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Cardi B Dazzles on ELLE’s September 2020 Cover

Every year every major fashion glossy pulls out the big guns for their September issues. This year, amid the global health crisis, Vogue Japan tapped Kaia Gerber, British Vogue dropped an issue dedicated to activism and Harper’s Bazaar secured Rihanna. Over at ELLE, Nina Garcia managed to land none other than Cardi B who makes her ELLE debut for September 2020. The American rapper wears a dazzling crystal Area headpiece and a glittering Versace dress for the bold cover shot captured by Steven Klein.

US Elle September 2020 : Cardi B by Steven Klein

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

How did the cover fare on our forums? “I like it! Even with the black backdrop,” declared jorgepalomo the moment the cover dropped.

“She really isn’t photogenic at all, but it’s a strong cover! I like it,” admitted aracic.

“It’s an impactful cover, but I think that once again, they have failed to do Cardi justice,” commented Lola701.

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“Steven Klein for U.S. ELLE? That’s a big get. Too bad the results are rather lackluster. Her eyes are not strong enough and it reminds me too much of Adriana Lima’s Vogue Paris cover,” mikel pointed out.

“A beautiful woman with some Grace Jones styling would have made this a fantastic cover…instead, it’s like something from one of those series of RuPaul’s Drag Race where RuPaul is too busy to be a judge,” added tigerrouge.

“This is painful to look at. The styling is insanely terrible,” disapproved MON.

Miss Dalloway shared the same sentiment: “What an awful cover!”

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Zendaya Stuns on InStyle’s ‘Bold and Beautiful’ September 2020 Covers

Every month InStyle proves it’s equal (and often superior) to its competitors like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The mag has produced some stellar covers of late starring Alicia Keys, Carey Mulligan and Lady Gaga. Now Zendaya returns to front the publication three years after her last appearance. For the all-important September edition, the Emmy-nominated actress poses under the clear blue skies of Malibu before the lens of photographic duo AB+DM. Zendaya wears a dress from Aliétte for the newsstand cover (below) and sports Hanifa for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump) both picked by Law Roach.

US InStyle September 2020 : Zendaya by AB+DM

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

The covers quickly caught the attention of our forum members. “Wow. I’m in love with this!” praised caioherrero.

“First cover is stunning! Zendaya is one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen and the cover does her justice,” approved jorgepalomo.

“Zendaya is always a winner for me! She looks good!” Lola701 chimed in.

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Miss Dalloway shared the same enthusiasm: “Both fantastic covers, Zendaya works so well in print. That first cover is especially gorgeous.”

“I love this cover so much! It made me feel happy looking at it and this doesn’t happen a lot anymore with magazine covers…so I’ll definitely be buying this!” raved bluestar.

“Wow! Was not expecting this! Love everything about both covers! Bold and beautiful!” exclaimed Velasco.

“The ‘Fashion is Back’ cover line is enough to make me go weak at the knees… Fabulous newsstand cover, love the minimal styling and how sultry it feels,” voiced vogue28.

US InStyle September 2020 : Zendaya by AB+DM

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

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Kylie Jenner Looks Sultry in Saint Laurent on Vogue Hong Kong’s August 2020 Cover

Vogue Hong Kong just celebrated its first anniversary and it’s absolutely amazing how many A-listers have already appeared on its front cover. Like Gigi Hadid and Fei Fei Sun, Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell along with Natalia Vodianova. Now Kylie Jenner is added to the list. Landing her second Vogue cover this year, Kylie wears a Saint Laurent latex dress chosen by Jill Jacobs for the sultry shot captured by Greg Swales.

Vogue Hong Kong August 2020 : Kylie Jenner by Greg Swales

IMAGE: VOGUEHK.COM

Kylie’s latest divided our forums. “I’ll put my frustration with the Kardashian-Jenner-Instagram-millennial-blogger aesthetic aside and acknowledge that this cover is pretty and sexy,” confessed Srdjan.

“Easily one of their better covers,” approved MON.

“The cover image itself is pretty inoffensive, love the choice of the latex Saint Laurent dress for Kylie and can appreciate the simplicity of the art direction with the minimal cover lines,” said vogue28.

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Forum member russianelf was also pleasantly surprised. “Don’t know how much Photoshop went into this, but she looks amazing! And can certainly give Kendall a run for her money.”

“Seems more Paper than Vogue, but it’s not necessarily a bad cover,” admitted kenndale.

“Something about it looks very cheap,” critiqued Ghesquiere32.

“Kylie is Kylie. At best her portrayal of sexy will always come with a good dose of sleazy. For this shot, she has the advantage of slightly resembling a baby Janice Dickinson’s ‘sleazy sexy’. So I’ll take it,” defended Phuel.

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Models Celebrate Chanel for Chaos SixtyNine’s Issue #5

A model extravaganza is sometimes all you need to lift your spirits. And Chaos SixtyNine feeds our need with the unveiling of its latest issue. After first catching our attention back in 2018 with a series of covers showcasing models morphing into Mickey Mouse, the British biannual publication is back in the spotlight with its Issue #5 dedicated entirely to Chanel. The 13 collectible covers feature top models like Bella and Gigi Hadid, Adut Akech, Kendall Jenner, Natasha Poly, Vittoria Ceretti and Imaan Hammam wearing the French fashion house captured by Luigi & Iango, Cass Bird, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin or Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Chaos SixtyNine #5 2020 : 'The Chanel Issue'

IMAGES: SHOP.CHAOS.CLUB

What more could we ask for? “It looks quite spectacular to me,” praised aracic.

“Luigi & Iango are giving me life! I love how they mix the best of M&M and Steven Meisel,” kokobombon chimed in.

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“My name is written all over this, right up my alley in terms of a Luigi & Iango and Chanel overload — all in addition to the presence of Natasha Poly,” raved vogue28.

“There are actually quite a few covers that I like, including the one of Imaan, Mona, Vittoria and (sadly) Kendall,” admitted bluestar.

But not everyone was head over heels. “There are some cute ones, but most of them are unnecessary,” said misszk.

Chaos SixtyNine #5 2020 : 'The Chanel Issue'

IMAGES: SHOP.CHAOS.CLUB

Which cover will you be hunting down? Join the conversation here.

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Misan Harriman Becomes the First Black Man to Photograph British Vogue’s Cover

Edward Enninful is breathing new life into British Vogue. This year alone, we’ve witnessed 85-year-old Judi Dench make her U.K. Vogue debut, were blessed with a trio of covers celebrating frontline workers and treated to a whopping 14 covers featuring British landscapes just last month. Now the September issue has dropped and once again Enninful lands himself in the history books. Misan Harriman becomes the first black man to capture the front cover (below) in the magazine’s history with Adwoa Aboah and Marcus Rashford starring in the black-and-white cover image. Enninful also handpicked “faces of hope” from around the globe, including Dr. Meenal Viz, Tamika D. Mallory, Riz Ahmed, Janet Mock, Angela Davis, Jane Elliott, Alice Wong, Jesse Williams, Joan Smalls, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Yvette Williams and Patrick Hutchinson snapped by Texas Isaiah, Philip-Daniel Ducasse, Reginald Cunningham and Chrisean Rose.

UK Vogue September 2020 : The Faces of Hope

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

Unfortunately, the cover did not fare well on our forums. “Edward, my love, it’s getting old and boring!” declared helmutnotdead.

“So basically they did the same thing as their last September cover?” asked depordetioz.

“It’s a resounding NO from me, unfortunately. I understand the world is changing and in no way am I discrediting what the people included champion for, but Vogue is a fashion magazine first and foremost and the fashion angle is missing here,” critiqued vogue28.

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In the same frame of mind was MON: “The world is crumbling with hundreds dying every second and the last thing we’d all like to see is a cover that feels like a funeral. This is not the face of hope. This is why I look to Vogue Paris for fashion content.”

“I am so done with activism in fashion. Where is fashion in fashion?” wondered Scotty.

“As much as I applaud Edward for tackling social issues, this is Vogue not Time or The Telegram. He can cover social issues without compromising the fashion which is just as important,” agreed Urban Stylin.

Handbag Queen was also disappointed. “I don’t think fashion magazines should be in the business of ramming politics down our throats thinking they’ll stay relevant. Most of the social activists probably don’t read fashion magazines. Enough is enough!”

UK Vogue September 2020 : The Faces of Hope

IMAGE: THESUN.CO.UK

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Rihanna Covers Harper’s Bazaar’s All-Important September 2020 Issue

Rihanna is newsstand gold. Whether the songstress turned fashion and beauty mogul is serving up stellar covers for British Vogue, giving American Vogue its best cover in months or looking almost unrecognizable on Interview, she nails it each and every time. So we aren’t surprised that Harper’s Bazaar invited the icon back for a fifth time with the unveiling of its all-important September issue for 2020. Photographed by Gray Sorrenti, Rihanna gives good face sporting a face full of Fenty Beauty and a white Fenty shirt on the newsstand cover (below). For the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump), she works a Bottega Veneta coat under vibrant blue skies.

US Harper’s Bazaar September 2020 : Rihanna by Gray Sorrenti

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

The covers went down as a real treat — for the most part. “Rihanna is always a welcome cover subject!” cheered aracic.

“Tens, tens, tens across the board!” raved dodencebt.

“THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Great job, Harper’s Bazaar. This might be their best September cover in years,” approved crmsnsnwflks.

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KINGofVERSAILLES shared the same enthusiasm: “I quite like both covers. It feels relevant to the activism and social movements afoot, but not removed from the fashion and commercialism I want and expect from Bazaar.”

“Nice, always a pleasure to see Rihanna on magazine covers, but it could, undoubtedly, have been far better. They’ve certainly redeemed themselves after Rihanna’s May 2019 cover, which was almost headache-inducing,” critiqued vogue28.

Not everyone was shouting from the rooftops, however. “I’m sorry but Rihanna looks terrible! What a waste of a great cover subject,” disapproved RMDV.

San Marco described the outcome as “predictable,” but do you agree?

US Harper’s Bazaar September 2020 : Rihanna by Gray Sorrenti

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

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