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Kendall Jenner and Mert Alas Help Vogue Turkey Celebrate Its 100th Issue With a Whole Lot of Photoshop

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.

Vogue Turkey June 2018 : Kendall Jenner & Mert Alas by Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.TR

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.

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Natalia Vodianova and Three Footballers Star on Vogue Russia’s Awkward Covers for June 2018

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.

Vogue Russia June 2018 : Natalia Vodianova, Fedor, Julian & Danial by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

Members of our forums weren’t exactly…fond of the two covers. “Well this is dreadful,” declared mepps the moment the covers dropped.

“Wow, it looks so uncomfortable,” described MDNA.

“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.

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Emilia Clarke’s Radiant Smile Saves the Cover of Vanity Fair’s Summer Issue

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.

Vanity Fair Summer 2018 : Emilia Clarke by Craig McDean

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

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.

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Is Prada Becoming Irrelevant? Our Forums Sound Off on the Pre-Fall 2018 Campaign by Willy Vanderperre

Our forum members have noticed a steady decline in Prada’s advertising campaigns since Miuccia Prada decided to ditch Steven Meisel in favor of Willy Vanderperre last year. Despite our complaints, Vanderperre returns to photograph the brand’s Pre-Fall 2018 campaign, along with Miuccia’s current fav, Kris Grikaite. They are joined by models Anok Yai (who became the second black model to ever open a Prada show during the Fall 2018 presentation) and Fran Summers.

Prada Pre-Fall 2018 : Anok, Fran & Kris by Willy Vanderperre

IMAGE: PRADA.COM

Predictably, the campaign had its haters on our forums. “Miuccia should call Sasha [Pivovarova] and beg her to star in a campaign. This brand feels so irrelevant nowadays,” said Nocturnal the second the campaign came to light.

“It’s not the model I have an issue with, it’s Willy,” commented Benn98. “While this is certainly better than average (for him), it looks very similar to his last campaign for Raf’s namesake brand. Which yet again begs the question, why is he getting such a massive platform when he can’t even set a distinct tone for each of his clients?”

“It’s maybe time to bring Meisel back. At least, he can bring back some interesting names into the equation. I don’t even think people care about Prada ads anymore,” added Lola701.

Prada Pre-Fall 2018 : Anok, Fran & Kris by Willy Vanderperre

IMAGE: PRADA.COM

Phuel wasn’t here for it either. “The clothes, the shows, the styling, the casting, the lack of vision, and now the campaigns… all so utterly forgettable now,” he said.

“Looks like they shot right after the show in 30 minutes. Meisel ego is delighted,” helmutnotdead laughed.

Reall not feeling it was gazebo: “Please stop with the pseudo-intellectual explanation for every campaign/collection! No one is buying it! (literally). It just makes everything that’s already bad – worse, it makes no sense looking at the poor images and shows how out of touch she really is!”

Prada Pre-Fall 2018 : Anok, Fran & Kris by Willy Vanderperre

IMAGE: PRADA.COM

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Adwoa Aboah Styled Herself for Vogue Poland’s Terrible June Cover

Despite an underwhelming debut in March, Vogue Poland successfully picked up the pace and managed to win over our forum members with the Eva Herzigova and Natalia Vodianova covers that followed. The Polish magazine’s fourth installment, however, puts it back at square one with an unimpressive Adwoa Aboah cover for June 2018. Photographer Tim Walker captured the current face of Chanel Eyewear for her sixth Vogue cover, as she serves up her signature blank stare in a red leather Christian Dior trench coat she styled herself.

Vogue Poland June 2018 : Adwoa Aboah by Tim Walker

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

Our forum members were horrified with the outcome. “She styled her own cover? Writer, stylist, watch, she’ll shoot her own cover next,” wrote Benn98. “Absolutely hideous! And the masthead doesn’t appear to be blending in with the image. I don’t think I like their ‘direction’, whatever it is. It’s not bringing anything new to the table which begs the question why they even bothered to launch another magazine.”

“What a terrible cover! I will take tacky, even vulgar over something this insipid. Just Adwoa with another lifeless and blank expression,” slammed Miss Dalloway.

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Interview Magazine Shuts Down: the tFS Forums React

If you haven’t heard already, Interview magazine is no longer. Amid ongoing news that the magazine industry is in trouble, Interview has suddenly shut down due to financial issues. The New York-based arts, fashion and culture magazine, which was founded by Andy Warhol and John Wilcock in 1969, has enjoyed an extremely rich and vibrant history of iconic covers and features. Over recent years, our forum members have loved (and loathed) covers starring the likes of Kim Kardashian, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Watson, Solange Knowles, Jodie Foster, Emma Stone and Willow and Jaden Smith. The news comes as a surprise, especially since the magazine just went through a redesign two months ago, featuring a handful of fresh faces photographed by David Sims. It evidently wasn’t enough to keep the magazine afloat.

Forum Members React to Interview Ceasing Publication

Kate Moss photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus for Interview’s September 2008 issue | IMAGE: INTERVIEWMAGAZINE.COM

Members of our forums immediately expressed their disbelief and sorrow over the news. “This is actually devastating. Interview was far past its glory days, but for a long time, it was the best arts and culture magazine out of New York. It was my bible in the 80s and 90s. It lost its way when it became too focused on fashion and Hollywood. The decline has been long and slow, but this sudden end is still shocking and sad,” commented mepps.

“It’s so sad. Someone should buy this magazine. It’s such a loss,” added caioherrero.

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