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How Did Vogue Spain and Mario Testino Manage to Take a Bad Picture of Penélope Cruz?

We all know Penélope Cruz photographs like an absolute dream, so how did Vogue Spain manage to mess up her December cover shoot? The Spanish title has had plenty of hits and misses this year, churning out some of its most compelling covers ever at the beginning of 2016 followed by a bit of a rough patch over the past couple of months. For the latest cover, the ever-gorgeous Penélope poses for Mario Testino, wearing Agent Provocateur lingerie and a Burberry coat worn over one shoulder.

Vogue España December 2016 : Penélope Cruz by Mario Testino


Members of our forums were beyond unimpressed with the results. “The lighting makes her looks sick IMO, like jaundice! I like the styling but the hair and makeup could have been better,” said kokobombon upon seeing the cover.

Also not a fan of Testino’s lighting was Wintergreen, acknowledging, “The lighting is terrible.” (more…)

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Is 15-Year-Old Kaia Gerber Too Young to Be the Face of Marc Jacobs Beauty?

Kaia Gerber has had a pretty amazing year. She posed alongside her supermodel mom Cindy Crawford on the cover of Vogue Paris back in April, went solo on the cover of POP and managed to land a place in an Alexander Wang ad campaign. So it should really come as no surprise to see Marc Jacobs snapping up the 15-year-old beauty as the face of his new makeup collection. Back in September, Jacobs gave us a sneak peek at the David Sims and Katie Grand-styled shoot, but now the official campaign image has dropped — leaving our forum members with a few questions.

Marc Jacobs Beauty 2016 : Kaia Gerber by David Sims


“Undeniably beautiful, but there’s something eerily CGI about this image. Kaia still photographs much better than most nepotism girls. I’m getting odd Brooke Shields vibes from her in general,” Benn98 pointed out the minute the first campaign image dropped.

“I think Zendaya would have been a better choice. There is just something off about Kaia’s face. I can’t get behind it,” GivenchyHomme chimed in. (more…)

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Jessica Chastain and Vogue Ukraine Just Delivered the Most Interesting and Unexpected Cover of the Month

Vogue Ukraine, which has been quietly killing it with its cover designs over the past few months, rarely gets the recognition it deserves. Executing cover shots and layouts that most other fashion glossies wouldn’t dare to try, Ukrainian Vogue has yet another hit on its hands for December. Jessica Chastain, photographed by Dusan Reljin, enchants on the bold and icy cover image — and our forum members have nothing but praise for the current face of Prada.

Vogue Ukraine December 2016 : Jessica Chastain by Dusan Reljin


We love to give credit where credit it’s due. “I only come here to check out Vogue Ukraine, and I am seldom disappointed,” exclaimed a more than satisfied marsnoop2 the moment the cover dropped.

“That’s a pretty amazing cover,” confessed mistress_f. (more…)

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Hello, Gorgeous! 74-Year-Old Barbra Streisand Shows Some Serious Leg on W’s December Cover

Leave it to W Magazine to give us a cover subject that most other fashion titles wouldn’t dare to use. Not only does the magazine champion diversity, W isn’t afraid to use subjects of a certain age. Closing out 2016 in true celebratory fashion is the legendary Barbra Streisand who graces the magazine for December. Steven Meisel was W‘s lensman of choice and with Edward Enninful on styling duties, the outcome is everything our forum members didn’t know they wanted for the holidays.

W December 2016 : Barbra Streisand by Steven Meisel


“I never knew I needed this until now,” screamed an elated jnobis the moment the cover struck our forums.

“Fantastic cover, I love everything about this!” added sixtdaily. (more…)

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Anja Rubik Works a Tuxedo Jacket (and Little Else) on Harper’s Bazaar Germany’s Holiday Cover (Forum Buzz)

The German edition of Harper’s Bazaar has been killing it lately. The title received a round of applause in our forums last month with a striking Joan Smalls cover and the success continues with the December/January offering featuring Polish beauty Anja Rubik. Our forums sure do love a good model cover and German Bazaar delivers just that for its double holiday edition. Captured by Terry Tsiolis, the Saint Laurent favorite works a black velvet Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jacket (and very little else) in the effortless cover image.

Harper's Bazaar Germany December 2016 / January 2017 : Anja Rubik by Terry Tsiolis


Members of our forums immediately liked what they saw. “First Joan and now Anja, Harper’s Bazaar Germany’s on a total roll and I’m loving this. I’ve seen a few people’s Instagram posts earlier today and thought the cover looked terrific and immediately had me excited to see more. Anja looks fantastic as per usual and I love how simple, direct and clean the cover is,” vogue28 stated.

“Great cover, nice styling: clean and to the point,” Nymphaea described. (more…)

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Did Bette Franke and Her Adorable Son Really Need That Much Photoshop on Vogue Netherlands’ December Cover? (Forum Buzz)

By now, the majority of the December covers have been revealed and one of the latest to catch our attention is Vogue Netherlands — but for all the wrong reasons. Bette Franke makes a return appearance on her native Vogue for the holiday season, posing for the final issue of 2016 alongside her adorable son, Boris. Shot by Dutch Vogue regular Marc de Groot, the mother and son duo look like they’re having an absolute ball on set, with Bette wearing a fun, bright and ruffled Viktor & Rolf dress as she holds her son — no doubt a very proud moment for the model.

Vogue Netherlands December 2016 : Bette Franke by Marc de Groot


But for our forum members, the cover failed to make an impression and left us far from wanting to join the festivities. “Kids on a cover almost never works, this one is no exception. And the dress is eating Bette alive,” Nymphaea complained at once.

“Mess. The Photoshop makes it so creepy,” said Scotty in utter horror. (more…)

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