Cover Stars: The Best (and the Rest) of the February 2014 Issues

Longtime Coco’s Tea Party readers will have noticed I haven’t been writing about magazine covers as much lately. That’s because I’m changing things up this year, and will instead feature all the biggest and best covers in one supersized monthly round-up. And February 2014 is a great month to begin with.

February 2014 Magazine Covers

There’s a really interesting mix of cover girls this month, which is refreshing to see. Three of the big fashion titles photographed models instead of celebrities – a trend that crept back onto the newsstand last year. And out of the publications that did stick with famous faces, many looked outside the box and featured new girls like Lena Dunham, Lupita Nyong’o and Ellie Goulding.

Keep reading to see all the key covers this month, and find out which shoots were my favourites and which issues failed to win me over…

The Best… My favourite covers this month were the last two to drop: Lena Dunham for US Vogue and Lupita Nyong’o for Dazed & Confused. I think Lena’s Vogue portrait is so great for many reasons. Her expression and pose instantly grab your attention, the polka dot Burberry Prorsum shirt is adorable, her hair and makeup look incredible and they haven’t attacked her with photoshop. Plus the image is all about her personality; they haven’t Vogue-d her up too much.

I also have a lot of love for Lupita’s Dazed & Confused cover. The bold makeup and Prada look create a dramatic statement, and if you didn’t know Lupita from 12 Years a Slave you would be forgiven for thinking she’s a fashion model. She certainly looks the part!

Lena Dunham Vogue US Cover

And the rest…. ELLE US have four cover stars for their annual Women in TV issue. Comedians Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling both made the cut…

Amy Poehler ELLE Mindy Kaling ELLE

… As did Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams. Needless to say I can’t wait to get this issue! And naturally Mindy’s cover will be my first choice. I was so pleased to see ELLE recognise her and Amy Poehler’s talents – we need to see more funny women in magazines!

Zooey Deschanel ELLE Allison Williams ELLE

Georgia May Jagger models a denim Balmain jumpsuit for British Vogue’s low-key cover, whilst Marie Claire US opt for a beauty shot of Drew Barrymore. I love this image, but dislike the coverline “Drew Barrymore: Knocked Up and in Love”. What is that about?!

Drew Barrymore Marie Claire Georgia May Jagger Vogue

Ellie Goudling rocks an embellished evening gown on Marie Claire UK’s pretty (but fairly bland) February cover. And Khloe Kardashian gives the Cosmopolitan UK readers a big smile.

Khloe Kardashian Cosmopolitan Ellie Goudling Marie Claire

Newlywed Keira Knightley models a colourful Chanel look on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, and on the over side of the pond Daria Werbowy posed for the magazine’s US edition. I like both covers, but think they’re also a little bit forgettable.

Keira Knightley Daria Werbowy Harpers Bazaar

Allison Williams looks pretty in a pastel Miu Miu coat on InStyle UK’s cover (displaying a freaky, backwards hand). And Kate Winslet also models a statement coat for Glamour UK. Kate’s cover is beautiful, but I feel like we’ve seen this photo of her before. Have we?

Allison Williams InStyle Kate Winslet Glamour

W magazine produced six different covers this month, all photographed by Juergen Teller. The honours went to Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o…

Jennifer Lawrence W Lupita Nyong'o W

… Oprah Winfrey, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey. I think Lupita’s portrait is the most eye-catching and Cate’s is the weakest link, but overall this looks like an un-missable issue!

Oprah Winfrey W Amy Adams W

Cate Blanchett W  Matthew McConaughey W

Model Li Wei landed the cover of Glamour France, this month. And ELLE UK also opted for a model, photographing Cameron Russell. Personally I think the ELLE cover looks a bit dated, but I’m pleased to see them feature a new face.

Cameron Russell ELLE UK Li Wei Glamour France

I was pleased to see Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover of InStyle USA, but unfortunately the image they’ve chosen isn’t particularly flattering. Still, badly-photoshopped SJP is better than no SJP at all. And over on Vanity Fair Jimmy Fallon poses alongside Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes.

Sarah Jessica Parker InStyle Jimmy Fallon Vanity Fair

Let me know which February 2014 covers are your favourites. And, of course, which ones you don’t like. I love getting your verdict.

  • monicawelburn

    Matthew McConaughey gets my vote! And is it bad I have suit envy?!

    The Elgin Avenue

    • cocos_tea_party

      Haha not at all! Although I’m surprised out of all the covers that was your favourite. x

  • Agnethe

    I really like the Jennifer Lawrence cover. I like the swimsuit and the location but I would have liked it more if she smiled and looked a bit more relaxed in her face.
    Besides that the Harpers Bazaar covers appeals to me. I find them very fashionable.

    I´m surpriced by how boring the Elle covers look.

  • Shay

    Top Three:
    Lena Dunham- there’s a lot of personality and it’s very unique
    Amy Poehler- her smirk just grabs my eye
    Li Wei- simple yet striking

    Bottom Three:
    Matthew McConaughey-he looks like he showed up drunk to the shoot
    Amy Adams- that pose! I just don’t understand how that’s the picture they chose
    Khloe Kardashia- The dress isn’t flattering, and her legs seem too skinny for her body

  • Nadia

    You should have your pick of the worst as well, Ella. I’d be interested to see your opinion. My favourites are Lupita for W and Dazed (if you follow her red carpet style, which I’m sure you do, you’ll have noticed she barely misses a style beat) and Khloe for Cosmo. Worst for me are Amy Adams and Kate Blanchet’s W magazine covers. Kate looks like a 90s drag queen and I don’t really get the pose Amy Adams is doing…