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Forever 21 and Chanel Go to Print

On Friday, Forever 21 will be welcoming a new magazine department in their retail empire, following in the footsteps of its competitor, H&M. According to Nitrolicious, “Each issue will include two to three features, a fashion gallery of looks with styling tips, coverage of trends available at Forever 21, street style, makeup and beauty tutorials, a lifestyle section including the latest in books/art/music, coverage of noteworthy Forever 21 collaborations, and an interview with a notable VIP.”

Check out the exclusive on the first issue of Forever 21 above.

Photo: Purple-diary.com

On a more highbrow note, Chanel has plans to diversify on the Forever 21 and H&M front. Chanel’s magazine, 31 Rue Cambon, (above) takes its title from the location of its first Chanel boutique in Paris.

According to Olivier Zahm, “This is the first issue of 31 Rue Cambon, the first Chanel magazine which I have art directed and designed for Karl Lagerfeld, to be distributed worldwide in all the Chanel stores.”

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Four Women of ‘Nine’ Grace Vogue’s Cover

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Anna Wintour pioneered celebrity cover shoots and with ebbing ad sales, what’s better than an opportunity to ask not one, but four beautiful celebrities to grace the November issue of Vogue? Banking on the success of movie musicals (from left to right) Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson, stars of ‘Nine,’ strut the shorelines of California in shades of red, shot by Annie Leibovitz and assures us a glimpse into the set of ‘Nine.’ If you’re a fan already, and want to catch Nicole Kidman’s last act before retirement, ‘Nine’ is set to hit theaters on Christmas day. Vogue, where on the cover is Fergie?

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Glamour: Lizzie Miller, Plus Six

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From far left: Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon, Anansa Sims and Jennie Runk. Bottom Center: Lizzie Miller.

After an overwhelming positive response from the Lizzie Miller editorial in Glamour‘s September Issue, Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, followed up the hype by boasting Lizzie plus six plus-sized models (above). Responding to the pleas of normal sized women everywhere, Glamour revealed their commitment to promoting ‘healthy’ models, backed by scientific evidence supporting their decision.

“We are undergoing a shift in the mind-set of the modern female consumer,” explains Ben Barry, who coauthored a study on how women in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom respond to advertising images. Conducted in collaboration with the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, the study of more than 3,000 subjects showed that women were most likely to want to purchase a fashion product if it was associated with a model that directly resembled them. “This does not mean that women want to do away with aspirational images,” cautions Barry. “It is the very opposite. The worst thing a magazine could do is to showcase an image of a ‘normally sized’ model that looks like most driver’s license pictures, with poor styling, clothing and photography. Instead, women want these models to have the same glamour and artistry as other fashion models.” [Glamour]

Whether this move will slowly sway other editor’s choice in models, has left to be seen. Voluptuous women, until Twiggy, were in vogue as was the case for portly women in Hawaiian culture. But those facts are archaic – in fashion, thinking backwards is frowned upon.

I’ll leave you with something to think about. You have to wonder, if models above size 6 are considered plus-size but most plus sized models are sizes 10+ (the average woman is size 12), where does that leave the woman who is in between anorexic and average? I sure wouldn’t mind highbrow magazines promoting a healthy size 6.

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Kelly Cutrone Dishes on Internships

Kelly Cutrone, founder of People’s Revolution and famed intern overseer of former interns Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port, dishes on what she looks for in an intern and her pet peeves (like we mentioned before) never, NEVER use, say or think, “Passion for fashion.”

As for those of you stuck in a state outside of Paris, London, Milan and New York, don’t give up hope. “I always hire the village girl, thats who i always hire. i like the person who stays late, who helps clean up, who comes from the middle of nowhere,” Kelly Cutrone reveals. She also dishes about the other side of the green grass — and it’s not green.

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Exposed: Lady Gaga on Vogue Hommes Japan

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Having posted critique about the Lady Gaga editorial by Vogue Hommes Japan, I came across the remaining shots and thought it befitting that I post these photographs (after the jump). Enjoy! Continue reading

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VMAN: Channeling the Middle East

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Fashion draws inspiration from artists (YSL Mondrain day dress), Audry Hepburn and on occasion reaches out to the far, exotic corners of the earth where Americans oft feign ignorance — namely the Middle East. There are those few random sticklers (Nicolas Sarkozy) who find head scarves offensive and native users who rightly might take offense to New Yorkers in bright pink head scarves — as dusty and polluted as New York City is, it’s no Egypt or Afghanistan. VMAN delves into the practicality of concealing translucent wear in volitile, scalding desert condidtions. In the heyday of Alexander Wang and Etro, shirts fall lower, while brilliant hues are no longer deemed emasculating. Although prevalent in S/S 2010, head scarves at the moment bode aparent risks from  pedestrians so I’ll be one to wait until they’re in season.

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W: Inelegant ‘Paper Bag Princess’

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Dior’s stretch wool and alpaca coat, to order, 800.929.DIOR. Mikimoto necklaces and ring; Missoni leggings; Comme Des Garcons shoes.

I gave W a standing ovation for their ‘Sanctuary’ editorial, but their newest spread styled by Alex White and photographed by Craig McDean for their September issue, ‘Paper Bag Princess,’ culls high fashion and (for lack of a better term) homelessness. Wouldn’t you agree that W‘s deck, “Street style meets high fashion,” is tactless and beneath W? The real homeless of New York City lying on cardboard-box-cum-sleeping-mats desperate for sleep in 40 degree Fahrenheit, can not even afford a pair of jeans from Walmart.

fass_mcdean_05_hGiorgio Armani’s rabbit fur coat, at Giorgio Armani, New York, and silk and nylon dress, at select Giorgio Armani boutiques. Viktor & Rolf necklaces; Chanel shoes.

I’m sure that they would agree (if they’re able to afford a copy of September’s W) that the cliché, ‘rubbing salt into open wounds,’ best explicates their resentment — I’ve yet to see the homeless in Giorgio Armani’s rabbit fur and Chanel shoes. These made up W princesses dawdle in duct taped high fashion shopping bags appear to embrace the penniless subculture. But I’m not convinced, having seen more and more 20 somethings begging on the streets. Maybe I’m taking this message too literally — although I can’t seem to figure out an alternative. I’m sure someone will make the case that W is going green, but I’m 110% sure that’s just not their intention.

fass_mcdean_07_hLanvin’s wool coat, silk velour gown and fur and wool scarf, at Barneys New York, New York. Lanvin hair comb, headpiece, pin, necklace (worn as belt) and bracelet.

— Francis Bea

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