The Buzz

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Rianne van Rompaey Is on the Cover of Vogue Paris Twice in 3 Months

If you’re a firm favorite of Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt, you’ll know it. We don’t suspect for a second that Rianne van Rompaey is oblivious to the fact she’s a new fave of Alt’s, as she is welcomed back onto the cover of Vogue Paris for the second time within three months. Fresh from the March 2019 cover (and the latest cover of Vogue Italia), the Dutch beauty’s reappearance is getting us ready for the summer months ahead in the sultry cover shot, captured on location in the Caribbean by Mikael Jansson and styled by Alt herself, wearing a Miu Miu cable-knit sweater, straw hat and socks (albeit without any bottoms).

Vogue Paris May 2019 : Rianne van Rompaey by Mikael Jansson


Members of our forums either loved or loathed the outcome. “Too much Rianne in VP. I am full. No thanks,” commented GivenchyAddict the moment the cover struck.

“Rianne AGAIN? Give it a REST! No pants on the cover either and it feels very fall-ish. A miss,” wrote Scotty.

“Oh Alt, c’mon … you’re making it extremely hard for me to defend you at this point. We literally just had Rianne on the cover of the March issue! Not to mention this looks more suited to Vogue Netherlands,” critiqued an underwhelmed vogue28.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]

“Her facial expression made the photo strange and not sexy, Rianne is beautiful but she doesn’t have sex appeal and her naked doesn’t add nothing to the photo. I’m also not convinced of that hat with the braid and the fact being on the cover again in a short period of time. Bad choices, bad results!” declared an unforgiving DK92.

Although not everyone felt the same way. “Wow, Alt sure loves her but I think this works, I love it!” reasoned Miss Dalloway.

“Oh wow, that is gorgeous. All this brown and yet it looks tropical, cozy and lush,” raved dodencebt.

“Its an unconventional shot, but stayed true to what VP is under Alt. I like it. Love Rianne,” MON praised.

Ken Doll Jenner was full of praise, too, writing, “Love the shot. It has an authentic sense of nonchalance that today’s fashion is confusing with pedestrian-ness. I miss this kind of high-fashion sensuality that had its prevalence in the late 90s-early 00s.”

Hot or a total flop? Await more from the issue and join the on-going debate here.

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Vogue Netherlands’ 100th Anniversary Cover Featuring Doutzen Kroes Falls Flat

You might find it hard to believe that Vogue Netherlands celebrates its 100th issue after launching in 2012. Over the years, our forums have encountered a love/hate relationship with the publication, going head-over-heels for Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly and Imaan Hammam covers while casting a critical eye toward covers with Gigi Hadid, Bette Franke and Birgit Kos. For May 2019, Vogue Netherlands welcomes back Doutzen Kroes for a ninth time, photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by George Cortina sitting nonchalantly in a black Isabel Marant bathing suit for what should have felt like a momentous and celebratory occasion.

Vogue Netherlands May 2019 : Doutzen Kroes by Daniel Jackson


For the occasion, expectations on our forums were high — and rightly so. “This is amateurish! Between Doutzen and Daniel Jackson they could have done SO much more,” scoffed a disapproving KateTheGreatest.

“Why is it so hard for them to do a decent cover these days? They used to be so much more fun in their choices, but now it’s all so try-hard,” Miss Dalloway exclaimed.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]

“I’ll never understand how these international editions allow subpar work on their covers from photographers and stylists who can deliver something great. What a waste of money,” echoed an equally underwhelmed Benn98.

In complete agreement was vogue28: “Dumbfounded over how amateurish this is, and aside from the fact it’s Doutzen Kroes on the cover, I do not find this very celebratory at all for a 100th issue. Daniel Jackson can produce way better work than this, had to triple check it was even photographed by him!”

“In my eyes, Vogue NL hardly ever produces a decent cover, so in a way, this IS celebrating what they’re all about,” laughed tigerrouge.

Mikel wasn’t here for the unfortunate outcome either. “What a waste of talent and resources,” he stated.

“Doutzen deserves better!” declared DK92.

Just as horrified as our forum members? Share your thoughts on the cover, here.

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Adut Akech Is Electrifying on Allure’s May 2019 Cover

Adut Akech is making big moves within the world of modeling and continues to gain accolades. It was only last month that she scored the cover of Vogue Paris, she’s the current face of mega brands Moschino, Versace, Coach, Fendi and Valentino, and is now adding yet another major mainstream magazine cover to her ever-growing portfolio. Allure brilliantly made Adut the cover girl for May 2019, allowing the Sudan-born beauty to follow in the footsteps of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Adwoa Aboah while posing before the lens of photographer Daniel Jackson and under the command of stylist Alex White.

Allure May 2019 : Adut Akech by Daniel Jackson


The outcome, unfortunately, completely divided our forums. “I’m obsessed with this, I’m a sucker for darker images with electric colors! Adut is such a superstar, I hope she gets more and more covers this year!” heralded forum member Blayne266.

“I absolutely love this, it’s giving me Grace Jones circa 1980 in Alain Mikli sunglasses vibes,” raved dodencebt.

“This cover is amazing,” championed caioherrero.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]

“I love Adut! So no matter what, I’m always here for more Adut!” Lola701 approved.

Yet not everyone was jumping for joy. “Very daring for Allure, but I don’t like it. The composition and art direction is awful, masthead could be in a bolder color, and I think the glasses and glossy lips are a bit much.

But … it’s a huge coup for Adut,” said Benn98.

“Is this a reflective or even a UV cover? That would’ve added something to this shot because otherwise, I don’t understand the sitting in the dark,” commented tigerrouge.

“Cool cover, just wish she didn’t have the glasses,” voiced wendylorene.

Jal718 certainly wasn’t into it, declaring: “Allure is done, worst cover ever!”

Check out Adut’s accompanying cover story in full, and share your thoughts here.

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Kendall Jenner Serves High-Fashion Glamour for Vogue Russia’s May 2019 Issue

If you ask our forum members who they want to see on their favorite fashion glossies each month, Kendall Jenner is probably at the bottom of the list. Over the past year, however, she has started to win them over, thanks to impressive cover appearances on Vogue Italia, American ELLE and Vogue Korea. This month, she makes her debut on Vogue Russia for the May 2019 issue, shot by forum favorites Luigi & Iango and styled by Patrick Mackie. The current face of Stuart Weitzman serves up high fashion and major hair on two uber-glam covers.

Vogue Russia May 2019 : Kendall Jenner by Luigi & Iango


Most of our forum members were impressed. “The first cover is fabulous! Maybe the best I’ve ever seen her! She looks commanding and vulnerable,” admired Lola701.

“The first cover is simply STUNNING,” echoed Zposen.

“For the first time, I like a cover with Kendall,” added jorgepalomo.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ] (more…)

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Yara Shahidi Deserved Better Than These Covers of Porter for Summer 2019

We have been fans of Net-a-Porter’s magazine, Porter, ever since it launched back in 2014. Over the years, we’ve fawned over covers featuring the likes of Bella Hadid, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Anja Rubik and Sienna Miller (to name a few). Back in February, the magazine celebrated its five-year anniversary, welcoming Gisele Bündchen back to the cover with news shortly following that founding editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans was set to depart the title. Amid the staff changes, Porter taps Yara Shahidi for Summer 2019, enlisting photographer Cass Bird and stylist Elissa Santisi to profile the American actress and activist. Yara wears Balenciaga in the newsstand cover (below) and Michael Kors for the black and white subscribers offering (after the jump).

Porter #32 Summer 2019 : Yara Shahidi by Cass Bird


One thing is for certain: Yara deserved far better. “I appreciate the cover choice but this is the most pedestrian Porter has ever been,” said tFS forum member honeycombchild.

“Incredibly pedestrian, seen better from The Edit over recent weeks and I won’t hesitate to unsubscribe if these type of naffer than naff covers keep up post-Yeomans. Also wouldn’t bother me if Cass Bird disappeared off the scene either. Yeah… not motivated by this at ALL,” complained vogue28.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ] (more…)

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Rihanna Sports a Bold Makeup Look on the May Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

You will often hear our forums complain that Harper’s Bazaar is in dire need of a revamp thanks to overused cover subjects and recycled cover shoot concepts. The American fashion title must have been listening as the latest issue shows no signs cover stars being suspended 50 feet above the ground or overdone Photoshop, just a striking close-up of Rihanna (making her fourth appearance) wearing bold makeup looks for the annual beauty issue, shot by Dennis Leupold.

US Harper’s Bazaar May 2019 : Rihanna by Dennis Leupold


Was it enough to entice our forum members? “This is too much! The eye makeup with a bare neck and a more subtle lipstick would have been more than enough,” said A.D.C the moment the newsstand cover (above) struck.

“It just looks like they dumped every product in her makeup range on her face at once. I don’t see much art in this look, unless the end effect they were going for was macaw parrot,” said tigerrouge.

“That cover is atrocious. Those makeup colors are chalky and downright ugly. And not applied in the least artistic way,” added dfl-001.

[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ] (more…)