Well, this is a delightful surprise! This was requested and predicted by a lot of you in this year’s Vogue Predict-a-Cover, and I am glad you were right:

I am — if I may begin with a complaint — not wild about her positioning. That sort of hand placement always feels, to me, like it belongs in an ad for watches or hand cream or nail polish. It doesn’t look natural, ever. And I could argue that, in real life, she has a much more elegant neck than she does in this picture. THAT OUT OF THE WAY: Her FACE looks lovely and I LOVE this dress. It’s completely perfect for July and the colors are divine on her. This feels classically Vogue, but in a good way, in a way where I would totally pick this up at the gas station (my gas station sells Vogue; my gas station actually sells Porter, the high-end magazine from Net-a-Porter, which is endlessly amazing to me. Who is gassing up at my 76 station?!) on the way to the beach. The other day, I said that the key to a good summer cover is if you can imagine it sitting on the table next to your beach chair, a mai tai on top of it, and this wholly passes that test for me. What say you?

[Photo: Vogue]