They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s not true when it comes to fashion magazines. Each month we dissect covers far and wide using our patented Anna Wintour rating system.
Jason Bourne star Matt Damon is the star of this month’s haul, which overall is a pretty strong prelude to September. And unlike the usual celebstravagnza that will be plastered across the newsstand next month, there are some real fashion standouts in August—InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar UK, even Vogue! (Also, we’re really glad someone gave Patsy and Edina their due.)
Madame Figaro China
This cover recalls the golden age of fashion editorials and is a fleeting moment of brightness amid all the blight leading up to the Summer Games.
We can’t forgive that “Denim Daze” headline, though.
Bad Mom Mila went for the bad-denim jumpsuit.
Harper’s Bazaar UK
The textures, colors and moods evoke the paintings of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and the Pre-Raphaelites. Few editors can work all a season’s trends together so organically and yet with such whimsy. A true win.
Amy’s loving the look and this is definitely the most fun photo of the shoot.
It actually makes you want to take up smoking—if only to bother other people.
Town and Country
Her jacket is fun, though.
Esquire UK, GQ, GQ Australia, GQ France
There’s a Matt Damon for everyone here: British brunching Matt Damon on Esquire UK, sexy fun uncle Matt Damon American GQ, auditioning for James Bond Matt Damon on Australian GQ and Matt Damon, the one and only Jason Bourne on French GQ, of course. Who knew he was so versatile? Also, why would you hide his sexy gray hair in the shadows, Australian GQ?
A lot of InStyle UK covers read like B-sides to the American version, but Glynne’s never looked better.
We’re ready for the industry to start channeling its prettiest boy into its weirder, darker stories.
Also, we can’t help but notice another out-of-focus hand here. Is this a new trend.
Maybe The editors were hoping you’d stare at Margot and not the doom and gloom cover teases. Trump! Cosby! The NRA!
Elle Man Vietnam
That black top reads a little flat under that jacket, but the natural framing of the greenery around him is a nice touch.
Harper’s Bazaar Germany
Pleated top, big hair, don’t care.
If there was a template for the mood an August cover should invoke, this would be it.