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.
Every magazine has its saving grace and Gilles Bensimon is most definitely Maxim‘s. The legendary French fashion photographer has captured the likes of Jasmine Tookes, Romee Strijd, Alessandra Ambrosio and a whole host of others for the international men’s magazine and now photographs Kate Upton for the double July/August 2018 issue. The blonde beauty tops Maxim’s “Hot 100” list for 2018, snatching the title from Hailey Baldwin, and serves up a stunning portrait cover image shot in the middle of the Israeli desert.
Kate managed to captivate our forum members instantly. “Quite stunning!” wrote magsaddict the moment the cover struck.
It’s official: our forum members have fallen out of love with photographer Willy Vanderperre after numerous underwhelming Prada campaigns and his Kardashian-Jenner x Calvin Klein stunt. To add fuel to the fire, the Belgian lensman disappoints again with a trio of depressing Vogue Italia covers for July 2018. The Italian fashion glossy really needed a win after last month’s controversial Gigi Hadid cover, but this month’s installment is disappointingly lifeless and dull. Mica Arganaraz, Rianne van Rompaey and Doutzen Kroes blandly pose on the beach, wearing little black dresses from Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermanno Scervino, styled by Olivier Rizzo.
The covers looked awfully familiar to our eagle-eyed forum members. “Looks like an outtake from any of Willy’s countless CK campaigns,” pointed out Ivanovaju at once.