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Steven Meisel Captures Models in Motion for Max Mara’s Fall 2019 Campaign

There’s a certain roster of models, photographers, stylists, brands and magazines our forum members are bias toward. Steven Meisel’s one of those photographers who can almost do no wrong. Just like his advertising campaigns for Moschino and Zara, Meisel’s campaigns for Max Mara always impress (like Fall 2017 with Grace Elizabeth, Spring 2018 with Cara Taylor, Pre-Fall 2018 with Fei Fei Sun and last season’s extravaganza). The Italian fashion brand’s Fall 2019 campaign follows suit with Meisel shooting a whole host of models, including Mona Tougaard, Emily Driver, Bente Oort, Anok Yai and Hyun Ji Shin, leaping across the studio in the classic and chic photos.

Max Mara F/W 2019.20 by Steven Meisel


Our forums were head over heels for the campaign. “Stunning girls, stunning ad. Max Mara never lets me down,” applauded mathiaskatz.

“Undoubtedly one of my favorite fashion campaigns ever. Meisel magic!” raved Ed..

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“It’s very dynamic and it sells the clothes in the way ad campaigns did before the 2010s, I like it,” approved dodencebt.

Sharing the same enthusiasm toward the campaign was bluestar: “Love the energy of this campaign. The clothes look great and the girls look beautiful.”

Max Mara F/W 2019.20 by Steven Meisel


“This campaign has grown on me to no end, transporting me back to the good old days when American Vogue would be filled with those jumping editorials shot in the studio. Meisel captured the collection perfectly against the white backdrop, love the sense of motion with each image, too!” said Vogue28.

“Classic Max Mara. I loooove this!” declared Royal-Galliano.

“I really do love this campaign. Really feels nostalgic in the best way,” agreed kenndale.

“Simple, but effective enough. Emily (above) looks like a pro,” noted ForTheImage.

“Emily looks amazing! Love Max Mara ads,” commented anlabe32.

Also quick to point out their favorite models was bluebanter: “Wow, I love this campaign. Mona and Hyun Ji are my favorites here.”

Max Mara F/W 2019.20 by Steven Meisel


See the full campaign in all its glory and share your thoughts with us here.

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Nothing but Love for Missy Elliott’s Marie Claire August 2019 Cover

If you’ve visited your local newsstand recently, you’ve probably noticed your favorite fashion glossies are sticking with the same old cover stars (Harper’s Bazaar and Jennifer Aniston and British Vogue plus Kate Moss are prime examples). But Marie Claire continues to think outside the box by giving its August 2019 cover to Missy Elliott. A total treat, Missy sports an embroidered Dolce & Gabbana coat picked by June Ambrose for the eye-catching cover shot by Micaiah Carter.

US Marie Claire August 2019 : Missy Elliott by Micaiah Carter


Members of our forums were ecstatic. “I’ll take everything! The hideous jacket, the OTT hair and that gaudy necklace because she’s the only one who can make it work. So happy she got this cover and wow, Micaiah Carter getting mainstream support. This entire effort screams brave and ballsy, which I like,” applauded Benn98.

Hallelujah! Fabulous! I don’t even care about the cover itself, just having Missy is enough for me!” praised Lola701.

“Very happy to see Missy!” exclaimed KateTheGreatest.

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Marie Claire really ups the ante when it comes to diversity this year. I like this cover. For some reason, the gaudiness has a surreal, camp-like quality to it. The overall effort is that rare occasion where maximalism manages to provide us with a feast for the eyes instead of an eyesore,” raved Ken Doll Jenner.

Forum member happycanadian is also a fan: “Completely and utterly in love with this. Missy looks sensational.”

“What a nice surprise! I like the way this edition has gone with the magazine, not always visually, but there have been some strong choices,” noted honeycombchild.

“I love everything about this. The true queen of hip-hop,” declared KINGofVERSAILLES.

US Marie Claire August 2019 : Missy Elliott by Micaiah Carter


See Missy’s cover feature in full and join the conversation here.

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Ariana Grande’s Givenchy Fall 2019 Campaign Is Finally Here

Our forums were sent into utter turmoil back in May when Givenchy announced Ariana Grande as its new brand ambassador. After numerous teasers splashed across social media, we finally get to see the singer showcase Clare Waight Keller’s sleek, sophisticated and elegant Fall 2019 collection. Photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Law Roach (a firm favorite of Ariana), Vogue‘s current cover girl strikes poses in the studio before a clean backdrop, leaving our forum members speechless.

Givenchy F/W 2019.20 : Ariana Grande by Craig McDean


“The collaboration NO ONE asked for!” declared grimm.

“It makes no sense and Ariana doesn’t fit Clare’s Givenchy at all (since she doesn’t really have her own style, just that annoying fake ponytail). But I don’t think it’s Clare’s fault that they picked Grande, it’s just the PR division that is to blame here. They have no clue what they are doing,” commented perhydrol.

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“Wait, this is really the main campaign, I thought it was going to be for a perfume or something! I can’t believe someone thought Ariana would be a good fit for that collection and I also can’t believe her team agreed to this,” exclaimed dodencebt.

Lola701 wasn’t feeling it, either. “It’s Clare’s fault. She is responsible for everything in the fashion department. This is all her fault. This woman has no vision for Givenchy…”

“Arivenchy? This feels so embarrassing and out of touch. Does Givenchy not have a marketing team? Ariana is about 100 light years away from Givenchy’s image, style, brand, whatever you wanna call it,” disapproved Melancholybaby.

“A tragedy. Like I said when this was announced, this pairing makes no sense and the result is even worse than expected. The green suit photos are ridiculous, her makeup is a mess and none of this is believable,” scoffed mistress_f.

Are you a fan of Arivenchy? Join the debate here.

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Irina Shayk Is Pretty in Pink on Harper’s Bazaar’s Summer 2019 Digital Cover

Models have become a rare sight on mainstream American fashion glossies. (The last time a model graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar was over a year ago.) But U.S. Harper’s Bazaar just broke its no-model streak by featuring Irina Shayk on its digital edition. The Russian beauty has quite a few covers under her belt, including Vogue Brazil, Vogue Japan and Vogue Turkey. She’s also recently appeared in campaigns for Versace and Moschino. Photographed by Zoey Grossman, Irina wears a pink Brandon Maxwell creation (picked by Charles Varenne) for the online cover.

US Harper's Bazaar 'Digital Edition' Summer 2019 : Irina Shayk by Zoey Grossman


Members of our forums were quick to share their thoughts about the cover. “Hate the font. And I suppose despite her breakup with Bradley she’ll still be showing up everywhere?” questioned marsnoop2.

“As she should! She is a successful working model,” fired back Lola701. “And let’s not act like a lot of famous models didn’t have a boost in their careers after a successful relationship with a high profile celebrity.”

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“She practically invented Bradley Cooper,” laughed A.D.C.

“Irina is absolutely stunning and doesn’t need a man to get her the spotlight,” noted jorgepalomo.

SLFC felt exactly the same way: “It’s good to see Irina getting a lot more work. She’s drop-dead gorgeous.”

“This editorial is amazing. Sexy, luxurious and Irina looks absolutely great,” raved GivenchyAddict.

“That editorial is stunning!” declared MON.

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Janelle Monáe Stars on InStyle’s Bright and Refreshing August 2019 Cover

Laura Brown has revitalized InStyle, giving the fashion title a new lease on life. She’s picked Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, the cast of Big Little Lies and Priyanka Chopra as cover stars and now adds Janelle Monáe to the impressive list. The Badass Women Issue has become a staple for InStyle with Janelle following in the footsteps of Melissa McCarthy. Shot by Pamela Hanson and styled by Julia von Boehm, the singer/actress rocks a bold neon look from Nina Ricci’s Fall 2019 collection for the newsstand cover (below).

US InStyle August 2019 : Janelle Monae by Pamela Hanson


“I love that Laura goes with some not-so-obvious cover stars. Kudos,” approved caioherrero.

“Yes to this! I love Janelle and she always photographs beautifully (although when you analyze her facial expression, she looks a bit surprised here, but anyway). The cover is very eye-catching,” praised dodencebt.

“Love this woman,” declared mathiaskatz.

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“How refreshing and fun,” commented Miss Dalloway.

“I love this and I love her. This is how you do it,” voiced Perickles.

Although not everyone was sold on the cover. “Can they stop styling her with hats? I know it’s her trademark, but fashion magazines need to try harder. If they can shoot Ariana [Grande] without her signature ponytail, then you can damn well ask Janelle to take off a hat every now and then,” noted Ken Doll Jenner.

RMDV felt the same way: “Why can’t she ever get a decent cover? This styling is horrid and the photography is amateur hour. Such a shame, Pamela can do way better than this!”

“There are always great ideas bubbling at InStyle. It is the execution of them that I often have problems with. I don’t dislike it, but it definitely leaves you wanting more. Mind you which U.S. glossy doesn’t? At least they seem to have fun at InStyle,” pointed out KissMiss.

US InStyle August 2019 : Janelle Monae by Pamela Hanson


Check out Janelle’s cover feature, see Diane Keaton’s superb subscribers’ cover and share your thoughts here.

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Serena Williams Shines on Harper’s Bazaar’s Unretouched August 2019 Covers

Serena Williams continues to be the darling of the fashion industry and she’s been endorsed by just about every major fashion publication, like Vogue, Allure, Glamour, InStyle and British Harper’s Bazaar. Amazingly, the tennis ace has never graced the cover of American Harper’s Bazaar — until now. Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Alicia Vikander, Serena goes for gold on the mag’s August 2019 covers. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with Miguel Alberto Enamorado on styling duties, Serena looks remarkable in the completely unretouched shoot sporting a sequined Stella McCartney number on cover one (below) and flashes her derrière for the subscribers’ cover (after the jump).

US Harper's Bazaar August 2019 : Serena Williams by Alexi Lubomirski


Members of our forums were divided over the covers. “My main issue is I know she can photograph better than this. Nice to see her here and proudly representing a body type so often left off covers, but there’s definitely room for improvement with styling and the photography!” commented honeycombchild.

“I just don’t get it. It’s bad overall. I hate the gold, the lack of concept, the background, everything! And clearly the stylist didn’t know what to do with her body,” Lola701 critiqued.

“Oh Lord, is this really an August cover? It looks so far removed from this decade in general,” disapproved dodencebt.

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“LOVE seeing how unretouched this is and with a body shape not normally seen on magazine covers. That’s all I like about this,” said Joromana.

“Usually when a magazine does an ‘unretouched’ cover, the person ends up looking like a joyless and grey organic granola muncher with an allergy to all forms of jewelry. Not so here. This is unretouched and tacky, and I haven’t seen that combination before. For that reason, I like it,” declared tigerrouge.

“The second cover is everything! Great in every aspect! Congratulations Serena and Harper’s Bazaar on being open to present another kind of aesthetic that is not the tacky glamour that fashion magazines present again and again,” proclaimed Perickles.

US Harper's Bazaar August 2019 : Serena Williams by Alexi Lubomirski


See more from Serena’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.