Judging a book by it’s cover. Or magazine covers.

Magazines on The Go: LeKiosk!

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When I was a teenage girl I loved collecting magazines. Ripping magazines to pieces and sticking pages all over my walls (sup, old school Pinterest) was an activity that took up many of my afternoons and aided all homework procrastination. With an increase in age, decrease in spare time and adult awareness in its environmental impact, this tradition has been tossed in the proverbial trashcan. This isn’t to say I have lost my passion for magazines. I still hoard them…now, in a new way – with the LeKiosk app.

Simply, LeKiosk is a 3d magazine kiosk that lets you build your own library of magazines. With package deals (3 magazines for £4.99 or 10 magazines for £9.99) and a slew of international titles available, it is by far the easiest and cheapest way I have found to build a stellar reading collection. I use the Android version but it is available on the AppStore and Windows Store, too.

Personal recommendations for June: Woman’s Health, Company, Vogue.

Happy reading!

The Reinvention of Katie Holmes

katie holmes elle august 2012
I believe this Scientology escapee is about two months from liaising with Taye Diggs in the sunshine: the rumours are true, Katie Holmes is getting her groove back.

With her marriage to Tom Cruise fading into the distance (until the media’s divorce debacle, of course), Katie has followed the announcement by nabbing the August cover of Elle and leaking a few pieces from the accompanying interview. Foreshadowing alert.

I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out . . . I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase.

Continuing on her upward trajectory, it has also been announced that the actress will be hosting the first New York Fashion Week presentation for Holmes & Yang – the label she launched in 2009 with stylist Jeanne Yang – this September. I’m not seeing Bridget Jones marathons and Ben and Jerrys binging in the future for this one.

Blast From The Past: Thanks, Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair Teen Cover

I have no idea where I found this picture, but I saved it in my ‘Junk‘ files a couple of weeks ago because, well, it’s worth sharing. Almost nine years ago, in my first hints of teendom, I was obsessing over this magazine cover. Hang-on-your-wall obsessing. These were my (terribly Photoshopped) idols.

From left to right, you are seeing Amanda Bynes, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone (formerly known as Raven), and Lindsay Lohan. (DO WERK, MKO and ERW – fashion goddesses through and through).

Does this not feel like a million years ago to anyone else? An era before TMZ, before Facebook fuhcrissakes, before “The Amanda Show” faded into oblivion, before The Row or Elizabeth & James, before anyone could co-star with John Krasinski and evoke mass female jealously, before anyone could co-star with Chad Michael Murray and evoke mass female jealously, before The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, before a second sexyfierceboomshakalaka female fell victim to Marilyn Manson’s charms (?!), before Mean Girls, and – yes – before the Kardashians.

Memory lane, over and out.

Trentini and Kitty

Caroline Trentini Cat
I always seem to fall for the cute factor in Gui Paganini‘s photographs! In his cover and spread for Harper’s Bazaar Brazil‘s December issue, stylists Flávia Pommianosky and Davi Ramos somehow coaxed Caroline Trentini into playing with an adorable, fluffy white kitten. Someone on staff surely understands the viral effect of cats. This spread became a ‘must blog‘ as soon as I laid eyes on it.

In the immortal words of Sheldon Cooper;

Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of furr
Lazy kitty, pretty kitty
Purr, purr, purr

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Fashion News – December 7, 2011

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  • Karlie Kloss is having one hell of a good year. To top off many-a-model accomplishment, the Next model is werrrrking it on the cover of Numero‘s December/January issue – lensed by Greg Kadel and styled by Elizabeth Sulcer.

  • After her newest resort collection dropped this week, style icon Chloë Sevigny has kindly invited the interwebs into her East Village garden flat. The inadvertently promotional film weaves through her – very impressive – closet, and displays the original bunny ears from Gummo, sketches for Oscar dresses by Alber Elbaz, S&M dog collars, and lots of Chloë for Opening Ceremony (obviously).

  • With no reason given, Cynthia Steffe‘s creative director and executive vice-president – Shaun Kearney – has “amicably” stepped down from his position. No successor has been announced as of yet, though the label says it will definitely not stop here.

  • Bruce Weber has turned out a beautiful cover for the December issue of Vogue Spain. Though there is no rhyme or reason for it, model Dree Hemingway is codling a baby while wearing couture and a ripped t-shirt (Balmain or Target? Who knows).
    Vogue Spain Dree Hemingway Baby

  • H&M have been ‘found out’ in regards to using completely digitally-created bodies on their ads and website. H&M press officer Håcan Andersson confirmed that their new lingerie-clad bodies are “completely virtual“, and that they use “facial models” to superimpose normalcy onto the click-and-go body forms.

    “It’s not about ideals or to show off a perfect body… we are doing this to show off the garments.”
    – Hacan Andersson

    Am I wrong to think this is better than photoshopping every image individually? This way, I feel the shopper would have a more ‘generic’ view of a garment, and appreciate that they are buying an item, as opposed to buying what a model looks like in an item.

  • Internet gossip alert. Nicole Richie is rumoured to take over Sarah Jessica Parker’s ex-place as the the face of Halston.

  • Prabal Gurung is one of my favourite fashion designers. We all know this. We all know, also, that I am nowhere near loaded enough to have my dream, Gurung-filled closet.

    But I may just come close! And so can you! Prabal has just been named chief deisgner for ICB, the Japanese bridge label that launched in 1995 and stopped being distributed in the US in 2002. Previous designers have included Michael Kors and Viktor & Rolf. With the brand relaunching in the States – with Europe to follow – late next year, Prabal could not be a better choice. Expect lower price points with all of the same appeal.

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