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Where’s the Spirit in Alicia Vikander’s Louis Vuitton ‘Spirit of Travel’ Campaign?

Ever since Nicolas Ghesquière took the reins at Louis Vuitton, our forums have been complaining about Alicia Vikander’s affiliation with the French fashion house. Given the number of times our members have been disappointed by her various advertising campaigns for the brand, it’s no surprise that the new ‘Spirit of Travel’ campaign featuring the Swedish actress has, once again, failed to enchant our forums. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Alicia takes us to the island of Ibiza, surrounded by water and sporting Vuitton’s Cruise 2018 collection. (Is it just us, or do these ads make you want to take a vacation — not rush down to the nearest Louis Vuitton store?)

Louis Vuitton 'Spirit of Travel' S/S 2018 : Alicia Vikander by Patrick Demarchelier


Members of our forums were unimpressed. “They really could have stepped it up with the styling. The outfits chosen do absolutely nothing to enhance the bags which are actually quite awful. The Cruise 2018 collection was good, it’s not being shown to its full potential,” complained GivenchyHomme at once.

“Again, no ‘spirit’ at all. Boring!” declared gazebo. (more…)

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Raquel Zimmermann Rides the Elevator on Vogue Italia’s Failed November Cover Concept

The themed issues continue over at Vogue Italia.  For September, there was ‘The Italian Issue,’ last month gave us ‘The Timeless Issue’ with Lauren Hutton, and now the November 2017 issue is dedicated to personalities. Raquel Zimmermann is Emanuele Farenti’s cover girl of choice (fresh from the sophisticated cover of Vogue Spain), lending her top model status to the fold-out cover. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Raquel rides the elevator in both the cover images and throughout the entire cover story. Styled by Alex White, the Brazilian bombshell dons head-to-toe Fendi in the cover (below).

Vogue Italia November 2017 : Raquel Zimmermann by Inez & Vinoodh


Despite forum-favorite Raquel scoring the cover, our forum members felt underwhelmed. “Happy for Raquel, but the cover is such a letdown. Sorry a big NO,” said MDNA the second the cover came to light.

“Her face and hair are gorgeous but the rest is just so amateurish. Happy for Raquel, I’m not happy with the result,” echoed Nymphaea. (more…)

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Daisy Ridley Does Ladylike Glamour on V Magazine’s Winter 2017 Cover

Actress Daisy Ridley continues to gain momentum in the fashion industry, having recently proven herself on the November cover of American Vogue. The Brit delivers the goods once again as she fronts V Magazine‘s elegant cover feature for Winter 2017. With a completely different look than the Vogue shoot, Daisy does ladylike glamour for a series of portraits shot by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and styled by Mel Ottenberg. In the cover image, Daisy works a Louis Vuitton tuxedo jacket and a crisp white shirt teamed with a pair of jeans, flashing a perfect smile.

V Magazine #110 Winter 2017 : Daisy Ridley by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


Unfortunately, the cover ultimately failed to make an impact in our forums. “I like the cute intentional cheesiness of the smile, the hand whipping the hair and her hand on her hip. Reminds me when Scarlett Johansson was photographed for V in moody femme fatale lighting and styling, and instead of the usual sexy scowl, she had big cheesy smiles,” commented t-rex upon checking out the cover.

“I like that they went for something different and someone new, but this looks very Glamour. Still, I’m glad for Daisy. Things are finally happening for her,” Benn98 added. (more…)

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Reese Witherspoon’s November Cover of WSJ Is Everything

Our forums have nothing but love for just about everything WSJ Magazine produces and the title’s cover for November 2017 is no exception. For its annual ‘The Innovators Issue‘, Reese Witherspoon makes her debut WSJ cover appearance (the outcome being a far cry from Reese’s recent disappointing Glamour cover). Shot by Cass Bird, Reese looks effortless and at ease in the flawless and serene cover image, captured outside as she cozies up in a chunky Burberry knit.

WSJ November 2017 : Reese Witherspoon by Cass Bird


Our forum members were full of praise for the cover. “YASSS. This is easily Reese’s best cover in YEARS. She looks sensational. So natural and powerful and confident. Love love love everything about this,” wrote a delighted happycanadian.

“This is absolutely beautiful, everything about this is perfect. Reese looks stunning, the lighting, colors, setting, outfit and typography work wonderfully together. 10/10 cover!” proclaimed forum member LastNight. (more…)

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The Forever Flawless Julia Roberts Covers InStyle for December 2017

Julia Roberts is becoming a regular fixture at the newsstand (again) and we aren’t complaining. Fresh from the cover of UK Harper’s Bazaar, Julia now makes an appearance on InStyle for December 2017. Shunning a more festive direction for the last cover of the year, the InStyle team enlisted Carter Smith to photograph the forever-flawless actress in the wilderness. Julia glows in the warm and inviting newsstand cover shot (below), doing double denim and oozing her signature effortless grace and charm.

US InStyle December 2017 : Julia Roberts by Carter Smith


The cover received mixed feedback on our forums. “I think this is absolutely beautiful! Love the photo, very flattering, gorgeous lighting, good clothes, she looks timeless and ageless, great hair and makeup, nice layout, quite punchy. Good job,” approved Bertrando3 instantly.

“Not sure about this one,” critiqued happycanadian. “Her face looks beautiful, I love the serene expression and lack of Photoshop – but that neck? It looks wildly Photoshopped, like they’ve extended her neck or reattached her head or something crazy,” she added (InStyle, once again, hit by over-airbrushing claims). (more…)

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Adwoa Aboah Stars in the Gorgeous New Campaign for Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs just announced model-of-the-moment Adwoa Aboah as the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. Joining Kaia Gerber, Edie Campbell and Winona Ryder, the British model, feminist activist and British Vogue contributor fronts the newly unveiled campaign for 2018. Photographed by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand, Adwoa has never looked better, giving us major vintage (and Steven Meisel) vibes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty 2018 : Adwoa Aboah by David Sims


It’s fair to say that our forum members loved it. “Oh, wow! Her best image yet! I like everything about it. Very lively, and very colorful,” wrote Benn98 upon checking out the campaign image for the first time.

“The best Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign photo I’ve ever seen, and the strongest Adwoa Aboah shot I’ve seen too. She looks fantastic and I’m in love with everything about the image, from Katie Grand’s styling to the overall vintage feel the image possesses,” admired vogue28. (more…)

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