Cover Confidential

March 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Feburary and March are big business for fashion magazines with glossies often debuting some of their best and brightest content during these months focused on spring collections, renewal and change. Take a look back at some of the most interesting covers from the boundlessly creative, to the simply beautiful.

PURE BEAUTY

Antidote Magazine‘s romance issue boasted multiple covers by Cuneyt Akeroglu featuring some of the world’s most beautiful women. United by their simple yet effective photography and their chic take on the magazine’s pristine subjects these covers were something special.

As one of fashion’s coolest faces Leona Binx Walton is typically photographed looking grungy, avant garde or off-kilter. Her Self Service cover with it’s effective beauty statement and clean layout showed another side. Collier Schorr portrait brings out Binx’s beauty, while maintaining her character.

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THE BEST OF CELEBRITY

There are few actresses as effervescent as Marion Cotillard and Interview Magazine‘s March cover captured the La Vie En Rose star’s elegant side with a shot by Craig McDean that positively crackles with good ol’ fashioned glamour. Styled by Karl Templer with makeup by Christophe Danchaud and a 40s coif by Sam McKnight the image strikes the right balance between retro film siren and modern glamour - as does the accompanying fashion story. 

On the flip side, Dazed & Confused‘s rough and tumble cover of Scarlett Johansson finds the star’s inner bad girl and brings it to the forefront with a vibrant shot by Benjamin Alexander Huseby . The combo of red background and Saint Laurent biker jacket and Scar-Jo’s glare makes for an appealing contrast to the typical smiling celebrity glamour shot.

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MINIMAL MARVELS

You can’t go wrong with a picture of Daria Werbowy and The Last Magazine served up an epic large format image the superstar looking foreboding for it’s spring issue –  Mikael Jansson‘s in your face shot captures Werbowy at her rawest and best.

The Gentlewoman always errs on the side of minimalism, but the pulpy red cover of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan (Art Partner) was the perfect merger of timelessness and modernity.

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CREATIVITY RULES

Nick Knight‘s trippy photography has always struck a chord with surrealists and on the cover of GARAGE‘s spring/summer edition he twists and morphs Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne into unbidden creatures designs that were eventually tattooed onto the skin of Garage readers – how’s that for taking things to the next level.

E.T. got a fashion makeover with Lindsey Wixson taking over the frontpage of CR Fashion Book with an expressive Sebastian Faena image that puts Wixson’s otherworldly visage to good use with a sweet nod to an 80s favorite.

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DESIGNER DOMINATION

Karl Lagerfeld’s watercolor inspired spring Chanel collection has proved a hit with editors, in addition to appearing in the pages of just about every magazine imaginable his paint by numbers dresses found themselves on a variety of covers in March, most notably Vogue China, where two of the designer’s creations took center stage.

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Ph. Mario Testino for Vogue China | Ph. Marc de Groot for Vogue Netherlands | Ph. Nat Prakobsantisuk for Vogue Thailand

Not one to be outdone, Miuccia Prada also made a strong showing this March (and April) with a variety of painterly spring looks from her collections showing up on the cover of several different magazines.

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Ph. Cuneyt Akeroglu for Vogue Spain | Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia | Mario Testino for British Vogue | Elle Greece | Thomas Whiteside for Elle UK | Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan 

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Fantasy Tales

March 14th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels is well known for his films, but he’s never thrown himself into the world of fashion – until now. CR Fashion Book gives Daniels free-reign to create his own sartorial tale in their latest issue and he does so with cinematic flair. Daniels offers a dark, modern update on classics like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White with the dream team of Joan Smalls and Michael B. Jordan as the prerequisite prince charming. The unique story is a fresh take on the familiar and the images are imbued with the same gritty spirit Daniels’ movies.

See the full story on CR Fashion Book

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Derelicte!

March 5th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

A good ol’ Hefty bag gets the high fashion treatment in the pages of CR Fashion Book with an inventive editorial that mixes high fashion accessories with disposable plastics. Sebastian Faena shoots as Ashleigh Good poses in torn garbage bags she’s fashioned into outfits. The torn and tattered looks are paired with haute pieces from Saint Laurent Paris, Gucci and Chanel for a unique juxtaposition of high class and pure trash. With her platinum blonde coif and matte red lips Ashleigh carries off the total look with elegance and Faena’s cheeky shots strike the right balance between sexy and playful.

For even more fashion fairytales head over to CR Fashion Book.com

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Beauty & the Beast

February 20th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

A tale as old as time! Beautiful young woman, a ravenous beast and Karl Lagerfeld? Continuing with their theme of fairytales CR Fashion Book unleashes another modern take on a classic story with Kate Upton and Marlon Teixeira re-imagining Beauty & the Beast with a luxury twist. Karl shoots and Kate dons an assortment of sensual looks complete with Agent Provocateur lingerie and a touch of Chanel joaillerie for good measure. Though it’s hard to see anything even remotely off-putting about a Givenchy clad Marlon Teixeira, the story provides the right mix of fantasy and fashion.

For more from Issue no. 4, check out CR Fashion Book.com

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Fashion Fairy Tales

February 12th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

For the Spring 2014 edition, CR Fashion Book is all about Fairy Tales, and Disney better watch out. Per usual, Issue 4 features dual covers, two fashion-forward updates of childhood fantasies shot by Sebastian Faena and Bruce Weber.

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Dressing up Spielberg’ classic film, CR’s “E.T.” revisits the 1982 blockbuster with Lindsey Wixson in the role of Gertie (with much better clothes, of course). Photographer  Sebastian Faena brings his trademark for cinematic imagery to iconic scenes pulled from the original film, including the bicycle flying over the moon and E.T.’s glowing fingertips. Magda Laguinge and male model Abel Van Oeveren join Lindsey in showcasing Spring fashions from Prada, Miu Miu, and Proenza Schouler. /

See the full story on CR Fashion Book.com

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For Bruce Webers take on “Fairy Tales,” CR tapped newcomer and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills offspring Gigi Hadid to star in a hippie-style story. Combining wilderness whimsy with pieces from Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, and Hermès, Weber’s story spotlights Carine Roitfeld’s penchant for striking the perfect balance of hi-lo fashion. Playful, sensual, and super cool, this cover story looks like a perfect spring daydream.

See the full story on CR Fashion Book.com 

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The Applicant

February 6th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion week modeling like any high profile job comes complete with a steady stream of candidates ready to apply. Instead of cover letters and resumes most models step into castings with portfolios and high heels. CR Fashion Book offers a unique take on the pre-show rush and the takes you inside casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro (Exposure NY) seasonal meeting with the top faces from New York’s best agencies.

The chic film takes a poetic turn when the girls are tasked with reading a line from Sylvia Plath’s The Applicant. Thomas Giddings directs the black and white clip as Hollie May Saker, Sabrina Ioffreda, Rachael Robinson, Franciska Gall, Maria Loks, Mica Arganaraz, Louise Parker, Ming Xi, Natasha Ramachandran, Soo Joo Park, Liene Podina, Maja Salamon, Chiharu Okunugi, Larissa Hofmann, Ophelie Guillermand, Betty Adewole, Elisabeth Erm, Dauphine McKee, Devon Windsor, Irine Hiemstra, Manuela Frey, Cindy Bruna and Hana Jirickova take turns bringing Plath’s classic to life.

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Face Off: Daft Darlings

November 6th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

French robo-duo Daft Punk have a way of showing up alongside gorgeous top models and while promoting their album, Random Access Memories they’ve made magazine appearances something of a habit. This month they share cover space with Gisele Bundchen on the frontpage of WSJ in a shot by Terry Richardson, but it wasn’t too long ago that they were in the pages of Vogue alongside Karlie Kloss. Add in a CR Fashion Book story back in August with Milla Jovovich, ads for Saint Laurent, Dazed covers, L’Uomo Vogue and well you get the picture.

But which model pulls off posing alongside the world’s most famous robots?

Who is taking it to that next level Gisele, Karlie or Milla? 

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Ph. Terry Richardson for WSJ

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Ph. Mathieu César for CR Fashion Book  - see the full story on CR Fashionbook.com 

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Ph. Craig McDean for American Vogue - see the full story on Vogue.com 

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Virgos

November 5th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Fashion and art intersect in Anthony Maule‘s striking story for CR Fashion Book . Using the theme of “divine idols of adoration and adornment” Maule crafts a compelling story filled with nods to art history (note the Frida Kahlo & Caravaggio references) and truly arresting imagery. Cora Emmanuel,Malaika FirthLinn ArvidssonMaria Borges and Senait Gidey play characters who run the gamut from serene to startling and fashion’s queen of darkness Michele Lamy gets in on the fun for a memorable shot. Carine Roitfeld pulls out all the stops with styling, mixing and layering designer looks until they’re a seamless part of the story.

SEE THE FULL STORY & MORE FROM ISSUE NO.3 at CR FASHION BOOK.COM

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