Cover Girl: Blake Lively for Lucky Magazine

Posted on August 01, 2013

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether we’re actually complimenting someone or giving them a well-administered surgical bitchslap in the form of a backhanded compliment. It’s a dilemma that’s plagued us for years. We’ve learned to live with it by not giving a shit what people think we mean and just saying what we mean.


Blake Lively covers the September 2014 issue of Lucky magazine photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.


This is a good cover, she looks pretty, and she should consider breezy, classically chic styles for herself. She could be the poster child for American sportswear.

No, really.


Gucci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Caroline Brasch Nielsen


Granted, she’s wearing Italian ready-to-wear at the moment, but you get our point. Make her the spokesmodel for Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein. She’d be perfect for it. We never understood why Karl Lagerfeld had that brief, short-lived hard-on for her.



[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier for Lucky Magazine,]

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  • Little_Olive

    Really? that picture seems to have been taken before she was ready -like she was asking her assistant to bring her chapstick or something. i don’t enjoy her but she can do better.

    Agree that she is best suited for classic Americana fashion.

    • gabbilevy

      Truly, it’s an awkward expression.

      • Tracy Walker

        Completely! Totally giving the pretty, fresh version of the walk of shame. I didn’t even know that existed!

    • Lilak

      Agree on all. She’s basically a human version of a young Golden Lab, so yeah, Ralph Lauren, etc.

      As for the cover photo: in addition to the ‘not quite ready’ look, they made sure to have her sex up the ‘classic’ coat (“You know I’m not wearing a thing under this divine overcoat, and look…no buttons either!”)

      • 3boysful

        I thought the clutched coat was at odds with her stated fashion confidence, i.e., “OMG! I just decided I don’t want you to see me in what I thought was great a minute ago!”

      • Little_Olive

        “… human version of a young Golden Lab” deserves a spot on the TLo Hall of Fame.
        Gold star for you!

  • boldprint

    “I don’t have a stylist. I trust myself.” Oh, girl.

    That coat is divine.

    • Jecca2244

      Which is ironic because when a brand gives you a head to toe look and louboutin sends you his entire collection it is kind of like bring styled…

      • Heron

        THANK YOU!!! I “style myself,” too. But I also shop at the Garment District and Nordstrom Rack and my grandmother’s wardrobe. So…

  • Kiltdntiltd

    And that stone blue is a great color for her. As for Uncle Karl and his vagaries; who can say?

  • Karen Belgrad

    With a better publicist/agent (and a stylist), she could be the Brooke Shields of her generation (granted, she’s past the nubile age, but she has a similar vibe)

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    “I don’t have a stylist.” Trust me, Blake. We already knew that.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Yes, she lauds this as something to be proud of. No, girl. We saw your scallop boobs, call someone.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She bugs on so many levels, one does not have the time. I’m just grateful for the coat so we aren’t exposed to more of her lady bits that we’ve seen enough of.

  • MilaXX

    She look good here. Shame the photoshop elves struck her again,

  • Jecca2244

    Curious to see the inside as this was supposed to be a game changing issue for the magazine…

    • Kristin McNamara

      How do you mean? (I’m not really a news-reader except for CNN and TLo…. haha)

      • Jecca2244

        They ousted the EIC for Eva Chen, formerly of Teen Vogue and are hoping Chen can revive the failing magazine. Anna Wintour’s directive since she is now Ed director of the mag portfolio

  • veleri

    agree the makeup, especially on the eyes!

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    ‘I trust myself’ *eyes roll like a slot machine*

    • decormaven

      I’d trust myself, too, if I had access to all the free/loaned items thrown at her. Although I’m sure the river of goodies has slowed a bit since Gossip Girl first hit, she definitely has fingertip access to clothing/shoes/accessories mere mortals can only dream of.

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        And ‘fashion icon’? Nope, just a hot girl with unlimited access to tight designer dresses, Christian Louboutin’s showroom, and Lorraine Schwartz’s jewelry box.

        Also lack of stylist explains the on-going jangle-fest and crotch-skimming wardrobe.

      • MartyBellerMask

        No, the river keeps flowing, now that she’s married to an A-list movie star.

  • Maryanne525

    “I don’t have a stylist, I trust myself.” Girl. The moment I gained any type of notoriety, I would hire somebody the second I got my first photocall. I trust myself too, but getting dressed for cameras is different than getting dressed for work.

  • Fordzo

    That is some awful photoshopping of her cheekbones. It looks like the right side of her face is swollen.

  • mjude

    i do love the coat

  • ballerinawithagun

    Perfect for Ralph, beautifully bland.

  • Lesley

    this reminds me of an early 90’s fashion magazine cover, i like it although i don’t really like her.

  • annabelle archer

    “uhhhhhh….” close your mouth dear.

  • Justine

    A) Between her facial expression & the coat clutching, it looks like she’s trying to cover up what’s under the coat. B) Instead of BLAKE! I keep seeing BLANKET! As in BLANKET COATS!!!!

    • Catiline

      Cracking up because that’s exactly how I read it at first glance too. I thought BLANKET!! was the most hilariously odd word for a magazine cover to emphasize.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think you are right.
    Though she generally reads as a complete null, to me.
    Nice coat, though.

  • Glam Dixie

    She looks like she has cramps or something to me.

    • Billie_Dawn

      Yeah, she looks like she’s about to burst into tears or keel over or something. It might not have been so bad if her mouth was closed (and that doesn’t usually bother me as much as it does some people), but as it is? Weird photo.

  • marlie

    She looks so… blank. She’s pretty, but boring.

  • veleri

    hate the make up, especially on the eyes!

  • Diego!

    She is not selling it… Her face shows PANIC ATTACK

    • NinaBoo

      Like she couldn’t find something that would look appropriately cheap and tacky on her!

    • lobsterlen

      Blake is panic because she knows deep down inside she needs a stylist and refuses to get the help she so desperately needs.

  • Hermione

    I guess it’s the photoshopping, but she also looked unlike herself in the last photo I saw of her, and my thought then was surgery. The bottom half of her face looks smaller somehow. To me, she now looks like a cross between a blond Rose Byrne and Cheryl Tiegs.

  • Imasewsure

    love love everything the model has on

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I thought the bitchy comment was going to be more along the lines of, “See, Boobs Legsly? You can look awfully pretty without flashing the goods all over the place. More photo shoots where she is clutching shut a huge coat!”

  • Plink

    Meh. Someone please explain to me why she is still famous. Please.

    • demidaemon

      1) She’s married to Ryan Reynolds.

      I can’t think of anything else.

    • fuflans

      she was really really good in ‘the town’. irrational hate til then.

  • Orange Girl

    This cover is lame. She is gorgeous and she looks so boring. This is their big September issue? Definitely won’t pick this one up.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I trust myself, she says…in talking about styling herself? Wow, way to take a big ol’ leap there, girl. How brave you are, styling yourself all by your little lonesome. @Lilak:disqus wins the interwebz by comparing Blake to a golden lab, which is perfect b/c that Ryan Reynolds is like a chocolate lab.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That is a great coat and I want one. The way she’s wearing it though makes it look more like a bathrobe. It’s as if she just got out of a bath and quickly pulled on a robe. She hasn’t had a chance to adjust it or tie the belt. And it looks as if she’s naked underneath.

  • NoveltyRocker

    What’s the angle on “I trust myself”—is that like a reinforcement of image? I guess she has reached a larger consciousness through being seen where she can as “well-dressed” and associating herself with high fashion. I’m not familiar enough to see whether any other label got added to her persona that was positive or potent enough to help sustain her but I wonder if her people were like, “what do we have to work with?”—”Well, people think she’s stylish. There’s that.”—”Let’s make sure people think that genuinely is all her being stylish.” I don’t know why they’d risk her looking like she’s saying other celebs who employ stylists just don’t trust themselves.

  • vickiefantastico

    I have no comment for the boring, awkward girl on the cover, but I do want to mention that Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele might just be the best name ever. I’m stealing it the next time I need an alias!

  • cat

    Her agape mouth makes her look like she’s about to sneeze.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Girrrrrl with that hair, make up and facial expression you look like Courtney Stodden. And that is NOT a compliment.

  • tereliz

    I always thought she should make friends with the Duchess. Her classic Cali blonde looks would look so much fresher in Kors. The expression on the cover looks a little like she’s about to sneeze.

  • cowper

    “Modern Fashion Icon: BLAH!”

  • demidaemon

    There’s a reason she looks somewhat good here: someone else chose the clothes.

  • MartyBellerMask

    All I can see is Tatum O’Neal.

  • anotherkate

    She would be an AMAZING Ralph Lauren girl! She’s so all-American in her looks, it just makes sense.

  • EEKstl

    Love the coat but HATE HATE HATE how it’s presented in this shot. It looks 10 sizes too big and like some housecoat “schmatta” that my grandmother wore around the house.

  • guest2visits

    It’s a halfway good cover. She looks very pretty in that color and the coat is beautiful but it’s all too big and smooshed.
    Also she has a very unresolved look – like she is a split second from full-out sad or scared. Or happy.

  • librarygrrl64

    Yes, totally a Lauren model: tall, slender, sporty, blonde, WASPy all-American.

  • Sarah

    Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. That is all.
    Signed – Cassandra Queef de Fromage

  • marshmallowjane

    Blake looks better in the coat than the runway model does. But the stylist/photographer could have done a better job. Blake’s facial and body proportions are interesting. The camera likes her in general. Her acting is pretty good. I’d like to see her fill her potential in some way. We mostly hear about her off-duty time.

  • kalisa

    I thought you were going to give her hell for bragging about not using a stylist.