As regular readers will know, I'm an avid supporter of the use of models on the cover of fashion magazines. The current obssession for celebrities has taken on a whole new dimension making it rare to the big titles champion models on their covers, especially at a time where many are struggling to secure those big ad pages and circulation figures. Harper's Bazaar UK, on the other hand, have done the opposite with their October issue.
Rather than opting for a celebrity the magazine offers two cover options; one starring Laetitia Casta and another fronted by Joan Smalls and to accompany it, both women have a full-on features too. In the respective interviews Casta talks about her experiences working with Yves Saint Laurent and her thoughts on the future of the house; while Derek Blasberg spoke to Smalls about being rejected by casting agents before getting snapped up by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.
Aside from the fact that both covers are beautiful, the casting also works because of their ages. Smalls very much represents today's new breed of supermodels so it was nice to balance that with Casta who, while still young in the grand scheme of things, at 34 year-old represents an older generation of supermodels.
The cover comes in the wake of the promotional tour for Knightley's new movie, Anna Karenina, in which she stars alongside Jude Law so I'm sure this is only the start of a long line of covers that we'll see soon. In the accompanying editorial, the actress spoke to Harper's editor Jennifer Dickinson about everything from what it's like to be a Chanel spokesperson to finding love as she approaches her thirties.
The September issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands on Thursday August 2.
Miranda Kerr continues to go from strength to strength. Over the past few years she's racked up some really strong fashion editorials and campaigns and last month she made her first appearance in British Vogue's July issue along with her son, Flynn - but it doesn't end there. This morning British Harper's Bazaar revealed that her as the cover star for their August issue, her first big British cover.
'If the unshakeable gaggle of paparazzi that follow her across the globe are anything to go by, we have an insatiable appetite for the mode,' Natalie Evans-Harding wrote on the magazine's website this morning when confirming the news. 'Her iconic style and bubbly, upbeat personality is why she's reached such status, and why she debut's as Bazaar's August girl for the first time.'
The cover shoot was lensed by Giampaolo Sgura and the issue hits newsstands on Monday July 2nd.
Yesterday this image of the March cover of Harper's Bazaar UK surfaced featuring a Givenchy clad Georgia May Jagger, in what is definitely her strongest cover to date. The cover story was shot by Alexi Lubormirski in Miami and to add an intimate touch, the interview was conducted by the 20 year-old's mother, Jerry Hall.
What do you think of the cover?
UPDATE: The magazine have released the full editorial today
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have a lot to smile about this season and we're not just talking about the fact that duo avoided that big tax evasion case earlier on this year. Their white lace dresses have racked up a whopping 43 covers so far this season, only five behind Prada with 48.
As we reported, the dress made a big appearance on Gisele Bundchen for Emmanuelle Alt's first cover for Vogue Paris as editor in chief, Britt Maren wore it for a German Vogue cover, Penelope Cruz dons it dor the latest American vogue issue and now Constance Jablonski appears on this month's Greek Vogue in the dress having sported it in on the cover of Spanish Vogue back in February.
But it doesn't end there. The dress has also been a hit on the red carpet too. Diane Kruger was the first to sport it back in February at the premier of 'Unknown' in LA and in March Kate Bosworth dressed it down with black army boots and a military jacket to host a party for Nylon.
Sometimes we get very giddy and we start making things that really look like fashion-show clothes. And I say, “I have to believe that someone I know would wear this.” It’s just not enough to like some concoction. I’m not interested in making stuff for museums; I want the clothes to be worn. I don’t care if the girl sits on a curb in them after a party and they’re destroyed. I have to believe that there’s going to be a life for these things. Otherwise, I wouldn’t send them down the catwalk.
He told Calvin Klein in an interview for Harper's Bazaar UK