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Liya Kebede Looks Regal on Porter’s Summer Escape 2019 Covers

Our forum members have championed Porter since its launch back in 2014, loving just about every single cover. With the likes of Sienna Miller, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Anja Rubik, the lovefest isn’t surprising. Porter is once again earning rave reviews for its Summer Escape 2019 edition featuring Liya Kebede. The Ethiopian beauty and forum favorite transports us to Mexico for the occasion, going before the lens of Cass Bird for a pair of luxe covers styled by George Cortina.

Porter #33 Summer Escape 2019 : Liya Kebede by Cass Bird

IMAGE: NET-A-PORTER

The spectacular covers were showered with compliments. “Radiant smile and I like that it’s a classic Porter cover,” admired Benn98.

“She’s glowing! They managed to capture the essence of summer perfectly. Makes me want to ditch the office and head to the beach ASAP,” raved russianelf.

“So happy to see Liya… What a beauty!” declared DK92.

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“Liya is soo beautiful, regal and luxe!” praised darri.

“She looks just like when she was on every cover and runway back in the day, absolutely stunning,” said FashionMuseDior.

“The queen is back… still can’t believe she hasn’t had a British Vogue cover,” pointed out A.D.C.

The subscribers’ cover (below) received the same amount of praise. “That subscribers’ cover is stunning! Now that is how you do a summer cover. It’s sultry, inviting, and has that feel of glamorous escapism. The best July cover yet,” applauded Ken Doll Jenner.

Porter #33 Summer Escape 2019 : Liya Kebede by Cass Bird

IMAGE: NET-A-PORTER

Check out the accompanying cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Tessa Thompson Earns High Marks for Her Ethereal Marie Claire July 2019 Cover

You could say Marie Claire has been one of our forum members’ must-read fashion magazines lately given the fact that the title has delivered a series of utterly stunning covers featuring Charlize Theron, Sandra Oh, Lupita Nyong’o and Penélope Cruz. And the American glossy isn’t showing any signs of letting standards slip, giving us Tessa Thompson for July 2019. The Men in Black: International actress’ last notable newsstand appearance was for ELLE back in 2017. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joseph Errico, Tessa serves up a delightful and sweet cover image decked out in Chanel.

US Marie Claire July 2019 : Tessa Thompson by Thomas Whiteside

IMAGE: MARIECLAIRE.COM

The cover pleased our forum members to no end. “Oooh…how beautiful. Really nice simple cover, she looks fantastic!” approved Miss Dalloway.

“Oh wow, that’s gorgeous and ethereal. Tessa has such a beautiful face,” praised dodencebt.

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“Not sure why, but I really like this! Maybe it’s the rose colors, or that whole fragile femininity vibe which has fallen out of favor everywhere else except at British Harper’s Bazaar. This is just beautiful,” echoed an equally impressed Benn98.

“Third wonderful cover in a row. Kudos to Marie Claire,” applauded jorgepalomo.

“Love this for Marie Claire!” proclaimed Joromana.

“Lush and stunning,” stated Urban Stylin.

Although not every one felt the same way. “I’m not a fan of the cover. Tessa usually photographs a lot stronger than this. The ethereal vibe is too soft for her,” critiqued Ken Doll Jenner.

Are you a fan? Check out more from Tessa’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Nothing Works on Lana Del Rey’s Vogue Italia June 2019 Covers

Vogue Italia simply isn’t the magazine it once was. Long gone are the days when Steven Meisel photographed every cover. Recent covers of the Italian fashion bible featuring Anok Yai, Amber Valletta and Freja Beha Erichsen haven’t appealed to our forum members and the title’s offering for June 2019 also failed to get positive reviews. Marking Giovanni Bianco‘s last issue as creative director, Lana Del Rey makes her Vogue Italia debut on a trio of covers photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Arianne Phillips.

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

Needless to say, our forum members weren’t feeling it. “This is terrible. I genuinely hate everything about this — the pose, the styling, the setting and as for the insipid cover line…why is her expression so listless? It doesn’t match her pose in the slightest,” testified 333101.

“Steven Klein should be banned after this. OMG, it’s so terrible that I can’t even describe,” disapproved luchang732.

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“Terrible cover. I’m no fan of Lana, but surely they could’ve come up with something else,” liv4beauty chimed in.

In total agreement over how lackluster everything looked was RanThe: “Since Franca [Sozzani] passed there has been maybe four covers that were good. But month after month it gets worse. Hiring Steven Klein also hasn’t helped. His covers all look the same, just in different rooms.”

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

“How underwhelming and what a waste of Lana,” voiced Nomar.

MON wasn’t happy, either. “Farneti is a joke. This magazine is a joke. The team is just relying on the former glory of the magazine. Vision: just play safe, we’re Italian Vogue anyway. Really happy that this is the last issue of GB. Can’t believe he was entrusted with this task to begin with. Farneti should go next.”

“I sure do wish Farneti would inject some of that former glory into the current Vogue Italia because this is an absolute embarrassment. Lana Del Rey on the cover of any magazine feels so… 2010,” confessed vogue28.

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

See what else the issue has to offer and join the conversation here.

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Ashley Graham Looks Like She’s Having a Blast on the Beach for British Harper’s Bazaar

Ashley Graham has an impressive track record on our forums because whether she’s covering Harper’s Bazaar Australia, ELLE or New York Magazine, she works the shot like there’s no tomorrow. So we weren’t surprised to see British Harper’s Bazaar welcome back the body positivity activist with open arms almost 12 months after her last appearance. Photographed by Pamela Hanson and styled by Leith Clark, Ashley is all smiles down on the beach in East Hampton for the joyous newsstand cover (below) and subscribers’ edition (after the jump).

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Pamela Hanson

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

But the covers failed to hit the spot for our forum members. “Ashley is great, but everything about this cover is just… too basic,” complained Wintergreen.

“DULLSVILLE, and so not their brand of English fairy tale (which love or hate at least they have an identity unlike most magazines these days),” stated HeatherAnne.

“I cannot help but feel underwhelmed this time around. The cover image, as joyous and refreshing as it is, looks awkward and… odd. I dislike the cropping and composition of it all, and particularly dislike the teal bikini on Ashley,” voiced vogue28.

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Also not jumping for joy was honeycombchild: “These are awful. How on earth did those poses make it to a cover? What a waste of Ashley.”

But there were some who liked the outcome. “Sweet covers for summer. Sometimes just a nice simple cover with a beautiful model is all that’s needed,” pointed out justaguy.

“I really, really love this!” admired June.

“A joyous beachy summer cover? I’m in,” applauded A.D.C.

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Pamela Hanson

IMAGE: MARK E

See Ashley’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Despite a Stellar Cast, Etro’s Fall 2019 Campaign Falls Short

Etro isn’t a brand our forum members covet and it’s been a while since an advertising campaign from the Italian fashion label manged to grab our attention (it was back in 2015 to be exact). Although with the unveiling of its Fall 2019 campaign, Etro’s luck may be changing as our members couldn’t stop talking about the latest images. In stark contrast from last season, Etro picked photographer Cass Bird to capture the campaign on location in New York City. The ads feature a whole host of models, including Grace Elizabeth, Andreea Diaconu, Amber Valletta, Taylor Hill, Hiandra Martinez, Marisa Berenson and a handful of male models.

Etro F/W 2019.20 by Cass Bird

IMAGE: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

Members of our forums were divided. “It’s like a collage of elements from other campaigns — Donna Karan’s city backdrop, Ralph Lauren’s face, Chloe’s wild-at-heart romanticism with the horse, and a reminder of Louis Vuitton’s luggage,” pointed out tigerrouge.

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“Can someone explain to me why Cass Bird gets so much work? I cannot really see anything distinct, gorgeous, polished or creative from these pictures,” declared dontbeadrag.

“So you book a bunch of stunning superstars and end up with this? I’d require a refund,” said aracic.

Also unimpressed was GivenchyHomme: “I hate this. It looks like a seasonal advertorial for an American department store. I expect more from an Italian brand. Also, what did they do to poor Grace? That is a girl that does not need retouching!”

Etro F/W 2019.20 by Cass Bird

IMAGES: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

“Wow, it couldn’t look more Ralph Lauren if it tried! I’ve always associated Etro’s campaigns with a visual fluidity. Flowing paisley dresses layered on a paisley set, girls in motion in a street scene,” commented an underwhelmed Benn98.

“This is truly awful!” proclaimed grimm.

Although not everyone disliked the campaign. “Never been one for Etro, but I like this. Cass Bird isn’t a fave of mine, either, but she’s impressing me here, love the New York setting and the styling. And while it’s so wonderful to see Marisa Berenson, it’s Grace Elizabeth who completely steals the show for me here,” admired vogue28.

“I like it. Beautiful people, beautiful clothes, beautiful location, beautiful horse, beautiful photos. No complaints,” voiced MyNameIs.

Etro F/W 2019.20 by Cass Bird

IMAGE: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

Are you a fan? See more from Etro’s Fall 2019 campaign and join the debate here.

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Vogue Germany Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld for July 2019

Magazines haven’t exactly went all out to celebrate the life and work of Karl Lagerfeld besides the odd article and magazine cover here and there. All eyes are on Vogue Germany this month as the mag pays tribute to the legendary designer with its July 2019 offering. The German fashion bible called upon photographer Peter Lindbergh and enlisted models Luna Bijl, Birgit Kos and Vittoria Ceretti for the occasion. Captured on location during a gloomy day in Deauville, the beach setting makes a stunning backdrop for the three melancholy covers.

Vogue Germany July 2019 : Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl & Vittoria Ceretti by Peter Lindbergh

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

For the most part, forum members were happy with the tribute. “Quite lovely covers and looks like a good tribute to Karl,” approved TaylorBinque.

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“It’s unfortunate that it took Lagerfeld’s passing for Vogue Germany to produce something worthwhile and worthy of 40 years! All three covers are rather beautiful, love the cohesiveness, the cast, the Deauville setting — a very tasteful and fitting tribute to Lagerfeld’s work,” applauded vogue28.

“Perfect! Yes for all,” echoed libra.

Also full of praise was jorgepalomo: “Love them!”

Vogue Germany July 2019 : Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl & Vittoria Ceretti by Peter Lindbergh

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

Miss Dalloway, however, wasn’t so happy. “Ugh, so heavy, and depressing! I don’t like any of the covers.”

“The tones are depressing for a July issue. It lacks vitality. These covers would have suited September better,” said Valentine27.

“I like the images themselves, but as previously mentioned, they’re so heavy-looking for a month like July. The vibe is just a little too melancholy for my taste even though it is a tribute issue,” noted slayage.

HeatherAnne felt the same way, replying, “Agree, kind of drab for July. This does nothing for me though, the photography and styling are beyond pedestrian.”

Vogue Germany July 2019 : Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl & Vittoria Ceretti by Peter Lindbergh

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

A fitting Lagerfeld tribute? See more from the issue and share your thoughts with us here.