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Giampaolo Sgura’s Birgit Kos Cover for Vogue Germany Gets Mixed Reviews

Our forums have a love/hate relationship with photographer Giampaolo Sgura and often call him out, whether he’s shooting Moschino’s latest fragrance campaign or producing some pretty horrific covers for Vogue Germany. We clearly need to make our rants a whole lot louder as the magazine welcomes back the Italian lensman to shoot the March 2018 cover story. Vogue Germany enlists rising star Birgit Kos for the sultry cover shot, styled by editor-in-chief Christiane Arp in Giorgio Armani.

Vogue Germany March 2018 : Birgit Kos by Giampaolo Sgura


Our forum members won’t be making a dash for the newsstand. “Nothing works for me here, it looks like a makeup and hair test shot, this is NOT cover worthy! Why is Arp so into Sgura?” asked Miss Dalloway upon checking out the cover.

“2018 and I’m wondering why Sgura is still hired,” stated helmutnotdead. (more…)

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Natalie Portman Tries on a New Look for Porter’s Retro-Inspired Spring 2018 Cover

Porter was our everything at the newsstand when it first launched. Eventually, our enthusiasm dimmed after a series of safe and mundane covers, though the magazine seems to have gotten its mojo back with recent covers featuring Brie Larson and Imaan Hammam. Now, actress Natalie Portman fronts the publication’s 25th issue for Spring 2018, minus all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Cass Bird photographed Natalie hanging out of a car window wearing a Vivienne Westwood corset and some Isabel Marant denim shorts for the retro-inspired cover shoot, styled by Veronique Didry.

Porter #25 Spring 2018 : Natalie Portman by Cass Bird


The cover generated mixed feedback on our forums. “This is certainly… different for Natalie. I can’t tell whether I like it or not,” dodencebt voiced.

“Maybe it’s just my mind, but here, she looks like a prostitute hanging out on a sunny day, when the going is still good, feeling free… before night falls and the work begins,” mused forum member tigerrouge. (more…)

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UK ELLE Uses a Recycled Margot Robbie Image for the March 2018 Cover

After undergoing a complete overhaul last year, UK ELLE has been riding a wave of successful and compelling covers. Yet after a disappointing February cover last month, we now get a lackluster reprint for March 2018 — and our forums aren’t a happy bunch. Despite a successful Rihanna reprint back in October, British ELLE‘s recycling of American ELLE‘s Margot Robbie cover shoot is an uninspired choice for what is considered the industry’s biggest issue of the year besides September.

UK Elle March 2018 : Margot Robbie by Alexi Lubomirski


After seeing the cover, our forum members did not hold back. “It just looks so dated, and what happened with the slick, new art direction? And a reprint for March? Taking a leaf out of Edward [Enninful]‘s book, I see. It’s embarrassing, and I’m positively fed up with Margot Robbie. Hopefully this is her last cover for this year,” commented Benn98.

“OMG!!! What the hell is that? A reprint for March? Are you insane Anne-Marie [Curtis]? GOSH, BIG NO!!!” exclaimed caioherrero. (more…)

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Vogue Poland Debuts to Mixed Reviews With Anja Rubik and Malgosia Bela on the Cover

It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Condé Nast this long to give us a Polish edition of Vogue, yet Vogue Polska makes its long-awaited debut this week on newsstands. While a select few magazines are cutting back in 2018, the release gives a much-welcomed boost to the industry and reminds us that there’s still a demand for print. Veteran Polish models Anja Rubik and Malgosia Bela appropriately take to the inaugural cover, photographed by Juergen Teller on location in the middle of Warsaw as the Palace of Culture and Science looms in the foggy background.

Vogue Poland March 2018 : Anja Rubik & Małgosia Bela by Juergen Teller


Unfortunately, the magazine’s debut failed to make an impression on our forum members. “Feels like I’m looking at Vogue Polish Architecture or something. Pretty weak debut cover for me,” stated Ed the moment the cover dropped.

“Even Małgosia and Anja can’t save this cover. Very weak debut,” noted narcyza. (more…)

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You’ll Either Love or Loathe Luna Bijl’s Cover of Vogue Netherlands for March 2018

No doubt, Luna Bijl is earning her It model status this year. She’s the face of Chanel this season, a firm favorite of Vogue Paris‘ Emmanuelle Alt, recently covered Vogue Spain and is currently stealing the spotlight on Vogue Japan‘s group cover. Vogue Netherlands is the latest to jump on the Luna bandwagon, giving the Dutch beauty the cover of the March 2018 issue. Luna serves a vivid beauty look, effortlessly working the lens of photographer Richard Burbridge.

Vogue Netherlands March 2018 : Luna Bijl by Richard Burbridge


Despite the team’s best efforts, the majority of our forum members weren’t here for it. “It’s very Burbridge, but I feel like I would love this if it was the cover of Vogue Beauty instead,” acknowledged simon the moment the cover struck.

“It’s a try-hard wannabe of Vogue Paris. The 80s theme. The fonts. The layout. This feels like the twin sister who desperately craves for attention,” mocked MON. (more…)

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Lupita Nyong’o Is Perfection Personified on Allure’s March Cover

Allure‘s motto for 2018 must be “go big or go home” because the magazine continues to make bold cover choices, including the newly unveiled cover for March 2018. After the insipid Dakota Johnson offering last month, the magazine needed to inject some charisma back onto its cover and you can always count on Lupita Nyong’o to do just that. The Black Panther actress just graced the cover of Vogue for January and now makes her debut as an Allure cover girl, and we couldn’t be happier. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Lupita and hairstylist Vernon Francois were given free reign on set and the outcome is simply sublime.

Allure March 2018 : Lupita Nyong’o by Patrick Demarchelier


Members of our forums were in love with the images. “OMG yes, it’s giving me late 70s disco vibes!” raved GERGIN immediately.

“Now, there’s a cover! STUNNING! Can’t wait to see this in print!” wrote Miss Dalloway. (more…)

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