We definitely don’t mind rooting for the villain when it’s Michael B. Jordan. It was announced in September 2018 that the Black Panther star would be Coach’s first-ever global male ambassador and, like Coach’s female ambassador, Selena Gomez, he is expected to create an upcoming capsule collection for the brand.
Jordan welcomed the new year with a photo from his new spring campaign on Instagram, captioned, “So excited for my first campaign with @Coach. Showing it to you guys before everyone else. Had the honor to work with the best team, including #CraigMcDean. More amazing things to come in 2019.”
Coach released three more campaign photos including the one Jordan posted. The photoshoot features the actor posing with a vintage car in an abandoned park wearing a MA-1 flight jacket, the iconic Moto jacket and colorblock plush jacket. Each ad also shows Coach’s new Rivington Backpack, Metropolitan carryall and Rivington belt bag.
Coach’s new leading man really brought the heat. We are excited to see more products drop for the Spring 2019 collection and for what Jordan has in store for his own collection.
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Is there something going on over at Vogue Japan HQ that we’re unaware of? The staff suddenly seems to have a fascination with…celebrities. Recent cover stars include Elle Fanning back in November and Tilda Swinton just last month and now, the magazine gives us Nicki Minaj for February 2019. Photographed by Mariano Vivanco, the cover marks her second Vogue cover appearance overall (Vogue Arabia gave Nicki her first back in September). The Trinidadian-American rapper sports auburn hair and a head-to-toe look from Riccardo Tisci’s debut Burberry collection, styled by Anna Trevelyan.
The cover certainly took our forum members by surprise. “All I see is Lil’ Kim,” pointed out liv4beauty the moment the cover came to light.
“Is this a Lil’ Kim tribute?” asked TaylorBinque, also noticing some similarities.
“This looks very brazen and gaudy which in theory should be perfect for VJ, but normally reserve that sort of thing for their inside content and keep the covers simple. There’s something off here though. I think the stylist tried too hard to edge up Burberry,” said Benn98.
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Ever loved a brand so much you found a way to make it your hairstyle? Magnus Juliano, 27-year-old rapper and graphic artist, just stunned and amused everyone on the internet with his Louis Vuitton braids.
The Louis Vuitton charms were made with a 3D Printer in Eat Crow Studio and his hair was styled by Ciera Jackson. Juliano said that it took six months and multiple tries for his idea to become a reality.
Juliano told Vogue that his look pays homage to his African-American roots as well as Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh: “African American roots are rich in hair jewelry and headdress—it’s our fabric. I chose [to pay tribute to] Louis Vuitton because of the impact [the brand has] had on art and design, but from the perspective of designers like Dapper Dan, who didn’t have access to [luxury brands], yet still made hip hop couture using their likeness.” Adding, “Virgil, a brilliant black streetwear creative, is helming one of the biggest fashion houses in history. That representation makes me feel like the sky is the limit!”
If you enjoyed seeing Juliano’s fun braids, there are more looks on his Instagram, including Legos and feathers.
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To kick-start award season, Edward Enninful gives up British Vogue‘s February 2019 cover to actress Emma Stone, whose last notable appearance at the newsstand was for US ELLE‘s September issue. Photographed by Craig McDean and styled before a pale blue backdrop by Venetia Scott, Emma wears statement blue eyeshadow, a red lip and a jacquard Louis Vuitton jacket (because what else?).
Members of our forums weren’t exactly… awestruck. “American Vogue is that you?” asked jorgepalomo.
“Sex, lies and motherhood? Is this Cosmopolitan? So he’s also using the American Vogue headline font now too? He desires that job so much it’s painful to watch,” stated aracic.
“Reading those cover lines is giving me déjà vu, they seem lifted straight off past issues of US Vogue! Emma in Louis Vuitton, groundbreaking. Bills got to get paid I guess,” A.D.C echoed.
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Margot Robbie is capturing our post-holiday mood perfectly on the latest cover of Porter. Four years after its inaugural issue (starring Gisele Bündchen), the Aussie actress is finally making her debut as a Porter cover girl (fresh from Harper’s Bazaar) while following in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Natalie Portman, to name just a few. Photographed by Yelena Yemchuk and styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington on location in Los Angeles, Margot takes a dip in the pool wearing a swimsuit from Chanel (for which she is brand ambassador).
Despite Porter‘s attempts at brightening up our winter, the cover failed to stimulate our forum members. “I appreciate the risk they took but the slimming effect of the water makes her neck look insanely long. It’s all so robotic and uncomfortable, she reminds me of an android,” complained dodencebt.
“The water concept isn’t clever, it comes across as amateur hour,” HeatherAnne added.
“Definitely not the right pose for this shot. Like she’s trying too hard to keep her face outside of the water. And the elongated neck is creepy. It’s a shame because I like the minimalism and crispness of the cover overall,” Benn98 chimed in.
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Vogue Russia March 2018 : Luna Bijl by Luigi & Iango
Sometimes all it takes is a well-assembled team to deliver an utterly fabulous magazine cover and that team involved Luigi & Iango photographing Luna Bijl (who scored 8 Vogue covers this year) for Vogue Russia's March 2018 issue. The Dutch beauty proved every inch her worth in the electrifying cover image.
i-D Spring 2018 by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
i-D hadn't been on our radar for months until they dropped the Spring 2018 edition, which featured the likes of Christy Turlington, Teddy Quinlivan, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Paloma Elsesser and Dara Allen. Not only were we given a plethora of classic and timeless portrait images by Inez & Vinoodh, but it was a pleasure to see such a diverse bunch of cover stars on the newsstand.
Vanity Fair 'The Hollywood Issue' 2018 by Annie Leibovitz
Vanity Fair's annual 'Hollywood Issue' for January 2018 featured a whole host of A-list faces shot by Annie Leibovitz. Our forums were quick to point out a list of Photoshop blunders — like Reese Witherspoon sporting three legs and Nicole Kidman morphing into Naomi Watts.
Vogue Arabia March 2018 : Iman & Imaan Hammam by Patrick Demarchelier
Vogue Arabia made our fashion dreams come true for March 2018 by delivering the iconic duo that is Iman Abdulmajid and Imaan Hammam, who were both photographed by Patrick Demarchelier (pre sexual misconduct scandal) which resulted in a trio of divine and timeless covers for us to choose from.
Vogue Italia March 2018 : Remington Williams by Steven Meisel
We expect a lot from forum favorite Steven Meisel, so you can imagine our disappointment to see him serve up a totally lackluster portrait of model Remington Williams for Italian Vogue's March 2018 issue. While the image itself may not be offensive...it was missing the famous Meisel magic.
Allure June 2018 : Fei Fei, Fernanda & Soo Joo by Solve Sundsbo
Members of our forums couldn't believe their eyes when Allure featured a trio of Asian beauties for June 2018. Asian women are unfortunately a rare sight at the newsstand, so Fei Fei Sun, Fernanda Ly and Soo Joo Park were a much-welcomed addition to Allure's "all about hair" edition.
US Glamour May 2018 : Melissa McCarthy by Miguel Reveriego
How could we forget Samantha Barry's first official outing as editor-in-chief of Glamour? Unfortunately for our forum members, there is no forgetting — or forgiving — this mess of a cover featuring actress Melissa McCarthy. Plagued by Barry's atrocious new redesign, it was ultimately the catalyst for the title going all-digital in 2019. Should we be shocked?
US Vogue July 2018 : Gisele Bundchen by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Surprisingly, models hardly ever make the cover of American Vogue so forum members were quick to applaud Anna Wintour for welcoming Gisele Bundchen back after an eight-year hiatus. Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin photographed Gisele in Tulum, Mexico, surrounded by nature for the beautiful and serene cover image.
Vogue Italia May 2018 : Gigi Hadid by Steven Klein
Gigi Hadid not only made headlines on our forums but across the entire globe when she fronted Vogue Italia's June issue, photographed by Steven Klein. In the unflattering cover image, Gigi was captured straddling a male model decked out in a glitzy Dolce & Gabbana number — complete with bizarrely darker skin tone. Not cool Vogue Italia, not cool.
Vogue Mexico July 2018 : Bella Hadid by Chris Colls
Much to our surprise, it was Vogue Mexico who delivered the summer cover of the year, featuring It girl Bella Hadid. Doing what she does best, Bella gave us everything (and more) in the sun-soaked covers shot by Chris Colls.
Vogue Australia June 2018 : Rebel Wilson by Nicole Bentley
It's hard to understand why stylists are in the habit of swamping plus-size cover stars in mountains of fabric and, unfortunately, Kate Darvill didn't break the mold when it came to styling Rebel Wilson for Vogue Australia's June 2018 cover shot. To add insult to injury, an oversized Martin Grant coat was thrown over the voluminous Christian Siriano gown. Why, just why?
Vogue Portugal June 2018 : Jessica Stam by René & Radka
Vogue Portugal had been in our good books until they had to ruin it by submerging Jessica Stam in a pool of water for June 2018. Jessica ended up looking like a drowning victim in René & Radka's cover image. We strongly recommend Jessica NOT add this to her portfolio.
UK Vogue September 2018 : Rihanna by Nick Knight
Edward Enninful shut it dowwwwn when he unveiled Rihanna as the first black woman to star on the September issue of British Vogue. Always up for something different, the Barbadian songstress sported a quirky makeup look in the vibrant and eye-catching cover image, shot by photographer Nick Knight. This cover will surely go down in history.
WSJ September 2018 : The Power of 10 by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
WSJ Magazine stole the show in September with not one, but TEN supermodels! I&V captured Anna Ewers, Andreea Diaconu, Imaan Hammam, Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Tao Okamato, Rianne van Rompaey, Freja Beha Erichsen and Adwoa Aboah, who all went uber-glam with styling by George Cortina.
Vogue Turkey July 2018 : Cindy Crawford by Miguel Reveriego
Another disaster at the newsstand came in the form of Vogue Turkey, who somehow made Cindy Crawford look a far cry from her usual self in the awkward portrait cover image. The original 90s super tried her hardest to make the poker-straight hair and minimal makeup look work in her favor.
US InStyle October 2018 : Janet Jackson by Robbie Fimmano
We love when magazines tap unexpected cover stars and Laura Brown did just that for InStyle's October 2018 issue starring Janet Jackson. The legendary songstress felt like a breath of fresh air in the flawless newsstand cover image photographed by Robbie Fimmano.
There’s no arguing that 2018 has been an eventful year for the print industry as just about every major fashion glossy struggles to stay afloat amongst the fierce competition. The publications are now under strict budgets as they battle it out each month at the newsstand.
This year, Interview went bust for a hot minute while Vogue Poland and Vogue Czechoslovakia made their highly anticipated debuts (with a Vogue Hong Kong coming in early 2019 too). We witnessed Samantha Barry take over (and ruin) Glamour while watching Nina Garcia blossom at the helm of ELLE, amid constant rumors that Anna Wintour is to exit Vogue. Digital is allegedly kicking print’s behind with both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue now producing digital covers to coincide with their traditional print schedule (and much to the dismay of our forum members).
And through it all, global fashion magazines endure the intense scrutiny of our forum members as they fiercely dissect the covers on offer — ultimately either winning or losing our seal of approval. It’s now time for us to reflect back on the year in fashion magazines in our annual list of best and worst covers.
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