September issues are always a big deal. As usual, Harper’s Bazaar dropped its annual Icons edition for the most important month on the fashion calendar. Alicia Keys lands this year’s cover, which was shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Carine Roitfeld. The singer/songwriter strikes a pose in Salvatore Ferragamo on the newsstand cover (below). Subscribers get a Christy Turlington cover with the 90s supermodel decked out in Celine.
Our forums weren’t feeling the newsstand cover. “Alicia herself looks beautiful, as always. However the overall design of the cover, from styling to photography to text placement, content and color just reads as terribly cheap to me,” shared KINGofVERSAILLES.
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“A little dumbfounded over how Alicia Keys could make the cover of a fashion magazine for what is considered to be the biggest issue of the year. Carine Roitfeld ought to be stopped at this rate. Is Alicia even a big thing anymore?” asked vogue28.
“Alicia Keys isn’t relevant enough to cover a September issue. Even if it’s Harper’s Bazaar,” RanThe chimed in.
“Alicia is beautiful, but that’s one hell of a safe cover,” disapproved Urban Stylin.
Forum member aracic wasn’t a fan: “It looks worse than Cosmopolitan and that’s saying something.”
And mepps wasn’t jumping for joy, either. “Alicia is beautiful, but I hate her dress. The Christy cover is beautiful. Someone needs to send Carine a dictionary with the word icon bookmarked.”
“As usual, Alicia looks stunning, but that dress is a disservice to her stunning figure,” declared MON.
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