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Karolina Kurkova’s Cover of ELLE Russia Gives Us Major 2000-Era Flashbacks

The last time ELLE Russia got our attention was when Bella Hadid starred on the September cover. Now, it’s Karolina Kurkova making us take notice of the newly unveiled January 2018 cover. Long-term ELLE collaborator Gilles Bensimon photographed the blonde beauty, who gives it her all for the striking newsstand cover and throughout the entire cover editorial. In the image, Karolina cozies up in a fluffy Miu Miu coat and Versace shades, giving us major flashbacks to the 2000s.

Elle Russia January 2018 : Karolina Kurkova by Gilles Bensimon


Our forum members were thrilled with the cover. “ELLE Russia is much better than Vogue Russia. Ekaterina Mukhina and Vadim Galaganov always do a great job. This team is fabulous,” commented ciaoherrero.

“Right? Mukhina is actually one of those few persons who are trying to save Russian fashion,” agreed christian zh. (more…)

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Sara Sampaio Defines the Peter Dundas Woman in His First Namesake Campaign

If you haven’t already heard, Peter Dundas launched his own eponymous brand in July with a debut collection for Resort 2018. The advertising campaign for the collection just dropped, featuring a sultry Sara Sampaio. Dundas enlisted photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott to capture his vision for the brand with a mysterious, sensual campaign featuring the Portuguese beauty posing amid a dark and moody setting while showing off Dundas’ creations.

Dundas Resort 2018 : Sara Sampaio by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott


Our forums weren’t feeling it, unfortunately. “It sure is impactful but it is also a bit dated,” commented Lola701 upon seeing the campaign images for the first time. “Too early/mid 00s, and we have the clothes to blame for it.”

“What can I say. I didn’t expect it to look classy with Dundas, M&M and Sara involved but this is just very cheap,” disapproved anlabe32. (more…)

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Rianne van Rompaey Delivers a Stunning Cinematic Cover Shoot for WSJ Magazine

You can always rely on WSJ Magazine for a solid cover image and the magazine’s December/January offering is no different. After a beautiful Reese Witherspoon cover for November, Dutch photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin took model Rianne van Rompaey and stylist George Cortina to Greece for this month’s cinematic cover shoot. In the sepia-toned image (below), Rianne stands before the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, striking a pose wearing a Ralph Lauren trench.

WSJ December 2017/January 2018 : Rianne van Rompaey by Inez & Vinoodh


Our forum members were in awe of the cover. “WOW I love this! Feels very vintage but modern at the same time,” admired 333101 at once.

“George Cortina rarely disappoints. We need him at Vogue Paris. He is the king of glamour!” wrote Lola701. (more…)

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Lupita Nyong’o Shows off Her Balancing Act on the January Cover of Vogue

Anna Wintour has made it clear over the years that she’s a huge admirer of Lupita Nyong’o. As a result, we’re not too surprised to see the actress back on the cover of the magazine for January 2018. Giving us the polar opposite of last month‘s studio shoot, Lupita shows off her yoga skills while standing on a surfboard in the water. Shot by Mikael Jansson, Lupita was styled by Tonne Goodman who selected a (non-waterproof) silver embellished Christian Dior bodysuit and skirt.

US Vogue January 2018 : Lupita Nyong'o by Mikaeal Jansson


The cover reminded our forum members of another yoga-inspired Vogue shoot. “Man oh man. All I can think of is how great Christy Turlington’s yoga [Vogue October 2002] cover was,” voiced A.D.C.

“Christy Turlington’s yoga cover was divine, such a shame we would never see that kind of cover anymore,” added chanelh. (more…)

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Grace Elizabeth Looks Like a Snow Princess on Vogue Mexico’s Wintry December Covers

Ever since she scored her first major magazine cover with Vogue Russia back in April, we’ve become accustomed to Grace Elizabeth delivering the goods whenever she lends her remarkable beauty to a fashion bible. After all, who could blame us after her gorgeous appearances on Vogue Spain‘s May issue and Vogue Italia‘s July cover? Grace now takes to the front of Vogue Mexico, helping the publication close out 2017 on a high, participating in a festive, wintry cover shoot, lensed by none other than Patrick Demarchelier.

Vogue Mexico & Latin America December 2017 : Grace Elizabeth by Patrick Demarchelier


Needless to say, our forum members loved it. “I quite like them, she looks like a snow princess or something. Very good for Grace Elizabeth too, scoring more Vogue covers,” said KateTheGreatest upon seeing this month’s offerings.

“The first cover reminds me so much of Carla Bruni,” pointed out KateIsGr8. (more…)

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Zoe Kravitz Goes Minimal on ELLE’s January Cover

After some major staff changes back in September, ELLE hints at more changes to come in 2018 with a stark, blank-canvas cover for January. Nina Garcia, the publication’s newly installed editor-in-chief, welcomes actress Zoe Kravitz as her debut cover girl. Rumored to have originally been photographed by controversial photographer Terry Richardson for the cover shoot, ELLE regular Paola Kudacki stepped in to conduct the re-shoot. A firm favorite of Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello and face of the brand’s Spring 2018 collection, Zoe makes one of his creations her own in the clean, crisp newsstand cover image.

US Elle January 2018 : Zoe Kravitz by Paola Kudacki


Despite ELLE‘s best efforts at something fresh, our forum members weren’t feeling it. “The colors pop, for all the wrong reasons. The backdrop looks fake, I think Zoe’s hair color looks too severe for her skin tone, and the art direction could be lowered. I suppose we should let this one slide knowing they had to scramble to reshoot this at the 11th hour,” wrote Benn98.

“This is mediocre. They could have done so much more with this,” voiced Khabeer. (more…)

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