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A Japanese Woman on Vogue Japan’s Front Cover, Finally! (Forum Buzz)

We have to hand it to Vogue Japan for finally delivering a cover with a Japanese native on its front cover. Rinko Kikuchi graces the magazine’s February 2015 issue, lensed by Tom Craig, showcasing a vibrant creation from Junya Watanabe. The team behind Vogue Japan must have been feeling the need for change as this is Craig’s first cover shoot for the publication. We often loathe when actresses take covers away from our beloved models, but on this one occasion, we welcome Rinko with open arms.

Vogue Japan February 2015 Tom Craig


But are our forum members impressed with the outcome? “Great to see they put a star on the cover, cool choice,” raves chanelh kicking us off on a positive note.

“Yay for someone Japanese on the cover of Vogue Japan!” credits A.D.C.

Also giving the cover some love is TheoG: “Love this! It’s the traditional Vogue Japan cover but I love Rinko, she should have got the February cover last year for her film Kumiko but I’ll take this.”

Starry posts, “I absolutely love this!!! So thrilled to see they put a Japanese celebrity on the cover! And she is wearing Junya freaking Watanabe!!!! I am so happy!”

“How fantastic! They don’t do many celeb covers, but this I like,” echos Miss Dalloway.

It wouldn’t be the forums if it weren’t for the diverse opinions of our members, however. “Even Vogue Japan is putting celebs on its covers. The end of the world is coming,” states an unimpressed Creative.

Gazebo even goes as far as to say, “Just shut down Vogue and let’s get it over with.”

Are you loving Vogue Japan’s February 2015 cover? Await the contents of the issue and join the discussion here.

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Why Does Dolce & Gabbana Repeat the Same Advertising Concept Again and Again? (Forum Buzz)

As soon as the collection was shown in Milan, we already envisioned how the Dolce & Gabbana campaign would look. The Italian designers continue to stay true to their roots and give us a vision of family-oriented lifestyle in advertising. Although this time around, there’s a hint of Spanish culture infused in the photos with a bullfighter present and some flamenco dancing. The campaign even features some elderly women to give the concept a touch of authenticity. Models Bianca Balti, Blanca Padilla, Irina Sharipova, Vittoria Ceretti, Misa Patinsky, Travis Cannata and Xavier Serrano appear in the campaign, captured by Stefano Gabbana (yes, he’s shooting his own campaigns!).

Dolce & Gabbana Ad Campaign Spring 2015


Our forum members are currently debating the new campaign inside the thread. “Blanca? Glad to see Xavier too, he’s a total cutie. Oh, and now I realize the bullfighter is José Manzanares. They went for an all Spanish cast,” shared Creative, but went on to post, “I’m not even going to comment on the campaign.”

“Same old same old only this time the lighting is awful imo…I wonder how do they cast the older women? It would be nice if they’re the crew’s mothers or grandmothers,” asked kokobombon.

“Great casting, but yet, another repeat of past campaigns,” noted justaguy.

Also not showing much enthusiasm was quangthinh, who wrote, “Looks very amateur (as always).”

Although things started to look up. “I think my problem is the composition, and a better photographer would have fixed that. That being said, I love the cast and the theme, and that video is INCREDIBLE! Best Dolce campaign in a long time,” credited marsnoop2.

Forum member thatsfierce also appeared to be a fan: “I like a couple of shots. I think it is better than the older campaigns.”

Check out our thread for even more campaign images and watch the video below. Be sure to let us know what you think! Are you a fan? (more…)

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Surfer-Turned-Model Anastasia Ashley Thinks Terry Richardson Is ‘Awesome’

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Image: WENN

Pro surfer-cum-model Anastasia Ashley doesn’t have an agent, but she definitely manages to scoop up some top-notch gigs. Ashley has worked for Sports IllustratedMaxim and Esquire, has modeled alongside Chrissy Teigen and posed for one of the most controversial figures in fashion, Terry Richardson. The photographer has had a pretty rough year, with more women coming forward with claims of sexual assault. 

But Richardson’s troubled reputation didn’t stop Ashley from working with him. And she says the experience was actually quite pleasant. “Terry is awesome. He’s one of the most professional and nicest photographers I’ve ever worked with,” she told The Daily Beast. “There’s just a level of experience and knowledge that… It’s no wonder why he’s one of the most popular photographers in the world. He’s really good at making people feel comfortable, and really having fun, so that was a great experience.” How nice that she had such a good time.

Ashley sympathizes with Richardson’s troubles, but thinks the criticism he’s received is just a symptom of his fame. “I think it’s crazy. I feel like it’s unfortunate that a lot of people in the public eye can get people coming after them. I don’t know the situation’s ins and outs, so I can’t speak directly on that, but I know it’s hard being in any position in the public eye. There’s more scrutiny, and there’s more people looking for a reason to put you down.”

Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

[via the The Daily Beast]

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Watch: Kendall and Kris Jenner Team Up for Love’s Advent Calendar

Another day, another buzzy entry on Love magazine’s advent calendar. But today’s Christmas-themed video of scantily-clad models contains not one, but two familiar faces. It seems Love magazine has a huge girl crush on the Jenner women. They tapped both Kendall and mother Kris to appear in earlier shorts on the calendar.

Well it looks like the Jenner girls were so nice, Love had no choice but to use them twice. This time, Kris and Kendall team up for a sexy Christmastime mother-daughter dance… just before destroying a plastic Christmas tree. The Doug Inglish-directed flick shows the two dressed in Philipp Plein by fashion editor Anthony Unwin.

Something about dancing in sexy lingerie with your mom seems a little strange to us, but it seems to work for Love and the Jenners, so power on, ladies.

[via Love Magazine YouTube]

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Kanye’s Closet Is Reportedly Bigger than Kim’s

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Image: WENN

Kanye and Kim have been on the hunt for their Barbie dream house for a while now and they’ve finally settled on a $20 million dollar mansion. A couple with a love for designer duds needs a place to store all those expensive clothes and Radar is reporting that while both Kim and Kanye have huge closets, Kanye wound up getting the sweeter end of the deal.

According to the Building and Safety Department of Hidden Hills, Kim’s private walk-in closet is 12 feet long, while Kanye’s clocks in at 15 feet. Now, this makes perfect sense, considering Kanye’s ardent love for all things high fashion. It is only natural he would take the larger closet. Where else is he supposed to store all those Kanye West x A.P.C. Ermanno Scervino-inspired fur-lined parkas? After all, his precious leather jogging pants probably need the extra space to breathe.

Sounds like the perfect home for the stylish couple, no?

[via Radar]

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Used Underwear Sold at Victoria’s Secret, Marshalls and More, According to Report

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Image: WENN

If you’ve been buying your underwear from Victoria’s Secret, Walmart or Marshalls, you might be twirling around town in someone else’s old panties. Ew.

The Today show did a report four years back on top retailers who recycle used underwear returned by customers, putting them back on the floor for unsuspecting shoppers. They followed up in a recent broadcast and found that at the three abovementioned stores, little has changed. Apparently, returned undies were marked, retagged and added to the sales floor. 

All three retailers firmly stress that such practices are against store policy and are not the norm. Marshalls added that they usually do not accept returns if the garment looks as if it’s been worn. They all pledge to take action and make sure their employees are better aware of protocol.

Needless to say, we’re going to be very careful next time we’re browsing for panties and will make sure to thoroughly wash them before wearing.

[via Cosmopolitan]