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Watch: Burberry Features an All-Star Cast in Its Holiday Festive Film, Including Naomi Campbell

UPDATE: Watch Burberry’s “Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas” film below.

Every year, we look forward to Burberry’s holiday campaign series of “festive films.” In 2014, Romeo Beckham starred in the festive film, “From London with Love.” In 2015, the brand’s holiday offering celebrated 15 years of Billy Elliot with celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Julie Walters, Romeo Beckham, James Bay, George Ezra, Michelle Dockery, James Corden, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In 2016, the brand paid tribute to founder Thomas Burberry with a three-minute documentary. Last year’s holiday campaign had an 80s theme and starred Cara Delevingne and Matt Smith.

There’s no word yet on the theme of Burberry’s 2018 film, set to drop on November 13, but the brand revealed on Instagram such details such as cast, title and director/photographer. As expected, the campaign is a star-filled one featuring Juno Calypso, Matt Smith, M.I.A, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naomi Campbell and Valerie Morris. Mark your calendars for November 13 and get ready to “Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas by Calypso.”

[ Next: Burberry’s Holiday Campaign: Who’s That Girl? ]

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Adut Akech and Her Adorable Baby Sister on Vogue Australia’s December Cover Are Sure to Make You Smile

Is it any wonder Adut Akech is shortlisted to become the British Fashion Council’s Model of the Year? She has captivated us ever since she made her exclusive debut on Saint Laurent’s Spring 2017 catwalk, moving on to cover Vogue Italia, i-D and Edward Enninful’s first-anniversary issue of British Vogue. Not to mention, becoming the face of mega brands Moschino, Zara and Valentino. So we certainly can’t blame Vogue Australia for giving the December 2018 cover to the Sudan-born beauty. The magazine profiles Adut as she returns to her family home in the city of Adelaide, photographed by Charlie Dennington and styled by Jillian Davison. Dressed in a vibrant Schiaparelli number, Adut is joined by her adorable baby sister Akuol for the sweet cover, which is sure to brighten your day.

Vogue Australia December 2018 : Adut Akech by Charlie Dennington


Our forums loved it. “What a gorgeous cover, this will look so lovely at the newsstands,” admired Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.

“Beautiful and vibrant. Love Adut!” exclaimed Nepenthes.

“Absolutely gorgeous cover (also that baby is a born model)” forum member bluestar added.

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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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