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Model Kirsten Owen Makes a Comeback on Vogue Czechoslovakia’s Andy Warhol-Themed December Cover

We love seeing 90s-era models make a comeback on the covers of our favorite magazines and this month, major kudos go to Vogue Czechoslovakia for skipping the usual suspects (Cindy CrawfordNaomi Campbell) and choosing Kirsten Owen as its December cover girl. The magazine launched back in August and got off to a rocky start with Karolina Kurkova, went for gold with Lara Stone a month later and fell off our radar completely for the November cover. Now, Kirsten participates in an art-inspired cover story while paying tribute to the iconic Andy Warhol. Photographed by Michal Pudelka and styled by Jan Kralicek, the Canadian-born English fashion beauty models Calvin Klein, appropriately shot around the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Slovakia (complete with Warhol impersonator).

Vogue Czechoslovakia December 2018 : Kirsten Owen by Michal Pudelka

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

Members of our forums didn’t rate either of the two covers, however. “Why on earth will you allow the Vogue masthead to fade into the background? Don’t you want to sell? That shot would have been lovely as an ad campaign, but never for a cover. Too odd. The second cover provided no redeeming factor whatsoever. Tragic,” MON slammed.

“Literal Warhol printed clothing shot in front of the Warhol Museum. It’s almost insulting that they needed to spell it out like this,” Benn98 added.

“Having a random dude dressing up as Andy is the biggest insult to the artist ever,” phungnam96 said, referring to the second cover (below).

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Lila Moss Lands Her First Solo Magazine Cover, for the Magazine Co-Founded by Her Father

After news last month that the mini-me daughter of Kate Moss had become the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty, it was only a matter of time before Lila Moss made an appearance at our local newsstand. The fresh-faced 16-year-old can now add the cover of Dazed to her portfolio as she graces the Winter 2018 issue — and why wouldn’t she? Her father, Jefferson Hack, is the co-founder of the magazine. But the cover of Dazed isn’t exactly Lila’s first major cover appearance, as she once shared the spotlight with Kate on Vogue Italia‘s June 2016 issue. This time around, Lila poses for photographer Tim Walker and is styled by Katy England (Lila’s godmother) in a look from Hedi Slimane’s debut Celine collection.

A whole lot of nepotism? Or did our forum members have a whole lot of love for the cover? “I’m sorry but she looks terrible. When is this nepotism trend going to end?” asked Perickles at once.

“This is nepotism taken to a whole other level. The daughter of the founder of the magazine and a supermodel wearing an outfit made by a friend of both parents,” laughed Lola701.

“At least Kaia [Geber] looks like a model, Moss junior does not. The cover is tragic, please stay in school,” said Fiona3.

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Michelle Obama Has a Blast in Christian Dior on ELLE’s December Issue

Nina Garcia transformed ELLE from the second she got her feet under the desk at Hearst Tower. Since replacing the long-serving Robbie Myers, Garcia has secured the likes of Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez as cover girls under her tenure and now closes out 2018 with none other than Michelle Obama. A total treat for December 2018, the former first lady is all smiles for photographer Miller Mobley in the refreshing newsstand cover image (below), looking like she’s having a blast in a swirling look from Christian Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection, styled by her very own Meredith Koop.

US Elle December 2018 : Michelle Obama by Miller Mobley

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

Despite the magazine’s huge scoop, a select few of our forum members weren’t here for it. “I don’t like the styling. Way too generic for a fashion magazine like ELLE. Michelle actually loves fashion, so I’m sure she’d have been up for more daring yet sophisticated looks,” Benn98 critiqued.

“This photoshoot and September were the biggest disappointments of the year. I love Michelle, I love Emma but ELLE could’ve done better,” noted jorgepalomo.

Also not in a hurry to the newsstand was vogue28: “A total score of a cover subject for Nina Garcia but what a total flop of a cover shoot, and while I understand ELLE might be the most cutting edge of fashion magazines out there – this just looks very Good Housekeeping.”

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Amber Valletta Personifies the Saint Laurent Woman in the Spring 2019 Campaign

Anthony Vaccarello is a man who knows what he wants when it comes to his advertising campaigns for Saint Laurent. Ever since he became the legendary French fashion house’s creative director back in 2016, the Italian-Belgian designer has favored a certain…je ne sais quoi. If you’ve followed Saint Laurent’s campaigns over recent years, you will have noticed the likes of Kate Moss, Kaia Gerber and Anja Rubik all looking like the quintessential SL woman. It’s now Amber Valletta’s turn to take on the role as she becomes the face of the Spring 2019 collection along with Mathilde Henning, Rebecca Leigh Longendyke and Charlotte Gainsbourg — all captured by David Sims in his preferred black and white style of photography.

Yet for a brand of Saint Laurent’s stature, our forum members were expecting a whole lot more. “Even the Zara campaign is way more professional than this crap,” disapproved helmutnotdead at once.

“This brand needs a purge ASAP, especially with the Hedi x Celine comeback,” stated Ed.

“Anthony’s work for SL is like Frida [Giannini]’s work for Gucci. Frida held on to the image Tom Ford created. Anthony held on to the image Hedi created. Now that Hedi is at Celine, SL is soon going to be irrelevant,” added dfwn2n.

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Natalie Portman Is the Victim of Harsh Lighting on Vanity Fair’s December Cover

This has been a tough year for Vanity Fair and our forums have been on the magazine’s case ever since Radhika Jones was appointed Graydon Carter’s successor. Jones’ first outing as editor-in-chief arrived in the form of a weird or wonderful Jennifer Lawrence cover for March, which was shortly followed up with a paparazzi shot (*shudders*) of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Dare we even mention that Michelle Williams September cover?) The publication was no doubt in a rush to put out its final offering of the year in a bid to start afresh in 2019, but not before doing a disservice to Natalie Portman. The actress was photographed for the cover of the December 2018 issue by Erik Madigan Heck and styled by Samira Nasr, giving us a hint of festive glamour in a shimmering Christian Dior dress (Natalie is the face of Dior cosmetics).

Vanity Fair December 2018 : Natalie Portman by Erik Madigan Heck

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

The magazine’s attempt at something a little fashion-forward fell flat amongst our forum members. “We would have known this was a blatant advertorial even without tagging the brands, Vanity Fair,” remarked dodencebt the moment the cover struck.

“Wait, they really went with this for the cover? Mid-air jump face expression and all? My god is this woman completely clueless as to what makes a decent cover, or what!” slammed Miss Dalloway.

“Nothing about the cover really quite works for me. The sunlight on only three-quarters of her face makes her look very washed out and severe,” sweetpop chimed in.

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Nicole Kidman Goes Effortlessly Undone on Allure’s December/January Cover

It’s fair to say we’ve had a love/hate relationship with Allure throughout 2018. Our forums have worshiped the paper the publication is printed on when it’s given us stunning covers starring Rihanna, Bella HadidLupita Nyong’o and a trio of Asian beauties. On the other hand, our forums weren’t afraid to call out the magazine’s disastrous covers featuring Angela Bassett, Sasha Lane and Adwoa Aboah. It’s only fair, right?

Nicole Kidman gets the honor of closing out the year on Allure‘s December 2018/January 2019 cover, captured on location in Cabo, Mexico by Vicki King. The actress looks effortless and undone (a far cry from her recent over-Photoshopped Marie Claire cover appearance) in an electric blue dress styled by Beth Fenton.

Allure December 2018/January 2019 : Nicole Kidman by Vicki King

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

Members of our forums were quick to dissect Allure‘s latest. “Awful! I get what they were trying to go for, but the shot is unflattering and not worthy of a cover. The styling accents are obscured – why not show that dress off in a better way, or at least the earrings?” asked Benn98.

“Poor thing, that hair is a mess,” said Perickles.

“Why do they keep giving Nicole covers? I don’t get it. It doesn’t sell, she became a meme, nobody cares,” slammed EstefaniaAbaddon.

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