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Meghan Markle Guest Edits British Vogue’s September Issue

Edward Enninful continues to catapult British Vogue into a new dimension with each and every issue. In 2019 alone, Enninful has managed to secure Naomi Campbell, Naomi Scott, Kate Moss, Madonna, Zoë Kravitz and Karlie Kloss. And now the title’s all-important September issue is here.

Our forum members have been speculating who would land the coveted September cover. But in a surprising twist, the biggest news isn’t the cover star, but the guest editor. Meghan Markle helped co-edit British Vogue‘s “Forces for Change” issue. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, a total of 15 women grace the cover: Adut Akech, Gemma Chan, Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adwoa Aboah, Jacinda Ardern, Francesca Hayward, Ramla Ali, Christy Turlington Burns, Salma Hayek, Sinéad Burke, Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox and Yara Shahidi. There’s even a blank mirrored space to reflect our very own faces.

UK Vogue September 2019 : The ‘Forces for Change’ by Peter Lindbergh

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

But our forum members won’t be rushing down to the newsstand. “It looks like an Instagram promo post rather than the September cover of Vogue! What the hell is this? And the mirror…what a stupid gimmick so people think they are also part of this. NEXT!” declared Bertrando3.

“So bad, so bad. And that mirrored space? Couldn’t they just book one more cover star? How dumb. It looks like a fan-made cover…an arts and crafts project,” scoffed TommysBaby.

“I would be totally OK with this being an October cover, but September, are you kidding me! UGH!!” Miss Dalloway complained.

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In the same frame of mind was HeatherAnne: “I feel embarrassed for anyone who finds this inspirational. Hardly riveting choices. Besides Vogue you’re a fashion magazine, stay in your lane, we want a September fashion cover.”

“A checkerboard of clichés designed to hit all the right notes,” tigerrouge pointed out.

“What…is this? Could they not have executed this better? The suburban mom collage (especially with that mirror) looks cheesy,” commented a far from overjoyed Armani.

“Having an empowering message on their biggest issue of the year is GREAT, but THIS. DOES. NOT. LOOK. LIKE. A. FASHION. MAGAZINE. COVER. Especially when it’s September. It’s just wrong and I’m disappointed,” voiced crmsnsnwflks.

Blayne266 shared the same sentiments: “I think the whole collage group cover is messy and takes away from the ‘message’. I would have preferred to have multi-covers by Lindbergh, so it’s not so overwhelming and forced.”

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Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk Look Like Twins on Vogue Spain’s Captivating August 2019 Cover

Duo Luigi & Iango is probably our favorite fashion photographer right now (aside from Steven Meisel, of course). Over the years the pair has given Vogue Japan some of its most memorable and downright gorgeous covers. Now the duo is becoming a real asset to Vogue Spain (following a stunning Penélope Cruz offering back in April). So we aren’t at all surprised that Luigi & Iango shot another cover of the Spanish fashion bible, giving us a model pairing we never knew we needed: Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk. The dynamic duo could pass for twins in the August 2019 cover image, both sporting red lips, sleek hairstyles and matching black outfits selected by Juan Cebrian.

Vogue España August 2019 : Adriana Lima & Irina Shayk by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.ES

The cover went over really well on our forums. “Power couple! The hottest models with the blue eyes and dark hair combo. I can’t complain, I like the shot and the layout. Adriana’s beauty is much more striking and effortless to me though (despite the bad angle),” commented apple.

“How stunning, look at those million dollar faces, wow! Not even into them as models, but this is gorgeous!” expressed Miss Dalloway.

“I love the casting, Irina and Adriana are stunning and both amazing models!! And I love how the red lips pop out, especially with that great lighting. I think that’s really cool!” echoed Mercury6181.

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“What a gorgeous, captivating cover! Can’t take my eyes off it!” raved Velasco.

In the same frame of mind was aracic: “Definitely one of my favorite covers of the year along with Penélope’s April covers. Both women look breathtakingly beautiful.”

“Stunning cover, both look beautiful. Definitely one of the best covers this year,” agreed burbuja8910.

“Couldn’t have chosen a better couple. Such a stunning cover,” said SLFC.

“Why did this cover take so long? Can’t wait to purchase a copy!” declared AbbeyRoad.

Do you love the cover? Take a look at the cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Versace Goes Grunge for Its Fall 2019 Ad Campaign

Donatella Versace opted to bring back Steven Meisel to shoot Versace’s advertising campaigns in Spring 2018. But we’ve been longing for Meisel to ditch the plain studio backdrops. The photographer must have heard our cries loud and clear because he decided to shoot the brand’s Fall 2019 campaign in a warehouse. The ads once again feature a large cast, including Kaia Gerber, Anok Yai, Bente Oort, Maike Inga, Yassine Jaajou, Ilja Sizov, Huang Shixin and Paul Hameline all styled by Versace favorite Jacob K.

Versace F/W 2019.20 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: THEIMPRESSION.COM

Gerber’s image (above) was the first to drop and members of our forums didn’t exactly see eye to eye. “I hope that the tacky type of woman they achieved with this styling was intentional, I would like to see more of that direction. I can see local girls wearing cheap-looking furs like this with silly fake bags and their hair all messed up and cheap. She could almost be a hooker!” commented aracic.

“I actually like this first image, it’s wacky and tacky and it’s the fun that’s been missing from Versace. The brand seemed to take itself too seriously lately,” confessed dodencebt.

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“While I like the idea of the literal ‘bag lady’, the aesthetic doesn’t appeal to me for Versace, but it’s also interesting to see Kaia be presented in a new and different way,” said tigerrouge.

“This is like a Versace version of a Prada campaign,” mikel pointed out.

Forum member apple wasn’t a fan, either. “Well, let’s say that the collection was terrible in the first place. It didn’t feel Versace or innovative or desirable, it was just a mess. A good campaign with the right art direction could have made it more appealing, but these images only make it worse! You want to go grunge? Then do it! But make it look fashionable.”

“Bente? Maike? Anok? Sounds like anything but a Versace campaign cast, not even Kaia can save this from being and feeling irrelevant,” declared Riseup.

Versace F/W 2019.20 by Steven Meisel

IMAGES: THEIMPRESSION.COM

Did Versace miss the mark this season? Sound off and await more from the campaign here.

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Victoria Beckham Almost Bares All on Vogue Germany’s August 2019 Cover

The celebration of Vogue Germany’s 40th anniversary has been in full swing since January with the magazine opting to mark the occasion with each and every issue this year. But the majority of the magazine’s offerings have failed to hit the spot for our forum members. For August 2019, the title went with a semiclad Victoria Beckham. The three-time German Vogue cover star went before the lens of photographer Chris Colls in a coat from her own Fall 2019 collection pulled by Christiane Arp.

Vogue Germany August 2019 : Victoria Beckham by Chris Colls

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

Our forum members were divided. “This had so much potential. The background. The concept. Why did they have to choose such an unflattering shot AND that awful font?” questioned MON.

“Not for me at all. It’s not so much the clinical vibe of the cover, but the excessive retouching which puts me off,” said Benn98.

“I love me some Victoria Beckham, but doesn’t her head look disproportionately large compared to her body in this shot? That, and the baby back, is all I can see,” noted a far from impressed dodencebt.

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“That cover is awful, her face looks swollen!” proclaimed dfl-001.

KissMiss wasn’t feeling it, either. “This woman literally exudes no emotion. She looks permanently frozen, almost too conscious of herself and incapable of relaxing.”

Also majorly underwhelmed was HeatherAnne. “Have no idea why people are interested in her, she’s the definition of boring.”

But not everyone was so quick to bash the cover. “Never mind seeing Victoria Beckham on the cover of Vogue…but nothing seems to beat British Vogue from April 2008 by Nick Knight for me. Atrocious fonts aside, I do like the actual cover image here and can appreciate how clean and sleek everything looks,” reasoned vogue28.

Miss Dalloway was in the same frame of mind: “Beautiful, love her face here. With VB you don’t have much space for options, but I don’t think I have ever seen a cover with her from this angle. Well done team Vogue Germany.”

Want to see more? Check out Victoria’s cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Kate Moss Racks Up Her 21st Vogue Paris Cover

Given the current state of print, we can’t fault Emmanuelle Alt for playing it safe when it comes to Vogue Paris’ cover stars. We’ve already had two Rianne van Rompaey covers this year and just last month Gisele Bündchen was welcomed back for the 11th time. Now Kate Moss, another firm favorite, is back for August 2019 marking her 21st cover appearance for the French fashion bible (less than 12 months after her last appearance). Photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and styled by Alt herself, Moss serves us 80s realness in the vibrant, Andy Warhol-esque cover shot.

Vogue Paris August 2019 : Kate Moss by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

But the cover was a total flop. “Horrendous. She looks CGI here…and don’t get me started with that eye makeup,” critiqued Style Savvy the moment the cover dropped.

“Predictable. It’s a typical Kate Moss cover with some special effects,” ranted TommysBaby.

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“This is not what I expected for August and needless to say I’m not pleasantly surprised. I’m not even sure what’s worse here: the red filter, the eye makeup, the dripping gloss or the Vogue masthead? I mean, those red little stars and that blue is horrendous,” called out Valentine27.

Also far from impressed was Miss Dalloway: “Oh for crying out loud! WTF is this? How on earth is this appealing to anyone? I mean Kate Moss fanatics aside, why would ANY woman see this and want to pick up the issue?”

“Kate for Vogue Paris is already tedious, but with a result like this…there is no way to defend Alt!” said DK92.

“This cover is so bad, Kate looks terrible and the effects ruin the entire image,” proclaimed an underwhelmed burbuja8910.

Forum member dfl-001 shared the same sentiments: “This is shameful! If you’re going to use Kate, celebrate her for who she is.”

How do you feel about the cover? Check out some previews of the issue and join the conversation here.

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Miley Cyrus Goes Glam (Rock) for ELLE’s August 2019 Cover

Ever since she took over the helm of American ELLE back in 2018, our forums have had a newfound respect for Nina Garcia, partly due to the fact she’s revitalized the magazine by delivering a whole host of A-list cover stars (including Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Michelle Obama). Garcia also gave ELLE its first transgender cover star, Indya Moore. For the mag’s August 2019 issue, Garcia picked Miley Cyrus for the cover decked out in a glam rock look supplied by George Cortina and shot by Mario Sorrenti.

US Elle August 2019 : Miley Cyrus by Mario Sorrenti

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

But our forums weren’t feeling it. “That’s it?” asked MON.

“The cover styling looks like something they’d use on Taylor Swift. In fact, Taylor Swift would probably inhabit this look with more confidence. Here, it’s just unappealing from start to finish,” critiqued Benn98.

“I’m so sad that Cortina is involved in this mess,” expressed a disapproving Lola701.

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“Mario Sorrenti behind the lens and we get this? Disappointing to say the least, complete missed opportunity for something great — even with Miley Cyrus on the cover. The cover shot itself is completely lackluster, a nonevent and they need to seriously stop with the pink masthead already!” declared vogue28.

Handbag Queen was also unhappy with the outcome: “Her hairstyle is making her look much older than she is.”

“They aged her 10 years with that hooker styling. I don’t expect much from Miley, but they could have done so much better with her,” noted GivenchyHomme.

“I have a soft spot for Miley, but not soft enough to tolerate this,” confessed KissMiss.

SLFC felt the same way: “This is lazy and boring. ELLE had a good run this year. I guess every month can’t be expected to be good.”

Check out the accompanying cover feature and be sure to share your thoughts here.