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Janelle Monáe Stars on InStyle’s Bright and Refreshing August 2019 Cover

Laura Brown has revitalized InStyle, giving the fashion title a new lease on life. She’s picked Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, the cast of Big Little Lies and Priyanka Chopra as cover stars and now adds Janelle Monáe to the impressive list. The Badass Women Issue has become a staple for InStyle with Janelle following in the footsteps of Melissa McCarthy. Shot by Pamela Hanson and styled by Julia von Boehm, the singer/actress rocks a bold neon look from Nina Ricci’s Fall 2019 collection for the newsstand cover (below).

US InStyle August 2019 : Janelle Monae by Pamela Hanson


“I love that Laura goes with some not-so-obvious cover stars. Kudos,” approved caioherrero.

“Yes to this! I love Janelle and she always photographs beautifully (although when you analyze her facial expression, she looks a bit surprised here, but anyway). The cover is very eye-catching,” praised dodencebt.

“Love this woman,” declared mathiaskatz.

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“How refreshing and fun,” commented Miss Dalloway.

“I love this and I love her. This is how you do it,” voiced Perickles.

Although not everyone was sold on the cover. “Can they stop styling her with hats? I know it’s her trademark, but fashion magazines need to try harder. If they can shoot Ariana [Grande] without her signature ponytail, then you can damn well ask Janelle to take off a hat every now and then,” noted Ken Doll Jenner.

RMDV felt the same way: “Why can’t she ever get a decent cover? This styling is horrid and the photography is amateur hour. Such a shame, Pamela can do way better than this!”

“There are always great ideas bubbling at InStyle. It is the execution of them that I often have problems with. I don’t dislike it, but it definitely leaves you wanting more. Mind you which U.S. glossy doesn’t? At least they seem to have fun at InStyle,” pointed out KissMiss.

US InStyle August 2019 : Janelle Monae by Pamela Hanson


Check out Janelle’s cover feature, see Diane Keaton’s superb subscribers’ cover and share your thoughts here.

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Serena Williams Shines on Harper’s Bazaar’s Unretouched August 2019 Covers

Serena Williams continues to be the darling of the fashion industry and she’s been endorsed by just about every major fashion publication, like Vogue, Allure, Glamour, InStyle and British Harper’s Bazaar. Amazingly, the tennis ace has never graced the cover of American Harper’s Bazaar — until now. Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Alicia Vikander, Serena goes for gold on the mag’s August 2019 covers. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with Miguel Alberto Enamorado on styling duties, Serena looks remarkable in the completely unretouched shoot sporting a sequined Stella McCartney number on cover one (below) and flashes her derrière for the subscribers’ cover (after the jump).

US Harper's Bazaar August 2019 : Serena Williams by Alexi Lubomirski


Members of our forums were divided over the covers. “My main issue is I know she can photograph better than this. Nice to see her here and proudly representing a body type so often left off covers, but there’s definitely room for improvement with styling and the photography!” commented honeycombchild.

“I just don’t get it. It’s bad overall. I hate the gold, the lack of concept, the background, everything! And clearly the stylist didn’t know what to do with her body,” Lola701 critiqued.

“Oh Lord, is this really an August cover? It looks so far removed from this decade in general,” disapproved dodencebt.

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“LOVE seeing how unretouched this is and with a body shape not normally seen on magazine covers. That’s all I like about this,” said Joromana.

“Usually when a magazine does an ‘unretouched’ cover, the person ends up looking like a joyless and grey organic granola muncher with an allergy to all forms of jewelry. Not so here. This is unretouched and tacky, and I haven’t seen that combination before. For that reason, I like it,” declared tigerrouge.

“The second cover is everything! Great in every aspect! Congratulations Serena and Harper’s Bazaar on being open to present another kind of aesthetic that is not the tacky glamour that fashion magazines present again and again,” proclaimed Perickles.

US Harper's Bazaar August 2019 : Serena Williams by Alexi Lubomirski


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Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam and Karen Elson Can’t Save Vogue Italia’s Mediocre July 2019 Covers

Emanuele Farneti had some extremely large shoes to fill when he took over Vogue Italia and two years later, our forum members still aren’t completely on board with his vision for the magazine (or over the loss of Franca Sozzani). Not even covers featuring Anok Yai, Amber Valletta and Shalom Harlow have sufficed. Now with a change in creative directors (Giovanni Bianco out, Ferdinando Verderi in), the mag drops a trio of covers for July 2019. You can choose from Gigi Hadid by Alasdair McLellan, Imaan Hammam by Theo Sion and Karen Elson by Harley Weir.

Vogue Italia July 2019 : The 'DNA' Issue by Alasdair McLellan, Theo Sion & Harley Weir


For our forum members, the covers were proof Farneti is in way over his head. “R.I.P. Vogue Italia…” wrote phungnam96.

“Nothing makes sense to me, especially how they scream ITALIA on the covers. They could’ve stuck to just fashion instead of throwing around random ideas,” scolded Conbothsides.

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“Not a single redeeming cover! And why would anyone cover Imaan’s face up like that? Is it to make the other covers stand out? Ridiculous covers, ridiculous concept,” echoed Benn98.

Also sharing a total lack of enthusiasm was MON: “Knew it. A new creative director will not save this magazine. The EIC is the main problem. Terrible. What does all of this have to do with DNA? I never clamor for a person to leave his job, but Farneti has to go.”

Vogue Italia July 2019 : The 'DNA' Issue by Alasdair McLellan, Theo Sion & Harley Weir


GivenchyAddict felt the same way. “Too literal. Not interested. There is no conversation to engage on DNA and how we came from different communities as they just put out blatant sponsored covers by Louis Vuitton.”

“This is NOT the way you want to usher in a new era, but then it’s just another gimmick by just another Vogue edition!” called out Miss Dalloway.

“The perfect example of when you take everything so literal. How I miss the Franca era,” noted Ed..

Vogue Italia July 2019 : The 'DNA' Issue by Alasdair McLellan, Theo Sion & Harley Weir


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Ariana Grande and Her Big Hat Hit the Beach for Vogue’s August 2019 Cover

For weeks our forums have been ablaze with speculation about Vogue‘s next cover star. Names like Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep were thrown around, but Anna Wintour throws us a curveball once again. In an unexpected move, the mag opts for Ariana Grande (along with her cute canine companion Toulouse). The singer was shot in her hometown of Boca Raton for her debut on the American fashion bible, captured down at a local beach by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Styled by Tonne Goodman, Ariana catches some rays in an oversized Eric Javits hat and a little black Christian Dior dress.

Following last month’s Margot Robbie offering, Ariana’s pales in comparison. “Hate this. It looks so cartoonish, the huge hat, the dog, the black look at the beach…like an old ‘eccentric’ rich woman. If they wanted to give her a fashion makeover, this was not it,” voiced Marc10.

“I cringed hard when I read her name next to U.S. Vogue, and I certainly did not expect it. It’s not a bad cover at all, but I seriously don’t understand how Givenchy didn’t secure the cover given that she is their upcoming brand ambassador. And the dog is very much Photoshopped on her lap. Classic Annie,” laughed dodencebt.

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“Don’t like her pose. She looks uncomfortable, like she’s straining to get the right angle,” said liv4beauty.

“That is one of the worst images I’ve seen grace the cover. What on earth happened? It all looks so fake…poor Ariana. She can photograph much better than this for sure!” proclaimed honeycombchild.

Miss Dalloway was also left dumbfounded: “Thanks for the laugh.”

Benn98 wasn’t much of an admirer, either. “I looked at it a few times and every time I want to say it’s awful because of the hat, but that’s not all. There’s the pose, the dog, the styling, the color rendering. This is like Zendaya’s cover all over again. Surprised to see Annie agreed to shoot this.”

“Pure trash. Thank you, next,” mocked MDNA.

Check out Ariana’s accompanying cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Bella Hadid Gives Good Face on V Magazine’s Electric Fall Preview 2019 Cover

Ever since the industry first laid eyes upon Bella Hadid, it was apparent the girl had a face for beauty. So our forums weren’t surprised to see Christian Dior pick her to become the face of its cosmetics line back in 2016. Bella’s also stunned on numerous covers, like Allure, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and ELLE France. V Magazine is the latest publication to embrace Bella’s beauty, welcoming her back for a second time as she works her magic on the Fall Preview 2019 edition. Captured by photographic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Bella wears a full face of Dior products applied by Peter Philips in the bold and intriguing cover image.

V Magazine #120 Fall Preview 2019 : Bella Hadid by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott


The cover wasn’t a total hit with the majority of our forum members. “Love the makeup! But I don’t think it works as a cover with that logo,” pointed out jorgepalomo.

“Same, I love the makeup, but her head looks big and her neck and torso very tiny. I still like the cover though,” replied FashionMuseDior.

“Well, at least it’s not a pop star,” said Marc10, calling out the mag for its cover star track record.

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“Wow! Is this Richard Burbridge’s first cover for V?” mocked mikel.

Benn98 felt the same way: “I sometimes wish I didn’t know that much about fashion. Maybe then this cover would’ve seemed innovative. But knowing that it’s essentially another paid Dior advertorial hence Peter’s involvement, and knowing that it looks nearly identical to Richard Burbridge’s work for British Vogue and W takes away so much from this cover for me.”

Everyone else appreciated the cover for what it is. “Stunning! Bella truly delivers,” heralded MON.

V‘s covers of late have been extremely dire and forgettable, so it’s fab to see the magazine back in full form with an electric cover like this,” praised vogue28.

“At first I always want to complain about how stiff she is, but I cannot reject how gorgeous her face is,” confessed dontbeadrag.

See more from Bella’s cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Irina Shayk Dial Up the Drama for Moschino’s Fall 2019 Campaign

You just have to hand it to Jeremy Scott — he isn’t afraid to push boundaries. And the designer has enthralled our forum members with his Moschino advertising campaigns since day one. With cult 80s drama Dynasty serving as inspo, the Italian fashion house just dropped its latest campaign. Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Irina Shayk channel their inner divas for the Steven Meisel-shot print campaign and a series of mini video episodes. Styled by Carlyn Cerf de Dudzeele, the models were captured around an ultra plush and glamorous apartment setting while battling it out as wealthy women seeking the affections of handsome and impeccably dressed admirers.

The glamour and drama was enough to satisfy our forum members. “Dynasty madness! Meisel in top form. It’s just so camp and OTT, why don’t we see this level of shoots in magazines nowadays? I must say each model gave it their best in this short clip, even Gigi!” heralded Benn98.

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“Meisel doing Dynasty for Moschino? What pure perfection,” praised Miss Dalloway.

“I’m excited for this. Any nonwhite/gray background campaign these days excites me (especially from Meisel). The casting is appropriate, too,” voiced TommysBaby.

“Irina is the star already. She is the most convincing one. Gigi and Joan are just too dramatic in a gag way. That being said, it’s fabulous!” raved Lola701.

Forum member pollyanna90 was also quick to show the campaign some love: “I love Joan in this campaign. She’s the star IMO. She makes camp look so high fashion and luxurious. I would’ve replaced Gigi with Raquel [Zimmermann] or Karen Elson. Gigi is out of place here and not convincing in the role she’s portraying.”

“I love the campaign! But Irina is not selling it — she looks lost between the energy Joan and Gigi are bringing,” said TommysBaby after returning to the thread.

Moschino F/W 2019.20 : Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls & Irina Shayk by Steven Meisel


Check out more from the campaign and join the conversation here.