Over the past few months, ELLE Brazil’s made headlines thanks to not one, but two blatantly pro-LGBTQ covers. Its July edition, fronted by transgender beauty Valentina Sampaio, received a standing ovation in our forums. Its August 2017 issue is another total hit. Daphne Groeneveld graces the positively electrifying cover. Photographed by Mark Abrahams, Daphne wears a feathered Calvin Klein number from Raf Simons’ debut collection. While we tire of the overused collection — it’s been featured on Vogue China, Vogue Italia AND Porter — everything from the lighting to the layout is on point. Hats off to ELLE Brazil for showing the more established fashion glossies how it’s truly done (again).
Our forum members were similarly blown away. “She looks amazing. Love the cover,” raved thatsfierce.
“Mark Abrahams is fantastic. He deserves bigger jobs!” held a thoroughly impressed DutchHomme.
“Simply WOW! The ELLE Brazil team always make great cover choices. The cover is very fashion while still maintaining a mainstream appeal, and the white fonts really accentuate the other colors,” observed a delighted magsaddict.
Also in agreement over how fantastic the cover turned out was dodencebt. “This is the best shot so far of those Calvin Klein dresses and Daphne looks gorgeous!” he affirmed.
Narcyza declared: “It’s stunning! Bravo ELLE Brazil!”
“Daphne deserves bigger success. She always produces great work but it’s always for smaller titles. This is excellent; someone get her back into Vogue!” 333101 pleaded.
“I’ve never been a big Daphne fan, but this is absolutely stunning! Better than most Vogue covers I’ve seen this year,” admitted a pleasantly surprised [Piece Of Me].
“Amazing, looks like a Numéro cover,” commented forum member Vitamine W.
Urban Stylin joined in the chorus of praise, adding: “Stunning! She never disappoints.”
See more from Daphne’s cover story and join the conversation here.
Fashion industry favorite Ashley Graham (who “prefers ‘curvy’or ‘curve’ to ‘plus-size'”) is a regular fixture down at the newsstand. We’re more than halfway through 2017 and Ashley’s already graced the cover of British Vogue, joined Liu Wen, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Vittoria Ceretti on American Vogue‘s March issue and, more recently, fronted British Harper’s Bazaar and American Glamour. For her latest cover coup, Ashley vamps it up on New York Magazine‘s annual Fall fashion issue, dated August 7. In the kitschy cover image, shot by Italian art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and fashion photog Pierpaolo Ferrari, Ashley seamlessly channels her inner Linda Evangelista. The supermodel wears head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana (the leopard print coat being an archival piece from the Fall 1991 collection). Slay, Ashley, slay!
Still, our forum members weren’t wholly impressed. “I’m still waiting for a knock out cover from Ashley,” wrote A.D.C upon seeing the cover. “She has a gorgeous face but I don’t think magazines know what to do with her,” she added.
“I find her poses very contrived. With this cover here it’s the OTT styling which immediately draws the attention, not her,” observed an underwhelmed Benn98.
Equally taken aback was Handbag Queen. “Whoa…leopard overdose on steroids!!” she shrieked.
Mepps wasn’t a fan of the leopard print overload either. “She’s such a beautiful woman, but that cover makes her look so hard. The animal prints don’t help,” he pointed out.
“The leopard print all over the wall. THE ROSE! Would’ve preferred it on a white backdrop at least. Great face though!” offered RedSmokeRise.
“Seems very 1991 to me, when you’d see supermodels in head-to-toe leopard print from Alaïa,” stated tigerrouge, nonplussed.
“Exactly, and I’m not complaining!” replied an enthusiastic vogue28, continuing: “I’d welcome a cover shot like this on Vogue Italia, even more so now, as opposed to the drab Lara Stone image we got this month.”
Mistress_f liked what she saw too, admitting: “Hey, I like it. It’s kitsch as hell, but that’s Cattelan and Ferrari’s thing, when it comes to photography. It’s different, and I’m sure the editorial will be a lot of fun.”
Stay tuned for more and in the meantime, add your own two cents here.
Vogue Germany started 2017 off on a high, producing a string of mesmerizing covers. Sadly, towards the middle of the year, they let standards slip — dramatically. First came an unrecognizable Anna Ewers, followed by a trio of atrocious covers for August. Now, the German fashion bible’s done an outrageous disservice to Claudia Schiffer. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, the cover commemorates the supermodel’s monumental 30 years in the industry. A frizzy-haired Claudia wears Valentino in the unflattering cover image. Somehow, the title botched this ostensibly fail-safe cover choice. Its September 2017 issue falls flat, with the 90s super unintentionally reminding us that Halloween is just around the corner.
Our forum members weren’t afraid to call out the glossy. “Horrible, from the hair, the styling, the layout…” declared a far from dazzled KateTheGreatest.
“Good grief! Terrible cover, definitely ruined by the hair. Not a way to celebrate 30 years as a supermodel. I also realized that we actually haven’t seen Claudia in a while, can’t say I missed her,” added an underwhelmed Benn98.
“Halloween came a little early this year didn’t it? My only question is: is she a bad witch or a good witch? The blonde bird’s nest on her head makes it difficult to tell,” a pitiless GivenchyHomme pointed out.
Also appalled by the unfortunate photo was apple. “What a waste of Claudia. She deserves so much better than this. Why does this magazine keep on using Sgura?” he questioned.
Miss Dalloway felt similarly: “Oh my, HUH? This is possibly the worst cover, and worst shot of Claudia I have EVER seen! How could you run that for a fu**** September cover? Sgura might have his faults, but the man can take a good shot of a beautiful woman. This must be all [Christiane] Arp!!”
“Not good. I see Cruella de Vil vibes. Honestly, the hair could have been really cool, but it looks awful here. It doesn’t go with the leather dress, and the pose is also not helping. Not to mention her expression. Sadly, a waste of Claudia!” fumed Valentine27.
“Ugh I’ve been waiting for a Claudia comeback and this is what I get? She deserves so much better. She’s probably the super that has aged the best, even better than Christy [Turlington]!! And her body is to die for so this is just wrong on so many levels,” ranted A.D.C.
Await more (if you haven’t seen enough already) from the issue and join the conversation here.
We half-expected to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK (given that she’s had the honor for three years running). Breaking Rosie’s cover streak, Bazaarwelcomes back actress and modern-day Chanel muse Kristen Stewart for its fall fashion issue. Lensed by Tom Craig, the atmospheric photos were captured at Coco Chanel’s lavishly decorated 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris, which still houses the original Chanel boutique. Kristen wears an array of dreamy couture looks from the iconic French fashion house for both the newsstand (below) and subscribers’ cover. Her fresh blonde buzz cut provides a punky counterpoint to the ultra-feminine designs.
Immediately, Kristen’s daring hairstyle sparked debate amongst our forum members. “I love everything… but the hair,” stated tigerrouge, setting the tone for the comments to follow.
“Girl what’s with that hair? Also horribly retouched, doesn’t even look like her,” added an appalled Conbothsides.
Handbag Queen echoed these sentiments: “Having a hard time seeing past her horrible haircut. Not a good look on her!”
“I’m with everyone else it seems, I could handle her appearance on the cover of a magazine if it was indeed a great image, but the hair. I hate it,” proclaimed honeycombchild.
“I like the mirror shot but I completely agree with everyone else about the hair,” wrote Nomar.
That said, not everyone was so quick to turn their nose up at Bazaar‘s latest. “I like the pink and Kristen always photographs really well IMO,” injected YourMonster.
“Even with the horrid haircut she looks beautiful. Both covers are great actually,” Zposen attested.
“Love both covers. Kristen looks great!” wrote an enthusiastic Nepenthes.
Another positive vote came courtesy of Happycanadian: “Count me among the group that absolutely loves these covers. Especially the newsstand cover — I think it’s simply stunning. One of my favorite covers of the year, probably.”
See more from Kristen’s cover shoot and add your own two cents here.
We hate to admit it, but Porter just hasn’t been doing it for us lately. The magazine’s made some very disappointing cover choices as of late. Even Doutzen Kroes, Imaan Hammam and a majestic elephant couldn’t save the glossy’s Summer Escape issue. Prior to that, Bella Hadid’s cover, shot by controversial photographer Terry Richardson, came under fire because, well, Terry Richardson. And the title has yet to redeem itself. The glossy’s Fall 2017 issue stars an awkward-looking Cameron Russell. Vogue favorite Cass Bird appears to have caught the model-turned-activist (who wears a feathered Calvin Klein dress) mid-pose. Sigh. We anxiously await the day Porter resumes its winning streak.
Our forum members did not hesitate to call the magazine out — again. “I’m not a fan of this at all. Weird expression. Porter has totally gone off the boil lately,” remarked honeycombchild.
“I suppose this counts as a bad shot of Cameron, if such a thing could exist. She looks like she’s been caught mid-conversation outdoors on a windy day,” tigerrouge chimed in.
“Very behind-the-scenes. I never expect of Porter to deliver an epic studio-shot cover, but please try a little. Maybe their policy is to make it look easygoing and spontaneous, but it never works for me,” added Srdjan.
Also unimpressed with the cover was one Miss Dalloway: “Porter is doing worse and worse covers, how are you gonna do Cameron so bad? I will never get how these magazines having such beautiful, and super photogenic models, and just not getting it right!”
“Bring back Inez & Vinoodh,” pleaded DutchHomme, suggesting that Cass Bird simply can’t deliver the goods.
Handbag Queen wasn’t overjoyed either. “Lucky people who get to decide on the content of a magazine cover are probably paid tons of money and are well respected for their artistic talents. Sometimes I just don’t understand their ‘vision’. This is one of those times,” she commented.
See what else Porter‘s newest edition has to offer — including Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner’s digital cover — and join the conversation here.
All the major fashion glossies are currently unveiling their extra-weighty, much-hyped September offerings. You know what that means: the unspoken competition for September cover of the year is well underway. Once again, Harper’s Bazaar US asked the venerable Carine Roitfeld to style its annual Bazaar Icons cover shoot. This time around, the man of the hour is not Kanye West, but fellow musical artist The Weeknd (née Abel Makkonen Tesfaye). The Brigitte Lacombe-lensed cover also stars top models Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk. The black-lipped, green-eyed beauties flank Tesfaye on either side.
Our forum members have mixed feelings about Bazaar‘s latest. “What a random cover trio! But at least it’s something different for them. He looks the best though,” observed Miss Dalloway.
“It’s sad when the non-model looks the best,” echoed a disappointed wendylorene.
“Trainwreck!! Oh my God, this is so uneventful. None of the girls look like themselves on the cover, and they can drape as many bombshells on The Weeknd, he’s never be appealing. I’m all for something new, but with this guy they’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel,” complained an unimpressed Benn98.
Also not feeling it was MON, who pointed out: “Vogue had Zayn with Gigi. Bazaar has The Weeknd with models. Stop using women for props. If you want a man for the cover, do it!”
Mepps couldn’t agree more. “The Weeknd? I don’t dislike him, but this cover is so reductive. Why is the man being flanked by two women, as if he’s the center of attention? It just doesn’t look like an image shot by Brigitte Lacombe. Both Adriana and Irina look like goth witches,” he heckled.
“I just genuinely don’t like seeing men on a September issue unless the focus is more towards the women on the cover which isn’t the case here. Couldn’t they have saved the music issue for another month?” asked GERGIN.
“Interesting trio indeed, but what an awkward setting. The crop is awkward, the posing is awkward and the models don’t even look like themselves. Unfortunate,” added ax80.
See more from Carine Roitfeld’s annual Bazaar Iconsportfolio and join the conversation here.