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Egyptian-Born, Sudanese Model Anok Yai Becomes Estée Lauder’s Newest Global Brand Ambassador

Estée Lauder is on a mission to snatch up the best talent to serve as brand ambassadors. We’re only halfway through 2018 and the mega makeup brand has already signed Karlie Kloss and Grace Elizabeth as global spokespersons — and now Estée Lauder sets its sights on Anok Yai. Ever since Anok made her catwalk debut in February as the second black woman to open a Prada show, just about everyone in the industry has had a watchful eye on the Egyptian-born, Sudanese beauty. In the announcement image (below), Anok proves she’ll need minimal effort to elevate her glowing, natural beauty as she features in future advertising campaigns for any of Estée Lauder’s extensive line of luxurious skin care and beauty products.

Of course, our forum members were ecstatic about EL’s latest signing. “Absolutely fantastic to see Anok snatched up by Estée Lauder! First Grace, now Anoki, wonder who’s next? They sure are signing up fresh new faces and I’m here for it. Anok looks smashing in the unveiling photo, utterly radiant and captivating,” said vogue28.

“Love the colors in this shot, and she seems to work for the brand based on this shot. She’s actually the most unconventional hire for EL yet which is refreshing. And I’m not saying this because of her skin tone, but because of her features,” wrote Benn98.

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Steven Meisel’s Magic Touch Is Missing From Givenchy’s Fall 2018 Campaign

Clare Waight Keller made the brilliant move to hire legendary lensman Steven Meisel for her very first Givenchy campaign last season. Welcomed back again for Fall 2018, Meisel ditches the ambiance of a private mansion in favor of a dark and moody nightclub setting. Models Karolin Wolter, Sohyun Jung and Veronika Kunz and a bunch of male models party up a storm in the stark black and white campaign images, with styling from Suzanne Koller.

Givenchy F/W 2018.19 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: GIVENCHY.COM

Our forum members weren’t too impressed with Givenchy’s latest. “It’s lacking something I can’t pinpoint. It feels very plain and the composition is annoying,” said YohjiAddict the second the campaign came to light.

“It’s basic as hell. No life, no energy. If anyone but Saint Meisel had shot this, everyone here would be ripping it apart,” stated mepps.

“It’s very been-there-done-that, and has no ‘Meisel Magic.’ I really dislike Clare’s Givenchy,” complained gazebo.

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Doutzen Kroes, Naomi Campbell and Others Join Forces for Vogue Germany’s #WhatMatters Issue

Vogue Germany is following in Porter’s footsteps and giving us an issue dedicated to #WhatMatters. Dialing down the va va voom from last month’s high-octane trio of covers, German Vogue once again offers multiple choice at the newsstand, serving up four unique covers for August 2018 featuring Doutzen Kroes, Naomi Campbell, Edie Campbell and Anja Rubik. Photographed by Daniel Jackson, each model brings awareness to a different cause and stars in simple, effortless covers styled by Christiane Arp and Nicola Knels.

Vogue Germany August 2018 by Daniel Jackson

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

It’s obvious that certain covers would stand out from the rest, right? Our forum members were quick to weigh in with their favorites. “Edie’s cover is the best so far, but the purple masthead is horrible,” confessed sixtdaily.

“Flashes of Twiggy with that Edie cover, she looks spectacular. Definitely the strongest of all four and the only one worth mentioning. Will get it purely for the cover,” Benn98 raved.

“In love with Edie’s cover. I’m not even a big fan of her but she has been proving me wrong: Vogue Paris June/July first and now this cover. She looks fantastic and I love the Twiggy vibes,” echoed forum member apple.

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Ashley Graham Is All Smiles on the Stunning August Cover of British Harper’s Bazaar

After recently featuring Vanessa Kirby and Serena Williams on the cover, British Harper’s Bazaar welcomes back the ever-gorgeous Ashley Graham for August 2018. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, Ashley is a breath of fresh air on two covers this month, with styling from Miranda Almond. The soon-to-be face of David Yurman and Marina Rinaldi is all smiles for the charming newsstand cover (below), working a ruffled floral number from Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda. In the subscriber cover (after the jump), Ashley evokes ‘la dolce vita’ (albeit photographed on location in New York City) wearing a red leopard Marina Rinaldi dress while tossing flowers over the balcony.

UK Harper’s Bazaar August 2018 : Ashley Graham by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

One cover, in particular, stood out to our forum members. “Oh wow, the newsstand cover turned out amazing! Like night and day from the other cover. Love not only the lilac, but also the jovial mood which looks genuine. Subscribers got duped, sadly,” voiced Benn98.

“Oh wow! That newsstand cover is STUNNING! It looks refreshing and really made me smile. I love how you can see her curves with the dress. That subs cover is a mess. Christmas came too early. Sucks to be a subscriber this month,” echoed MON.

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Steven Meisel Photographs 54 Models for Versace’s Unimaginative Fall 2018 Campaign

Supermodels past and present gathered together last season to star in Versace’s spectacular Spring 2018 campaign and now a new generation of faces (a few returning from last season) make up the diverse and inclusive cast for Fall 2018. Donatella Versace handpicked a total of 54 models this time around, resulting in the longest group shot advertising campaign image ever. Photographed by Steven Meisel, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Aube Jolicoeur, Fei Fei Sun, Imaan Hammam, Vittoria Ceretti and Yasmin Wijnaldum are just a few of the models who stand side by side, each styled to the hilt in Donatella’s latest collection while doing little else.

To say our forum members were unimpressed with the outcome would be the understatement of 2018. “Umm… looks like something for GAP,” said Scotty, setting the tone for commentary to follow.

W Magazine editorial worthy,” described artemovartem.

“Meisel is so lazy lately. This is just a waste, anyone could’ve done these photos,” ranted fierrousa.

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A Fresh-Faced Lara Stone Stars on British ELLE’s Quirky August 2018 Cover

It’s been almost 12 months since Anne-Marie Curtis gave British ELLE a brand new look, but after a number of bold and brazen covers featuring the likes of Cara Delevingne, Rihanna and Ashley Graham, the magazine began to revert to its former self. We witnessed Margot Robbie reprints, disappointing diversity covers and awkward Alicia Vikander offerings. This month, in an attempt to stimulate interest, UK ELLE features Lara Stone on the cover of the August 2018 issue. Photographed by Alexander Saladrigas and styled by Gillian Wilkins, the Dutch blonde tones down her usual bombshell appeal as she lounges on a bed wearing a quirky floral Richard Quinn number.

UK Elle August 2018 : Lara Stone by Alexander Saladrigas

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

Does British ELLE have a hit on their hands this month? Our forum members had mixed feelings. “Love her. Always have, always will! And this cover, even though it’s pretty simple, works perfectly. It’s fresh,” admired forum member GinAndTonic the moment the cover struck.

“Lara looks cute and very fresh-faced! I’m liking this new direction which magazines are taking with her. The hypersexualised glamazon got old after a while,” stated Benn98.

“Somehow Lara manages to look always so different, but you can always tell it’s her, an icon,” applauded dontbeadrag.

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