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Mica Arganaraz and Musician Yoshiki Wear Head-to-Toe Saint Laurent on Vogue Japan’s Androgynous October Cover

Vogue Japan has a whole lot of redeeming to do before getting back into our forum’s good books. While the magazine is currently getting us hyped for the October 2017 issue, we’re still scratching our heads over how utterly plastic and lifeless six supermodels looked on its September cover. Sticking with photographic duo Luigi & Iango, Argentinean beauty Mica Arganaraz is back fronting the Japanese fashion bible, joined by Japanese musician Yoshiki. Rocking head-to-toe Saint Laurent and some killer makeup, they make a striking androgynous pair.

Vogue Japan October 2017 : Mica Argañaraz & Yoshiki by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

The cover received mixed feedback from forum members. “Awful. Too much Photoshop. And that black border is atrocious,” announced Style Savvy the moment the cover struck.

“Mica always looks the same, her hair hair hair,” MDNA wrote.

“Yeah I know how Mica is going to look like, she’s always the same. And the hair is the same too, so boring that they don’t try something new,” confessed KateTheGreatest.

Badgalcrush felt the same way: “I’m so sick of Mica always looking the same, I think if they switched the makeup and hairstyle with Yoshiki it could be way more interesting!”

“Is that a cardboard cut-out of Mica? I think I’ve seen it several times now. They might as well at this point. Same results,” said Vitamine W.

However, not everyone was so quick to show their disapproval. “I somewhat like it,” TeeVanity admitted.

“I kinda like that slightly moodier – almost Marc Bolan – look on Mica’s face,” admired tigerrouge.

“I love this, the mood, the styling, the great makeup. Mica is getting quite a few Vogue covers this year, and she never looked more beautiful,” Miss Dalloway praised.

“I love it, has that vintage YSL feel,” liked Urban Stylin.

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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington Dance in the Streets of Naples for Dolce & Gabbana’s New Fragrance Campaign

Dolce & Gabbana is jumping on the Game of Thrones bandwagon with the new ‘The One Eau de Toilette‘ fragrance campaign starring Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. The brand continues with the viva l’Italia concept for the campaign, which was unsurprisingly shot on location in the picturesque Italian city of Naples. Photographed by Luca Morelli, both Emilia and Kit soak up the Naples atmosphere and are pictured amongst the hustle and bustle of the city with a handful of locals attempting to steal the spotlight. Moving on from past ads featuring the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConauhey, the campaign didn’t fare well with our forum members.

Dolce & Gabbana "The One" Fragrance : Emilia Clarke & Kit Harington by Luca Morelli

IMAGE: POPSUGAR.COM

“I’m so done with D&G. Look at this, so fake (look at the Photoshop!!) and pretentious,” wrote horrified forum member whitewine82 upon seeing the campaign images.

“What crap is this?” asked OllieJE. (more…)

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Vogue Italia Features Three Photographers and Two Same-Sex Kisses on Its September Covers

Forget American Vogue‘s mega September spectacular, each year, our forums eagerly await the reveal of Vogue Italia’s take on the all-important September issue. However, due to some staff changes and a massive overhaul of the magazine earlier this year, we were unsure what to expect this season. Last month’s Lara Stone cover was declared a total flop and the title is currently doing its best to stimulate interest in its latest issue. So much so, three different photographers were commissioned to capture the multiple September 2017 covers, with Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Willy Vanderperre each submitting fashion stories for us to deliberate over (all three featuring Italian beauty Mariacarla Boscono). But are three photographers and two same-sex kisses enough to please the masses?

Out Now Bacio! #thenewvogueitalia #itsallaboutitaly by #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott styled by @alastairmckimm Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Full Cover + Fold-Out Credits Fashion: @prada #prada #MariacarlaBoscono @ Elite Milano @iosonomariacarlaboscono Federico Spinas @ I Love Management Lily Aldridge @ Img Models @lilyaldridge Vittoria Ceretti @ Elite Milano @vittoceretti Pablo Rousson e Edoardo Velickskov Casting Piergiorgio Del Moro @pg_dmcasting and Samuel Ellis Scheinman @samuel_ellis Hair Cyndia Harvey @ Streeters @cyndiaharvey Make-up Isamaya Ffrench @ Streeters @isamayaffrench Manicure Mary Soul using Chanel Le Vernis Set design Andrea Stanley @ Streeters On set Across Media Productions

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The covers by Mert & Marcus (above) were the first to feel the wrath of our unimpressed forum members. “Indecisive cover, hesitant. It should have been more bold/statement. Forgettable,” scolded Nymphaea.

“I really, really resent this!! For September I don’t need gimmicks like this!!” hollered Miss Dalloway. (more…)

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Not Even Lily-Rose Depp and Prince Can Save These ‘Nondescript’ Covers of CR Fashion Book

You’d better hurry to the newsstand if you’re after a copy of Halima Aden‘s flawless cover of CR Fashion Book because the publication is already getting us hyped up for the Fall 2017 installment. Once again going with a very clear theme, CR‘s next venture is taking us back to 1999 for issue #11. Cover subjects Lily-Rose Depp, Lara Stone, Alek Wek and Cara Taylor each appear in bold black and white cover images, captured by photographers Steven Klein and Mario Sorrenti. For CR Men’s Book, a never-before-seen shot of 90s pop legend Prince was unearthed, making a rather bold statement about what to expect from the contents.

CR Fashion Book #11 by Steven Klein

IMAGE: CRFASHIONBOOK.COM

The outcome simply wasn’t enough to stimulate our forum members, however. “The sight of the late Prince sharing a cover with a random celebrity child is making me uneasy. It’s disrespectful and there was no need for it,” ranted dodencebt the second the covers struck.

“Fashion is really in dire need of a shake-up from top to bottom! I’m looking at these covers and I can’t imagine what went through the team’s mind to publish this. Empty, nondescript, and zero energy!” Benn98 exclaimed. (more…)

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Kendall Jenner Proves (Once Again) She’s No Match for La Perla in the Fall 2017 Campaign

La Perla is into Kendall Jenner right now. Not only was she the face of the luxurious Italian lingerie label last season (alongside Isabeli Fontana and Liu Wen), Kendall also appeared in the vibrant advertising campaign for the Pre-Fall collection back in May. Going solo and reprising her role for Fall 2017, Kendall was captured by photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott on location lounging amongst the surroundings of a whimsical and fairytale-like garden, holding her own for La Perla’s “romantic” new collection.

La Perla F/W 2017.18 : Kendall Jenner by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: LAPERLA.COM

Members of our forums didn’t hesitate to make their opinions heard loud and clear. “No matter how sexy your poses are, if you are still doing this ‘I’m bored/I’m trying to be a model’ pout, it will never work. Wasn’t Natasha Poly available for this?” asked Lola701, suggesting Kendall’s modeling skills weren’t up to scratch.

“This needed someone more vibrant,” said Nymphaea. (more…)

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Kim Kardashian Morphs Into Cher for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s September Cover Shoot

Kim Kardashian West is quickly becoming a formidable force at the newsstand for September, having recently made headlines channeling Jackie O alongside daughter North West on the latest issue of Interview. The reality TV phenomenon turned makeup mogul covers yet another magazine for September 2017 while morphing into a different style icon: Cher. Captured by Mariano Vivanco, who was heavily influenced by Richard Avedon‘s iconic portraits of Cher from American Vogue, Kim evokes the glamour of the late 60s/early 70s with ease.

The covers were sure to generate buzz from our forum members. “After Kim, Cher is the most famous celebrity of Armenian heritage, and they’ve both spoken out in the past for recognition of the Armenian genocide. I actually think it’s a lovely tribute to Cher and Armenia. The covers are stunning, you can tell HB Arabia loves Kim as this is their second original cover of her (third if you include reprints),” commented magsaddict.

“The sitting shot is gorgeous. Yes, very Cher-esque… meets Avedon. If only it was in B&W. Kim’s covers so far, for this and American Interview, are the strongest September covers. So nice to see an Armenian represent POC/MOC on the cover of fashion magazines. Even if it is Kim,” added Phuel. (more…)

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