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Willy Vanderperre’s Futuristic Calvin Klein Campaign for Fall 2018 Is Out of This World

After a few disappointing shoots for the likes of Vogue Italia and Prada, Willy Vandeperre had fallen out of favor with theFashionSpot forum members in recent months. Yet the Belgian photographer’s newest campaign for Calvin Klein’s Fall 2018 collection has put him back in our good graces. Raf Simons has been a Vanderperre fan since his Christian Dior days and has continued to hire him to shoot Calvin Klein campaigns since he joined the company in 2016 (not to mention Raf’s namesake campaigns). Models Julia Nobis, Freja Beha Erichsen, Lulu Tenney, Erin O’Connor and Liya Kebede assemble this season, looking like they’ve landed from another planet as they roam a rugged and remote landscape in Utah.

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC F/W 2018.19 by Willy Vanderperre


The campaign proved to be an instant hit with the majority of forum members. “Much better than the previous CK campaigns he’s done,” approved Sensation the moment the campaign dropped.

“I love this. It’s very androgynous and the location is amazing. Nice and weird angles too,” voiced 333101.

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Lily James Looks Ravishing in Red on Allure’s August Cover, Sort Of

Allure doesn’t exactly have the best track record for bringing out the best in its cover subjects. Take, for example, last month’s Janelle Monae offering, where the magazine managed to botch just about everything, from the pose to the styling. Allure does have its triumphs, however, including a roster of diverse cover models this year. This month, to coincide with the release of Mammia Mia! Here We Go Again, actress Lily James takes to the cover of the August 2018 issue for the first time, photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Beth Fenton. In the newsstand cover image (below), the Brit beauty looks soft and natural in a red Antonio Marras dress.

Allure August 2018 : Lily James by Sharif Hamza


Once again, the magazine managed to disappoint our forum members. “It takes a special kind of craft to make such a beautiful girl look so dreadful! Flashes of Hailey Baldwin, and not in a good way!” complained Benn98 at once.

HeatherAnne wasn’t into it either. “Seriously so weird. Her skin looks bizarre, way too bronzed. She also needs to relax with the pouting,” she pointed out.

“Wow, Allure just keeps getting worse,” said jal718.

“Lily is naturally alluring and it is incredible that they’ve managed to suck all the life out of her on this cover… They didn’t even have to do much to make her look good,” KissMiss echoed.

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Shanelle Nyasiase, Rianne van Rompaey and Vittoria Ceretti Star in Alexander McQueen’s Gorgeous Fall 2018 Campaign

Every season has its standout advertising campaign. Last season, it was Alexander McQueen that came out on top and now, with the unveiling of the Fall 2018 offering, the brand is set to steal the spotlight once again. Shanelle Nyasiase returns to the roster, joined by models Rianne van Rompaey and Vittoria Ceretti, for a San Francisco shoot with photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. The city’s various landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower, contribute to the series of visually arresting images.

Alexander McQueen F/W 2018.19 by Jamie Hawkesworth


The moment the campaign dropped, our forum members were in awe. “Gorgeous Picture. The dress looks better than it did on the runway,” said LustforFashion.

“Ugh, I can already tell I will love this. Sarah Burton’s McQueen campaigns are a hundred times better than the actual clothes,” wrote dodencebt.

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Faretta Does 70s Glam on Vogue Russia’s August Cover

We were beginning to feel as though Masha Fedorova‘s tenure at Vogue Russia was taking a turn for the worse given the magazine’s questionable covers featuring Natalia Vodianova and Lily-Rose Depp from the past two months. Yet with the unveiling of the August 2018 issue, there’s light at the end of the tunnel as the title serves up a high-glam cover featuring Croatian model Faretta (on the heels of her Vogue Japan cover). Photographed by Olivier Zahm, Faretta serves major 70s glam in Tom Ford, with hair that could rival Jerry Hall’s and a bold red lip.

Vogue Russia August 2018 : Faretta by Olivier Zahm


The cover received mixed reviews from our forum members. “Not a fan of the concept and the green color but happy for Farreta’s third and first solo Vogue cover,” said zacatecas570 the moment the cover dropped.

“The sex kitten pose looks great, but styling is an eyesore. It seems Zahm is much better when he’s confined to the commercial Vogue Russia than his own magazine. Also, it’s a winner for Faretta, who can be rather hit and miss with her covers,” noted Benn98.

“She looks good but I don’t like what she’s wearing,” voiced Sensation.

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Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser Star on Vogue Arabia’s Glam Summer Cover

Vogue Arabia may be the most risk-taking magazine on the newsstand right now. After making a huge political statement with last month’s cover, the fashion glossy continues to break down barriers with July/August 2018 cover girls Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser. Photographed by Miguel Reveriego and styled by Anya Ziourova, the girls go high-glam, with Ashley wearing a sequined Balmain blazer over a sparkling Oscar de la Renta dress while Paloma dons a glitzy Paco Rabanne number in the shared cover image (below). In addition, each model stars on her own cover, serving good face in the closeup images (after the jump).

Vogue Arabia July/August 2018 : Paloma Elsesser & Ashley Graham by Miguel Reveriego


Surely our forum members loved it, right? Not so fast. “What could’ve been a stunning cover was ruined by the jacket Ashley is wearing, probably to kowtow to custom, and the unnecessary model in front. There’s just too much going on, AND in sequins,” commented Benn98 straight away.

“I can’t believe these are real covers,” slammed bluebanter.

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“God these covers are awful. The styling on the first screams tackiness (and awkwardness), and the solo shots are too close,” said forum member 333101. (more…)

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Egyptian-Born, Sudanese Model Anok Yai Becomes Estée Lauder’s Newest Global Brand Ambassador

Estée Lauder is on a mission to snatch up the best talent to serve as brand ambassadors. We’re only halfway through 2018 and the mega makeup brand has already signed Karlie Kloss and Grace Elizabeth as global spokespersons — and now Estée Lauder sets its sights on Anok Yai. Ever since Anok made her catwalk debut in February as the second black woman to open a Prada show, just about everyone in the industry has had a watchful eye on the Egyptian-born, Sudanese beauty. In the announcement image (below), Anok proves she’ll need minimal effort to elevate her glowing, natural beauty as she features in future advertising campaigns for any of Estée Lauder’s extensive line of luxurious skin care and beauty products.

Of course, our forum members were ecstatic about EL’s latest signing. “Absolutely fantastic to see Anok snatched up by Estée Lauder! First Grace, now Anoki, wonder who’s next? They sure are signing up fresh new faces and I’m here for it. Anok looks smashing in the unveiling photo, utterly radiant and captivating,” said vogue28.

“Love the colors in this shot, and she seems to work for the brand based on this shot. She’s actually the most unconventional hire for EL yet which is refreshing. And I’m not saying this because of her skin tone, but because of her features,” wrote Benn98.

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