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Gisele Bundchen and Doutzen Kroes Help Usher in Change for Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2018 Campaign

Change is in the air over at Stuart Weitzman HQ. It should go without saying that Mario Testino is out as campaign photographer (for obvious reasons), after 10 years with the brand. For Fall 2018, photographers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin have implemented a new creative direction by opting to capture the campaign in color, after years of Testino’s black and white photography. Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid are also out, in favor of Gisele Bundchen (a firm Weitzman favorite) and Doutzen Kroes as the pair poses on the studio floor.

Stuart Weitzman F/W 2018.19 : Gisele Bundchen & Doutzen Kroes by Inez & Vinoodh


Members of our forums flocked to the thread to witness the change. “Love seeing both legends together!” said elle_gb, showing the casting some love this season.

“Kinda 90s or 00s mixed together. I like this. Refreshing, if compared to those myriads of pseudo-conceptual or warm colored campaigns. Glamorous,” said dontbeadrag.

“This campaign is all kinds of amazing! Classic I&V,” mikel added.

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Michelle Williams Means Business on the Cover of Vanity Fair’s September Cover

and a few questionable covers in between, It’s official: Vanity Fair just isn’t what it once was and it’s all thanks to the magazine’s new EIC . Ever since editor-in-chief Radhika Jones‘s inaugural issue of Vanity Fair featuring Jennifer Lawrence back in March, our forums haven’t been feeling the magazine as much as we used to (and we aren’t the only ones). Following a tolerable Emilia Clarke cover last month, the magazine gives its September cover to actress Michelle Williams. In the blander than bland portrait cover image, the Louis Vuitton brand ambassador wears an outfit from the iconic French fashion house, shot by Louis Vuitton’s fall campaign photographer, Collier Schorr.

Vanity Fair September 2018 : Michelle Williams by Collier Schorr


To say the majority of our forum members were disappointed would be an understatement. “It could’ve been quite a stunning cover, if only her facial expression wasn’t that harsh as in this shot,” pointed out mikel the moment the cover struck.

YohjiAddict couldn’t believe his eyes. “She looks like a German boy, angry that his parents abandoned him at some dreary boarding school. Not good,” he wrote.

“Does the editor of this magazine know what Vanity Fair is? Its history? What it’s always been? This cover is DIRE. Michelle Williams is a wonderful actress, but she looks stiff and bored here,” stated mepps.

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Tiffany Haddish Sports a Questionable Outfit on Glamour’s September Cover

Our forum members haven’t exactly been shy about weighing in on Glamour‘s “atrocious” new look, calling out the magazine’s EIC Samantha Barry for a series of unfortunate-looking covers featuring the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Anne Hathaway and Kate McKinnon. Thankfully, there are some small signs of change with the September issue, including the absence of the huge, obnoxious border around the cover image and an image shot outside of the magazine’s go-to studio setting. American comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish makes her Glamour debut this month, captured on the streets of New York by photographer Billy Kidd and styled by Law Roach.

US Glamour September 2018 : Tiffany Haddish by Billy Kidd


Of course, the cover wasn’t a total home run. “Horrible cover. They already need a new EIC. Glad the ridiculous border is gone,” commented Handbag Queen the moment the cover struck.

Mikel wasn’t here for it either. “And the border is gone Very happy to see Tiffany on the cover of a September issue. Too bad it’s such a bad shot with questionable styling,” he said.

“Everything about this new art direction is completely wrong. I saw the Kate cover on the newsstand and it disappeared visually. That masthead is a disaster, it simply doesn’t stand out. Worst decision they could have made. Readers like the consistency of a familiar masthead. A magazine that’s been around as long as Glamour shouldn’t change that up,” pointed out dfl-001.

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A Pregnant Slick Woods Is All Smiles on the Cover of British ELLE’s September Issue

Your local newsstand is about to get a dash of diversity this September as British ELLE is the latest in a series of fashion magazines to feature women of color on the cover. After the magazine’s last attempt at some diversity back in February completely bombed, Anne-Marie Curtis has another go and brilliantly welcomes Slick Woods as an ELLE UK cover girl for September 2018. The American model, best known for her unique features, proudly takes to the vibrant covers (reminiscent of last year) flaunting a very pregnant belly. Slick was photographed by Paola Kudacki, complete with styling from Anne Christensen.

UK Elle September 2018 : Slick Woods by Paola Kudacki


Despite the magazine’s best efforts to give us something different, our forum members weren’t fully on board with the outcome. “It’s an interesting shot. But I never got her appeal. And she seems so last year,” ranted mikel.

“It looks more like an Instagram pregnancy announcement photo than a fashion magazine cover,” wrote dodencebt.

“This could have been executed better. Cheap is an understatement. I get the concept. I like her. But this is a BIG NO,” MON added.

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Steven Meisel Makes Zara’s Campaign Look Expensive and Luxurious (Once Again) for Fall 2018

Ever since Zara tapped master photographer Steven Meisel to shoot its mainline advertising campaigns back in 2017, they have received rave reviews (with the slight exception of last season). This time is no exception with the unveiling of the brand’s opulent and luxurious Fall 2018 campaign. Styled by Karl Templer, models Fei Fei Sun, Kris Grikaite, Meghan Collison, Julia Nobis, Karolin Wolter, Lexi Boling and Blesnya Minher lounge around a plush setting.

Zara F/W 2018.19 by Steven Meisel


The campaign was declared a triumph from the get-go in our forums. “OMG SLAY!!! Alexa play Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani,” commented MDNA, clearly an admirer of how expensive everything looked.

“Can’t believe this is a Zara ad. Looks like Lanvin,” Scotty chimed in.

“While all the premium labels are desperately dumbing down/cheapening their signatures to pander to InstaKidz, good for Zara for going luxe. May not be much, but it’s nice to see a fast fashion brand remember to give the illusion of high fashion dream making,” Phuel added.

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Zendaya Is Retro Fabulous on Marie Claire’s September Cover

The September issues are continuing to roll out and Marie Claire is the latest to release its most highly anticipated issue of the year. Lately, our forums have been singing the magazine’s praises month after month thanks to a bold and exciting redesign, which is actually working in the magazine’s favor (unlike one of its competitors). Marie Claire makes Zendaya its September 2018 cover girl, photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joseph Errico. The singer/actress and all-around cool girl does ‘retro redux’ perfectly throughout the cover story, wearing a mohair leopard print Max Mara sweater with her hair styled into a bouffant updo.

US Marie Claire September 2018 : Zendaya by Thomas Whiteside


Our forum members were instant fans. “I’m in love with that color scheme!!” praised forum member brikin the second the cover came to light.

“Stunning portrait of Zendaya! You have a hit on your hands with this one, Marie Claire,” applauded [Piece Of Me].

“I really like her, such a cool girl and inspiration! She can pull off anything and her love for fashion really comes through,” Anna147 added.

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