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Jennifer Lawrence Fronts Her Gazillionth Christian Dior Campaign, for Cruise 2019

It’s fair to say our forums aren’t fans of Jennifer Lawrence’s ongoing partnership with Christian Dior, given the many pleas for the French fashion house to revoke her endless contract. Despite our wishes, Jennifer returns to showcase Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Cruise 2019 collection, on the heels of her recent unveiling as the face of Dior’s first pillar fragrance in 20 years. In a departure from her previous umpteen campaigns, the actress was photographed by Viviane Sassen in a wild yet modern setting, complete with a black horse looming in the background.

Christian Dior Cruise 2019 : Jennifer Lawrence by Viviane Sassen

IMAGE: WWD.COM

As expected, members of our forums weren’t feeling it. “Without Lawrence, this would be a beautiful shot,” slammed RaisinBoy.

Ken Doll Jenner couldn’t have agreed more. “This could actually be a dreamy campaign with a different model and different point of view. The set is so sparse and austere, it drags the whole thing down and gives off a rather clinical vibe,” they said.

“She never does anything for the clothes. Although she’s a good actress, she’s not aspirational. I’m surprised she’s lasted that long at Dior,” added Morgane07.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Is Pretty in Pink on the November Cover of InStyle

We are rarely treated to a Tracee Ellis Ross cover at the newsstand (really, Anna Wintour?) but leave it up to Laura Brown to feature the American actress and comedian on the November 2018 issue of InStyle. With recent covers featuring the likes of Janet Jackson, Serena Williams and Oprah, Brown continues to embrace diverse subjects. Tracee was shot in Paris by photographer Horst Diekgerdes and styled by Karla Welch in a pink floor-length Giambattista Valli Haute Couture creation for the newsstand cover image (below).

US InStyle November 2018 : Tracee Ellis Ross by Horst Diekgerdes

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

The cover generated a host of mixed feedback on our forums. “I adore Tracee Ellis so I cannot fault any of this. I love the newsstand cover, for the breeziness and the pop of fuchsia,” admired dodencebt.

“How is it that magazines can’t seem to take the perfect shot of someone as graceful and stylish as her? I like the newsstand cover a lot, but it needed cropping. And since the background is blurred and as such there would be nothing to see, billow that dress a bit more and get her to pose less stiff. The photographer missed the boat with this one,” Benn98 critiqued.

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The Theme and Host of the Met Gala 2019 Couldn’t Be More Perfect

Katy Perry and Rihanna attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City

Katy Perry and Rihanna attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City; Image: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue

This year’s Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination”, was a tough one to top. It inspired Rihanna to take fashion cues from the Pope and Ariana Grande to wear a gown adorned with the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It was also the most-visited Costume Institute Show in the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Not to be outdone, the just-announced theme for the Met Gala 2019 is sure to inspire celebs to wear some outrageous, boundary-pushing outfits. “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,” where she argued that “camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Sounds like the perfect premise for a fashion gala.

The host of next year’s show couldn’t be more perfect: Lady Gaga, the queen of camp herself. Throughout her career, she has been known for her campy and provocative clothes, including the infamous Franc Fernandez dress made out of raw meat. For a television appearance, she wore a Muppet-covered Jean-Charles de Castelbajac coat. We can’t wait to see what she’ll wear for the Met Gala 2019.

Also co-chairing the event is Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Anna Wintour, with Gucci the official sponsor.

“We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures,” Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute curator, told the New York Times. “Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely.”

The 2019 Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibit will be open to the public May 9 through September 8, 2019. To get you excited for next year’s festivities, check out the best looks from the 2018 Met Gala below.

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Kate Spade New York Collaborates With Disney on a Magical Handbag Collection

There’s magic in the air as the happiest place on Earth partners with everyone’s favorite whimsical brand. One thing to add to your bucket list when you visit a Disney Park is getting your hands on the exclusive Disney x Kate Spade New York bag collection, which will only be sold in the parks and nowhere else.

So far, a tote bag and wristlet have been revealed as part of the collection. Both feature the Kate Spade signature colorblocked panel. The Disney twist includes glittery panels with Disney quotes, one made famous by Peter Pan himself: “All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust.”

Photo: Courtesy of Style Disney

We’re all guilty of buying vacation souvenirs we don’t actually need, but these bags are definitely functional and worth every cent. They’re the chic carry-alls that remind us to remain a kid at heart. There is no specific release date, but the collection is expected to launch around the end of the month. If you’re looking for a sign to book that trip to Disneyland, it’s definitely this — and make sure to book at the end of the month to catch the Disney x Kate Spade collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Style Disney

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Luna Bijl Returns as the Face of Chanel Eyewear for a Fabulously Retro Fall 2018 Campaign

Our forums share something in common with Karl Lagerfeld: a love for Luna Bijl. Ever since the Dutch beauty first came onto the scene, Lagerfeld has been an admirer, featuring her in advertising campaigns and giving her the honor of opening various Chanel shows during Paris Fashion Week. So, we aren’t at all surprised to see Luna return as the face of Chanel eyewear, after sitting it out last season in favor of Adwoa Aboah. Shot entirely in Lagerfeld’s Paris studio, Luna takes us on an imaginary road trip in the retro-inspired campaign, styled by Carine Roitfeld.

Chanel Eyewear F/W 2018.19 : Luna Bijl by Karl Lagerfeld

IMAGE: CHANEL.COM

To say our forum members welcomed Luna’s return with open arms would be an understatement. “Oh wow! I love it! Luna is so perfect for this kind of styling, setting and art direction, everything works so well. The first two shots are my favorites, this is definitely a campaign I would look at while reading a magazine,” applauded apple.

“That face! Supermodel! Just gorgeous,” admired guimon.

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Kerry Washington Photographs Like a Dream for Marie Claire’s Wonderful November Cover

Over the years, Kerry Washington covers have ranged from stunning (InStyle, Allure or The Editto a complete mess (ELLE and Glamour — not Mrs. Washington’s fault, of course). Kerry’s latest gig, for US Marie Claire‘s November issue, replaces an outrageously Photoshopped Nicole Kidman cover on the newsstands. Photographing like a dream for Thomas Whiteside, the American actress is radiant on the newsstand cover (below) working a Versace number like there’s no tomorrow, styled by Solange Franklin Reed.

US Marie Claire November 2018 : Kerry Washington by Thomas Whiteside

IMAGE: COURTESY OF MARIE CLAIRE

Members of our forums were impressed. “Ooh, easily Kerry Washington’s best cover and editorial to date. It looks vintage and yet very now, and I appreciate that they didn’t blur or lighten her skin like other magazines have done in the past. This is an exquisite direction for Kerry hair and makeup wise, I hope it continues in this vein,” stated dodencebt.

“Wow, a winner for her, finally! I like this. It is her best yet, followed closely by her InStyle cover which, incidentally, was also shot by Thomas Whiteside. She looks fierce and in control,” raved Benn98.

“Fantastic! Someone finally did justice to her beauty,” Lola701 rejoiced.

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