April 2020 Fashion Magazine Issues That Hit Us Right In The Feels

Shikha Kohli , 09 Apr 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic is changing how we live our daily lives. From finding comfort in a familiar space to unlearning and relearning to thrive each day. We asked various homegrown illustrators to design digital covers capturing the myriad moods of this period of self-isolation and in turn acknowledge the uniqueness of our situation. Each cover is a reminder that we're not stuck in a loop — and that everyday is still a new day. . “As we continue to battle this global pandemic, two sides of the story emerge. One, where we find ourselves at home, trying to keep it together, staying sane, and adjusting. The other side belongs to those who do not have this option, and those who don't have access to bare necessities imperative for survival in isolation. The least we can do is complain lesser about being homebound, and instead, redirect our energies into strengthening the relationship we have with ourselves. Being able to stay at home and relax is a privilege that not everyone has in these trying times. Use this time to introspect, better yourself, and help those in need. They say – "You cannot give from an empty cup" – and this world needs you more than ever right now, and will continue to, long after this is all over. Try to help in whatever little way you can, even if it means by simply staying at home." . . Illustration: @anjalimehta92 #AtHomeWithGrazia Download our April digital issue for FREE from the link in our bio.

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What’s happening in the world right now is a global crisis. That being known, we’re all hitting pause on our personal and professional goals by staying in and practising social distancing for the greater good. But of course, I do miss my friends, the real world, and daily interactions with fellow beings. Social media is that one place where, everyone, no matter where in the world, is going through the same sh*t as you. Which is probably why my screen time has doubled from what it usually is.

Social media is a thin thread, tying us all together, especially when it comes to the #memes. It is nice to see that people see the lighter side of things, and together we can de-stress and share a laugh. I am genuinely grateful for content creators who are relentlessly working towards keeping each other and the world entertained, within the given means. It helps make the world a more positive place.

Apart from #coronamemes, I am also stalking fashion magazines often. I like to keep up with what the most coveted fashion magazines have to say, and which model, actress or celebrity has featured on the glossy fashion magazine cover. Naturally, I was looking forward to what these magazines have to offer this month considering the current global situation, and boy was I left impressed!

In their April 2020 issues, fashion magazines got creative within their limited “work from home” space and sent out a powerful message. Have a look at some of the most impactful fashion magazine covers from April 2020:

#1. Vogue Italia

Italy is one of the worst affected countries in this global pandemic. Vogue Italia, decided to show their solidarity towards all those who have lost their lives, who are fighting the virus, and healthcare workers who are working relentlessly risking their own lives. For the first time in the history of Vogue Italia, they printed a blank magazine cover. The suspended the project they had been working on from the start and chose white as it signifies many things. “White is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin,” said Emanuele Farneti, editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia, in the latest issue.

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The Vogue Italia April Issue will be out next Friday 10th. 🤍🤍🤍 “In its long history stretching back over a hundred years, Vogue has come through wars, crises, acts of terrorism. Its noblest tradition is never to look the other way. Just under two weeks ago, we were about to print an issue that we had been planning for some time, and which also involved L’Uomo Vogue in a twin project. But to speak of anything else – while people are dying, doctors and nurses are risking their lives and the world is changing forever – is not the DNA of Vogue Italia. Accordingly, we shelved our project and started from scratch. The decision to print a completely white cover for the first time in our history is not because there was any lack of images – quite the opposite. We chose it because white signifies many things at the same time. 🤍🤍🤍 White is first of all respect. White is rebirth, the light after darkness, the sum of all colours. White is the colour of the uniforms worn by those who put their own lives on the line to save ours. It represents space and time to think, as well as to stay silent. White is for those who are filling this empty time and space with ideas, thoughts, stories, lines of verse, music and care for others. White recalls when, after the crisis of 1929, this immaculate colour was adopted for clothes as an expression of purity in the present, and of hope in the future. Above all: white is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin.” #EmanueleFarneti @EFarneti #imagine #FarAwaySoClose #WhiteCanvas — Read the full Editor’s letter via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @Efarneti Creative director @FerdinandoVerderi

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#2. Vogue Portugal

Vogue Portugal‘s April 2020 issue has sparked a lot of controversies. The magazine release two covers. The first cover shows models Bibiána Baltovičová and Adam Bardy kissing with masks on, the issue is titled “freedom on hold”.

The second cover features, model Lily Stewart, who is locked in a confined space, there is a ray of light hitting her face, which represents a better and brighter future.

Many argue that this cover speaks of confinement, and calls social isolation, and distancing the “new freedom”, which is distasteful. The statement the magazine was trying to make seemed too literal to its fans. What do you guys think of this magazine cover?

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Uma imagem não vale só mais que mil palavras. Vale também enquanto documento histórico. E a liberdade de 2020 vai ser reconhecível assim: confinada. Seja por quatro paredes, seja por uma máscara, sempre com uma luz que espreita pela janela de um futuro que virá melhor, e mais livre. E vai ser reconhecível hoje ou daqui a dez anos. A Vogue Portugal “Freedom on Hold” chega às bancas a 02 de abril, juntamente com o download gratuito do pdf – porque estamos juntos nisto. Mas para não perder uma edição tão especial e que ficará para a história, pode assegurar a sua cópia já em Vogue.pt/shop. #freedomonhold Capa 01 de 02. — An image isn’t just worth more than a thousand words. It’s worth as a historical document as well. And 2020’s freedom will be recognizable like this: in confinement. Be it within four walls, be it separated by a mask, always with a ray of light peeking from the window of a brighter and better future – with more freedom. And it’ll be recognizable today and in ten years time. Vogue Portugal is out on stands on April 2nd, along with the free download of our pdf – we’re still in this together. But to make sure you don’t lose such a special issue, one that will be forever part of History, make sure you grab your copy now at Vogue.pt/shop [link in bio]. #freedomonhold Cover 01 of 02. #vogueportugal #editorinchief @Sofia.slucas #coverartdirection @jsantanagq #photography @branislavsimoncik #models @bibibaltovic @adambardy #mask @lukaskimlicka #freedom #liberdade #april #freedomissue @lighthouse.publishing

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Uma imagem não vale só mais que mil palavras. Vale também enquanto documento histórico. E a liberdade de 2020 vai ser reconhecível assim: confinada. Seja por quatro paredes, seja por uma máscara, sempre com uma luz que espreita pela janela de um futuro que virá melhor, e mais livre. E vai ser reconhecível hoje ou daqui a dez anos. A Vogue Portugal “Freedom on Hold” chega às bancas a 02 de abril, juntamente com o download gratuito do pdf – porque estamos juntos nisto. Mas para não perder uma edição tão especial e que ficará para a história, pode assegurar a sua cópia já em Vogue.pt/shop. #freedomonhold Capa 02 de 02. — An image isn’t just worth more than a thousand words. It’s worth as a historical document as well. And 2020’s freedom will be recognizable like this: in confinement. Be it within four walls, be it separated by a mask, always with a ray of light peeking from the window of a brighter and better future – with more freedom. And it’ll be recognizable today and in ten years time. Vogue Portugal is out on stands on April 2nd, along with the free download of our pdf – we’re still in this together. But to make sure you don’t lose such a special issue, one that will be forever part of History, make sure you grab your copy now at Vogue.pt/shop [link in bio]. #freedomonhold Cover 02 of 02. #vogueportugal #editorinchief @Sofia.slucas #coverartdirection @jsantanagq #photography @renee_parkhurst #styling @olgayanul #model @_lilystewart_ #freedom #coronavirus #covid19 #liberdade #april #freedomissue #voguevalues @lighthouse.publishing

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#3. Vanity Fair Italia

A robust yet straightforward message, Vanity Fair Italia featured the flag of Italy with a cut. The cut on the tri-colour represents and wound and a crack. Italian artist, Francesco Vezzoli designed the fashion magazine’s cover. “We are entering an era of seriousness,” said Simone Marchetti, Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair Italia.

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Un tricolore con un taglio che rappresenta una ferita ma anche uno spiraglio. È la nuova copertina di Vanity Fair, in edicola da domani, 8 aprile, creata per noi dall’artista Francesco Vezzoli in omaggio a Lucio Fontana (l'opera verrà messa all'asta e il ricavato sarà devoluto in beneficenza). Si tratta del terzo atto nella trilogia di Vanity Fair dedicata all’emergenza Covid-19. Premi Nobel, filosofi, amministratori delegati, presidenti delle filiere italiane più importanti insieme a poeti, artisti e designer: il numero li unisce tutti per interrogarsi sul mondo che ci aspetta dopo il virus e su come affrontare l'emergenza economica che segue quella sanitaria. «Stiamo entrando in un’epoca di serietà», scrive il direttore @marchettisimone nel suo editoriale, «Un nuovo tempo, dove i valori e gli interrogativi di ieri (l’ecologia, il rispetto del lavoro umano, l’inclusione, l’importanza dello Stato) non saranno più soltanto mete da inseguire ma risultati da mettere sul tavolo. Hic et nunc. Qui e adesso. La storia siamo noi. O meglio: #LItaliasiamonoi. Quest’emergenza ce l’ha fatto capire ancora di più». Nel link in bio tutti i dettagli

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#4. ELLE France

Moving away from glamorous and stylish photos shoots. ELLE France decided to dedicate their latest issue to healthcare workers. Healthcare workers of the world are the real heroes and heroines, who are risking their lives and working day in, day out, to fight the pandemic.

The cover shot was an illustration, representing the health care workers, wearing scrubs and masks. The cover reads “MERCI“, which means thank you in French. French artist Soledad Bravi (@soledadbravi) illustrates the cover, showing how nurses, nursing assistants, and doctors are our heroines.

#5. ELLE Canada

ELLE Canada has dedicated their latest issue to all things social distancing, helping people with information that can assist them in coping with this new life, in the confinement of our homes. Similar to, Vogue Italia, the cover is blank, and ELLE made it’s logo social distance (notice the second “L”). The logo represents, how all it takes is one person doing the right thing to break the chain. The magazine’s cover is titled- “alone together, united in hope”.

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As we were finishing the final pages of the May issue, the coronavirus hit and the world changed. The ELLE Canada team had to relocate to our sofas, kitchen counters and dining tables. We had to sign off on files remotely, have video-conference calls and make the inevitable last-minute changes from a distance. Overnight, everything was different. If you, like us, are finding things tough, the therapy guide in our May issue covers everything you need to know about the different types available, including online therapy with all its pros and cons. There are also messages from ELLE editors around the world on how they are coping with #COVID19. ELLE is here, as always, to offer you a break from the noise and a little inspiration. While ELLE will still be on newsstands, we encourage you to #stayhome and order a copy of the May issue before April 6 to be delivered to your door. Find the link in our Instagram Story now.

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#6. ELLE India

Like all industries, the fashion industry has hit pause too. ELLE India, used illustrations on their cover, as opposed to, doing a shoot, or bringing images out of archives. The fashion magazine released three covers for April. For all the three covers, they collaborated with different artists. These artists represented the current global situation through their artwork.

The first cover was a collaboration with celebrated Franco-German artist Kera Till (@keratill). Kera represented the idea of social distancing with her illustration. “For me, India is all about colour. I tried to visualise social distancing without making it scary or dark, and because it is still about connection, I used the dashed lines,” said Kera when speaking to the magazine.

The second cover was in collaboration with artists Juhi Vishnani, and Shiva Nallaperumal of November (@nvmbr_in), whose cover represented the worlds view right now, via typography.

The third April 2020 cover for ELLE, is illustrated by Aniruddh Mehta (@thebigfatminimalist) whose artwork showed how we are all connected and in this together.

For those who miss buying their monthly glossies, is that you can download the ELLE India April issue for free this month from their website ELLE.in.

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ELLE as a magazine has always been empathetic of the current climate. We took the informed decision to not carry our planned cover shoot. It just wouldn’t be right—and it wouldn’t be fair on our readers especially when our world is at the edge of a breakdown. Instead, we worked with three exceptional artists to create imagery that would be symbiotic of world view right now. . We asked the acclaimed Franco-German artist @keratill to interpret her idea of social distancing. “For me, India is all about colour. I tried to visualise social distancing without making it scary or dark, and because it is still about connection, I used the dashed lines,” says Kera. Read more about our collaboration with @KeraTill via link in bio. . As a gesture of goodwill, our April issue will be available for free download on elle.in on April 8. . Artwork: @keratill Animation: @vidhimirpuri Music: @bensound . #ELLEApril #Art #SocialDistancing #FlattenTheCurve #InThisTogether #StayHomeStaySafe #KeraTill

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ELLE as a magazine has always been empathetic of the current climate. We took the informed decision to not carry our planned cover shoot. It just wouldn’t be right—and it wouldn’t be fair on our readers especially when our world is at the edge of a breakdown. Instead, we worked with three exceptional artists to create imagery that would be symbiotic of world view right now. . For our second cover, we worked with @Juhivishnani and @Shiva_n_ of November (@nvmbr_in), to create imagery that would be symbiotic of the world view right now. The duo played with typography to explore the idea of dispersion. . As a gesture of goodwill, our April issue will be available for free download on elle.in on April 8. . Artwork: @nvmbr_in Animation: @vidhimirpuri Music: @bensound . #ELLEApril #Art #SocialDistancing #FlattenTheCurve #InThisTogether #StayHomeStaySafe #DesignedByNovember

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ELLE as a magazine has always been empathetic of the current climate. We took the informed decision to not carry our planned cover shoot. It just wouldn’t be right—and it wouldn’t be fair on our readers especially when our world is at the edge of a breakdown. Instead, we worked with three exceptional artists to create imagery that would be symbiotic of world view right now. . For our third cover, we collaborated with Aniruddh Mehta (@thebigfatminimalist) to create a cover that resonates with what we're going through. The idea is to emphasise that we are all in some way connected, and in this together. . Artwork: @thebigfatminimalist . #ELLEApril #Art #SocialDistancing #FlattenTheCurve #InThisTogether #StayHomeStaySafe #AniruddhMehta

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#7. Cosmopolitan India

Cosmopolitan India got actress Sobhita Dhulipala working from home. The April issue is their first-ever “work from home” issue. Sobhita made most of the available means and styled, conceptualised and art directed this cover herself, along with the Cosmopolitan India team. The fashion magazine’s cover has a very vintage vibe, where she is chilling on a rug, leaning against the wall, with a book by her side. She wore a plaid shirt and bootleg jeans, as she styled herself for the cover shot!

This issue of Cosmopolitan India is about life during quarantine. The magazine will publish an exclusive digital issue, on their digital assets over the next few weeks. The issue will include the whirlwind of thought and emotions the Cosmopolitan India team is going through right now.

Alongside that, the issue features celebrity contributors, writing about life, love and hope. They tap on topics like working out at home, self-care, makeup masterclasses, how to give your self a haircut and more. Celebrities who have contributed to this work from home issue, include- Shaheen Bhatt, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Purab Kohli, Mandira Bedi, Malaika Arora, our very own boss lady Malini Agarwal, Mithila Palkar, Sonali Bendre, Huma Qureshi and many more.  

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A cover created by the covergirl herself? Oh yes, we did. Cosmo India presents a unique Made At Home cover, created by the lovely Sobhita Dhulipala (@sobhitad). This remotely-shot cover celebrates the spirit of collaboration, and was styled, conceptualised, and put together by Sobhita, in association with Team Cosmo, for this first-ever #WorkfromHome Issue.⁠ Over the next few days, Cosmo India will be publishing a digital-exclusive issue on all its social media assets and website, echoing the many thoughts and emotions many of us are all going through right now. Stay tuned for celebrity contributors and exclusive content on life, love, and hope…in the time of isolation. #CosmoWorkFromHome⁠ ⁠ Editor: Nandini Bhalla (@nandinibhalla)⁠ Styling: Sobhita Dhulipala (@sobhitad)⁠ Photographer: Sobhita Dhulipala (@sobhitad ) Hair: Sobhita Dhulipala (@sobhitad)⁠ Makeup: Sobhita Dhulipala (@sobhitad)⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #sobhitadhulipala #cosmoworkfromhome #workfromhome #isolation #selfisolation #isolationlife #covid19 #workfromhomeindia #isolationindia #athome #indiaathome #celebritiesathome #bollywood #bollywoodcelebrities #bollywoodathome⁠ #stayhome #withme #quarantineandchill #india #flattenthecurve #quarantinelife #quarantineindia #quatantineindia #quarantinebollywood #quarantinecelebrity⁠ #bollywood #cosmoindia

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#8. Grazia India

Grazia India released three digital covers, designed by home-grown illustrators. Visual artist, Sameer Kulavoor (@sam_kulavoor, @bombayduckdesigns) created the first cover. The cover speaks of coming together. Emphasising on the message that, even though we are separated, we need community spirit and support now more than ever.

The second cover represents a common thread that is binding us all together. Illustrator, artist, and model, Namita (@vantagold) designed the cover. The cover features items that are the new-age luxuries. Gloves, a shopping cart symbolising groceries, masks, a stethoscope is exemplifying medical assistance, along with a house plant, and flip-flops, that one usually wears at home.

The third and final cover is an illustration that speaks about being home-bound. This cover is encouraging readers, who have the luxury stay home and unwind, to introspect and work on bettering themselves and help those in need.

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Let's face it: We're dealing with a whole new kind of present in the wake of the Covid-19 health crisis. For us at Grazia, it’s more important than ever to share stories that can educate and inspire, and in turn, set new and bright narratives for the future. We responded quickly to these unprecedented times with a temporary rebrand, a launch of an e-version of the magazine, complementing our online digital content. . . Our April digital cover explores the theme: Six Degrees of Separation – the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances. However, this took on a whole new meaning for us while brainstorming for this issue. We realised community spirit used to be about coming together; now it’s about staying apart. But despite the varying degrees of separation and disparity, we hope this issue will offer some much-needed inspiration to everybody in difficult times – and serve as a reminder that while we might be alone, we are in this together. As a gesture of solidarity to home-bound readers enduring this period of self-isolation, we will be making our April 2020 issue free and available to access digitally. Head to our link in bio for the FREE DOWNLOAD link. The cover has been illustrated by visual artist, Sameer Kulavoor (@sam_kulavoor, @bombayduckdesigns) #AtHomeWithGrazia.

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The coronavirus pandemic is changing how we live our daily lives. From finding comfort in a familiar space to unlearning and relearning to thrive each day, we asked various homegrown illustrators to design digital covers capturing the myriad moods of this period of self-isolation and in turn acknowledging the uniqueness of our situation. Each cover is a reminder that we're not stuck in a loop — and that everyday is still a new day. . “The global pandemic has introduced a new meaning to luxury – now found in commonplace items that one would have once easily overlooked. The subsequent standstill and isolation has also forced us to weigh the importance of human connection in these divisive times, and it is now more important than ever for a gentle reminder that there is a common thread binding all of us.” . . Illustration: @vantagold #AtHomeWithGrazia Download our April digital issue for FREE from the link in our bio.

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The coronavirus pandemic is changing how we live our daily lives. From finding comfort in a familiar space to unlearning and relearning to thrive each day. We asked various homegrown illustrators to design digital covers capturing the myriad moods of this period of self-isolation and in turn acknowledge the uniqueness of our situation. Each cover is a reminder that we're not stuck in a loop — and that everyday is still a new day. . “As we continue to battle this global pandemic, two sides of the story emerge. One, where we find ourselves at home, trying to keep it together, staying sane, and adjusting. The other side belongs to those who do not have this option, and those who don't have access to bare necessities imperative for survival in isolation. The least we can do is complain lesser about being homebound, and instead, redirect our energies into strengthening the relationship we have with ourselves. Being able to stay at home and relax is a privilege that not everyone has in these trying times. Use this time to introspect, better yourself, and help those in need. They say – "You cannot give from an empty cup" – and this world needs you more than ever right now, and will continue to, long after this is all over. Try to help in whatever little way you can, even if it means by simply staying at home." . . Illustration: @anjalimehta92 #AtHomeWithGrazia Download our April digital issue for FREE from the link in our bio.

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These fashion magazine covers, send across a strong message. As a result of which, these covers will go down in history. Which magazine cover did you find the most impactful?

Let us know in the comments below. And, don’t forget to follow @missmalinifashion for all the style updates.

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