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Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani Dies at 66

Fashion editor Franca Sozzani poses before the Christian Dior 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 30, 2016 in Paris

Fashion editor Franca Sozzani at the Christian Dior Spring 2017 show on September 30, 2016 in Paris; Image: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

Today, the fashion industry mourns the passing of 66-year-old Franca Sozzani, long-serving editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. Sozzani died in Milan after a year-long illness. A true visionary and innovator, Sozzani began her role at the Italian fashion bible in 1988 and leaves behind a legacy of powerful, revolutionary and thought-provoking content for the magazine. Having collaborated with the likes of Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh (to name only a few) throughout her 28 years at the helm, Sozzani championed numerous social causes while captivating a loyal audience.

Members of our forums shared their sincere condolences upon hearing the tragic news. “2016 sucks! All the great people passed away. RIP, Franca. You played a very big part in fashion and you’ll be missed,” wrote Koibito.

“What a shock!! She will be so missed,” added liberty33r1b.

“She was such an inspirational woman, very sad to hear this,” echoed HeatherAnne.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken, don’t even know what to say. Her Vogue Italia is one of the major reasons why I feel in love with fashion. She was truly a legend. Arivederla Franca,” said Marc10.

“Disheartening news, a significant loss of one of the most pivotal figures within fashion. She will be missed,” TheoG mourned.

“One of the last columns supporting the weight of a crumbling fashion world has fallen. Very sad and disturbing,” mentioned gazebo.

A figure of the fashion industry who will be sorely missed and never forgotten, join us in mourning and pass along your condolences here. All of theFashionSpot’s thoughts are with Sozzani’s family.

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Josephine Skriver Makes Her Debut as a Vogue Cover Girl on Vogue Spain’s January Issue

Our forums couldn’t work out how Vogue Spain and Mario Testino managed to take such a horrible photo of Penélope Cruz last month and now we can’t fathom how they’ve managed to make the January cover look so cheap. Starting the new year for Spanish Vogue is Josephine Skriver, who makes her debut as a Vogue cover girl. But even with photographer Patrick Demarchelier behind the lens, our forum members were divided over how things turned out.

Vogue España January 2017 : Josephine Skriver by Patrick Demarchelier


“Looks dated. Pass,” declared MON the moment the cover dropped.

“I wish Vogue Spain would stop with the sports covers, they look cheap. First it was Doutzen [Kroes] in an orange anorak, looking like the world’s most beautiful football hooligan, and now it’s Skriver-on-skis,” disapproved tigerrouge. (more…)

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Irina Shayk, Transgender Model Lea T and Others Come Together for Givenchy’s Spring 2017 Campaign

Have we finally seen the last of Riccardo Tisci’s overcrowded advertising campaigns for Givenchy? It seems the designer has broken free from the theme of previous ads featuring the Givenchy #gang roaming the streets of New York with a welcome new concept for Spring 2017. Though the ads have a new look, Tisci stays true to his usual muses, including Irina Shayk, Vittoria Ceretti, Faretta and Lea T, photographed by Givenchy regulars Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Givenchy S/S 2017 by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott


Members of our forums were quick to kickoff a debate. “Not liking the studio portraits but that has more to do with Irina. The whole campaign should have been the location shoot. Looks like they are on Mars and that’s not a bad thing considering where the planet is headed. Guess Givenchy is positioning itself for high fashion space travel?” zoom commented straight away.

“Once again, fashion can’t help itself and it has to have multi-concept campaigns. Stick to one idea, please. The location shots are decent enough…the men’s is particularly nice (the clothes themselves are a different story, blegh!) The studio shots are heinous and horrifyingly over-Photoshopped. Really bad,” added dior_couture1245. (more…)

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s First Campaign for Christian Dior Looks Very High Street

We’re already starting to see a handful of Spring 2017 ad campaigns and the latest to drop is from Christian Dior. Our forums have been anticipating the debut of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first campaign for the French fashion house supporting her RTW collection shown back in September. Forum members correctly predicted that Chiuri would opt for an even more minimal aesthetic than predecessor Raf Simons. Enlisting photographer Brigitte Lacombe, twin sisters Ruth and May Bell posed together in an empty studio while showing off Dior’s new ultra-feminine aesthetic.

Christian Dior S/S 2017 : May & Ruth Bell by Brigitte Lacombe


Our forums were keen to share their feelings toward the campaign. “Yikes,” said Scotty the moment the campaign surfaced today.

“Seriously, Yikes. Big no to all of this. If I wanted more sad teenagers I’ll just go back and look at Hedi’s Saint Laurent campaigns,” replied a startled RedSmokeRise. (more…)

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Steven Meisel Brings Out the Best in Gigi Hadid for Max Mara’s Spring 2017 Campaign

As if posing on the covers of Vogue Japan, Allure and W Korea weren’t enough for Gigi Hadid to close out 2016 (and a Stuart Weitzman campaign for good measure), the International Model of the Year appears as the face of Max Mara accessories for Spring 2017. Returning for a third time for the Italian label, Gigi is once again in good hands with photographer Steven Meisel for the just-released campaign. Switching things up from the Fall ads, Gigi’s hair is styled in tight curls as she lays across the studio floor in the soft, dreamy and irresistibly feminine shot.

Max Mara Accessories S/S 2017 : Gigi Hadid by Steven Meisel


Members of our forums really liked Gigi’s latest gig. “I like it! Love the hair and she looks like a young Rebecca Gayheart here,” pointed out DutchHomme.

“Stunning shot, it’s got Carine [Roitfeld] written all over it. More than Meisel, actually. They seem to bring out the best in Gigi,” Benn98 admitted. (more…)

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Hailey Baldwin ‘Looks Bored’ on the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain for January

The industry is so caught up with Kendall Jenner and the Gigi Hadid that we often overlook the credentials of their BFF and fellow Insta-girl, Hailey Baldwin. She served supermodel realness in numerous Guess campaigns this year and made the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia for November. It seems 2017 will be just as successful for Hailey as she’s unveiled as the cover star for Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s January edition, alongside male model Jon Kortajarena. Photographed by Spanish Bazaar regular Thomas Whiteside, Hailey stars on not one, but two covers to usher in the new year.

@harpersbazaares January 2017 shot by @thomaswhiteside

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Our forum members aren’t so sure her success is deserved, however. “I think that she has what it takes to be a good celebrity model but there’s something so pedestrian in her presence IMO, I just can’t get into her. I prefer Hailey’s solo cover though, as Jon seems annoyed on the other,” wrote kokobombon.

“She looks bored and he looks confused. Something my eye would be drawn to for the wrong reasons,” critiqued inwhiterooms. (more…)

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