On the whole, Nicole Kidman is a good cover star. Her one for Vogue Australia's May issue is still one of my favourites from her, so much so that I'm willing to put the monstrosity that was her V magazine cover to one side. That aside, she really did need to pull it out of the bag for her latest one and thankfully she did.
The actress appears on the November cover of US Harper's Bazaar glowing in a gold dress alongside cover lines that ironically say, 'Sexy & Age Appropriate' and 'The Daring Issue.' Even more ironic is the fact that the cover was shot by Terry Richardson. Considering how revealing her Mario Testino-shot V cover was, you would have thought that was more Richardson's bag but credit where credit's due, he's actually done a good job with it.
So we are shooting on this balcony in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and I was so f*****g scared that Choupette would step back and fall off and that Karl would hate me forever because I killed his cat.
The latest issue of V has been interesting. First up was that rather cringe worthy cover shoot with Nicole Kidman quickly followed by that topless shoot with Céline Dion and as I reported earlier, Kim Kardashianmanaged to bag a feature in their latest issue too.
As regular readers will know, I'm generally of the opinion that we can all afford to see a little less of Kim but the Nick Knight-lensed shoot isn't too bad. Rather than going the obvious sexed up look, the shoot is actually pretty beautiful and classic. My only wish is that the styling stuck to the feeling in the above image rather than the fur coat and billowy top looks that appear.
For the first time it looks Kimmy might have a little fashionista in her after all.
Knight took to Twitter to reveal the preview image from the shoot saying: 'The very lovely Kim Kardashian. Preview from the series of pictures I shot of Kim for SHOWstudio and V magazine.' Kim quickly resonded by retweeting the post with exclamation points. So, what with Kanye West restyling her, I sadly suspect that there's a lot more where that comes from. US Vogue still seems like a definite no but with West by her side, I'm sure fashion doors will begin to open for her and very quickly.
V seem to be celebrating the mature woman in their annual travel issue. As you've probably seen already, Nicole Kidman stripped down (yes, literally) on the cover and she's not alone. In the issue Céline Dion poses in nothing more than a pair of skin tight leather trousers and matching gloves shot in her Florida home.
'I'm like this in my real life,' the 44 year-old told People. 'I was scared a little bit because this is so different for me, but I'm glad I did it. Usually there's always a reason when I do a photoshoot, there's not the opportunity to go crazy.' Unlike Kidman's cover shoot, Dion's actually works. Yes, it's slightly risqué and equally sexed-up but unlike Nicole's, it doesn't feel OTT and attention-seeking purely to make the headlines. And besides, 44 years-old or not, Dion still has it.
Will you pick the issue up when it hits newsstands on August 30?
Say hello to Nicole Kidman's latest cover for V. Before you get any ideas, this isn't a fake circulating the Internet. The Oscar-winning actress did actually agree to go along with Carylne Cerf de Dudzeele's sexed up styling for the Mario Testino-lensed cover shoot.
The belt that she wears on the cover, which makes Britney Spears' 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' skirt look like a kilt, is by Chanel but quite frankly, that doesn't make it any better. There's no doubting that Kidman looks incredible for her age but like Madonna who, can (at times) looks equally as good, something about the whole shoot feels a bit off, much in the same way that Tom Cruise's recent cover of W magazine did.
In the accompanying editorial Kidman touched on the fact that she regrets not letting go when she was younger, which might a long way in explaining her sudden frivolity. 'I would be more outlandish if I could,' she explained. 'A lot of times you just don't get the chance,' and by the look of things, 45 is a good a time as any to start.
While she does look pretty scared in several of the Karl Lagerfeld-lensed shots, I still love it all the same and according to Casta, Choupette was the perfect co-star. 'She is an unusually beautiful cat, and it was a lovely experience,' she told the title.
Laetitia Casta certainly holds her her in a photo but in the upcoming issue of V magazine, the model won't be alone. Choupette Lagerfeld, of iPad and Twitter fame, will pose alongside Casta in what will be her modelling debut.
And thing's aren't going too badly for the cat. Earlier on this week Cathy Horyn fuelled rumours that Lagerfeld has created a Chanel bag in her honour and now, what with being a big model and all, she'll have the fame to justify her extravagant lifestyle.
With less than three months to go before Carine's Roitfeld's new biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book, drops, anticipation is high. But just because she knows that we can't wait that long the former Vogue editor has created 'The Youthquake Issue', which will come inside the the next issue of V magazine, which hits newsstands on July 5.
The premise of the 'Issue 0', as it's been named, is to introduce readers to what we can expect from the title. To aid the excitment, the magazine has also released this video showing behind-the-scenes of a shoot styled by Roitfeld and shot by Sebastian Faena. Clearly he hasn't been deterred by the allegedly Condé Nast ban then.
Aside from her recent appearance in the crowd at Coachella, we haven't seen too much of Ke$ha but that's all about to change. Ahead of the release of her new album, she appears on the latest issue of V Magazine styled by Carylene Cerf de Dudzeele and shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
'I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with shit on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels,' but luckily for us for the shoot it was an American flag on her face instead as a part of the magazine's 'Americana' theme.
What do you think of her cover and will you buy the issue when it hits newstands on May 10.