We half-expected to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK (given that she’s had the honor for three years running). Breaking Rosie’s cover streak, Bazaar welcomes back actress and modern-day Chanel muse Kristen Stewart for its fall fashion issue. Lensed by Tom Craig, the atmospheric photos were captured at Coco Chanel’s lavishly decorated 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris, which still houses the original Chanel boutique. Kristen wears an array of dreamy couture looks from the iconic French fashion house for both the newsstand (below) and subscribers’ cover. Her fresh blonde buzz cut provides a punky counterpoint to the ultra-feminine designs.
Immediately, Kristen’s daring hairstyle sparked debate amongst our forum members. “I love everything… but the hair,” stated tigerrouge, setting the tone for the comments to follow.
“Girl what’s with that hair? Also horribly retouched, doesn’t even look like her,” added an appalled Conbothsides.
Handbag Queen echoed these sentiments: “Having a hard time seeing past her horrible haircut. Not a good look on her!”
“I’m with everyone else it seems, I could handle her appearance on the cover of a magazine if it was indeed a great image, but the hair. I hate it,” proclaimed honeycombchild.
“I like the mirror shot but I completely agree with everyone else about the hair,” wrote Nomar.
That said, not everyone was so quick to turn their nose up at Bazaar‘s latest. “I like the pink and Kristen always photographs really well IMO,” injected YourMonster.
“Even with the horrid haircut she looks beautiful. Both covers are great actually,” Zposen attested.
“Love both covers. Kristen looks great!” wrote an enthusiastic Nepenthes.
Another positive vote came courtesy of Happycanadian: “Count me among the group that absolutely loves these covers. Especially the newsstand cover — I think it’s simply stunning. One of my favorite covers of the year, probably.”
See more from Kristen’s cover shoot and add your own two cents here.
We hate to admit it, but Porter just hasn’t been doing it for us lately. The magazine’s made some very disappointing cover choices as of late. Even Doutzen Kroes, Imaan Hammam and a majestic elephant couldn’t save the glossy’s Summer Escape issue. Prior to that, Bella Hadid’s cover, shot by controversial photographer Terry Richardson, came under fire because, well, Terry Richardson. And the title has yet to redeem itself. The glossy’s Fall 2017 issue stars an awkward-looking Cameron Russell. Vogue favorite Cass Bird appears to have caught the model-turned-activist (who wears a feathered Calvin Klein dress) mid-pose. Sigh. We anxiously await the day Porter resumes its winning streak.
Our forum members did not hesitate to call the magazine out — again. “I’m not a fan of this at all. Weird expression. Porter has totally gone off the boil lately,” remarked honeycombchild.
“I suppose this counts as a bad shot of Cameron, if such a thing could exist. She looks like she’s been caught mid-conversation outdoors on a windy day,” tigerrouge chimed in.
“Very behind-the-scenes. I never expect of Porter to deliver an epic studio-shot cover, but please try a little. Maybe their policy is to make it look easygoing and spontaneous, but it never works for me,” added Srdjan.
Also unimpressed with the cover was one Miss Dalloway: “Porter is doing worse and worse covers, how are you gonna do Cameron so bad? I will never get how these magazines having such beautiful, and super photogenic models, and just not getting it right!”
“Bring back Inez & Vinoodh,” pleaded DutchHomme, suggesting that Cass Bird simply can’t deliver the goods.
Handbag Queen wasn’t overjoyed either. “Lucky people who get to decide on the content of a magazine cover are probably paid tons of money and are well respected for their artistic talents. Sometimes I just don’t understand their ‘vision’. This is one of those times,” she commented.
See what else Porter‘s newest edition has to offer — including Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner’s digital cover — and join the conversation here.
All the major fashion glossies are currently unveiling their extra-weighty, much-hyped September offerings. You know what that means: the unspoken competition for September cover of the year is well underway. Once again, Harper’s Bazaar US asked the venerable Carine Roitfeld to style its annual Bazaar Icons cover shoot. This time around, the man of the hour is not Kanye West, but fellow musical artist The Weeknd (née Abel Makkonen Tesfaye). The Brigitte Lacombe-lensed cover also stars top models Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk. The black-lipped, green-eyed beauties flank Tesfaye on either side.
Our forum members have mixed feelings about Bazaar‘s latest. “What a random cover trio! But at least it’s something different for them. He looks the best though,” observed Miss Dalloway.
“It’s sad when the non-model looks the best,” echoed a disappointed wendylorene.
“Trainwreck!! Oh my God, this is so uneventful. None of the girls look like themselves on the cover, and they can drape as many bombshells on The Weeknd, he’s never be appealing. I’m all for something new, but with this guy they’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel,” complained an unimpressed Benn98.
Also not feeling it was MON, who pointed out: “Vogue had Zayn with Gigi. Bazaar has The Weeknd with models. Stop using women for props. If you want a man for the cover, do it!”
Mepps couldn’t agree more. “The Weeknd? I don’t dislike him, but this cover is so reductive. Why is the man being flanked by two women, as if he’s the center of attention? It just doesn’t look like an image shot by Brigitte Lacombe. Both Adriana and Irina look like goth witches,” he heckled.
“I just genuinely don’t like seeing men on a September issue unless the focus is more towards the women on the cover which isn’t the case here. Couldn’t they have saved the music issue for another month?” asked GERGIN.
“Interesting trio indeed, but what an awkward setting. The crop is awkward, the posing is awkward and the models don’t even look like themselves. Unfortunate,” added ax80.
See more from Carine Roitfeld’s annual Bazaar Icons portfolio and join the conversation here.
Laura Brown’s feet are now firmly under the desk at InStyle HQ and she continues to flourish as editor-in-chief of the monthly glossy. On Brown’s watch, Nicole Kidman, Victoria Beckham, Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss have joined the ranks of InStyle cover girls. For the title’s all-important September 2017 issue, Brown went all-out, securing pop queen Selena Gomez. The “Fetish” singer — who currently boasts a staggering 124 million Instagram followers (and counting..) — is sure to bring the issue some attention. Photographed by Phil Poynter and dressed in Coach (the brand’s Fall 2017 campaign star continues to make good on her multi-million dollar contract), Gomez stuns in the flawless cover image. The key word being “flawless.”
“Oh wow, they really Photoshopped her face beyond recognition,” pointed out a startled fiqary upon seeing the cover for the first time.
“Nothing can make this chick look older than 17. I just can’t get her appeal…” wrote a completely disinterested ThatDudeOverTher.
Echoing his sentiments was vogue28, who stipulated: “I don’t loathe it but Selena Gomez has certainly photographed better before (like on the cover of Vogue by Mert & Marcus). The Photoshop here is a little excessive, looks like they’ve been messing with Selena’s face shape and complexion.”
“They altered her nose completely,” observed a far from impressed liv4beauty.
Nor was MON willing to show InStyle‘s latest some love. “Seventeen magazine? This layout is tragic!” he exclaimed in horror.
“I don’t mind it. Laura knows who her reader is/who they’re becoming so I’m sure this will sell well,” reasoned forum member YourMonster.
Will you be rushing to the newsstand to grab a copy? See more from Selena’s cover story and share your opinion here.
Magazine enthusiasts yearn for this time of year, when all the huge September issues start to roll out. ELLE is the latest publication to unveil its big fall issue, and for what’s considered to be the industry’s most anticipated and celebrated installment, it appears to fall short of expectations. Moving on from a beautiful August cover featuring Emilia Clarke, actress Alicia Vikander becomes an ELLE cover girl once again, wearing Louis Vuitton (obvi), shot by David Bellemere.
The cover was declared a total disappointment by our forum members. “She looks like something you would see sleeping on the sidewalk outside of a night club. She looks tired, the dress looks tired, and this cover looks tired. Last month with Emilia was a knockout, this is a hot mess. Next!” exclaimed GivenchyHomme.
“Crikey!! Her worst cover ever (even surpassing Porter), exceedingly depressing. Looks more like a snapshot of an abused woman. No wonder certain celebs demand photo approval,” noted Benn98. (more…)
If you hadn’t heard already, Alexandra Shulman is out at British Vogue and her final issue is here. Going out with a bang and closing the book after 25 years at the magazine, Shulman called on models past and present as she bows out with the all-important September issue. Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, Edie Campbell, Jean Campbell and Nora Attal pose together wearing Alexander McQueen, shot by long-time Vogue contributor Mario Testino.
Our forum members, unfortunately, simply weren’t in the mood to celebrate. “Forgettable cover for her last issue,” proclaimed Style Savvy the moment we got a sneak peek.
“What a bore! It really is such a shame. You would think Alexandra Shulman would go out with a bang?” quipped an underwhelmed fashionlover2001. (more…)