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Glassons Apologises for “Unacceptable” Mannequins, Causes Hoo-Ha All Over Again

Glassons’ CEO Graeme Popplewell has said “sorry” for using mannequins with protruding ribs, and claims to have removed them from all Glassons stores after an influx of complaints and hoo-ha. Graeme took to the New Zealand retailer’s Facebook page to “unreservedly apologise for any upset” Glassons caused, and it went a little something like this: (more…)

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Flashback: Vogue Paris October 2005 with Gemma Ward and Du Juan by Patrick Demarchelier

As Gemma Ward fever continues to hit our forums, we take another look back at one of the Aussie model’s most memorable Vogue covers for this week’s Fashion Flashback series.

The October 2005 issue of Vogue Paris featured a fresh-faced Gemma, who was joined by Chinese model Du Juan for the magazine’s Chinese-themed issue. The pair was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carine Roitfeld, who selected matching sweatshirts from Dior Homme for the duo. Jeans finished off Du’s look, while Gemma showcased a gorgeous fur coat from Dolce & Gabbana. We just don’t see covers like this anymore, right?

Flashback Vogue Paris October 2005 Gemma & Du Patrick Demarchelier


As if a cover shot wasn’t enough, we also get to see Gemma and Du together once again inside the 338-page issue. In “La Cité des Anges,” the dynamic duo are captured around the vibrant city of Shanghai dressed in pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano with some intriguing and thought-provoking styling from Roitfeld.

Also found inside is Russian model Natasha Poly, who posed before Craig McDean’s lens with some coats of the season strategically placed on her head (yes, placed over her head like a nun), making for some very interesting imagery. Mario Testino shot Freja Beha Erichsen, who was styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, donning a mass of curls and monochrome outfits with a splash of purple. But the standout story is “Sur Scène” with American model Cameron Russell, shot by Nathaniel Goldberg with Emmanuelle Alt on styling duties. The black and white story consists of a short-haired Cameron oozing a punk attitude, while showcasing a variety of glamorous black dresses from Gucci, Blumarine and Lanvin. Alt styled the dresses with studded belts, black tights and trainers for added drama — and it worked!

Do you remember the issue like it was yesterday? Dig out your copy of Vogue Paris’ October 2005 issue or take a look inside the thread here.

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Mert & Marcus Photograph Kate, Daria, Lara and More for W’s Spectacular November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Prepare to salivate over W‘s November 2014 cover, released today. Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott shot a group of their favorite faces, including Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone, Raquel Zimmermann and Daniel van der Deen. There are two additional covers featuring Saskia de Brauw, Mariacarla Boscono, Suvi Koponen, Riley Montana, Karmen Pedaru, Anna Ewers and Steve Milatos. Now if that ain’t a cast, we don’t know what is!

W Magazine November 2014 Mert & Marcus


Our forum members are overcome with excitement. “This is so good I can’t even breathe!” raves Nepenthes.

After the series of multi-girl covers we have been seeing this season, A.D.C proclaims, “This is what a model cover is supposed to look like and not like that prom picture Vogue US had for September!”

“Absolutely Beyond, I am rubbing my eyes. Tears of Joy, this cover is beyond everything!” enthuses an elated TeeVanity.

The rave reviews just keep on flooding in with MyNameIs writing, “OMG, this is beyond amazing. I’m loving the 90s/early 00s feel. The cast is great. And I’m so here for this model-group cover trend. Get it.”

We assume mikel is also a fan after simply commenting, “Holy crap!”

“Gorgeous, and vibrant, but it almost looks a bit dated? Something very early 90s about it,” states Miss Dalloway.

“Yeah it’s totally Versace by Avedon,” agrees Marc10.

Also to notice a slight 90s quality to the cover image is BerlinRocks: “I like the photo of the cover. It is real fashion and indeed very Avedon, and any 1990s supermodel group shot atmosphere (everybody did a supermodels group shot in the 90s from Bensimon to Avedon, Meisel, Lindbergh etc.).”

LastNight shares, “Oooh I was not expecting this! I like it a lot, however the image with Daria, Kate, etc. would have been much more powerful with just the four girls and not the guy as well but I still like it.”

Let’s hope we’re treated to more of the M&M favorites inside the issue! Check out the other two covers and join the discussion here.

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21 Questions with… Designer Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

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Monique Lhuillier was born to design wedding dresses that make us leap for the sun. Even the frowniest editors in town lose their cool in her front row. For our latest round of “21 Questions,” Lhuillier lets loose!

  1. When I get dressed in the morning I think… girly or edgy?
  2. The item of clothing I could never live without is… leather pants.
  3. Currently, my favorite thing in my closet is… my lace-up suede python pumps from my shoe collection.
  4. Every woman should own… a jumpsuit.
  5. If you looked at my desktop you’d see… a screensaver of my kids.  
  6. My beauty essentials include… Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Clarins Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara and MAC Creme d’Nude lipstick.
  7. The last thing I googled was… reviews from my Fall 2015 bridal collection.
  8. If my days had one extra hour I’d… sleep in!
  9. My guilty pleasure is… a weekly massage.
  10. I’m dying to splurge on… a David Benjamin Sherry photo.
  11. On a typical Saturday night… I’m eating out with friends.
  12. I’m most excited for fall because… I can start wearing the coats from my Fall 2014 collection.
  13. When I’m stressed I… eat mint chip ice cream.
  14. When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle… I love the outdoors with my familyhiking, swimming, you name it.
  15. My biggest fashion pet peeve… UGGs.
  16. My one style regret… a perm!  
  17. When it comes to picking models for my show… I look for effortless beauty.
  18. What keeps me inspired to work in fashion… is the constant creative process and the incredible talent that I work beside.
  19. My favorite place to shop is… I can’t just pick one! Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue.
  20. When hiring people, the qualities I look for… are detail-oriented, hard worker and embraces change.
  21. The best advice I ever got… “Find your own balance.”

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Kim Noorda Impresses Forum Members on Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands’ Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands appears to have skipped an issue, missing out on October. The magazine premiered on our forums with three wonderful covers for September, and now, out of nowhere, comes the November cover. The newly-formed Dutch title welcomes Kim Noorda back into the spotlight, who was photographed for a portrait image by Mikael Schulz.

Harper's Bazaar November 2014 Kim Noorda


Members of our forums are more than satisfied. “Really nice! I was excited to see their second cover and I’m not disappointed at all. Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands looks promising,” raved Oxymore, kicking off the thread to an encouraging start.

“Such a charming cover! It’s lovely to see Kim Noorda. Everything is on point to me,” complimented Valentine27.

“I have always been a fan of Kim and it is so good to see that she is doing well. This is very autumn, the jacket in sync with her blue eyes, the brown makeup and the text, plus there is so little text which is so rare these days, but they get the point of having such a beauty like Kim on the cover they don’t need to put too much text all over it. Yes for Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands,” proclaimed lalatran.

MON even went as far as to say that the magazine “slays Vogue Netherlands by a mile.”

An element of the cover was bothering a few members, however. “Well, it’s certainly a striking cover and I like the ponytail. Just don’t see the need for confetti, they’re either too late for their own launch party, or too early for a festive mood,” commented Benn98.

Also acknowledging the confetti was Mr-Dale: “Lovely cover. Clean, gorgeous, to the point, lovely. Not sure about the confetti details, but then again I’m not entirely bothered by it.”

Does the post-production confetti bother you at all? We think it’s a cool design and contributes a little something else to a plain white background. See inside the thread and share your own opinion here.

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Sex Trafficking and Fast Fashion: Just Who Is Making Your Clothes?

Sweatshop labor and fast fashion have unfortunately gone hand in hand ever since the first $10 T-shirt was perfectly folded and stacked in five different colors. Somehow, we here in the U.S. tend to forget that in order for the oh-so-affordable clothes we buy to cost so little, real people have to make them and be paid next-to-nothing, often working in deplorable conditions.

But what we may not have realized was the link between sweatshops and sex trafficking. VICE News just posted an in-depth look at sex workers in Cambodia — who are often also the women making the hoodies we’re buying. The career options for these women aren’t great, but many would rather work in the sex trade than as garment workers. Factories pay women the minimum wage — $80 a month — and the workers can barely afford to feed and house their children, much less buy them medicine. And the labor conditions are about as great as you’d expect from sweatshops. To make matters worse, women arrested for working in the sex trade are often forced to work in the factories by seemingly well-intentioned NGOs and the police. It’s either face harassment from law enforcement or go to the factory.

Watch the video to see just where the clothes are made and why women would rather be in the sex trade. It’s eye-opening and incredibly sad, to say the least, and gives us all something to think about the next time we want to buy a cheap piece of clothing.

[VICE News]


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