COVER: SEAN O’PRY BY PABLO ARROYO, ELLE MAN MEXICO, JUNE 2013

Who knew a staple white tee & denim shirt could look so damn good!

One of my favourite models of the moment, Mr Sean O’Pry stars on the unconventional, minimal but eye-catching cover of Elle Man Mexico, June 2013.

Photographed by Pablo Arroyo, it’s refreshing to see something on the new-stand more “blue” than “blue steel”. The lighting, the off-beat pose and Sean’s complexion against the pale wood of the chair and washed denim shirt are altogether a visually stimulating combination. It’s natural, classic but forward in it’s composition and attitude. For some reason it immediately reminded me of this L’Officiel Hommes Cover by Johan Sandberg, but maybe it’s the chair/stool/unconventional/neutral/blue aspect.

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COVER: ADELE BY THOMAS WHITESIDE, ELLE US, MAY 2013

No you’re not hallucinating, I have actually decided to come out from beneath my duvet and update the blog today!

Oscar winning singer Adele cover’s the May issue of Elle US, sporting a look reminiscent of the beginning of her never ending 21 era.

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COVER: RIHANNA BY MARIANO VIVANCO, ELLE UK, APRIL 2013

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting sick to death of seeing both Rihanna and this Louis Vuitton collection everywhere… the good thing is I get to bitch about it! *therapy*

Adding yet another fashion cover to the list, global superstar Rihanna cover’s the April 2013 issue of Elle UK, with not one, not two but THREE alternative covers wearing SS13 garments from Louis Vuitton, Prada and her own collection for River Island.

Check out all the covers below.

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COVER: BRUNA TENÓRIO BY GUI PAGANINI, ELLE BRAZIL, MARCH 2013

Looking sharp, sleek and sexy in an outfit from the Reinaldo Lourenço Autumn/Winter collection and retro parted waves, model Bruna Tenório covers the Gui Paganini lensed cover of Elle Brazil, March 2013.

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COVER: NAOMI CAMPBELL BY THOMAS WHITESIDE, ELLE SERBIA, MARCH 2013

It may be a reprint from January, but the image of Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen hasn’t lost any of its allure, as the Thomas Whiteside lensed image has been use for the March 2013 cover of Elle Serbia.

I’m all for black and white images for spring covers, especially if they look as commanding and refined as this. The Queen in “McQueen” is truly a force to be reckoned with!

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COVER: TAYLOR SWIFT BY CARTER SMITH, ELLE US, MARCH 2013

The petite “Princess of Pop”, Taylor Swift, goes all “60s mod with an edge” as she covers the latest issue of US Elle in a daring Louis Vuitton Sping/Summer 2013 dress.

As much as I’ve become sick to death of hearing her songs play on repeat at the gym, I really like the cover. It’s clean (considering the huge amount of text), fresh and screams spring. It’s typically Taylor’s style, but you can’t deny the little lady knows how to WERK bangs, smokey eyes and a short dress like a pro!

Check out the rest of the images from her Carter Smith lensed story below.

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COVER: FRIDA GUSTAVSSON, MOA ÅBERG, THERES ALEXANDERSSON, OLIVER REMMETS ASKMAN, HANNA FRIDH & MABINTOU CESSAY BY CARL BENGTSSON, ELLE SWEDEN, FEBRUARY 2013

Hands down one of the best cover’s I have come across this year!

There’s a cause for celebration, (although I’m not sure what as my swedish is poor – 25 years ?) as photographer Carl Bengtsson captures models Frida Gustavsson, Hanna Fridh, Mabintou Ceesay, Moa Åberg, Theres Alexandersson and Olivia Remmets Askman, against a brilliant multicoloured paper floral backdrop for Elle Sweden’s February 2013 issue.

The above cover with Frida Gustavsson is faultless. I love the inclusion of the the red (Acne?) Biker jacket over the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 gown. It frames the model and just lifts her away from the busy but beautiful set. Hats off to whoever designed it, it’s amazing and it’s actually something I would have done in the past.

Check out the other equally gorgeous covers here.

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COVER: VICTORIA BECKHAM BY CARTER SMITH, ELLE UK, MARCH 2013

Victoria Beckham pouts for dear life in a grey Burberry Prorsum ensemble on the “futuristic”, Carter Smith lensed cover of Elle UK, March 2013.

Being a Victoria Beckham fan, I’m trying to force myself to like this cover. Unfortunately Elle’s new “Re-Design” and her now iconic expression are making that very hard,

The messy use of multiple fonts offends me, the colour combination looks far too dated within the context, and the only thing that is really working on Mrs Beckham is her hair, styled by Renato Campora.

Check out the cleaner subscriber’s cover with the style icon wearing a neon green peplum top from the Hussein Chalayan Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

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RANKIN REDEEMS HIMSELF WITH ELLE UK’S SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUBSCRIBERS COVER

So I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of Elle UK’s February 2013 cover – frankly I felt it all just looked a mess.

Now that wasn’t all down to Rankin, (the creative team at Elle really need to get it together), but I didn’t think the shot itself looked right either and was hoping for something better from such a great photographer. My prayers were answered! I am absolutely in LOVE with the Subscribers cover – a beautiful close up of Scarlett Johansson. The whole composition, lighting, the tattoo and the contrast between the white trench and the metallic ring, her pink lips and pale skin are sublime!

My faith has been restored!

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COVER: JESSICA BIEL BY THOMAS WHITESIDE, ELLE US, JANUARY 2013

I’ve never really found Jessica Biel appealing in any way whatsoever, but as I’m trying to get back into “blogging mode”, I thought I may as well post and bitch critique in my own special way.

The badly styled actress seems to be channeling Carly Rae Jepsen on the Thomas Whiteside lensed cover of Elle US January 2013 leaving me with the conclusion that the only thing red hot here, is the background.

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COVER: CAMERON DIAZ BY DAVID SLIJPER, ELLE UK, DECEMBER 2012

We’re used to seeing Cameron Diaz in more of a “cheery” fashion, but here she looks reserved, sombre and quietly elegant as she poses in front of a berry hued background on the David Slijper lensed cover for Elle UK’s December issue.

I actually like the cover, pink hues and that beautiful Chanel dress, despite the fact the actress doesn’t look as lively as usual. There’s an abundance of type as always, but the font is kept simple enough to not detract from the image.

Check out the subscribers cover, where the 40 year old actress (she’s looks like she’s in her 20s!), sports a luscious pink Christian Dior ensemble.

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COVER: IZABEL GOULART BY EDUARDO REZENDE, ELLE BRAZIL, OCTOBER 2012

Only in Brazil can October look this HOT!

The stunning Izabel Goulart covers Elle Brazil’s October cover, in a white two piece and while sporting an array of gothic inspired jewellery. The contrast of the Eduardo Rezende lensed image and styling is wonderful, and I love the gradient and colours used on the masthead and main titles.

Aside from the perfection that is Izabel, I thank God that Elle went for a textured/stone background as opposed to the typical plain white canvas.

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