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Vanity Fair Uses a Paparazzi Shot of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the May 2018 Cover

Change isn’t always for the better and the adjustments over at Vanity Fair haven’t exactly been well-received on our forums. The publication’s newly installed EIC, Radhika Jones, got mixed reviews for her first issue starring Jennifer Lawrence in March and her follow-up with Lena Waithe was largely forgettable. The newest issue for May 2018 is getting a lot of attention, though — but for all the wrong reasons. Jumping on the bandwagon and media frenzy that is the upcoming British Royal Wedding, Jones gives up Vanity Fair‘s latest to none other than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (who covered the magazine solo back in October).

Vanity Fair May 2018 : Prince Harry & Meghan Markle


Much to the dismay of our forum members, the cover photo isn’t exactly original. “Is this a paparazzi shot? Are we really doing this?” asked a dumbfounded dodencebt the second the cover came to light.

“Whoa, this is awful and not even well done! Hello magazine has better pap covers than this!” Miss Dalloway declared.

“Oh that’s low. A pap shot on the cover of VF, and not even a bloody good one at that! Tragic,” added forum member honeycombchild. (more…)

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We Dare You Not to Smile After Seeing Kylie Minogue’s Vogue Australia Cover

You have to love when magazines champion homegrown talent and Vogue Australia gives up its latest to Aussie national treasure, Kylie Minogue. Following a foursome of diverse Australian beauties last month, the magazine kick-starts Kylie’s 50th birthday celebrations with a joyous cover photographed by Vogue Australia regular Nicole Bentley. Four years after her last Aussie Vogue cover appearance, Kylie is all smiles for May 2018, looking like she’s having a blast playing dress-up in Chanel (styled by Kate Darvill).

Vogue Australia May 2018 : Kylie Minogue by Nicole Bentley


Kylie x Vogue Australia was an instant hit with our forum members. “The only Kylie that should be on each generation’s lips. Word. I love me some Kylie. I love some generic laughing carefree shot. I love this. Perfect. I also love the backstage concept,” applauded MON the moment the cover dropped.

“LOVE the cover, and so happy to see the legend Kylie!!! A British Vogue cover next please,” MDNA chimed in.

“This is adorable! I love it and it’s great to see Kylie. Vogue Australia coming through for once!” declared magsaddict. (more…)

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Dua Lipa and SZA Star on V Magazine’s Summer Covers

The untimely Mario Testino cover of V Magazine is (thankfully) set to disappear from newsstands over the next week or so, making way for the publication’s next installment. From one singer to the next, V gives us what feels like every other issue of the magazine nowadays: ‘The Music Issue’ for #113 Summer 2018. Following in the footsteps of Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, Dua Lipa and SZA become V’s newest cover girls. The singers pose solo for their respective monochromatic covers, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and styled by George Cortina, fashion’s ultimate dream team.

V Magazine #113 Summer 2018 : Dua Lipa & SZA by Inez & Vinoodh


What could have possibly gone wrong? A whole lot, according to our far-from-impressed forum members. “They have obscured both of their faces and the interviewers sound awful, Katy Perry and Jada Pinkett Smith? Really? This should have looked incredible,” slated dodencebt.

“Isn’t every issue of V Magazine a music issue nowadays?” laughed forum member mikel.

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Anna Ewers Fails to Deliver the Goods in Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2018 Campaign

After Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel’s Pre-Fall collection to Hamburg back in December and had German beauty Anna Ewers open the show, we aren’t at all surprised to see Karl’s new fav score the campaign for the collection (Anna did, after all, give Chanel its best campaign in years for Fall 2015). Photographed by The Kaiser himself in his signature dark and moody photography, Anna is joined on the street by 10-year-old Hudson Kroenig in a select few black and white campaign images while his father, Brad Kroenig, and fellow male models Sebastien Jondeau and Augustin Maillot lurk in the background.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2018 : Anna Ewers by Karl Lagerfeld


Despite all the love our forum members have for Anna, her modeling ability simply wasn’t enough to elevate the campaign. “She has lost the fire. She’s so mediocre these days. I think this concept is fitting for that collection but wish there was more variety in the images themselves,” commented simon.

“She looks kinda pedestrian in these,” added fer19dog.

Forum member Benn98 agreed: “Can’t pinpoint when exactly Anna Ewers stop looking like a model, but it feels like it’s been some time coming. This campaign is uneventful. And least crusty Karl’s photography feels better than usual this time around. Love the mise-en-scene touches.”  (more…)

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Everything Is Wrong With Glamour’s Redesigned Cover Starring Melissa McCarthy

Just about every cover of Glamour within the past twelve months was torn apart by our forum members and when the news dropped that Samantha Barry was to replace the long-serving Cindi Leive as EIC, we thought the magazine would be in for a much-needed revival. A revival we’ve got and if you thought things were dreadful a year ago, be prepared for what you’re about to witness. Barry has overhauled the entire magazine for the May 2018 edition, making Melissa McCarthy (photographed by Miguel Reveriego) the unfortunate victim cover girl.

US Glamour May 2018 : Melissa McCarthy by Miguel Reveriego


Glamour‘s retro-inspired look did not go over well in our forums. “That masthead is absolutely appalling,” commented dior_couture1245 at once.

“This looks like a parody of a magazine cover! And my god, why so much airbrush on her face, took me a while to recognize her,” exclaimed Miss Dalloway.

“Wow, this is horrible and I actually enjoy Glamour. Poor Melissa, she is so pretty and talented and deserved a better cover!” SallyAlbright chimed in. (more…)

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UK Harper’s Bazaar Drops a Dreamy Summer Cover for May 2018

Our forums have a love/hate relationship with UK Harper’s Bazaar, often calling out the magazine for producing the same aesthetic over and over (while loving the title’s signature direction on some occasions). As the magazine world thankfully begins to unveil their summer covers, British Bazaar‘s May 2018 cover shoot seems to have taken place during a day filled with warm sunshine. Photographer Agata Pospieszynska captured some models running about a field in the countryside: Bibi Abdulkadir, Saskia Ingham and Charlotte Lindvig join forces in the playful newsstand cover (below) while Bianca Redmerski goes solo on the subscribers cover (after the jump).

UK Harper's Bazaar May 2018 by Agata Pospieszynska


Members of our forums were keen to discuss Bazaar‘s latest. “Stunning! So dreamy, yet with a distinct summer mood,” admired Benn98.

“I like both covers but the newsstand cover is just so dreamy and interesting, I’m glad they took a chance on that image,” kokobombon added.

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“Despite everything showcased here being more or less the same old from British Harper’s Bazaar, you cannot NOT applaud Justine Picardie for putting out a newsstand cover with an unconventional, bold and visually appealing cover shot like this. Nice one, Justine!” applauded vogue28. (more…)