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.
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…)
She’s certainly had a terrific 2016, scoring multiple magazines covers and high-fashion advertising campaigns, not to mention a high-profile collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. So it should come as no surprise to see Gigi Hadid turn up on the cover of W Korea. The Korean title certainly knows who to grab, having already churned out covers with girls-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Gigi’s sister Bella Hadid this year. Photographic duo Luigi & Iango captured Gigi for W‘s December offering, resulting in two vibrant covers for our forums to deliberate over.
Members of our forums couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic while looking at Gigi’s latest. “The overall feel of both images reminded me of when Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott used to shoot the Louis Vuitton advertising campaigns,” pointed out vogue28.
“I echo your sentiments! There is either something wrong with me or Gigi is turning into a rather good model seeing that I’ve liked most of her work lately,” dodencebt added. (more…)
Lady Gaga had almost done a disappearing act on the newsstand this year, only starring on the cover of V Magazine with then-boyfriend Taylor Kinney back in January and more recently fronting T Magazine to promote her new album, Joanne. She now makes an appearance on Harper’s Bazaar for its double holiday issue, which celebrates a landmark of 150 years in publication. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Gaga does ladylike glamour as she conceals part of her face with her now-signature baby pink cowboy hat from Lack of Color on the newsstand cover (below).
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
But for Bazaar‘s momentous 150th anniversary edition, a few of our forum members couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. “I wish they had done something different considering it’s an anniversary cover,” sighed liberty33r1b.
“It’s too much text on the cover. Without it, it would’ve been really nice,” narcyza added. (more…)
Allure‘s new Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee churned out some pretty fantastic covers this year. Amanda Seyfried delighted on last month’s cover and now girl-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid closes out the year for December. Following in the footsteps of sister Bella who covered the March issue, Gigi was captured by master photographer Patrick Demarchelier for the occasion. Giving us major hair envy in the soft and dreamy image, Gigi tosses her curls over her shoulder while wearing a pink lace Gucci dress and going sans clothes inside the magazine’s upcoming edition.
Yet Allure‘s latest wasn’t enough to impress the majority of our forum members. “Oh for crying out loud, she is now beyond overused! She doesn’t look bad but I don’t like anything about this! The fake baby doll hair, underwear showing or her makeup!” exclaimed a far from impressed Miss Dalloway.
“Yes, however passable it may look, I’m positively fed-up seeing her on every cover. Also, ‘Gigi bares all’? Saw it all on Vogue Paris earlier this year. I applaud Allure for using more models, but can we use someone other than Kendall, Gigi and Bella?” asked Benn98. (more…)
When it comes to December covers, magazines should be able to let loose in terms of creativity and close out the year on a high while setting standards for the following year. This year, however, December covers haven’t exactly pushed boundaries so far. Vogue Germany just gave us its interpretation of holiday festivities with sisters Edie and Olympia Campbell, who pose on the final cover of 2016. Photographed by Boo George, the duo looks ready for a colder climate wrapped up in chunky knits and wool pants.
The cover seemed to be an instant hit in our forums. “WOW, I LOVE this! Unexpected styling we don’t see often on the cover, and it’s so much better than their first cover together. The more of Boo George, and his beautiful melancholy photography, the better!” complimented a more than satisfied Miss Dalloway.
“Same here! The girls both look great and I love the clean layout,” sixtdaily replied in agreement. (more…)
We forgot about fashion for a brief moment this week, with politics being everyone’s main focus of discussion. Amid the race for the presidency, our forums half-expected to see Hillary Clinton on the cover of American Vogue (because it wouldn’t have been the first time). However, Anna Wintour had someone else in her sights for December. To round off the week on a positive note, behold the magazine’s beautiful new cover featuring the world’s favorite first lady, Michelle Obama. Giving us true grace, style and effortless beauty, Michelle was photographed by master photographer Annie Leibovitz on location at the White House. Michelle looks like a goddess in a dreamy white Carolina Herrera dress — and it should come as no surprise that our forum members are left in sheer awe.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE
“What a beautiful cover to close the year, AND her time in the White House. The editorial is just stunning, she looks like a movie star! I will miss her intelligence, style and grace!” cheered a delighted Miss Dalloway the moment the cover struck.
“I knew it. It’s a gorgeous cover, I am so going to miss Michelle,” Scotty sighed in admiration. (more…)