Vogue Italia introduces ‘imaginary cover girl’

Vogue Italia has introduced an “imaginary cover girl” for its March 2020 issue.A representative for the Italian publication posted the latest cover on Instagram on Thursday, with the image depicting a model wearing a Giorgio Armani outfit along with th…

Vogue Italia has introduced an “imaginary cover girl” for its March 2020 issue.

A representative for the Italian publication posted the latest cover on Instagram on Thursday, with the image depicting a model wearing a Giorgio Armani outfit along with the text, “Don’t judge a girl by her cover.”

However, in an accompanying article, editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti explained that the cover model and others who appear in the magazine were digitally created, with the objective being to consider the fine line between reality and fiction in this day and age, as well as pose the question, “What is real today?”

“The intention behind creating (digital models) Ida, Teresa, Helga, Anastasia, Stevie isn’t so much to point out that digital beauty obviously can’t replace real beauty, or that digital girls, in all their perfection, reveal how genuine perfection lies in the unique imperfection of each of us in flesh and blood,” he wrote. “Instead, we wanted to offer a delicate and poetic portrayal of the incredible osmosis between these two worlds. Where reality pursues the filters of Instagram, and on Instagram we are conversely starting to see the emergence of a less artificial and more sincere, analogical reality.”

The imagery was shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Lotta Volkova, and overseen by creative director Ferdinando Verderi.

And while some social media followers were puzzled by the concept, Farneti insisted in his article that they should take a moment to contemplate the message.

“For centuries the dictum held true: seeing is believing. But in the era of memes, of the alteration of content for political purposes, of the minuscule effort with which a person’s face can be put on someone else’s body in photographs and videos, what can we believe?” the editor concluded.

The March 2020 issue of Vogue Italia is on newsstands now.

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Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian front CR Fashion Book cover

Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian have been tapped to front the latest issue of CR Fashion Book.The publication, founded by Carine Roitfeld in 2012, is known for its edgy cover images, and for the power-themed 16th edition, the editor has tapped …

Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian have been tapped to front the latest issue of CR Fashion Book.

The publication, founded by Carine Roitfeld in 2012, is known for its edgy cover images, and for the power-themed 16th edition, the editor has tapped the three style icons to star in the main photoshoot.

Shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Roitfeld, the black-and-white images feature each of the women in chic black outfits and graphic make-up.

“The three cultural figures form the ultimate fantasy biker gang and share how power can be wielded for good, through using their voices and platforms to champion communities in need and causes close to their hearts,” a rep for the magazine commented of the theme. “Fronted by the return to our founding logo, CR’s latest issue also explores a myriad of powerful personalities, issues, and trends in society, pivotally timed at the onset of an election year.”

Elsewhere in the photoshoot, Campbell is seen posing in a black bra and blazer while walking on a city street, while in another snap, the 49-year-old is depicted standing alongside the Believe hitmaker in matching outfits. A portrait of Kardashian sees her glancing back at the camera while clutching a leopard print purse.

And in the accompanying article, each of the women were asked to discuss how they use their respective voices and platforms to champion causes close to their hearts, with Campbell speaking about her Fashion For Relief organisation and commitment to promoting HIV/AIDS research.

“I’m not the type of person to disappear when someone’s down; that’s when I’m there the most,” she said in a preview given to People magazine. “Anyone who knows me knows that. “

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Cher starring in Dsquared2 fashion campaign

Cher has been tapped to headline Dsquared2’s latest fashion campaign.The Hollywood icon is starring in the new spring/summer 2020 marketing imagery for the Milan-based label, helmed by twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten. Shot by photography duo Mert Alas…

Cher has been tapped to headline Dsquared2’s latest fashion campaign.

The Hollywood icon is starring in the new spring/summer 2020 marketing imagery for the Milan-based label, helmed by twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten.

Shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the black-and-white image depicts Cher gazing into the distance while wearing ripped jeans and a black sweater with the word “Icon” emblazoned across the front.

“This Is What Happens When The Three Of Us Get Together. Dean, Dan & Cher. #D2SS20 Happy 25TH Anniversary,” the 73-year-old captioned a snap of the campaign on her Instagram page.

The Catens also posted the campaign to their Twitter feed along with the word: “ICONIC”.

The imagery was directed by Giovanni Bianco, with Serena Radaelli tasked with styling Cher’s signature brunette locks and Isamaya Ffrench in charge of make-up.

It is not known if Cher will be appearing in other imagery for the brand.

The Catens launched their company in 1995, and over the years, have built up a reputation for offering edgy sportswear, elegant dresses, and sharp suiting, counting the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, and Beyonce as fans.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the brand, the duo celebrated by having Sister Sledge perform during their Milan Fashion Week presentation in January.

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Mert & Marcus team up with Lancome on make-up collection

Fashion photographers Mert & Marcus are partnering with the team at Lancome on a beauty line.Since launching their business in the mid-1990s, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have snapped some of the world’s top models and celebrities for editorials and ca…

Fashion photographers Mert & Marcus are partnering with the team at Lancome on a beauty line.

Since launching their business in the mid-1990s, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have snapped some of the world’s top models and celebrities for editorials and campaigns.

Now, the duo is putting their knowledge to work for a new collaboration with bosses at the French cosmetics giant on a capsule collection.

“We were never really interested in beauty in its original form,” they said. “Somehow, what excited us over the past 26 years, was transforming and creating characters with light, make-up, and stories, and this is what we tried to achieve with this collection.”

The Lancome x Mert & Marcus After Dark Collection includes the Eyes Cold as Ice Kit, four shades of Transforming Liquid Eyeshadow, the Flaming Lips Lip Kit, the After Dark Eyeshadow Palette, and the Teint Idole Ultra Duo Stick. There are also three fiery hues of L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick.

Accordingly, Francoise Lehmann, Lancome brand president, is thrilled with the final result.

“Working with such talented and exceptional personalities like Mert & Marcus has been an exhilarating and passionate adventure. Mert & Marcus are not only brilliant artists and renowned photographers, but they are also incredible beauty experts,” she commented. “I am extremely proud of this collaboration, the visual universe they have created and the innovative textures.”

Prices and an official launch date have not yet been announced.

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Cher releases first new fragrance in three decades

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance indus…

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.

The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance industry back in 1987.

Now, Cher has released the perfume, named Eau de Couture by Cher.

“For me, a great perfume triggers excitement, emotion, and memories,” she said. “When I wear Cher Eau de Couture, I feel sexy, warm and ready for anything. The process of creating my own fragrance was very personal. Now that it’s completed, I hand it out to the universe, and I know everyone who wears it will create their own excitement… and amazing memories.”

Eau de Couture has top notes of bergamot, clove, and neroli, heart notes of jasmine, rose, and orange flower, as well as base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and vanilla orchid.

In the accompanying campaign, Cher is seen posing in a black outfit, with an image of the blue perfume bottled overlaid on top. Top fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot.

Speaking about the unisex scent in an interview with WWD, Cher described it as warm and “very touchy-feely”.

“It makes you want to hold onto yourself,” the 73-year-old insisted. “We’ve come a long, long way since I first put out a perfume, so I really do believe this is genderless.

“I (made) it for people who love perfume or people who want to smell good, people who feel that it’s part of who they are.”

Cher Eau de Couture is now available to buy from the Scent Beauty website. A 50ml bottle is priced at $85 (£65).

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Carla Bruni had a ‘fabulous’ time shooting Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent …

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.

The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent years and is now mostly focused on her music career.

However, Bruni recently agreed to star in Burberry creative director Tisci’s debut Christmas imagery for the British heritage brand, with the photoshoot also featuring Fran Summers, Sasha Pivovarova, and Marina Morena.

“I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together,” she said. “I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert and Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future.”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with Bruni seen posing in a white jumpsuit alongside Santa Claus in one shot, and with professional soccer player Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another. The 51-year-old also appears in the accompanying video advertisement which shows a group of models and Burberry brand ambassadors dancing to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

Elsewhere, Mert and Marcus gushed over their time on set.

“It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry,” they commented. “Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years, so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!”

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Riccardo Tisci drops first holiday campaign for Burberry

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “W…

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.

The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “What is Love?”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with one snap showing models Zhou Dongyu, Kristians Jakovlevs, Mahmood, Boychild, Shay, Yoo Ah-in, and Fran Summers posing in suits and party-ready attire. In an accompanying video, the group also dances along to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

“Love is… my family, my friends, those who know me for me and those who stand for what they believe in our new campaign for #Burberryfestive brings this to life,” Tisci wrote in the caption. “Thank you Mert and Marcus and all the teams and cast, it was a dream come true to create this campaign.”

The campaign marks Tisci’s first holiday photoshoot for the brand. Other images from the campaign feature supermodel Carla Bruni, Ikram Abdi Omar, Lea T, Wu Tsang, Cecilia Chancellor, Sasha Pivovarova, Marina Morena, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season,” the 45-year-old added. “It’s one of my favourite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house.”

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Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne star in racy Hugo Boss campaign

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debu…

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.

Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debut Hugo x Liam Payne line.

Now, Liam has teamed up with bosses at Hugo on another campaign, this time to promote a range of bodywear, with the imagery shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

One snap shows the singer lying on a bed in just his underwear with Stella behind him completely nude, with just a sheet protecting her modesty, while another photo depicts Liam naked with the topless model on top of him.

And the British singer has admitted he required a little liquid courage in preparation for the risque photoshoot.

“There was a lot of tequila involved for this shoot,” he said in an interview with GQ Hype magazine. “(The photoshoot) ended up being a lot more naked than I thought it was – and for her as well. She was also naked. And I was just, you know, ‘Don’t look!’ She was naked behind me and I was thinking, ‘Liam, don’t look whatever you do.'”

However, Liam also confessed that his mother wasn’t immediately pleased when she first saw the provocative pictures.

“It was a lot of fun to shoot but my mum wasn’t best pleased. There’s this really raunchy shot of me and Stella, and I showed my mum,” the 26-year-old smiled. “She took one look at it and gave me a clip round the ear. All I was thinking was, ‘I better not tell her about the London buses!'”

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Kate Moss and Joan Smalls star in Messika campaign

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appe…

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.

The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appearing.

Shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the trio is seen posing in leather outfits while showing off the fine jewellery pieces.

“They are strong women who breathe their own style into jewellery,” a Messika spokesperson said. “They influence diamonds and not the other way around. This is, in fact, the main characteristic of Messika’s jewellery.”

The Lucky Move line is comprised of “medallions that act as lucky charms, talismans”, with many pendants able to be engraved with names, dates or sweet messages on one side. There is also a Small Medallion, which features diamonds in motion, rounded shapes and micro-pave settings, the Large Medallion, and the Bubble Set.

And while Valerie is pleased to have Joan and Sylvia on board, she is particularly thrilled to be working with 45-year-old fashion icon Kate.

“Kate Moss is an icon in the fashion industry. She symbolises everything I love – edgy, bold, daring, a woman,” she added.

Model Gigi Hadid has previously collaborated with designers at Messika on limited-edition collections.

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Bella Hadid and Adut Akech front Missoni’s fall 19 campaign

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus P…

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.

The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott under the creative direction of the Italian brand’s artistic director Angela Missoni and stylists Vanessa Reid and Mobolaji Dawodu.

“Geometric forms, sophisticated monochromatic hues, supernatural apparitions silhouetted against the terrain and intergalactic travellers,” a Missoni brand rep captioned a snap of Hadid and Akech on Instagram.

The low-angle shot shows the models posing in front of a rocky terrain with blue sky in the background while sporting colour blocked knitted garments and large, geometric earrings.

A single snap depicts Akech wearing a jumpsuit made from Missoni’s signature knitted fabric, while a group shot includes Hadid alongside male model Alton Mason.

And Akech appeared to be thrilled with the final result, as she shared a gushing post on Instagram alongside a series of images from the campaign.

“Excited for the new @missoni FW19 campaign shot by my sweethearts @mertalas @macpiggott in turkey,” the 19-year-old wrote. “@missbrunello (Angela Missoni) and your entire team thank you for having me and for an unforgettable trip to the beautiful city of Cappadocia Turkey I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ll never forget. I’m so lucky I got to shoot this campaign with some of my favourite people ever. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard on and offset you guys were the absolute dream team!”

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