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Renée Zellweger’s InStyle December 2019 Cover Receives Mixed Reviews

If we gave out an award for Editor of the Year, InStyle‘s Laura Brown would undoubtedly be a contender thanks to her impeccable cover choices. In 2019 alone, Brown has dropped covers featuring Melissa McCarthy, Ciara, the cast of Big Little Lies, Priyanka Chopra, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Elle Fanning. Now the mag closes out the year with Renée Zellweger. Shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, the actress poses barefoot wearing an embellished Miu Miu number for the newsstand cover (below) and dons a black Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit on the subscribers’ cover (after the jump).

US InStyle December 2019 : Renée Zellweger by Sebastian Faena

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

But the covers divided our forums. “I actually really like the cover and once again Laura has her finger on the pulse. I hope Renée has a great awards run; seeing her on the red carpet is always wonderful!” raved dodencebt.

“I think Laura did a great job again,” admired caioherrero.

“Must admit that I did expect InStyle to go all out with the festive glamour this month, but I cannot deny that’s a beautiful cover (and still kinda festive with the embellishments on the Miu Miu dress). Renée has photographed beautifully here, the team has done her justice!” praised vogue28.

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MON was also a fan: “I like the second cover. It has this sultry vibe to it.”

Although not everyone fell head over heels. “I know the lemon juice squint will, as usual, rub a lot of people wrong, but honestly, she looks great other than that. I don’t like her hair and I don’t think the dress she’s wearing is suitable for the mood on the first cover,” noted Benn98.

“The way they’ve Photoshopped her head on her neck on the first cover is disturbing. It’s obvious the head came from a different shot,” an eagle-eyed mikel pointed out.

“Too artificial. She actually looks like she’s made of plastic on that second cover!” proclaimed dfl-001.

US InStyle December 2019 : Renée Zellweger by Sebastian Faena

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska Join Forces for V Magazine’s Winter 2019 Cover

V Magazine has undoubtedly lost its edge over recent years and the only two covers to capture our attention lately featured Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid. Following an underwhelming 20th anniversary celebration back in August, the magazine unveils its Winter 2019 installment starring the three actresses from the upcoming Charlie’s Angels remake: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. The trio huddle together in the Carin Backoff-shot cover, each wearing a crop top from Chanel and a pair of Guess blue jeans picked by Karen Langley.

V Magazine #122 Winter 2019 : Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott & Ella Balinska by Carin Backoff

IMAGE: VMAGAZINE.COM

But the cover was a big flop on our forums. “Crikey, what have they done to the flawless Naomi Scott? Everything is a miss, from the hair to the makeup to the styling,” ranted Benn98 the moment the cover dropped.

“Does anyone buy this magazine? This is pure trash now,” called out caioherrero.

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“I like the idea of jeans with Chanel…but this is still a little too Glamour magazine for me,” said Xone.

Nomar was also quick to critique the styling: “They look like a bunch of rich teenagers trying to be edgy.”

MON wasn’t impressed by the cover shot, either. “What an utter disservice to the beauty of Naomi and Ella. They should have never extended the logo beyond their faces.”

“The Chanel tops paired with Guess jeans was a good call; teenagers will probably eat it right up just like they will this unnecessary remake,” commented dodencebt.

Forum member phungnam96 simply called the cover “basic.”

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Several Models of the Moment Come Together for Chanel’s Chic Cruise 2020 Campaign

We’re still grieving the loss of Karl Lagerfeld so it’s hard to believe we’ve already had four collections and one mainline advertising campaign since his departure. The Chanel Fall 2019 campaign introduced Virginie Viard’s chic aesthetic to the famed French fashion house and the new ads for the brand’s Cruise 2020 collection follow suit. Models-of-the-moment Adut Akech, Anna Ewers, Fran Summers, Jing Wen, Kerolyn Soares, Kiki Willems and Vittoria Ceretti pose before a white backdrop for photographer Karim Sadli as the ladies showcase the travel-inspired collection in the campaign styled by Max Pearmain.

Chanel Resort 2020 : Jing, Adut, Fran, Kerolyn, Kiki, Anna & Vittoria by Karim Sadli

IMAGE: CHANEL.COM

Less is always more, right? The campaign divided our forums. “Absolutely terrible products. I never thought I’d see the day that Chanel looked cheap, but here we are! The jackets look like they’re made of terry cloth, then they’re styled with those $2 leggings. To top it off is a belt made of leftover chains and gift wrap ribbons. What a disaster!” proclaimed GivenchyHomme.

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“Karl knew how to pull this off, but unfortunately these people don’t. You can’t have uneventful clothes and an uneventful campaign. Had they used some more dynamic poses, like Max Mara, something playful and fun, this could’ve been a fantastic campaign because it would be harder to notice the weak clothes that look like knockoffs,” aracic ranted.

Chanel Resort 2020 : Jing, Adut, Fran, Kerolyn, Kiki, Anna & Vittoria by Karim Sadli

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Benn98 was also unimpressed. “The looks in the first shot don’t seem very far from Escada. Didn’t pick that up from the runway collection. Not a great sign for Chanel. And these shots seem far too commercial.”

But not everyone was unhappy with the outcome. “It’s not bad. It’s not offensive. But it’s not very inspiring. I seriously get a vibe that Virginie is just a palate cleanser before they appoint a new CD who will take Chanel in a new direction. Everything about her creative choices is textbook. Beautifully executed. Well-designed. But not much to desire,” reasoned TaylorBinque.

“Max Pearmain doing Chanel! I’m here for it… I think the campaign perfectly evokes the spirit of some of Karl’s best and simpler campaigns at Chanel,” testified Lola701.

“The black and white portraits are the best,” noted dfwn2n.

Chanel Resort 2020 : Jing, Adut, Fran, Kerolyn, Kiki, Anna & Vittoria by Karim Sadli

IMAGE: CHANEL.COM

Check out Chanel’s latest campaign in full and join the conversation here.

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Lady Gaga Brings the Glamour for ELLE’s December 2019 Cover

All the big-name celebrities are flocking to ELLE, largely due to the fact that Nina Garcia has propelled the magazine to new heights since she took over the reins of the American fashion glossy back in 2018. Just this year, Garcia gave covers to Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Indya Moore, Lizzo and a whole host of others. She continues to impress as we wave goodbye to 2019 by picking Lady Gaga for the mag’s December 2019 cover. Decked out in Marc Jacobs, the singer/actress/makeup mogul returns to the cover a year after her last appearance, posing before the lens of photographer Sølve Sundsbø in grand style.

US Elle December 2019 : Lady Gaga by Sølve Sundsbø

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

The majority of our forum members had nothing but praise for Gaga’s latest cover. “In a sea of hideous December covers, this one is certainly a win in my book. It’s festive and fun despite being a simple studio portrait. Gaga looks absolutely beautiful…” raved aracic.

“Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs is a winner in my book!” heralded GERGIN.

“This is a very good cover in my book! It feels December, but without it being too cliché,” proclaimed [Piece Of Me].

 

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Sharing the same sentiment was LastNight: “I love this. It’s overly styled, overly sweet and yet it works perfectly. The cover will undoubtedly pop on the newsstand and it has a festive quality to it without relying on red, green or gold.”

“I’m not mad at it at all. They actually managed to deliver a cover that’s very Gaga and yet a kind of fresh take on her. It should stand out well on newsstands,” said MyNameIs.

But the cover didn’t suit everyone’s taste. “Nothing looks as if it fits, in any sense of the word. The clothes don’t fit her, the makeup doesn’t fit the clothes, the hat doesn’t fit the season. The only saving grace is her confidence in being able to carry off the most ludicrous of looks,” noted tigerrouge.

Benn98 was in the same frame of mind. “Not for me, the makeup is too much, especially the Jessica Rabbit lips. And that shade of yellow is quite ugly. We’ve been seeing a lot of hats on covers and none of them seem to get it right.”

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

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Strikes a Pose on Vogue’s Fabulous December 2019 Cover

Our forums have been applauding Anna Wintour over recent months since she’s offered up spectacular Vogue covers featuring Olivia Colman and Rihanna. And she keeps her impressive streak going by ending 2019 on an absolute high by welcoming Phoebe Waller-Bridge to American Vogue‘s cover for the very first time. Another win for photographer Ethan James Green, the British actress, writer and producer photographs beautifully, looking regal and poised in a one-shoulder Saint Laurent Spring 2020 dress picked by Tonne Goodman for the December 2019 cover shot.

US Vogue December 2019 : Phoebe Waller-Bridge by Ethan James Green

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

Members of our forums were simply in awe of Vogue‘s latest cover. “Oh wow, JUST got to watching the second season of Fleabag and I was thinking where are this woman’s covers! And here we are, LOVE IT! Kudos to Anna for giving her the cover!” applauded Miss Dalloway.

“Very unexpected, but I love it! Very festive! I’m happy when I see new faces on their covers. And another win for Ethan, two great covers in a row!” noted jorgepalomo.

“God, she’s just so perfect and well-deserved for this cover and then there’s that pose, which is a bit much, but it works! Plus, finally some festive glamour,” approved Benn98.

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“I absolutely love Phoebe and I am so excited that she got the cover! It’s quite festive indeed, even though Ethan James Green’s gritty style is still present,” wrote dodencebt.

Marc10 was also a fan of Vogue‘s latest cover conquest: “YES YES YES! What a great surprise. She’s probably my favorite person right now and exactly the type of woman that should be celebrated in media.”

“Yes, give this woman everything. All the covers, all the awards, everything. So deserving,” raved Wintergreen.

“Excellent! I’m so happy Phoebe landed a U.S. Vogue cover, absolutely love this woman. I do believe Anna still has it in her to surprise us,” said honeycombchild.

Also quick to praise the cover was LastNight. “Glorious! This is what a Vogue cover looks like; a brilliant, beautiful star photographed in some great piece of fashion — it’s simple, effective glamour.”

Be sure to check out Phoebe’s cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Angelina Jolie’s Holiday Harper’s Bazaar Cover Fails to Captivate

Despite Harper’s Bazaar not being the most creative, cutting edge or riveting fashion magazine on newsstands, Glenda Bailey still has some serious pull with the A-list crowd. In 2019 alone, the mag has counted Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, Serena Williams and Demi Moore as Harper’s Bazaar cover stars. Angelina Jolie helps the publication close the chapter on 2019 by returning to the American title for the double December/January edition a little over two years after her last appearance. Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø with Patrick Mackie on styling duties, the actress stars on the newsstand cover (below) wearing a barely visible gold chain Oscar de la Renta dress. For the striking subscribers’ offering (after the jump), Angelina covers up with a white veil.

US Harper’s Bazaar December 2019/January 2020 : Angelina Jolie by Solve Sundsbo

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

But our forum members won’t be dashing down to the newsstand anytime soon. “I find the composition and cropping most criminal. How on earth is Glenda Bailey allowed to prosper? And Angelina’s covers are becoming painfully generic. Fail!” Benn98 exclaimed the moment the cover dropped.

“The first cover is just so bad and really unflattering,” echoed Nomar.

“She looks possessed on the cover,” mikel pointed out.

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Lola701 wasn’t excited by the outcome, either: “It’s quite terrible! It’s so terrible that it becomes funny!”

“Sølve Sundsbø and team failed to deliver the goods with this one. Yet I can admit the subscribers’ cover is far superior as opposed to the atrocious newsstand alternative! Angelina looks…frozen and static (just like me sitting here in total shock over how bad this all is),” voiced vogue28.

“A softer expression — a hint of a smile — would have gone a long way, but I’ll still take this shot over many of the other covers they’ve produced this year,” reasoned tigerrouge.

Fiercification was one of the few dissenters. “I’m honestly not mad. Her expression is a bit tragic on the cover, but at least there are nice shots in the veil. And thank God she’s not dressed like an executive again, for once!”

US Harper’s Bazaar December 2019/January 2020 : Angelina Jolie by Solve Sundsbo

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

Check out Angelina’s cover shoot and join the ongoing debate here.