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Flashback: UK ELLE February 2008 with Karolina Kurkova

A comment posted inside the UK ELLE September 2014 thread has prompted a shift in publication for our weekly Fashion Flashback series. It seems the majority of the members on our forums have taken a disliking to the redesign the magazine introduced back in March 2013

The February 2008 cover of British ELLE will always and forever be a favorite of mine. The issue came with two covers and ELLE was one of the first magazines to introduce special covers for subscribers. Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of the British monthly, selected Karolina Kurkova to front the issue, which came with a redesign. On the newsstand cover, Karolina dons a jacket by Yves Saint Laurent teamed with a pair of Guess jeans. For the subscribers’ cover (seen below), ELLE‘s fashion editor-at-large Sasa Thomann put Karolina in a tweed cardigan with chain detail by Chanel, a white T-shirt from Ralph Lauren and some denim jeans by Acne. Both were photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.

Flashback UK Elle February 2008 Karolina Kurkova Matthias Vriens-McGrath


The feel of the cover shot trickles into the contents of the issue with a fabulously energetic six-page feature on Karolina. The Czech beauty discusses diet, exercise and the world of modeling alongside a set of images where the now 30-year-old mother of one stands before a white backdrop, posing up a storm in pieces from Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Alberta Ferretti. The images appear so wonderfully unretouched, which is now a rare sight in the publishing industry.

Go visit the thread and discover the rest of the February 2008 issue, including a collections story with model Caroline Winberg, and see the newsstand cover for the issue here.

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