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Carolyn Murphy Returns for a Second Time in a Row for MaxMara’s Campaign (Forum Buzz)

She’s back! Carolyn Murphy returns as the face of MaxMara’s new collection. Having previously posed for Mario Sorrenti for the brand’s Fall 2014 campaign, the team behind the shoot decided to switch the concept up this time around and sat Carolyn amongst a sea of prints — which oddly enough complement the clothes perfectly. Giving us a slight 70s vibe, the Estée Lauder beauty queen poses for a range of shots which can all be found inside our thread.

Max Mara Spring 2015 Carolyn Murphy Mario Sorrenti


The background doesn’t appear to be sitting well with the majority of our forum members, however. Nymphaea writes, “The spots are driving me crazy!” 

“I like that they’re using props instead of a plain background but everything is so busy, I don´t know where to look… too messy for me,” agrees kokobombon.

“I’m glad to see Carolyn as I love her but God the background is just too busy!!” replies VersaceVixen09.

Ash92 is just simply left underwhelmed: “I could imagine this being a good idea at the drawing board but they should have seen how messy this is once the images were shot.”

Yet things began to look up as Kite posts, “I really like the use of the spots. It will be very attention grabbing and powerful in print and I think it really stands out amongst many of the duller campaigns we have already seen this season.”

“I agree, have to admit I was expecting to be disappointed by Sorrenti again, but the way they’re using textures here is brilliant,” shares a pleasantly surprised Legolas.

See MaxMara’s Spring 2015 campaign in full inside the thread here. Be sure to add your own two cents! 

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What Has Vogue Ukraine Done with Carmen Kass’ Face? (Forum Buzz)

We’d like to give a round of applause to Vogue Ukraine for welcoming back Carmen Kass to the Condé Nast fashion bible. Curiously, Carmen’s last cover of Vogue was way back in September 2012 for Vogue Mexico, so an appearance was long overdue. The magazine hired Russian photographer Jegor Zaika to capture Carmen wearing a minimal outfit from Sportmax styled by Philip Vlasov, making for a fresh January front cover.

Vogue Ukraine January 2015 Carmen Kass


But our forum members are noticing something a little off about the cover. Do you? “Awful airbrushing. They made her look like Timon from The Lion King,” exclaimed an unimpressed Creative, who set the tone of the entire thread.

“Whoa! A model like Carmen does not need her face changed! Seriously!!!! So nice to see her back on the cover of Vogue, shame they felt she had to be transformed,” added Miss Dalloway.

VersaceVixen009 felt the same way and echoed, “So happy to see my Carmen but God the airbrushing is NOT necessary!!”

Also not showing much enthusiasm was kokobombon: “The eye, the nose… Photoshop disaster! Awful styling and color scheme imo.”

“I’m so confused by her head positioning! Have they reapplied it onto a different neck?” questioned Cosmic Voices.

MyNameIs shared everyone’s sentiments regarding the post-production. “Yeah, disappointing way to start the year for VUA. Love the choice of Carmen, and I think there was a good idea there somewhere, but it doesn’t come together. The aggressive Photoshopping doesn’t help.”

Are you upset with the amount of airbrushing Carmen’s received on Vogue Ukraine? Join the discussion here.

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Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Fashion Show Is Heading to Puerto Rico

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is moving again in 2015, this time to a much warmer climate. This year’s show went down in London after several years of staging in New York City, but it looks like Victoria’s Secret has a newer, warmer location selected for its next big swimsuit event. 

Fox News says Puerto Rico’s Economic and Trade Development Department Secretary Alberto Baco has announced in a press release that Victoria’s Secret would be filming its swimsuit fashion show on the island, and the lingerie brand has booked 428 hotel rooms for the event. Victoria’s Secret has already started shooting for the show, which we wager will likely have a lot of hubbub and press surrounding it. 

The show is expected to play in 190 countries, reaching about 12 million viewers. CBS is expected to broadcast this installation. So, brace yourselves for another round of leggy ladies looking lovely in barely any actual clothing.

[The Hollywood Reporter via Fox News]

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Things Are a Mess at American Apparel

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

American Apparel’s got a lot to deal with now that it has officially fired CEO Dov Charney. The announcement that the troubled boss was officially out at the flailing label came last week with the announcement of his replacement, who is due to start in January. Since the news broke, several parties have speculated that Charney could be planning to sue the company for damages. Lots of people are waiting with bated breath for him to officially take the company to court. According to WWD, a lawsuit could cost American Apparel “hundreds of millions of dollars,” which the brand doesn’t have. 

For now, the company has adopted a poison pill, which will bar any shareholder from buying a controlling stake in the company without the permission of all the shareholders. This comes with rumors that Charney is in talks with investment firm Irving Place Capital with plans to buy back his company

Whatever becomes of American Apparel, one thing’s for sure: This adjustment period is going to be messy.

[via WWD]


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Givenchy Releases More Images from Spring 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

You’ve probably already seen Julia Roberts’ new Givenchy Spring 2015 campaign, but Julia’s not the only star of the fashion ads. As rumored, Givenchy also tapped a set of models for the new spots and the images have been released. Riccardo Tisci treated his Instagram followers to a preview of part two of the spring campaign over the weekend and the images were immediately brought over to our forums for discussion. The new pictures show models Imaan Hammam (pictured below), Stella Lucia and Mica Arganaraz standing beside a motorcycle in a derelict woodland area, each giving good face for the lens of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Givenchy Spring 2015 Models Mert & Marcus


But are our forum members feeling it? “I’m happy to see two of my favorite girls in the campaign: Mica & Imaan. Mica’s shot is the best from the entire campaign but I don’t know, something is wrong with Imaan’s shot. The cast may be good but I’m not excited by the campaign at all after seeing this,” noted Lola701.

“Nooooo they brought back that awful Fall 2006 concept!” proclaimed Flashbang.

“Mica looks strong and amazing, but God the concept. The concept’s even cheaper than the Fall 2006 one,” responded VersaceVixen009.

StoneSkipper wasn’t a fan: “I’m happy to see Imaan… but that’s just horrid. All of it. Okay, maybe that third shot isn’t that bad, but still.”

“The concept & styling is bad. Great cast but the photos look boring,” posted testinofan.

“The models can’t make the attitude work. Imaan looks like a young Ruud Gullit, not good,” wrote Nymphaea.

Are you a fan of part two of Givenchy’s Spring 2015 campaign? Happy to see some models? Tell us what you think and check out the other shots inside the thread below. (more…)

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See Kim and Kanye Posing for Balmain’s Spring 2015 Menswear Campaign

Balmain Menswear Spring 2015 Kim & Kanye


We didn’t see this coming, but maybe we should have. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have already graced the cover of Vogue together, so it’s only natural for the dynamic duo to pose for a high-fashion advertising campaign. Good friend to the Kardashian-Jenner clan and Balmain designer, Olivier Rousteing, tapped Kimye for the edgy French fashion house’s new menswear Spring 2015 fashion spots, released earlier today. The designer’s Instagram page blew up and the image has already received 15,000 likes — and counting! Mario Sorrenti, who also shot the womenswear ads this season, captured the-world’s-most-talked-about-couple wearing black Balmain threads during an intimate moment. Like it or loathe it? Share your opinion with us inside the thread here.