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Gigi Hadid and Fei Fei Sun Star on the Debut Issue of Vogue Hong Kong

With the number of print publications shutting down, on the brink of folding or switching to a digital-only format, the launch of a new print publication is major news. Today, Vogue has launched its newest international edition: Vogue Hong Kong, much to the delight of fashion fans. After successful debuts of Vogue Poland and Vogue Czechoslovakia, Condé Nast first broke the news back in October that a Hong Kong edition was in the works. The wait is finally over as the magazine celebrates its debut in style with the unveiling of three dynamic covers featuring models Gigi Hadid and Fei Fei Sun wearing looks from Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring 2019 collection, shot by British photographer Nick Knight.

Vogue Hong Kong March 2019 : Gigi Hadid & Fei Fei Sun by Nick Knight

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE HONG KONG

Members of our forums, however, weren’t so convinced. “I’m a sucker for futuristic themed fashion images, so I applaud them and Knight for going with this. However the casting and styling is all wrong. I think that bejeweled bathing suit is positively ugly, and what’s with the tawdry looking cleavage? Gigi more than ever looks like a sex doll here, and not in a witty Barbarella way,” said Benn98.

“Premiere issues should always, IMO, present what the edition has to offer. Sadly, this cover just showed recycled creativity. The concept, recycled. The art direction, recycled. A terrible way to start,” called out MON.

“What a letdown…Gigi’s face is as lifeless as usual,” voiced kasper.

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Shalom Harlow and a White Dove Star on Vogue Japan’s April 2019 Cover

Shalom Harlow is certainly having a moment. First, she hit the Versace runway back in September and scored the advertising campaign for the collection. In December, the 90s supermodel landed the cover of Vogue Italia — 20 years after her last appearance on the magazine. Now, the latest stop on her comeback tour and first major gig of 2019 is the cover of Vogue Japan for April, shot by tFS forum favorites Luigi & Iango. Stylist Paul Cavavo opted to dress Shalom in a black lace Christian Dior number to complement her winged eyeliner, nude lips and the white dove she’s holding.

Vogue Japan April 2019 : Shalom Harlow by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

Was the cover enough to impress our forum members? “After that tragic Versace show, I haven’t seen ONE SINGLE DECENT PICTURE OF HER. yikes!” slammed helmutnotdead.

“She looks so pedestrian. She could be my neighbor,” added anlabe32.

“Stunning face but poor realization. Such a shame. There’s the hair, then even the makeup looks like it was done by herself — does the eyeliner looks thicker on her left eye? With a face like hers, it shouldn’t be hard to do a great cover,” said Morgane07.

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Anok Yai Finally Scores a Vogue Cover, Posing on Vogue Korea’s March 2019 Issue

Anok Yai’s first Vogue cover is long overdue. After all, it’s been almost a year since the Egyptian-born, Sudanese model captivated the industry when she became the second black model (after Naomi Campbell) to open a Prada show. Since then, she became a brand ambassador for makeup giant Estée Lauder, scored covers of i-D Magazine and Another, and featured in Prada’s current advertising campaign. Now, it’s Vogue Korea that finally makes Anok its cover girl, photographed by Hyea W. Kang for the March 2019 cover. Anok strikes a pose wearing a Saint Laurent bodysuit in the crisp cover, styled by Kihoh Sohn.

Vogue Korea March 2019 : Anok Yai by Hyea W. Kang

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

It didn’t take our forum members long to give the cover some love. “Gorgeous shot, the bodysuit looks good but maybe the necklace is too much. Super happy for Anok. Is this her first Vogue cover? I was kinda hoping for Vogue Italia to be her first but considering what a mess that magazine is, maybe it’s better not,” commented apple.

“I guess that’s her first Vogue cover. And about damn time! I was expecting her to have a few of the big fours by now, considering how stunning she is and the hype around her. Happy for her. She looks great as usual,” guimon said.

“Hopefully just one of many covers to come for Anok. She is stunning,” raved mathiaskatz.

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CR Fashion Book Unveils a Bold New Look for Spring 2019, Starring Cynthia Ervio

As print continues to struggle, Carine Roitfeld recently announced that she plans to reduce her role at her namesake CR Fashion Book in order to provide opportunities to fresh talent. Along with the announcement comes a bold new redesign for the Spring/Summer 2019 edition. Gone is the CR signature logo, in favor of a smaller, more retro alternative. The cover images still speak volumes, with the latest going to Cynthia Erivo, who stars on one of six yet-to-be-released covers for Issue #14. The British actress follows in the footsteps of Gigi Hadid, Halima Aden, Rihanna and Joan Smalls, photographed in all her glory by Roe Ethridge.

CR Fashion Book S/S 2019

IMAGE: WWD.COM

Unfortunately, members of our forums weren’t exactly wowed by CR‘s latest. “This is really bad. Cynthia Erivo delivered two of the best performances I’ve seen last year and got little to no recognition, so I’m glad she’s getting exposure but this… this is terrible, she deserves better!” ” called out mistress_f.

“Yikes this is horrid. Who is doing their art direction? Carine needs help… each issue is so cheap looking!” complained RMDV.

“What in the Monotype Corsiva is this? The new logo looks like something you’d see on wedding invitations,” mocked MON.

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A Tribute to Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Who Died Today at Age 85

Karl Lagerfeld closes a Chanel runway show.

Image: Imaxtree

Today, the fashion world mourns the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, who died this morning in Paris at age 85. The German-born designer, who is best known for transforming and revitalizing the house of Chanel as well as designing for both Fendi and his namesake label, leaves behind an enormous legacy and void within the industry.

Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983, where he modernized the iconic French fashion house and redesigned its signature tweed suits, quilted handbags and advertising campaigns. Under his creative direction, Chanel quickly became one of the most successful luxury fashion brands in the world.

In addition to being a renowned fashion designer, Lagerfeld was also a fashion photographer, producing memorable magazine covers and editorials for the likes of Harper’s Bazaar and Numéro. In 1987, Lagerfeld started shooting Chanel’s advertising campaigns starring many of his muses, including Inès de la Fressange, Claudia Schiffer, Stella Tennant and, more recently, Luna Bijl and Kaia Gerber.

Rumors of Karl’s ailing health began to swirl when he was notably absent from his final bow at the end of Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week in January, with his right-hand woman (and now Karl’s successor), Virginie Viard, taking his place.  (more…)

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Vittoria Ceretti Is Ravishing in Red on Vogue China’s Striking March Cover

Vogue China went almost a whole year without getting much attention on our forums — until it delivered a spectacular Grace Elizabeth cover for December 2018. Three months later and Chinese Vogue is back on our radar with a striking and rather mysterious cover starring Vittoria Ceretti. Everyone’s favorite Italian model and the current face of mega fashion brands Chanel, Moschino and Versace posed for Sølve Sundsbø for the magazine’s March 2019 cover. To complement the cinematic image, stylist Anders Solvsten Thomsen opted for a red sequined look from Hedi Slimane’s debut Celine collection.

Vogue China March 2019 : Vittoria Ceretti by Sølve Sundsbø

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.CN

The lady in red had our forum members captivated from the get-go. “Finally something different from them, love it. She looks great,” Miss Dalloway complimented at once.

“Oh wow, absolutely love it! A great idea for a cover. I’m sure it will pop on the newsstand,” said russianelf.

“FINALLY another good Vogue China cover! It’s been YEARSSSSSSSSS. I love the background, her dress…everything,” Bertrando3 praised.

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