This year has undoubtedly belonged to Edward Enninful, who has dominated newsstands worldwide with British Vogue covers showcasing the likes of Naomi Campbell, Naomi Scott, Kate Moss, Madonna, Kaia Gerber and Jourdan Dunn. He even had Meghan Markle guest edit the magazine for September. Now U.K. Vogue wraps up 2019 with Emma Watson decked out in a red Alexander McQueen ruffled number (picked by Poppy Kain) for the vibrant December 2019 cover shot by Alasdair McLellan.
But members of our forums expected much more. “Your tagline is dress up and you’re showing me a beautiful and bored woman having a forced smile while sitting on a wood bench? C’mon Edward! Forgettable at best!” proclaimed Lola701.
“Dress up…then sit down outdoors in a smoking area and look unhappy,” tigerrouge chimed in.
“Autopilot. This is boring as hell, even if it’s not terrible. Looks like it could be from the [Alexandra] Shulman era,” disapproved Fiercification.
Srdjan wasn’t feeling it, either: “Not a fan of this one. Her face and hair look too sharp in comparison to the dress…”
“She looks so uncomfortable. The styling is the complete opposite of her own. You can’t just throw your subject into any old dress and expect it to work. There has to be harmony between the actress and the styling. This isn’t a costume party!” exclaimed GivenchyHomme.
Although not everyone was unsatisfied. “What a beautiful cover, that McQueen dress is so bold and her demeanor is calm yet it still doesn’t wear her!” admired Miss Dalloway.
“Always loved Emma and I’m a big fan of this cover!” praised honeycombchild.