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!”
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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.
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.
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.
With past cover girls including Gisele Bündchen, Andreea Diaconu and Iselin Steiro, the June/July editions of Vogue Paris always make a splash. This summer, Edie Campbell is welcomed back to the cover of the French fashion bible for a third time with a trip to the palm-fringed beaches of Mauritius (last month’s cover girl Anna Ewers was also shot on the island). Photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Emmaneulle Alt, Edie stars on two gorgeous covers, flaunting sun-kissed skin while baking in the scorching heat.
Vacay to Mauritius, anyone? Our forum members sure were in the mood after seeing these covers. “It’s funny how my favorite covers of Alt’s is the June/July one every year. Edie looks fabulous,” said dodencebt.
“June/July is always a hit for VP but this time, it’s even better!” echoed Lola701.
“Everything about this cover works… Edie looks gorgeous!” raved Zposen.
UK Harper’s Bazaar, holding true to its quintessentially British aesthetic, channels all the Royal Wedding excitement for the new June 2018 issue. The magazine appropriately taps The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby, who evokes a modern-day princess throughout the polished cover story, photographed by regular Bazaar contributor Alexi Lubomirski on location at the magnificent Oxford Manor. In the newsstand cover (below), Vanessa poses in a lilac Valentino Haute Couture creation styled by Miranda Almond, while in the subscribers cover (after the jump), the actress is all smiles wearing an ultra-feminine Oscar de la Renta dress in the bathtub.
The moment the covers struck, our forum members were captivated. “Bazaar does such beautiful covers. Alexi is very good photographer,” complemented caioherrero.
“One of those rare cases where I actually don’t mind the tried and tested formula. I can’t help it. I love their aesthetic,” confessed Yohji.
In agreement was forum member honeycombchild. “They’re consistent, I kind of like that. I haven’t bought the magazine in years now but I think it’s always a safe bet. You know what you’re getting and they tend to always deliver exactly what their audience wants,” he voiced.