The September 2014 cover of Vogue Germany surfaced on our forums earlier today. Captured by Daniel Jackson, Vanessa Axente looks “every inch a supermodel” with wet hair swept back from her effortlessly beautiful face, while wearing minimal makeup for the magazine’s front cover. Styled by the fashion bible’s Editor-in-Chief, Christiane Arp, the Hungarian model showcases a white coat by Ralph Lauren Collection. Vanessa has also previously covered the October 2013 issue of German Vogue.
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Despite the magazine’s best efforts, however, our forum members aren’t so satisfied. “She looks slightly sick…it´s the biggest issue of the year, they could have come out with a more exciting concept couldn’t they?” questioned kokobombon.
“This is such a disappointment! For a September issue this just doesn’t translate to me at all. White background? Wet hair? So plain? Where is the dream??? When will editors get that ‘normcore’ is NOT going to happen. Expected so much more. Hope the other Vogues deliver,” commented longliveamour.
Also feeling let down by the cover was bridgettetson, who wrote, “Such a bad cover! So disposable and unremarkable!”
Not everyone shared the same sentiments, though. A few of us actually admire the cover: “Not sure why no one else likes it, I think it’s a stunning cover. She looks beautiful and the white background is nice with this. Layout could be better, but at least they weren’t trying to be too funky with it for once. The cover editorial is flawless and I’m loving the Karlina Caune overload in this issue. Looks like a great September issue to me already!” enthused Psylocke.
Nepenthes favored the cover too: “I don’t know what you guys are talking about. To me, this is a stellar cover. Vanessa looks every inch a supermodel.”
Are you a fan? See inside the thread for the accompanying cover story as well as a few other features. You can join the discussion here, too.
Brooke Shields is delving into cosmetics with a huge collaboration with MAC that is expected to hit U.S. shelves October 2. The model/actress is the latest celeb to team with the Canadian makeup brand for its Icons range and this offering is the largest of any past Icons collection.
Shields created a range of products suitable for both day and night, which includes two lipstick shades, bronzer, a blush duo, lipglasses, mascara, a selection of brow grooming products and tools (setting gel and liner) eyeshadow, lacquer and the big kahuna: a 16-shade eyeshadow palette said to be the largest MAC has ever produced in collaboration with a celebrity. Why so BIG? Shields tells WWD she wanted to give women a thorough selection of colors so that they won’t need to buy supplementary colors to create a full eye look: “In every palette I’ve ever bought, there always seems to be something missing — like a highlighter or a crease color,” she said. “I always have to get a second one. So I wanted to make sure we got it all in one with this. The ability to vacillate between different parts of my personality—and a woman’s strengths in each—was important. Once women start having children, they seem to be lumped into this mom category, but some of the sexiest women I know have had children. I think beauty is seen in confidence—the confidence to be whatever they want to at that time.”
The collection has a feeling of duality–there are products to help you create a more natural makeup look, as well as vampier options for a night out.
MAC tapped photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vindooh Matadin to lens the ads (which feature a male ballet dancer). It will be the first time in several years that Shields has posed for a beauty campaign. It “was like being back in the olden days,” she told WWD.
Prices start at $17 and go to $85. After its U.S. launch, the collection is expected to release internationally later in October.
Because she can’t have just one of anything, Lady Gaga is unleashing a new fragrance on the world. The “Artpop” singer posted a photo to her Instagram yesterday afternoon of what appears to be a teaser image from the campaign for her fragrance, Eau de Gaga, which the singer indicated is coming soon.
The ad, shot by Steven Klein, depicts Gaga lying atop a harem of muscly men, quite the opposite, if you remember, of what was happening in her Fame fragrance campaign, which featured a fleet of tiny men scaling her body.
It goes without saying that Gaga is kind of a weirdo, and her eccentricities pretty much spread to everything she touches. Her last fragrance was rumored to have notes of blood and semen, so we couldn’t help but wonder what weird ingredients are in this new scent? Placenta? Toenail clippings? The tears of newborn babes? According to Gaga, none. She spent yesterday afternoon on Twitter answering questions from fans about her latest venture, during which she said that the scent will include notes of leather, sparkling water and lime. Does sparkling water even have a smell?
The singer also revealed that the fragrance is unisex, so all her little monsters are free to smell like Gaga, no matter their gender.
No word yet on Eau de Gaga’s release date, but we’re guessing it will be on shelves just in time for the holiday season. Stay tuned!
A comment posted inside the UK ELLE September 2014 thread has prompted a shift in publication for our weekly Fashion Flashback series. It seems the majority of the members on our forums have taken a disliking to the redesign the magazine introduced back in March 2013.
The February 2008 cover of British ELLE will always and forever be a favorite of mine. The issue came with two covers and ELLE was one of the first magazines to introduce special covers for subscribers. Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of the British monthly, selected Karolina Kurkova to front the issue, which came with a redesign. On the newsstand cover, Karolina dons a jacket by Yves Saint Laurent teamed with a pair of Guess jeans. For the subscribers’ cover (seen below), ELLE‘s fashion editor-at-large Sasa Thomann put Karolina in a tweed cardigan with chain detail by Chanel, a white T-shirt from Ralph Lauren and some denim jeans by Acne. Both were photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.
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The feel of the cover shot trickles into the contents of the issue with a fabulously energetic six-page feature on Karolina. The Czech beauty discusses diet, exercise and the world of modeling alongside a set of images where the now 30-year-old mother of one stands before a white backdrop, posing up a storm in pieces from Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Alberta Ferretti. The images appear so wonderfully unretouched, which is now a rare sight in the publishing industry.
Go visit the thread and discover the rest of the February 2008 issue, including a collections story with model Caroline Winberg, and see the newsstand cover for the issue here.
In an exclusive for theFashionSpot, Russh magazine has given us a look into its shoot and feature with singer, drummer, actress and model Rachel Trachtenburg. The 20-year-old shares her style inspiration, what it was like touring with her family band and love of writing in a simplistic, yet highly fashionable shoot which sees the young superstar decked out in head-to-toe Acne.
Photo: Elle Muliarchyk/ Russh
Rachel on how she started playing in her dad’s band:
“I remember my dad’s drummer didn’t make it to a show and he was like ‘OK this isn’t working’ and just thought that I should join the band. My mum was like ‘No way, that’s ridiculous, she’s six years old!’ but then I took lessons and I really loved it and it just continued from there.”
On childhood touring with her family band, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players:
“I remember we had a lot of crazy tour managers. Like one of our earlier tour managers, we missed a couple of shows because he would want to pull over and climb a mountain and I was 10 years old and would be like ‘Yeah, let’s climb that mountain and jump into this river!’ That was always so fun. We met so many amazing people on the road. And some of my closest friends I met on tour.” (more…)
Editors are raving over Nicolas Ghesquière‘s debut collection for Louis Vuitton and certain pieces are now being showcased on the September covers. Freja Beha Erichsen wears the brand on Vogue Australia, Cara Delevingne dons a coat from the French fashion house on the cover of UK Vogue and now Fan Bingbing is wearing a monochrome dress on Vogue China’s September 2014 cover. Fan, who is captured by Patrick Demarchelier, poses against a washed out blue backdrop.
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Our forum members aren’t so taken with Vogue China’s latest installment. “I was hoping for their annual model covers for September. So hoping for more covers because this is just dull and we’ve seen her way too many times,” wrote an underwhelmed anlabe32.
“This is very underwhelming given the spectacular covers Vogue China have produced in the past,” noted AL92.
It seems as though the word underwhelming is going to be read often inside the thread. “She so bores me! And how many times has she been on the cover now?!! So underwhelming for Sept!” commented Miss Dalloway.
Luxx shared her disappointment: “She’s very beautiful and yet the cover fails to capture this. Somehow the blue tone kind of drains the life out of her.”
“Very similar to Vogue Australia’s cover: minimal, Louis Vuitton… only this is duller,” shared HeatherAnne.
“Absolutely underwhelming, Vogue China used to bring very creative and beautiful covers for September issues with top models. However this shot looks like a boring image of a very medically operated woman. Fan Bingbing is a cool actress, I do like her but gosh she looks like a plastic doll and not because of Demarchelier’s Photoshop. I feel like it’s a sad November cover or something. I’m sure the inside editorials of this issue will have a much much better shot than this,” wrote an uninterested Bertrando3.
I agree with the comment above — this does resemble one of those cold November covers! See inside the thread for more comments and post your own here.