The unveiling of the big September issues is in full force and the latest comes from US ELLE. As previously reported, Katy Perry covers the issue shot by the magazine's long time collaborator, Carter Smith.
Aside from their recent Selena Gomez cover, I haven't been all too impressed by the magazine's covers this year but this one is good and will no doubt go down well with the singer's fans. When she covered their March issue she boosted circulation numbers by a reported 18 per cent and considering all the press surrounding her at the moment, what with her film and the finalisation of her divorce with Russell Brand, there is no doubt that this will be another strong one.
US ELLE have had everything to smile about this month. Their August cover with Katie Holmes has probably been the most talked about cover this month since it dropped on the back of the announcement of the end of her marriage with Tom Cruise. Now, it's emerging that they aren't the only ones benefiting from the current interest in the actress.
California-based C magazine have just released their latest cover starring Holmes, which, according to WWD, was shot a week before the announcement was made and the interview took place only the day before. The editor of the magazine told the title that there were signs that all wasn't well. 'Homes was certainly very aware of herself, laying a couple of cards on the table but never showing her who hand' and 'most notably, the one name decisively absent from her lexicon: Tom Cruise. She never actually refers to him by name over pages and pages of transcription.' When Cruise was brought up when Katie was asked whether having Suri brought the pair together, she responded: 'I don't know. I mean...I don't know. People have been having babies a long time.'
Ever since the news broke, she's been everywhere. Not so long ago she shocked everyone by seeing through her commitment to make a guest appearance on Project Runway All Stars despite it taking place at the height of the media circus; and in the ELLE interview she revealed that she's taking her brand to New York Fashion Week. By the sounds of it, the attention has served her well. Today Barneys told Fox News that her label, Holmes & Yang, has been 'selling particularly well' in both their New York and Beverly Hills stores and that's only expected to increase.
The timing seems to go beyond being a pure coincidence. What do you think?
This past year has been an interesting one as celebrity magazine covers go. First up, we saw Marie Claire under pressure after Kim Kardashian announced her divorce before her cover and loved-up interview in the magazine had dropped. InStyle experienced the same thing shortly after with Heidi Klum and now US Elle is the latest joining the group. Luckily for them though, Katie Holmes' interview seems to hint that the split was was on the cards.
The New York post managed to get a hold of some snippets from the interview and one thing that instantly becomes clear is that she is definitely a new woman and was ready to start a new phase of her life. 'I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin...I'm starting to come into my own. It's like a new phase.' Even more interestingly, when she was asked about what it's like to be Mrs. Tom Cruise, she said: 'He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years. I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that.'
I've never been a huge fan of US Elle's covers and sadly, their Kristen Stewart June cover was noticeably weaker than the actresses over covers this month. For July, though, they're on good form. For the issue Selena Gomez takes centre position wearing a strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress on one cover and a Balmain top on another.
The shoot is just as good as the cover and sees her looking all grown-up wearing brands like Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. In the accompanying cover story she talks about all the things you would expect, ranging from her relationship with Justin Bieber to trying to fight the 'Disney' image.
While the cover works, it does leave you asking questions. Granted, Gomez has a huge loyal following but as Coco's Tea Party points out, that audience is completely different to Elle's readership so why they decided to book her for the cover is a mystery.
You’re in and out of the plane. [The staff] gets off that plane looking like garbage most days, but [Clinton] has to look camera ready. She said the reason she grew her hair long was that it’s easier. She has options ... But some of us are looking to ban the scrunchies.
As covers go Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton have been leading the pack. The Italian brand's embellished leotards have been everywhere this season, mainly on the body of Jennifer Lawrence, and those feminine Vuitton pastels have made the rounds on all of the big covers too. For May though, it's all about Versace. The brand was sported by Charlize Theron on the cover of British Vogue and Rihanna wore that statement yellow two piece number for the cover of American ELLE.
Despite the fact that she's finished promoting her 'Talk That Talk' album, Rihanna is everywhere right now. Since last week she's been out and about promoting her debut acting role in the upcoming film, Battlefield, and in line with that she appears on the cover of American ELLE's May cover.
There's no glossing around the fact that the cover is disappointing - it is. If only the cover had been shot with her new dark hair, it would have been a lot better because the blonde hair and dark roots combo that she's sported lately hasn't been the best hair style we have seen from her. That said, the accompanying cover shoot is actually really good.
When Ali Stephens started modelling back in 2007, she got the industry excited and in her first season she bagged campaigns for Prada, Chloe and Calvin Klein and appeared in editorials in most of the international versions of Vogue. But it all seemed to take a negative turn when the model began speaking out about the pressure she experienced about her weight. Shortly after, she disappeared and we haven't much from her since.
But she's back. After working in the commerical side of the industy for a few years, the January 2012 issue of US ELLE features the model in a twelve-page spread shot by Bruno Staub marking the model's comeback to high fashion.
I was shaped like a square at one time. I was! I’m generally around 130 pounds, which is totally fine for me. But when I was a kid, I was the same height and weighed more like 145. And I had enormous boobs that I didn’t know what to do with, so I wore minimizers, which were not cute. Those thick-ass straps! I got made fun of for the over-the-shoulder boulder holder…and all I wanted was to look like Kate Moss. Little did I know…that these things would come in handy someday.