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Allure Picks Dixie Chicks to Star on Its April 2020 Issue

Throughout her tenure at Allure, Michelle Lee has certainly demonstrated a knack for securing cover stars most other editors would (shamefully) pass up. Lee brilliantly made history by inviting Billy Porter to cover the mag to kick-start 2020 and secured the likes of Sharon Stone, Naomi Osaka and Ashley Graham in 2019. Now, completely out of left field, she gives Allure‘s latest cover to the Dixie Chicks. Captured by photographer Liz Collins and styled by Patti Wilson, the country music group (comprised of Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire) pose together for the cover shot.

Allure April 2020 : The Dixie Chicks by Liz Collins

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

Despite the unexpected choice of cover stars, our forum members weren’t enthusiastic about the outcome. “Horrible cult-like styling,” stated MON the moment the cover dropped.

“More like clinic nurses?” wondered MDNA.

“Love the Dixie Chicks, but can’t help but feel they got a raw deal here. The shoot and cover arrangement aren’t great at all,” confessed honeycombchild.

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“Genuinely have never heard of the Dixie Chicks (thought the woman in the middle was Robyn at first glance), but putting that aside, I’m still baffled over the outcome. While the cover is nothing offensive or unflattering, it just feels like a nonevent,” said vogue28.

Forum member tigerrouge wasn’t exactly jumping for joy: “Allure has decided to become an anti-beauty magazine. And in doing that, they’re wasting everyone’s time.”

“They’re not moving the needle in terms of aspirational beauty,” noted Benn98.

“I’m pretty sure anyone who was a fan of the Dixie Chicks in the 2000s has grown up,” GivenchyHomme pointed out.

Are you impressed? Check out the accompanying cover shoot and join the debate here.

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Alek Wek Shines on Vogue Brazil’s ‘Iconic’ March 2020 Cover

We have been living for our Vogue Brazil x Luigi & Iango fix lately and it’s all thanks to the magazine’s stellar cover stars, like Anok Yai, Gigi Hadid, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. Now Alek Wek follows in their footsteps by starring on the Brazilian fashion bible’s latest must-have cover. For March 2020, the top model wears a look from Saint Laurent’s Spring 2020 collection courtesy of Pedro Sales for the striking Luigi & Iango-shot image.

Vogue Brazil March 2020 : Alek Wek by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.GLOBO.COM

Members of our forums immediately raved about the flawless cover. “This is amazing,” declared caioherrero.

“Iconic, simple and beautiful,” described Wintergreen.

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“SUPERB. She truly is one of the best! Don’t anybody dare to compare her modeling skills with these Instabrats of today! Love this!” echoed Bertrando3.

Breathless was also a big fan: “That cover is incredible! All I see is a strong black woman through all her expressions and poses. I expected no less from a supermodel!”

“Fresh and fantastic. I love the pop of orange!” added dodencebt.

“Fabulous to see Alek Wek on the cover of Vogue, especially photographed by Luigi & Iango. The Saint Laurent looks gorgeous in the cover shot, love Alek’s pose with the clenched fists and think the editorial is just as fantastic. Bravo!” cheered vogue28.

Alek’s cover feature is a total must-see. Check it out and join the conversation here.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Stars on a Set of ‘Simple and Stunning’ April 2020 Covers for British Harper’s Bazaar

It would be a fair statement to say that British Harper’s Bazaar has lost its spark since Justine Picardie departed the title. Victoria Beckham offered nothing new for February and Emily Blunt bored us to tears on last month’s cover. Now the glossy gives its April 2020 issue to actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who makes for a refreshing cover subject as she poses before the lens of photographer Richard Phibbs. For the fresh and straightforward newsstand cover (below), the Brit beauty wears Gucci, but dons Prada on the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump) both picked by Leith Clark.

UK Harper’s Bazaar April 2020 : Gugu Mbatha-Raw by Richard Phibbs

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

British Bazaar‘s latest left our forum members divided. “What a simple yet gorgeous cover, her stunning face is all you need. And such an unexpected choice for them, love it,” applauded Miss Dalloway.

“I love this. Simple and stunning. I love how it focuses on her beauty and not on any gimmick,” appreciated MON.

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“YASSSS. I am so happy to see Gugu and the cover looks super pretty,” echoed [Piece Of Me].

But not everyone was thrilled. “Not sure if it’s the quality of the image or the actual cover, but I find this to be very grainy. I don’t get all the space next to her on either side and a bit of gloss wouldn’t hurt. But otherwise it looks passable. Just sad that the identity of British Harper’s Bazaar is now gone. This looks just like any of the many global editions now,” Benn98 complained.

“I hate it. That dress is extremely hideous and cheap-looking and so is this image. It’s a shame, her British Vogue cover was one of Edward Enninful’s best cause she’s naturally stunning, but her beauty is drowning in those tasteless shades of pink and gold…” added aracic.

“Feels like a school portrait snap. Somehow frozen and lifeless,” stated zoom.

UK Harper’s Bazaar April 2020 : Gugu Mbatha-Raw by Richard Phibbs

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Check out the cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Even Naomi Campbell Can’t Save Vogue Hong Kong’s Anniversary Covers

It’s hard to believe Vogue Hong Kong is celebrating its first anniversary already. Following a trio of Gigi Hadid and Fei Fei Sun covers for the mag’s inaugural outing last year, the title has failed to make an impression on our forums over the last 12 months (aside from the odd Hailey Bieber or Bella Hadid offering). Now the title hopes to capture our attention by selecting Naomi Campbell to grace its anniversary issue. The supermodel sports a blunt blond bob decked out in Christian Dior (picked by Patti Wilson) for the pair of black and white March 2020 covers shot by photographer Chris Colls.

Vogue Hong Kong March 2020 : Naomi Campbell by Chris Colls

IMAGE: VOGUEHK.COM

Both covers fell flat on our forums. “Just as terrible as their inaugural issue. This edition needs a new editor ASAP,” declared MON.

“You can have all the budget in the world, but it won’t make up for having no taste,” wrote Benn98.

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“With the situation in Hong Kong, literally nobody gives a sh** about this magazine right now. The team only keeps going to work for the paychecks and clients,” voiced chanelh.

Miss Dalloway wasn’t impressed, either. “Wow, what a waste of Naomi…”

“What a waste of Naomi and Chris Colls. Looks like a cheap version of Steven Klein,” added jorgepalomo.

“Probably some of the worst hair I’ve seen on Naomi. Good job Vogue Hong Kong!” Nomar said sarcastically.

Vogue Hong Kong March 2020 : Naomi Campbell by Chris Colls

IMAGE: VOGUEHK.COM

Do you like either cover? Share your thoughts with us here.

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Vogue Italia Creates a Cover Star for Its March 2020 Issue

Emanuele Farneti loves a good gimmick. At the beginning of the year, the head of Vogue Italia ditched photoshoots in favor of illustrated covers. Then last month’s issue was dedicated to the flooding crisis in Venice. Now the mag relies on a CGI cover star for March 2020. The imaginary model wears a Giorgio Armani look picked by Lotta Volkova for the ethereal image captured by photographic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Vogue Italia March 2020 by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

The cover was a total flop. “Every month I look at Vogue Italia and think it can’t become more pretentious and every month Farneti surprises me with some blatant and meaningless words about disconnected topics and some odd-looking cover…” said apple.

“This cover is by no means offensive to the eye, but I am just sick of every single issue of Vogue Italia being dedicated to a specific concept or a blatant marketing ploy to boost sales,” complained vogue28.

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“What baffles me the most is that unlike Franca Sozzani, Farneti lacks the witty approach to the whole social topic area,” admitted dontbeadrag.

“Why does Farneti have to try so HARD?” asked Miss Dalloway.

Forum member grimm shared the same sentiment: “Why does every issue have to have a gimmick?”

“What’s the point of creating a model from scratch when the end result is a weird mash-up of Natalia Vodianova and Ine Neefs?” mikel pointed out.

A gimmick or gorgeous? See more from the issue and join the conversation here.

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Sophie Turner Wears Louis Vuitton (Naturally) on ELLE’s April 2020 Cover

It’s no secret that the big fashion houses demand their brand ambassadors wear their latest collections whenever the stars land magazine covers. For example, Zoë Kravitz wore Saint Laurent on ELLE‘s February cover. Now Sophie Turner represents Louis Vuitton on the magazine’s latest. A firm favorite of Vuitton’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, Sophie fronts the April 2020 issue down on Venice Beach. Captured by photographer Arthur Elgort and styled by Beth Fenton, the actress wears the French fashion house’s Spring 2020 collection throughout the magazine.

US Elle April 2020 : Sophie Turner by Arthur Elgort

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

Members of our forums weren’t exactly jumping for joy. “It’s basically another Vuitton advertorial. I’m not a major fan of the cover…” admitted aracic.

“Vuitton’s monopoly is really sickening. I almost feel like the only saving grace would be for the entire industry to be razed to the ground and restarted. From mediocre designers, photographers, editors and models to the blue-chip brands who dominate magazine covers in every corner of the world. Maybe that’s why creativity is at such an all-time low,” ranted Benn98.

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“A total nonevent of a cover and I think Sophie Turner is just as unremarkable as the outcome of this shoot. These blatant paid covers are painful and to make things worse…Louis Vuitton (aside from Léa Seydoux) has the most dire brand ambassadors,” voiced vogue28.

A.D.C. was majorly underwhelmed: “Who cares if it’s Elgort behind the camera when the results could’ve come from anybody?”

“No cool points for Elgort when the cover and images are obviously paid for by Louis Vuitton. They make me sick with plays like this!” exclaimed Miss Dalloway.

But not everyone felt the same way. “ELLE has really been going for these breezy, sun-kissed covers this spring and once again, I like it. I can practically hear the waves and feel the warm wind. And Sophie looks great,” confessed dodencebt.

Are you a fan? See Sophie’s cover feature and share your thoughts here.