It has to be very challenging to be the editor of a glossy magazine right now, figuring out how to make it work when no one can technically go to work. InStyle lucked out for the June cover — apparently they shot this in Paris like a week before everything went to lockdown. The interview — nominally pegged to Carey’s Promising Young Woman, which now comes out a vague “later,” and which looks fantastic — feels (in a good way) like every conversation I’ve had with my friends over the last few months, at least at the jump, where we all talk about how weird/terrible this is and how much Zoom we’ve been doing. Carey seems like a sweet and gentle human, and I do have a message for her re this:
CM: …I have the best job in the world, but I’ve learned that it isn’t the be-all and end-all. As someone who finds the public side of this quite intimidating, having a family has made me feel that if I wear a dress that people hate, or if I say something stupid, or if people don’t like a film I’ve been in, it doesn’t matter as much as it used to. It’s freeing, in a way.
As a person who professionally likes and dislikes celebrity dresses: It definitely does not matter! God, I cannot wait for celebrities to come out in dresses I hate again! PLEASE, celebrities and stylists, use this precious time at home to wrangle some truly BONKERS LOOKS for all of us to enjoy again one day! (This is not a direct appeal to Carey Mulligan, whose personal style has never been bonkers. Although if you really want to bust out something kooky, Carey, we will embrace you!)
Covers-wise, I think these are lovely. They are certainly, as noted in the interview, somewhat poignant-feelings — and I do think that mags, right now, cannot really run a cover where the subject is all Toothy McGrins.
This is the subscriber’s cover:
I LOVE it. And I also cannot wait for someone to get to wear those very dramatic shoulders in public again.