Ban Ki-moon covers Vogue

Posted in Cool stuff, Covers by Nneoma Ulu on May 15, 2012

Yes, you read right. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, is gracing the cover of  L’Uomo Vogue‘s May issue. The issue is dedicated to “Re-branding Africa” and editor Franca Sozzani believes that cover star Ban Ki-moon is the ideal person to get the fashion world to take notice of the continent’s promising future. She is no stranger to a bit of thought-provoking controversy in the fashion world following her all black issue of Vogue Italia in July 2008 issue.

Franca Sozzani is giving the world a different view of Africa. This is not about starving children and poverty-stricken families – this is about prosperity and hope. As Ban Ki-moon puts it, “Africa does not need charity. Africa needs investment and partnership. Joining forces with civil society and private sector, including non-traditional players, like the fashion industry, has become indispensable.” So Franca is using her recent appointment as the first Goodwill ambassador for Fashion 4 Development, an NGO supported by UNESCO, aiming to create sustainable fashion businesses in countries like Bangladesh and Nigeria to start a conversation. A conversation that is not rooted in the negative connotations that come so easily when thinking about Africa but one that showcases the creativity and originality coming out of Africa. Sure, there will be backlash saying that using local African personalities – actors, musicians, actors, stylists, writers – undermines the issues that the continent faces but maybe fashion can succeed where music has tried and failed? Whatever the outcome, at least the fashion world is taking note of the opportunity that Africa presents.


When Editors & Stylists become Cover Stars

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on November 28, 2011

The model is a dying breed. Whilst this may not be entirely true, when it comes to magazine covers, models are competing against actors and musicians and increasingly magazine editors and stylists. The latest edition of Industrie magazine features fashion heavyweight, Franca Sozzani – Editor of Vogue Italia. The cover, shot by Terry Richardson and styled by Katie Grand, captures the blue-eyed editor with a piercing stare – apparently the result of Richardson photographing her under unflattering lighting and making her look kind of shiny and shell shocked. The fact that covers like this get as much buzz as covers featuring stunning clothes and striking models is a statement in itself – and Franca embodies that in her dominatrix PVC jacket. Fashion editors can shift just as many covers as the traditional cover stars and with editors like Anna Dello Russo, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Caroline Issa, among others ruling in the personal style fashion stakes, securing a magazine cover seems like the natural evolution.

It is not only fashion editors that are stealing coveted cover spots but also stylists as Nicola Formichetti shows us on the cover of L’Officiel Hommes Korea. Most famous for styling Lady Gaga, Formichetti has become a fashion entity in his won right so it only makes sense that he can score a cover – and a beautiful one at that. I wonder who will be the next cover star?

Images via The CutDesign Scene

Sometimes the Yanks do it better: Adele covers Cosmopolitan US

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on November 2, 2011

Okay so it’s true that I may be a little bit biased due to the fact I’m currently in the US of A however, I must say that despite swooning over Adele’s Vogue UK cover from October, it was glaringly obvious that they had avoided showing more of her plus-size figure on the cover. Enter the December issue of Cosmopolitan US with the songstress sporting a leopard print D&G number with her trademark big hair and immaculate make-up. The main difference between this and the Vogue cover? You can actually see what she is wearing and she looks good. The only down side – let’s face it, Cosmopolitan is not exactly the most fashion forward of publications and it would’ve been much more inspiring to see Vogue leading the charge on this.  Despite all of that you cannot take away from how great Adele looks on the cover and in the words of Kelly Rowland (from X Factor UK), she’s ‘size sexy’.

Image via Cosmopolitan US

Adele covers Vogue UK

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on September 5, 2011

After watching Adele on The Jonathan Ross Show my love for her catapulted. Not only is she gorgeous, she’s down to earth and rocks big hair like no other twenty-something year old I’ve seen! Her Vogue UK cover cements my love for her and they sum it up so well… Adoring Adele. Nuff said.


Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on April 14, 2011

I must admit, I’m an editorials kinda girl. I love the way the clothes are used to tell a story and that every placement is the deliberate result of a conscious decision. Covers aren’t really my bag. However, I’m completely and utterly blown away by Adele on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine. One of my beauty expert mates couldn’t have put it better when it comes to Adele – “she is beautiful and gets her make-up so right”. That is so true of this cover, she looks immaculate with the right amount of sexy. We’re so used to seeing Adele in a figure-skimming, borderline baggy black dresses, this is the complete opposite to that – bright, sultry and just plain hawt!

From the sublime to the beautifully ridiculous. Lady Gaga covers this month’s Harper’s Bazaar in one of her more tame looks. Those prosthetic cheek bones…. not sure whether I’m sold. According to her, it’s not plastic surgery, it’s “body modification”. Despite the plastic mishap on her face, she looks beautiful. Now that’s not a word I would normally associate with Gaga, not because she isn’t, but that clearly isn’t the look she’d ever go for. She looks good. Pink hair, plastic face bits and all.

Kanye by Karl x V MAN

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on February 8, 2011

Kanye’s lyrics “every superhero needs his theme music” from POWER have been ringing in my head all day for work-related reasons so I guess I’ve got him on the brain. Loving this V MAN cover shot by Karl Lagerfeld and loving it even more because of the free dollar bills stuffed into Kanye’s mouth.

Cover Love: Dansk SS11

Posted in Cool stuff, Covers by Nneoma Ulu on January 24, 2011

Cover teaser of the next edition of Dansk magazine. Ashley Smith wears Prada.

Desperate for a bright lipstick!

via Love Magazine

Nicki Minaj covers V Magazine

Posted in Covers by Nneoma Ulu on January 11, 2011

So I’ve been on the fence about Nicki Minaj for a while now. The hype was just too much for me but I’ve changed my mind. After watching her on Joan River’s Fashion Police last weekend, I love her. This V Magazine cover gives me more reasons to lover her, especially as she’s wearing mark Fast. Go girl!

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