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Naomi Campbell Sizzles on Vogue Japan’s June 2019 Cover, But Did She Fall Victim to Photoshop?

If the covers of Vogue Japan aren’t photographed by Luigi & Iango, we don’t want them. Giampaolo Sgura’s offering last month featuring Japanese models Miki Ehara and UTA went unnoticed, but thankfully L & I are back for Japanese Vogue‘s latest. Adding to the excitement is supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is making an appearance on the June 2019 cover after a five-year hiatus. A model of Naomi’s caliber doesn’t have to convey much and does just that while still commanding our attention in the minimalist cover shot, striking a pose wearing a Dolce & Gabbana LBD, styled by Patti Wilson.

Vogue Japan June 2019 : Naomi Campbell by Luigi & Iango


But do we smell … Photoshop? Members of our forums sure did. “Holy Sims! They’ve really taken this back to 1999, not only with the styling. The retoucher deserves to be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame — she does not look like this AT ALL,” scolded Benn98.

“I’m not sure what to think. Photoshopped? Are her ‘girls’ really that high? She looks so unnatural, like the body of a 13-year-old. And she lost her right arm!” pointed out an eagle-eyed dfl-001.

“Photoshopped to death, artificial, Sims-like and yet I love it,” defended dodencebt.

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“Am I the only one not seeing the excessive Photoshop here?” asked orchidee. “Aside from a few wrinkles edited out, I feel like she more or less looks the same here as she does in recent live interviews and non-professional photographs.”

Blayne266 was quick to disagree with the majority, raving, “She’s just beyond, an out-of-this-world beauty! I love the simplicity of it, you can’t really go wrong with Naomi, let’s be honest!”

In agreement was Miss Dalloway: “Love it, it works. She is just so good in print, doesn’t even need to do much, she just exudes that X-factor so many models miss.”

A hit or miss of a cover for Vogue Japan? Check out some previews of Naomi’s cover feature and drop us a comment here.

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Sophie Turner Enchants on the Covers of British Harper’s Bazaar for May 2019

If you’ve come to appreciate British Harper’s Bazaar over the years as much as we have for being a magazine that stands firm with its signature aesthetic, regardless of current trends or which celebrity they’ve scored, you’ll love the May 2019 cover. Bazaar taps into the Game of Thrones hype for May 2019, welcoming actress Sophie Turner onto the latest issue. Photographed by Richard Phibbs and styled by Miranda Almond, Sophie enchants on both the newsstand (below) and subscriber covers (after the jump).

UK Harper’s Bazaar May 2019 : Sophie Turner by Richard Phibbs


Did all the elements come together perfectly, however? Apparently not, according to our forums. “I’m kinda tired of all these ‘magical forests and old castles’ covers. I’m still waiting for Justine [Picardie] to break her pattern a little bit and produce a cover that’s actually somehow spectacular and unforgettable … and give us someone else on the cover other than an actress,” commented slayage.

“Sophie’s face seems to say she’s over this already. ALL OF IT,” tigerrouge chimed in.

“Ugh, no! Looks like American Harper’s Bazaar, and nobody wants to look like them! Budget. It seems they’re trying to cash in on the GOT gravy train with all the theatrics,” noted Benn98.

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“‘Warrior Woman’ dress up with Sansa Stark? Man, Justine is so ridiculous, come on, it’s 2019, give us less gimmick nonsense of this sort!” declared an unforgiving Miss Dalloway.

MyNameIs wasn’t much of an admirer either, pointing out, “Her pose is so odd and awkward. It does not read ‘warrior woman’ at all. She looks confused. I think they should’ve given her a prop to work with or made her interact with the horse.”

“I don’t like this fantasy aesthetic. It looks too childish and belongs to Disney World,” mocked Perickles.

In the same frame of mind was ivano: “What a waste of Sophie. She’s gorgeous. It’s a shame what they made with her!”

UK Harper’s Bazaar May 2019 : Sophie Turner by Richard Phibbs


Check out what else the issue has to offer (like a beautifully curated Karl Lagerfeld tribute) and join the conversation here.

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Cara Delevingne Gives Good Face on Vogue Korea’s Gorgeous May 2019 Cover

Question: What do you think makes the perfect magazine cover? Answer: A striking cover shot, minimal cover lines and a stimulating subject. Vogue Korea certainly ticks all the boxes this month with Cara Delevingne, following a triumphant Anok Yai offering back in March. Photographed by Jooyoung Ahn, the Brit model-turned-actress delivers a stark and striking portrait for May 2019, only complemented further by a vibrant pink Vogue masthead and the essential cover lines. Cara represents her Christian Dior ambassadorship with a face full of Dior cosmetics in the beauty-focused shot.

Vogue Korea May 2019 : Cara Delevingne by Jooyoung Ahn


A select few of our forum members weren’t so overjoyed. “No, C.D. is for Christian Dior! God, this whole advertorial thing is getting crazier by the minute. I like the text on the side, but nothing else really. Looks too much like a campaign,” complained Benn98.

“Why is she suddenly back modeling? I thought she quit for good. It looks more like a cosmetic campaign rather than a cover, but Cara looks good,” added Lax89.

“Well, it would make a great campaign for Dior cosmetics,” Nomar confessed.

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“This is gorgeous, I don’t care how Dior advertising campaign it looks. Most spokespeople get covers backed by brands, so nothing new about that. Still, it’s a beautiful cover that will look great in print!” Miss Dalloway raved.

Also full of praise was vogue28: “This is easily the best work Cara’s produced since the cover of British Vogue by Steven Meisel. The vibrant pink Vogue masthead works wonderfully with the lip, the lighting and starkness of the whole shot. A total thumbs up from me!”

“I love it! Thinking of all the celebrities who get covers only because they are ‘brand ambassadors’ and churn out banal crap; it’s good to see a model who knows how to do the job,” voiced dfl-001.

Are you a fan? Share your thoughts on Cara’s latest here.

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Christian Dior’s Underwhelming Pre-Fall 2019 Campaign Starring Jennifer Lawrence

Our forums have been more than vocal over the odd pairing that is Jennifer Lawrence x Christian Dior. Ever since the Oscar-winning actress put pen to paper back in 2013, she’s yet to overwhelm us as the face of the iconic French fashion house. A total of six years later and Dior still insists on milking the contract for everything it’s worth, and J.Law is back once again starring in another campaign for the brand. Following the Joy fragrance campaign, Jennifer now showcases Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection, surrounded by the work of artist Sheila Hicks at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. art gallery in New York — and doing little else.

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2019 : Jennifer Lawrence


Dior, remind us when this contract is up, please? “Those art pieces look far more interesting than the clothes!” declared Benn98 the second the campaign dropped.

“This is just pointless! Pointless clothes, pointless campaign and clearly, a woman who doesn’t even care about fashion, Dior or the shoot,” ranted Lola701.

“Atrocious, and at the end of my tether with these mind-numbingly insipid Christian Dior campaigns,” vogue28 confessed.

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“When will they get rid of her? This connection never worked,” disapproved Royal-Galliano.

DK92 couldn’t have agreed more, echoing: “I don’t understand how they continue with J.Law!”

“Dull. She doesn’t want to be there,” noted a less than impressed Perickles.

“She doesn’t make clothes and accessories look good, and her hair never looks good either. Jennifer’s much better suited for their makeup line. She looked very good in their Dior Addict lipstick ads,” confessed Morgane07.

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2019 : Jennifer Lawrence


See the campaign in full and join the on-going debate here.

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Rebel Wilson Suits Up in Ralph Lauren on InStyle’s Monochromatic May 2019 Cover

Laura Brown has her finger on the pulse, relentless on reshaping everyone’s perception of what newsstands across the globe should look like. Brown has propelled InStlye to new heights since taking the helm in 2016, embracing cover girls like Janet Jackson, Tracee Eliss Ross, Melissa McCarthy and Ciara — and now adding Rebel Wilson to the impressive list. It was only last year that poor Rebel was drowning in fabric for Vogue Australia, but thankfully photographer Robbie Fimmano and stylist Katie Mossman have done the Aussie actress more justice for InStyle, decking her out in Ralph Lauren on a stylish monochromatic cover.

US InStyle May 2019 : Rebel Wilson by Robbie Fimmano


On our forums, however, the cover told a different story. “While I appreciate Laura’s quirky way of doing things, this cover is way too much of a stretch for me. Not her best one since becoming EIC,” wrote an unconvinced Handbag Queen.

“I mean props to InStyle for featuring two plus-sized women in a short span, but that’s all the positive I have to say,” noted MON.

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“Horrific!” called out an unforgiving jal718.

“Where is the beauty though?” asked Perickles, suggesting the cover was missing that certain something.

Forum members soon digested Rebel’s accompanying cover story, where she channels fragrance campaigns from the 70s and 80s. “I actually like the fake ad but execution falls flat,” said mathiaskatz.

Benn98 wasn’t jumping for joy either: “Don’t like what’s happening around her head — the hair color and makeup, but the cover seemed fine until I saw the fake ads. In one shot she literally has no neck!”

Although not everyone was left unsatisfied. “I very much like the monochromatic feel of the cover. Quite fond of the cover story as well as the cover too, which is now giving me all sorts of Yves Saint Laurent x Catherine Deneuve vibes. InStyle most definitely has done Rebel more justice as opposed to Vogue Australia!” vogue28 applauded.

US InStyle May 2019 : Rebel Wilson by Robbie Fimmano


Be sure to check out the rest of Rebel’s shoot and share your thoughts with us here.

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How Eco-Friendly Is Your Vintage Shopping Habit? The RealReal’s Sustainability Calculator Can Tell You

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The RealReal, everyone’s favorite way to virtually window shop consigned luxe goods at semi-reasonable prices, is pushing its conscious consumerism further by launching a first-of-its-kind sustainability calculator. 

The company, which has long promoted reusing clothing and accessories to keep them from landfills, worked with organizations that specialize in sustainability and environmental impact such as World Resource Institute, Ellen McArthur Foundation and Shift Advantage. The sustainability calculator is made to measure greenhouse gasses, energy output and water usage typically consumed in the process of creating new clothes and accessories in comparison to the consignment process. Although they do not have complete information regarding the process of each piece they are selling, the calculation depends on weight and fabrications.

The numbers are staggering: Consigning a single pair of jeans would save 279 liters of water while a silk dress would save 30 liters. 

According to their calculations, The RealReal has saved 329 million liters of water and 87 million driving miles through their consignment process. Designers such as Stella McCartney are showing their support for the reselling company’s initiative by becoming partners and offering deals to consumers: for every Stella McCartney item you consign, you’ll get $100 to shop in a Stella McCartney store.

Your conscious consuming doesn’t have to take a hiatus when it comes to your love for designer fashion — The RealReal is proof.

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