We’ve been notoriously hard on the American edition of Marie Claire over the years (with good reason) but the magazine has a newfound confidence following a series of terrific covers featuring the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Vikander and has regained the attention of theFashionSpot forums. For June 2018, US Marie Clairewelcome back Emily Ratajkowski as its cover girl, photographed by Thomas Whiteside for the occasion. Throughout the accompanying cover shoot, the Kérastase brand ambassador was styled by Deborah Watson and wears a checked Burberry hat teamed with a Ralph Lauren shirt in the laid-back cover image.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF MARIE CLAIRE
The cover received mixed reviews from our forum members. “She’s pretty covered up for someone who walks around barely clothed most of the time! Looks like a fall cover, not summer,” pointed out Handbag Queen the moment the cover came to light.
“Does look like an autumn cover, but all I see is messy hair. The minimal art direction is lovely, but this cover is a pass for me. Too basic for June,” Benn98 chimed in.
Along with the annual Met Gala follows Vogue‘s ‘Special Edition‘ issue documenting the star-studded event and, in true American Vogue fashion, the magazine unsurprisingly gives up the front cover to Vogue favorites Katy Perry and Rihanna (who is the publication’s current June 2018 cover girl). The image, taken at the gala by Corey Tenold (and also appearing online during the event), shows Katy posing in her Versace ensemble (angel wings et al) and Rihanna standing confidently in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano.
Given the many other high-profile celebs the magazine could have selected (we feature 101 of them here), our forum members weren’t all too impressed. “The people who actually looked great got ignored once again. Incidentally, I happen to think these were two of the worst looks of the evening. Who would want to invest in a bunch of images which one could easily source online anyway?” asked Benn98.
“Katy Perry looked awful that night…. dress was way too small, boots were ridiculous and the angel wings were a mess! Can’t believe they put her on the cover with Rihanna,” fumed Handbag Queen.
Estée Lauder continues to recruit fresh talent and snatch up models for its ever-growing roster of Global Brand Ambassadors. Back in April, the legendary beauty brand announced Karlie Kloss as its new signing and now adds yet another top model to its collection of beautiful faces. From one American beauty to another, Estée Lauder now welcomes aboard Grace Elizabeth, who is set to be splashed across beauty counters, print campaigns and social media outlets as spokesperson, while joining the likes of Joan Smalls, Carolyn Murphy, Hilary Rhoda and Fei Fei Sun.
The moment the news of Grace’s beauty contract surfaced, our forum members were quick to share their congratulations. “Ka-ching! And Grace launches her career to the next level,” applauded a thrilled happycanadian upon hearing the news.
“Ah, Grace! She is perfect for this. So happy for her!” wrote simon.
“That’s amazing! Happy for her. She looks stunning, as usual,” complemented forum member guimon, describing Grace’s announcement photo (above).
Members of our forums almost staged a protest for change over at Allure HQ last month and it appears our cries have been heard with the unveiling of the magazine’s latest: three terrific covers for June 2018 featuring Fei Fei Sun, Fernanda Ly and Soo Joo Park. Until now, only two Asian women had ever appeared on the cover of the hair issue for the beauty-focused publication (Lucy Liu and Olivia Munn), so this issue marks a big step forward for inclusion. Photographed by Solve Sundsbo, the women each deliver a unique portrait cover image for the occasion, leaving our forum members in awe.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF ALLURE
“Perfect! This is the kind of covers that people remember and that makes me want to buy magazines,” commented Lola701.
“Three stunning covers with three great models. Fei Fei seems like she’s looking through rain, Fernanda’s cover is hypnotic and Soo Joo looks like a saint,” Nymphaea voiced.
Ever since she first broke onto the scene, Grace Elizabeth has commanded covers of Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris and Vogue Russia, to name a select few throughout her impressive few years on our radar. Now, the current face of Chanel and Estée Lauder’s newest global spokesmodel takes to the cover of Vogue Korea for June 2018. The last time the Korean title took our fancy this much was back in March, where Kendall Jenner impressively managed to win over our forum members with two covers. This month, Grace was photographed by Hyea W. Kang on location in New York, on what appears to have been a blustery day down at the waterfront, looking utterly perfect for the beautiful and cinematic cover shot.
Our forum members couldn’t wait to show the cover some love. “I think I really like this. The image is very cinematic, I love the windswept hair, the color palette is beautiful and the text is quite clean and subtle,” admired dodencebt.
“This cover is absolutely gorgeous. Everything works: from the image to the color palette, to the text placement. Bravo!” Style Savvy applauded.
“Superb cover! Very classy, the styling is amazing, I love the face, the hair, the pose. It’s a great shot and the layout is good too, way to go Vogue Korea!” enthused Bertrando3.
Considering sister Gigi Hadid has just made her third appearance on the magazine last month, it’s hard to imagine that Bella Hadid has never fronted American Harper’s Bazaar. We guess it’s better late than never as the beauty graces the just-released double June/July 2018 edition. Photographed by Solve Sundsbo and styled by Anna Trevelyn, Bella sports a gold Christian Dior mask and channels her inner Jean Shrimpton for the newsstand cover shot (below), giving us flashbacks to the magazine’s iconic Richard Avedon cover from 1965. In stark contrast, Bella looks serene and melancholy in the black and white subscribers cover wearing head-to-toe Christian Dior (Bella is the face of Dior cosmetics).
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Per usual, anything Hadid related generated mixed feedback amongst our forum members. “OK enough covers but sigh… overexposed, much?” asked kokobombon the second the covers came to light.
“DAMN Bella and Gigi will never leave! Gosh, these girls bring NOTHING to the industry. They don´t express anything with their eyes, they don´t know how to pose or walk the runway. They are just there and famous for nothing,” complained Bertrando3.