It’s no new thing for i-D to produce multiple covers, but I think it’s safe to say that no one expected them to put out sixteen – yes, I said sixteen – covers for their Fall 2012 “Role Model” issue. “Sixteen covers?” Melancholybaby asked. “Great, they get more and more ridiculous as time goes by. At this point every subject in the magazine has a cover.”
Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir by Boo George, Edie Campbell by Matt Jones
Once the initial sixteen-cover-shock wore off, forum members were excited about the previews as they began to roll out. First up, Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir’s cover, photographed in black and white by Boo George and styled by Caroline Newell, provided an omen of good things to come. Her cover has a beautiful sort of glow that is echoed in her accompanying editorial.
Another cover featuring a manic looking Edie Campbell photographed by Matt Jones was not as successful. “There is nothing graceful about Edie’s cover,” jmrmartinho declared as he rolled his eyes.
Jourdan Dunn, Candice Huffine, Iselin Steiro, and Aymeline Valade by Emma Summerton
The single covers were accompanied by a set of four photographed by Emma Summerton. In Summerton’s set, models Jourdan Dunn, Candice Huffine, Iselin Steiro, and Aymeline Valade sport smoky eyes and untamed wavy blonde wigs. Mistress_f was not impressed. “I don't really see how the last four covers posted are representing 'grace'. And I don't see the point of having four covers that basically look the same only with a different model,” she added.
Tigerrouge agreed: “Those covers make me want to close both eyes,” she quipped.
Linda Evangelista, Natasha Poly, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Gisele Bundchen, and Guinevere Van Seenus by Daniele + Iango
The set of nine supermodel covers photographed by Daniele + Iango are undoubtedly the jewel of this issue. Linda Evangelista, Natasha Poly, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Gisele Bundchen, Guinevere Van Seenus, Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy, and Amber Valletta – none of these women disappoint in the “Role Model” department.
“Wow these are gorgeous!” JessicaKarina exclaimed.
Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy, and Amber Valletta by Daniele + Iango; Fan Bingbing by Chen Man
To finish out the offering, i-D released a cover of Fan Bingbing photographed by Chen Man. “Now that's how a cover should be!” rockangel posted. “This is absolutely stunning! The colors and styling are excellent and she's so captivating and mysterious. Love it.”
With so many options, is it even possible to pick out a favorite?
Images: i-D online