2010 March 26

Another September to Remember

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(NEW YORK) September déjà? It's barely spring, but bookings editors at the glossies are already scrambling to lock down celebs for those pesky but crucial September covers. Dare we predict who will grace the newsstand?

W: Natalie Portman
New EIC Stefano Tonchi will need a cover star that sells copies—and Portman has enough fashion and Hollywood cred to make issues fly out of Barnes & Noble. Her upcoming film, Black Swan (directed by Darren Aronofsky and co-starring Mila Kunis), won’t bow until December, but it's already creating Oscar buzz, and scores of fash-fiends will flock to the theaters for the Rodarte-designed ballet costumes. Tonchi’s plan to make W “more of a general-interest style magazine, and less of a fashion-obsessed publication” would do well with Portman, whose last W cover was shared with Scarlett Johansson for March 2008.

Vogue: Carey Mulligan and/or Keira Knightly
Anna Wintour’s been harboring a not-so-secret fashion crush on ingénue Mulligan since her early Education days—but is the Oscar nom mainstream enough to carry her own September issue? Pas encore. So quoi faire? Bring back Vogue’s best-selling star, of course! Knightly and Mulligan will even make it effortless to pull off a double cover. The duo, who played sisters back in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, star as best friends in the upcoming film Never Let Me Go, tentatively slated for a November release.

Elle: Freida Pinto
Leave it to Elle to indulge a slightly riskier choice. The Slumdog beauty has lain low since her 2008 debut, but with an Estée Lauder contract, a Woody Allen moment (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, bowing September 24), and rumors of imminent Bond girl-dom, the time is ripe.

Harper's Bazaar: Blake Lively
The all-American beauty is a Bailey dream, with that Gossipy resumé and equally delicious personal life—Penn Badgley, anyone? But the starlet is more than ready to step out as a serious actress, so we’re hoping for appearances in the issue by her The Town costars Jon Hamm and Ben Affleck, who can praise her acting chops then show their faces in the accompanying fashion spread (please?).

InStyle: Julia Roberts
A no-brainer. The bulk of Ariel's million-odd loyalists will queue up for Eat Pray Love in mid-August, and most of them will buy anything she deigns to grace. She’s back, baby—as if she ever left!

Marie Claire: Lady Gaga
JoCo is just brave enough to try this one out for the Duane Reade set. And what better occasion for Nina Garcia to really flex those fashion chops?

Cosmopolitan: Beyonce
The sex-crazed glossy may have a hard time getting the famously tight-lipped B to spill all the intimate details of her marriage, but if they can get her looking fabulous on the cover (and of course they can), who cares?

Glamour: Amanda Bynes
What? She sells! The fresh face and the totally unintimidating fashion sense (remember her Steve & Barry’s line?) make her a perfectly safe bet. She can wax on about her latest role as "a clean-cut high school student" who tells "a little white lie about losing her virginity"--no, really.

Teen Vogue: Emma Watson
Her last cover for Amy Astley bowed in August 2009, but that’s no reason not to revisit. The then-20-year-old starlet will be starting her sophomore year at Brown (we see a Proenza pre-fall letter jacket…) and promoting the heck out of those little wizard movies—which will open in very wide release in November.

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