We’ve been experiencing a Vogue Japan by Luigi & Iango drought since last August, but a little rain has finally come our way with the unveiling of the mag’s March 2020 issue. The photographic duo has been behind some of Japanese Vogue‘s best covers over recent years complete with cover stars like Kim Kardashian, Kaia Gerber, Namie Amuro and Gisele Bündchen. For March, the title gives us all the models we can handle with Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls, Edita Vilkeviciute, Doutzen Kroes and Sui He making up the cast each wearing a look from Stella McCartney’s Spring 2020 collection (picked by Anna Dello Russo) surrounded by a floral illustration by Thierry Perez.
But the cover didn’t hit the spot for our forum members. “This looks like a horrible fan-designed cover. The lost potential…” proclaimed Nomar.
“I think it’s hilarious that Luigi & Iango shot this for an ‘All Natural’ cover. Nothing screams ‘natural’ more than a bunch of Photoshopped supermodels with bleached eyebrows,” mocked mikel.
Marc10 shared the same sentiment: “It’s always astonishing how they manage to suck every bit of personality from the models and turn them into plastic clones.”
“Looks like a snake pit of supermodels,” declared tigerrouge.
“Everything is far too clashy. Why not just give us a portrait shot of one girl (Edita!) and call it a day. The only one who benefits from this cover is the brand because those dresses are all in full view,” called out Benn98.
The accompanying cover feature is a total must-see. Check it out and share your thoughts here.
Edward Enninful has championed a whole host of faces throughout his tenure at British Vogue (everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Madonna to Kaia Gerber to Naomi Campbell). Now he gives Irina Shayk his seal of approval with the unveiling of the title’s March 2020 cover. The Russian beauty has been on top of her game lately, having just appeared on the cover of her native Vogue Russia, fronted Vogue Japan last month and is the current face of Max Mara. Captured by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott with Enninful on styling duties, the model wears a pink Prada number in the ethereal cover shot for the mag’s big spring fashion edition.
The cover quickly divided our forums. “Ooh, love this! Gorgeous soft spring palette and Irina looks radiant and fresh,” appreciated aracic.
“It’s actually a beautiful cover! Very saccharine yet still fashion-forward. Will definitely get this for the cover alone,” said Benn98.
“It’s fresh, it’s clean and it has a real fashion model on its cover,” noted crmsnsnwflks.
But not everyone was thrilled. “Wax figures at Madame Tussauds look more alive than this. They really did Irina dirty here. I do like the backdrop and the pink Prada looks fantastic. I just think it’s an incredibly unflattering shot of Irina,” called out KINGofVERSAILLES.
“She looks kind of creepy here. And not in an interesting way,” disapproved tipi1355.
“The more I look at it, the less it works for me. There’s something in Irina’s eyes that is so sleepy, the shot looks very empty with pink on pink and the masthead seems strange,” proclaimed apple.
“At first glance I really liked it, but then I looked at Irina’s face for more than a second and started to notice the sleepiness of it all. The hair is really hideous as well, I just don’t get it,” voiced dodencebt.
Are you a fan? Check out some previews of the issue and share your thoughts here.
Steven Meisel can do very little wrong when it comes to magazine covers, fashion editorials and advertising campaigns. At least according to our forum members. Meisel has been working with Moschino since 2014, brilliantly highlighting Jeremy Scott’s collections in fabulously camp campaigns. Last season we were treated to a Dynasty revival and the 80s theme continues for Spring 2020 with Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam rocking out as Moschinorama serving us 80s girl group realness in the stylized campaign images. The “band” even performs Karla DeVito’s “Cool World” in the campaign videos with Tyra Banks making surprise cameos.
The campaign took our forums by surprise. “Tyra Banks by Meisel. That’s all we needed. Instead we get the most predictable casting choice of the season,” commented helmutnotdead.
“Tyra and Meisel is one reunion I didn’t know I needed until now. Everyone did an impeccable job here, Moschino really has some of the most exciting campaigns every season. Meisel and Jeremy are on a roll!” praised aracic.
“Meisel and Moschino campaigns give me life!” declared dodencebt.
Gigi Hadid tied Adut Akech for the top cover model of 2019 title and now Gigi’s first cover of 2020 has dropped. Following in the footsteps of her sister Bella Hadid, Claudia Schiffer and Irina Shayk, Gigi finally makes her debut on Vogue Russia for February 2020. A far cry from her last Vogue cover appearance on Vogue Germany, the glamour is stripped back with the current face of Max Mara sitting on the studio floor wearing Christian Dior in the Zoey Grossman-shot image.
But the cover failed to impress the majority of our forum members. “This is very juvenile for Vogue. Clearly not a fan,” voiced Valentine27 the moment the cover came to light.
“Agreed, I think a location would have given it more character. Because as it is, the cover is just meh. Not bad, not great,” said Benn98.
“It’s an OK cover, certainly not one of Gigi’s finest newsstand moments, but certainly not the worst. A bit too juvenile,” echoed vogue28.
No one sings Marie Claire‘s praises louder than our forum members. At the end of last year, the American title was on a bit of a roll thanks to stellar covers featuring Regina King, Awkwafina and Cara Delevingne. Now the mag’s February 2020 edition is finally here featuring the ever-radiant Elle Fanning. Shot by Thomas Whiteside with Joseph Errico on styling duties, the actress poses for a beautiful portrait shot for the newsstand cover (below) and delivers another stunner for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump).
The newsstand cover won over our forum members. “Everything about this cover is in the right place!” applauded Srdjan.
“Elle Fanning never disappoints,” declared jorgepalomo.
“Elle always looks like she’s having the absolute best time on these shoots and truly loves fashion, unlike some of her acting contemporaries. The joy jumps out,” said KINGofVERSAILLES.
SLFC shared the same sentiment: “Elle Fanning always makes a good cover.”
“Thomas Whiteside has become a total credit to Marie Claire over recent years, his portraits are beautiful and this cover right here is a prime example. I do love that shot of Elle in the hat, but perhaps it wouldn’t have worked as well as the cover image the mag chose,” proclaimed vogue28.
FashionMuseDior described the cover as “beautiful” and we couldn’t agree more.
See more from Elle’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.
You must be living under a very large rock if you don’t already know that Karl Templer and Fabien Baron are the new forces behind Ports 1961. The creative twosome debuted their first collection for the brand during London Fashion Week Spring 2020 (much to the delight of our forum members). The pair enlisted Steven Meisel to shoot the advertising campaign for the collection capturing an array of models, including Kaia Gerber, Jessica Fennix, Mona Tougaard, Abby Champion and Lys Lorente, for the retro magazine cover-inspired images.
Needless to say, the campaign was an instant hit on our forums. “Something different from the brand, I like it. Especially that they look like vintage covers,” said kokobombon.
“This is fabulous, love the magazine cover concept and the retro vibes,” echoed vogue28.
“This is what I wanted for Versace! It’s fun, classy and I love it!” praised Lola701.
“Beautiful portraits! Jessica is radiant! I love the emotion. Meisel really makes Kaia come alive,” noted GivenchyHomme.
Also sharing the same level of enthusiasm toward the campaign was McKinney: “Don’t know much about this brand, but I can certainly get behind their campaign…way better than the waste of print produced by some bigger brands.”
“Who cares who did it first! We’re in the sustainable era now, it’s all about recycling anyway. I just can’t stop looking at them. This is by far my favorite campaign of the season! Will be definitely hard to beat,” aracic fired back.
Check out the rest of Ports 1961’s new campaign here.