for Madewell (Again)

Tyra BanksTyra Banks is enrolled at Harvard Business School and can't get over herself: "[When it] got out that I was in school at Harvard . . . it's like, well, oh my God, why is a model going to Harvard?…When people have low expectations, you're just constantly going, 'Ta-da!' And they're like, 'Wow.' It doesn't take a lot to wow them when they have low expectations." Wow indeed. Don't worry Tyra, you always manage to exceed even my lowest expecations. [Fashionologie]

One of your favorite fashion ladies, Alexa Chung, announced that after the success of her first collection for Madewell, she's designing a sophomore line for the brand set to launch this fall. For an inspiring dose of Alexa's renknowned styling ASAP, hop on over to the Madewell website this week, where the presenter-designer is modeling iconic pieces from her first collection mixed in with her own wardrobe. [Elle.com]

On Friday, the @VogueParisLive Twitter account released an image of Emmanuelle Alt's much-anticipated first cover as Editor-in-Chief of the fashion bible. Photographed in St. Bart's by husband-and-wife team Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, cover girl Gisele Bundchen posed in a white Dolce & Gabbana dress. Alt's debut cover has been well-received, and most observers have been delighted by its breathy, bright softness, however, the eyelet dress may have been a less-than-inspired choice; Alt's April cover marks the frock's third appearance on the cover of an issue of Vogue this season. The white garment is fast becoming the village bicycle of the fashion industry: prior to its cover placement in Vogue Paris, the dress showed up on Constance Jablonski for the February cover of Vogue Espana, and on Britt Maren for Vogue Deutsch this month. [Styleite]

Paris Vogue's male counterpart, Vogue Hommes International, couldn't find a way to work in the Dolce & Gabbana dress, but they did manage to one-up the ladies in terms of overexposure: for their Spring/Summer cover, they chose to have Terry Richardson photograph multi-tasking maestro James Franco. As always, the hyperactive ubermensch is pictured kvetching about his armpit hair and looking sleepy. And being ridiculously good-looking, duh. [Vogue.Fr]

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