For the past week or so, I’ve excitedly made the trek to my mailbox, giddy to find the phone book-thick September fall fashion issues of all my favorite fashion magazines.
And each year, they seem to get thicker and thicker, with Vogue usually leading the pack in page count (boasting “798 Pages of Brilliant Fall Fashion”). But one thing Vogue never seems to lead the pack on, in my opinion, are cover designs. Just look at this year’s. Poor Keira Knightley looks like she got drunk and decided to cut her own hair right before the shoot. And again, with Knightley! She’s on the cover every other month, it seems, and I’m still not certain why. Is she really that big of a fashion icon? And this isn’t the first time La Wintour and crew went with a questionable cover model for the most important issue of the year. Take a gander at 2007:
Yes, it’s everyone’s favorite husband stealing skank, Sienna Miller, also sporting less than spectacular hair.
To be honest, there have been few September Vogue covers in recent years that really caught my eye. I liked 2006:
Kirsten Dunst looks so amazing as Marie Antionette (now that’s some dramatic hair!), and while KiKi isn’t exactly my idea of a fashion icon, Marie Antionette certainly was. Plus, it just looks cool.
I also liked 2004:
ZOMG, models on the cover! And it’s a fold-out! I loved this one because it kind of reminded me of some of those awesome supermodel group shots by Herb Ritts in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
What a cover! And it’s not even fall fashion. Those were the days!
So, what’s the moral to this story? Vogue really needs to step it up, at least for September. Make your covers memorable, Anna! Or at least slightly appealing.