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Prada Switches Photographers for Its Resort 2020 Campaign

Our forum members have been very open about their displeasure over Willy Vanderperre replacing Steven Meisel as Prada’s campaign photographer. With the exception of Vanderperre’s Resort 2017 offering featuring Jessica Chastain, the campaigns have fallen short — extremely short. Thankfully, Miuccia Prada decided to switch things up by enlisting Drew Vickers and Keizo Kitajima to shoot the fashion house’s Resort 2020 campaign. The new ads feature a long list of models, including Qun Ye, Freja Beha Erichsen, Sara Blomqvist, Toni Smith, Stella Jones, Ashley Radjarame, Xiao Wen Ju, Lexi Boling, Kyla Ramsey and Victoire Ishimwe captured both indoors and outdoors.

Prada Resort 2020 by Drew Vickers & Keizo Kitajima

IMAGES: MODELS.COM

Our forums were huge supporters of the switch. “A new era!” heralded Nuit.

“Best campaign they’ve done in years,” exclaimed lelaid.

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“I really like this campaign. Cinematic and both modern and retro at the same time. The black and white shots give me Ingmar Bergman vibes with a modern twist…” noted Morgane07.

“This is probably the most Prada-esque campaign in years,” proclaimed Style Savvy.

“This campaign is soooooo good. Fresh cast. Fresh perspective,” said dfwn2n.

“Everything is perfection with this campaign — from the concept to the cast to the styling to the execution,” agreed blusheels.

“Love this as well. I like Willy Vanderperre as a photographer, he’s amazing, but he just never really worked for Prada,” declared Joromana.

Prada Resort 2020 by Drew Vickers & Keizo Kitajima

IMAGES: MODELS.COM

Check out Prada’s Resort 2020 advertising campaign in full and join the conversation here.

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Virginie Efira Guest Edits Vogue Paris’ Double Holiday Issue

Out of the 23 international editions of Vogue, Vogue Paris is the most predictable of the bunch. In 2019 alone, we’ve encountered Rianne Van Rompaey a total of three times and Erika Linder twice down at the newsstand. We expected to see one of the two regulars help the French fashion bible round out the year. But the mag threw us a curveball by having French-Belgian actress Virginie Efira guest edit its holiday issue, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Karl Lagerfeld and Vanessa Paradis. Rocking a Veronica Lake-inspired hairstyle, glossy makeup and a sequined Saint Laurent number, Virginie poses before the lens of Mikael Jansson for the chic cover shot.

Vogue Paris December 2019/January 2020 : Virginie Efira by Mikael Jansson

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

The vast majority of our forum members had no clue who Virginie was. “I googled her because I don’t know who she is and I’m really impressed. She’s gorgeous, the cover is stunning. Always great to see someone unexpected on Vogue Paris,” approved jorgepalomo.

“After umpteen covers from Alt with the same faces, I can appreciate the sight of someone new on the cover of Vogue Paris, but I also have absolutely zero clue who Virginie Efira is (did immediately think it was Kate Moss upon first glance — or Sofia Richie). Nevertheless, I’m a fan of how festive and glamorous the cover feels…” echoed vogue28.

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“I’m beyond shocked! This is literally the first time that Vogue Paris has a celebrity that has a real mainstream popularity as a cover woman. I kinda like it! The cover is chic, safe and festive,” commented Lola701.

Valentine27 felt the same way: “Virginie Efira on the cover of Vogue Paris. Now that’s a shock! Never thought I’d ever witness this! Incredible and quite unbelievable to be honest. I’m very happy for her. She’s a great actress and a beautiful woman. Finally we get someone drastically different.”

“That’s a beautiful and chic cover. Very Vogue Paris,” proclaimed mepps.

Are you a fan of the cover? Check out some previews of the issue and share your thoughts here.

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Irina Shayk Upstages Stella Maxwell on Vogue Russia’s Set of December 2019 Covers

Vogue Russia managed to stay in our good graces throughout 2019 by consistently selecting fashion’s finest (Birgit Kos, Bella Hadid, Grace Elizabeth, Kendall Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Cara TaylorAbbey Lee Kershaw) to front its covers. The mag closes out the year on another high note by giving its December issue to Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell. The pair each score a solo cover for the occasion captured by photographer Zoey Grossman with Paul Cavaco on styling duties. Irina serves good face in her portrait shot wearing lacy Valentino (below), while Stella does a high kick in a showstopping Moncler number (after the jump).

Vogue Russia December 2019 : Irina Shayk & Stella Maxwell by Zoey Grossman

IMAGE: VOGUE.RU

One cover really stood out for our forum members. “Irina’s cover is stunning! A perfect balance of styling elements, text, composition and beauty. I feel sorry for not liking Stella’s cover because she’s been working really hard lately, shooting more than ever. But her cover just doesn’t work and feels unnecessary,” wrote Benn98.

“Stella’s cover is indeed unnecessary!” mikel chimed in.

“Irina’s cover is really wonderful. It just works for December,” declared dodencebt.

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Sharing the same sentiment was vogue28: “Irina Shayk’s cover is clearly the standout of the two so utterly gorgeous and engaging. I just cannot understand for the life of me why someone decided to include Stella Maxwell in this!”

“Irina is clearly the only one needed here,” voiced SLFC.

“Fantastic cover from Irina! Such a natural beauty, only enhanced by other elements of the cover,” approved aracic.

“Irina has one of the most beautiful faces in the industry… I like Stella’s one, but if a magazine wants to make multiple covers, they should all be at the same level and clearly this isn’t the case,” commented jorgepalomo.

Vogue Russia December 2019 : Irina Shayk & Stella Maxwell by Zoey Grossman

IMAGE: VOGUE.RU

See the accompanying cover feature and share your thoughts here.

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Taylor Swift Morphs Into Brigitte Bardot for British Vogue’s January 2020 Cover

It goes without saying that 2019 has been a remarkable year for Edward Enninful and in his continuing effort to propel British Vogue in a new direction (or in this case, a whole new decade), Enninful just dropped the magazine’s very first offering for 2020 starring Taylor Swift. The American singer/songwriter returns to the cover exactly two years after her last appearance morphing into Brigitte Bardot with a little help from beauty dream team Pat McGrath and Guido Palau. Enninful outfitted Swift in vintage Chanel for the cover image shot by photographer Craig McDean.

UK Vogue January 2020 : Taylor Swift by Craig McDean

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

According to our forum members, the cover is a huge setback. “This is bad. I really like Taylor’s music and don’t have an issue with her on magazines generally, but this is AWFUL. The Photoshop makes her look like a different person. Never thought I’d say this, but this makes her U.S. Vogue September 2019 cover look like a masterpiece,” commented KINGofVERSAILLES.

“The amount of Photoshop and the wig-like hair makes it unlikable,” Srdjan chimed in.

“‘New decade, new style’ starts with Taylor and a Chanel suit? OK, I must be missing something. New style and a new decade should have started with a hot star, model or something less conventional than a successful white girl…” disapproved KissMiss.

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LastNight wasn’t impressed, either. “The cover is horrible and so disappointing. I have to say I haven’t been a fan of McDean’s work for years and this is a real mess. Interesting that it’s a very similar color palette to Dua Lipa’s January 2019 cover: beige and red. I like Taylor, but nothing about this works for me.”

But not everyone hated the outcome. “So sick of her, but my god, this is easily the best cover she has done! The Bardot makeup actually works on her, especially with this styling,” raved Miss Dalloway.

“I like when Taylor goes Bardot — it’s perfect,” approved ghostwriter10549.

“Love it! I don’t think they Photoshopped Taylor, it’s the Bardot-esque styling and makeup. Way better than U.S. Vogue,” applauded Urban Stylin.

Check out some previews of Swift’s cover feature and join the ongoing debate here.

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Grace Elizabeth and Anok Yai Save Vogue Japan’s Overly Altered January 2020 Cover

We’ve been eagerly anticipating Vogue Japan’s latest cover given the fact that the magazine allowed us to watch the cover shoot live. Skipping photographic duo Luigi & Iango this time around, Japanese Vogue commissioned Nick Knight to capture its January 2020 cover starring models-of-the-moment Grace Elizabeth and Anok Yai. The two beauties deliver a striking shot outfitted in looks from Christian Dior’s Fall 2019 Haute Couture collection courtesy of Sarajane Hoare.

Vogue Japan January 2020 : Grace Elizabeth & Anok Yai by Nick Knight

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

The cover didn’t go over well with a few of our forum members, however. “What in the Avon airbrushed to death campaign is this?” asked Riseup.

“I was looking forward to this cover, but they just had to add this atrocious filter! I wonder who’s to blame: Nick Knight or the editor?” declared russianelf.

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“What a disappointment! I expected so much from this duo and photographer. Vogue Japan really makes any photographer’s signature style void,” said apple.

But not everyone was left unsatisfied. “This is a rather gorgeous cover despite the over-the-top color filter,” proclaimed SLFC.

“Although it does indeed look like a beauty campaign, it is undeniably stunning,” MON chimed in.

“Despite the filter and all of the airbrushing, I like the cover. Both models look stunning and it works for Vogue Japan,” applauded aracic.

“What a gorgeous cover, they have really been on a roll this year. Great way to usher in 2020,” heralded Miss Dalloway.

Do you love or loathe the cover? Sound off and check out the accompanying cover story here.

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Margot Robbie Outshines Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron on W’s Simply Stunning Cover

Sara Moonves is obviously on a mission to overhaul W and now we can’t wait to see each and every issue. Moonves kick-started her tenure with a set of Frank Ocean and Rosalía covers, gave us Kate Moss for the title’s annual art issue and now blesses us with a trio of Hollywood heavyweights. Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron huddle together on W‘s latest photographed by Colin Dodgson and styled by Moonves herself for the occasion.

W Magazine Volume #8 2019 : Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie & Charlize Theron by Colin Dodgson

IMAGE: WMAGAZINE.COM

Members of our forums loved the Bombshell stars’ cover. “Haven’t seen such a fabulous cover by W in a looooooooooooong time!” exclaimed GERGIN.

“Fantastic cover, they all look super stunning, but I could stare at Margot for hours! She’s gorgeous,” wrote aracic.

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“Surprisingly stunning. They all are really beautiful and photogenic, but Margot is out of this world, I can’t take my eyes off of her,” echoed Melancholybaby.

Fiercification felt the same way: “The cover is a great image, mainly due to Margot looking sensational.”

“Oh my, was not expecting something so simple and gorgeous from W!” praised KINGofVERSAILLES.

“I love the simplicity of this,” caioherrero chimed in.

In total agreement over the outcome was [Piece Of Me]. “This is marvelous. Such a powerful trio and I am very glad W gave them a cover together instead of multiple covers.”

Be sure to check out the accompanying cover feature and share your thoughts here.