i-D's first cover for the Winter 2013 Collectors Issue features Cara Delevingne, styled in a revealing Cruella De Vil-esque fur from Valentino's Fall 2013 collection. The British model's face is covered with a thick white base, pronounced doll-like lips and dramatic eye makeup; her hair is teased into a curly, clownish mop. She is either channeling a mime or a Vivienne Westwood runway model, it's really anybody's guess.
Clearly a Vogue Japan favorite, Karlie Kloss has landed her 3rd cover for the publication in just a little over half a year (it’s her 4th in total). Styled similarly as on her June cover, for the January 2014 issue, Karlie emulates the "Girls in Uniform" theme on the cover that is a little too cluttered with text.
But members of the tFS forums were mostly left unimpressed by the cover and the Karlie overload.
“Another one? She has so many better VJ covers than this one, it just doesn't do anything for me,” wrote UpperEchelon.
Nymphaea found that Karlie looked like an “Edie Campbell impersonator” on this cover, while teaars wondered when it was finally Japanese shooting star Chiharu Okunugi’s – she’s rumored to be in the new Celine campaign – turn to get a Vogue Japan cover.
“Nothing Karlie does excites me anymore, but this is a decent cover,” justaguy chimed in.
It’s true that when a magazine features the same person on the cover over and over, it can easily get boring. But Karlie has obviously earned herself her superstar status and her staggering amount of Vogue covers only exemplifies that. I say yes to giving other models a chance as well, but why would I disapprove of having Karlie on the cover every three months if the result is always as solid as this?
Contrary to what most other December issues are doing, Vogue Russia’s last issue of the year seems to be about all sensuality and sexiness. On the cover, which was photographed by Vincent Peters, Belarussian model Maryna Linchuk is pictured wearing a revealing gown with some serious side boob action that is hard to ignore. For the accompanying editorial, Maryna is pictured hanging out with a group of naked extras while modeling Haute Couture pieces. TFS forum members seem to approve of the chosen direction here.
“Ow, I'm speechless. This is stunning, the hair, the make-up, the styling, Maryna's pose and face, everything works so well to create such a beautiful cover shot,” swooned UpperEchelon.
To which yesitsdagny added, “This cover is perfect in every level! I'm so glad to see Maryna on the cover, she's one of the most beautiful and hottest women on Earth and I wish she would be used more in print. It's an eyecatching, elegant and expensive cover, just flawless.”
And Nephentes didn’t object either. He wrote, “Wow this is really stunning. Maryna looks so soft and ethereal and at the same time very powerful. The hair and makeup are on point and the color of the masthead is perfect. The cover story is sensational. Amazing job, Vogue Russia!”
Arguably one of the best December issues thus far, everything we have seen from this issue is indeed impeccable, alluring and thoroughly beautiful. And when do tFSers ever so unanimously agree about something being absolutely great?
From the forums (scanned by tFSer Leonardo), a view of Harper's Bazaar Brazil's November cover, featuring model Crystal Renn and co-starring her luscious brushed brows. (Crystal and Cara should have a browby together, the Internet would collapse in on itself.)
Creative credit goes to photographer Dusan Reljin, fashion editor Aline Borges and stylist Victoria Bartlett, with hair and makeup by Kevin Ryan and Anne Kohlhagen, respectively.
This cover might be a little heavy on Photoshoppy sheen for my taste, but the stiff hair is fantastic — and so is Renn's ability to commit to a pose.