It’s safe to say that our forums haven’t been feeling Vogue Italia lately. First came the controversial Gigi Hadid cover in May, after that was a series of lifeless Willy Vanderperre covers, followed by a juvenile Kaia Gerber offering and a set of unremarkable Madonna covers that failed to hit the spot. The magazine’s all-important September issue last month with Vittoria Cerretti was a total flop with tFS forum members and now for October, Gisele Bündchen returns to the cover just eight months after her last appearance. Photographed by Luigi & Iango and styled in Christian Dior by Patti Wilson, the Brazilian bombshell is a far cry from her usual self as she channels legendary Italian singer Mina Mazzini.
The cover sparked fierce debate amongst our forum members. “You have to be very talented to make Gisele Bündchen look ugly,” slammed GivenchyAddict.
“If you celebrate Mina, why don’t you put Mina on the cover? At first I thought it was Anna Cleveland,” added Srdjan.
“Nope, it doesn’t work. Not even a model as great as her can pull it off because they did her wrong with the makeup,” Miss Dalloway said.
After a few questionable magazine covers this year, Cindy Crawford couldn’t seem to catch a break from our forum members. Take, for instance, the cover of Vogue Turkey, where she looked completely unrecognizable, followed by Tatler, where the original 90s supermodel appeared stiff and uncomfortable. Now, for October 2018, Cindy returns to Vogue Spain for the sixth time in her stellar career — and as the magazine’s first-ever cover girl back in 1988, who better to help celebrate its 30th anniversary? Photographed by Sebastian Faena and styled by Patrick Mackie, the all-American beauty oozes glamour, giving us flashbacks to the good ol’ days.
Members of our forum were thrilled with the outcome. “Wow, this is really pretty, really good. All three are sublime, especially the second one,” noted Nymphaea.
“That profile shot is STUNNING. Finally feel like I’m getting the Cindy I remember,” applauded marsnoop2.
“The first one is stunning! A quintessential Cindy portrait!” MON approved.
Our forums are not typically fans of the global cover shoot deals ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar rely on from time to time — because someone always ends up with a better cover. Twelve months ago, ELLE gave us an overdose of Rihanna and British ELLE‘s cover came out on top. Now, the magazine is back at it with Selena Gomez for October 2018, who is set for global newsstand domination, photographed by Mariano Vivanco and styled by Anna Trevelyan. In stark contrast to the American cover‘s outdoor shoot, Selena is shot against a bright studio backdrop wearing a fuchsia biker jacket from Coach (natch) while prompting us to ‘GO GLAM.’
Who won the cover battle this time around? “That will certainly stand out on the newsstand, ” remarked tigerrouge straight away. “I feel it’s been so long since I’ve seen a UK magazine choosing to look so bold, that I don’t have anything else to say, other than I want to see how well this works in the store.”
“We definitely got the better end of the deal with this cover story compared to the US! I actually like the cover here with the red background,” said 333101.
“I actually really like this cover. The layout isn’t very good but I like everything else,” confessed SLFC.
Italian apparel company Diesel recently released a badass collection that capitalizes on hate comments by converting them into fashion statements.
The company’s creative agency Publicis Italy released a star-studded anti-cyber-bullying ad campaign that features stars such as Nicki Minaj, Barbie Ferreira and Bella Thorne wearing pieces from the collection — aptly dubbed “Haute Couture” — emblazoned with hate-driven words that the stars actually received online.
“Hate comments are based on the fact that people are hiding themselves,” chief executive of Publics Italy Bruno Bertelli told Campaign. “The main thing is not to hide. […] If you keep [hate] inside, it grows and hurts and becomes bigger and bigger.”
Last week, a similar campaign attempt by Revolve focusing on body-shaming flopped because of an early release and faulty advertising. Revolve has since apologized for the incident, saying the intention was not to promote body-shaming but to empower women. After all, “The more hate you wear, the less you care,” Diesel’s ad says.
The “Haute Couture” set will be available on October 6 in 42 stores worldwide. Customers can customize their own pieces and turn those insults into mere accessories. Diesel will donate some of the proceeds to Only The Brave Foundation, which supports anti-bullying and cyberbullying programs in different countries around the world.
You may have noticed that Vogue Paris is like a personal mood board for Emmanuelle Alt. She is forever injecting her own personal style into the pages of the magazine (as well as its covers) and putting her favorite models on the front cover, like last month’s umpteenth Kate Moss cover and this month’s Kaia Gerber cover — her third for the French magazine. The 17-year-old American beauty first made her debut for Vogue Paris alongside mom Cindy Crawford in April 2016 and now, two years later, already has two solo covers under her belt. Returning eight months after her last appearance, the current face of Moschino is photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Alt wearing a Louis Vuitton tunic and a bold, playful makeup look.
The cover, however, did not appeal to our forum members. “I get the idea behind it — but for the cover, I wish they’d gone for the full-on face, because, yes, this looks like a child-clown to me, forced to dress up. It’s like seeing a mild psychological breakdown performed through the medium of makeup,” commented tigerrouge straight away.
One thing about Jeremy Scott is that he sure knows how to put out stellar advertising campaigns for Moschino. Our forums have admired Scott’s campaigns for years, with many thanks to legendary lensman Steven Meisel who effortlessly elevates Moschino’s collections like no other. Take, for example, this season’s current campaign, which pictures the likes of Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid as fashion-forward aliens who have landed from another planet, right into Meisel’s studio.
Per our forum’s recommendation, Jeremy ditches Giampaolo Sgura, who fronted his last disappointing fragrance campaign, and brings Meisel and Devon Aoki on board for the new scent, Toy 2. In the campaign, Aoki cradles an oversized version of the bear-shaped bottle in the black and white image, complete with styling from Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.