It’s very possible that we’ve just had enough of Terry Richardson and are totally over him and his work (though we can't seem to stop talking about him, weird). So much so that even Gwen Stefani could not redeem the cover he shot for Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue. Personally, I think it’s kind of pretty and different (maybe I’m blinded by my love of Gwen?), but most forum members had plenty to say to the contrary.
T-rex posted, “Gwen is beautiful and is able to shoot like a model, yet Bazaar insists on sticking her and other celebrities with a misogynistic photographer who isn't talented in the craft. Bazaar ought to take a page from Vogue who ditched Terry a few years ago.”
Marc10 commented, “The cover and editorial are awful. Gwen looks amazing because she IS amazing, but the photography and styling are beyond boring and basic. They could have done SO much better with her.”
Psylocke found multiple issues to complain about. “Why is the FASHION text as big as the title? Why does Gwen's face only take up about 10% of the cover when it's a close up? And why should we ‘Think Pink!’ for a Fall fashion issue?” she asked. “I feel like this cover is about everything but Gwen, all the text and the headpiece combined is just way too much; it takes the focus away from her and makes this look like a table of contents page more than a cover. It's also just a really unexciting shot anyway. The editorial is really bad, too. Gwen deserves better than that lazy styling… Gah, this is so bad, I'm losing my last bit of hope for Harper's Bazaar.”
If forum members are this critical of Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue, which is arguably supposed to be the best of the year, then what hope do we have for the other eleven issues?