The cover is a reprint from Vogue US January 2013 by Annie Leibovitz.
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The image is a reprint from her editorial by Dusan Reljin in Elle US 2011.
Image via TFS.
Editors shake up also hit Marie Claire US! Anne Fulenwider, formerly at Brides since October 2011, named as the new Editor in Chief of the magazine earlier this September, and replacing Joanna Coles who moved to Cosmopolitan (she helmed MC for the last six years). Fulenwider is back to Marie Claire because she had served as an executive editor under Coles for two years starting in September 2009. There are not much changed on the cover ever since Fulenwider helmed it. Next year, perhaps?
Anyway, Marie Claire US tapped top celebrities as this year’s cover stars. Starting with Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie who fronted the January issue, by Alexei Hay. They also listed singer and The Voice mentor, Christina Aguilera as the magazine’s February cover star. She was photographed by Tesh, who also shot seven (!) other front pages this year. The British photographer snapped the April, May, June, August, September, November and December issue featuring Leighton Meester, Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Alba, Kristen Wiig, Miley Cyrus (our favourite), Ashley Greene, and Jessica Chastain respectively. The rest of the celebrities who graced the magazine this year are Eva Mendes (March) and Blake Lively (July), both by Txema Yeste and Gwen Stefani (October), by Peggy Sirota.
Click here to read last year’s recap of Marie Claire US, and feel free to share to us your favourite cover from the magazine.
Most of Vogue US covers this year were great. Except Keira Knightley‘s October issue by Mario Testino. Camera loves her chiseled aristocratic face, but that metallic glove was really distracting and unnecessary. But, overall we are pleased with this year’s line up. We are excited already to see 2013 cover stars, because they’ve started the year with Gwen Stefani, and today there’s a rumour swirling that Beyoncé will be featured on the magazine’s important March issue, snapped by Annie Leibovitz few days ago. Just in time for her Super Bowl singing stint. Talk about perfect timing.
Anna Wintour gave five cover slots to first timers this year, and every single one of them wasn’t disappointed. Annie Leibovitz photographed Vogue US‘ oldest cover star, 63 year old Academy Award winner Meryl Streep for the earthy January issue (fellow winner and returning cover star, Marion Cotillard landed the August slot by Peter Lindbergh). She also photographed the then Olympic hopefuls from America, soccer player Hope Solo, swimmer Ryan Lochte (he’s now one of the few men who got the honor to be featured on the cover), and tennis player Serena Williams for June issue. Mario Testino shot two first timers: young singer Taylor Swift for February and the ever lovely Emma Stone for July. Last but not least, one of the most anticipated covers of the year was Adele‘s March issue, photographed stunningly by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
Their 606-page March issue wasn’t the only issue we looked forward to. Because in September, they made history when they producing their biggest issue, ever! The 916-page edition was fronted by Lady Gaga, who wears Marc Jacobs purple patched dress and posed also in front of M&M‘s lens. The busy duo also produced the striking April cover, with Jennifer Lopez in a fiery red Bottega Veneta dress.
Scarlett Johansson goes blonde and wears vintage Prada dress on her second Vogue cover. The bombshell actress graced the May issue by Mario Testino. Rihanna also landed her second cover slot this year (as well as Lady Gaga). The Barbadian singer fronted the magazine’s November issue in Valentino, that was shot beautifully by Annie Leibovitz. Rounding up her work with Vogue US, Mrs.Leibovitz photographed the December front page with former Academy Award host, Anne Hathaway (in a green Vera Wang Spring Summer 2013 dress). And that makes her shared the spot with Mario Testino, who also shot four covers this year for the magazine.
Harper’s Bazaar US got a makeover last March with bigger size and new layout designed by Robert Derrick (formerly at British Vogue) and Stephen Gan. but we think the makeover didn’t matter much on their newsstands cover. It’s still boring, repetitive, and unattractive. Perhaps, Carine Roitfeld appointment as Harper’s Bazaar‘s Global Fashion Director last October could bring something fresh to this Glenda Bailey‘s monthly edited fashion publication. But we are doubting that, until we see her first collaboration with the magazine next March.
Their March, April, September and November issue are quite interesting. Maybe it’s because their sleek new fonts and a great Gwyneth Paltrow shot? Maybe it’s because Mila Kunis? Maybe because the bold pink Alexis Mabille headpiece that popped? Or maybe because the matching gold backdrop and dress? Only those four newsstands covers that stole our attention this year.
The subscriber covers were quite decent this year and to be honest, they are even better than the newsstand version. Our favourite pick for subs are Rihanna‘s August, Gwen‘s September and Kate Hudson‘s October issue. The rest of the cover star slot were given to Demi Moore/February (Ugh, worst cover of the year!), Penelope Cruz/May, Kate Moss/June-July, and Taylor Swift/December-January 2013.
Marie Claire UK got amazing set of cover stars but they failed to brings wonders on the newsstands covers. We are disappointed with their works on Liv Tyler, Christina Ricci, Cheryl Cole, Marion Cotillard, Rachel Weisz, and Taylor Swift. Not that they’re not looking pretty, but the posed and images selection are boring. They should’ve picked something better from the editorials. The ladies looks way better and attractive on the subscriber covers. Marie Claire UK could’ve come up with better results and far more interesting images with those great celebrities.
Our favourite cover this year is the one with Blake Lively on it. Even though it’s a reprint, but the color works. The other reprints this year are Angelina Jolie‘s June issue and Eva Mendes‘ July issue. Both were taken from the US edition. The remaining covers featuring singer Kelly Rowland, athlete Jessica Ennis and former Pussycat Dolls member and the currect X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger are ok looking. We just wished they used brighter background colors.
Overall, the subscriber covers are better than the newsstands this year. The magazine has tapped singer turned fashion designer Gwen Stefani as the January 2013 cover star. Unfortunately, the image is a reprint from 2011 Elle US.
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The cover photographed by Dusan Reljin is a reprint from Elle US May 2011.
Image via TFS.
It seems like Elle UK‘s cover budget is decreasing this year because almost every single cover shot was taken at studio. But who knows, even if it’s taken at studio, perhaps it was located far away from Elle UK‘s HQ. And only God knows the total amount of money they’ve paid to book those major cover stars this year. The budget probably increased instead of decreased.
This year, the Lorraine Candy-edited monthly fashion magazine (Jenny Dickinson helmed the magazine for a brief moment while Mrs.Candy had her pregnancy leave) had two cover shots outdoor, featuring Kristen Stewart and David Beckham respectively. Beckham‘s covers easily triumphed the emotionless front pages of Kristen Stewart. The colors on K-Stew‘s covers were lovely, but she failed to give sparks on the eyes. FYI, David Beckham made history because he was the first solo male cover star for the magazine.
We loved it when Elle UK used colored backdrop, because the results weren’t boring like when they used white. Just look on how boring was the May issue with Emily Blunt (the subs was way better), September with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, October with Gwen Stefani and November issue with Jessie J (her subs also better than the newsstand version). Those gorgeous dresses can’t saved the images from being dull. There’s an exception though. The January covers with Lady Gaga was interesting because of the bright outfits and minimal text.
Young, talented and bright actors Dakota Fanning (our favourite cover star!) and Mila Kunis landed their very first Elle UK cover this year. The 18 year old was photographed by David Slijper, while the 29 year old former face of Miss Dior handbags was snapped by Doug Inglish. The rest of the cover stars are having better subscriber covers than the newsstands, in our opinion. We are loving those simple, minimalist and no-fuss images of Alexa Chung, Ashley Olsen and Cameron Diaz over their newsstands version.
Overall it’s a hit-and-miss year for Elle UK. But, we are looking forward for their next year’s line up already. Especially after they released their first 2013 cover star, Kylie Minogue (her 7th covers for the magazine!), and it looks promising.
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This year, InStyle UK presented only one cover with grey masthead, unlike last year where they used grey on the first five editions, and that’s a good thing. Even though most of the mastheads are using muted or pale colors, but that’s the magazine’s signature which separates them from their US sister.
We are pleased with the cover stars (well, mostly), the color combination and the execution of this year’s line up from Eilidh MacAskill-edited monthly fashion publication. We also loved how the fashion editors styled the covers and how the EIC finalized the end results. They matched the masthead with the dress (Cameron Diaz‘s July and Daisy Lowe‘s September issue); the cover stars wearing white minimal ensemble and let the bold accessories and dress details pop (April with Drew Barrymore, June with Eva Green and December with Dakota Fanning); the multicolored dresses on the cover that doesn’t hurts the eyes (February with Nicola Roberts, March with Heidi Klum and October with Olivia Palermo), and the black outfits that looks great (Kim Kardashian‘s August and Naomie Harris‘ November issue).
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