Porter was our everything at the newsstand when it first launched. Eventually, our enthusiasm dimmed after a series of safe and mundane covers, though the magazine seems to have gotten its mojo back with recent covers featuring Brie Larson and Imaan Hammam. Now, actress Natalie Portman fronts the publication’s 25th issue for Spring 2018, minus all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Cass Bird photographed Natalie hanging out of a car window wearing a Vivienne Westwood corset and some Isabel Marant denim shorts for the retro-inspired cover shoot, styled by Veronique Didry.
The cover generated mixed feedback on our forums. “This is certainly… different for Natalie. I can’t tell whether I like it or not,” dodencebt voiced.
“Maybe it’s just my mind, but here, she looks like a prostitute hanging out on a sunny day, when the going is still good, feeling free… before night falls and the work begins,” mused forum member tigerrouge. (more…)
After undergoing a complete overhaul last year, UK ELLE has been riding a wave of successful and compelling covers. Yet after a disappointing February cover last month, we now get a lackluster reprint for March 2018 — and our forums aren’t a happy bunch. Despite a successful Rihanna reprint back in October, British ELLE‘s recycling of American ELLE‘s Margot Robbie cover shoot is an uninspired choice for what is considered the industry’s biggest issue of the year besides September.
After seeing the cover, our forum members did not hold back. “It just looks so dated, and what happened with the slick, new art direction? And a reprint for March? Taking a leaf out of Edward [Enninful]‘s book, I see. It’s embarrassing, and I’m positively fed up with Margot Robbie. Hopefully this is her last cover for this year,” commented Benn98.
“OMG!!! What the hell is that? A reprint for March? Are you insane Anne-Marie [Curtis]? GOSH, BIG NO!!!” exclaimed caioherrero. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Condé Nast this long to give us a Polish edition of Vogue, yet Vogue Polska makes its long-awaited debut this week on newsstands. While a select few magazines are cutting back in 2018, the release gives a much-welcomed boost to the industry and reminds us that there’s still a demand for print. Veteran Polish models Anja Rubik and Malgosia Bela appropriately take to the inaugural cover, photographed by Juergen Teller on location in the middle of Warsaw as the Palace of Culture and Science looms in the foggy background.
Unfortunately, the magazine’s debut failed to make an impression on our forum members. “Feels like I’m looking at Vogue Polish Architecture or something. Pretty weak debut cover for me,” stated Ed the moment the cover dropped.
“Even Małgosia and Anja can’t save this cover. Very weak debut,” noted narcyza. (more…)
No doubt, Luna Bijl is earning her It model status this year. She’s the face of Chanel this season, a firm favorite of Vogue Paris‘ Emmanuelle Alt, recently covered Vogue Spain and is currently stealing the spotlight on Vogue Japan‘s group cover. Vogue Netherlands is the latest to jump on the Luna bandwagon, giving the Dutch beauty the cover of the March 2018 issue. Luna serves a vivid beauty look, effortlessly working the lens of photographer Richard Burbridge.
Despite the team’s best efforts, the majority of our forum members weren’t here for it. “It’s very Burbridge, but I feel like I would love this if it was the cover of Vogue Beauty instead,” acknowledged simon the moment the cover struck.
“It’s a try-hard wannabe of Vogue Paris. The 80s theme. The fonts. The layout. This feels like the twin sister who desperately craves for attention,” mocked MON. (more…)
Allure‘s motto for 2018 must be “go big or go home” because the magazine continues to make bold cover choices, including the newly unveiled cover for March 2018. After the insipid Dakota Johnson offering last month, the magazine needed to inject some charisma back onto its cover and you can always count on Lupita Nyong’o to do just that. The Black Panther actress just graced the cover of Vogue for January and now makes her debut as an Allure cover girl, and we couldn’t be happier. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Lupita and hairstylist Vernon Francois were given free reign on set and the outcome is simply sublime.
Members of our forums were in love with the images. “OMG yes, it’s giving me late 70s disco vibes!” raved GERGIN immediately.
It’s hard to believe Vogue Arabia celebrates its one year anniversary next month. Ever since its debut, the publication has had a solid run and the February 2018 issue starring Irina Shayk is no different (we do love a good Irina cover of Vogue, whether she’s giving good face on Vogue Japan, vamping it up on Vogue Russia or getting into the party spirit on Vogue Italia). Following in the footsteps of Imaan Hammam, Pooja Mor and Halima Aden, the Russian bombshell goes minimal on two sleek and sophisticated covers, photographed by Miguel Reveriego for Arabian Vogue.
Our forum members immediately approved of Irina’s latest. “I absolutely love this! She looks chic!” declared MON.
“Looks very good. Great typography!” added mikel, showing the art direction some love. (more…)