>> BLOWING THE COVER —Katie Grand promised the first issue of Love would be "very curvy," and judging by the cover alone — featuring the zaftig Beth Ditto — she did not tell a lie. As for her further promise — that "no one is a sample size in the whole issue, and it's not so retouched," we'll just have to wait and see; Beth is obviously missing a couple of anatomical parts in the shot — albeit likely to meet cover standards — and the cover photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, are not exactly known for their light hand with the Photoshopping. Nonetheless, the cover is striking — let's hope it sells. [The Imagist]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —There's still no news on Michelle Obama attending Fashion Week, but it's finally been confirmed that she's appearing on the March 2009 cover of Vogue — in magenta Jason Wu, no less. Inside, her two of her other favorites from her own wardrobe — Narciso Rodriguez and J.Crew — get play. The two portraits were, as suspected, taken by Annie Leibovitz at the Hay-Adams Hotel in January — no pictures are out until tomorrow, but the Washington Post has plenty of descriptory detail. [WashPo, Fashionista]
UPDATE: The cover! [Style.com]
>> Last week, Edward Enninful was in Goa, India, styling a shoot for Vogue, but this week, it's all about i-D and England — he brought together twelve British faces — past and present — for i-D's March 2009 Best of British issue. "The confirmations were instant — it was about doing something for England, and models have been so faceless — British models always have personality."
Together with Solve Sundsbo, Enninful styled each of the twelve covers to bring out the character of the individual model — "I went though a great thought process — we didn't want clichés and stereotypes" — "rock 'n' roll Kate" Moss as a mature woman and fashion designer, "ageless" British models like Twiggy, newcomer Eliza Cummins, who is also moonlighting on the new Dazed & Confused (NSFW), symbolizing British grit with a snarl. To further the emphasis on personality, each cover face has her own cover quote summing up her outlook, from Stella Tennant — "I don't really fit the box" — to Agyness Deyn — "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Leave it to Naomi Campbell to bring the non sequitur: "I love a Sunday roast."
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Olivier Zahm's Purple Fashion never ceases to surprise and delight — no hints at the contents of the Spring 2009 issue yet, but Diane von Furstenberg is on the cover, rocking a leotard and wiggy Margiela coat. Diane's thoughts on the matter? “How embarassing at my age to be in fishnet stockings on the cover of a hip young magazine? I was seduced into a day with Terry Richardson, it was a lot of fun!” [Purple, Inside DVF]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —W Magazine is ringing in the new year with a model on the cover of their January 2009 issue — Christy Turlington — but don't expect it to be a trend. Arianne Phillips — who just finished costuming Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man — is headed to Rio de Janeiro later this week to shoot an upcoming W cover with Madonna and Steven Klein. Their last collaboration produced the iconic 2006 Equus-inspired shoot, so hopefully this round will be just as picturesque — and will probably include more Louis Vuitton. [Hint, Made in Brazil, TFS]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Some were hoping that Katie Grand would cast a model to do the honors of Love's inaugural cover, but it looks like rumor is turning to fact, and she's gone another direction. The Gossip's Beth Ditto, a Brit fash pack favorite, has already been shot instead. [Fashionista]
>> BLOWING THE COVER — Rumors have already placed Blake Lively on the February 2009 cover of Vogue and Michelle Obama on the March 2009 cover, but the newest talk is looking even further down the line. Since Kate Moss is co-chairing next May's "Model as Muse" Costume Institute Gala, it's looking like she will be getting a Vogue cover around that time. With the gala's theme in mind, "certain legendary supermodels felt they should have gotten the call to co-host themselves," so imagine if Kate ends up not sharing the Vogue cover either . . . [TI]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Two blondes — Katrin Thormann and Toni Garrn — scored the Persona-inspired November 2008 Vogue Italia cover, and it sounds like Steven Meisel is on a blonde kick again for future issues: "five or six . . . blonde (and blonde-ish) girls — those fresh new faces that overlap with that certain coveted blue chip campaign — have all been flitting in out of LA for VI." The new Prada girls, anyone? [TI]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Desperate times call for desperate measures, and fashion magazines are playing that aphorism out as we speak. Elle is looking to over-the-top reality show Stylista to bump its numbers, and Vogue has plastered top-selling face Jennifer Aniston on its December 2008 cover, along with the gratuitous "What Angelina did was very uncool" quote. Any given Vogue issue has its fair share of haters, but this time, instead of being upset with the cover Photoshopping, readers are accusing the magazine of stooping to an Us Weekly level to ensure its sales. [Fashionista]