Gwyneth Paltrow’s last cover for US Harper’s Bazaar was back in 2013 and considering the mag has a tendency to recycle the same cover subjects, a three-year absence is somewhat of an achievement. The actress/lifestyle guru makes her long-awaited return for the November 2016 cover, posing for Bazaar regular Alexi Lubomirski. On both the newsstand (below) and subscribers cover, Gwyneth channels Zorro wearing a face mask and matching lace bodysuit from La Perla for a bold and unconventional cover image.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Bazaar‘s efforts, however, failed to resonate with our forum members. “The cover looks stiff and awkward. I’m assuming the mask is Photoshopped on? Either way, it looks Photoshopped and badly so. Very fake. That first image from the editorial would’ve made for an amazing cover though,” MyNameIs pointed out.
Sharing the same sentiments was Nymphaea: “The mask looks very fake almost like they’ve put it there with Photoshop: copy and paste. Also her eyes are a bit smallish. Overall it gives me a Christmas vibe. (more…)
In the ever-revolving game of designer musical chairs and their contracts with fashion houses, Peter Dundas is leaving Roberto Cavalli. In news that shocked the fashion industry earlier today, Dundas’ final collection for the iconic Italian fashion house was Spring 2017, shown only a few weeks ago at Milan Fashion Week. The Norwegian-born designer joined the brand in March 2015 and his first collection for Spring 2016 received appalling reviews on our forums. His next collection for Fall 2016 was a vast improvement, but Dundas took two giant steps backward with his most recent Spring 2017 showing. Nonetheless, the announcement came as a shock.
Members of our forums were quick to voice their opinions once the news broke. “Yikes, what’s happening to this industry!! Purely from a superficial perspective, to me it looks like brands are as complicit as young designers. Where’s the loyalty where brands used to back their creative heads even through bad patches? Seems like this is a thing of the past now,” voiced Benn98 straight away.
“It was apparent that Peter wasn’t successful at Cavalli, he was much better at Pucci. The fashion industry is becoming more and more fickle, loyalty isn’t much around anymore. Money is driving this insanity, the big bosses wanting the gold pot at the end of the rainbow and it seems like it’s killing creativity unfortunately,” echoed Nymphaea. (more…)
CoverGirl is giving gender stereotypes a much-needed makeover. Yesterday, the cosmetics giant named its first-ever male spokesperson: beauty vlogger James Charles. The Instagram and YouTube sensation — at time of publishing, Charles has 507K followers and 76K subscribers, respectively — is the brand’s first-ever CoverBoy, a term coined by pop icon and current face of CoverGirl Katy Perry. On Tuesday morning, Perry welcomed Charles to the CoverGirl fold via Instagram. (See above.)
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The 17-year-old beauty savant is relatively new to the blogging scene, having started his channel only one year ago. However, Charles attracted a massive following in no time thanks to his masterful makeup looks. (more…)
Our forums tend to loathe it when magazines produce multiple covers for a single issue. Not so with American ELLE, however, which nailed the covers for its ‘Women In Comedy’ edition back in July and killed it for the annual ‘Women In TV’ issue back in January. Now it’s time for ELLE‘s annual ‘Women In Hollywood’ issue featuring Aja Noami King, Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Helen Mirren, Kathy Bates, Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o, each photographed for a solo cover by Dan Martensen.
Whose cover came out on top? As always, our forum members weren’t afraid to voice their opinions. “I think they all look great, they managed to style them just right,” kokobombon approved instantly, setting the tone for comments to follow.
“These are gorgeous. Kristen’s is by far my favorite. Everyone is styled so well. Well done ELLE,” echoed Bobby153. (more…)
Last month, Vogue Australia jumped on the Kendall Jenner bandwagon, which did not go over well with our forums. Now, in an attempt to get back in our good graces, forum favorite Victoria Beckham serves as the mag’s November cover star. No stranger to Vogue (and fresh off the cover of British Vogue), Victoria was shot in profile by Boo George for an almost iconic-looking image. The Estée Lauder collaborator looks beautiful with a messy updo hairstyle, a killer smoky eye and a crisp white shirt.
Although the cover ultimately generated a mixture of feedback, our forums were full of admiration at first glance. “Oh wow, that’s gorgeous. Very clean and sleek. Also love the silver masthead,” praised a delighted dodencebt.
“Victoria books more Vogue covers than working models. I do love the photo and the silver masthead,” agreed RanThe. (more…)
Regrettably, it’s a non-Meisel month for Vogue Italia and the publication has compensated by giving us a huge portfolio by photographer Peter Lindbergh for October 2016. In true Italian Vogue fashion, we can choose from three unique multi-covers this month, with Lindbergh delivering a trio of black and white covers to mark the occasion. Shot on location on the bustling streets of New York, a whole host of faces including Isabeli Fontana, Carolyn Murphy and Milla Jovovich storm the sidewalks of the city in the cinematic cover images.
Members of our forums were head over heels. “STUNNING image, perhaps the only non-Meisel issue I’ve loved since other photographers started shooting covers,” sounded off marsnoop2.
“I am pleased! Thrilled to see Isabeli Fontana’s second cover for VI since her debut August 2014 cover. Even though it’s not by Meisel I am happy that Lindbergh captured an inviting cover. It is nice to see real woman models,” applauded Boudoir. (more…)