We should’ve seen this coming from a mile away: Serena Williams and her adorable baby daughter pose together on the cover of Vogue‘s recently unveiled February 2018 issue. After all, Anna Wintour has been a long-time champion of the tennis ace, including rooting for her at tennis matches, securing an exclusive of Serena’s wedding photographs for Vogue‘s website and placing her on the cover of Vogue twice before. Shot by famed photographer Mario Testino and styled by Tonne Goodman, Serena is all smiles in red Versace while carrying four-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Unfortunately, the cover wasn’t a winner for tFS forum members. “You have got to be kidding me. The image looks so pedestrian af! I’d mistake this for an Instagram holiday photo! Where’s the goddamn glamour?” asked MON the moment the cover struck.
“How long until Anna retires? OMG, this is so bad. Another year, with Anna’s favorite pets. I love Serena, but again? This is bad in every single way,” disapproved caioherrero. (more…)
There’s no denying that designer Karl Lagerfeld is a genius, yet his photography skills often leave a lot to be desired. As the Spring 2018 advertising campaigns continue to trickle out, Chanel’s is the latest to drop and we cannot help but feel…disenchanted. After commissioning an elaborate set for the show, Lagerfeld opted for a simple concept for the new mainline campaign, photographing beauties Grace Elizabeth and Luna Bijl in his legendary Paris photo studio. Keeping things bright with pastel backgrounds, Carine Roitfeld was left to her own styling devices while the girls tried their best to take the campaign images to another level.
Did they succeed? The majority of our forum members weren’t so sure. “He is not even trying anymore as far as his photography is concerned,” stated KissMiss at once.
“Agreed,” replied simon. “He could’ve done so much more with these two fronting the ad. Regardless, I’m so happy with his model choice this time!” (more…)
Emmanuelle Alt sure does love a good flashback to the 80s and this is clearly evident with the February 2018 cover of Vogue Paris. Kaia Gerber, the queen of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018, spreads her wings and flies solo this month, photographed by David Sims. Styled by Alt herself, the 16-year-old Cindy Crawford mini-me turns up the energy while commanding our attention in a high-octane Saint Laurent outfit, serving some serious supermodel vibes.
Kaia’s first solo Vogue cover generated a mixture of feedback on our forums. “The 80s reign continues…” sighed Scotty the moment the cover dropped.
Leave it to Dutch photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to give a brand like Valentino a fresh and exciting new image (which was sorely needed after the Terry Richardson trainwreck campaign for Resort 2018). The charming and energetic Spring 2018 campaign stars models Gigi Hadid, Adut Akech, Aurora Talarico, Felice Noordhoff, Oumie Jammeh and Rianne van Rompaey and the result is sheer brilliance.
Our forum members had nothing but praise for Valentino this season. “So in love with this campaign! I can totally feel the energy,” raved Avogadro.
“Great campaign, love the vibe, it feels sumptuous and glamorous. Very in your face,” added Nymphaea. (more…)
Vogue Spain has been very hit or miss of late, producing covers that often fail to hit the mark (but certainly not Raquel Zimmermann‘s recent cover). After a passable Luna Bijl offering last month, the title welcomes Taylor Hill as its first cover girl of 2018. The Victoria’s Secret Angel and Michael Kors favorite was photographed in the studio by Bjorn Iooss wearing a fabulous floor-length Carolina Herrera creation in the unconventional full-length newsstand cover shot.
Members of our forums weren’t impressed with the cover. “That dress is too much for Taylor, her awkward pose shows it all. And it’s very similar to the lookbook shot. Not a winning look nor cover. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a really good cover of hers,” noted Benn98.
“Not a cover-worthy shot, she is stunning, but this is such a nonevent for me. In fact, the new editor-in-chief [Eugenia de la Torriente] seems to lack the talent for striking cover images. I don’t like that dress either,” said an underwhelmed Miss Dalloway. (more…)
Laura Brown continues to overhaul InStyle and despite taking it in a more commercial direction, our forum members still find joy in its covers (well… most of them). After a rather lackluster Zendaya cover for January, the publication dials it up a notch with cover girl Drew Barrymore for February 2018. Photographed by Anthony Maule, Drew poses up a storm in the eye-catching newsstand cover (below) wearing sequined Céline while adorably recreating some of her childhood photographs throughout the accompanying editorial.
Our forum members loved seeing Drew play dress-up. “Drew looks fabulous here. I love her expression and the pose is fire. And I’m honestly always here for her, she’s a genuine movie star and a throwback. Plus, she’s not all over the place these days, so I’m looking forward to what she has to say,” wrote happycanadian upon seeing the cover.
“I’m into this! At least it’s not her with a goofy grin and ringlet hair as usual,” appreciated Lucien122. (more…)