You have to love a magazine that continuously supports its country’s homegrown talent and Vogue Australia is a shining example. We were served an array of diverse Aussie beauties back in April and a joyous Kylie Minogue kickstarted her 50th birthday celebration on the cover of last month’s issue. For June, the magazine selected Rebel Wilson, who looks pretty elated to be on the cover this month. Photographed by Nicole Bentley and styled by Kate Darvill, the Aussie actress was shot wearing an oversized Martin Grant coat worn over a voluminous Christian Siriano gown.
Given the volume of fabric, it was easy to predict the reactions from our forum members. “So depressing… even for winter. Magazines never know what to do with women who don’t have a model body,” kokobombon said.
“Most people don’t have a model body, yet social media has proven there are innumerable ways in which people with different body types can dress (up and down) and look amazing. But despite the endless oceans of inspiration available online, print magazines seem to cling to the old, tired methods of how they present different body types,” tigerrouge added.
Porter always manages to deliver superior summer cover shoots (overlooking the Karlie Kloss cover last month), with past issues starring the likes of Sienna Miller and Bella Hadid. The new Summer Escape 2018 edition is here and Porter welcomes back cover girl Anja Rubik, who brilliantly helps raise awareness for the impact of plastic pollution littering the oceans. Captured in the tranquil waters of the Maldives by photographer Mario Sorrenti, Anja sports a blunt blonde hairstyle in the captivating newsstand cover image (below), wearing a Saint Laurent dress by Anthony Vaccarello, styled by Camille Bidault–Waddington.
At the rate Vogue Japan has been going, we half expected to see another cover featuring the Hadid sisters this month (Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid each appeared on the last two consecutive issues). Instead, the magazine awards Lexi Boling her very first cover, after featuring the American model on two previous coversalongside her peers. Photographed by regular Vogue Japan contributor Giampaolo Sgura, the Steven Meisel favorite and current face of Prada channels her inner 60s mod girl in the retro cover image, decked out in Bottega Veneta styled by Anna Dello Russo.
Lexi’s first solo outing on Vogue Japan seemed like a gift to our forum members. “Ugh stunning!! Very chic,” said MON the moment the cover struck.
“Lovely to see her back!” applauded forum member ivano.
“Finally a return to form… the classic Vogue Japan cover!” magsaddict approved at once.
Sharing the same enthusiasm was a delighted 333101: “Ow, I quite like this, reminds me of covers from the 2000s!”
After a well-received Dua Lipa cover last month, Vogue Turkey’s newfound confidence comes just in time as it celebrates its 100th issue this month. Turkish Vogue first hit newsstands back in 2010 with a conservative and aesthetically pleasing Jessica Stam cover and has certainly had its fair share of highs and lows over the past eight years. For the celebratory June 2018 edition, the magazine enlisted half of the country’s most recognizable photography team, Mert Alas, to appear in front of the lens with Kendall Jenner, who hitches a ride on his motorcycle across the desert. Mert’s counterpart, Marcus Piggott, opted to stay behind the camera and snap the totally comical cover image.
Members of our forums didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “I cant believe it’s a real cover, looks fan-made! The Photoshop is so bad and obvious here,” wrote Nocturnal upon checking out the cover.
“Good God, now I’ve seen it all! This is a new nauseating level of vanity which shouldn’t be tolerated. Everything looks so fake, Photoshopped and terribly tacky. Kendall, the setting, his expression (which, is it supposed to be hot?),” asked Benn98.
Vogue Russia’s newly installed EIC, Masha Fedorova, continues to put her stamp on the magazine and with the unveiling of each cover, our forum members are getting a clear indication of the aesthetic. After covers featuring Grace Elizabeth and Frederikke Sofie, Fedorova now taps one of Russia’s finest supermodels for June 2018, Natalia Vodianova, who last appeared on the September 2017 cover. Shot by Luigi & Iango, Natalia is joined by footballers Fedor Smolov, Julian Draxler and Dani Alves throughout while getting us hyped for the FIFA World Cup.
Members of our forums weren’t exactly…fond of the two covers. “Well this is dreadful,” declared mepps the moment the covers dropped.
“They don’t look like Vogue covers to me. Interview or maybe Vanity Fair but not Vogue. And if you’re going to group a model with a few guys, why not at least make it look like they’re all having fun. There’s no energy or happiness at all. Bland is the best description. A Vogue cover should not look like a tedious chore,” complained dfl-001.
Radhika Jones has been at the helm of Vanity Fair for a number of months now and has yet to win over our opinionated forum members. Jones shamefully used a paparazzi shot of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last month and prior covers featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Waithe barely made an impression. The magazine has just unveiled its Summer 2018 cover featuring actress Emilia Clarke (who doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to fashion covers), photographed by Craig McDean. Emilia is all smiles in the portrait cover image, sporting a platinum blonde ‘do and pale green Tory Burch shirt.
One element, in particular, stood out to forum members. “I just can’t with their god-awful art direction now! It just lacks substance for me, it looks like a weekly, throwaway, magazine now. Nothing about this works for me, her name over the masthead? WTF!! The saving grace is her beautiful smile and face,” commented Miss Dalloway upon checking out the cover.
“Hate the new art direction, God it’s so juvenile! Like some first-year design student’s admission proposal. What’s with Condé Nast and awful art direction? Glamour, GQ, now VF. Laughable! The image itself is stunning and would be more suited to The Gentlewoman. Is that what she’s going for now?” wondered Benn98.