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Grace Elizabeth Gives Vogue China Its Best Cover in Ages

It’s been exactly 12 months since Vogue China took our fancy and after a slew of unimpressive and forgettable covers throughout 2018, the magazine was due for something spectacular. For December 2018, Grace Elizabeth puts the publication firmly back on our radar — and we’d expect nothing less from the model who has delivered gorgeous covers this year for Vogue Brazil and Vogue Turkey, amongst others. The Estée Lauder brand ambassador electrifies once again, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Katie Shillingford in an oversized Miu Miu coat for Chinese Vogue‘s latest issue.

Vogue China December 2018 : Grace Elizabeth by Sølve Sundsbø

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.CN

For the majority of our forum members, the cover was a return to form for the magazine. “This is the best cover Vogue China has produced in ages. Grace is really racking up those Vogue covers, eh? I can’t say I blame them. Her beauty is out of this world,” complemented Style Savvy.

“Finally a fantastic cover from them, again!” cheered Miss Dalloway.

“Finally an exciting cover from Vogue China! I love the red here, and Grace looks stunning,” forum member 333101 echoed.

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Emily Blunt Takes Flight as Mary Poppins on Vogue’s Charming December Cover

U.S. Vogue‘s final offering for 2018 is the latest December issue to drop and, true to speculation, our forums were spot on with their prediction. Though Vogue is famous for using the same cover stars time and again — like this year’s cover girls Serena Williams, Alicia Vikander, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — this marks Emily Blunt’s first appearance. The Brit actress receives the full Vogue treatment, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by Tabitha Simmons while in full Mary Poppins Returns character as she leaps across the skies in red Christian Dior.

US Vogue December 2018 : Emily Blunt by Annie Leibovitz

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

The cover became an instant hit with our forum members. “Oh I kind of love this! It feels a bit like the old Vanity Fair, but overall it’s lovely. It’s nice to see a cover with some charm and joy to it, even if it is very literal and a bit cheesy; so much fashion imagery is as dreary as anything these days, so anything other than blank stares and beige walls gets my vote. I love the bright red, it’s very festive,” said LastNight.

“I personally love it, I always enjoy the character covers because they are a bit more fun and playful, than what we usually see from US Vogue,” admitted Blayne266.

“OK, a shocker of a cover, but I LOVE this! It’s very much in the vein of the movie, and I like the red. I don’t really like the fact that she’s mid-air, a jump would’ve sufficed, but this is something new for US Vogue,” Benn98 chimed in.

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Karen Walker Gives Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry and Homeware the Mickey Mouse Treatment

The fast-approaching birthday of Mickey Mouse has become a worldwide celebration as Disney taps fashion designer Karen Walker to be the exclusive design partner for the Australia region. Walker joins Rag & BoneLevi’sKate SpadeOpening CeremonyVansMarc Jacobs and Havaianas as Disney partners this season.

“When Disney approached us to help celebrate Mickey’s 90th, it was an immediate and unequivocal yes,” says Walker. “Mickey is a true icon and it’s a great honour for me to have an opportunity to interpret his personality, which I’ve always loved, through my own lens.”

The Disney x Karen Walker apparel collection includes sweatshirts and T-shirts featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald toting bindles. The accessories line includes purses, bags, backpacks, enamel badges, eyewear and a keyring. Fine jewelry comes in sterling silver and 9-karat yellow and rose gold.

Known for her quirky eyewear, it’s no surprise that Walker’s glasses are the pièce de résistance of the collection. They come in four Mickey- and Minnie Mouse-inspired styles, including a metal-trimmed, polka dot bow lens in sheer soft pink or black, acetate and metal frames that incorporate mouse ears and hands, and colored acetates trimmed with cartoon Minnie eyelashes. Each pair is finished with the signature Karen Walker arrow temple.

The collection also includes homeware in the form of plates and double-sided Mickey and Minnie mugs.

As if the wide-ranging collection wasn’t enough to celebrate Mickey’s birthday, Karen Walker will be opening a Disney pop-up store on November 7 in Auckland, New Zealand. There will be a curation of other special 90th birthday collaborative collections, ranging from footwear, hats and watches to stationery, oven mitts and egg cups.

The Disney x Karen Walker collection is a limited-edition release. It will be available globally from November 7 in all Karen Walker stores in New Zealand and Japan, on karenwalker.com and in select stores including David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Moda Operandi, Smith & Caughey’s and Ballantynes.

[ Next: Mickey Mouse Celebrates His 90th Birthday With a Marc Jacobs Collaboration ]

 

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Anja Rubik Models Your Grandma’s Rug on Vogue Germany’s December Cover

The past year has been very hit or miss for Vogue Germany. It kickstarted 2018 with a terrific Gigi Hadid offering followed by a series of questionable covers starring the likes of Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl, Othilia Simon, Charlotte Casiraghi and Anna Ewers. The German fashion bible did redeem itself last month with a lovely Edita Vilkeviciute cover, but now takes a step back with a lackluster offering for December 2018. The publication plummets Anja Rubik into freezing cold temperatures, bundled up in Bottega Veneta (styled by Christiane Arp) while photographed by Giampaolo Sgura.

Vogue Germany December 2018 : Anja Rubik by Giampaolo Sgura

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

When the cover dropped, our forum members couldn’t quite believe their eyes. “Sorry but it looks fan-made! It´s very amateur, from the photo to the fonts and layout and altogether it’s not working for me at all,” stated Bertrando3.

“Nothing works. It doesn’t even look like Anja,” mikel chimed in.

“No, c’mon. How do you select that cover image? The asymmetry in her eyes is so glaring,” pointed out youarearockstar.

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Forget Kendall Jenner, Gwendoline Christie Owns Miu Miu’s Cruise 2019 Campaign

For some reason, Miu Miu’s advertising campaigns don’t receive all that much buzz on our forums but with an all-star cast for Cruise 2019, the brand has our undivided attention. Actress Gwendoline Christie and models Lucan Gillespie, Taylor Hill, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Ariel Nicholson, Cami You Ten, Zoe Thaets and Naomi Chin Wing come together for the newly unveiled campaign, all hand-picked by Miuccia Prada herself. The girls were photographed on location outside the luxurious Hotel Regina in Paris by Miu Miu regular Alasdair McLellan, with Katie Grand on styling duties.

Miu Miu Cruise 2019 by Alasdair McLellan

IMAGE: MIUMIU.COM

One cast member, in particular, stole the show. “Gwendoline Christie? I’m into it already,” confessed dodencebt.

“Oh wow, Gwendoline is the epitome of British class and elegance. This looks so chic and luxurious. I’m actually one of the very few on here who DON’T like Miu Miu at all. But Katie and Alasdair continue to turn the cluttered look into class. I like all the shots posted so far,” added Benn98.

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Birgit Kos Deserved Better Than This Vogue Netherlands Cover for November

We’ve had a major crush on Birgit Kos ever since she first splashed onto the scene back in 2016 and our forums have been keeping a watchful eye over the Dutch beauty. In June, Birgit looked like the supermodel she’s proving herself to be on Vogue Brazil, made the fold-out cover of Vogue Italia in April and is now welcomed back to the cover of Vogue Netherlands — just two months after her last appearance. Not your average cover shoot, Birgit was photographed for the November 2018 issue while venturing through the Kleine Scheidegg, a picturesque mountain pass in Switzerland during sub-zero temperatures. In the cover image (below), Brigit poses on the train decked out in Louis Vuitton while gazing down Alique’s lens.

Vogue Netherlands November 2018 : Birgit Kos by Alique

IMAGE: VOGUE.NL

Despite the magazine’s best efforts, our forum members weren’t here for it. “Thought it was [photographed by] Quentin De Briey again because this is awful! The dress, the overall shot, hair and makeup, and her expression,” said Benn98 the moment the cover struck.

“I thought we were past this Photoshop/sharp nonsense. Looks like she burned her face,” pointed out EstefaniaAbaddon.

“LOVE her, but my god, how unappealing is this cover! From the styling, to her facial expression to the god-awful setting. It’s all so off-putting,” Miss Dalloway said.

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