It’s August cover time, people! In honor of the special time, allow us to pit two Vogues against one another. Sarah Jessica Parker for American Vogue versus Lara Stone for Vogue Paris, anddddd…GO!
Okay, we think there’s a clear winner when it comes to this cover matchup. Awesome photograph > boring portrait. Always. Inez and Vinoodh shot Stone (a perennial French Vogue fave) on a beach, in front of a vintage car, in front of palm trees, with a large (close?) plane in the distance. This is a photo with narrative and context, and Stone also happens to look great in a Haider Ackermann dress and thigh-high stockings. As always, the typography is fantastic.
Conversely, SJP looks yawn-worthy (and wintry!) in a white knit Burberry trench against a simple blue background. We’re not feeling the hot pink type (also, there is so much type!), or the fact that Parker’s face has been airbrushed to unlined perfection. Did we mention this is the Age Issue? Anyway, the inside spread redeems the cover a bit. Lensed by Mario Testino, Parker hangs out with her husband Matthew Broderick and her super cute kids while donning Proenza Schouler and the Bottega dress Emma Watson wore to the New York premiere of Harry Potter (which Parker also attended).
See for yourself below. Which cover do you prefer?
Sarah Jessica Parker for American Vogue:
Lara Stone for Vogue Paris:
And SJP’s inside spread:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.