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Valentino Enlists an Impressive Cast for Its Fall 2020 Campaign

The global health crisis is forcing major fashion houses to get creative. Conventional photoshoots are out thanks to social distancing and travel bans. That’s why Jacquemus opted to photograph Bella Hadid and Barbie Ferreira remotely and Riccardo Tisci asked Kendall Jenner to shoot herself for Burberry’s TB Summer Monogram campaign. Now Valentino follows suit with its #ValentinoEmpathy Fall 2020 ads. Pierpaolo Piccioli joins forces with an impressive cast that includes Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Janet Mock, Leon Dame, Liu Wen, Mariacarla Boscono, Naomi Campbell along with Vittoria Ceretti. The brand is even donating 1 million euros to Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani hospital to coincide with the campaign.

Valentino F/W 2020.21

IMAGES: FASHIONISTA.COM

A few images in particular stand out for our forum members. “I’m all for Janet Mock. Such a goddess!” admired helmutnotdead.

“Can we all just take a moment to celebrate the fact that Janet Mock is featured in this, a black trans woman in a high-fashion campaign is something we don’t see every day and should be applauded,” raved [Piece Of Me].

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“Liu Wen, Mariacarla Boscono, Christy Turlington and Vittoria Ceretti should have been the only ones in the campaign!” declared Mercury6181.

“Wow, Liu Wen is really serving it in this cluster-mess of a campaign. She’s even got the wind in the hair action going on! Should’ve just given her the solo campaign based on effort alone,” praised RedSmokeRise.

But the campaign wasn’t for everyone. “It can’t be a real campaign. It’s so bad, I feel embarrassed looking at this,” expressed a clearly disappointed avonlea002.

“I’ve seen more organized and cohesive Instagram feeds. This is terribly embarrassing,” echoed aracic.

 

Valentino F/W 2020.21

IMAGES: FASHIONISTA.COM

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You’ll Either Love or Loathe Kaia Gerber’s Vogue Japan September 2020 Cover

It’s hard to believe that the all-important September issues are already dropping and as usual, Vogue Japan is up first. And it looks like the industry’s obsession with Kaia Gerber is still going strong. In the last two years, Kaia’s made her third appearance on Vogue Paris, made her debut on British Vogue and has covers of Vogue Italia and American Vogue under her belt. Now Kaia is back on Japanese Vogue posing in a lace top and latex trousers from Saint Laurent’s Fall 2020 offering picked by Anna Dello Russo. The model looks striking in the sultry cover shot captured by Luigi & Iango.

Vogue Japan September 2020 : Kaia Gerber by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

The styling and concept set off a fierce debate on our forums. “Sorry, but Kaia doesn’t fit the ‘femme fatale’ vibe…” critiqued burbuja8910.

“Honestly find this quite disturbing. She simply looks too young for this to not feel creepy,” added tipi1355.

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“It’s not a bad cover, but not September-worthy. Guess we have to get used to seeing this sexed-up version of Kaia now that she’s 18,” commented Summer Day.

“I love the styling, the hair, the makeup and the sexiness. Kaia looks fabulous! As always, I’m thrilled to see that Luigi & Iango shot the cover cause they do it best for Vogue Japan. And you can count on the mag to stay true to their vision! No gimmicks, no bulls*it — just fashion!” aracic pointed out.

GivenchyAddict was in the same frame of mind: “Saint Laurent, Kaia, Luigi & Iango, Anna Dello Russo — I’m in.”

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Vogue Paris Gives Natalia Vodianova Her Second August 2020 Cover

We’ve been singing the praises of Emmanuelle Alt over recent months as the editor successfully navigates Vogue Paris through the pandemic. First came a pair of dazzling Bella and Gigi Hadid covers followed by two equally brilliant issues featuring Mica Argañaraz and Natasja Madsen. Another Nathaniel Goldberg-shot cover comes our way for August 2020 as Natalia Vodianova returns to the French fashion bible’s front cover six years after her last appearance. Styled by Alt, the Russian beauty whips her hair in the cover shot while sporting a navy blue jumpsuit from Christian Dior’s Fall 2020 collection.

Vogue Paris August 2020 : Natalia Vodianova by Nathaniel Goldberg

IMAGE: VOGUE.FR

Did the mag’s latest cover extend its winning streak? “Two white background covers by Nathaniel Goldberg in a row. It’s not bad,” confessed mikel the moment the cover dropped.

“I wasn’t expecting something this fresh and I love it,” raved kokobombon.

“Not my favorite cover, but you can’t go wrong with Natalia! She looks great as always and naturally Vogue Paris is once again the winner of the month,” agreed aracic.

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The cover didn’t sit well with everyone, however. “I honestly don’t get the love for this cover. It’s very mundane, even with the movement,” shared an underwhelmed Summer Day.

“Doesn’t seem much different than the previous cover and the blast of air has made the condition of her hair look awful, like it’s frizzy and lank all at the same time,” tigerrouge pointed out.

“Natalia isn’t the best when it comes to movement. She looks very stiff,” said GivenchyHomme.

“It could have been better. However, considering the circumstances, it’s still a decent cover,” defended MON.

A hit or miss? Check out the contents of the issue and join the debate here.

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Miriam Sanchez Poses on the Empty Streets of Madrid for Vogue Spain’s August 2020 Cover

Vogue Spain kick-started 2020 on a high note with delightful Hailey Bieber and Ana de Armas covers. Plus, the mag was praised for its symbolic pandemic cover illustrated by Ignasi Monreal. But the Spanish fashion bible has disappointed us over recent months with some questionable Laura Dern and Naomi Campbell covers. For August 2020, another symbolic cover comes our way featuring Miriam Sanchez. Photographed by Miguel Reveriego, the model poses on the empty streets of Madrid decked out in a Christian Dior creation courtesy of Juan Cebrian.

Vogue España August 2020 : Miriam Sánchez by Miguel Reveriego

IMAGE: VOGUE.ES

How did the cover fare with our forum members? “When I look at this cover the first thing I see is the building and then I notice there’s a girl sitting at the bottom of the picture. Good thing she’s wearing red, otherwise she’d completely disappear from this cover!” pointed out aracic.

“Looks like a mood board with cut-outs. Yikes,” proclaimed MON.

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Sharing the same underwhelming sentiment toward the cover was Nymphaea: “Both the building and the red dress are beautiful, but totally don’t connect with each other in this pic. The basics are there, but the result is disappointing.”

“I’m only able to appreciate it for the fact that it captures a moment in time, a moment we all know too well right now — the stillness and silence of once busy streets. Other than that, the cover offers nothing else,” said vogue28.

“It had the makings of a good cover — all dressed up with nowhere to go, standing alone in the street like the last woman alive — but it ended up looking like nothing aside from the artificially saturated colors and art direction that see Miriam being out modeled by a stone building,” commented tigerrouge.

Are you a fan? Check out the contents of the issue and have your say here.

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Binx Walton Is All Smiles on Vogue Italia’s July/August 2020 Cover

It’s fair to say that Emanuele Farneti hasn’t been in our good graces over recent months. After all, we’ve encountered our fair share of questionable Vogue Italia issues, from covers drawn by children to the magazine creating its very own CGI cover star. But is Farneti about to turn over a new leaf? Conventional photoshoots are back for the publication’s July/August 2020 offering with Ethan James Green returning for his second Italian Vogue cover shoot. Model Binx Walton dashes across the studio decked out in a look from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2020 collection (selected by Carlos Nazario) in the joyous cover image.

Vogue Italia July/August 2020 : Binx Walton by Ethan James Green

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

The cover proved to be a hit with the majority of our forum members. “Whoa, I’ve just fallen immediately in love with this cover!” confessed Valentine27.

“An actual person on the cover? And my girl Binx? Doing something else than standing there? Wearing Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton? Styled by Carlos? I’m about to have a heart attack!” raved Lola701.

“I have to say it: the cover, the concept, the cast…A TOTAL SERVE,” approved jorgepalomo.

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Forum member vogue28 was also impressed: “Gotta hand it to Farneti on this because it’s the best Vogue Italia cover in months. The heart illustration and the use of the Louis Vuitton outfit don’t even bother me. A resounding thumbs-up from me!”

“Finally something good and fashionable from Vogue Italia! But I’m under no illusions: I believe this is a good exception in a sea of senseless and pretentious garbage. You know what they say…even a broken clock is right twice a day,” voiced apple.

“I feel like everyone is liking this cover because Vogue Italia extremely lowered their standards. For me it’s very basic when we compare it with any issue under Franca Sozzani. I’m happy for Binx, but I feel like someone else would bring much more life to this cover,” critiqued misszk.

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Laetitia Casta Captivates on Vanity Fair France’s ‘Stunning’ August 2020 Cover

The last time Vanity Fair France got our attention was back in 2016 with a Lily-Rose Depp offering. Four years later, the publication is back on our radar thanks to its new August 2020 cover featuring Laetitia Casta. Whether she’s fronting Numéro, posing nude on ELLE France or landing the cover of Vogue Paris, Laetitia always delivers. The French actress poses in front of a stark white studio backdrop before the lens of Nathaniel Goldberg for the cover. Laetitia’s natural beauty shines through in the clean and minimal cover image with the star simply wearing a crisp Chanel shirt picked by Camille Bidault-Waddington.

Vanity Fair France August 2020 : Laetitia Casta by Nathaniel Goldberg

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.FR

The applause could be heard loud and clear across our forums. “Laetitia looks beautiful as always. Great portrait for the cover!” heralded aracic.

“Stunning as always! I love to see Laetitia on covers,” agreed Bertrando3.

“Stunning cover, Laetitia looks flawless with this natural beauty style,” said burbuja8910.

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Also equally impressed with the cover was Benn98: “This cover is simply stunning. From the font to the uncomplicated close-up.”

“Absolutely stunning!” echoed MON.

“Laetitia is such a beauty!” raved FashionMuseDior.

“Nathaniel Goldberg out here helping the French publications BIG time during the pandemic — first Vogue Paris and now Vanity Fair France. This is a beautiful cover, love the simplicity and rawness of the shot and of course Laetitia Casta is always a welcome sight,” declared vogue28.

Check out Laetitia’s cover feature in all its glory and share your thoughts here.