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.
Introducing the Summer Escape issue of PORTER, created in collaboration with environmental game-changers @parley.tv, guest editor @anja_rubik and photographer @mario_sorrenti. In our special portfolio, we take a deep dive into the destructive reality facing our planet through the impact of plastic pollution on the oceans, which are on the brink of catastrophe. Find out more about this important cause and how we can become more responsible, rethink our standards and embrace eco-innovation, in the new issue of PORTER magazine, on global newsstands 1 June. #ParleyAIR #PorterxParley #PlasticPledge #PlasticNotFantastic
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 covers alongside 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
Check out more campaign images and voice your own opinion with us here.