Change is in the air over at British Harper’s Bazaar now that Justine Picardie is out and Lydia Slater is in, serving as the title’s acting editor-in-chief. We noticed zero change with the magazine’s January offering starring Gemma Arterton and nothing really changed on the mag’s February 2020 installment. Fresh from the cover of Vogue Poland, Victoria Beckham makes a return to Harper’s Bazaar U.K. eight years after her last appearance. Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth and styled by Cathy Kasterine, the Brit fashion guru turned makeup mogul naturally wears her eponymous label for the pair of covers.
Unfortunately, the covers failed to excite our forum members. “One can tell Justine is no longer there! You have Victoria on the cover, who I don’t think she particularly cared for (certainly don’t recall her getting a cover under Justine). And then there’s the overall image which harks back to the Lucy Yeomans era with that design. It may have worked back then, but in 2020 it looks painfully generic,” wrote Benn98.
“I hate the pose, she looks so stiff,” complained kokobombon.
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“It’s one and the same for VB,” MON pointed out, suggesting the covers were just more of the same old.
In the same frame of mind was HeatherAnne: “She is the absolute dullest, end of story. No idea how she books all this press. How quickly with one issue they lose their identity and become indistinguishable from all the other garbage magazines out there.”
“This magazine is starting to look like a replacement for Marie Claire,” tigerrouge chimed in.
“She looks beautiful, love the dress, but this does look dated. But this will sell at the newsstands! VB is always a good choice for a dead month because she will sell copies,” defended Miss Dalloway.
Check out the subscribers’ cover and see Victoria’s cover feature in full here.