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Doutzen Kroes and Imaan Hammam Pose for Porter’s ‘Cliché African Safari Photo Shoot’

Ever since the premiere issue back in 2014, our forums have been huge supporters of Porter. The magazine has delivered the goods with virtually every issue, quickly becoming one of our favorites. Until now, that is. The publication powered by Net-a-Porter just unveiled its Summer Escape 2017 installment, leaving our forums rather unimpressed. Models Doutzen Kroes and Imaan Hammam pose together for Vincent van de Wijngaard on location in Kenya at the Save the Elephants operation nerve center.

Porter #21 Summer Escape 2017 : Doutzen Kroes & Imaan Hammam


“Travel on a budget? Because this looks cheap,” said forum member phungnam96 the moment the covers were revealed.

“Cheap, depressing/dull and completely unoriginal. Is there only one way to style models when in the African safari?” complained t-rex. (more…)

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Nicole Kidman Fronts InStyle’s July Cover

Whether she’s fronting Vogue Australia, bringing the drama on UK Harper’s Bazaar or captivating on the cover of Interview, we’re definitely fans of a good Nicole Kidman cover appearance. The Aussie actress now fronts the cover of InStyle for July 2017, joining Laura Brown’s list of cover conquests as she continues to make her mark at the newsstand. Following a fabulous Karlie Kloss cover, Kidman was photographed by Will Davidson while wearing Maison Margiela.

US InStyle July 2017 : Nicole Kidman by Will Davidson


Most of our forum members were fans of Nicole’s latest cover. “Nicole is looking a little stiff on the cover. I think it has to do a lot with the abilities of her facial muscles and the type of photography and light. Something softer and less artificial would have done wonders in my opinion,” critiqued forum member dodencebt.

“The cover photo is a little stiff, but I love Nicole and am happy to see her after months of bad or so-so cover stars for InStyle. She’s a genuine movie star,” added SallyAlbright. (more…)

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Where’s the Glamour? Gigi Hadid, Taylor Hill, Mica Arganaraz and Vittoria Ceretti Pose for Versace’s Fall 2017 Campaign

Bruce Weber’s aesthetic must be working for Donatella Versace, as the new Fall 2017 campaign marks his third season shooting for Versace. Replacing Anna Ewers and Edie Campbell (and a pack of horses) from last season, Versace and Weber secured models Gigi Hadid, Taylor Hill, Mica Arganaraz and Vittoria Ceretti, while moving things indoors this time around.

Versace F/W 2017.18 : Gigi, Mica, Taylor & Vittoria by Bruce Weber


The campaign, however, received a bashing on our forums. “Seriously, Bruce Weber again? It looks better than last season but I’m not a fan of that cast,” wrote an underwhelmed dodencebt.

“So random, nothing draws the eye,” pointed out Nymphaea. (more…)

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Bella Hadid Shows Off Her New Haircut on the Cover of Vogue Italia June 2017

As documented across social media, Bella Hadid (along with Natalie Westling) shot for Vogue Italia’s forthcoming June 2017 edition with photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin requesting Bella cut her hair especially for the occasion. Bella showcases her newly shorn bob haircut while posing solo atop an exercise bike while wearing Chanel (as one does).

A vast majority of our forum members were disappointed by the highly anticipated cover. “I’ll wait for July. VI’s new goal: Get different photographers to imitate Meisel’s work? I’ve never seen an I&V photo like that,” voiced Scotty.

“Okay… next!” declared an uninterested MDNA. (more…)

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Bella Hadid’s New Bulgari Campaign by Terry Richardson Looks Cheap, Not Luxe

Like it or not, Bella Hadid is the name on everyone’s lips right now as she continues to dominate the fashion scene. Giuseppe Zanotti declared her the face of the Fall 2017 collection, appearing solo in the brand’s new campaign and now Bella makes her debut as an ambassador for Bulgari. Not only was she just announced as the face of Bulgari’s new scent, the 20-year-old’s campaign for the upscale Italian label’s new line of accessories just dropped. Lensed by Terry Richardson (major eye roll), Bella amps up the energy in the images, rocking the collection of Serpenti handbags.

The images, however, fell completely flat with our forum members. “It’s a nice fun image but not for Bulgari, IMO. Last season with Lily Aldridge was so elegant and now this?” pointed out a far from satisfied kokobombon.

“It’s nice in a Kate Spade kind of way, but you’re right, certainly not for Bulgari,” Benn98 agreed. “I don’t understand why they went to town with the launch, only to release a shot rendering her damn near unrecognizable. So pointless. Also, Terry! And now he’s trying to be [Mario] Testino. Wonder who’ll be next!”  (more…)

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Something Important Is Missing From Ashley Graham’s ‘Body Confident’ Cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar

Models (instead of the usual roster of celebrities) may be British Harper’s Bazaar’s go-to cover choice lately, but it doesn’t always guarantee success. Moving on from Karen Elson, the magazine embraces Ashley Graham for the new July 2017 issue. Following her successful cover of British Vogue back in January, Ashley looks radiant on the inviting newsstand cover (below), captured by Alexi Lubomirski on location in New York. Oozing grace and confidence throughout the accompanying cover story, Ashley also appears on the magazine’s limited subscribers cover (after the jump).

UK Harper's Bazaar July 2017 : Ashley Graham by Alexi Lubomirski


As soon as the cover broke, our eagle-eyed forum members noticed something was missing from the newsstand cover. “Body confident and yet we see no body,” MON critiqued at once.

“Body confident but no body. Shame on Harpers!” echoed a less than impressed 8eight. (more…)

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