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Are Marie Claire’s ‘Fresh Faces’ Really That Fresh?

Marie Claire‘s covers tend to be hit or miss each month with our discerning forum members. For May 2017, the title’s annual ‘Fresh Faces’ issue drops, giving us five different covers to deliberate on. Photographed by Nicolas Moore, this year’s fresh faces include Alexandra Daddario, Aja Naomi King, Zoey Deutch, Emily Ratajkowski and Janelle Monae.

US Marie Claire May 2017 : Fresh Faces by Nicolas Moore


Forum members couldn’t wait to debate whose cover came out on top. “Couldn’t have picked a more tired and grating tagline if they tried. Emily’s cover is the best one, IMO,” wrote forum member MyNameIs after seeing all the covers together.

“The tagline is cheap TBH. Talk is cheap. I’d rather see an empowering and powerful image rather than your normal cover shot coupled with a tagline on feminism,” added MON. (more…)

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Steven Meisel Photographs Ralph Lauren’s Gorgeous Icons Campaign Once Again

Face it: Steven Meisel is one of the best fashion photographers working today. His stunning imagery always leaves us captivated and this season alone he has produced flawless campaigns for the likes of Max Mara, Alberta Feretti and even Zara. Our forums called Meisel’s campaign for Ralph Lauren’s Icon Collection “pure perfection” last year and for 2017, the legendary lensman reprises his role shooting the American label’s newest Icons campaign. So far, models Alicia Burke and Vittoria Ceretti make a return, each posing for elegant black and white images.

Ralph Lauren 'The Icons Collection' 2017 by Steven Meisel


Of course, the campaign was an instant hit amongst forum members. “Stunning once again. Alicia looks gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the rest,” heralded an elated anlabe32 the moment Alicia’s image dropped.

“Alicia Burke is a queen, I wish her a solid and long career! She is always a win with Meisel,” raved badgalcrush. (more…)

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Vogue Italia Celebrates the New Beautiful With Model Sara Grace Wallerstedt

Not even Steven Meisel could save last month’s Vogue Italia and we’re somewhat pleased to see photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott take the reins for April 2017. As the Italian fashion bible’s new EIC gets acclimated, the Turkish photographic duo capture ‘The New Beautiful’ while helping Emanuele Farneti’s vision become a reality. Fresh-faced beauty Sara Grace Wallerstedt makes her debut Vogue cover appearance on the title’s main cover (below), while fellow models Ansley Gulielmi and Cara Taylor star on the fold-out (pictured after the jump).

Vogue Italia April 2017 : Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott


Our forums erupted as soon as the cover struck. “Flat, and uninspiring, this is just so bland, almost, can’t even comment!!” declared an enraged Miss Dalloway.

“Boring. Looks like they tried to imitate Meisel’s style for Vogue Italia,” pointed out a disapproving Scotty. (more…)

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Victoria Beckham Models Her Target Collection on the Cover of UK ELLE for May

After gaining our forum’s approval with a stunning Damaris Goddrie cover last month, the British edition of ELLE is going through a transition period, having secured a brand new Editor-in-Chief this week. Victoria Beckham, a typically reliable cover star, fronts the May 2017 issue, following a somewhat awkward stint on last month’s InStyle. Photographed by Kelly Hallihan, Beckham wears her highly anticipated collaboration with Target in both the newsstand cover (below) and the limited one for subscribers (after the jump).

UK Elle May 2017 : Victoria Beckham by Kerry Hallihan


Our forum members were surprised by the outcome — and not in a good way. “This looks bad. Not her best cover,” pointed out MON within seconds of the cover reveal.

“Her face is so bloated! It was either shot very early in the morning or she’s got too much botox,” added Srdjan. (more…)

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Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Irina Shayk Go Au Naturel on Vogue Germany’s Trio of Covers

Vogue Germany is back on a winning streak, having regained our attention and received our seal of approval with a gorgeous set of Madonna covers last month. Sticking with multi-covers again this month, the German title dishes out a trio of covers featuring three of fashion’s top models for May 2017. Showing the others how it’s truly done, Kate Moss (below), Lara Stone and Irina Shayk each appear solo on the three effortless covers photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Vogue Germany May 2017 : Kate Moss, Lara Stone & Irina Shayk by Peter Lindbergh


Surprisingly, the covers received mixed feedback. “Kate’s looks like déjà vu, Lara looks dead, and I couldn’t care less about Irina. Not very exciting!” reviewed an unimpressed Valentine27.

“All three aren’t very good, too much reality for me. Kate is lucky because she got black and white, it’s more flattering,” wrote Nymphaea. (more…)

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Amber Valletta Is Feeling Good on British Vogue’s Summery May Cover

Ever since Ashley Graham‘s  groundbreaking January cover, British Vogue has been treating us to one model cover after another. Following in the footsteps of Kate Moss last month, UK Vogue opts for legendary supermodel Amber Valletta as its May 2017 cover star. Currently covering Vogue Ukraine, Amber makes a much-welcomed return to the British edition for the eleventh time in her spectacular career, flashing a warm smile in a Bottega Veneta wrap dress on the summery cover, captured by Lachlan Bailey.

UK Vogue May 2017 : Amber Valletta by Lachlan Bailey


As usual, forum members wasted no time voicing their opinions. “Glad to see Amber and I quite like the un-fussed mood of this shot. It’s very British Vogue. Lachlan Bailey should shoot more covers for them. The styling and her hair could be a improved though, crikey!” quipped Benn98 the moment the cover struck.

“Yes! Amber f*cking Valletta back on Vogue UK! I love her comeback and this summery vibe so much. It might be a bit too beachy for May but hell, it makes me want to take a vacation,” added dodencebt. (more…)