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Was This Vogue Japan Cover Starring Fernanda Ly Shot Backstage at the Louis Vuitton Show? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Japan just seems to be going from bad to worse and 2016 is starting to look very bleak for the magazine. Now three issues in and still failing to deliver the goods, Japanese Vogue‘s March cover has once again dropped early and features Fernanda Ly. The current muse of Nicolas Ghesquière was shot wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton by photographer Ezra Petronio for the cover, which looks as if it was taken backstage — and our forums weren’t afraid to call the publication out.

Vogue Japan March 2016 : Fernanda Ly by Ezra Petronio


Our forums were far from impressed. “So tired of seeing Fernanda in this kind of styling. As if she’s not capable of doing something else,” stated anlabe32 the second the cover came to light.

Sharing the same sentiments was Benn98: “The actual shot does look like a Louis Vuitton outtake. She always looks the same, same expression, pink hair and styling. I’m already bored.”

“What? This looks HORRIBLE!! Cheap, insipid, outtake worthy image. You can’t give me this for March!!!” Miss Dalloway screamed in dismay.

GivenchyHomme wasn’t buying it either, declaring, “This looks like it was shot backstage and I won’t be surprised if it actually was.”

See Fernanda Ly Open the Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 Show )

In agreement over how terrible the cover looked was justaguy, replying, “Exactly what I was thinking! Just looks like they pulled her aside, snapped the shot, and called it a day.”

“It’s not the first time with the backstage styling. Freja’s cover [from December 2015] was the same LOL,” laughed Scotty.

“OMG it’s so bad. I just can’t handle to see her dressed like this anymore and it looks like those Japanese magazines for teenagers. Really disappointed by this cover,” exclaimed Oxymore.

Are you pleased with Vogue Japan’s new cover? Join our debate here.

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Size 12 Model Barbie Ferreira Stars in Unretouched Aerie Swimwear Campaign

Image: Aerie Swim

Image: Aerie Swim

The lingerie industry isn’t exactly a paragon of diversity. Everyone from plus-size icon Tess Holliday to androgynous model Rain Dove speaks out about the lack of inclusion from leading intimates brand Victoria’s Secret. But fortunately, not every innerwear company promotes limited standards of beauty. Aerie is one of the few loungewear brands committed to authentic and empowering portrayals of women in advertising, sharing unretouched photos in ads as part of its #AerieReal campaign since 2014. This year, the star of its unedited photos is none other than size 12 model Barbie Ferreira.

The social media maven, who calls herself the “Queen of In-Between,” is featured in Aerie’s swimwear campaign images and video. Ferreira loved the idea of unretouched images. “Not being retouched in the images is something that’s really important to me,” the Wilhelmina model said in a behind-the-scenes clip. “Knowing that that’s what I look like without anyone’s perception of what my body needs to look like. The world needs more women who are so strong.” (more…)

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90s Supermodels Captivate in Giorgio Armani’s Flawless New Campaign (Forum Buzz)

This campaign season, we’ve had our fair share of modeling legends from the 90s. First came Balmain’s fabulous campaign and now Giorgio Armani has tapped a handful of greats from back in the day to star in his new namesake campaign. Eva Herzigova, Stella Tennant, Yasmin Le Bon and Nadja Auermann come together for the momentous occasion, posing before the lens of photographer Peter Lindbergh in Armani’s signature suits for Spring 2016.

Armani New Normal S/S 2016 by Peter Lindbergh


Of course, the images became an instant hit. “Wow, stunning!! Lindbergh ditched the usual suspects (Naomi/Christy/Linda et al) and suddenly it looks so fresh. I’ve never seen Stella look this good, and Eva reminds me somewhat of Charlotte Rampling,” raved Benn98.

“Amazing cast. And those clothes are perfection,” applauded narcyza. (more…)

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Michael Kors’ New Spring Campaign With Vanessa Moody Puts Us to Sleep (Forum Buzz)

Michael Kors sure loves to serve up a strong (albeit redundant) concept for his namesake advertising campaigns. He’s gone from chartering private jets and luxurious yachts with Karmen Pedaru to tapping Russian bombshell Natasha Poly to lounge in the back of a vintage car last season. Sticking with luxurious motors but upgrading to a flashy convertible for Spring 2016, model Vanessa Moody poses (and gets in a quick power nap) before the lens of Mario Testino.

Michael Kors S/S 2016 : Vanessa Moody by Mario Testino


Members of our forums just weren’t in the mood. “This concept was used 40000000 times,” ranted madzedre the moment the campaign struck.

“What beautiful car seats. Wait! Oh hi Vanessa! I didn’t even see you there,” laughed an uninterested GivenchyHomme. (more…)

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Jourdan Dunn’s Afro on Vogue Brazil Causes Controversy on Our Forums (Forum Buzz)

Our forums were shocked when Vogue Brazil helped Kendall Jenner get her best Vogue cover to date and now the magazine unveils its latest edition, which has us wagging our tongues once again. Jourdan Dunn graces the front of Brazilian Vogue‘s February 2016 issue, starring on not one, but two different covers shot by Zee Nunes. Now on her sixth Vogue cover appearance, the Brit beauty showcases a fabulous afro in the gorgeous shoot, sparking debate immediately.

Vogue Brazil February 2016 : Jourdan Dunn by Zee Nunes


“I like both covers, but her hair just doesn’t work for me,” shared justaguy right away.

“Nice colors and good styling. But what’s wrong with her hair? Awful hairstyle. Poor Jourdan. Still good to see her on another Vogue cover,” added narcyza. (more…)