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Ashley Graham Feels Like a Breath of Fresh Air on the July 2020 Covers of British Harper’s Bazaar

We love ourselves some Ashley Graham and so does British Harper’s Bazaar. Following a series of beautiful and charming covers throughout the first half of 2020, the magazine finally welcomes back the American beauty for July 2020 exactly one year after her last appearance. With the original planned cover shoot scrapped due to social distancing and lockdown measures, Ashley was photographed by her husband Justin Ervin for the occasion captured among the golden grasslands of her childhood Nebraskan home resulting in fresh covers for both the newsstand (below) and subscribers (after the jump).

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2020 : Ashley Graham by Justin Ervin

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

The covers immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “Oh wow, this is stunning. Their best cover since Justine Picardie left. Truth be told I’m not her biggest fan, but it’s interesting that each and every Bazaar cover of hers has looked great,” approved Benn98.

“I love it!” simply stated amby.

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Also full of praise was vogue28: “Hats off to Justin Ervin and the British Harper’s Bazaar team on this! It must’ve been hard for the magazine to just sit back and watch this all unfold via Zoom, but the outcome is truly beautiful and Ashley looks positively radiant as always. I love the colors and warmth in the newsstand cover shot…”

“Justin Ervin did an amazing job,” echoed aracic.

“This is actually beautiful, in a natural way,” Miss Dalloway admired.

“This is a beautiful photo, though it’s very American,” MON pointed out.

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2020 : Ashley Graham by Justin Ervin

IMAGE: MARK E

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

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Doutzen Kroes Delivers a Truly Serene WSJ. Magazine Cover for June/July 2020

WSJ. Magazine is currently one of the hottest magazines out there. It constantly delivers great content and brilliant covers starring the likes of Nicole Kidman, Adut Akech and Rebecca Leigh Longendyke. Now Doutzen Kroes graces the publication’s double June/July 2020 outing captured by photographer Annemarieke van Drimmelen. Decked out in Chanel courtesy of Tonne Goodman, Doutzen is the epitome of calmness and tranquility in the captivating cover image.

WSJ Magazine June/July 2020 : Doutzen Kroes by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen

IMAGE: WSJ.COM

The cover definitely sparked debate on our forums. “It’s really somber for summer but beautiful!” admired SophiaVB.

“It’s chic, not very joyful… Almost monastic but very chic. It’s good to see that side of Tonne,” approved Lola701.

“Beautiful in a sad way. Reminds me in a way of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer,” Nymphaea pointed out.

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“A beautiful cover shot of Doutzen, very serene and rather melancholic. There’s also a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility, which I believe is something we can all appreciate given our current circumstance across the globe. No complaints here,” praised vogue28.

“What a fine editorial. Serene and monastic indeed and extremely chic. Makes you appreciate this magazine that much more,” said dodencebt.

“The cover story is precious, Doutzen looks flawless in all the photos and Tonne produced amazing work,” raved burbuja8910.

Check out Doutzen’s must-see cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Melodie McDaniel Photographs Gigi Hadid, Mona Tougaard and Others for Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2020 Campaign

All eyes remain on Virginie Viard as she continues to find her way at Chanel following the passing of Karl Lagerfeld. With the exception of Kristen Stewart‘s Spring 2020 campaign, Chanel’s recent ads have enthralled us all. Melodie McDaniel is the brand’s latest campaign photographer of choice capturing Anna Ewers, Blésnya Minher, Gigi Hadid, Mona Tougaard, Ola Rudnicka, Pan Haowen, Rebecca Leigh Longendyke along with Vittoria Ceretti sporting Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2020 by Melodie McDaniel

IMAGE: DESIGNSCENE.NET

Our forum members definitely weren’t feeling the campaign. “Cheaper than Zara and Mango,” voiced TaylorBinque.

“When Zara releases the low-cost versions of these clothes, I bet they’ll look more luxe in their pictures,” echoed kokobombon.

“I wouldn’t even have done a campaign if it was gonna be a hot mess like this,” GERGIN chimed in.

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Kimihiro wasn’t especially impressed, either. “Using the Chanel staircase is cheap and looks like an act of desperation. I’d rather have them recreate that in an abstract manner if they wanna stick to that ‘concept’. The other problem, of course, is the clothes, but oh well.”

“This looks truly awful. Not worthy of the Chanel logo at all,” declared anlabe32.

“Worst Chanel campaign ever,” added burbuja8910.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2020 by Melodie McDaniel

IMAGE: DESIGNSCENE.NET

See more from Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2020 campaign and join the debate here.

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Sasha Pivovarova and Sofia Steinberg Submit Self-Portraits for Vogue Russia’s June 2020 Covers

The vast majority of our favorite fashion glossies are either doubling up on issues (a la Marie Claire), resurrecting archival photographs (think American Vogue) or commissioning artists to illustrate their front covers (like Vogue Spain) during the global pandemic. But Vogue Russia decided to do its own thing. Since the mag isn’t able to produce conventional photoshoots due to social distancing, there are zero signs of models like Hiandra Martinez or Natasha Poly posing before the lens of a famous photographer. Instead, it asked Sasha Pivovarova and Sofia Steinberg to each submit a self-portrait resulting in two unique and intriguing covers.

Vogue Russia June 2020 by Sasha Pivovarova & Steinberg

IMAGE: VOGUE.RU

The covers immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “I’ve always been a fan of Sasha’s art so I’m actually intrigued by this cover,” said aracic.

“This is much more fashion-forward than that hideous nightmare from Vogue Italia. At least these two are beautiful to look at, whereas Vogue Italia made me want to vomit,” commented GivenchyHomme.

“Neither of the two covers appeal to me, but given the current circumstances, I can certainly appreciate the effort,” admired vogue28.

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“I like the actual artwork, it looks very evolved. But not for a cover. The pink is too harsh and that white masthead seems out of place,” Benn98 chimed in.

“As a fan of Sasha’s work, I am disappointed that they did not choose one of her other paintings,” added avonlea002.

Srdjan wasn’t buying it: “They seem so, so late to the party considering Vogue Italia did this half a year ago!”

Vogue Russia has consistently done some great covers. But these are horrendous. At this point Spanish Vogue is the only one that has done a great cover during the pandemic,” voiced phungnam96.

Vogue Russia June 2020 by Sasha Pivovarova & Steinberg

IMAGE: VOGUE.RU

Which cover do you prefer? Share your thoughts here.

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Edward Enninful Celebrates Frontline Workers With British Vogue’s July 2020 Covers

Edward Enninful has broken multiple barriers on numerous occasions throughout his tenure at British Vogue. Just look at last month’s Judi Dench offering. The month prior Rihanna also made history by sporting a durag on the magazine’s front cover. Now in response to the global pandemic, the mag drops three July 2020 covers celebrating frontline workers. Captured by photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, train driver Narguis Horsford, midwife Rachel Millar and supermarket worker Anisa Omar each earn solo covers impressing our forum members to no end.

UK Vogue July 2020 by Jamie Hawkesworth

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

Narguis’ cover (above) was the first to drop. “What a FANTASTIC cover! Wow. This just shows we honestly don’t need any of today’s working models,” voiced [Piece Of Me].

“Incredibly beautiful cover,” raved Blayne266.

“Finally, a magazine that got it 100 percent right,” applauded Yohji.

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“Jamie Hawkesworth is so good at taking portraits of regular people and it really works as a tribute for the character and strength of the subject come through in the image,” praised YohjiAddict.

Also quick to show the covers some love was LastNight: “Beautiful covers. A really nicely done tribute to our frontline workers. Jamie’s photography is gorgeous and I’m so happy that the end result is appropriate for the moment…”

“Perfect timing, all three covers are beautiful and relevant,” proclaimed Miss Dalloway.

UK Vogue July 2020 by Jamie Hawkesworth

IMAGES: VOGUE.CO.UK

Await the contents of British Vogue‘s latest and share your thoughts here.

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Kendall Jenner Serves Nothing but a Blank Stare on Vogue Japan’s July 2020 Cover

It’s still business as usual over at Vogue Japan as the publication powers through the global health crisis by delivering pre-pandemic content. Last month there was a standard multi-girl cover and this month sees the return of Kendall Jenner. Four years after her last appearance, the American beauty is back on Japanese Vogue for July 2020 captured under the warm Miami sunshine by photographer Giampaolo Sgura. For the cover image, the current face of Longchamp sports a look from the brand’s Spring 2020 collection selected by stylist Elissa Santisi.

Vogue Japan July 2020 : Kendall Jenner by Giampaolo Sgura

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

The outcome failed to thrill our forum members. “Looks at newsstand: A blank white cover or Kendall? Picks blank cover,” commented A.D.C. the moment the cover dropped.

“Is anyone trying? It’s crazy to know an entire team created this. I’ve seen catalog shoots have more ‘positive energy’,” voiced Gabriel29.

“I seriously laughed out loud when the cover revealed itself on my screen. What an awful cover…I can’t believe they went with this. This must be a joke, especially with the ‘positive energy’ tagline,” echoed bluestar.

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In complete agreement was kokobombon: “Is this sarcasm? That tagline with that expression and pose? Is Vogue Japan trolling us?”

Benn98 wasn’t impressed, either. “Yikes, terrible styling, modeling, photography, everything is wrong here!”

“I feel as though I’m often defending Kendall, but this is indefensible. ZERO effort and energy. She looks like a pouting child being forced to take a picture while on family vacation,” added KINGofVERSAILLES.

Are you just as underwhelmed as we are? Share your thoughts on Kendall’s latest and join the conversation here.