American model Arizona Muse stars in Estée Lauder‘s new campaign image for Re-Nutriv. (source)
First of all, we’d like to congratulate Vogue Australia on winning the coveted title of Cover of The Year at the Australian Magazine Awards 2013 for their February issue with Naomi Watts, who was shot beautifully by Will Davidson.
Naomi Watts is not the only non-models who graced the monthly fashion publication, because Edwina McCann also tapped movie director Sofia Coppola (shot by Paul Jasmin), singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham (by Boo George), and singer and model Erica Packer who was the second wife of Australia’s eighth richest man, James Packer (by Steven Chee). They graced the magazine’s August, September, and November issue respectively.
Vogue Australia gave the remaining cover slots to models, From runway veterans Carolyn Murphy, Lara Stone and Kate Moss, to the current models of the moment such as Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, and Arizona Muse, to sexy Victoria’s Secret bombshells Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr. They also hired different photographers for different issue. This year, the magazine have used the works of Regan Cameron, Angelo Pennetta, Miguel Reveriego, Arthur Elgort, Victor and Patrick Demarchelier, Benny Horne, and Nathaniel Goldberg on their covers.
Our pick for the best covers from the magazine this year would be Naomi Watts‘s February, Kate Moss‘s July, and Arizona Muse‘s December issue. Despite the fonts inconsistency, Edwina McCann done quite a great work as Editor in Chief, and we are really looking forward to see what she’ll offer in 2014.
This year, Vogue Korea presented their covers in darker, more gloomy, yet soft and plain backdrops with mostly in grey tones (past years were mostly soft blue-ish). Their covers have the potential to be amazing line up (great casting, unique poses), but somehow they always went to their signature cold and pale color tones. We wish they brighen it up a bit with bold colored mastheads or headlines or styling.
They also have the tendency to have a repeating cover girl who snagged two slots in a year. Back in 2010 it was Sasha Pivovarova, while 2011 was Karen Elson, and 2012 was Arizona Muse. This year, the honor goes to Korean rising models Sung Hee Kim, Ji Hye Park and Soo Joo Park.
Sung Hee Kim, the former campaign girl of Miu Miu, landed the January and August issue, while Ji Hye Park (the Holiday campaign girl of Michael Kors) also featured on the January and August issue respectively. The edgy blonde Soo Joo Park (she’s the current face of Tom Ford, Chanel and Benetton) was the solo cover girl of the magazine’s June edition, and also featured on the anniversary issue together with G-Dragon.
There are two actresses (amongst mostly models) who graced the front pages of Vogue Korea this year. French actress Léa Seydoux who was brilliant in Blue Is The Warmest Color (the movie won Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013) graced the magazine’s May issue, shot by Tae Woo. The other actress was Jeon Ji Hyun or Gianna Jun on the September cover, who played in one of the highest grossing Korean comedies of all time, The Girl.
The top well known faces who graced the cover of Vogue Korea this year were Malgosia Bela, Joan Smalls, Daria Strokous, Doutzen Kroes, Kati Nescher, Saskia De Brauw, Lindsey Wixson, Miranda Kerr, Karen Elson, Aymeline Valade, and Arizona Muse. Which one is your favourite cover model?
Nathaniel Goldberg photographed the American model for the last cover of 2013 from Vogue Australia that was styled by Jillian Davison. (source)
Click here to view last year cover featuring Julia Nobis and Black Caviar, here to view 2011 cover featuring Isabel Lucas, here for 2010 cover with Georgia May Jagger, and here for 2009 cover with Abbie Cornish.
Vogue China is continuing their love for plain background in this year’s line up. 17 out of 19 covers used single solid color of either grey, white (with a hint of twigs), maroon, blue-ish, or gold.
Our favourite this year’s goes to Arizona Muse with strong pose for March and Li Bingbing serene yet elegant look on October issue, which happens to be the only covers with multiple color stroke as the backdrop. Maybe they should take some risk and make cover with more dynamic and vibrant background.
Eventhough we are not really digging the boring use of background, but we appreciate the amazing set of cover stars this year. They tapped acclaimed homegrown actors Zhou Xun, Maggie Chung, Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing, and Shu Qi who posed in front of Karl Lagerfeld, Sølve Sundsbø, Patrick Demarchelier, Chen Man, and Mario Testino lens respectively. Angelica Cheung, who has been editor since its launch in September 2005, also tapped top fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Inez and Vinoodh, Willy Vanderperre, and Josh Olins to work with her on the cover shoots this year.
They also have singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham, and top catwalkers Constance Jablonski, Fei Fei Sun (she landed two covers this year!), Cara Delevigne (her first slot for Vogue China), Doutzen Kroes, Sasha Pivovarova, Kati Nescher, Xiao Wen Ju, Liu Wen, Daria Strokous, Sui He, and Mariacarla Boscono (who made a notable comeback in 2013).
Vogue China celebrating their 100th issue this year with special issue photographed by Mario Testino, and we are wishing them the very best for another 100 issues.