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Karl Lagerfeld’s Last Chanel Campaign Gets Rave Reviews

The fashion world is still mourning the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, but with the release of his last Chanel advertising campaign, we can celebrate the designer and photographer (he shot every campaign since 1987) one more time. Snapped right after the Métiers d’Art 2019 show back in December, Lagerfeld took the opportunity to capture models Hyun Ji Shin and Vittoria Ceretti for Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2019 campaign. The two Lagerfeld favorites pose in a dark studio setting, shot against a black backdrop and decked out in the legendary French fashion house’s latest ancient Egyptian-inspired collection.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2019 : Hyun Ji Shin & Vittoria Ceretti by Karl Lagerfeld


For our forum members, the campaign hit all the right notes. “The museum vibe was expected, but this is everything I need, literal and simple,” declared ghostwriter10549.

“This might be the best Chanel campaign in recent seasons. Simple, striking…” pointed out Lola701.

“One of the best of this season,” heralded ivano.

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“Hyun looks gorgeous and majestic. It’s one of the best shoots I have seen in the last years by Karl. It’s simple but elegant unlike the Spring 2019 campaign which was just boring,” wrote apple.

In complete agreement was guimon: “As simple as it is, it just… works! Hyun is absolutely flawless, just one in a million. This looks super expensive and beautiful!”

“It’s flawless, expensive-looking and the clothes really speak for themselves,” praised YohjiAddict.

“Great casting. Hyun and Vittoria look amazing, they’re perfect for the campaign,” applauded Morgane07.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2019 : Hyun Ji Shin & Vittoria Ceretti by Karl Lagerfeld


Check out the rest of Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2019 campaign and join the conversation here.

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Gigi Hadid and Giampaolo Sgura Aren’t a Match Made in Heaven for Vogue Mexico

Anything Bella Hadid can do, Gigi Hadid can do better, right? The sisters are currently in fierce competition and the battle is over who can amass the highest amount of Vogue covers. Gigi just scored her fourth of 2019 (while sister Bella currently holds a total of five). Fresh from Vogue Czechoslovakia, Gigi makes her debut as a Vogue Mexico cover girl for June 2019. Gigi poses on the beach before the lens of photographer Giampaolo Sgura serving up a pair of covers styled by Paul Cavaco.

Vogue Mexico June 2019 : Gigi Hadid by Giampaolo Sgura


Neither cover hit the spot for our forum members, however. “Definitely not a good look for Gigi. I can’t believe a so-called respected fashion photographer is responsible for this,” proclaimed Benn98 the moment the covers came out.

“Bland and simple covers, typical boring photography by Sgura,” burbuja8910 chimed in.

“It’s a very sad expression, especially for a summer cover. I expected more from Cavaco,” Xone added.

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“Summertime sadness,” echoed an underwhelmed MDNA.

In agreement was Zposen: “The clothes look awkward on her, hate the styling.”

Also quick to take aim at the styling was MON, asking, “Who in their right minds would suggest this look to its readers? Like ew.”

“Poor all around. Gigi always falls flat with a natural no-makeup look — she needs full-on glamour to shine. As for Sgura, his leverage in the fashion industry never ceases to amaze me considering what a poor photographer he is. How does he keep booking these jobs?!” asked a dumbfounded 333101.

ogue Mexico June 2019 : Gigi Hadid by Giampaolo Sgura


You have to admit this isn’t Gigi’s finest moment. Share your thoughts and see more from the issue here.

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Imaan Hammam Stuns on Vogue Russia’s June 2019 Cover

You have to give a standing ovation to ANY magazine that gives its cover to models who actually deserve to have a Vogue cover in their portfolios. So props to Vogue Russia for making Imaan Hammam its June 2019 cover star, following in the footsteps of Kendall Jenner, Grace Elizabeth and Luna Bijl. Our forum members have been firm favorites of Imaan’s since day one with Russian Vogue‘s latest marking the Dutch beauty’s third Vogue cover of 2019. Photographed by Chris Colls with Celia Azoulay on styling duties, Imaan gives good face wearing Hermes.

Vogue Russia June 2019 : Imaan Hammam by Chris Colls


Naturally, the cover was a total triumph. “This is gorgeous. On top of being stunning, she has such a strong presence. Easily one of the best models we have at the moment,” applauded Morgane07.

“Reminds me a little of those sunless studio-shot summer covers we used to get from Vogue Italia,” reminisced tigerrouge.

“Stunning shot, I love these colors, they make the cover very sophisticated. Also, it’s nice to see a model of color on the cover of Vogue Russia,” commended apple.

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“Took an instant liking to this upon first look earlier, think it’s near perfect and that’s good enough for me. Always nice to see Imaan Hammam land the cover of Vogue, growing increasingly fond of Colls’ work, love the use of Hermes and oddly enough I’m even a fan of the pale masthead,” raved an equally impressed vogue28.

MON shared the same level of enthusiasm, adding, “Stunning. This is truly a Vogue cover.”

“What a face! Stunning!” declared jorgepalomo.

“Oh, this cover is absolutely gorgeous!” echoed Velasco.

Check out Imaan’s cover feature in full and join the conversation here.

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Third Time Isn’t a Charm for Bella Hadid on the Cover of Vogue Japan

Is there any stopping Bella Hadid? The model continues to add an impressive amount of work to her ever-growing portfolio. In 2019 alone, the current face of Versace and Moschino scored a total of four Vogue covers (including American Vogue‘s digital cover in April). Now Bella has landed a fifth for July 2019. Vogue Japan welcomes Bella back (following in the footsteps of Vogue Spain), marking Bella’s third cover appearance on the Japanese fashion bible. Captured by photographic duo Luigi & Iango and styled by Paul Cavaco, Bella wears a jacquard Louis Vuitton jacket and pants a la Emma Stone on British Vogue.

Vogue Japan July 2019 : Bella Hadid by Luigi & Iango


But the cover was a total flop. “Just tragic. Horrible lighting on her face. When will these Vogues realize that it isn’t cool to share the same freaking girls that are on the covers every damn month,” ranted Gabriel29.

“Wow, another zombie face cover from Bella, give us a break!” pleaded Miss Dalloway.

“Her face looks really unpleasant here, like she’s being forced to use a public toilet,” declared Melancholybaby.

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“This girl again? My God, is she the only model available or what? Because she doesn’t have anything special that any other model can’t offer. This cover is tragic,” proclaimed Perickles.

“Forgettable and lazy. Where’s the modeling?” asked TommysBaby.

KateTheGreatest felt the same way: “Her face looks the same in every photo. Before opening the thread I know what her expression will look like.”

Also not exactly jumping for joy was Benn98: “Bella fatigue aside, I don’t like the cover at all. It just looks drab and forgettable, plus that wretched LV look is even worse here. Pass!”

Vogue Japan July 2019 : Bella Hadid by Luigi & Iango


Check out Bella’s accompanying cover feature in full and join the debate here.

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Brilliant or Boring? Gisele Bündchen Covers Vogue Paris for the 11th Time

Emmanuelle Alt is notorious for welcoming back cover girls to the cover of Vogue Paris time and time again. It was just last month that Rianne van Rompaey scored her second cover within three months and now Gisele Bündchen is back for her 11th cover appearance on the French fashion bible — surprising not a single one of our forum members. The cover shoot took place on the Caribbean island of Nevis (albeit the supermodel was photographed up against a white backdrop for the two cover images) with Mikael Jansson behind the lens and Emmanuelle on styling duties for the title’s June/July 2019 edition. In cover one (below), the current face of Missoni strikes a pose in a black and white Chanel swimsuit and sports a Louis Vuitton jacket in cover two (after the jump).

Vogue Paris June/July 2019 : Gisele Bündchen by Mikael Jansson


Gisele’s comeback had our forums divided. “Really? Gisele on a June/July cover for French Vogue? Groundbreaking,” announced an underwhelmed Lax89.

“Such a transparent money grab. Alt’s VP may be the most directional of the top four, but she’s the least daring of them all when it comes to cover subjects,” Benn98 added.

“I’m so tired of the VP model cycle. Edie [Campbell], Kate [Moss], Gisele [Bündchen] or Anna [Ewers], for how many years now? Is there really only like 10 good models in this world in Alt’s eyes?” questioned WilliamsLe010919.

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Also far from impressed was apple: “Soooo lazy, from the choice of the model to the styling, from the background to the photography.”

But Miss Dalloway wasn’t complaining. “Love it, garish art direction and all! It’s Gisele that once again elevates even bad art direction, that is why her brand and model service will never go out of fashion! She will be booking covers for the rest of her life because she is that good and she sells!”

“I am actually happy to see Gisele. I suppose she is a safe choice, but then again at least she always delivers,” reasoned KateTheGreatest.

“It’s such a cliché, Gisele for a summer Vogue Paris cover, but damn it that hair and that body, it works every time,” Melancholybaby admitted.

Vogue Paris June/July 2019 : Gisele Bündchen by Mikael Jansson


Check out some previews of what the issue has to offer and share your thoughts here.

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Not Even Bella Hadid Can Save Vogue Spain’s June 2019 Cover

You’re no doubt aware of the fact that our forums have a love-hate relationship with Bella Hadid. There’s no denying Bella gives good face fronting the likes of Allure, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Vogue Greece. But sometimes mags can get it oh so wrong (we’re looking at you Vogue Japan and Vogue China). Now we can add Vogue Spain to the not-so-distinguished list. Bella makes her second appearance on the Spanish fashion bible for June 2019. Shot down on the beach by Zoey Grossman, Bella looks caught off guard wearing Paco Rabanne in the awkward and unflattering shot.

Vogue España June 2019 : Bella Hadid by Zoey Grossman


According to our forums, the newsstand cover (above) was a total miss. “Bella looks like she’s been stranded on the beach for days. Very grimy, but not in a sultry way,” critiqued Benn98.

“Don’t like it. Looks like she’s walking home in a drunken daze. Unflattering angle,” said liv4beauty.

“This is such an awkward pose and not a shot I would pick out for a cover, in any shape or form. Looks very cheap to me I’m afraid,” 333101 chimed in.

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In agreement over the questionable shot was TommysBaby: “It just doesn’t look like a cover image.”

“Terrible angle, terrible cover. I’m so terribly sick and tired of Kendull, Bella and their crew. I know I sound like an echo chamber, but how is it possible these painted corpses still sell covers. What is wrong with the world. I’ve had it, officially,” ranted Vitamine W.

Then the digital cover dropped and completely heightened our spirits. “Wow, the digital cover is stunning,” exclaimed tjasmine.

Vogue28 felt the same way, raving, “Absolutely head over heels for that digital cover, and rather dumbfounded as to how Eugenia de la Torriente failed to make that shot the newsstand cover! The industry is supposedly trying to keep print alive… and here’s Vogue Spain giving digital the better cover. Ugh!”

Vogue España June 2019 : Bella Hadid by Zoey Grossman


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