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Kendall Jenner Stars on Vogue China’s Spring-Worthy February 2021 Cover

All eyes have been on Vogue China recently following Angelica Cheung’s sudden departure from the publication. The majority of the magazine’s front covers in 2020 failed to impress our forum members, even with cover stars like Billie Eilish, Natalia Vodianova and Kaia Gerber. Cheung rounded out her tenure last month with a stunning Xiao Wen Ju offering. Now Kendall Jenner ushers in a new era for the Chinese fashion bible with the February 2021 issue. Captured by Autumn de Wilde, the popular model fittingly wears a floral Gucci dress (selected by stylist Max Ortega) while surrounded by flowers and greenery.

Vogue China February 2021 : Kendall Jenner by Autumn de Wilde

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.CN

The cover was a flop on our forums. “Angelica come back! Please!” pleaded Nomar the moment the cover dropped.

“What an insipid cover…” Miss Dalloway chimed in.

“The cover is so bad. Kendall, blink twice if you need help. How can Kendall have been modeling for six years and still show no improvement? She’s the poster child of everything I hate about nepotism models,” declared an uninterested THD96.

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Ghesquiere32 was also less than thrilled: “This and her Vogue Japan cover are both horrible covers. Stop sticking this girl on covers, it just doesn’t work. But Kendall has taught everybody one important lesson: just because you are tall, thin and pretty does not mean you are meant to model.”

“I mean it’s not terrible but somehow lifeless and definitely pedestrian,” admitted WAVES.

“A surprisingly unflattering photo of Kendall who, despite lacking in modeling skills, normally looks really beautiful in photos. Her hair is a mess, too. I like the setting and the vibe, though. It’s not terrible, it’s just kinda meh,” added KINGofVERSAILLES.

“I don’t hate the cover, it’s very understated and romantic without being too corny,” defended Benn98.

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Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam Strike Several Poses for Versace’s Flash 2021 Campaign

Due to the pandemic, Versace wasn’t able to produce a mainline campaign for the Fall 2020 collection. But the brand’s compensating by dropping a mid-season campaign entitled Flash 2021 as we head into a brand new year. Versace ads always bring the glitz and glamour, whether it’s Steven Meisel shooting supermodels past and present or Jennifer Lopez stealing the spotlight from Kendall Jenner. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are back as campaign photographers capturing Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam (both styled by Jacob K) in the studio posing up a storm.

 

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Although, the images fell flat for our forum members. “What are these poses? Embarrassing,” declared avonlea002.

“Some weird positions going on here. It’s all I can see,” said WAVES.

“Strong cast, questionable image selection,” commented zoom.

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In the same frame of mind was Summer Day: “With this cast, these pictures should never have seen the light of day. Versace continues to sink its own ship.”

Ghesquiere32 was also underwhelmed. “This is trash.”

“This type of image is not one that is suited for photographers like Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have proven themselves to be the masters of this concept. As for the post-production, I would classify it as a mess,” proclaimed GivenchyHomme.

“The composition of the images takes me back to Max Mara’s Fall 2019 advertising campaign by Steven Meisel, but I’m not complaining. We have Versace, we have two fabulous models, we’ve got Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and have bigger things going on in the world right now. I like it!” added vogue28.

 

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Dua Lipa Channels Linda Evangelista on British Vogue’s February 2021 Cover

Dua Lipa’s magazine covers are definitely hit or miss. Whether she’s appearing on an absolutely “dated” British ELLE cover or earning high marks fronting Vogue Spain. Now Dua returns to the cover of British Vogue for February 2021. The singer looks like Linda Evangelista thanks to a cropped blond hairdo along with a Giorgio Armani Spring 2021 black dress courtesy of Kate Phelan in the Emma Summerton-shot image.

UK Vogue February 2021 : Dua Lipa by Emma Summerton

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

Nonetheless, our forum members are less than thrilled with the outcome. “They really played her dirty,” proclaimed a disapproving jorgepalomo.

“Should have stuck to the old style rules, they were better…” GERGIN points out.

“Why would you take Dua Lipa and style her like this? It’s aged her unnecessarily,” added an undoubtedly dismayed honeycombchild.

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“It’s like they sucked all the life and fun out of her,” said tipi1355.

Marc10 also clearly isn’t a fan. “She’s such a pretty girl and wears high fashion with an almost Rihanna-like confidence so this is a major disappointment.”

“U.K. Vogue says the inspiration for this shoot was Linda Evangelista. That’s like taking the magazine’s archives and using them as toilet paper because all the shops are shut,” commented tigerrouge.

But vogue28 obviously disagrees: “Must be looking at a different cover because I find this all completely inoffensive on the eye and think it’s rather gorgeous.”

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Charlotte Casiraghi Fronts Chanel’s Spring 2021 Campaign

Chanel loves having brand ambassadors and the iconic French fashion house’s current roster includes Margot Robbie, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz and Lily-Rose Depp (to name a select few). Now Charlotte Casiraghi is added to the mix serving as the face of the Spring 2021 collection. Shot by photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the Monégasque royal and two-time Vogue Paris cover star is snapped at various lavish Monaco locations (including the villa adored by the late Karl Lagerfeld) for the series of glitzy images.

Chanel S/S 2021 : Charlotte Casiraghi by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

IMAGE: WWD.COM

The campaign failed to impress the majority of our forum members. “Sorry to start the new year with salty comments, but sigh. Chanel officially does not look like a luxury brand anymore. It started with the Lily-Rose Depp campaign. The setting is predictable, Charlotte’s hair and makeup are predictable and the ‘Frenchness’ is predictable,” critiqued Benn98.

“I guess this is the era of young royals or celebrity offspring and in this case Charlotte is both so it makes sense. That being said she looks stiff and uncomfortable. There is nothing expensive about this,” voiced THD96.

YohjiAddict described the campaign as “totally amateur.”

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“This indeed looks very cheap and has no Chanel quality at all. If you’d have showed me the poolside picture out of context, I would’ve said it was Michael Kors Collection,” noted aracic.

“Yikes, when did Chanel of all things become Michael Kors?” asked RedSmokeRise.

“Without Karl Chanel ads now look like images lifted from a feature where mothers and daughters try to prove they can wear the same clothes as each other because ‘style is timeless,'” tigerrouge chimed in.

Although vogue28 loved the outcome: “I have a slight obsession with all things Monaco and Monaco’s royal family and have always fawned over Princess Caroline wearing Chanel — so I am ALL for this new partnership. Charlotte feels like a natural fit for Chanel and very much resembles a young Caroline here…”

Chanel S/S 2021 : Charlotte Casiraghi by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

IMAGES: WWD.COM

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Rianne Van Rompaey Brings Some Romance to Vogue Japan’s February 2021 Cover

We’ve encountered our fair share of plain white studio backgrounds when it comes to Vogue Japan’s covers. Now that we’re in 2021, however, the magazine appears to be turning over a new leaf. Following last month’s Mona Tougaard offering, the mag heads back outdoors for its February 2021 cover shoot. Rianne Van Rompaey is captured wearing a veil and a white lace Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda creation (courtesy of Anna Dello Russo) by photographic duo Luigi & Iango on location in the Puglia region of Italy.

Vogue Japan February 2021 : Rianne van Rompaey by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

The cover took our forum members by surprise. “The text overload is really killing a good cover,” voiced THD96.

“The image is fantastic, but that art direction is an eyesore! What are all those colors? However, I like that Luigi & Iango took editorials outside recently…” commented aracic.

“The colored masthead ruined it for me. It feels like they wanted a summery cover, but Rianne wasn’t in the mood so they had to deal with it,” stated MON.

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Benn98 wasn’t exactly jumping for joy, either. “Seems they’ve used an image initially intended for Vogue Weddings. It’s faultless, but not ‘fashion’ enough. Too bridal. And the art direction just doesn’t work.”

“I’ve been dying to see her do a classic style Vogue Japan cover. A white background, killer outfit and a fierce pose. Imagine my disappointment when I saw this. The most offensive thing about this is how they hid her face. Why would they do something like that?” asked GivenchyHomme.

“I miss Vogue Japan covers with the white background,” Scotty chimed in.

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Natasha Poly, Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls Join Forces for Ermanno Scervino’s Spring 2021 Campaign

Photographic duo Luigi & Iango definitely loves supermodels. Whether the pair is shooting Kate Moss along with Amber Valletta for Mônot or a supermodel extravaganza for Vogue Japan, the outcome is usually outstanding. The duo’s latest project absolutely stays true to form. Luigi & Iango captures Ermanno Scervino’s 20th anniversary campaign featuring Natasha Poly, Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls as the faces of the Spring 2021 collection.

Ermanno Scervino S/S 2021 : Natasha Poly, Irina Shayk & Joan Smalls by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

“I’m getting Balmain, Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana more than Ermanno Scervino,” voiced Summer Day.

“You get a cast like this and you Photoshop them into oblivion…” mathiaskatz pointed out.

“Not necessarily a bad set of images. This would’ve been an amazing Balmain campaign five years ago. Or a stunning Cavalli campaign 10 years ago,” critiqued an undoubtedly disappointed mikel.

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But clearly not everyone felt the same way. “I love Irina but I feel like Joan and Natasha are enough. That solo shot of Joan is beautiful,” raved Krystalblue006.

“Natasha and Joan were enough, I love Irina but I think she looks like an extra model,” echoed zacatecas570.

“It’s classic Luigi & Iango and everything works perfectly and while I do prefer studio shoots, I cannot help but love this. As much as I am a diehard Natasha Poly fan, Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls hold their own just as much. Zero complaints over this!” declared an obviously content vogue28.

Ermanno Scervino S/S 2021 : Natasha Poly, Irina Shayk & Joan Smalls by Luigi & Iango

IMAGES: MODELS.COM, FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

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