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Freja Beha Erichsen Stars on Three Almost-Identical Vogue Italia Covers

For what was once considered the most fashion forward, most provocative and most prestigious fashion magazine on the market, our forums have been pretty underwhelmed by Vogue Italia’s efforts in 2018 (all thanks to editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti). The magazine started the year with a dreary digital-inspired Fran Summers cover and even Steven Meisel couldn’t save the March issue. Our forums panned Gigi Hadid‘s May cover, Kaia Gerber‘s July cover and Madonna‘s August cover. Now, the title drops three almost-identical Freja Beha Erichsen covers for November 2018, which picture the Danish model (and firm forum favorite) photographed by Ethan James Green “on the move” and doing little else.

Vogue Italia November 2018 : Freja Beha Erichsen by Ethan James Green


Of course, it didn’t long for our forums to debate Vogue Italia’s latest. “OMG, this magazine is trash now,” slammed caioherrero.

“It used to take some time before a magazine would get fixed in its ways, with each editor’s formula slowly calcifying into basic repetition – but this edition seems to have been rigidly unimaginative from the start. Lifeless,” voiced tigerrouge.

“Even Freja can’t save this. What has this magazine turned into?” bluestar asked. (more…)

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Harper’s Bazaar Makes Margot Robbie Look Generic on the December/January Covers

If you’re an avid reader of US Harper’s Bazaar like ourselves, you’re aware that the magazine often goes down the same (sometimes cheesy) route when it comes to its cover shoots. Back in March, Jennifer Lopez was captured flying above downtown Los Angeles, Julia Roberts took us rock climbing last month and now, Margot Robbie swings high above the hills of Malibu for Bazaar‘s December/January issue. In the bright newsstand cover (below), the Chanel brand ambassador is all smiles, flashing her pearly whites for photographer Camilla Akrans in a look from Chanel’s Fall 2018 Haute Couture collection as she finally makes her US Bazaar cover debut.

US Bazaar December 2018/January 2019 : Margot Robbie by Camilla Akrans


The all-important question remains: were our forum members impressed? “Radiant smile, but this is such a cookie cutter US Bazaar cover! Imagine Reese [Witherspoon] in this in 2007. This magazine is a lost cause. And what’s happening with her eyes?” wondered Benn98.

“She looks strangely plastic on that cover, like a Barbie doll or Stepford wife with a fake smile. Shame because she’s easily one of the most gorgeous actresses out there at the moment,” wrote Morgane07.

“Why such high level of cheese? I know it’s US HB, and Glenda [Bailey], but damn, how long will this woman be employed before the Hearst suits realize just what a joke HB is?” asked Miss Dalloway.

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Grace Elizabeth Gives Vogue China Its Best Cover in Ages

It’s been exactly 12 months since Vogue China took our fancy and after a slew of unimpressive and forgettable covers throughout 2018, the magazine was due for something spectacular. For December 2018, Grace Elizabeth puts the publication firmly back on our radar — and we’d expect nothing less from the model who has delivered gorgeous covers this year for Vogue Brazil and Vogue Turkey, amongst others. The Estée Lauder brand ambassador electrifies once again, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Katie Shillingford in an oversized Miu Miu coat for Chinese Vogue‘s latest issue.

Vogue China December 2018 : Grace Elizabeth by Sølve Sundsbø


For the majority of our forum members, the cover was a return to form for the magazine. “This is the best cover Vogue China has produced in ages. Grace is really racking up those Vogue covers, eh? I can’t say I blame them. Her beauty is out of this world,” complemented Style Savvy.

“Finally a fantastic cover from them, again!” cheered Miss Dalloway.

“Finally an exciting cover from Vogue China! I love the red here, and Grace looks stunning,” forum member 333101 echoed.

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Emily Blunt Takes Flight as Mary Poppins on Vogue’s Charming December Cover

U.S. Vogue‘s final offering for 2018 is the latest December issue to drop and, true to speculation, our forums were spot on with their prediction. Though Vogue is famous for using the same cover stars time and again — like this year’s cover girls Serena Williams, Alicia Vikander, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — this marks Emily Blunt’s first appearance. The Brit actress receives the full Vogue treatment, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by Tabitha Simmons while in full Mary Poppins Returns character as she leaps across the skies in red Christian Dior.

US Vogue December 2018 : Emily Blunt by Annie Leibovitz


The cover became an instant hit with our forum members. “Oh I kind of love this! It feels a bit like the old Vanity Fair, but overall it’s lovely. It’s nice to see a cover with some charm and joy to it, even if it is very literal and a bit cheesy; so much fashion imagery is as dreary as anything these days, so anything other than blank stares and beige walls gets my vote. I love the bright red, it’s very festive,” said LastNight.

“I personally love it, I always enjoy the character covers because they are a bit more fun and playful, than what we usually see from US Vogue,” admitted Blayne266.

“OK, a shocker of a cover, but I LOVE this! It’s very much in the vein of the movie, and I like the red. I don’t really like the fact that she’s mid-air, a jump would’ve sufficed, but this is something new for US Vogue,” Benn98 chimed in.

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Karen Walker Gives Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry and Homeware the Mickey Mouse Treatment

The fast-approaching birthday of Mickey Mouse has become a worldwide celebration as Disney taps fashion designer Karen Walker to be the exclusive design partner for the Australia region. Walker joins Rag & BoneLevi’sKate SpadeOpening CeremonyVansMarc Jacobs and Havaianas as Disney partners this season.

“When Disney approached us to help celebrate Mickey’s 90th, it was an immediate and unequivocal yes,” says Walker. “Mickey is a true icon and it’s a great honour for me to have an opportunity to interpret his personality, which I’ve always loved, through my own lens.”

The Disney x Karen Walker apparel collection includes sweatshirts and T-shirts featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald toting bindles. The accessories line includes purses, bags, backpacks, enamel badges, eyewear and a keyring. Fine jewelry comes in sterling silver and 9-karat yellow and rose gold.

Known for her quirky eyewear, it’s no surprise that Walker’s glasses are the pièce de résistance of the collection. They come in four Mickey- and Minnie Mouse-inspired styles, including a metal-trimmed, polka dot bow lens in sheer soft pink or black, acetate and metal frames that incorporate mouse ears and hands, and colored acetates trimmed with cartoon Minnie eyelashes. Each pair is finished with the signature Karen Walker arrow temple.

The collection also includes homeware in the form of plates and double-sided Mickey and Minnie mugs.

As if the wide-ranging collection wasn’t enough to celebrate Mickey’s birthday, Karen Walker will be opening a Disney pop-up store on November 7 in Auckland, New Zealand. There will be a curation of other special 90th birthday collaborative collections, ranging from footwear, hats and watches to stationery, oven mitts and egg cups.

The Disney x Karen Walker collection is a limited-edition release. It will be available globally from November 7 in all Karen Walker stores in New Zealand and Japan, on and in select stores including David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Moda Operandi, Smith & Caughey’s and Ballantynes.

[ Next: Mickey Mouse Celebrates His 90th Birthday With a Marc Jacobs Collaboration ]


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Anja Rubik Models Your Grandma’s Rug on Vogue Germany’s December Cover

The past year has been very hit or miss for Vogue Germany. It kickstarted 2018 with a terrific Gigi Hadid offering followed by a series of questionable covers starring the likes of Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl, Othilia Simon, Charlotte Casiraghi and Anna Ewers. The German fashion bible did redeem itself last month with a lovely Edita Vilkeviciute cover, but now takes a step back with a lackluster offering for December 2018. The publication plummets Anja Rubik into freezing cold temperatures, bundled up in Bottega Veneta (styled by Christiane Arp) while photographed by Giampaolo Sgura.

Vogue Germany December 2018 : Anja Rubik by Giampaolo Sgura


When the cover dropped, our forum members couldn’t quite believe their eyes. “Sorry but it looks fan-made! It´s very amateur, from the photo to the fonts and layout and altogether it’s not working for me at all,” stated Bertrando3.

“Nothing works. It doesn’t even look like Anja,” mikel chimed in.

“No, c’mon. How do you select that cover image? The asymmetry in her eyes is so glaring,” pointed out youarearockstar.

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