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Natalie Portman Is the Victim of Harsh Lighting on Vanity Fair’s December Cover

This has been a tough year for Vanity Fair and our forums have been on the magazine’s case ever since Radhika Jones was appointed Graydon Carter’s successor. Jones’ first outing as editor-in-chief arrived in the form of a weird or wonderful Jennifer Lawrence cover for March, which was shortly followed up with a paparazzi shot (*shudders*) of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Dare we even mention that Michelle Williams September cover?) The publication was no doubt in a rush to put out its final offering of the year in a bid to start afresh in 2019, but not before doing a disservice to Natalie Portman. The actress was photographed for the cover of the December 2018 issue by Erik Madigan Heck and styled by Samira Nasr, giving us a hint of festive glamour in a shimmering Christian Dior dress (Natalie is the face of Dior cosmetics).

Vanity Fair December 2018 : Natalie Portman by Erik Madigan Heck


The magazine’s attempt at something a little fashion-forward fell flat amongst our forum members. “We would have known this was a blatant advertorial even without tagging the brands, Vanity Fair,” remarked dodencebt the moment the cover struck.

“Wait, they really went with this for the cover? Mid-air jump face expression and all? My god is this woman completely clueless as to what makes a decent cover, or what!” slammed Miss Dalloway.

“Nothing about the cover really quite works for me. The sunlight on only three-quarters of her face makes her look very washed out and severe,” sweetpop chimed in.

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Nicole Kidman Goes Effortlessly Undone on Allure’s December/January Cover

It’s fair to say we’ve had a love/hate relationship with Allure throughout 2018. Our forums have worshiped the paper the publication is printed on when it’s given us stunning covers starring Rihanna, Bella HadidLupita Nyong’o and a trio of Asian beauties. On the other hand, our forums weren’t afraid to call out the magazine’s disastrous covers featuring Angela Bassett, Sasha Lane and Adwoa Aboah. It’s only fair, right?

Nicole Kidman gets the honor of closing out the year on Allure‘s December 2018/January 2019 cover, captured on location in Cabo, Mexico by Vicki King. The actress looks effortless and undone (a far cry from her recent over-Photoshopped Marie Claire cover appearance) in an electric blue dress styled by Beth Fenton.

Allure December 2018/January 2019 : Nicole Kidman by Vicki King


Members of our forums were quick to dissect Allure‘s latest. “Awful! I get what they were trying to go for, but the shot is unflattering and not worthy of a cover. The styling accents are obscured – why not show that dress off in a better way, or at least the earrings?” asked Benn98.

“Poor thing, that hair is a mess,” said Perickles.

“Why do they keep giving Nicole covers? I don’t get it. It doesn’t sell, she became a meme, nobody cares,” slammed EstefaniaAbaddon.

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Willy Vanderperre Shoots Lineisy Montero, Sora Choi and Others for Prada’s Resort 2019 Campaign

Miuccia Prada ditched Steven Meisel as Prada’s campaign photographer back in 2016 — and our forum members are still not over it. Meisel’s replacement has been Belgian lensman Willy Vanderperre, who’s been capturing Prada’s collections for the past two years and, while some hit the spot, most have been pretty disappointing (see the Pre-Fall 2018 and Fall 2018 campaigns). Vanderperre now returns for the recently unveiled Resort 2019 spot starring models Sora Choi, Freja Beha Erichsen, Maaike Inga Felderhoff, Lineisy Montero, Julia Nobis and Anok Yai, captured in a psychedelic studio setting.

Prada Resort 2019 by Willy Vanderperre


For the majority of our forum members, the campaign was just more of the same. “Cool but lifeless. In general, Willy’s Prada campaigns just fail to move me. Wish they could just go back to Meisel,” said Ed.

“I like Willi’s aesthetic but not for Prada, that’s the difference between him and Meisel. Meisel works for many brands and makes very different campaigns. Willy does the same for all the brands and editorials. Bring Steven back!!” protested zacatecas570.

“I think what I miss the most from the Meisel era is the versatility in terms of interpreting the Prada aesthetic. Meisel campaigns were different from seasons to seasons and offered a different range of models,” Lola701 chimed in.

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Keira Knightley, Kristin Scott Thomas and More Are British Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Women of the Year’

The British edition of Harper’s Bazaar has been pretty good to us throughout 2018. It gave us a gorgeous and classic Michelle Williams cover in January, nailed British summertime with Lily James, did diversity without the unnecessary labels for May, shocked us with a Serena Williams offering during the summer and gave us a radiant Ashley Graham for August. Recent issues included a glamorous return from Cate Blanchett and a stunning Maartje Verhoef cover for November. Now, the magazine’s annual “Women of the Year” issue is here for December 2018 with a total of five covers starring Keira Knightley, Gemma Arterton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Florence Pugh and Nicole Atieno.

UK Harper’s Bazaar December 2018 : The 'Women of the Year' Issue


Our forum members were quick to weigh in on their favorites. “Always a pleasure to see Keira, I’m a fan of the cover,” admired dodencebt the moment the cover struck.

“Nice to see Keira, she’s certainly a good fit with UK Bazaar – but that masthead would need to be glittery, because the image itself is quite sombre, as if she’s got a new role as a schoolteacher that wears a lot of Chanel,” commented tigerrouge.

“I prefer Gemma’s cover. It looks like something from the Lucy Yeoman’s era,” said A.D.C.

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Watch: Burberry Features an All-Star Cast in Its Holiday Festive Film, Including Naomi Campbell

UPDATE: Watch Burberry’s “Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas” film below.

Every year, we look forward to Burberry’s holiday campaign series of “festive films.” In 2014, Romeo Beckham starred in the festive film, “From London with Love.” In 2015, the brand’s holiday offering celebrated 15 years of Billy Elliot with celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Julie Walters, Romeo Beckham, James Bay, George Ezra, Michelle Dockery, James Corden, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In 2016, the brand paid tribute to founder Thomas Burberry with a three-minute documentary. Last year’s holiday campaign had an 80s theme and starred Cara Delevingne and Matt Smith.

There’s no word yet on the theme of Burberry’s 2018 film, set to drop on November 13, but the brand revealed on Instagram such details such as cast, title and director/photographer. As expected, the campaign is a star-filled one featuring Juno Calypso, Matt Smith, M.I.A, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naomi Campbell and Valerie Morris. Mark your calendars for November 13 and get ready to “Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas by Calypso.”

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Adut Akech and Her Adorable Baby Sister on Vogue Australia’s December Cover Are Sure to Make You Smile

Is it any wonder Adut Akech is shortlisted to become the British Fashion Council’s Model of the Year? She has captivated us ever since she made her exclusive debut on Saint Laurent’s Spring 2017 catwalk, moving on to cover Vogue Italia, i-D and Edward Enninful’s first-anniversary issue of British Vogue. Not to mention, becoming the face of mega brands Moschino, Zara and Valentino. So we certainly can’t blame Vogue Australia for giving the December 2018 cover to the Sudan-born beauty. The magazine profiles Adut as she returns to her family home in the city of Adelaide, photographed by Charlie Dennington and styled by Jillian Davison. Dressed in a vibrant Schiaparelli number, Adut is joined by her adorable baby sister Akuol for the sweet cover, which is sure to brighten your day.

Vogue Australia December 2018 : Adut Akech by Charlie Dennington


Our forums loved it. “What a gorgeous cover, this will look so lovely at the newsstands,” admired Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.

“Beautiful and vibrant. Love Adut!” exclaimed Nepenthes.

“Absolutely gorgeous cover (also that baby is a born model)” forum member bluestar added.

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