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Nina Ricci and Hervé Léger Announce New Creative Directors

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Haute couture house Nina Ricci and pioneer of the bodycon dress Hervé Léger have just announced new creative directors. Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh will be designing for Nina Ricci and Christian Juuls Nielsen is the new creative head for Hervé Léger, all of whom are reportedly already busy on their debut collections for their respective brands.

Botter and Herrebrugh have been in the fashion scene for a while now, having already worked together on their own brand Botter, which won the Grand Prize for Festival d’Hyères, the Dries van Noten Award, the BVBA32 Ann Demeulemeester Award, as well as a finalist spot in the 2018 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Their appointment as creative directors for Nina Ricci is rather interesting as Botter’s and Nina Ricci’s design aesthetics seem to be polar opposites.

“Their universe expresses a passionate force, a sincerity and an extraordinary boldness deeply rooted in their time,” Nina Ricci’s general manager Charlotte Tassette said in a press release. “Mixed with the natural sweetness and poetry present in their vision, this unique creative spirit will give birth to a new Nina Ricci woman.”

The designers “aim to create a new spirit, a spirit of our times: effortless, sophisticated and strong” for the brand, they said in a statement. Botter and Herrebrugh’s debut collection will be for Pre-Fall 2019 and we can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the label.

As for Nielsen, while he may not be a familiar name in the industry, he has worked with prestigious designers in the past. Coincidentally, his career started with Nina Ricci back in 2003 where he designed for more than three years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He then became a senior designer at Christian Dior, a design director at Oscar de la Renta and a consulting design director at J. Mendel. Nielsen has also been the creative director for Land of Distraction, a contemporary women’s wear label, since November 2016. It is assumed that he will work on both brands as their creative director.

According to WWD, Nielson has been working on his first collection for Hervé Léger this summer, with plans to present next month at New York Fashion Week.

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Jordan Barrett Turns Photographer for Emily Ratajkowski’s Cover of Paper Magazine

Paper has gone from breaking the internet in 2014 to subtle and demure in 2018, and the magazine’s offering for fall shows no signs of reverting back. Along with Marie Claire and ELLE Australia, Paper jumps on the Emily Ratajkowski bandwagon, giving the cover of the fall fashion issue to the American model/actress and Kérastase brand ambassador. Instead of hiring a seasoned fashion photographer for the shoot, Paper enlisted Jordan Barrett (yes, the Aussie male model) to photograph Emily on location at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Giving us modern-day Jackie Kennedy vibes, Emily sports a bobbed hairstyle, nude lips and red Valentino in the cover shot.

Paper Fall 2018 : Emily Ratajkowski by Jordan Barrett


Our forum members are going to skip this issue, though. “So, Jordan Barrett is branching out to photography now?” asked amby upon checking out the cover.

“God, this magazine is such a joke! They were somewhat irrelevant until that infamous Kim K cover, and, despite the press and support they got from it, never quite managed to live up to the newfound hype. To go with the lesser of the Insta influencers shot by an equally lesser male model?” Benn98 asked.

“There are tons of struggling, yet insanely talented, photographers out there and this magazine gives Jordan Barrett the chance to shoot the cover. Unnecessary, uneventful, lazy, and unimaginative,” slated MON.

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Vogue Czechoslovakia Is Off to a Rocky Start With This Wasted Karolina Kurkova Cover

It’s hard not to get excited when a new edition of Vogue enters the market. Over the past two years, we’ve witnessed the launch of Vogue Arabia and Vogue Poland — and this month marks the introduction of Vogue Czechoslovakia. Ever since Condé Nast announced the news of a Czechoslovakian Vogue edition early this year, our forums have speculated as to who might turn up on the cover — and as one would expect, the magazine went with a pretty obvious choice. Czech beauty Karolina Kurkova does the honors fronting the inaugural September 2018 issue, photographed by Branislav Simoncik and paying homage to former First Lady of Czechoslovakia Olga Havlova.

Vogue Czechoslovakia September 2018 : Karolina Kurkova by Branislav Simoncik


Our forum members couldn’t wait to weigh in. “This is pretentious, boring and just plain ugly,” complained RaisinBoy the moment the cover struck.

“So this is it? It’s a bit underwhelming,” added Srdjan.

“Oh wow, this is actual cringe,” said russianelf.

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Missoni Welcomes Back Gigi Hadid as the Face of Fall

What would a campaign season be without Gigi Hadid? She pretty much dominated last season’s Spring 2018 offerings, landing campaigns for Stuart Weitzman, Valentino and Versace. For Fall 2018, Gigi has managed to score campaigns for Moschino, Fendi and Versace (so far). Now, CR Fashion Book‘s current cover girl is after her BFF Kendall Jenner‘s modeling gig, snatching the Missoni advertising campaign (she also appeared in the Fall 2017 ads) for the Fall 2018 season, paired with male model Yassine Rahal. Photographed by Harley Weir and under the creative direction of Angela Missoni herself, Gigi poses under a vivid blue sky wearing the Italian fashion house’s latest collection.

Missoni F/W 2018.19 : Gigi Hadid & Yassine Rahal by Harley Weir


The campaign wasn’t appreciated by the vast majority of our forum members, however. “Another Missoni campaign wasted on an Insta girl. Why are they so obsessed with them? They don’t fit the brand at all,” called out anlabe32 straight away.

“What a pity they wasted this campaign on Gigi,” slammed tjasmine.

“It’s just… there. It’s giving me zero of whatever is supposed to give me,” said dodencebt.

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Gigi Hadid’s September Cover of Vogue Brazil Looks Very Familiar

We were wondering when Gigi Hadid might show up on a September cover — and here she is on the new Vogue Brazil issue, three years after her last appearance. The cover was shot by Luigi & Iango, who previously shot Gigi for the likes of Vogue Japan, W Korea and Maybelline. Complete with styling from Pedro Sales, Gigi sports a bouffant 60s hairdo, a winged eyeliner look and neon Prada in the cover image.

Vogue Brazil September 2018 : Gigi Hadid by Luigi & Iango


Members of our forums are growing increasingly tired of the same old setup. “It looks like an outtake from another shoot and they just cropped in her face,” pointed out gossiping at once.

“Looks like an outtake from her last Vogue Japan cover story, same hair same makeup… a Luigi & Iango signature,” added badgalcrush.

“I feel like there’s a Luigi & Iango pack when you shoot with them. Same makeup and same hair. I feel like I’ve seen it many times because I know for a fact that I’ve seen it too many times, and I’m not going to fall for it this time,” Lola701 ranted.

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Hailey Baldwin Underwhelms on Vogue Mexico’s Lackluster September Covers

The industry seems hellbent on trying to make Hailey Baldwin happen and more power to her, as she scores not one but TWO September covers this month. First came the cover of Vogue Japan where she was styled to the hilt in head-to-toe Burberry and now Vogue Mexico makes the American beauty its cover girl. It was only two issues ago that Bella Hadid sent temperatures rising on a series of sun-soaked covers for the magazine and now Hailey reminds us that fall is on the way, cozying up in knitwear and socks in the special digital cover (below) and a wool blazer on the newsstand cover (after the jump), both photographed by Bjorn Iooss and styled by Celia Azoulay.

Vogue Mexico September 2018 : Hailey Baldwin by Bjorn Iooss


It seems our forum members have a long way to go before warming to Hailey. “Maybe it’s the hair? Just wondering why all Hailey’s covers always look so cheap,” said Benn98 the second the covers appeared.

“Even if she were brunette, it might still be difficult to engage with her images, because she doesn’t put any emotion into her face. I’m not talking about a big false smile, but the glimmer of a mood, a certain look in her eyes. The best models don’t just turn up in front of the camera — they turn up and turn it on,” stated tigerrouge.

“Why do we live in a world where Hailey Baldwin scores two September Vogue covers,” slammed mikel.

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