US Vogue has had a good year as far as its covers are concerned. Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Marion Cotillard are just some of the good cover stars its had this year and by the sounds of it, the magazine is set to end the year on a high.
Last week, Annie Leibovitz revealed that Rihanna and Anne Hathaway will respectively cover the magazine's November and December issue. Who will cover which issue isn't clear but the timing makes sense for both stars. RiRi has just dropped a new single, Diamonds, and will release her seventh album in November and Hathway's new film, Les Miserables (the one she cut her hair for), is out in December.
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.'
It wouldn't be too harsh to say that London has been the poor relation to the fashion weeks in the other cities. Slowly but surely though things have changed and in a big way. The fact that world-renowned PR firm KCD have decided that now is the right time to set up shop here shows that.
'We always knew that we'd open in London when the time was right and that time is definitely now,' KCD London managing director Nan Richards told Vogue. 'London is very much at the forefront of fashion today and we wanted to bring the strategic expertise of our NY and Paris offices together with a KCD London team of professionals to work alongside our partner, Spring. With London-based Spring, we're able to offer our clients solutions and opportunities across PR, events, digital, advertising, content development and e-commerce - basically, a global fashion communications offerings.'
Topshop always deliver amazing collaborations. Over the years they've teamed up with everyone from Michael van der Ham to Mary Katrantzou and now the fruits of their partnership with JW Anderson are about to drop.
Today images from the designer's women's collection for the store were released online ahead of the launch on September 14 to coincide with the start of London Fashion Week and the line is everything we hoped for. Rather than being a watered down version of his mainline, Anderson made it clear that he wanted the collection to feel like more of a continuation of what he does best. 'It's for the same girl and is based upon the same idea. I feel collaborations should be a reflection, not something that veers off into another zone,' he revealed. The high street and luxury market are inherently close. Without one the other doesn't exist. I feel like that is modernity now.'
'For me, Topshop is integral to London Fashion Week,' Anderson told Vogue. 'It's everything that sums it up. I have worked on this collection with my sister in mind because I wanted it to be accessible. I feel like we are at a time where we want a fanfare; something fun, accessible and easy,' so expect fun prints and his signature pieces alongside classic shirts, footwear and stationary pieces too.
Giambattista Valli may not have designed Margherita Missoni's wedding dress as was reported at the time, but he definitely designed Elettra Wiedemann's. Over the weekend the model tied the knot with British business consultant boyfriend James Marshall and wore a silk cocktail dress with a short Swarovski-encrusted skirt, according to Vogue.
Valli, what with his love of drama and romance, would definitely be up there on any woman's list of dream designers to design the dress for their big day but for the couple, having the designer involved was more sentimental. According to the title, it was actually Valli who introduced the couple five years ago before a London benefit. The rest is history...
US Harper's Bazaar aren't the only ones releasing behind-the-scenes videos from their September issue cover shoot. Last week US Vogue released this video with Lady Gaga.
Granted, the video doesn't quite match up to Bazaar's sit down interview with Gwen Stefani. On the flip side, Vogue do offer up Marc Jacobs fluffy hats, elf shoes and Gaga doing her best Beyoncé hair-flicking impressions while her aptly titled new song 'Hair' plays. What more could you want?
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.
It's officially that time of year again. The September issues are just around the corner and the first few are already out. As always, Vogue Australia have released their first and stars Bella Heathcote and Numero Tokyo's CandiceSwanepoel cover has also hit the net. While both magazines have opted for models, their covers are by no means representative of what you can expect from other titles. All of the rest have gone for celebrities and while that does bug me, the fact that Kim Kardashian doesn't appear on any is a bonus.
As we all know, Lady Gaga has been shot by Met & Marcus for American Vogue, as she continues to drum up attention around her debut fragrance. Glamour have confirmed that they've booked Victoria Beckham to cover theirs and I'm excited. Beckham's covers have been really strong lately and she just might be what the magazine needs after those disappointing covers with Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried. InStyle has opted for Jennifer Lopez, Marie Claire have gone for Miley Cyrus, W for Penelope Cruz, Interview for Emma Stone and V for Nicole Kidman.
Vanity Fair's decision to book Jessica Chastain makes sense. The actress looks incredible in statement designer pieces and does old school Hollywood glamour like nobody else. Also good is the news that GwenStefani will cover US Harper's Bazaar. Anyone that's followed the magazine since their revamp earlier on this year will know that their covers have been bang on, and their main fashion stories even stronger so I'm sure that's going to be a good'un.
The rumours aren't far-fetched. Next month will see the French actress begin the promotional tour for the latest in the Batman series, 'The Dark Knight Rises', and also has a french film in the works that is set to hir screens in November so the timing makes sense.