>> BLOWING THE COVER —Vogue's online reality show Model.Live is debuting in just under a week, but one of the stars is already making waves: Cato Van Ee, who has recently shown up in editorials for Dazed & Confused and Vogue China, popped up today on the September 2008 cover of Dazed & Confused alongside Anna Gushina, Kori Richardson, and Pernille Moeller. [Of the Minute]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —The Fall 2008 women's fashion edition of The New York Times T Magazine comes out this Sunday, and Rachel McAdams has nabbed the cover of the 302-page issue with a decidedly goth-glam image. [The Moment]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Vogue's September 2008 issue is causing waves for two reasons today — first, for the odd, matted hairstyle that Keira Knightley is sporting on the cover, and second, because it is down to 674 ad pages from 725 last year. One full ad page can cost up to $120,000, so losing 51 pages . . . well, that hurts. [BellaSugar, WSJ]
>> Is Liz Tilberis rolling in her grave right now? Her iconic September 1994 Harper's Bazaar cover of Nadja Auermann photographed by Patrick Demarchelier has been swiped and reinterpreted for the September 2008 cover of W, featuring Kate Hudson as photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The resemblance is far too uncanny to be a coincidence, what with the same blonde hair, light eyebrows, heavy cat-eye makeup, piercing blue eyes, and dark lipstick framed with a collar of blue all in common. Of all the months to choose, wouldn't the big September issue be one you'd want to get creative with?
>> Those July 2008 Vogue Italia shockwaves keep on resonating: Black models are covering POP Fall 2008, Harper's Bazaar September 2008, and now Jourdan Dunn shows up on i-D September 2008, photographed by Emma Summerton. Even V 55 is rumored to be a Naomi Campbell extravaganza. Speaking of Naomi, how much does Jourdan call to mind the supermodel on this cover and in the accompanying "Welcome to the witching hour" editorial?
>> BLOWING THE COVER —As rumored earlier, Tyra Banks does indeed have the September 2008 Harper's Bazaar cover — the subscriber's edition is at left. Perhaps it's the newsstand version that has her dressed as Michelle Obama? Regardless, look at the trend Vogue Italia has set: first POP, now Bazaar. [Harper's Bazaar]
>> Franca Sozzani is feeling it, and now Katie Grand is too: the six covers of POP Fall 2008 are evenly split between three black models (Jourdan Dunn, Naomi Campbell, Oluchi Onweagba) and three white models (Natalia Vodianova, Amber Valletta, Agyness Deyn), styled as "Hot Nuns" in Prada and photographed by Sebastian Faena.
Jourdan, with her Frida Kahlo brows, and Agyness, with her holy pose are most striking, but I for one can't wait to see the Agyness Deyn editorial inside we've been talking about for months. You know, the one where Ryan McGinley had her jumping nude off a fire escape?
>> The August 2008 issue of Vogue Paris is dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent, and likewise, the editors at Vogue Italia had their own August 2008 YSL tribute in mind. The follow up to the hugely successful July "Black Issue" features Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Guinevere van Seenus, and Iris Strubegger in a funereal Steven Meisel cover story, "Silent." In one picture, a huge headstone features the name "Black," strangely implying that "black is dead." I wonder if the message was purposeful? A strange choice to follow up the celebratory nature of July's issue, especially considering that there are no black models in this editorial . . .
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Daria Werbowy may be on vacation all Summer, but her image is not. She brings Vogue Paris back after a month hiatus (they publish a June/July 2008 issue), kinky-style for August 2008, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. [Of the Minute]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —So, about that September 2008 Vanity Fair cover: It's really is the supermodel blowout it was rumored to be. Look out fold-out cover, featuring Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Linda Evangelista, here we come! [Chic Report]