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Steven Meisel Captures Prada’s Dreamy Holiday 2020 Campaign

Ever since Miuccia Prada opted to drop Steven Meisel as Prada’s campaign photographer in 2016, our forum members have been a disappointed bunch. Not even numerous ads shot by Willy Vanderperre have sufficed. (Although David Sims proved to be a better fit.) Now that Raf Simons is co-creative director, things are shaping up for the Italian fashion house. Especially since Meisel is back behind the lens for Prada’s Holiday 2020 campaign. Freja Beha Erichsen, Mao Xiaoxing, Maty Fall, Merlijne Schorren and Rudolfs Valbergs were remotely snapped for the series of cinematic images based on an original short story written for the campaign by author Candice Carty-Williams.

Prada Holiday 2020 by Steven Meisel


The campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. “Meisel and Prada in black and white is never a miss. I love this. Puts all Willy’s campaigns to shame,” declared RaisinBoy.

“I cannot believe my eyes. I am shaking! An iconic pairing in 2020… Pure fashion and luxury! Dream-inducing imagery!” raved dontbeadrag.

“Wow am I dreaming? The photos are absolutely stunning!” agreed Conbothsides.

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“This is exactly what Willy tried to do for the house but unfortunately didn’t have the range to do so,” voiced Krystalblue006.

“This is really classic and simple. The images smell expensive to me,” praised dodencebt.

GivenchyHomme shared the same level of enthusiasm: “This is an exceptional campaign and not just because of the return of Meisel. It’s an original concept that was executed perfectly. I love the different perspectives.”

“They better stick with Meisel from here on now. This campaign slaps you even when you’re seeing it from afar,” said PierreGotha.

Prada Holiday 2020 by Steven Meisel


See more from Prada’s Holiday 2020 campaign and have your say here.

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Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh Help Marie Claire Close Out 2020

This year has been pretty turbulent for Marie Claire. Anne Fulenwider wrapped up her tenure, then Aya Kanai temporarily took over and just a few months later Sally Holmes was announced as Kanai’s replacement. Despite the mag’s game of musical chairs, it still managed to deliver stellar covers starring Elle Fanning, Emily Blunt, Gisele Bündchen, Megan Thee Stallion and Janet Mock. Now Marie Claire closes out the year with two Hollywood actresses with the unveiling of its Winter 2020 issue. Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh both land covers snapped by photographer Quentin Jones.

US Marie Claire Winter 2020 : Scarlett Johansson & Florence Pugh by Quentin Jones


The first cover (above) left a whole lot to be desired. “Rip it up some more and start again,” voiced tigerrouge.

“Huh? What?” asked a dumbfounded kokobombon.

“What a train wreck,” Benn98 chimed in.

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KINGofVERSAILLES shared the same sentiment: “This is a sick joke.”

“Will this magazine survive in 2021?” wondered crmsnsnwflks.

“The pictures themselves are quite nice actually. But the design…” Marc10 pointed out.

“I like the shot of Scarlett that’s used in the cover actually, but the layout is appalling. Florence’s solo cover is pretty and nice but nothing groundbreaking,” remarked honeycombchild.

“Dumbfounded as to how that collage cover ever saw the light of day when those two solo covers of Scarlett and Florence are far superior — particularly Scarlett’s, which I find to be rather refreshing…” said vogue28.

US Marie Claire Winter 2020 : Scarlett Johansson & Florence Pugh by Quentin Jones


Are you a fan of Marie Claire‘s latest? See more from the cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Lily-Rose Depp Stars in Chanel’s Sun-Drenched Cruise 2021 Campaign

We’re all well aware that Lily-Rose Depp is affiliated with Chanel. Since 2015 she’s appeared in the French fashion house’s eyewear campaigns and mainline ads (alongside Cara Delevingne), worn Chanel on countless magazines covers (even posing with Karl Lagerfeld on Vogue Paris) and became the face of the brand’s N°5 L’Eau scent. So we aren’t surprised to see the young model starring in Chanel’s Cruise 2021 campaign captured posing around the grounds of a Mediterranean villa by Karim Sadli.

Chanel Cruise 2021 : Lily-Rose Depp by Karim Sadli


“It’s Chanel x H&M?” wondered an unimpressed thatsfierce.

“It all looks so cheap,” proclaimed Ghesquiere32.

“One word: cheap,” echoed helmutnotdead.

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“They look like cheap Chanel imitations. Lily-Rose looks great, but cheap-looking clothes are cheap-looking clothes no matter who is wearing them,” voiced GivenchyHomme.

But not everyone felt the same way. “I think Lily-Rose fits Chanel and looks great in it… She has a combination of both French chic and Los Angeles cool, which fits the essence of the modern Chanel woman,” said Overindulgence.

Lola701 was also a fan: “I think the campaign is good. Good photography and it’s slightly uplifting.”

“I love it, think the concept of the campaign and the choice to cast Lily-Rose Depp capture the spirit of Virginie Viard’s collection perfectly — and the sight of a sun-drenched swimming pool is pretty much exactly what I’m craving right now,” raved vogue28.

Chanel Cruise 2021 : Lily-Rose Depp by Karim Sadli


See more from Chanel’s Cruise 2021 campaign and join the conversation here.

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Vanessa Kirby Serves as Harper’s Bazaar’s Surprising December 2020/January 2021 Cover Star

One thing we’ve learned about Samira Nasr is that she has a knack for selecting fresh and exciting faces for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Take Sarah Paulson and Liya Kebede who recently made their debuts on the magazine. Now Vanessa Kirby can be added to the impressive list with the actress gracing Bazaar‘s double December/January issue. The English beauty lends her elegance and poise to the cover decked out in a pink Prada coat from the brand’s Spring 2021 menswear collection courtesy of Charlotte Roberts for the image captured by Scott Trindle.

US Harper’s Bazaar December 2020/January 2021 : Vanessa Kirby by Scott Trindle


Bazaar‘s latest divided our forum members. “Amazing to see Vanessa on a major U.S. cover. We stan!” admired [Piece Of Me].

“I am ALL for seeing Vanessa Kirby, she’s photographed beautifully here (surprise, surprise) and everything feels and looks…expensive. A very classy and sophisticated cover…” praised vogue28.

“Well this is a surprise! Would never expect to see Vanessa here, but she’s more than a welcome sight!” approved aracic.

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For everyone else, the cover was a major letdown. “I like Vanessa, but what the hell is this? It has no soul, no sophistication. It’s just…there,” said dodencebt.

“I love Vanessa but wish she wasn’t clutching the coat so close to her face. She’s losing her neck!” noted RedSmokeRise.

“Do editors know how to pick a good shot anymore these days?” asked Ken Doll Jenner.

Miss Dalloway couldn’t agree more: “This is NOT a cover shot, Samira really has no clue at all!”

Bertrando3 described the cover as “sad, boring and dull,” but do you agree? Share your thoughts here.

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Kaia Gerber Sports Moncler on Vogue China’s December 2020 Cover

Kaia Gerber’s body of work just keeps growing. This year alone we’ve seen the all-American beauty grace the covers of i-D, V Magazine, American Vogue, Vogue Japan along with Vogue Italia (twice). Now Kaia helps Vogue China close the book on 2020 (just as Angelica Cheung announces her departure from the magazine). In a dramatic departure from her sultry Japanese Vogue appearance, the in-demand model fronts Chinese Vogue‘s December issue sporting Moncler while posing for photographer Craig McDean.

Vogue China December 2020 : Kaia Gerber by Craig McDean


But the cover fell flat on our forums. “This is a perfect year-end cover as it perfectly embodies 2020 — rough,” critiqued MON.

“I don’t think it makes a strong statement to end the year and the styling is off-putting, trying too hard to be cool and edgy…which is not at all Vogue China’s forte,” YohjiAddict chimed in.

“The hair and harsh makeup ruined it,” declared an obviously disappointed Urban Stylin.

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“Oh no, Craig, looks like he just gave up and is trying to make 2009 happen again,” voiced BlueRuin.

“Lazy, lazy, lazy…looks like a remix of McDean’s American Vogue editorials but boring and not in a good way,” disapproved Xone.

Phuel isn’t impressed, either. “Any new model doing her first test shot could have done better. Any new photographer doing test shots for an agency to build up their book could have shot better.”

Bertrando3 was also clearly underwhelmed: “Can these Instagirls TRY at the very least to actually model when they are doing shoots? Girls like Kaia manage to always look super bored and lifeless…”

Share your thoughts and see more here.

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Irina Shayk’s December 2020 Cover of Vogue Germany ‘Screams Fashion and Glamour’

It’s fair to say that Vogue Germany has missed the mark for most of the year. Covers featuring Hailey Bieber, Helen Mirren, Toni Garrn and Nicole Atieno have all been questionable. (Although the German fashion bible did slightly redeem itself last month thanks to forum favorite Raquel Zimmermann.) Now the mag closes out 2020 with Irina Shayk. Fresh off the cover of Vogue Czechoslovakia, the Russian beauty wears a sequin Dolce & Gabbana dress in the glitzy and somewhat festive cover image shot by photographic duo Luigi & Iango.

Vogue Germany December 2020 : Irina Shayk by Luigi & Iango


The cover was immediately declared a total triumph. “Wow, the most un-Vogue Germany cover and yet it works! Everything looks so fresh and glamorous here, not phrases they’re known for. Stunning way to end the year. Gives me hope for 2021,” praised Benn98.

“Well wow, very glamorous!” heralded Srdjan.

“Irina, Luigi & Iango and a strong dose of glamour is always a recipe for success,” vogue28 pointed out.

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“I knew this would be a good one before even opening the thread! Irina works amazingly with Luigi & Iango (just remember that stunning cover for Vogue Japan) and this is no exception! As mentioned, it looks so fresh and glamorous, both of which Vogue Germany lacked this year,” voiced aracic.

Miss Dalloway shared the same level of enthusiasm: “Finally an appealing cover from Vogue Germany this year, wow! But of course someone as beautiful as Irina is hard to ruin…”

“She looks gorgeous! Finally a good cover for Vogue Germany!” echoed WAVES.

“At least this screams fashion and glamour,” applauded annikad.

Irina’s accompanying cover story is a total must-see. Check it out and join the conversation here.