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Yara Shahidi Deserved Better Than These Covers of Porter for Summer 2019

We have been fans of Net-a-Porter’s magazine, Porter, ever since it launched back in 2014. Over the years, we’ve fawned over covers featuring the likes of Bella Hadid, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Anja Rubik and Sienna Miller (to name a few). Back in February, the magazine celebrated its five-year anniversary, welcoming Gisele Bündchen back to the cover with news shortly following that founding editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans was set to depart the title. Amid the staff changes, Porter taps Yara Shahidi for Summer 2019, enlisting photographer Cass Bird and stylist Elissa Santisi to profile the American actress and activist. Yara wears Balenciaga in the newsstand cover (below) and Michael Kors for the black and white subscribers offering (after the jump).

Porter #32 Summer 2019 : Yara Shahidi by Cass Bird


One thing is for certain: Yara deserved far better. “I appreciate the cover choice but this is the most pedestrian Porter has ever been,” said tFS forum member honeycombchild.

“Incredibly pedestrian, seen better from The Edit over recent weeks and I won’t hesitate to unsubscribe if these type of naffer than naff covers keep up post-Yeomans. Also wouldn’t bother me if Cass Bird disappeared off the scene either. Yeah… not motivated by this at ALL,” complained vogue28.

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Rihanna Sports a Bold Makeup Look on the May Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

You will often hear our forums complain that Harper’s Bazaar is in dire need of a revamp thanks to overused cover subjects and recycled cover shoot concepts. The American fashion title must have been listening as the latest issue shows no signs cover stars being suspended 50 feet above the ground or overdone Photoshop, just a striking close-up of Rihanna (making her fourth appearance) wearing bold makeup looks for the annual beauty issue, shot by Dennis Leupold.

US Harper’s Bazaar May 2019 : Rihanna by Dennis Leupold


Was it enough to entice our forum members? “This is too much! The eye makeup with a bare neck and a more subtle lipstick would have been more than enough,” said A.D.C the moment the newsstand cover (above) struck.

“It just looks like they dumped every product in her makeup range on her face at once. I don’t see much art in this look, unless the end effect they were going for was macaw parrot,” said tigerrouge.

“That cover is atrocious. Those makeup colors are chalky and downright ugly. And not applied in the least artistic way,” added dfl-001.

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Jodie Comer Serves 1940s Realness on Town & Country’s May 2019 Cover

We have a feeling we’re about to see a whole lot more of Jodie Comer down at the newsstand as the industry jumps on the Killing Eve bandwagon and finally joins the hype surrounding the hit TV show. Town & Country is the latest publication to profile Comer, with British ELLE also featuring the British actress while her co-star Sandra Oh delivers a beautiful cover on Marie Claire this month. The last time T&C took our fancy was almost a whole twelve months ago, so the title has done something right for May 2019. Photographed by Marc Hom and styled by MaryKate Boylan serving 1940s realness, Jodie looks totally killer wearing Bottega Veneta, a Lola Hats beret and Harry Winston diamonds in the chic portrait cover shot.

Town & Country May 2019 : Jodie Comer by Marc Hom


Needless to say, members of our forums were quick to applaud the magazine’s efforts. “Very different from their previous covers. Love this!” praised phungnam96.

“Ooh, love the styling!! Like a cross between Bonnie Parker and a Tamara De Lempicka goddess. Very thematic for them. Jodie looks great, definitely a tremendous print presence,” Benn98 added.

“Absolutely gorgeous, loved this immediately upon first look but did think it was Uma Thurman for a split second before noticing Jodie Comer’s name. Miles, miles better than Comer’s cover of British ELLE and loving the whole 1940s vibe,” vogue28 chimed in.

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Sharing the same sentiments toward the brilliant outcome was 333101: “This is how you do it! Take notes, please, ELLE UK. I love that she’s finally receiving the attention she deserves — she’s such a brilliant actress and one of the few big British actresses that hasn’t come from a very wealthy, entitled background. I never buy T&C but I have to say I’m tempted by this!”

“Fresh choice, and very well deserved for her, she’s fantastic on Killing Eve. Love the cover,” raved an equally impressed HeatherAnne.

“She has such an interesting face, this sort of 40s film noir styling and makeup fits her perfectly,” observed AnaD.

Town & Country May 2019 : Jodie Comer by Marc Hom


See the rest of Jodie’s cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Rianne van Rompaey Returns to the Cover of Vogue Italia for April 2019

Our forums have been notoriously hard on Emanuele Farneti ever since he took the helm of Vogue Italia back in 2017, and not even the likes of Lauren Hutton, Lara Stone, Madonna or Gigi Hadid have managed to save Farneti’s questionable covers. He’s still powering on (amid some major staff changes) and Italian Vogue‘s offering for April 2019 is here. Fresh from the cover of Vogue Paris, Rianne van Rompaey makes a reappearance, captured on the shores of the Mediterranean by photographer Karim Sadli, and styled in head-to-toe Chanel by Max Pearmain.

Vogue Italia April 2019 : Rianne Van Rompaey by Karim Sadli


Was it enough to impress the tFS forums? “Better than their previous offerings! The art direction is also better,” confessed MON.

“Quite possibly Farneti’s best cover since his debut with Grace Elizabeth by Meisel. Kudos to Karim’s photography for bringing up a livelier charm from that Chanel ensemble,” added Ken Doll Jenner.

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Helena Christensen Photographs Gigi Hadid at the Hadid Family Farm for Vogue Czechoslovakia’s May Issue

Joining the likes of Vogue Arabia, Vogue Hong Kong and Vogue Brazil, the newly established Czechoslovakian edition of Vogue jumps on the Hadid bandwagon with three Gigi Hadid covers for May 2019. Not just any old cover shoot, the magazine enlisted supermodel Helena Christensen to photograph Gigi outdoors at her family’s farm.

Vogue Czechoslovakia May 2019 : Gigi Hadid by Helena Christensen


The all-important question is, were our forum members impressed? “Their strongest offering yet! I must say I love these, as random as they are,” Roayl-Galliano commented at once.

“I hate to say but it looks pretty damn good, probably the best covers Gigi has done,” echoed luchang732.

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ELLE Misses the Mark With Two Disappointing Dua Lipa Covers for May 2019

ELLE has been at the top of our forum’s radar ever since Nina Garcia landed at the Hearst-owned title early last year, and in 2019 alone, Garcia has already managed to secure such notable cover stars as Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift. Impressive, right? Continuing to give the likes of Vogue a run for its money, ELLE‘s latest features Dua Lipa on two covers photographed by Carin Backoff and styled by Anna Trevelyan. The 23-year-old hitmaker reclines across the studio floor in both cover images, decked out in looks from Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring 2019 collection (subtly paying tribute to Karl Lagerfeld).

US Elle May 2019 : Dua Lipa by Carin Backoff


According to tFS forum members, the team behind the shoot missed the mark with this one. “I love Dua but not this cover, I really don’t like that thing on her head.. I don’t think it fits with her style,” said apple the second the covers struck.

“Dua kinda represents that idea of fun! The idea of a couture swimsuit is fun but this cover is not fun at all. A fail,” Lola701 said.

“It had all the makings for a stellar cover on paper – Carin Backoff, Due Lipa, who we all know is very photogenic, so I’m not sure how they’ve mucked this up. And can we stop with this Chanel swimsuit? It’s very difficult to get right due to the kitschiness. That headpiece is too much,” added Benn98.

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