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Achenrin Madit, Abby Champion and Mona Tougaard Strike Several Strong Poses in Zara’s Spring 2021 Campaign

Steven Meisel has photographed Zara’s campaigns since Spring 2017. Many showstopping images later, the partnership clearly remains strong. Now Meisel along with Karl Templer travel to the California desert for Spring 2021. Achenrin Madit, Abby Champion along with Mona Tougaard also made the trip. Each strikes especially fierce poses for the absolutely dazzling images.

Zara S/S 2021 : Abby, Mona & Achenrin by Steven Meisel


Of course, our forum members are certainly fans. “I’m getting Karolina Kurkova and Caroline Ribeiro by Meisel and I’m all for it,” declared helmutnotdead.

“As usual, Zara’s advertising campaign is far superior than most high-fashion brands…” added an unquestionably psyched vogue28.

“The fact that they just upstaged like each and every single of the top brands’ campaigns with a single shot speaks volumes. Each shot is simply a masterpiece!” exclaimed an obviously thrilled aracic.

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“Thank you Steven, us fashion lovers truly appreciate someone who can actually take good photos,” said bluestar.

Valentine27 was clearly impressed, too. “Wow, this is glorious. Zara x Steven Meisel is setting the bar pretty high!”

“The images are stunning. The clothes look luxurious and expensive,” admired guimon.

“Beautiful and really beyond anything else anyone is doing right now,” shared an especially pleased Fiercification.

Zara S/S 2021 : Abby, Mona & Achenrin by Steven Meisel


See the decidedly stellar campaign here.

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Gisele Bündchen’s Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 Covers Look Awfully Familiar

This year is looking bright for Vogue Hong Kong and it’s all thanks to Kat Yeung’s impeccable choice of cover stars. We were treated to a model extravaganza for February and the mag gave us Kate Moss on three covers last month. Now Gisele Bündchen makes an appearance for April. The team traveled to Costa Rica for the occasion with the supermodel decked out in three looks from Christian Dior’s Spring 2021 collection (picked by stylist Bobette Cohn) photographed among the lush wilderness by Kevin O’Brien for three collectible covers.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 : Gisele Bündchen by Kevin O'Brien


The covers immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “Geez, I predicted this would be the same hippie crap Gisele has been giving us over the past decade. Regardless she is very beautiful and the second cover is probably the best one,” said GERGIN.

“She looks good… The ‘Mother Earth’ role she has been playing is just tiresome at this point. Serve us some fierce glamazon please,” pleaded THD96.

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“You can not convince me that these are not recycled from her past ‘nature lover‘ photoshoots from the last couple of years,” 90sbea pointed out.

“I refuse to believe that it’s a new shoot,” echoed mikel.

“She looks gorgeous in these images, though I do feel like I’ve seen this already,” agreed Joromana.

Urban Stylin shared the same sentiment: “Gisele for the sustainable issue with lots of greenery, so groundbreaking! She looks good, especially in the second cover, but it’s all predictable.”

“She looks beautiful on all three covers, but I would have liked to have seen something different from her,” noted Sensation.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 : Gisele Bündchen by Kevin O'Brien


Which cover do you prefer? Share your thoughts on Vogue Hong Kong’s latest here.

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Vogue Japan’s May 2021 Cover Makes Us Want to Switch Places With Imaan Hammam

As a result of the ongoing global health crisis, travel isn’t on the agenda for the vast majority of us. But we’re living vicariously through the covers and pages of our favorite fashion glossies. After Vogue Paris transported us to Mexico, Vogue Japan is now taking us back to the Italian region of Puglia with its May 2021 cover shoot. Firm forum favorite Imaan Hammam returns to the Japanese fashion bible this month. Captured by photographic duo Luigi & Iango and styled by Anna Dello Russo, the Dutch beauty lounges in a glitzy Burberry dress and heels for the glam and summery shot.

Vogue Japan May 2021 : Imaan Hammam by Luigi & Iango


“Gorgeous! It’s so summery and glamorous,” raved KINGofVERSAILLES.

“Love it! Looks very luxe and summery,” echoed Benn98.

“This is fabulous! Perfect for summertime and Imaan looks like a dream,” said [Piece Of Me].

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Mrs.T was also quick to show the cover some love: “That’s why models need to be on the cover of fashion magazines! No Instagram stars, celebs, influencers…just models!”

“I’m speechless, this is amazing! Imaan is one of those rare models of our times who truly knows how to strike a pose and give face,” applauded FashionMuseDior.

“Oh, I love this. This is very striking indeed! Vogue Japan is really reinventing itself by slowly veering away from the studio shots. As much as I love their studio covers, the last few outdoor covers were pleasantly decent,” MON pointed out.

“Amazing cover, Imaan looks gorgeous…” voiced burbuja8910.

Imaan’s cover feature is a total must-see. Check it out, see what else Vogue Japan’s latest has to offer and share your thoughts here.

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An Impressive Cast Carries Chanel’s Signature Bag in the Brand’s New Campaign

You could argue that ever since Virginie Viard took over the helm of Chanel from the late Karl Lagerfeld, the majority of the brand’s advertising campaigns have been less than impressive. (With the exception of Steven Meisel‘s handbag campaign.) For Spring 2021, not even Charlotte Casiraghi and a majestic Monaco backdrop were able to save Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s portraits. Now the photographic duo is welcomed back to shoot Chanel’s latest handbag campaign. Putting the spotlight on the brand’s signature 11.12 bag, Rianne Van Rompaey, Imaan Hammam, Louise de Chevigny, Zoé Adjani and Anna Mouglalis are captured around the Paris neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés each sporting different versions of the iconic quilted handbag.

Chanel Handbags 2021 by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


“Where is Meisel when we need him?” asked thiago:) the moment the campaign dropped.

“I like the cast, but it should have been done by Meisel or Karim Sadli,” echoed Lola701.

“This is a nice, effective campaign, but seeing just half of the faces bugs me…” critiqued GivenchyAddict.

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GivenchyHomme wasn’t impressed, either. “It’s obviously Chanel, but what makes it special? Where is the intrigue behind it? Is it just about a French girl going about town with her expensive handbag? All she’s missing is an iPhone and her Starbucks.”

“It looks like a paid Instagram post from influencers. Also why bother with a campaign knowing that the bag is a best-seller?” badgalcrush pointed out.

But not everyone felt the same way. “I like it, very cinematic…” admired THD96.

“Despite the cropping of the faces, I think the outcome is brilliant and the lack of face in each image only highlights the handbag itself — which, of course, is the whole point of the campaign,” voiced vogue28.

Chanel Handbags 2021 by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


See Chanel’s latest handbag campaign in full and join the conversation here.

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Not Even Jane Fonda Can Save Harper’s Bazaar’s April 2021 Cover

Despite our love/hate relationship with Glenda Bailey‘s Harper’s Bazaar, Samira Nasr has yet to make a real impression. Recent covers featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Awkwafina and Vanessa Kirby have fallen short. Now the magazine welcomes Jane Fonda to cover its April 2021 issue. Captured by Mario Sorrenti with George Cortina reporting for styling duties, the actress and political activist wears a black sequin Ralph Lauren dress in the stark cover image.

US Harper’s Bazaar April 2021 : Jane Fonda by Mario Sorrenti


Once again, Harper’s Bazaar failed to hit the mark. “Ugh, the sad part is that without the ‘edgy’ hair and minimal makeup this could have been stunning. Spectacular, really,” said Benn98.

“Another dud of a Harper’s Bazaar cover under Samira Nasr, if you ask me. You have Jane Fonda, the dream team that is Mario Sorrenti and George Cortina yet the hairstylist ruined the whole outcome. The hair is atrocious!” expressed vogue28.

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In the same frame of mind was bluestar: “I appreciate that Samira’s Bazaar is trying to be different from Glenda’s era, but c’mon, this is the result of having Jane Fonda and Mario Sorrenti? This feels very lackluster and just unappealing.”

“This just does not work for me. Her sultry expression comes across as sinister. She looks like a villain,” noted Summer Day.

Forum member jal718 described the cover as “absolutely horrific,” but do you agree?

Check out Jane’s accompanying cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Deserves Better Than British ELLE’s ‘Awful’ April 2021 Covers

We’re always happy to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Can you blame us? Time and time again, the Brit beauty has delivered, like fronting Vogue Korea and both the Australian and British editions of Harper’s Bazaar. Following a five-year hiatus, Rosie reappears on the cover of British ELLE for April 2021. For the newsstand cover image (below), Rosie wears an Emporio Armani top and a pair of high-waisted briefs from Les Girls Les Boys (picked by stylist Aurelia Donaldson) before a pink backdrop for photographer Quentin Jones. While on the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump), Rosie takes it all off.

UK Elle April 2021 : Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Quentin Jone


But the majority of our forum members believed Rosie deserved much better. “Farrah Storr’s ELLE is dated,” declared MON.

“That hair ruined an otherwise perfectly fine cover,” called out mikel.

“Sorry, it’s plain a** ugly — both covers in fact. If you manage to make Rosie appear ugly, then it’s a pretty huge feat as a magazine or photographer,” complained Bertrando3.

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“Rosie’s worst cover ever,” Srdjan chimed in.

“Always love me some Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but the color scheme is about the only element I can tolerate here. The beauty styling is awful, absolutely loathe the straggly hair in the cover shot and very much doubt anyone is wanting to emulate it, either,” added vogue28.

Benn98 disagreed: “I like the cover, maybe it’s the pose, the color combination with her tan and the lean, athletic physique. It’s also very brave of them to go with Rosie in her knickers, but I don’t find it sexual at all. It’s more trendy because that style of knickers is very much in right now.”

“I like the color scheme. That’s about it,” said annikad.

UK Elle April 2021 : Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Quentin Jone


Check out Rosie’s accompanying cover feature and share your thoughts here.