For W’s "Big Fashion" September issue, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot photographed Penelope Cruz styled by Edward Enninful in a dark turtleneck, navy blue suede gloves, and an eye-catching, bulbous blue and gold cross necklace. Charlotte Tilbury did the makeup and Pablo Iglesias is responsible for the big beautiful hair. There’s something lustrous and evocative of the 90s about the image that most forum members were drawn to.
“Absolutely stunning,” jmrmartinho posted. “I just adore everything about this, great close up. Not overphotoshopped. The text placement is spot on and I quite like how low the logo is. Very rich cover.”
ALAUU wrote, “Beautiful. This woman never takes a bad picture. She just smolders.”
GarageGlamorous commented, “I like this image a lot as a whole but I'm not a fan of the oversized necklace. Penelope's facial structure is perfect and they captured it as it had to be done, it looks very chic. Cannot wait for the contents, W's fashion issues usually stand out from the rest of the generic US publications.”
The necklace was a sticking point for a few other forum members as well. “That necklace is seriously ugly, it ruins that otherwise very classic and intense image, and it adds too much tackiness,” Psylocke explained.
MulletProof came to the necklace’s defense. “I absolutely love this – an ode to the early 90s. Just last night I was looking at pictures of that Versace era with all the jewels, golden pieces, natural makeup and voluminous hair, there's something so oddly attractive about it, despite how opulent it is, and how unpopular opulence has been for years now. So glad there's finally a September issue that's worth buying and looks like a keeper, the kind of issue you revisit years later. This is the W I loved – great covers and hopefully equally good content.”
Fingers crossed that MulletProof is right. W may not be delivering a 900+ page issue (I’m looking at you Vogue), but the magazine is still an innovator when it comes to presenting its take on fashion’s latest looks, trends, and styles. Can't wait to crack this issue open the second I pull it out of my mailbox.