The unusual, the controversial, the gossip magnets, the questionable and the influencer have earned their fashion magazine covers this Spring! There’s nothing like the boost of nature’s rebirth to wake up the popular energy!
And the absolute tongue-waggling crown goes to:
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue US April 2014 Shape Issue cover
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz with an associated cover story written by the grand Hamish Bowles, the cover models choice had to be defended by Anna Wintour in her editorial letter.
People’s reaction was interesting, to say the least: from Vogue’s Facebook page where the cover posting has hit over 2,000 comments, to tFS forum topic where it went north to 28 pages in just a couple of days (at one point, there were nearly 300 people reading the topic simultaneously) and to Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, tweeting about cancelling her Vogue subscription.
Nigella Lawson Vogue UK April 2014 cover
In comparison with Kimye’s, Nigella’s topic only got as far as 5 pages on tFS. Photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, the trendiest chef of the moment, Nigella, looked less controversial and, honestly, her rise to fame was by cooking and writing cookbooks not releasing the kind of video tapes that increased the volume of both her bank accounts and of certain parts of the male human anatomy.
Nigella Lawson was styled by Kate Phelan with hair by Like Hersheson, makeup by Sally Branka and manicure by Jenny Longworth. On the cover, there’s a lovely lace Burberry dress and for the inside pictorial, she’s wearing body hugging dresses from Victoria Beckham and Antonio Berardi, making up for the lack of makeup with a generous cleavage.
Kim Basinger Interview Russia April 2014 cover
A wonderful black and white example of flawless portraiture from Craig McDean, Kim Basinger has perfect features and the image is playful and provocative. The bright pink works just right with the black and white palette.
Vivienne Westwood The Gentlewoman #9 Spring / Summer 2014
The Amazing Grand Dame of Fashion, Vivienne Westwood is perfect for ‘the gentlewoman’ profiling as she graces the Spring / Summer 2014 issue photographed by Alasdair McClellan.
Profiling the extraordinary drive keeping Vivienne Westwood always relevant, always present on the fashion scene, always militating and fighting for the good cause falls right in the gentlewoman’s alley following legendary covers such as Phoebe Philo (for the first issue), Inez Lamsveerde (for the 2nd issue) or Christy Turlington (the 5th issue) and Beyonce (the 7th issue).