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.
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.
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