Say hello to Jennifer Lawrence's cover of British Vogue's November issue. If you're anything like me, on first look, you might be slightly disappointed. Admittedly, the cover is a lot less glitzy than some of the actresses most recent ones but it's this reason that it's really grown on me.
It might sound really basic but the charm of this cover is that she actually looks liker her. Not following me? Just take a look at her face. At a time where retouchers are being overzealous with Photoshop, having a cover star look this natural is becoming increasingly rare. The dress, from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 collection, is intricate enough for it to warrant being on the cover but doesn't detract from her beauty.
I'm slightly crazy about it but what do you think?
I learned a tremendous amount from my time at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, but I was always designing within an existing framework. In launching my own line, I am allowed to only create products that I believe in. Everything at Tom Ford is steeped in my DNA — it would be a step backwards for me now to go and design for another fashion house.
Eudon Choi is doing really well. Last season he debuted his first on-schedule show at London Fashion week after previously showing at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and now this year's success has been topped up by Selfridges becoming his exclusive stockist.
'I first saw Eudon's work at his spring/summer 2012 Vauxhall Fashion Scout show,' Selfridges contemporary womenswear buying manager Gary Edgley told Vogue. 'I was instantly attracted to his style it's a great fir for Selfridges. I liked his clean minimal style and the way that he pushed volume in the silhouette, particularly in his spring/summer 2012 trousers. The ethos is an increasing marriage of masculine and feminine ideas. It's for women with a strong will.'
As much as it keeps people buying them, working with celebrities on covers isn't a complete bed and roses for magazines. Earlier on this year US InStyle had to go ahead and release a loved-up cover interview with Heidi Klum after her separation with Seal was announced and the same was true of Marie Claire with Kim Kardashian. The latest victim of the problem is British Vogue.
Over the weekend this image of their September cover starring a Gucci-clad Kristen Stewart was leaked online. While it hasn't been confirmed, it's pretty safe to say that the cover interview took place before the whole affair scandal went down and isn't likely to have the same impact or go down quite as well as it would have done.
US ELLE is one of the few magazines that actually benefited from this happening with their September issue starring Katie Holmes, with everyone bagging a copy to see if there were any tell tale signs that her marriage with Tom Cruise was on the rocks. Something tells me that Vogue won't be so lucky.
From very early on in my modelling career it became apparent to me that it wasn't going to be forever ... I wanted to make sure I had some form of security that didn't just depend on my appearance...I see myself as a businesswoman ... My work is just that: work. I'm here to work, and I've got this business — I'm very responsible with my career.
Earlier on his month Katie Holmes confirmed that she is taking her line, Holmes & Yang, to New York fashion week. While the announcement did make it clear that the collection will be showed in a presentation format rather than a runway show, not much was said about the date but now we have more news.
Grazia originally reported that the actress would show on September 9, at the same time as Victoria Beckham but as the dramatic nature of the report suggests, it isn't true. British Vogue confirms that Holmes will actually show on September 12 between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m at the Lincoln Centre, meaning that she'll go head-to-head with Michael Kors whose show is set to begin at 10am.
Considering all the attention surrounding Holmes and the news that her line is going down a treat in stores since her split with Tom Cruise, I'm sure that buyers and editors will make the effort to go to the presentation even if that does mean dashing there before Kors' show starts.
For a while now we've known that Kate Moss will take part in the closing ceremony alongside other big British models like Naomi Campbell and Stella Tennant but even now, it's still unclear what, or who, they will down the runway. The latest issue of Vogue might reveal a clue.
To mark the event and in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, Vogue commissioned Nick Knight to shoot all of the models involved wearing British designers, leading people to speculate that the girls will wear the same brands for the closing event as they wear in the shoot.
In the issue Moss appears wearing a gold encrusted dress by Sarah Burton, as does Campbell, while Stella Tennant appears in Christopher Kane, Lily Cole and Donaldson in Erdem and Vivienne Westwood respectively, Georgia May Jagger in Victoria Beckham and Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders. I think it's safe to assume that they won't wear the same things but I'm sure the brand choice will be the same.
British Vogue have delivered a string of strong covers this year, granted, but if there is ever one to get right it's September and sadly, it isn't their best. Karlie Kloss was shot for the big issue by Nick Knight and while the 70s vibe isn't problematic in itself, the combination of the styling with the bright pink and orange cover lines feels on the over-baring side.
When I posted this image of the new Saint Laurent Paris logo on Twitter a week or so ago, the response wasn't good and the same is true of the commnts the brand received after posting the image on Facebook. 'Where's the iconography? This is not iconic,' one fan said, while another criticised the new look for looking like high street store Zara's.
All of them, Dior and Hedi at Saint Laurent, are friends of mine, so I think it’s a very good thing... Paris needs some new things, some stimulation... It’s good for everybody. Competition is a healthy thing in life, especially in this business. I love the idea. I think it’s interesting and it’s important. Something fresh was needed.
Emma Stone is seriously sweeping up magazine covers this summer. Not long after her debut cover spread in US Vogue's July issue was released, the actress also popped up on the cover of Teen Vogue's August issue alongside her boyfriend and fellow 'Amazing Spider-Man' co-star, Andrew Garfield, with an Italian Glamour cover in between. Not content with all of that, yesterday this image of British Vogue's August cover starring the 23 year-old hit the net.
When I heard that Stone would appear on the August cover I was concerned. Anyone that reads the site regularly will know just how fond I am of her style. Throughout the promotional tour of the movie she hasn't put a step wrong so with her being everywhere this summer I started to worry that I would either a) get tired and uninterested in her or, b) the quality of her covers would slide. Thankfull neither are true because this is one of my favourite covers from the magazine this year and that's a pretty hard task since they've had such a strong year so far.