Despite last month’s Adwoa Aboah disaster, you have to commend Vogue Poland for at least trying something new with each cover since the inaugural issue back in March. Now five issues in, the publication counts the likes of Eva Herzigova and Natalia Vodianova as cover girls and now gives up its double July/August 2018 edition to Polish actress Kasia Smutnaik (you have to love a magazine that champions homegrown talent). Photographed by Stanislaw Boniecki and styled in Céline by Daniela Agnelli, Kasia embraces the mood of summer in the gleeful and carefree newsstand cover (below) and appears just as effortless in the black and white subscribers cover (after the jump).
Our forums were a divided bunch once the covers dropped. “Now, this is beautiful. Totally into it,” raved Miss Dalloway.
Following a cinematic Grace Elizabeth cover last month, Vogue Korea is slaying the game lately, while model Luna Bijl, favorite of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and our very own forum members, continues to propel her career to new heights. The two coming together should be nothing short of extraordinary, right? It sure is, as the Dutch beauty graces two electrifying July 2018 covers, serving high-voltage glam (just like her Vogue Russia debut back in March) photographed by Hyea W. Kang.
Our forum members loved the outcome. “It’s a fact. [Emmanuelle] Alt discovered a star. Luna has been in a non-stopping Vogue cover ride since her VP debut two years ago. On this one, kudos to the graphic designers for the layout, feels fresh,” wrote Legolas.
“I can agree with that, Alt really launched her career. These covers are bold and fun,” Miss Dalloway echoed.
“Vogue Korea’s on a roll. Another striking cover. Luna looks fantastic!” mathiaskatz said.
You just have to give it up for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. The magazine continuously proves that it won’t be put in the shadows by its competitor Vogue Arabia, featuring the likes of Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as cover stars. The magazine drops yet another simply stunning offering in 2018 staring Yara Shahidi. The 18-year-old American actress, activist and “voice of a generation” was photographed by Taylor Tupy and styled by Andreas Kokkino for Arabian Bazaar‘s June 2018 cover shoot. Yara looks soft and demure in the pixel-perfect newsstand cover image (below) donning feathered and sequined Chanel Haute Couture, wearing various looks from the iconic French fashion house’s Spring 2018 couture collection throughout the entire feature and ultimately wins over our forum members.
Yara in Chanel is obviously an ambassadorship just waiting to happen. “What a fabulous cover! Chanel better get her an international Vogue cover next,” commented dodencebt the second the cover came to light.
“They should get her a campaign first!” added Lola701. “She can sell make-up and could be perfect for the ‘Chance‘ fragrance!”
“I love Yara very much. What a beautiful, talented and smart lady. I think she really fits the modern Chanel persona and definitely wears Chanel very well from her outings and this editorial. I hope they sign her on as official ambassador,” voiced TaylorBinque.
In the same frame of mind was forum member Khabeer: “While American Harper’s Bazaar is wasting their covers on those Hadids and Jenners, Arabia is showing you how it’s done! Yara is indeed worthy of such a cover. Not only does she have great style and beauty -she’s smart, and has a lot of great opinions on diverse subject matter. I’m here for this cover in every way. It’s simply breathtaking!”
Marie Claire is powering through with newfound confidence after a fresh redesign back in May, continuing its winning streak into July 2018. Following a series of strong covers with the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Reese Witherspoon and Emily Ratajkowski, this month’s issue goes to Amy Adams. Not exactly a fashion magazine’s go-to cover girl (unfortunately), Amy shows just how beautifully she can photograph in the intimate newsstand cover image (below), captured by Brigitte Lacombe and styled by Joseph Errico.
The majority of our forum members welcomed the sight of Marie Claire‘s latest with open arms. “For me, this is an exquisite shot, all about subtle colors and gently flattering makeup,” admired tigerrouge.
“It really captures the delicateness of her features! The new art direction is starting to grow on me,” added magsaddict.
“Interesting choice, I quite like it. This is a reminder that Sharp Objects must be coming out soon,” wrote TheoG.
Every now and then there’s a certain model who captivates not only our forums but the industry. We couldn’t get enough (still can’t, really) of Grace Elizabeth last year following a spectacular Vogue Italia cover and a campaign for Max Mara. Now, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Birgit Kos. After walking just about every major show during fashion week and an appearance on Vogue Italia‘s April offering, Birgit now takes to the cover of Vogue Brazil. The Dutch beauty stars on the title’s signature duo of covers for June 2018, serving some serious supermodel realness in the retro-inspired images, captured by photographer Mariana Maltoni with styling from Pedro Sales.
Members of our forums were all for seeing Birgit. “She’s everywhere! If Grace Elizabeth was the model of 2017, Birgit is the face of this year. Hope she gets a cover by [Steven] Meisel,” praised forum member ivano upon checking out the covers.
“Wow! She is such a stunning girl!” mikel admired.
“Supermodel vibes. So happy to see her gracing Vogue Brazil!” wrote guimon.
Allure caught a huge break from our forum members last month after it unveiled three terrific covers featuring three Asian models. The month prior, our forums urged Allure‘s staff to make some creative changes. Unfortunately, it appears that the magazine is back to square one with the July 2018 issue featuring Janelle Monae. Covering Allure for the first time, the American singer/songwriter was photographed by Camila Falquez sporting some Princess Leia-inspired side-buns and an overpowering Molly Goddard creation.
Our forum members could barely believe their eyes. “I love Janelle. She looks so beautiful here. But she deserves way better than that hideous dress,” wrote dfl-001.
“That’s the prettiest Cheeto I’ve ever seen!” GivenchyHomme mocked.
“Janelle deserves better than this tulle nightmare. From the neck up she looks amazing though,” said mistress_f.