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Amanda Seyfried Stars on Vogue Australia’s Retro-Inspired February Cover

What’s happening over at Vogue Australia? After a host of mediocre covers, our forums haven’t been feeling the Aussie title for months. The Nicole Kidman cover last month totally bombed and now it looks like the February cover is headed for the same fate. Making her debut on Vogue Australia is actress Amanda Seyfried (whose recent November cover of Allure was an instant hit with forum members), wearing Prada in photographer Emma Summerton’s retro-inspired cover image.

Vogue Australia February 2017 : Amanda Seyfried by Emma Summerton


Once the cover and accompanying cover story broke, our forum members were divided. “It looks like a demure version of a GQ cover and editorial… I kinda like it,” voiced fluxxx, about to stand alone in his appreciation.

“Hmm… I dunno. Amanda looks great, but this is not really the style of Vogue Australia nor Emma Summerton,” stated Benn98, going on to say, “As such, I’m a bit confused. But kudos to them for trying something different.” (more…)

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Emily Ratajkowski’s Cover of Vogue Spain Gets Mixed Reviews From Forum Members

We applauded Vogue Spain for giving Josephine Skriver her first-ever Vogue cover last month and now the title has awarded Emily Ratajkowski her third Vogue cover appearance. Emily was photographed by Miguel Reveriego for the February 2017 issue wearing a dreamy white Christian Dior dress in the middle of the desert.

Vogue España February 2017 : Emily Ratajkowski by Miguel Reveriego


At first, our forum members were pleased with the cover. “Not bad at all, I like it,” TeeVanity confessed.

“WOW, Gorgeous cover,” raved a more than satisfied DutchHomme. (more…)

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Steven Meisel Photographs Faretta for Max Mara’s Classically Simple Spring Campaign

Steven Meisel brought out the best in Gigi Hadid for Max Mara’s latest accessories campaign and now does wonders with the brand’s mainline campaign. Replacing Odetta Pavlova is the model everyone is talking about right now: Faretta. Having already shot with Meisel for Italian Vogue‘s November cover story, Faretta is the new face of Max Mara for Spring 2017. Photographed against a plain white studio backdrop, Carine Roitfeld’s styling does most of the talking while Faretta’s presence and beauty captivates.

Max Mara S/S 2017 : Faretta by Steven Meisel


Our forums were loving the campaign. “Good for her! She looks beautiful,” raved a delighted dsamg immediately, about to set the tone for comments to follow.

“Those lips and brows!! So glad for Faretta! Love this image, she looks very fresh and cute,” forum member Benn98 admired. (more…)

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Anja Rubik Wears Saint Laurent on Vogue Ukraine’s February Cover

Vogue Ukraine is on a winning streak. After consistently impressing our forums in 2016, it seems that the glossy is riding the wave of success well into 2017. First, it delivered the ultimate winter cover for January and now, Polish beauty Anja Rubik delights for February in a stark black and white cover photo by Chris Colls. As one of Anthony Vaccarello‘s long-time muses, it should come as no surprise that Anja models a dress from his debut Saint Laurent collection.

Vogue Ukraine February 2017 : Anja Rubik by Chris Colls


Our forum members seemed to like what they saw. “I’m not an Anja fan at all, but she looks better than usual here (to me),” blueorchid confessed the second the cover dropped.

“This is good, albeit more commercial than usual for Vogue Ukraine. If it had said Vogue Paris I would have believed it as well,” a pleasantly surprised anlabe32 stated. (more…)

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Allure’s Makeup-Free February Cover with Alicia Keys Causes Controversy on Our Forums

Our forum members are quick to applaud when mainstream fashion glossies do something out of the ordinary, whether it’s refusing to use Photoshop or featuring much-welcomed diverse cover stars. So it’s no surprise that Allure‘s makeup-free cover of Alicia Keys for February 2017 gained the attention of our opinionated forums. The beauty bible failed to impress last month with Zendaya‘s lackluster cover and it looks like Allure won’t be getting any love this month either. Captured by Paola Kudacki, Alicia is all smiles in the cover photo, wearing a mixture of Alexander Wang and Max Mara.

Allure February 2017 : Alicia Keys by Paola Kudacki


“I’m confused! What’s the thinking when a magazine which consistently aids and abets the beauty industry publishes a cover with an anti-makeup message? The way I see it, Alicia Keys and her crusade is absolutely at odds with the beauty industry. Plus, I don’t think the cover works as she’s not making direct eye contact,” forum member Benn98 critiqued the moment the cover dropped.

“The thing I don’t like about this whole ‘Alicia Keys without makeup’ thing is that she is overusing it for publicity even though it isn’t completely true. She only stopped wearing foundation because she had bad acne – she clearly continues to use eyeliner, mascara and discreet lipstick. And now her team turned it into a whole ‘Alicia is a makeup-free woman, liberated from society norms’ fiasco which is a lie and a confusing one at that. Cover wise, I don’t think I like the red Allure masthead with the outfit. There is something that bugs me about the whole color combination,” critiqued dodencebt. (more…)

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Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana Can’t Save Balmain’s Embarrassingly Bad Spring Campaign

Our forums rarely miss a beat and, thanks to social media, noticed in December that models Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana were wearing head-to-toe Balmain for an unidentified shoot. Our suspicions have been confirmed with the reveal of the brand’s Spring 2017 campaign featuring the aforementioned cast. Photographed by Balmain regular Steven Klein, there is (thankfully) no sign of Kanye West this season as the modeling trio turns the Miami desert into a runway, storming down a derelict road for this season’s new campaign.

Balmain S/S 2017 by Steven Klein


Unfortunately, it seems that three of the best models in the industry can’t save a photographer’s work from mediocrity. “Why do they make their campaigns so Photoshopped looking?” asked Scotty immediately.

“I don’t like the composition and the pictures look way too saturated, you can’t even tell if it was shot on location or not. Not a fan, despite the cast,” voiced Valentine27. (more…)

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