What’s happening over at American Vogue HQ? After a slew of disastrous covers earlier this year, we’re suddenly getting a wave of gorgeous covers — and we’re certainly not complaining. After a sun-soaked Rihanna shoot last month, Vogue follows up with a tropical cover for July 2018 featuring modeling royalty Gisele Bündchen, after an eight-year hiatus on the cover of the American fashion bible. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Gisele was captured on location in Tulum, Mexico, with stylist Tonne Goodman selecting a Ralph Lauren dress to complement the lush surroundings.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE
Our forum members couldn’t believe their eyes. “What a surprise. She has such great energy and good body language. Well, she is a real supermodel! Still, it feels surreal to have a solo supermodel on the cover of US Vogue nowadays,” commented TaylorBinque.
“I can’t believe my eyes! Gisele on the cover of American Vogue! A real supermodel! This is too good. Love the background. This is perfect,” apple approved.
Sharing the same enthusiasm was guimon: “Couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. Too good to be true. This is perfect. So happy!”
Alberta Ferretti likes to keep us guessing when it comes to its advertising campaigns, never settling for a tried and tested formula. The Italian fashion label brought on photographer Steven Meisel for the Spring 2017 campaign, Tim Walker for Fall 2017 and Mario Sorrenti for Spring 2018. This season, it’s David Sims capturing the brand’s Fall 2018 campaign in his London studio with Vogue Paris fashion director Aleksandra Woroniecka on styling duties (replacing Carine Roitfeld). Gone is last season’s cast too, in favor of models Edie Campbell and Liya Kebede, starring in the dark and moody series of images.
Members of our forums were quick to sound off on the campaign. “Not surprised it looks so Vogue Paris since Aleksandra Woroniecka is fashion director at VP! I guess she brings some easiness and a sense of effortless French style to the brand. I like it,” approved elle_gb.
ELLE Australia probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves on our forums, but with just the right cover star, you’ll have our undivided attention. The last cover to take our fancy was back in 2016 featuring Aussie supermodel Gemma Ward and now, two years later, a cover with Emily Ratajkowski is getting just as much buzz. American Marie Claire‘s current cover girl takes to Australian ELLE‘s June/July 2018 issue, starring on two monochromatic covers shot by Kai Z Feng. The model/actress and Kérastase brand ambassador is dressed in head-to-toe Saint Laurent (styled by Rachel Wayman), leaving our forum members to choose their favorite cover image.
The focus wasn’t on what Emily was wearing, however. “Who’s in charge of choosing ELLE Australia’s cover stars? Most Aussie mags have to choose wisely because they can’t always afford to have an original cover every month — and this is what they chose? Emily seems like a nice person but she also feels a bit irrelevant, especially to readers here,” critiqued forum member magsaddict.
“I don’t get how she manages to appear on the front of fashion magazines, but I presume it involves having a canny PR team and strategically buying a lot of the coverage she gets online, keeping people convinced through social media counts and well-placed new stories that she’s a celebrity,” tigerrouge added.
There’s nothing our forums hate more than when a cover that has all the right elements falls completely flat, and Vogue Germany’s Othilia Simon cover last month was a prime example. Picking up the pieces for July 2018, the magazine delivers not one, but three terrific covers shot by Luigi & Iango (who have basically photographed the entire issue). Cover girls Mayowa Nicholas, Vittoria Ceretti and Fran Summers work their magic, but as usual with multi-covers, one girl stood out from the rest.
Forum members couldn’t stop noticing one cover in particular. “Love seeing Mayowa booking big jobs, she always delivers. All three covers are great!” said boleyns.
“Beyond words, all 3 are stunning. Incredible happy for Mayowa with her first Vogue, finally,” TeeVanity added.
We’re accustomed to British Harper’s Bazaar delivering us more of the same with each issue, but the magazine has finally stepped away from the stately English manors it favors for its latest offering. For the July 2018 issue, Bazaar heads to Palm Beach, Florida for a sun-filled cover shoot with none other than Serena Williams. Photographed by Richard Phibbs and styled by Miranda Almond, Serena looks joyful and radiant at the beach on both the subscribers cover (below) and the regular newsstand alternative (after the jump).
Members of our forums were pleasantly surprised. “Wow, not what I expected at all. It’s certainly season-appropriate, just hoped she would get the Harper’s hyper-feminine treatment. That would’ve been refreshing instead of this awkward jumpsuit. This mid-pose shot, which does look natural, isn’t really for me. Still, I’m shocked at her booking this title! The casting is certainly refreshing and I’ll still get it,” commented Benn98.
“Yes, how wonderfully unexpected! Love that it looks like an image where they caught her in a moment, something we don’t often get from covers. Love it!” Miss Dalloway applauded.
Karlie Kloss is on another cover of a magazine and you won’t hear any complaints over here. Nope, she’s not solo on the cover of U.S. Vogue (seriously Anna Wintour… make it happen) but is back fronting Vogue Spain, following covers for Porter, Vogue Thailand and Town & Country over recent months. Five years after she made her debut on the Spanish fashion bible, the global brand ambassador for Estée Lauder makes a comeback for June 2018, which marks Karlie’s 40th Vogue cover overall. Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Patti Wilson, the all-American beauty strikes a pose wearing a floral-covered jumpsuit from Moschino’s Spring 2018 collection.
Members of our forums thought the cover was either weird or wonderful. “What happened to her arms? This is so weird,” Mint0102 said upon checking out the cover.
“It’s a terrible cover! They’re trying new things but I don’t think it’s working. It’s way too busy,” Benn98 replied.
“The shot used on the front is terrible, she looks like a flower-covered zombie slowly lumbering its way towards you,” tigerrouge pointed out.