Our forums regularly sing Vogue Portugal’s praises, whether it’s sensational covers featuring the likes of Anna Cleveland and Alessandra Ambrosio or Debra Shaw‘s first Vogue cover last month after decades of working within the industry. The magazine now embraces Jessica Stam for the newly unveiled June 2018 issue (Jessica’s last Vogue cover was way back in March 2015). Photographed by René & Radka, Jessica floats fully clothed in a pool for the provocative cover image, leaving us to wonder whether the magazine’s winning streak is about to come to a drastic halt.
Members of our forum immediately voiced their verdict. “This is what happens when one tries SO hard!! Waste of everyone’s time!” exclaimed Miss Dalloway.
“Vogue Portugal, has run its course – now we’ve gone down the route of parody. This is so trying to be Vogue Italia (late 90s early 00s) it’s almost painful, and ultimately underlies the utter banality of their aesthetic,” slammed carbon-made.
“Why oh why is the masthead covering her face? I appreciate their creativity once again but this is a bizarre cover. The styling is beyond weird as well,” added Fiercification.
Like the majority of our forum members, Giuseppe Zanotti must be over Bella Hadid. The brand had all the right elements for an outstanding campaign last season but after two consecutive seasons featuring Bella, we guess it was time for a change. Out also is photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott in favor of Sebastian Faena, who capturesSports Illustrated regular Hailey Clausen for the new Fall 2018 campaign.
Despite Zanotti’s best efforts, our forum members still weren’t captivated by the campaign. “I don’t know why Carine is still trying to make Faena happen. He is just not right for it. This looks cheap and the shoes themselves are not appealing at all,” Lola701 said.
“From the neck up, screams Grace Kelly, the rest Instagirl. I have a soft spot for Faena. Or rather, Carine doing her best to champion him. He’s done some pretty solid stories over the years. Mostly for V magazine. This one’s a bit of a dud, sadly,” Benn98 chimed in.
Ever since Max Mara enlisted Steven Meisel to photograph Gigi Hadid‘s campaign back in 2016, our forum members have been in awe. Multiple campaigns later featuring the likes of Bella Hadid, Grace Elizabeth and Cara Taylor, and there’s no sign of our opinions changing with the new Pre-Fall 2018 campaign. Following tradition, Max Mara switches up the model casting, opting for Fei Fei Sun, who stuns like never before in the minimalist and elegant images styled by Carine Roitfeld.
Our forum members were (practically) speechless. “Stunning! Perfect styling, perfect campaign, perfect woman! Carine x Meisel is the perfect combo!” declared Lola701 at once.
“Very striking and dynamic! And I like the vintage element. This is what happens when two great storytellers collaborate,” Benn98 pointed out.
“Fei Fei makes this feel fresh and modern. Chic simplicity,” described forum member zoom.
Now with several issues under his belt, Edward Enninful continues to make his mark on British Vogue. He recently delivered a whole lot of diversity and gave Cara Delevingne her first sitting with master fashion photographer Steven Meisel. Enninful now gives up the July 2018 cover to Ariana Grande, who makes her debut as a Vogue cover girl, photographed by Craig McDean. Ariana wears a black lace Chanel dress, styled by Kate Phelan, in the newsstand cover (below) and serves good face in the special subscribers cover (after the jump).
Members of our forums weren’t exactly smitten with the covers. “What the hell, Ariana getting a big four cover already? She looks awful, I thought it was Adwoa [Aboah] in a new wig,” called out MDNA the second the cover struck.
“If I didn’t know it was Ariana from the text I genuinely wouldn’t have been able to work out who it was,” honeycombchild wrote.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley seems to be set for life in terms of fronting Harper’s Bazaar Australia (not to even mention the British edition of the magazine). The Brit beauty just landed her fourth cover of the Aussie publication for the title’s double June/July 2018 edition, proving she’s the ultimate Harper’s Bazaar cover girl. Photographed by Darren Mcdonald, the Brit model, who recently launched her very own beauty website, wears Alexander McQueen (styled by Kristen Ingersoll) in the newsstand cover image (below). In the black and white subscribers alternative (after the jump), Rosie cozies up at the beach wearing a Miu Miu coat.
The covers were a hot topic on our forums. “Is it just me or over the past few years, whenever Rosie scores a cover there is an 88% chance that it’s a Bazaar cover?” pointed out forum member badgalcrush.
“Seriously, Rosie is basically THE Bazaar model,” happycanadian replied. “She looks incredibly beautiful in the face in this shot. But I dislike the styling. I get that it’s fall/winter in Australia, so the darker palette makes sense… but I must say, I’m very bored of this gray background that’s become ubiquitous in the past couple years.”
We’re all for seeing a little bit of glamour on our favorite fashion glossies this time of year, especially when the majority of magazines tend to favor a more stripped-back beauty ideal (à la Porter‘s Anja Rubik cover). Yet InStyle gets summer glamour oh-so-wrong with the unveiling of its December July issue. Giving us just a little bit too much glitz is Jessica Alba, appearing exactly two years after her last cover for the magazine (which ironically gave us “sheer summer perfection“). Photographed by Anthony Maule this time around, Jessica wears a sequined Givenchy number, a bold red lip and a head full of curls.
Everything was just a little too much for our forum members. “Wow, it’s AWFUL! It looks like a little girl playing in her mother’s clothes, very late 70s early 80s but done in a very cliché way. NEXT!” exclaimed Bertrando3.
“Why her again? What is she promoting? Also, the photos are not good. She can’t handle the 70/80s look at all,” snarked RanThe.
“Nowadays you just can’t pick the worst U.S. cover of the month. They are all so bad,” slammed Srdjan.