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Joey Yung Poses in Gucci on Vogue Hong Kong’s Sleek and Minimal April 2020 Covers

Vogue Hong Kong has been very hit or miss on our forums ever since its inaugural issue featuring a trio of Gigi Hadid and Fei Fei Sun covers. Covers starring Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid have sufficed over recent months, but the title’s first anniversary issue with Naomi Campbell failed to impress last month. Now Vogue Hong Kong welcomes some homegrown talent to its April 2020 installment (something magazines don’t often do). Photographed by forum favorite Luigi & Iango, singer and actress Joey Yung appears on a set of sleek and minimal covers sporting a look from Gucci’s Spring 2020 collection for the mag’s latest.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2020 : Joey Yung by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUEHK.COM

The covers divided our forum members. “People are probably going to hate on these covers because it’s Vogue Hong Kong, but I love the first one. If it was British Vogue and Dua Lipa everyone would swoon,” declared A.D.C. the moment the covers struck.

“I actually like it. Simple and clean,” said lightblue.

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“We have Luigi & Iango, zero signs of weird post-production, minimal art direction and a sense of glamour — so I cannot complain, really,” voiced vogue28.

“This would have been nice, but her expression didn’t sell it,” Urban Stylin pointed out.

MON wasn’t impressed by the outcome, either. “Yikes. The styling is terrible and tacky. The art direction leaves much to be desired. Too bare for my liking. Vogue Hong Kong really needs to step up. They are on their way to replace the former Vogue Taiwan.”

Benn98 shared the same sentiment: “Just goes to show what an important role creative direction and styling play! Both covers look like they could work for ELLE Taiwan, very subpar. And I find the styling rather cheap. Another dud for this pointless edition.”

“Where’s the Luigi & Iango magic? They did her so dirty,” MDNA called out.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2020 : Joey Yung by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUEHK.COM

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Jihyo Serves Face on Allure’s May 2020 Cover

We’re huge advocates for diversity, but it’s unfortunately a rare occasion to see an Asian face on the cover of a mainstream American glossy. But Michelle Lee has already demonstrated her ability to deliver on the diversity front at Allure. (Remember those triumphant June 2018 covers featuring a trio of Asian beauties?) For May 2020, Jihyo (of the South Korean girl group Twice) appears on Allure‘s latest photographed by Ahn Jooyoung for the magazine’s “Best of Global Beauty” issue.

Allure May 2020 : Jihyo by Ahn Jooyoung

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

The cover immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “Interesting… I wonder how many people in the U.S. know her?” asked phungnam96.

“Michelle’s track record when it comes to Asian beauty is abysmal and I’m all for fresh faces, but this is not the solution. Surely there are Asian women in America who would have been better choices?” wondered Benn98.

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“Lucy Liu. A gorgeous household name print is being so ignorant about,” replied Srdjan.

“Because we should continue pushing the same and only recognizable Asian actress of the last 20 years instead of introducing people to some new ones,” A.D.C. fired back.

Urban Stylin was impressed: “I actually love the cover, very fresh and clean. South Korean-inspired skin care regimens and beauty have become very popular in the West so the cover subject makes sense.”

“Looks more like a jewelry ad than a magazine cover, but I welcome the sight of any American magazine putting an Asian face on the front of an issue,” applauded tigerrouge.

Are you a fan? See more from Allure‘s latest (including the digital cover starring JB of GOT7) and share your thoughts here.

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Steven Meisel Photographs a Bevy of Beauties for Zara’s Spring 2020 Campaign

Zara has been in our good graces since 2017 after tapping legendary photographer Steven Meisel to capture its advertising campaigns. Season after season, our forum members have nothing but praise for Meisel’s contributions to the Spanish retailer’s campaigns. And Spring 2020 is no different. Back for a seventh time, Meisel captures Abby Champion, Julia Nobis, Lexi Boling, Mona Tougaard, Ning Jinyi and Sacha Quenby (each styled by Karl Templer) for the series of romantic black and white images under the creative direction of Fabien Baron.

Zara S/S 2020 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: ZARA.COM

The brand’s latest campaign was a big hit on our forums. “Absolutely insane,” declared helmutnotdead in admiration.

“Absolute perfection! It’s embarrassing that Zara can beat each and every high end label season after season with their Meisel campaigns. Dior who? Chanel who? Givenchy who? This ended up being my favorite campaign of this season,” proclaimed aracic.

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“Zara is the most luxurious brand out there,” dontbeadrag chimed in.

“Sooooo gorgeous. Love the group shots especially. Thank God for Zara LOL,” added bluestar.

“A gorgeous campaign… Meisel is an absolute genius because once again everything featured looks far more expensive than it actually is. Zara struck gold with Meisel and everyone else included here and long may the partnership continue,” raved vogue28.

Zara S/S 2020 by Steven Meisel

IMAGES: ZARA.COM

Check out the Spring 2020 advertising campaign in full here.

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Ignasi Monreal Illustrates Vogue Spain’s Calm and Tranquil May 2020 Cover

Our favorite fashion glossies are starting to address the global pandemic. First came Vogue Portugal’s mask-wearing models followed by Vogue Italia’s statement of solidarity with an all-white cover paying homage to medics. Vogue Spain’s response to the crisis arrives in the form of its May 2020 edition after a flawless Ana de Armas offering last month. Eugenia de la Torriente commissioned artist Ignasi Monreal to illustrate the front cover (a first in the publication’s 32-year history). Inspired by British Vogue‘s October 1945 cover after World War II, Vogue Spain’s latest left our forum members in awe.

Vogue España May 2020 by Ignasi Monreal

IMAGE: VOGUE.ES

“The cover is gorgeous, very dreamy. Definitely something to behold and that’s the difference between Farneti’s illustrated covers and this one,” proclaimed Benn98 the moment the cover came to light.

“Watch and learn Farneti! The message is there but it’s not forced, there’s a sense of fashion and calmness at the same time. Love it!” voiced apple in agreement.

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“I like it, a bit of calmness/tranquility in these turbulent times,” Nymphaea chimed in.

“How lovely, this is the creative way you can do a cover during COVID-19,” applauded Miss Dalloway.

MON was also thrilled with the outcome: “Now this is how you do it. Beautiful beyond words! It’s an illustration and yet somehow it feels like a fashion magazine. I just love this!”

Breathless shared the same sentiment. “Now that’s how you do a cover during these rough times!”

“It’s a beautiful illustration… I live in Spain and gotta say, the message is so right. There’s a sense of community right now that I never experienced before,” said kokobombon.

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Selena Gomez Is Almost Unrecognizable on Interview’s Spring 2020 Cover

We’re all for magazines giving celebrities new looks and Interview gave Selena Gomez a makeover to mark her appearance on its Spring 2020 edition. Unlike Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and more recently WSJ. Magazine, Selena doesn’t look like herself on Interview‘s latest. In the stylized cover shot, the singer (who is about to bless us with a beauty line) wears a mix of Balenciaga, Vetements and Wolford selected by Mel Ottenberg before the lens of Eli Russell Linnetz.

Interview Spring 2020 : Selena Gomez by Eli Russell Linnetz

IMAGE: INTERVIEWMAGAZINE.COM

Members of our forums could barely believe their eyes. “That’s Selena?” questioned dodencebt the moment the cover struck.

“Why did they make her look like Cardi B?” asked tipi1355.

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Different doesn’t always mean better. “How did she (or, more importantly, her management) agree to this? Mind-blowing,” added [Piece Of Me].

MON felt the same way: “This Selena era has been terrible. The fact that she agreed to this…choices.”

“She looks like an influencer/YouTuber just starting out, not knowing her angles. I don’t think Selena’s team is managing these shoots. It’s more in line with what the magazine wants. The competition is also fierce so she can’t play that hardball anymore,” commented Benn98.

“Don’t like this at all! It’s weird to look at. This new era of Selena is confusing, I hope she really has found inner peace, but to me it looks more like she wants to convince herself of that rather than she really feels that,” declared a less-than-impressed apple.

Are you a fan? See Selena’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Dua Lipa Stars on a Pair of ELLE Covers for May 2020

You’re about to see a whole lot more of Dua Lipa down at newsstands. Fresh from the cover of Vogue Australia, the Brit songstress now takes to the cover of ELLE for May 2020. Making a return to the American fashion glossy exactly 12 months after her last appearance, Dua fronts two covers for the occasion both photographed by Zoey Grossman and styled by Charles Varenne. For cover one (below), Dua sports a look from Gucci’s Spring 2020 collection and covers up with a guitar from Moschino’s Spring 2020 collection on cover two (after the jump).

US Elle May 2020 : Dua Lipa by Zoey Grossman

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

Dua immediately divided our forums. “I became a Dua Lipa convert this past month so I’m kinda into this. Once you get used to the fact that she gives zero energy in every aspect of life, you start to enjoy what she does,” said dodencebt.

“The only pop queen I care about at the moment. Love!” exclaimed [Piece Of Me].

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“I do like this way better than Dua’s current Vogue Australia cover. I like the two-tone hair on Dua here and can appreciate there are zero gimmicks,” added vogue28.

Everyone else disagreed. “Tattoos, knickers showing, hair that may well be her own yet looks like a dodgy wig and that shade of blonde. Baffles me how this girl continues to book cover after cover because she sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry on a wall,” commented Benn98.

“She doesn’t look bad here, just this type of styling should be reserved for models if it’s to be used on covers. She doesn’t give any emotion with her eyes unfortunately,” Urban Stylin called out.

“I have seen awful covers in my lifetime, but this one takes the cake for 2020 already! It looks so obnoxious and CHEAP,” proclaimed Bertrando3.

US Elle May 2020 : Dua Lipa by Zoey Grossman

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

Care to see more? Check out Dua’s cover feature and join the debate here.