Miuccia Prada ditched Steven Meisel as Prada’s campaign photographer back in 2016 — and our forum members are still not over it. Meisel’s replacement has been Belgian lensman Willy Vanderperre, who’s been capturing Prada’s collections for the past two years and, while some hit the spot, most have been pretty disappointing (see the Pre-Fall 2018 and Fall 2018 campaigns). Vanderperre now returns for the recently unveiled Resort 2019 spot starring models Sora Choi, Freja Beha Erichsen, Maaike Inga Felderhoff, Lineisy Montero, Julia Nobis and Anok Yai, captured in a psychedelic studio setting.
For the majority of our forum members, the campaign was just more of the same. “Cool but lifeless. In general, Willy’s Prada campaigns just fail to move me. Wish they could just go back to Meisel,” said Ed.
“I like Willi’s aesthetic but not for Prada, that’s the difference between him and Meisel. Meisel works for many brands and makes very different campaigns. Willy does the same for all the brands and editorials. Bring Steven back!!” protested zacatecas570.
“I think what I miss the most from the Meisel era is the versatility in terms of interpreting the Prada aesthetic. Meisel campaigns were different from seasons to seasons and offered a different range of models,” Lola701 chimed in.
Our forum members were quick to weigh in on their favorites. “Always a pleasure to see Keira, I’m a fan of the cover,” admired dodencebt the moment the cover struck.
“Nice to see Keira, she’s certainly a good fit with UK Bazaar – but that masthead would need to be glittery, because the image itself is quite sombre, as if she’s got a new role as a schoolteacher that wears a lot of Chanel,” commented tigerrouge.
“I prefer Gemma’s cover. It looks like something from the Lucy Yeoman’s era,” said A.D.C.
There’s no word yet on the theme of Burberry’s 2018 film, set to drop on November 13, but the brand revealed on Instagram such details such as cast, title and director/photographer. As expected, the campaign is a star-filled one featuring Juno Calypso, Matt Smith, M.I.A, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naomi Campbell and Valerie Morris. Mark your calendars for November 13 and get ready to “Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas by Calypso.”
Is it any wonder Adut Akech is shortlisted to become the British Fashion Council’s Model of the Year? She has captivated us ever since she made her exclusive debut on Saint Laurent’s Spring 2017 catwalk, moving on to cover Vogue Italia, i-D and Edward Enninful’s first-anniversary issue of British Vogue. Not to mention, becoming the face of mega brands Moschino, Zara and Valentino. So we certainly can’t blame Vogue Australia for giving the December 2018 cover to the Sudan-born beauty. The magazine profiles Adut as she returns to her family home in the city of Adelaide, photographed by Charlie Dennington and styled by Jillian Davison. Dressed in a vibrant Schiaparelli number, Adut is joined by her adorable baby sister Akuol for the sweet cover, which is sure to brighten your day.
Our forums loved it. “What a gorgeous cover, this will look so lovely at the newsstands,” admired Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.
“Beautiful and vibrant. Love Adut!” exclaimed Nepenthes.
“Absolutely gorgeous cover (also that baby is a born model)” forum member bluestar added.
For what was once considered the most fashion forward, most provocative and most prestigious fashion magazine on the market, our forums have been pretty underwhelmed by Vogue Italia’s efforts in 2018 (all thanks to editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti). The magazine started the year with a dreary digital-inspired Fran Summers cover and even Steven Meisel couldn’t save the March issue. Our forums panned Gigi Hadid‘s May cover, Kaia Gerber‘s July cover and Madonna‘s August cover. Now, the title drops three almost-identical Freja Beha Erichsen covers for November 2018, which picture the Danish model (and firm forum favorite) photographed by Ethan James Green “on the move” and doing little else.
Of course, it didn’t long for our forums to debate Vogue Italia’s latest. “OMG, this magazine is trash now,” slammed caioherrero.
“It used to take some time before a magazine would get fixed in its ways, with each editor’s formula slowly calcifying into basic repetition – but this edition seems to have been rigidly unimaginative from the start. Lifeless,” voiced tigerrouge.
“Even Freja can’t save this. What has this magazine turned into?” bluestar asked. (more…)
If you’re an avid reader of US Harper’s Bazaar like ourselves, you’re aware that the magazine often goes down the same (sometimes cheesy) route when it comes to its cover shoots. Back in March, Jennifer Lopez was captured flying above downtown Los Angeles, Julia Roberts took us rock climbing last month and now, Margot Robbie swings high above the hills of Malibu for Bazaar‘s December/January issue. In the bright newsstand cover (below), the Chanel brand ambassador is all smiles, flashing her pearly whites for photographer Camilla Akrans in a look from Chanel’s Fall 2018 Haute Couture collection as she finally makes her US Bazaar cover debut.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
The all-important question remains: were our forum members impressed? “Radiant smile, but this is such a cookie cutter US Bazaar cover! Imagine Reese [Witherspoon] in this in 2007. This magazine is a lost cause. And what’s happening with her eyes?” wondered Benn98.
“She looks strangely plastic on that cover, like a Barbie doll or Stepford wife with a fake smile. Shame because she’s easily one of the most gorgeous actresses out there at the moment,” wrote Morgane07.
“Why such high level of cheese? I know it’s US HB, and Glenda [Bailey], but damn, how long will this woman be employed before the Hearst suits realize just what a joke HB is?” asked Miss Dalloway.