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.
When Lana Del Rey launched onto the scene in a big way earlier on this year, it didn't come without its fair share of controversy. Her sudden catapult to fame made many question what she had done to warrant so much attention, especially as her music continued to go down badly with critics. The fashion industry, on the other hand, decided to embrace her with open arms and Mulberry created a bag in her honour. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that her relationship with the fashion industry was one of the key areas of discussion in her cover interview for Vogue Australia's October issue.
'It's funny because now people in fashion kind of came to my rescue when other people said they didn't like the record but that was unexpected for me because I was never really [into fashion],' she told the title. 'I never expressed myself through fashion. I loved flowers in my hair. I loved guys who wore leather but I didn't get creative. From the age of about seven I had really specific tastes and that never changed.' What is set to change, though, is her career path because in the interview she confessed that music isn't actually where her heart is. 'When I was starting I had a vision of being a writer for film and that's what I am doing now. I'm so happy,' she explained. 'Hopefully I will branch into film and stay there. That will be my happy place,' she said before adding that, 'I said everything I needed to say before I wrote this record.'
Is it me or does the whole Lana Del Rey music thing suddenly feel a bit shortlived? I wonder how Mulberry feel, especially since they've done a lot to promote her bag. Surely it's not going to help sales now the singer's decided to go behind-the-scenes compared to the always visible Alexa Chung.
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.
Yesterday the editorial musical chairs that we have witnessed in Europe and America moved to Australia. The Sydney Herald Tribune made a shocking announcement that Kirstie Clements has been fired from her role as editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia and is being replaced by rival Harper's Bazaar editor, Edwina McCann.
According to the title, Clements was one of three senior executives that have got the axe since Nicole Sheffield joined NewsLifeMedia, Vogue's parent company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and from the look of things, the decision was far from amicable. Clements were reportedly escorted out of the Vogue officers and has her phone confiscated too. While Clements it said to have been ignorant about the plans to oust her, reports allege that she had an incline that something was afoot so has been contacting brands about consulting.
I've always been a fan of the international titles. While Elle has always been my favourite British magazine, for as long as I can remember French and Italian Vogue have been amongst my montly magazine purchases but now my attention is turning to the the Australian editions. The April issue of Vogue Australia explains why.
It's really taken for granted today but it's so refreshing to see a fashion publication focus on using models on their covers rather than the current obssession with celebrities. Vogue Australia have also been a bit slow on embracing ethnically diverse models so it's great to see that Joan Smalls is being embraced on that side of the pond too. It's interesting to see the April issue take special attention to young designers, especially since fresh Australian brands like Dion Lee are starting to gain traction.
Since becoming editor at Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt has slowly began to take the covers in a new direction. Rather than sticking with the magazine's former favourites like Lara Stone and Daria Werbwoy, Alt chose Arizona Muse to front their November issue cover.
Although the model has appeared on Vogue Italia, Australia and Korea, this is her first Vogue Paris cover and the first time we've seen a smiling model on the front of it for a while.
Our hat goes off to British Vogue for opting for a model to front their big September issue rather than going down the celebrity route to ensure circulation numbers. But surprisingly they're not the only ones as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue Australia also opted for models for their September issues.
Since Vogue Italia launched their All Black issue, they have vowed to push the mould and champion a diverse view of beauty and that's exactly what they've done. Black models continue to be used in the magazine and for their June issue they championed plus size women. In an interview with The Cut, Franca Sozzani expressed her concerns about the use of plus size models simply for the shock -actor and doubted whether the industry will fully embrace them but it looks like Vogue Australia might be doing just that.
In the magazine's big September issue, Australian model Robyn Lawley (who appeared on the Vogue Italia cover) appears in a 10-page fashion editorial alongside a double page story about her, marking the first time in the magazine's 52 year history that a plus size model has appeared in a fashion editorial.
The big question is, what does this mean? Is this a sign that magazines are diversifying the pool of models that they use in editorials or is this, as Sozzani feared, another gimmick to make the headlines and rack up the circulation numbers. After all, they did choose to run this record breaking editorial in their big September issue. On the other hand, 2011 has been a big year for Lawley so far having appeared on Vogue Italia, bagged a cover of ELLE France and now Vogue Australia so maybe this shows that things are changing and the current acceptance of curvier models perhaps goes beyond following a trend.