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Karen Elson and Vogue Ukraine Deliver the Festive Cover of Our Dreams for December

This time of year, we’re only after one thing: a festive magazine cover to get us through the holiday season. The majority of magazines have shied away from overly festive cover images this year (some failing miserably) but Vogue Ukraine just hit the nail on the head. The mag brings back Karen Elson for December 2018,  four years after her last Ukrainian Vogue appearance. Photographed by Patrick Biennert and with Julie Pelipas in charge of the styling, the red-headed beauty poses in a moody setting draped in Bulgari diamonds and wering a little black Saint Laurent dress. (Perfect holiday dressing, right?)

Vogue Ukraine December 2018 : Karen Elson by Patrick Bienert


The cover was an instant hit with our forum members. “It is quite dark but beautiful nevertheless. Karen is still as beautiful as ever,” raved dodencebt.

“Don’t actually care that it’s so dark, I’m just living for this festive glamour, Lana Del Rey-style! It’s actually perfect — the props, the way that dress envelopes her body, the jewels. They don’t need to stand aside for the likes of Bazaar. Must get this!” exclaimed Benn98.

“It’s like the indie sequel to her Vogue Italia December 2004 cover. Love it,” mikel said.

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“Now this is how you do it. Vogue Ukraine continues to innovate with its covers. Everyone else that attempts this style looks like a desperate copycat. Karen looks beautiful and regal. It’s a very sophisticated image. The styling is perfect. One of the best December covers so far,” GivenchyHomme applauded.

MyNameIs felt the same way, posting, “This is perfection. At first glance, I was kind of thinking it was a bit dark. However, once you get used to it, it actually adds to the overall mood and mysteriousness of the cover. Way to finish the year on a home run, VUA!”

“Ugh, exquisite! True elegance, true fashion,” raved ghostwriter10549.

“Karen looking sublime. Moody romantic chic. Holiday done right,” added zoom.

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