Despite our complaints last season, Balmain’s creative director of several years, Olivier Rousteing, continues to serve as the brand’s campaign photographer (because what’s good for Karl Lagerfeld, right?). As we head into the new season, Rousteing ditches the established, big-name models in favor of Valery Kaufman, Tami Williams, Aleyna Fitzgerald, Kiko Arai, Katrin Zakharova and Roosmarijn de Kok. Photographed amongst the lavish and opulent surroundings of the Château de Baronville in France, the girls endeavor to make the shoot look like a whole lot of fun, playing to Rousteing’s camera in Balmain’s coveted new collection.
Our no-holds-barred forum members went all in the moment the campaign struck. “Tragic photos. Tragic cast,” slammed simon.
“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Olivier needs to leave the photography to the pros. The angles are so unflattering, it’s all one big blob of tackiness,” wrote GivenchyHomme. (more…)
Like it or not: Kaia Gerber is currently the hottest in modeling. After a knockout show season for Spring 2018 and receiving Emmaneulle Alt’s seal of approval by gracing Vogue Paris, the daughter of Cindy Crawford flaunts her supermodel genes for the forthcoming edition of Love Magazine. The magazine has been teasing us for weeks for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 edition (available on newsstands February 5) and out of multiple previews, Kaia’s has us most excited for the issue to drop. Shot by photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and styled by Katie Grand, the 16-year-old does some serious late 70s/early 80s glam for the occasion, effortlessly channeling legendary model Gia Carangi.
Vogue Russia had a fairly good 2017 in terms of consistently good covers but failed to generate much buzz for the first issue of 2018, featuring Jean Campbell. The magazine, once again, has our full attention with the unveiling of its bold and electrifying February 2018 cover. Making a reappearance (after fronting the March 2016 edition) is American model Grace Hartzel, doing her best David Bowie impression for the 80s-inspired cover photo. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Grace wears an oversized, OTT Gucci look, styled by Olga Dunina, complete with hair coiffed into a mullet for optimum effect.
Members of our forums loved it. “WOW, now that is bold!” Royal-Galliano approved.
“Wow! I love it so much, mullet and all. It’s 80s to the max; colors, outfit, makeup and hair. Although still manages to avoid looking like a costume. I also love the composition – how the top fills out the space of the image. 1980s done right. Good job!” gazebo raved. (more…)
Leave it to the Kardashian-Jenner clan to give us our first major surprise of the Spring 2018 campaign season. No strangers to breaking the internet, the famous sisters pose together in their undies for the new Calvin Klein underwear campaign (Kendall Jenner is already familiar with CK). The five siblings took time out from their busy schedules to pose in a barn setting for photographer Willy Vanderperre.
Unsurprisingly, the campaign didn’t go down well with our forum members. “Seriously?” asked apple the moment the images struck.
“Someone please tell me this is a joke. I am begging you,” wrote a shellshocked dodencebt. (more…)
Our forums have a love/hate relationship with Victoria Beckham whenever she fronts the cover of our favorite fashion glossies. Her last major coup was Vogue Netherlands and now she’s covering Vogue Spain for February 2018. Photographed by Boo George, the Brit fashion designer turns heads in the dynamic and unconventional cover image and associated editorial.
This time, Victoria managed to win over our opinionated forum members. “This is fabulous and unapologetic. Completely not what I expected when I read her name in the thread,” admitted a pleasantly surprised dodencebt.
Miss Dalloway couldn’t have agreed more, echoing, “I love this for the Paolo Roversi feel of it, certainly not the cover I expected when I read VB’s name in the thread!” (more…)
Last month, the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar gave us the festive cover we craved featuring Carey Mulligan. Moving on to February 2018, Bazaar jumps from one blonde actress to another, selecting Michelle Williams as its latest cover girl. For the special cover for subscribers (below), photographed by Agata Pospieszynska, Michelle looks melancholy and demure wearing an embroidered cotton, metal and feather dress from Louis Vuitton. On the newsstand cover (after the jump), the Louis Vuitton brand ambassador dons a detailed jacket by the iconic French fashion label.
According to our forum members, the magazine continues its winning streak with the latest issue. “That is gorgeous. UK Harper’s Bazaar continues to run circles around its American sister,” complimented dodencebt.