Allure may not be our go-to magazine right now for groundbreaking covers, but the mag is at least trying to make an impression. After all, it was just last month the publication gave its cover to Naomi Osaka (while its competitors favored Serena Williams) and the title served up an electrifying Adut Akech offering for May. For September, Allure throws us another curveball by welcoming Anne Hathaway back on its cover after a seven-year hiatus. Captured by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by George Cortina, the actress flaunts dramatic cat eyes in the fresh and flawless image.
The striking cover didn’t go over well on our forums. “Natalie Portman called, she wants her Black Swan eyes back!” mocked Benn98.
“Oh no, no, no, no. Nothing works here. The lighting is wrong, the text is all too big and she looks…just wrong. Poor Anne,” said aracic.
“No. Nothing is attractive,” proclaimed Perickles.
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“The worst Sølve Sundsbø has ever delivered,” declared phungnam96.
In complete agreement over how everything turned out was Lola701: “If someone told me Sebastian Faena shot this, I would have believed it. A major miss from my dear Sølve!”
“There are a lot of people on whom this look would have been spectacular. And they probably could have made Anne look good by carefully selecting the angle of each shot. But no, they had to give us a panoramic collage of all the ways in which this doesn’t work,” commented tigerrouge.
SLFC shared the same sentiment: “Oh god, this doesn’t work at ALL.”
“These magazines would save a lot of money if they toned down the retouching. Anne is beautiful. All she would need is a few little touch-ups. Instead they went to town on her face,” disapproved GivenchyHomme.
Check out Anne’s accompanying cover feature and share your thoughts here.