It feels like it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a December cover with such a holiday vibe. Vogue kept it relatively subtle, coordinating a red and green color scheme for the text, background, and of course, Anne Hathaway’s clothing. Coming off a romantic secret wedding and starring in the upcoming Les Miserables, one of the season’s most anticipated films, Anne was a natural choice for the cover. In addition to her own interview and photo spread by Annie Leibovitz, Anne and her Les Miserables costars (Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isabelle Allen, and Russell Crowe) also appear in character in a Leibovitz-photographed editorial within the magazine.
“Love it! Very festive and she looks gorgeous!!” Handbag Queen exclaimed of the cover.
Not everyone was so enthused. “She looks sad and tired. This cover is depressing,” GivenchyHomme remarked.
“The only thing that I like about the cover is the color combination,” congacon shared. “Anne looks depressing, sleepy and tired,” he added, echoing GivenchyHomme’s sentiments.
There’s something offputting about how disjointed these three Anne Hathaway-featured elements are. Anne’s editorial has no connection to her cover (Luxx even noted that it felt a bit Sound of Music-esque, “The Hills are Alive and all that”), but I’m really looking forward to seeing Les Miserables, so I feel like I can forgive all on that score. Regardless of how well these pieces do or don’t fit together, I think that the cover shot of Anne could have been better. Her smile is radiant, and it’s a shame that Vogue didn’t take advantage of that to draw readers to the newsstand. This gloomy and serious fashion picture isn't exactly spreading any holiday cheer.
On that note, I'll leave you with images from the film that will make you cry your eyes out come Christmas day.