We half-expected to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK (given that she’s had the honor for three years running). Breaking Rosie’s cover streak, Bazaar welcomes back actress and modern-day Chanel muse Kristen Stewart for its fall fashion issue. Lensed by Tom Craig, the atmospheric photos were captured at Coco Chanel’s lavishly decorated 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris, which still houses the original Chanel boutique. Kristen wears an array of dreamy couture looks from the iconic French fashion house for both the newsstand (below) and subscribers’ cover. Her fresh blonde buzz cut provides a punky counterpoint to the ultra-feminine designs.
Immediately, Kristen’s daring hairstyle sparked debate amongst our forum members. “I love everything… but the hair,” stated tigerrouge, setting the tone for the comments to follow.
“Girl what’s with that hair? Also horribly retouched, doesn’t even look like her,” added an appalled Conbothsides.
Handbag Queen echoed these sentiments: “Having a hard time seeing past her horrible haircut. Not a good look on her!”
“I’m with everyone else it seems, I could handle her appearance on the cover of a magazine if it was indeed a great image, but the hair. I hate it,” proclaimed honeycombchild.
“I like the mirror shot but I completely agree with everyone else about the hair,” wrote Nomar.
That said, not everyone was so quick to turn their nose up at Bazaar‘s latest. “I like the pink and Kristen always photographs really well IMO,” injected YourMonster.
“Even with the horrid haircut she looks beautiful. Both covers are great actually,” Zposen attested.
“Love both covers. Kristen looks great!” wrote an enthusiastic Nepenthes.
Another positive vote came courtesy of Happycanadian: “Count me among the group that absolutely loves these covers. Especially the newsstand cover — I think it’s simply stunning. One of my favorite covers of the year, probably.”
See more from Kristen’s cover shoot and add your own two cents here.