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Vogue Just Won November With a Glorious Rihanna Cover

Vogue just made our month by giving us a glorious Rihanna cover to fawn over. The Barbadian songstress, makeup mogul, fashion designer and all-around sensation enthralls us on the regular, whether she’s gracing the cover of British Vogue, Vogue Australia, Allure or W (to name a select few). Since 2011, Rihanna’s covers for American Vogue have been nothing short of spectacular so we welcome the sight of RiRi with open arms on the November 2019 cover of the fashion bible, which marks her sixth appearance on the mag’s cover. RiRi wears her eponymous label Fenty (natch) courtesy of Tonne Goodman for the Ethan James Green-lensed shot that left our forum members (almost) speechless.

US Vogue November 2019 : Rihanna by Ethan James Green


We’ll race you down to the newsstand for this one. “Love this!! And the fact that Ethan finally got a cover is even more exciting!” exclaimed jorgepalomo.

“Super excited for Ethan and this cover is absolutely stunning. I love the ethereal subtle glamour and her face is just sublime,” raved Blayne266.

“Their best cover in years! Stunning portrait,” applauded russianelf.

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Also in total awe was Marc10: “It’s so simple yet so piercing. One of the best cover images I’ve seen in a very long time.”

“This is a glorious cover! Ethan nailed this beautifully. Best American Vogue cover in years,” agreed mepps.

“Can’t imagine anyone surpassing this cover in November, amazing!” declared dontbeadrag.

“I cannot believe this is a real cover. It’s quite dark and raw — which is not a bad thing at all — but it is so out of tune with the vision that U.S. Vogue has been projecting,” confessed dodencebt.

In the same frame of mind was xandroh: “Super in love with this cover. This and last month’s Olivia Colman cover cleansed my eyes of the dirt that were the past months’ issues, especially the ones with Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift. It’s dark, simple and toned down, but it strikes me. U.S. Vogue can never go wrong with Rihanna.”

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Reese Witherspoon Is All Smiles on the November 2019 Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Glenda Bailey can’t catch a break from our forum members who’ve been relentlessly calling out her questionable covers of Harper’s Bazaar. Not even covers of Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Vikander, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and Demi Moore have sufficed and the title’s offering for November shows zero signs of improvement. Reese Witherspoon is all smiles on the newsstand cover of Bazaar‘s annual daring issue wearing Alexander McQueen photographed by Camilla Åkrans and styled by Patrick Mackie. The actress switches things up for the subscribers’ cover (after the jump) decked out in Dolce & Gabbana.

US Harper’s Bazaar November 2019 : Reese Witherspoon by Camilla Akrans


But our forum members weren’t having it. “Given that she’s blonde, you just KNEW Bazaar would employ a red color scheme before even seeing the actual cover shot. But that’s the least flattering shot I’ve ever seen of her!” declared tigerrouge.

“They styled her like an old lady. Reese is so energetic and playful, but these clothes drag her down,” said GivenchyHomme.

“Beyond hopeless…” proclaimed KissMiss.

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In the same frame of mind was Marc10: “This is literally middle school level creativity. It seriously infuriates me that these people are paid huge money to come up with stuff like this.”

“I refuse to believe this was shot by Camilla. What the hell? The covers are awfully shot and heavily Photoshopped! Not to mention this is the same theme we get from Harper’s Bazaar every single year. It’s a constant copy and paste,” noted SLFC.

“They have really gone mad with the amount of text on their covers,” Srdjan pointed out.

Forum member amby couldn’t agree more. “They really need to change their cover layout, ASAP! It’s getting even more boring month by month.”

US Harper’s Bazaar November 2019 : Reese Witherspoon by Camilla Akrans


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Elle Fanning Goes Retro for Tatler’s November 2019 Cover

We’ve been hooked on Tatler ever since Richard Dennen took over the magazine back in early 2018. The new EIC has given us buzzworthy covers featuring the likes of Nicole Kidman, Joan Collins, Julianne Moore and Olympia Campbell. In an effort to keep the hits coming, Tatler just dropped an eye-catching cover starring Elle Fanning. The actress and firm forum favorite serves retro Hollywood glam in the November 2019 cover photo lensed by Jack Waterlot. Elle stuns in a mustard Carolina Herrera number teamed with a Julia Clancey headscarf styled by Sophie Pera.

Tatler November 2019 : Elle Fanning by Jack Waterlot


The cover immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “I don’t like the fading on the left part, but other than that it’s quite a striking cover,” confessed mikel.

“Yes, the fading and definitely that chunky text. But other than that, this cover is perfection. Love it when Tatler is so unapologetically posh and not trying to be cool or hip or topical. The colors and styling also work. Another winner for Dennen!” Benn98 championed.

“I love this,” raved jorgepalomo.

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“Very [Steven] Meisel for British Vogue, I love it. Elle looks absolutely stunning!” shared aracic.

Also sharing the same level of enthusiasm was MON: “This is stunning. British Vogue should take notes. You can have the best of both worlds (a) stick with your 60s shtick and (b) go outdoors. Way better than the Kaia Gerber cover. A play of prints and color.”

“Yeah, I love the retro feeling you get from the cover,” FashionMuseDior chimed in.

“Another solid offering from Tatler and I continue to be impressed by what Richard Dennen is doing with the magazine. Beautiful cover, love the colors, the retro styling on Elle Fanning throughout and love how the muted teal shade of the masthead complements the cover shot,” admitted vogue28.

Check out some previews of Elle’s cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Jaden and Willow Smith Join Forces for Vogue Italia’s October 2019 Cover

It’s painful to witness Vogue Italia’s rapid descent into mediocrity with the title’s September issue practically going unnoticed on our forums. Emanuele Farneti is certainly not a great fit for the once-iconic publication and our forum members have called out several of his recent covers starring Gigi Hadid, Anok Yai, Amber Valletta and Freja Beha Erichsen. In an attempt to regain its popularity, Jaden and Willow Smith were picked as the Italian fashion bible’s cover stars for October 2019 with the siblings posing before the lens of Hugo Comte.

Vogue Italia October 2019 : Jaden & Willow Smith by Hugo Comte


For a few of our forum members, the cover was a step in the right direction. “Farneti actually producing a cover that’s OK?” asked MON. “I actually like it. Take out the fact that it’s the Smiths, the concept is quite cute.”

“I thought it would be trash judging by the title, but it’s OK. Still doesn’t feel right giving them a Vogue Italia cover though, even though that doesn’t mean much anymore,” wrote Scotty.

“I’m confused about this. I like it and I don’t. I love Hugo’s style and homage to good old photography, but this is weird. It may also be the only time their weird text works on a cover. The siblings are a weird cover choice, although I don’t mind it cause they both look good,” aracic chimed in.

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In the same frame of mind was Fiercification: “Hugo Comte’s photography is lovely and this cover is proof of that, however I can understand why the image rubs people the wrong way. It is pretentious and just as trite a concept as every other cover by Farneti.”

“Glad to see Hugo Comte get a cover! I wish they didn’t try so hard to be unique and had it rotated normally, then it would’ve been a great cover! Also I didn’t realize Willow and Jaden Smith were still relevant enough to get a Vogue cover,” said Mercury6181.

TheoG simply described the cover as “gorgeous.”

Check out some previews and share your thoughts on Vogue Italia’s latest here.

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Adut Akech Stars on Vogue Japan’s Controversial November 2019 Cover

Adut Akech is one of the most in-demand models right now. She scored a grand total of four Vogue September covers (including Japan, British, Germany and Italy) and walked in multiple shows during fashion month. So we aren’t at all surprised to see Adut make a grand return to the cover of Vogue Japan. This time the current face of Miu Miu, Zara, Bottega Veneta, Valentino and Missoni is decked out in Comme des Garçons (courtesy of Sissy Vian) for the November 2019 offering photographed by Albert Watson.

Vogue Japan November 2019 : Adut Akech by Albert Watson


But our forum members had some serious questions. “I’m getting racist undertones, like the styling is meant to make her face disappear or something. I don’t know, it’s making me uncomfortable,” voiced kokobombon straight away.

“Not intended to offend anyone, but why does this remind me of a racist cult?” asked phungnam96.

“It looks like an inverse color shot of the Ku Klux Klan,” added tigerrouge.

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Phuel shared the same sentiment: “This very dark shadow on shadow imagery is one of Albert’s gorgeous signature styles, but sadly doesn’t work here. Admittedly, dressing a Black model in a large, pointy hood is a tad tone-deaf. But their fashion director is pretty much tone-deaf when it comes to any semblance of style.”

“Adut’s face is sublime and Watson is one of my all-time favorite photographers. But this stylist should be thrown into a volcano,” stated dfl-001.

Not everyone was offended, however. “I like it, very witchy! Bring on Halloween,” proclaimed russianelf.

“I guess I am the only one here who likes it,” said Ed..

Be sure to check out Adut’s cover feature and join the debate here.

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The Kardashian-Jenner Clan Land CR Fashion Book’s 2019 Fall/Winter Cover

CR Fashion Book has been on a very slippery slope of late and with Carine Roitfeld announcing she’s changing her role at the publication, we aren’t hopeful for a return to form in the near future. Not even Cynthia Erivo, Gigi Hadid and Lily-Rose Depp covers have sufficed over recent years. Now it’s the Kardashian-Jenners’ turn. The first family of reality TV pose together for a family portrait shot by Heji Shin. Styled by Ron Hartleben, the clan is decked out in custom Mugler with matriarch Kris Jenner going solo for the alternative black and white cover (after the jump).

CR Fashion Book #15 F/W 2019 : The Kardashians by Heji Shin


Neither cover appealed to our forum members. “See, it’s covers like these that tell me that Carine would be no better than Glenda [Bailey] as EIC of Harper’s Bazaar. The Kardashians on your cover in 2019? Grasping at straws!” called out Benn98.

“I doubt the people who are into them would even know or care enough about this magazine to spend $15 on an E! promo-looking cover,” mocked Melancholybaby.

“This is revolting and they look ridiculous. Those poor Mugler pieces!” declared Nomar.

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“How utterly desperate and irrelevant is Carine… This Us Weekly cover is a new low for her (if that was even possible),” jjjmmm chimed in.

Also unimpressed was dodencebt: “What the hell is this? I can’t believe this is the same CR Fashion Book from a few years ago. It looks like a TV Guide cover.”

“I often like Kim on a cover, but this just looks like a straight promo for the TV series, but arranged in an awkward manner. It looks like they’ve shot them in separate groups of three, then superimposed one image beside the other. U.S. Cosmopolitan gives us better Kardashian covers than this,” added tigerrouge.

CR Fashion Book #15 F/W 2019 : The Kardashians by Heji Shin


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