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Allure Botches Janelle Monae’s July 2018 Cover

Allure caught a huge break from our forum members last month after it unveiled three terrific covers featuring three Asian models. The month prior, our forums urged Allure‘s staff to make some creative changes. Unfortunately, it appears that the magazine is back to square one with the July 2018 issue featuring Janelle Monae. Covering Allure for the first time, the American singer/songwriter was photographed by Camila Falquez sporting some Princess Leia-inspired side-buns and an overpowering Molly Goddard creation.

Allure July 2018 : Janelle Monae by Camila Falquez


Our forum members could barely believe their eyes. “I love Janelle. She looks so beautiful here. But she deserves way better than that hideous dress,” wrote dfl-001.

“That’s the prettiest Cheeto I’ve ever seen!” GivenchyHomme mocked.

“Janelle deserves better than this tulle nightmare. From the neck up she looks amazing though,” said mistress_f.

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Vogue Arabia’s Newest Cover Makes a Bold Political Statement

Vogue Arabia has been sending shockwaves through the industry ever since it launched with a captivating Gigi Hadid cover last year. Now, 15 issues later, the magazine continues to break down barriers and raise the bar. Following two exquisite covers to celebrate its one-year anniversary and an Adwoa Aboah offering, Arabian Vogue pulls off a June 2018 cover shoot featuring a member of the Saudi royal family. HRH Princess Hayfa Bint Abdullah Al Saud makes a stunning and triumphant appearance on the magazine’s latest, photographed in the desert by Boo George. The princess sits in the driver’s seat of a vintage car, making a bold political statement and celebrating women’s newly earned right to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Vogue Arabia June 2018 : HRH Princess Hayfa Bint Abdullah Al Saud by Boo George


The cover immediately grabbed the attention of our forum members. “When I read it was a princess I thought we’re going to get a rather sterile ‘royal-approved’ cover, but I was wrong. This is very cinematic and luxurious,” admitted dodencebt upon checking out the cover.

“Beautiful way to celebrate such a great moment,” heralded Miss Dalloway.

“Gorgeous! And I love how they turned it into a political cover, but still quite subtle. Well done Vogue Arabia!” [Piece Of Me] applauded.

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Gigi Hadid Is the Victim of Questionable Styling on Vogue Australia’s July Cover

We jinxed it. Just when our forums were applauding Vogue Australia for using homegrown talent, like Rebel Wilson and Kylie Minogue, the magazine ditches its fellow Aussies in favor of fashion’s most in-demand American model: Gigi Hadid. Putting the recent Vogue Italia cover controversy behind her, Gigi adds a second Vogue Australia cover to her ever-expanding portfolio, photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Christine Centenera for July 2018. In the newsstand cover image (below), the current face of Stuart Weitzman wears a vacant expression along with her Calvin Klein outfit, while the limited-edition cover (after the jump) is a stark contrast with Gigi flashing a huge smaile.

Vogue Australia July 2018: Gigi Hadid by Giampaolo Sgura


All the elements just proved a little too much for our forum members. “Crikey, I usually enjoy what this magazine does! This is certainly many steps backwards. Sgura really didn’t even try with this. It’s so shockingly unimaginative! Styling looks terrible, I’m fed up with the Hadids pandering for sympathy, and I can’t believe they went for a grey backdrop,” said Benn98.

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Vogue Australia is just lost. I no longer see its identity, or at the very least, its direction. Can’t believe such styling appeared in Vogue. The art direction is also dumb. Who finds that appealing?” MON wondered. (more…)

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Collier Schorr Replaces Bruce Weber as Louis Vuitton’s Campaign Photographer for Fall 2018

Our suspicions have been confirmed with the unveiling of Louis Vuitton’s latest advertising campaign: Bruce Weber is officially out (although it should’ve gone without even saying). Ever since Nicolas Ghesquière took over the reins of the iconic French fashion house in 2013, Weber has been Ghesquière’s go-to campaign photographer (much to the dismay of our forums members) for his mainline collections, but in light of the sexual misconduct allegations, he is replaced by Collier Schorr for Fall 2018. A clean slate, Ghesquière cast some newbie models for the occasion too, with Clémentine Balcaen (below) and Mariam de Vinzelle (after the jump) taking center stage. Styled by Marie-Amelié Sauve, the girls were photographed against pastel-colored backdrops, staring vacantly off-set.

First look / LV FALL 18 CAMPAIGN by @collierschorrstudio #lvfw18

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Despite the switch-up, our forum members weren’t here for it. “If you’re gonna change the photographer, at least change for the good and give us something better. Geez. This is so basic. It’s like a lookbook shot. They managed to make Clémentine look pedestrian,” slammed guimon the moment the campaign dropped.

“I don’t like it. It looks like an editorial for Another Magazine or a campaign for one of those budget clothing stores. I’m surprised that he hasn’t chosen to work with the some of the amazing photographers from his Balenciaga days. I&V or Sims would have elevated this,” added GivenchyHomme.

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Nicki Minaj and Karl Lagerfeld Make a Strange (Yet Surprisingly Good) Pair for ELLE’s July Cover

Nina Garcia continues to overhaul US ELLE and following a beautiful Kendall Jenner cover last month, the editor-in-chief wastes no time getting the big names to front the magazine by securing Nicki Minaj for the July 2018 issue. “Reclaiming her throne” in the music industry and on the cover of ELLE, Minaj was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in his Paris-based studio. In the vibrant newsstand cover image (below), Nicki wears a colorful embellished Versace number and is even joined by The Kaiser himself throughout the accompanying cover story.

US Elle July 2018 : Nicki Minaj by Karl Lagerfeld


Not only has Minaj received Lagerfeld’s endorsement, but she also gets the seal of approval from (the majority of) our forum members this month. “Wow, striking! This will definitely draw attention at the newsstands. The lightly softened look and faint smile looks refreshing. Don’t listen to her music, but one can’t deny she’s rather beautiful and ELLE did her justice here!” exclaimed Benn98.

“This really works, what a truly refreshing cover,” Miss Dalloway said.

“Wow, I was expecting something really bad but Karl surprised me with this one. I like it!” Scotty added.

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Gisele Bündchen Surrounded by Nature on the Cover of Vogue Is Everything We Needed Today

What’s happening over at American Vogue HQ? After a slew of disastrous covers earlier this year, we’re suddenly getting a wave of gorgeous covers — and we’re certainly not complaining. After a sun-soaked Rihanna shoot last month, Vogue follows up with a tropical cover for July 2018 featuring modeling royalty Gisele Bündchen, after an eight-year hiatus on the cover of the American fashion bible. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Gisele was captured on location in Tulum, Mexico, with stylist Tonne Goodman selecting a Ralph Lauren dress to complement the lush surroundings.

US Vogue July 2018 : Gisele Bündchen by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


Our forum members couldn’t believe their eyes. “What a surprise. She has such great energy and good body language. Well, she is a real supermodel! Still, it feels surreal to have a solo supermodel on the cover of US Vogue nowadays,” commented TaylorBinque.

“I can’t believe my eyes! Gisele on the cover of American Vogue! A real supermodel! This is too good. Love the background. This is perfect,” apple approved.

Sharing the same enthusiasm was guimon: “Couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. Too good to be true. This is perfect. So happy!”

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