A look back on some of the most powerful, controversial and beautiful magazine covers of the past year. Be sure to share your own favorites in the comments!
POP F/W 11
Rene Habermacher – Photographer | Isabelle Kontoure – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Peter Gray – Hair Stylist |Romy Soleimani – Makeup Artist | Tracylee – Manicurist |Marina Abramovic – Creative Direction | Freja Beha Erichsen – Model
POP is known for merging art and fashion into a neat little package and their F/W cover was a weird and wonderful combination of Freja & a mini-Marina Abramovic.
i-D No. 311 The Livin Loud Issue
Emma Summerton – Photographer | Edward Enninful – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Jimmy Paul – Hair Stylist | Mathias van Hooff – Makeup Artist | Gillian O’Brien – Set Designer | Marian Newman – Manicurist | Ajak Deng – Model
The hair! The styling! The wink! Everything about this cover harks back to the punk chic brilliance of i-D’s heritage.
Vogue China 6th Anniversary Edition
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin – Photographers | Nicoletta Santoro – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Duffy – Hair Stylist | Wendy Rowe – Makeup Artist | Lena Naomi – Manicurist | Models – Du Juan , Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Shu Pei & Sui He
We can’t think of a more fitting tribute to six years of Vogue China. Inez & Vinoodh create an elegant showcase for six of fashion’s foremost beauties, letting them shine in color coordinating Gucci gowns.
Numero November 2011
Camilla Akrans – Photographer | Franck Benhamou – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Shay Ashual – Hair Stylist | Lloyd Simmonds – Makeup Artist | Elsa Durens – Manicurist | Model – Aline Weber
Simply striking and oh so captivating proof that all it takes is one look to draw readers in.
Vogue Italia June 2011
Steven Meisel – Photographer | Edward Enninful – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Guido Palau – Hair Stylist | Pat McGrath – Makeup Artist | Randall Peacock – Set Designer | Jin Soon Choi – Manicurist | Models – Candice Huffine, Robyn Lawley & Tara Lynn
Exquisite jewelry, delicate lingerie and three luscious beauties, Meisel’s June cover (and corresponding editorial) was a visual feast, filled with the kind of sensuality and eroticism we didn’t see much of this year.
Matthew Stone – Photographer | Katy England – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Eamonn Hughes – Hair Stylist | Yadim – Makeup Artist | David White – Set Designer | Riccardo Tisci – Designer | Elsa Durens – Manicurist | Chris Moore, Mariacarla Boscono & Saskia de Brauw
The artist and his muses, Matthew Stone shoots Tisci alongside Mariacarla, Chris & Saskia for a dramatic image that calls to mind renaissance paintings.
LOVE F/W 2011
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott – Photographer | Arianne Philips – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Katie Grand – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Panos Yiapanis – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Ashley Javier – Hair Stylist | Luigi Murenu – Hair Stylist | Kirstin Piggott – Makeup Artist | Lucia Pieroni – Makeup Artist | Models – Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning, Hailee Steinfeld, Daphne Groeneveld, Kristen McMenamy, Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono, Nyasha Matonhodze
Don’t shed a tear, Mert & Marcus’ LOVE covers might have featured several top models & Hollywood starlets crying, but they made our list for sheer originality. Even the preview image for the covers, featuring Nyasha and one feathered fancy of a headpiece is among the years best.
Vogue Italia March 2011
Steven Meisel – Photographer | Panos Yiapanis – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Guido Palau – Hair Stylist | Pat McGrath – Makeup Artist | Mary Howard – Set Designer | Jin Soon Choi – Manicurist | Model – Saskia de Brauw
In all honesty we could put together a list of best Vogue Italia covers of the year, since there were (as always) quite a few good ones to choose from. That said, Saskia’s glittering March cover lived up to the cover text and just plain dazzled us.
Vogue Paris May 2011
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott – Photographer | Emmanuelle Alt – Fashion Editor/Stylist | Paul Hanlon – Hair Stylist | Charlotte Tilbury – Makeup Artist | Lorraine Griffin – Manicurist | Model – Kate Moss
Everyone wants a piece of Kate Moss and Mert & Marcus’ memorable VP cover shows the supermodel looking nonchalant as ever, while a host of hands vie for the clothes right off Moss’ back.
Ai Wei Wei makes a bold statement with his collaboration with W, shot by Max Vadukul the cover (and accompanying editorial) show a woman being arrested, kidnapped and ultimately silenced: powerful imagery and the legendary artist’s first new work since being released from government custody.
BONUS : Garage Magazine Debut Issue
Love it or hate it, Damien Hirst’s butterfly tattoo was the most shocking & debated cover of the entire year.