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Steven Meisel Makes Zara’s Campaign Look Expensive and Luxurious (Once Again) for Fall 2018

Ever since Zara tapped master photographer Steven Meisel to shoot its mainline advertising campaigns back in 2017, they have received rave reviews (with the slight exception of last season). This time is no exception with the unveiling of the brand’s opulent and luxurious Fall 2018 campaign. Styled by Karl Templer, models Fei Fei Sun, Kris Grikaite, Meghan Collison, Julia Nobis, Karolin Wolter, Lexi Boling and Blesnya Minher lounge around a plush setting.

Zara F/W 2018.19 by Steven Meisel


The campaign was declared a triumph from the get-go in our forums. “OMG SLAY!!! Alexa play Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani,” commented MDNA, clearly an admirer of how expensive everything looked.

“Can’t believe this is a Zara ad. Looks like Lanvin,” Scotty chimed in.

“While all the premium labels are desperately dumbing down/cheapening their signatures to pander to InstaKidz, good for Zara for going luxe. May not be much, but it’s nice to see a fast fashion brand remember to give the illusion of high fashion dream making,” Phuel added.

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Zendaya Is Retro Fabulous on Marie Claire’s September Cover

The September issues are continuing to roll out and Marie Claire is the latest to release its most highly anticipated issue of the year. Lately, our forums have been singing the magazine’s praises month after month thanks to a bold and exciting redesign, which is actually working in the magazine’s favor (unlike one of its competitors). Marie Claire makes Zendaya its September 2018 cover girl, photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joseph Errico. The singer/actress and all-around cool girl does ‘retro redux’ perfectly throughout the cover story, wearing a mohair leopard print Max Mara sweater with her hair styled into a bouffant updo.

US Marie Claire September 2018 : Zendaya by Thomas Whiteside


Our forum members were instant fans. “I’m in love with that color scheme!!” praised forum member brikin the second the cover came to light.

“Stunning portrait of Zendaya! You have a hit on your hands with this one, Marie Claire,” applauded [Piece Of Me].

“I really like her, such a cool girl and inspiration! She can pull off anything and her love for fashion really comes through,” Anna147 added.

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Grace Elizabeth Looks Effortlessly Glam on Vogue Brazil’s August Covers

Ever since Steven Meisel gave his seal of approval to Grace Elizabeth with a glorious Vogue Italia cover back in 2017, we (along with the entire industry) have been transfixed on the brunette beauty as we watched her career take off. Grace has managed to amass covers for the likes of Vogue Paris, Vogue Spain and V Magazine, as well as scoring Max Mara, Chanel and Zara campaigns and an Estée Lauder ambassadorship. Her latest is the cover of Vogue Brazil for August 2018, photographed by Luigi & Iango. The American model does vintage glamour on two covers, giving us good face in cover one (below) while wearing nothing but gloves and a pair of black stilettos in the second cover (after the jump).

Vogue Brazil August 2018 : Grace Elizabeth by Luigi & Iango


Our forum members welcomed the sight of the covers with open arms and one cover, in particular, stood out. “Oh the first cover look amazing! Her face is perfect for close-ups. Don’t see the need for the second one,” commented Benn98.

“The first cover shot reminds me of Gisele. The second one’s just an embarrassment,” added tigerrouge.

“The first one is literally one of the best Vogue Brazil covers EVER!” said guimon.

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Beyoncé Stars on Vogue’s Stunning September Issue, Shot by the Magazine’s First-Ever Black Cover Photographer

The be-all-end-all of September issues just dropped and our forums have been proven right once again: as predicted, Beyoncé is American Vogue‘s latest cover star. The last time Queen Bey took to the cover of the magazine was September 2015, following two prior cover appearances. Beyoncé’s latest is going down in history, marking the first time an African American photographer was handpicked to capture the fashion bible’s cover. Tyler Mitchell, a young and rising photographer whose career is surely about to skyrocket, captured Beyoncé on location in England with Tonne Goodman on styling duties. Just like Rihanna on British Vogue, Beyoncé sports a floral headpiece and a white Gucci dress in the first cover (below), while wearing Alexander McQueen in the alternative second cover (after the jump).

US Vogue September 2018 : Beyoncé by Tyler Mitchell


Will our forum members be making a dash for the newsstand? “Wow, I expected to hate it but the first cover is amazing!!” confessed Lalipatty the moment the covers struck.

“Well, this is absolutely stellar work. I love both covers, but the first is truly breathtaking,” added happycanadian.

“No gray background and minimal makeup! She looks amazing,” CommanderTMugler admired.

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Bruce Springsteen and His Daughter Are Harper’s Bazaar’s Bizarre Choice for Its September Cover

Is the novelty of the September issues starting to wear off in the industry? It’s sure starting to feel that way with the unveiling of American Harper’s Bazaar‘s utterly random offering for the publication’s most important issue of the year. Following tradition since 2014, Carine Roitfeld’s “Icons” is the focus of the mag’s September 2018 offering photographed by Mario Sorrenti featuring families that rock. The newsstand cover goes to Bruce Springsteen and his daughter Jessica this year with the father-daughter duo posing together in the fairly basic and uneventful shot.

US Harper’s Bazaar September 2018 : Bruce & Jessica Springsteen by Mario Sorrenti


Members of our forums were not fans of Bazaar‘s latest cover. “Well this is really disappointing. What is this doing in a fashion mag? This would be good for another magazine, but why this?” asked SLFC.

“A magazine and editor get what they deserve when they opt to give readers freaking Bruce and Jessica Springsteen as their September cover stars. What the actual heck? I’m dumbfounded. This is so random that it’s not even remotely funny or… iconic!” declared vogue28.

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“Bruce Springsteen on the September issue cover for a women’s fashion mag? On what planet does that make sense? Also, not to be rude, but who the hell knows or cares about Jessica Springsteen on top of that? This is such a disaster I can’t even fathom what the logic behind this was,” echoed lelaid.

Also in a state of shock was burbuja8910: “Shocking that Springsteen and his daughter are on the cover of this mag. It seems that Carine’s glory days are over.”

“This is just awful,” stated LastNight.

“As if we needed a whole issue dedicated to nepotism,” proclaimed Les_Sucettes.

GivenchyHomme won’t be rushing to the newsstand, either: “And the award for the worst selling magazine of the year will go to…”

Are you a fan? Take a peek at Roitfeld’s accompanying “Icons 2018” shoot and join the debate here.

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Model-of-the-Moment Faretta Lands Her Third Vogue Cover for August

Croatian beauty Faretta must be on a mission to dominate newsstands worldwide. In the past two months, she’s scored covers for Vogue Japan and Vogue Russia. Now Faretta adds the cover of Vogue Spain to her impressive body of work. The polar opposite of her ultra glam Russian Vogue shoot, the current face of Blumarine does nomad chic this time around. Photographed by Camilla Akrans and styled by Cathy Kasterine, Faretta wears a Chanel tweed jacket as she stares over her shoulder in the beautiful and serene cover image.

Vogue España August 2018 : Faretta by Camilla Akrans


But were our forum members into it? “Yess…Miss Faretta Radic out here collecting Vogue covers like it’s nothing this year. Sensational stuff really…very very happy for her. Amazing cover,” proclaimed Scouting Snapper.

“I like it! She looks very soft and relaxed. It’s nice to see her without her signature pouty face,” credited GivenchyHomme.

“So effortless and romantic. Faretta has that timeless, silver screen face that’s pure cinematic heroine,” declared Phuel.

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“First time ever I liked her picture. Stunning,” confessed Vitamine W.

Also showing the cover some love was Perickles: “Beautiful pictures, she expresses a lot with her eyes. The cover is so gorgeous. I’ll buy this.”

“What a beautiful cover, Faretta looks stunning,” Lausanne chimed in.

“After her tacky Vogue Russia cover (where she looked like she had a lazy eye) this is kind of amazing, first time I get her appeal,” admitted YohjiAddict.

Ivanovaju felt the same way: “Miles better than her Vogue Russia cover.”

Do you agree? Check out Faretta’s accompanying cover story and add your own two cents here.

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