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The First Prada Campaign From the Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons Era Feels Like a Huge Setback

Miuccia Prada announced Raf Simons as co-creative director of Prada back in 2020 and the partnership has been a topic of conversation on our forums ever since. Following the duo’s highly-anticipated Spring 2021 debut during Milan Fashion Week, the collection’s advertising campaign just dropped leaving us with questions that need to be answered. After a flawless Holiday 2020 campaign lensed by Steven Meisel, Miuccia and Raf don’t opt for a big-name photographer this time around. Instead, the pair relies on Ferdinando Verderi and a system of cameras to capture models like Isa Gustafsson and Dija Kallon from different angles.

Prada S/S 2021

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According to our forum members, Prada’s latest feels like a huge setback. “NO! After their holiday campaign, why this?” asked kokobombon.

“This reeks of Raf…such a pity. I had high hopes after that holiday campaign,” echoed aracic.

HFBvrg definitely agreed: “I thought this was a joke or some kind of Instagram project… So disappointed after a wonderful holiday campaign…”

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“I’d like to think that the holiday campaign was a signal of change as well, but knowing Raf, I also had my reservations. This campaign proves that he’s still not to be trusted,” Ken Doll Jenner chimed in.

“I’m already tired of Raf’s impact at Prada. As usual, super pretentious and full of fake intellectualism…” voiced Lola701.

YohjiAddict was also underwhelmed. “Very stale, a couple of nice shots, but for Prada it’s just so cold and sterile. Prada celebrates life, femininity and a certain joie de vivre.”

“This actually looks like a meme,” Nomar pointed out.

Prada S/S 2021

IMAGE: WWD.COM

Check out the rest of the brand’s Spring 2021 campaign and join the ongoing debate here.

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Versace Puts Together an All-Star Cast for Its Spring 2021 Campaign

Versace recently unveiled a mid-season campaign starring Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam. But the brand just dropped the good stuff with its official Spring 2021 campaign. In stark contrast to the underwater utopia presented during Milan Fashion Week, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott remain in the studio for the latest set of ads capturing an impressive cast consisting of Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Mica Argañaraz. Each pose before a gray backdrop sporting soaking wet hair letting Versace’s signature Trésor de la Mer print and new La Medusa handbag take center stage.

Versace S/S 2021 by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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The campaign became an instant hit on our forums. “It looks very trashy glam, I love it,” heralded kokobombon.

Forum member fluxxx shared the exact same sentiment: “It’s so tacky, I kinda like it!”

“I have to say this is the closest Versace has come to getting their trademark glossy, hypersexuality back…” approved Benn98.

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“This is the only good campaign thus far this season. Hailey actually looks amazing here…” added cheapthrills.

“The real shocker of this whole campaign is how well Kendall Jenner has photographed (her shot perhaps being my fave out of the bunch). I love all the black and how commanding her stare is (especially given Jenner’s lackluster track record),” vogue28 chimed in.

“Precious and Mona’s shoulders must be hurting from carrying this campaign,” proclaimed THD96.

But not everyone felt the same way. “The whole thing just comes off lazy and I’m not a fan of ‘here’s/buy the bag’ poses, especially when the bags presented are questionable,” voiced Ken Doll Jenner.

“I can’t even focus on the pictures, I’m too distracted by those embarrassingly ugly bags,” said apple.

Versace S/S 2021 by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGES: FASHIONISTA.COM

See more from Versace’s Spring 2021 campaign and share your thoughts here.

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Regina King Serves Retro Glamour on InStyle’s February 2021 Cover

InStyle dominated our must-read list through the majority of 2020. It’s all thanks to Laura Brown’s knack for delivering the crème de la crème of cover stars, including everyone from Kerry Washington to Alicia Keys to Cynthia Erivo to Viola Davis. This year seems to hold just as much promise with the mag giving us Jodie Comer last month and securing Regina King for February 2021. The American actress, director and current face of WSJ. Magazine sports a dress from Versace’s Spring 2021 collection and a selection of Bulgari jewelry for the retro-inspired cover image captured by Christian Cody.

US InStyle February 2021 : Regina King by Christian Cody

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Ultimately, the cover divided our forums. “My issue with InStyle’s attempt at going vintage is how on the nose their approach is. It makes the whole thing look dated,” critiqued Ken Doll Jenner.

“This is not pretty,” commented ThickGlossies.

“Fortunately, I canceled my subscription,” declared an uninterested jal718.

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“I miss the 2000-something era of this magazine,” proclaimed matheus_s.

“I want to like the cover, but the gaudy jewels are distracting. And InStyle‘s styling always looks so pedestrian to me even though they’ve got the same luxury brands we see in top magazines,” added Benn98.

“She is such a beautiful woman, she does not need that. All those sugary things are a bit too much. Her beauty saves everything, but from her red carpet appearances and the magazines, nobody is doing her justice,” Lola701 pointed out.

“The one thing I dislike about this is how Regina isn’t looking directly out toward us viewers, which is always a total bugbear of mine. Everything else, however, is a win. I love the orange, the gold jewelry, the beauty styling and just the overall look. Always nice to see Regina King!” praised vogue28.

Are you a fan? See more from InStyle‘s latest issue and join the conversation here.

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Modeling Icon Iman Stuns on a Pair of February 2021 Covers for British Harper’s Bazaar

We’re all for fresh faces greeting us down at newsstands and Lydia Slater has been delivering just that with the covers of British Harper’s Bazaar. The mag has gifted us Lashana Lynch along with Daisy Edgar-Jones and Gillian Anderson and kick-started 2021 with a fresh-faced Lucan Gillespie. Now we’re treated to Iman for February 2021 courtesy of photographer Paola Kudacki. The 65-year-old icon sports Alexander McQueen on the newsstand cover (below) and a threeASFOUR creation for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump).

UK Harper’s Bazaar February 2021 : Iman by Paola Kudacki

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

The covers caught the attention of our forum members. “Simple yet so stunning! I’d tone the styling down a bit, but the red and black befit Iman’s icon status. They’ve done her justice,” approved Benn98.

“The cover is a breath of fresh air, love the use of black and white teamed with the red masthead and fonts, which feels bold and refreshing for British Bazaar. No complaints here!” raved vogue28.

“This is stunning! Now compare this to Kendall Jenner‘s Vogue China cover. Here Iman is stunning: good pose, strong stare, the clothes look great and there’s power…” Bertrando3 pointed out.

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“Nice to see Iman on the cover and the main story is just beautiful. Edward Enninful should take notes…” declared burbuja8910.

But not everyone was in the same frame of mind. “It looks like Australian Bazaar to me. I love seeing Iman, but I’m not crazy about the cover. Maybe it will look more impactful in real life,” said Srdjan.

“I mean, when you make Iman look pedestrian, it’s just game over! From the bad lighting to the horrible styling to the drab black and white shot for February. No!” exclaimed Miss Dalloway.

Meanwhile, annikad described the outcome as “simply stunning,” but do you agree?

UK Harper’s Bazaar February 2021 : Iman by Paola Kudacki

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Check out the rest of Iman’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Kamala Harris Deserves Better Than Vogue’s Disappointing February 2021 Covers

We have to admit that Anna Wintour’s recent selection of cover subjects has been stellar. Both Naomi Campbell and Harry Styles graced the American fashion bible at the end of 2020. The mag also kicked off 2021 on a high note with four absolutely striking covers of Frances McDormand, Naomi Osaka, Paloma Elsesser along with Rosalía. Now, following in the footsteps of ELLE, Anna selects vice president-elect Kamala Harris for a pair of Vogue February 2021 covers with Tyler Mitchell behind the lens.

US Vogue February 2021 : Kamala Harris by Tyler Mitchell

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Our forum members obviously aren’t feeling either cover. “Zara is more luxurious,” Miran called out.

GivenchyHomme isn’t pleased: “This is why you don’t rush a very important cover.”

“The styling is so off-putting, especially in contrast to the rich, colorful, Victorian-esque background. It’s almost like you want to put her in a Marie Antoinette wig and gown at this point,” said GERGIN.

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Ken Doll Jenner clearly isn’t impressed. “This has Tyler Mitchell written all over it. The whole thing could’ve been more tolerable if the cheap-looking curtain wasn’t there, it wasn’t a full-length shot and it was in black and white.”

“Everything about this photo is terrible. The styling, the pose, the set design, etc. I wish she was in full glam and a better suit,” commented an unforgiving gunsnroses.

“I’m not expecting Vogue to turn Kamala into a Hollywood siren, but this? It just doesn’t feel right,” voiced dodencebt.

“I understand not wanting to glam her up in the middle of the pandemic before she has even been sworn in, but they could’ve at least given her a sharp suit a la Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Vanity Fair,” added a definitely disappointed Yohji.

US Vogue February 2021 : Kamala Harris by Tyler Mitchell

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

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Kendall Jenner Stars on Vogue China’s Spring-Worthy February 2021 Cover

All eyes have been on Vogue China recently following Angelica Cheung’s sudden departure from the publication. The majority of the magazine’s front covers in 2020 failed to impress our forum members, even with cover stars like Billie Eilish, Natalia Vodianova and Kaia Gerber. Cheung rounded out her tenure last month with a stunning Xiao Wen Ju offering. Now Kendall Jenner ushers in a new era for the Chinese fashion bible with the February 2021 issue. Captured by Autumn de Wilde, the popular model fittingly wears a floral Gucci dress (selected by stylist Max Ortega) while surrounded by flowers and greenery.

Vogue China February 2021 : Kendall Jenner by Autumn de Wilde

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.CN

The cover was a flop on our forums. “Angelica come back! Please!” pleaded Nomar the moment the cover dropped.

“What an insipid cover…” Miss Dalloway chimed in.

“The cover is so bad. Kendall, blink twice if you need help. How can Kendall have been modeling for six years and still show no improvement? She’s the poster child of everything I hate about nepotism models,” declared an uninterested THD96.

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Ghesquiere32 was also less than thrilled: “This and her Vogue Japan cover are both horrible covers. Stop sticking this girl on covers, it just doesn’t work. But Kendall has taught everybody one important lesson: just because you are tall, thin and pretty does not mean you are meant to model.”

“I mean it’s not terrible but somehow lifeless and definitely pedestrian,” admitted WAVES.

“A surprisingly unflattering photo of Kendall who, despite lacking in modeling skills, normally looks really beautiful in photos. Her hair is a mess, too. I like the setting and the vibe, though. It’s not terrible, it’s just kinda meh,” added KINGofVERSAILLES.

“I don’t hate the cover, it’s very understated and romantic without being too corny,” defended Benn98.

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