Dakota Fanning is reprising her role as the campaign face of AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni for this coming season. (source)
Both covers photographed by Alexei Hay with styling by Jennifer Eymere. (source)
After a so so line up last year, finally Glamour US got their mojo back! This year’s covers are more interesting than 2012.
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway was the first actress to graced their front page, photographed by Alexei Hay (the New York-based photographer also snapped the September issue with Jennifer Aniston). One of our favourite covers was fronted by actress Zooey Deschanel. The New Girl leading lady was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, who also photographed most covers this year. Frankfurt born von Unwerth shot the total four out of twelve slots for the Cynthia Leive edited magazine. She shot Dakota Fanning for March, Pink for June, and Lily Collins for July.
After Anna Wintour was appointed as the artistic director of Condé Nast earlier this year, you can see that there’s a subtle change on Glamour covers. Even though the amount of text are still ridiculous, but towards the end of the year, they were more streamlined and doesn’t affected the main image of the cover star. One interesting fact, Lady Gaga posed in front of plain white background for Patrick Demarchelier on December issue, which reminds us of the magazine’s signature before they going through major make over last year. But this could be one time thing only. We gotta see what future issues brings.
In another news, Glamour recently named Paul Ritter, previously at their rival Elle, as their new Creative Director. We can expect new contribution from him in next year’s issue because Paul will start at the magazine on November 11th.
The remaining covers this year were featuring actresses Kate Hudson by Patrick Demarchelier; Hayden Panettiere by Peggy Sirota (love the strong summer vibe!); Kerry Washington also by Peggy Sirota; singer Rihanna by Terry Tsiolis (her retro curls were amazing), and boyband One Direction who posed together with model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Matt Irwin.
The cover was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. (source)
Click here to view last year cover featuring Coco Rocha.
She looks weird and bloated on the cover (shot by Ellen von Unwerth with styling by Anne Christensen). And the hair is apparently not working on her. Meh.
Image via TFS.
Finally Cosmopolitan US is changing for the better! The picked lovely first-timer cover girl this year to get more young and new readers (hello Dakota Fanning!), sexy returning cover girls to pleased regular readers (Scarlett Johansson and Megan Fox), and of course, they are welcoming the new editor in chief, Joanna Coles who’s replacing Kate White (she edited Cosmo for the last 14 year old, and stepped down to pursue her writing and speaking career) earlier this September.
50 year old Joanna Coles—she previously helmed Marie Claire US—did major changes on the newsstand cover with more multi colored headlines, cool new fonts, and bolder text placements (check out the layout differences between Selena Gomez‘s March and Taylor Swift‘s December issue). We love her decisions to did the makeover. In fact, her January 2013 issue with Carly Rae Jepsen is already the contender for next year’s best cover from Cosmo.
The rest of the cover stars this year are Pink, Khloe Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Lucy Hale, and the first model to graced their front page in a very long time, the IT girl of this year Kate Upton (the last four names are all first timers). Ashley Greene‘s August cover and Zooey Deschanel‘s October are our favourite this year. Hopefully Cosmopolitan US will keep their standards high and producing better images next year.
Click here to read last year’s covers recap, and feel free to shares your favourite image from the magazine’s on comment box below!
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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