Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Cover-up: a selection of the best new magazine covers

See how I spend my time trawling the internet so that I can show you, my loyal readers, what your glossy magazines are presenting to you as “entertainment” or “information”? I hope you appreciate all I do for you. (By …

Mon, May 30, 2011, 15:30


See how I spend my time trawling the internet so that I can show you, my loyal readers, what your glossy magazines are presenting to you as “entertainment” or “information”? I hope you appreciate all I do for you. (By the end of this post, those of you inclined to appreciate male aesthetics will be thanking me even more than you are now.)

Isabeli Fontana for Vogue Paris. Gorgeous colours – reminds me of sumptuous late summer nights, hot weather and bright lights. I think this cover works on so many different levels, but mostly because Fontana looks amazing and the colours really pop.

Another colour pop cover – this time Abbey Lee Kershaw for Vogue Nippon. I’m not a huge fan of Kershaw, mostly because I think she looks underfed and that designers only really love her because she’s so un-fashion. She’s almost the rebel of the fashion world. This cover draws me in because I love neon, but Kershaw wouldn’t be a big sell for me.

This cover – of Emily Senko for Marie Claire Italia – is interesting because we so rarely see a full body shot on a cover. Mostly we get head and shoulders, or just to the waist, a more intimate portrait. This one presents Senko as being that little bit aloof, and far away from the viewer. Strictly speaking, this kind of distance shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. It might be Senko’s lazy but arresting stare, or her nonchalant stance, but it seems open, if not exactly friendly. I like it. (It’s different, which helps!)

This Wallpaper cover is the ultimate in magazine cover design, for me. The red works so well against the structural, architectural background. The shapes are so now – yet so 1970s – and the font appeals hugely to the typography nerd hidden not very far beneath my cool exterior. I also love that Wallpaper has managed to do an “India” edition without resorting to any lazy Indian stereotypes – not an elephant in sight! Tyra Banks, take note!

Then, seriously?! Seriously?! It’s like you’re photoshopped! I cannot wait for the return of True Blood, June 26th. I love Alexander Skarsgard so much. Well, not love as, let’s face it, I don’t really know him, but what he makes me want to know is: where have all the blonde men gone?! Seriously. Alexander Skarsgard, Neil Jackson . . . They’re all over my tellybox, but in real life, not a hot blonde to be found! (Yes, I’m that guy now. Move along.)

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