Magazine enthusiasts yearn for this time of year, when all the huge September issues start to roll out. ELLE is the latest publication to unveil its big fall issue, and for what’s considered to be the industry’s most anticipated and celebrated installment, it appears to fall short of expectations. Moving on from a beautiful August cover featuring Emilia Clarke, actress Alicia Vikander becomes an ELLE cover girl once again, wearing Louis Vuitton (obvi), shot by David Bellemere.
The cover was declared a total disappointment by our forum members. “She looks like something you would see sleeping on the sidewalk outside of a night club. She looks tired, the dress looks tired, and this cover looks tired. Last month with Emilia was a knockout, this is a hot mess. Next!” exclaimed GivenchyHomme.
“Really? For a September issue? She’s terrible in print. And this styling… could it be more safe?” asked narcyza.
Also not in a rush to grab a copy was MON: “I really hate it when magazines place The September Issue on the September issue. Like duh? This magazine is lost. It’s lacking direction and the identity is rather stale!”
Mepps wasn’t exactly feeling it, either. “I just don’t get her appeal at all. She’s always such a nonentity on every single cover I’ve seen. She’s beautiful on paper, but doesn’t have any allure,” he pointed out.
“If her name wasn’t in this thread, I’m really not sure I would have recognized her,” Lucien112 said.
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