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Anne Hathaway’s Eye-Catching Allure September 2019 Cover Misses the Mark

Allure may not be our go-to magazine right now for groundbreaking covers, but the mag is at least trying to make an impression. After all, it was just last month the publication gave its cover to Naomi Osaka (while its competitors favored Serena Williams) and the title served up an electrifying Adut Akech offering for May. For September, Allure throws us another curveball by welcoming Anne Hathaway back on its cover after a seven-year hiatus. Captured by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by George Cortina, the actress flaunts dramatic cat eyes in the fresh and flawless image.

Allure September 2019 : Anne Hathaway by Solve Sundsbo


The striking cover didn’t go over well on our forums. “Natalie Portman called, she wants her Black Swan eyes back!” mocked Benn98.

“Oh no, no, no, no. Nothing works here. The lighting is wrong, the text is all too big and she looks…just wrong. Poor Anne,” said aracic.

“No. Nothing is attractive,” proclaimed Perickles.

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“The worst Sølve Sundsbø has ever delivered,” declared phungnam96.

In complete agreement over how everything turned out was Lola701: “If someone told me Sebastian Faena shot this, I would have believed it. A major miss from my dear Sølve!”

“There are a lot of people on whom this look would have been spectacular. And they probably could have made Anne look good by carefully selecting the angle of each shot. But no, they had to give us a panoramic collage of all the ways in which this doesn’t work,” commented tigerrouge.

SLFC shared the same sentiment: “Oh god, this doesn’t work at ALL.”

“These magazines would save a lot of money if they toned down the retouching. Anne is beautiful. All she would need is a few little touch-ups. Instead they went to town on her face,” disapproved GivenchyHomme.

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

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Julianne Moore Wears Vintage Tom Ford for Gucci on InStyle’s Fabulous September 2019 Cover

There’s no escaping InStyle right now, largely due to the fact Laura Brown is propelling the magazine to new heights with each and every issue. Brown’s passion for print is apparent with the publication featuring the likes of Janelle Monáe and the cast of Big Little Lies in recent months. So we aren’t at all surprised to see Brown going over the top for InStyle‘s monumental 25th anniversary issue for September 2019 by picking Julianne Moore for the cover. Photographed by Phil Poynter, stylist Karla Welch opted out of dressing the actress in an outfit from one of the Fall 2019 collections in favor of a classic look from Tom Ford’s legendary Fall 1995 collection for Gucci, proving a silk blouse is always in fashion.

US Instyle September 2019 : Julianne Moore by Phil Poynter


The cover was praised by (most of) our forum members. “Fabulous cover! It’s quite eye-catching and well executed. Even if I don’t think we need that excessive nostalgia over Tom Ford for Gucci…but it works. I’ve never been a fan of that collection, but I need glamour right now,” approved Lola701.

“I love all of this. And from InStyle? I’m floored,” confessed lelaid.

“Oh yes, totally my cup of tea!” declared Nymphaea.

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“Bravo to Laura Brown because this feels like the perfect solution to a 25th anniversary issue, being the perfect mix of both nostalgia and commercialism! Julianne Moore looks fantastic on the cover, love that she’s wearing vintage Tom Ford for Gucci and the voluminous hair from Serge Normant,” voiced vogue28.

For the rest of our members, the cover had one MAJOR flaw. “The Photoshop is ridiculous and Hung Vanngo needs to stop. This is a stunning 58-year-old woman that doesn’t need to receive the blow-up doll treatment,” called out SophiaVB.

Miss Dalloway felt the same way: “Jesus! Did they also take her in the time machine and go back 25 years? Keep this BS if you can’t let someone like Moore look her age, the airbrushing on her face is SHAMEFUL!”

“Every time I see Julianne Moore’s name on a thread, I cringe. Her face has been Photoshopped so many times, I’m surprised she still has a face. She has no freckles, her skin is alabaster perfection, that of a 17-year-old Norwegian milkmaid,” echoed dfl-001.

Photoshop disaster or pure perfection? See what else InStyle has to offer and join the conversation here.

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Angelina Jolie Proves Less Is Always More on ELLE’s Elegant September 2019 Cover

In a bid to win September, the fashion glossies are pulling out the big guns. Vogue scored Taylor Swift, Harper’s Bazaar bagged Alicia Keys and Marie Claire landed Cara Delevingne. Now ELLE reveals its secret weapon to win the month: Angelina Jolie. Angelina’s last notable appearance down at the newsstand was for Nina Garcia’s first issue of ELLE back in March 2018. The mega star once again photographs beautifully before the lens of Alexi Lubomirski looking radiant in Christian Dior for the warm and inviting cover shot styled by Elizabeth Stewart.

US Elle September 2019 : Angelina Jolie by Alexi Lubomirski


The cover was a hit with our forum members. “This is beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of Alexi, but this is a complete yes. Another issue of ELLE to add to my collection,” shared jorgepalomo the moment the cover dropped.

“I love Angelina and I am delighted to see her back on the cover again,” declared [Piece Of Me].

“You know where you are with Angelina Jolie. It’s going to be classic, it’s going to look beautiful,” pointed out tigerrouge.

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“Very beautiful cover. Sometimes simple just works best,” noted justaguy.

In complete agreement was FashionMuseDior: “Angelina looks so beautiful! I agree that sometimes less is more and she didn’t need anything, just that face of hers.”

“You know what you get with Angelina…she’s very much in control of her image, but even with the creative restrictions in place you get great covers out of her,” stated Fiercification.

GivenchyHomme was also a fan. “It’s good. It’s how she looks now. It’s definitely a reflection of how she’s changed over the years. She’s not that sexual edgy woman anymore, she’s grown-up. My one critique is that they went overboard on the retouching, especially on her forehead.”

Impressed? See more from Angelina’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Cara Delevingne Goes Nude for Marie Claire’s September 2019 Cover

The September issues are always focused on fashion, but this year Marie Claire decided to shake things up. Unwilling to conform once again, the magazine boycotts the standard fall fashion issue in favor of paying tribute to Kate Moss’ iconic Calvin Klein Obsession fragrance campaign. Instead of Kate, Cara Delevingne bares all for the captivating and utterly effortless cover shot by photographer Thomas Whiteside.

US Marie Claire September 2019 : Cara Delevingne by Thomas Whiteside


The cover hit all the right notes for our forum members. “Stunning portrait! Don’t even care about the lack of fashion. Wasn’t expecting to be bowled over, in fact, I thought it would be another Dior reprint cover until I saw Whiteside’s name. So far this one is my favorite U.S. September cover,” applauded Benn98.

“It seems the best September covers are going to be the ones without any clothes…” echoed tigerrouge.

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“Definitely my favorite September cover so far. Very simple yet effective,” proclaimed aracic.

“Never been one for Cara Delevingne, but that’s one gorgeous cover shot — love the coloring of Cara’s bare skin next to the green leather sofa and the whole fold-out concept here. The minimal cover lines work great with the cover image, too. It might not scream September, but it is bound to make an impact on newsstands…” said vogue28.

In the same frame of mind was KINGofVERSAILLES: “One of the best covers of the month, though it’s not exactly a high bar to clear. Cara’s very, very hit or miss for me, but I think this is truly a gorgeous portrait.”

SLFC was pleasantly surprised, too. “I saw the name Cara Delevingne and didn’t expect it to be good. Color me surprised. This is not half bad.”

US Marie Claire September 2019 : Cara Delevingne by Thomas Whiteside


See more from Cara’s cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Taylor Swift Lands Vogue’s All-Important September Cover

The highly-anticipated September issue of American Vogue has been a topic of conversation on our forums for months with members guessing who would land the coveted cover. Everyone from Gigi Hadid to Jennifer Lopez was thrown into the mix, but much to our amazement, Taylor Swift got the gig. After a three-year hiatus, Taylor is back on the American fashion bible for September 2019 going before the lens of Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In a nod to the iconic Uncle Sam posters from World War I, Taylor points at readers in the unconventional studio shot decked out in a Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 jumpsuit pulled by Tonne Goodman.

US Vogue September 2019 : Taylor Swift by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


Our forum members weren’t pleased. “What on earth is that first cover with the ridiculous headline? To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” declared Benn98 the moment the cover dropped.

“SO SO SO bad, it’s not even funny! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? The pose, the big head, the ugliest clothes, the headline… I mean Anna keeps going down year after year. What on earth were they thinking?” wondered Bertrando3.

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“INDEFENSIBLE. This is terrible in all areas. And I really hate it when magazines use ‘September Issue’ taglines for the September issue. How dumb. Ugh, I can’t even. Terrible!” proclaimed MON.

“This is so atrocious! Why is nearly every magazine flopping so hard with their covers this September?” questioned a dumbfounded KINGofVERSAILLES.

Nepenthes wasn’t impressed, either. “Of all the people they could have had on the cover, it’s yet another Taylor story. Boring and out of touch beyond words.”

“Both covers are bland and boring. I thought Gigi Hadid was going to be the cover girl of this issue, but Swift wants more publicity about the things around her and the release of her new album,” agreed burbuja8910.

“I can’t believe the second cover, either (like one terrible cover wasn’t enough). That is quite possibly the least flattering angle of Taylor (who by the way is a very beautiful girl) they could find,” pointed out dodencebt.

US Vogue September 2019 : Taylor Swift by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


See what else Vogue‘s September issue has to offer and be sure to share your thoughts here.

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Not Even Ruth Bell and Selena Forrest Can Save Christian Dior’s ‘Lifeless’ Fall 2019 Campaign

Our forum members have had a real love-hate relationship with Maria Grazia Chiuri ever since she became the first female artistic director of Christian Dior back in 2016. Her collections (from ready-to-wear to haute couture) and advertising campaigns have been scrutinized by our unfiltered members. None of Dior’s recent campaigns have impressed them and its Fall 2019 offering keeps the streak alive. Repeating last season‘s casting, Ruth Bell and Selena Forrest were snapped before a bland backdrop by photographer Brigitte Niedermair for the series of minimalist images.

Christian Dior F/W 2019.20 : Selena Forrest & Ruth Bell by Brigitte Niedermair


The campaign was immediately declared a flop by our forum members. “This could have been refreshing in a way, but unfortunately, Brigitte Niedermair has been doing these shoots in nearly every 2019 edition of Vogue Italia,” ranted Benn98.

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“It looks like a fashion exhibition book, only more boring and lifeless,” complained GivenchyHomme.

“Brigitte Niedermair is the last person to hire for a campaign (along with Collier Schorr). Bad, lifeless and the casting feels so 2016,” declared GivenchyAddict.

TommysBaby was also left underwhelmed: “The casting perfectly reflects the collection: bland, outdated and repetitive.”

Christian Dior F/W 2019.20 : Selena Forrest & Ruth Bell by Brigitte Niedermair


“God, this is so boring. The clothes, photography and most of all, the models,” pointed out anlabe32.

Nomar shared the same sentiment. “I didn’t even realize that this was the new campaign because I saw the title of the thread with Ruth and Selena and thought it was just what I had already seen. How lazy can you be that you can’t even be bothered to change the casting? Judging by the shots, they clearly put no effort into this. Everything about this just screams bad.”

“Literally laughed out loud at this,” said an amused Salvatore.

“Good grief and there I was thinking Christian Dior’s advertising campaign could not get any worse. This is downright atrocious and utterly pretentious,” stated vogue28.

Christian Dior F/W 2019.20 : Selena Forrest & Ruth Bell by Brigitte Niedermair


See the rest of Christian Dior’s Fall 2019 campaign and join the conversation here.