(must be the worse pretext ever!) I was genuinely in awe when I discovered the July 2013 Vogue UK cover: Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favorite actresses for a long time and a clearly unique and outstanding personality, fashion and otherwise. I couldn’t be happier to discover her on a Vogue cover!
And since it’s such a unique moment in (style) time, I will do my best to procure this issue. Would make my first British Vogue to add to that ever growing stash I hold so dear to my heart and so precious to my eyes. I don’t even mind that the Mert and Marcus cover photo makes this Vogue UK look so much like your usual Vogue US, completed with (not so complimentary) Photoshop generous smoothing (which totally made lovely Helena look like Rachel Weisz) and Ralph Lauren outfit.
But why is Helena Bonham Carter on the cover of Vogue after all? Could it be because her movie alongside Johnny Depp isn’t doing so well, critics-wise? Or maybe because she has an Elizabeth Taylor movie scheduled for release soon? Either way, I’m really enjoying her stylish shoot.
A far cry from her crazy Vogue spread a couple of years ago (with her partner, the imaginative, over-talented Tim Burton, and for the unparalleled visual epic lenses of Tim Walker) this Mert and Marcus main pictorial is accompanying an honest interview about life and especially Helena’s ‘roaring forties’. She’s in her late 40s, if anyone asks, as she just celebrated her 47th anniversary on May 26th.
A Gemini. Makes sense. For her total lack of control on her creativity and honesty. I always thought Helena was just like the characters she likes to play: very professional and methodic in her approach but deeply original and exuberant. Joyful, passionate and sincere. An explosive combination for any age, not just for the 40s. All in all, everything points towards me owning this issue. A decision I made when I first laid my eyes on the cover. I even want to read the interview! No, scratch that! I want to devour the interview!
This is what I should feel about every Vogue, at least for one of its numerous editions, once a month. But I don’t. two, maybe three issues/year, globally, I’d want to own. How about you? How do you feel about this issue and the rest…?