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Namie Amuro Stars on Vogue Japan’s Stunning October Cover

Oddly, Vogue Japan tends to shy away from Japanese cover subjects (the last time someone Japanese fronted the magazine was September of last year). After a less than impressive September cover with Hailey Baldwin last month, the publication certainly had a whole lot of making up to do — and does just that with October 2018’s cover girl, Namie Amuro. The 40-year-old Japanese self-producing recording artist receives the full Vogue treatment by regulars Luigi & Iango in the strong, stylized and stunning black and white cover image.

Vogue Japan October 2018 : Namie Amuro by Luigi & Iango


Our forum members were captivated by the outcome. “Always refreshing to see Japanese fashion magazines honor their local stars, and putting it in B&W makes it extra collectible,” magsaddict raved the second the cover struck.

“Finally, a Japanese woman on the cover of Vogue Japan!” said gbam.

“This is beautiful! One of the best Vogue Japan covers ever. I love how they made it look different than their usual covers. Makes it more special,” agreed MON.

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Lady Gaga Returns to the Cover of Vogue After Six Years

Would you believe us if we told you the last time Lady Gaga made an appearance at your local newsstand was August of last year for V Magazine? As predicted in our Cover Rumor ThreadVogue welcomes back the pop sensation after a six-year hiatus from the magazine’s cover, as she marks her third appearance on the glossy, for the October 2018 issue. Who better than Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to capture the A Star Is Born actress since they’ve worked together since… well, forever? Throw stylist Tonne Goodman into the mix, a black Brandon Maxwell dress and you have the makings of one exceptional cover.

US Vogue October 2018 : Lady Gaga by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


Or so you would expect. From the get-go, members of our forums weren’t feeling it. “OMG! She looks horrible. What were they thinking?” slammed Scotty.

“YIKES! This is all kinds of bad to me: one of the worst US Vogue covers I have seen in a while. I was expecting so much better from Gaga by I&V! Everything looks too light and Gaga looks either sick or very sleepy. How on earth could they go for this shot as the cover?” asked apple.

“Something is off in her face,” mentioned mikel.

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Vogue Portugal Might Have Just Won September With This Crystal Renn Cover

We’ve been Vogue Portugal’s biggest advocates over recent months (overlooking this Jessica Stam cover, of course) thanks to the magazine’s boundary-pushing cover subjects, cover images and cover design. It has become one of the boldest and most daring tiles at the newsstand right now — and it’s not letting is down for September. The magazine makes Crystal Renn its latest cover girl, dressed in a red Givenchy dress while playing the role of a ‘diva’ perfectly for photographer Branislav Simoncik.

Vogue Portugal September 2018 : Crystal Renn by Branislav Simoncik


It was love at first sight for our forum members. “When I first saw this on Instagram I genuinely thought it was a Vogue Italia throwback, seriously one of the best covers I’ve seen in so long! So reminiscent of the glory days of Vogue Italia under Franca [Sozzani]! Obsessed,” raved Blayne266.

“WOW! I love this cover. It looks like a mid-2000s Vogue Italia. Very nice,” RanThe said.

“Now that’s a great Vogue cover,” stated mepps.

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British Designers Ditch Fur Ahead of London Fashion Week Spring 2019

The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Friday that the London Fashion Week designers are boycotting fur on the catwalk for Spring 2019, according to its survey. The survey is part of the council’s initiative to educate designers on making more ethical and conscious choices in their design production.

BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush told The Guardian that this endeavor “highlights a trend we have seen over the past few years, with more and more brands deciding to use alternative materials to fur.” Before the news of the survey broke, Burberry officially announced that it will no longer use fur for its clothing.

Apart from Burberry, other London designers — including Stella McCartney (natch) and Christopher Kane — have also sworn off fur and other unethical practices in furthering their design and brand.

Fortunately, the cruelty-free movement is not isolated to London. Teen Vogue reports, “[Going cruelty-free] indicates a larger trend in the industry as a whole as the world becomes more eco-conscious and educated on sustainability.” Michael Kors in New York and Gucci in Milan have also pledged to go cruelty-free, indicating that the movement is on its way to influence the entirety of the fashion industry.

[ Next: Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter, The Outnet and Yoox Will No Longer Sell Fur ]

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A Lively Palette Dominates Pantone’s Color Trend Report for Spring 2019

Veering away from last year’s bright pastel colors, Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2019 anticipates a classic and fiery palette.

Pantone’s trend forecast is dominated by “lively hues” that are a mix of bright reds and oranges but also consist of mellow tones. Fiesta, Jester Red, Tumeric, Living Coral and Pink Peacock are on the bolder side of the spectrum, whereas Pepper Stem, Aspen Gold, Toffee, Sweet Lilac and Mango Mojito appear to be on the softer side. A palette of neutrals for everyday fashion was also included. Colors on this palette include Soybean, Eclipse, Sweet Corn and Brown Granite.

Executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD that from a psychological perspective, the hotter the colors are, the more “empowerment” they encourage. “That’s a word that has gotten some play that is really going to show itself in the spring collections,” she said. “Confident, uplifting, joyful hues, but the undercurrent is empowerment to all of them.”

The report also notes that the list of colors is a reflection of the company’s mindset to inspire “confidence and spirit” through empowering hues. “Bringing together high fashion and street style, the mindset for Spring/Summer 2019 transcends seasonality for both men’s and women’s fashion. Vibrant without being overpowering, highlighted shades illustrate our desire for authenticity and our continued need for creativity and relatable, accessible design,” the report adds.

Check out the full Pantone color trend report here.

[ Next: Color Trend: Neo Mint Is Here to Perk Up Your Wardrobe ]

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Issa Rae Is a Breath of Fresh Air on Glamour’s October 2018 Cover

Our forums have been quite vocal when it comes to Samantha Barry’s vision for Glamour, repeatedly calling out the questionable art direction since day one. We can’t fault her choice in cover subjects, however, as Barry often selects women not typically featured on other mainstream fashion glossies, including Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish. This month’s cover girl is also a breath of fresh air: actress and web series creator Issa Rae, who was photographed by Petra Collins and styled by Stella Greenspan for The TV Issue.

US Glamour October 2018 : Issa Rae by Petra Collins


Dare we say our forum members are warming to the new Glamour? “If they had put the old masthead on this cover I would have been pleasantly surprised. A step in the right direction I guess,” said A.D.C upon checking out the cover.

“I am in love with Issa Rae and Insecure and it turns out she can’t take a bad photo even if they tried. There is a selfie quality to the image that’s somehow fitting for a magazine cover in 2018,” dodencebt pointed out.

“I quite like it! The colored bars at the bottom were unnecessary though. A bit too literal,” said mikel.

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