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Benetton Appoints Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as New Creative Director

The journey of the United Colors of Benetton is something to marvel over. Starting with humble beginnings sold door-to-door to becoming a fashion empire and one of the industry’s longest-running, influential brands. Unfortunately, the company has been underperforming in recent years, losing 180 million euros in 2017 alone. In a bid to turn things around, Benetton has just appointed Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as the new creative director of the company’s men’s and women’s divisions.

Known for his use of bright colors and mix of pop and punk aesthetic, de Castelbajac made his debut into the world of fashion in 1968 when he created a label in collaboration with his mother.

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Benetton and de Castelbajac have a similar affinity for playful use of color. “United Colors of Benetton and I have always had the same vision of fashion, characterised by a passion for knitting, and a love for vibrant colours and pop,” de Castelbajac said. “Together, United Colors of Benetton and I will seek to create the wardrobe of tomorrow, bringing beauty and style to everyday life, at affordable prices for everyone. ”

De Castelbajac’s first collection for Benetton will be out by 2019. Here’s hoping he’s the pop of color the company has been needing.

Image: Imaxtree

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Penélope Cruz Is the Face of the New Chanel Cruise 2019 Campaign

On the same day Penélope Cruz attended Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 show in Paris in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress would be the brand’s newest ambassador, following in the footsteps of celebs like Margot Robbie and Kristen Stewart. Her first official print campaign is finally here and, in true Chanel fashion, Cruz receives the full Karl Lagerfeld treatment for the brand’s nautical-themed Cruise 2019 collection. Captured in Lagerfeld’s signature black and white style of photography, Cruz appears in a series of classic and timeless portraits.

Chanel Cruise 2019 : Penélope Cruz by Karl Lagerfeld

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Members of our forums weren’t so sold on the outcome, however. “Is this a joke? Is it the actual campaign or like a supplement to it? Such a colorful and youth-focused collection, and this is the campaign?” asked TianCouture.

“Holy Photoshop! she looks like Letizia Ortiz…” kokobombon said.

Also noticing some signs of post-production was dodencebt: “Wow, they photoshopped her into oblivion. Her Mango ads were a hundred times better than this!”

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Topshop Features 8 Models of the Moment in Its New Campaign, Topshop It

Topshop is re-branding itself for Fall 2018 by changing its name to Topshop It. To celebrate, eight of today’s most popular models were chosen to promote the collection in the brand’s first co-ed campaign: Anwar Hadid, Dilone, Presley Gerber, Duckie Thot, Birgit Kos, Cara Taylor, Adonis Bosso and Sofia Mechetner.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

The purpose of the campaign is to evoke one’s individuality. Topshop It’s models were styled in a way that draws out who they are or the image they want to project. “We’ve called the campaign Topshop It to introduce our customers to a new kind of expression,” creative director David Hagglund told Vogue. “Topshop It will mean different things to different people, but to us it means always experimenting, pushing boundaries, staying true to our roots and taking it to the top.”

“We wanted to bring the brands to life,” Hagglund continues. “Topshop It is a celebration of what makes us unique. It is eye-catching, full of vibrant colour and has a youthful spirit.”

Topshop It will be available in stores and online starting October 15. Look for the campaign to roll out via social platforms to see how each of the models interprets the collection.

 

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Julia Roberts Is All Smiles (Obvi) on the November Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

We can always count on Julia Roberts to light up the newsstand with her infectious smile and whether she’s fronting British Harper’s Bazaar or WSJ Magazine, she’s sure to brighten your day. This month, she lends her dazzling charm to Harper’s Bazaar’s November cover — something the magazine sorely needed after a disastrous September cover and low-key October cover. The 50-year-old American actress was captured by Alexi Lubomirski around the rugged Vasquez Rocks, wearing a vibrant Giambattisa Valli dress (teamed with some questionable Dior sneakers) on the newsstand cover (below) and the special subscribers cover (after the jump).

US Harper's Bazaar November 2018 : Julia Roberts by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR

According to our forum members, even Julia can’t save Harper’s Bazaar. “Jesus, this magazine is a lost cause. Just last year Julia did a similar cover for the British edition in red. Earlier this year this very edition shot Jennifer Lopez in similar pink tulle overload. Doesn’t Glenda lay her covers out against the wall like any seasoned editor would? Crikey,” voiced Benn98.

“I hate when they Photoshop celebrities doing ‘extreme’ things. Looks cheap to me,” pointed out jorgepalomo.

“I just read the article and it’s actually not Photoshopped! I guess she has a fear of heights and wanted to conquer it. But yeah, not a great cover. The sneakers made me wrinkle my nose,” Lucien112 said.

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Claire Foy Gets a Rebellious New Look on Vogue’s November Cover

Our forums can more or less guess who’s about to crop up on the cover of American Vogue each month, but throughout 2018, the magazine has been throwing us curveballs. Take, for instance, the covers featuring Saoirse Ronan and Gisele Bundchen, which caught us by surprise, as does Claire Foy’s new cover for the November issue. After her British Vogue debut back in November 2017, the Brit actress, known for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, gets a rebellious new look, sporting a dark cropped hairstyle and a one-shoulder Saint Laurent dress in the David Sims-shot cover image, styled by Camilla Nickerson.

US Vogue November 2018 : Claire Foy by David Sims

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

Our forum members were not fans of the cover, especially considering this month’s momentous occasion. “WTF someone should get fired for this, and this is the cover marking Anna’s 30th anniversary of taking over US Vogue?” asked MDNA.

“What happened… I was looking forward to this issue since it is Anna’s 30th anniversary at Vogue. It’s so disappointing,” wrote TZ001.

“Is this a joke? Please tell me this is a joke or a pre-cover or anything BUT the actual cover. How is this a Vogue cover? Did they misspell Marie Claire?” mocked EstefaniaAbaddon.

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Adwoa Aboah Collaborated With John Hardy on a Limited-Edition Jewelry Collection

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Adwoa Aboah, the golden goddess of fashion, isn’t the same without being draped in gold jewelry. With her new collaboration with jewelry brand John Hardy, the model has created limited-edition pieces grounded in her culture and heritage. The AA x JH collection mixes metals punctuated by raw stones selected for their affirming properties: pyrite, black tourmaline and hematite offer grounding and strength, while pink tourmaline, rose quartz and spinel extend color, energy and light.

Standout pieces are the signet rings that were inspired by an Aboah family heirloom, which has been passed down for three generations. She changed the shape of the rings in honor of her female empowerment platform, Gurls Talk. Aboah told Vogue that her main inspiration for her designs were all the women she loves: “When designing I envisioned all the girls I love: my friends, my mum, my sisters, my tribe – wearing this jewelry.”

Aboah believes that jewelry has a transformative power, adding, “Creating pieces that spoke to my authenticity and that could be personalized in a variety of ways was very important to me.”

“Our collaboration celebrates the artistic spirit of chain, its strength and ability to transform into endless combinations to express your personal aesthetic,” Hollie Bonneville Barden, creative director of John Hardy, said. “From the very beginning, Adwoa brought a distinctive point of view on raw materials that were rich in contrasts, including powerful stones accented with splashes of colour that felt authentic to her creative, bold style.”

The AA x JH collection is being sold in John Hardy stores and at johnhardy.com. Prices range from $295 for a single earring to $25,000 for a gold body chain with gemstones.

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