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Lady Gaga Delivers Fashion and Fantasy for InStyle’s May 2020 Issue

You’re no doubt used to seeing Lady Gaga down at newsstands. After all, she’s a regular fixture on the cover of Vogue and in 2019 alone appeared on V Magazine, Allure and ELLE. Now Gaga stars on a pair of covers for InStyle‘s May 2020 offering. Serving us both fashion and fantasy on the title’s annual beauty edition, the superstar looks straight down photographer Nathaniel Goldberg’s lens wearing Givenchy haute couture for the newsstand cover (below) and strikes a dynamic pose in Giambattista Valli haute couture for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump).

US InStyle May 2020 : Lady Gaga by Nathaniel Goldberg


Gaga’s latest covers quickly sparked debate across our forums. “It’s giving me total fashion and fantasy, something I’m a little reluctant to complain about given our current circumstances. Out of the two covers, my favorite is the first, love the coloring, the clean layout and how straightforward the shot is,” appreciated vogue28.

“I don’t understand what’s going on with the first cover, but I like the second,” kokobombon chimed in.

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“Wow, second cover looks great! The first one is supposed to stun, but maybe would work with less aggressive retouching,” noted Benn98.

Sharing the same sentiment was jorgepalomo: “First cover looks terrible, second cover is great.”

“I love these photos. I need to buy this,” confessed crmsnsnwflks.

“Oh, come on! There weren’t better pictures for the covers?” questioned a dumbfounded Bertrando3.

“Deer in headlights,” agreed KINGofVERSAILLES. “I absolutely love Lady Gaga and I want to like this since it’s as avant-garde as InStyle will likely ever be, but it’s just not good.”

US InStyle May 2020 : Lady Gaga by Nathaniel Goldberg


Which cover do you prefer? Share your thoughts here.

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Vogue Italia Goes With a Basically Blank Cover for April 2020

We’re starting to see the effects of the global pandemic down at newsstands. First Vogue Portugal drew attention to the current state of affairs with a pair of covers. Now Vogue Italia is weighing in with a blank cover. For a magazine that favors digitally-rendered cover stars, Vittoria Ceretti and Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, it’s a pretty big statement. Featuring nothing but the Vogue masthead, the cover was designed by the title’s Creative Director Ferdinando Verderi in an effort to convey respect, rebirth and space and time to rethink. It also signifies the color worn by the medics combating the virus.

Vogue Italia April 2020 : A Blank Canvas by Ferdinando Verderi


The cover divided our forum members. “This is not even a mirror or anything, just a blank slate and all the grand superlatives will mean nothing to the impulse buyer. I simply can’t deal with the pretentiousness of Emanuele Farneti…” complained Benn98.

“LAZY. How and why on earth is Condé Nast allowing Farneti to tarnish the Vogue Italia brand?” wondered MON.

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“They’re either trying way too hard or not putting in any effort at all. WHAT IS THIS!” exclaimed Scotty.

KINGofVERSAILLES wasn’t impressed: “Laziness and ineptitude passed off as respect. Such an empty gesture.”

Others thought the cover hit the right note. “I believe that this time a cover like this is appropriate and any disapproval is needless and disrespectful. Wishing all the best to the Italian people,” wrote Srdjan.

“I understand and respect the direction. Truth is, any ‘business as usual’ cover would’ve felt extremely distasteful to the current situation in Italy. The magazine had to present something that was in touch with reality, something at the very least respectful,” admired Marc10.

“I absolutely believe this is a very appropriate and delicate message for what we are living in Italy at the moment. A moment to reflect. And to understand that we need the doctors and nurses more than we need Bella Hadid,” echoed pizzicato.

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Megan Thee Stallion Serves 70s Realness on Marie Claire’s May 2020 Covers

Change is in the air over at Marie Claire and Aya Kanai‘s first issue is finally here. We’re all for seeing fresh faces on the covers of our favorite fashion glossies and the new editor in chief gives the covers of the magazine’s global beauty issue for May 2020 to Megan Thee Stallion. Serving up a pair of vintage-inspired covers, the American rapper, singer and songwriter poses before the lens of photographer Micaiah Carter with Megan decked out in Off-White for cover one (below) and a hooded Balmain number for cover two (after the jump) both picked by celebrity stylist Memsor.

US Marie Claire May 2020 : Megan Thee Stallion by Micaiah Carter


The covers proved to be hit or miss for our forum members. “Megan looks stunning! Love the colors and definitely would not have thought this was shot by Micaiah Carter. Love how Marie Claire is adapting to the times by enlisting a black photographer,” applauded Benn98.

“The first one is cool — covers with profile photographs can be refreshing from time to time,” appreciated Srdjan.

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“My fave is the first, love the use of the profile shot, the dress, those warm colors for a May cover and the minimal art direction. I loathe how the second cover looks more like an album cover…” vogue28 chimed in.

In the same frame of mind was KINGofVERSAILLES: “I love everything about this! Megan looks terrific and I love the color story and 70s feel of it all.”

“Getting vintage vibes from the colors to the photography and I quite like that,” echoed FashionMuseDior.

Zorka couldn’t disagree more. “Don’t know who she is, but the whole thing looks extremely tacky and cheap to me.”

“The graphic design is terrible,” exclaimed matheus_s.

US Marie Claire May 2020 : Megan Thee Stallion by Micaiah Carter


Check out Megan’s accompanying cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone and Iris Berben Star on Vogue Germany’s Trio of May 2020 Covers

You could say that Vogue Germany hasn’t been our go-to magazine over recent months. But the German fashion bible is slowly but surely attempting to regain our interest by tapping Hailey Bieber last month and now catering to our love of age diversity with the unveiling of its May 2020 offering. Women 50 and over are rare sights down at the newsstand so we’re ecstatic to see Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone and Iris Berben on a trio of covers. Photographed by Liz Collins and styled by Nicola Knels and Paris Libby, the ladies suit up in looks from Burberry, Dsquared2 and Jil Sander for their respective covers.

Vogue Germany May 2020 : Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone & Iris Berben by Liz Collins


According to our forum members, the covers proved to be a huge missed opportunity. “I am sorry, but why did they choose a photo where Helen looks like an idiot? She’s such a gorgeous woman. Sharon’s cover is nice, but gives me déjà vu. The third one is pretty, but a bit basic,” called out Srdjan.

“These are all bad. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such unflattering shots of them before,” expressed SLFC.

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“Fashion magazines have decided to show older women on covers, but it’s clear most of them don’t have a clue what to do with them. These women are invariably shot in some bland pose with awful clothes, looking stiff and bored while the magazine collects plaudits for allowing a few wrinkles on their cover,” said tigerrouge.

“Yeah, cause what else could you do with three mature women besides dressing them in ugly, drab clothes inside a boring studio? Truly groundbreaking,” agreed aracic.

“What a terrible waste of three brilliant cover subjects — everything is utterly dreadful here from the bland photography of Liz Collins to the lazy styling. Instantly forgettable!” declared vogue28.

“Everything about these covers is wrong. Helen’s cover actually made me laugh. Poor lady!” Royal-Galliano chimed in.

Vogue Germany May 2020 : Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone & Iris Berben by Liz Collins


Are you just as underwhelmed as we are? Share your thoughts here.

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Vogue Portugal Delivers Two ‘Tacky and Tasteless’ Covers for April 2020

It was only a matter of time before our favorite fashion glossies began to highlight the ongoing pandemic. French ELLE recently thanked medical professionals for fighting the disease with an illustrated cover and now Vogue Portugal addresses the virus with the unveiling of two covers for April 2020. Cover one (below) features Bibiana Baltovicova and Adam Bardy kissing while wearing surgical masks captured by Branislav Simoncik. For the second cover (after the jump), strategic lighting was used to create the illusion that Lily Stewart is wearing a mask in the Renée Parkhurst-shot image.

Vogue Portugal April 2020 by Branislav Simoncik & Renée Parkhurst


The covers missed the mark for our forum members, however. “You can always count on Vogue Portugal when it comes to the most pretentious covers. Just stop with this ‘woke’ sh*t. Vogue is a fashion magazine. If I want to read about world issues I will watch the news. I understand that they wanted to make a statement, but why so literal? They have chosen the laziest option possible,” critiqued avonlea002.

“Not sure I want to be reminded of COVID-19 on the cover of a fashion magazine. It’s not like Vogue Portugal is even paying respect to those who it has taken or the medics who are fighting against it (a la ELLE  France). Very…questionable,” vogue28 chimed in.

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“Extremely tasteless,” declared Srdjan.

Forum member pizzicato wasn’t impressed, either. “‘Brain on Hold’ would be more appropriate for this. By March 30, 2020, the virus had infected over 730,000 people worldwide and the number of deaths totaled more than 34,000.”

“It’s tacky. Trying to make money off the pandemic is tacky and tasteless and one of the ultimate things anyone in marketing or PR should NOT be doing right now. The first cover could possibly have passed as commentary, like Franca Sozzani’s Vogue Italia, but their decision to actually use COVID-19 as a cover line ruined it all,” commented Benn98.

“I think the first cover is a really pretty one, it caught my attention right away. As literal as it is, I think it’s a beautiful image,” defended slayage.

“That’s how you make a statement. The first cover is stunning,” admired MON.

Vogue Portugal April 2020 by Branislav Simoncik & Renée Parkhurst


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Claudia Schiffer Simply Stuns on British ELLE’s May 2020 Cover

Are we about to experience a supermodel resurgence down at newsstands? Marie Claire recently gave its cover to Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington currently fronts the Singaporean edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and now Claudia Schiffer makes an unexpected appearance on British ELLE. Following a stint on Vogue Russia earlier this year, the ultimate blond bombshell strikes a pose in an Azzedine Alaïa outfit (selected by Aurelia Donaldson) before a gray studio backdrop for the title’s May 2020 cover image shot by Sebastian Kim.

UK Elle May 2020 : Claudia Schiffer by Sebastian Kim


But were our forum members impressed? “Wow! Stunning surprise. Claudia looks great and the cover reminds me of late 2010-era U.K. ELLE,” appreciated Benn98.

“I love this. Clean, simple and beautiful. Claudia showed up. Quintessential ELLE…” applauded MON.

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“Quintessential ELLE indeed and a much-welcomed surprise. I am ALL for this and a supermodel like Claudia on a magazine cover is just what’s needed right now — regardless of the outcome. It’s just an added bonus here that everything works!” vogue28 chimed in.

“Actually gorgeous…” praised Miss Dalloway.

SouthernVogue felt the same way: “Absolutely gorgeous.”

“The styling is more Maxim than ELLE, but Claudia did her magic and I can’t hate it,” confessed Srdjan.

Forum member liberty33r1b simply described the cover as “fantastic.”

Check out Claudia’s accompanying cover feature and share your opinion here.