Carey Vs. Karlie: Whose Gatsby-Themed Vogue Cover Is Best?

The Great Gatsby is the stuff of dreams for fashion editors looking to the film for inspiration: visually stunning, replete with Prada duds and Tiffany & Co. jewels, and with a great looking cast to boot. So, naturally, the covers have started rolling in in anticipation of the May 10 release date. So far, two Vogue editions have taken their cues from Daisy Buchanan’s glamorous excesses for this month’s issues, with Vogue Australia casting Karlie Kloss and her era-appropriate bob, and the US version going, predictably, with Carey Mulligan, who will star as Daisy on the big screen. But which cover captures the essence of Gatsby best? Let’s take a look.

On the face of the US tome, Mulligan wears a chartreuse gown from the fall 2013 Oscar de la Renta collection, paired with a generous frosting of fine jewelry and a silver ’20s topper. Inside the issue, Mario Testino photographed the newlywed actress in frou frou frocks by Chanel, Dior, and more.

Kloss, meanwhile, was shot by Arthur Elgort in a studio shoot entitled “The Flapper Wears Prada”. Naturally, the model wears Miuccia’s creations throughout the shoot, plus gets her jazz hands on with dancer/choreographer Justin Peck.

Our verdict? In comparison to her light, fresh Vogue cover of 2010, this photo of Mulligan feels a tad heavy handed, and the smirk on her face puts a damper on the magic of the shot. The inside spread, however, is a sight to behold. Kloss’ shot, meanwhile, is simple and fresh, drawing the eye to her knowing expression and decadently beaded dress.

See both covers and some images from inside the issues below, and for more Gatsby, check out our gallery of vintage covers of the Fitzgerald classic paired with ’20s inspired baubles, and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post:

[Vogue and Vogue Australia]

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