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Even Jennifer Lawrence Can’t Make These ‘Hideous’ Dior Bags Look Good (Forum Buzz)

The house of Christian Dior continues to milk its contract with Jennifer Lawrence, having unveiled ads with the actress fronting its cosmetics range and a brand new set of images for its newest handbag collection. Is it too much, though? J.Law’s last accessories campaign for the iconic French brand fell flat and the new Spring 2016 edition isn’t exactly blowing us away, either. Switching things up ever so slightly, Mario Sorrenti plays the role of photographer, capturing Jennifer looking effortless while posing around a chic apartment.

Christian Dior Handbags S/S 2016 : Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Sorrenti

IMAGE: STANDARD.CO.UK

Surprisingly, the handbags ended up being the main topic of discussion on our forums. “Too much Photoshop on the bags, also her face is super red, super amateur for my taste and for a house like Dior,” pointed out an underwhelmed madzedre straight away.

“The bags almost look like CGI because of the Photoshop. It’s especially jarring against the natural styling,” echoed Edie123. (more…)

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Lena Dunham Apologizes for Photoshop Accusation: “I Can’t Tell What’s Been Slimmed and What Hasn’t”

Lena Dunham doesn’t take kindly to Photoshop. She’s so adamant about excessive airbrushing that she publicly slammed a magazine for retouching her cover — and later realized they didn’t Photoshop it at all. Tentaciones Magazine ran an image of Dunham styled as iconic model Twiggy that originally appeared in Entertainment Weekly in 2012.

Upon seeing the photo, shot by Ruven Afanador, Dunham criticized the magazine’s alleged airbrushing tactics on Instagram. She wrote, “Oh hello Spanish magazine Tentaciones! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you used a pic by @ruvenafanador – he always makes me feel gorgeous. But this is not what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like – mad photoshop has been done to this iteration. So if you’re into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena.”

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Carolina Herrera’s New Campaign Looks More Like a Vogue Editorial (Forum Buzz)

Mario Testino has done just fine for himself this season, shooting a handful of advertising campaigns for a number of different high-fashion brands. The Peruvian photographer was once again Carolina Herrera‘s choice after doing wonders with Lily Aldridge shot all by her lonesome last season. But for Spring 2016, Lily is joined by Dutch beauty Romee Strijd, who makes for a welcome addition to the casting. The brunette and blond duo pose together poolside, while lapping up the sunshine on location at a lavish California mansion. The campaign doesn’t make our forum members want to join the party, however.

Carolina Herrera S/S 2016 : Lily Aldridge & Romee Strijd by Mario Testino

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Members of our forums were not impressed. “What a lovely American Vogue editorial! Oh wait,” laughed MON the moment the campaign dropped.

“So I know Lily’s not a good model by any means, but I’m going to blame Photoshop for destroying her smile here,” pointed out marsnoop2. (more…)

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Get a First Look at Target’s Newest Designer Collaboration for Spring

Courtesy of Target

Courtesy of Target

Target’s latest designer collaboration has been announced and the retailer is partnering with none other than Finnish design house Marimekko. The collaboration, first announced live on Good Morning America, will include over 200 print-centric pieces that run the gamut from outdoor decor to apparel and accessories. There’s a paddle board, hammock, printed swimsuits and even parachutes. Marimekko for Target ranges from $7.99 for sunscreen to $499.99 for the paddle board, with most items falling under $50. (more…)

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Britney Spears Is Barely Recognizable as V Magazine’s 100th Issue Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

V Magazine‘s previous offering, which was guest edited by Lady Gaga, was pretty much a flop with our forums and we were only interested in seeing the title’s upcoming edition marking its 100th issue. The momentous edition was unveiled earlier today and in an unexpected move (though we really shouldn’t be totally surprised), the mag secured a cover story with none other than Britney Spears. Photographed by famed photographer Mario Testino, the American songstress looks better than ever as she stars on three collectible covers wearing threads by Louis Vuitton, Balmain and Fendi.

V Magazine #100 Spring 2016 : Britney Spears by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VMAGAZINE.COM

But for such a commemorative issue, our forums weren’t all too fond of the outcome. “Oh boy, I don’t even know what to make of this. She looks… good? Hardly looking like herself, but still. Plus, what’s with the Kim Kardashian styling and pose?” asked mistress_f immediately.

“Looks nothing like her on any of the covers. She’s such a random choice for the 100th issue,” complained SpeakThatJDunn. (more…)

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Robin Wright’s True Beauty Is Airbrushed Away on the Cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

In a sea of familiar faces at newsstands, U.K. Harper’s Bazaar serves up someone completely different and unexpected for its latest issue. Bazaar tapped American actress Robin Wright to be its unexpectedly fabulous April 2016 cover star, looking radiant before the lens of David Slijper. Robin’s last notable cover was for Vanity Fair back in April 2015, so another magazine cover was certainly long overdue. Our forums first took an exclusive look at the cover for subscribers (below) showing the House of Cards star wearing a striped Ralph Lauren dress, while on the regular newsstand cover she wears Max Mara.

UK Harper's Bazaar April 2016 : Robin Wright by David Slijper

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

From the onset, our forum members weren’t exactly feeling it wholeheartedly. “So lovely to see her on the cover, wish it had ‘more’ energy, but it’s still nice,” posted Miss Dalloway.

“Great cover choice. I wish the photo itself had been stronger, but I’m all for seeing Robin. She can look quite harsh in photos I find, so it’s nice to see it all a little softer here at least,” chimed in honeycombchild. (more…)