Edward Enninful continues to throw us curve balls as he rounds out his tenure as editor of British Vogue. Last month was the surprise of all surprises, as Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio became the magazine’s cover stars, which ultimately, fell extremely short and devoid of fashion (bizarre, we know). This month, Enninful drops us another series of surprise cover stars, as he pays homage to the place in which the magazine has been created for the last 65 years: Vogue House. Condé Nast is saying goodbye to the landmark Hanover Square, Mayfair location in 2024 (in favor of The Adelphi on Thames Embankment) and UK Vogue is going ALL out to celebrate the historic building with a trio of celebratory covers.
Cover one shows models Emily Ratajkowski and Adwoa Aboah atop the building’s revolving door, cover two sees Irina Shayk and Adut Akech posing outside the loading bay while the third cover shows Karen Elson and Mona Tougaard (sat perched on top a Royal Mail postbox) outside of Vogue House, with the facade of the 1950s office building as the backdrop. Each cover has been captured by photographer Sean Thomas, complete with styling from Dena Giannini.
Per usual, the all-important question remained: were our forum members impressed? “Finally, a set of British Vogue covers this year that don’t look dreary and sad!” heralded crmsn.
Vogue28 said: “The first cover is truly the only one which should’ve been printed/made. The other two are absolutely naff and are a complete non-event, in comparison to the first cover which I’m actually rather fond of. The cover feels celebratory, fashion-y and pays homage to Vogue House perfectly, IMO.”
“The idea is nice, but the execution is terrible,” immediately complained Ivanity86.
“This concept is so… stupid to me,” laughed blueorchid.
“This is terrible. Pure trash,” exclaimed a far from impressed caioherrero.
Forum member liberty33r1b wasn’t exactly jumping for joy either, adding: “I can only laugh at these covers, just tragic!”
“They could’ve at least called Tim Walker…” cried out Conbothsides.
See more from British Vogue‘s November 2023 issue and join the conversation, here.