Lui October 2015: Naomi Campbell by Luigi & Iango
Our most unforgettable Photoshop disaster of 2015 is Naomi Campbell's cover of Lui from back in October. Photographed by Luigi & Iango, the fierce and fabulous Brit supermodel took to the cover of the racy French title and sent our forums into a frenzy, appearing almost alien-like as she bared her breasts. Forum member Marc10 was quick to announce, “What a pretty video game character!” with kokobombon replying, “I know, right? She could easily be from Final Fantasy.”
Moschino Spring 2015 Ad Campaign by Steven Meisel
Taking the limelight from magazine covers, Moschino's Spring 2015 advertising campaign had us in a meltdown mode after Steven Meisel delivered an image with a model's leg awkwardly removed from the shot. Blond beauties Anna Ewers, Hollie-May Saker and Sasha Luss fronted the campaign in which Sasha's left leg was mysteriously absent from the image. Call us crazy for noticing, but that's just downright unacceptable in our eyes. "Ouch at Sasha’s missing leg! How did they miss that during composition?" pointed out kokobombon.
Glamour November 2015: Sandra Bullock by Matt Irwin
Poor Sandra Bullock was the unsuspecting victim of Photoshop, starring on Glamour's mess of a November cover. Shot by photographer Matt Irwin, the actress appeared as though her head was digitally transferred onto another body. Not to mention the overly airbrushed skin. "YIKES! First of all, why would Sandra Bullock need to do a Glamour cover and secondly, what the heck did they do to her?!?" asked a horrified justaguy.
Harper's Bazaar October 2015: Sarah Jessica Parker by Alexi Lubomirski
Harper's Bazaar's cover with Sarah Jessica Parker was the topic of our discussions back in October, after delivering a scary and glazed shot of the Sex and the City star taken by Alexi Lubomirski. We understood it was the month of Halloween, but come on! "The cover is grotesque! It’s absolutely vile! She really does look like an alien in disguise. What were they thinking?" stated GivenchyHomme.
Balmain x H&M Ad Campaign by Mario Sorrenti
As hyped as the Balmain x H&M collection was, our forum members weren't too concerned about slandering the campaign. In traveled Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and two male models to showcase the heavily embellished garments, shot on a makeshift subway train by Mario Sorrenti, who ultimately failed to do the girls justice. "What the hell is going on with Gigi in that shot? Her mouth-agape expression comes across as more jarring than usual, plus the Photoshopped cheekbone definition on only one side of her face...yikes," mocked Steddycam91.
Vogue Turkey November 2015: Lana Del Rey by Liz Collins
Turkish Vogue served up an unrecognizable Lana Del Rey as its November cover star earlier in the year and of course fell under scrutiny from our feisty forum members. Captured by photographer Liz Collins, the American songstress looked terrific from the neck down wearing Alexander McQueen. “Holy Photoshop. She looks really really bad, she does not look like herself,” exclaimed an appalled KateTheGreatest.
Vogue Brazil October 2015: Riccardo Tisci, Naomi Campbell and Mariacarla Boscono by Luigi & Iango
Yet another shameful cover lensed by photographic duo Luigi & Iango. This time featuring digital renditions of Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and models Naomi Campbell and Mariacarla Boscono. As if the awkward placement of everyone's limbs wasn't enough, the horrendous shading around their heads only added insult to injury. Melancholybaby was far from impressed, questioning, “Is bad Photoshop the new it trend in fashion magazines? You’d think they photographed cardboard cutouts and placed them on top of each other.”
Allure June 2015: Elizabeth Banks by Carter Smith
In the summer, Allure failed miserably at projecting Elizabeth Banks as its June cover star. Noted for being a magazine that champions effortless beauty, photographer Carter Smith turned The Hunger Games actress into a wax figure with our forum members finding themselves up in arms. "Is this a wax figure? Their covers look the same month after month. Shame that a beauty magazine that calls itself an expert promotes only one look," discredited an unsatisfied MON.
Allure February 2015: Fergie by Patrick Demarchelier
Noted for being one of fashion's most fantastic portrait photographers, Patrick Demarchelier did Fergie a disservice on Allure's February cover. The singer looked like a shadow of her former self, shot in the studio wearing Michael Kors.The singer was far from "Fergalicious," sporting an overly smooth complexion. "It’s amazing what you can accomplish after 96 hours of Photoshop," laughed dfl-001.
Vogue Australia August 2015: Victoria Beckham by Patrick Demarchelier
While this particular cover may not scream tragedy at first glance, our forum members found themselves completely shocked over Aussie Vogue's August cover featuring Victoria Beckham. Not feeling it was an opinionated Creative: “It looks like they cut the head from another picture and Photoshopped it on the dress. Creepy. The dress looks 2D while her head looks too 3D. So weird.”
Like it or loathe it, Photoshop is here to stay in the world of fashion and if 2015 has taught us anything, it’s that some of our favorite fashion monthlies and the odd brand will keep endorsing the procedure. As you’re probably aware of by now, theFashionSpot is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of forum and our members were not afraid to call out retouches gone wrong. Here are just a handful of 2015’s most dreadful Photoshop disasters.
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