October covers for Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar.


A HORSE WITH NO NAME: Maybe it was serendipity or a belief that horses sell magazines, who knows? But two of Hearst’s magazines are going with gray equines on their covers in October.

For its 170th anniversary, Town & Country, the upscale, prep-loving glossy, took its heritage literally by featuring a portrait of Christy Turlington Burns posing with a dapple gray horse. The image, which was shot by Max Vadukul, is one of three that appear on the newsstand, and it looks awfully similar to sister publication Harper’s Bazaar’s October cover. (T&C’s two other covers include Turlington Burns with her daughter, and another of the model seated in the back of a car holding a small, round cake that commemorates the magazine’s anniversary.)

As for Bazaar’s cover,which was shot by Karl Lagerfeld in July: It features Gigi Hadid with a suspiciously similar looking horse, and a cover line that reads “Unbridled Style.”

But before rumors start spreading that the model horse was feeling his oats and didn’t tell the editors he was doing two magazines, a spokeswoman noted that Hearst didn’t employ the same animal for the two shoots. Hadid and Turlington Burns clearly insisted they each had their own.

The spokeswoman said Hadid’s horsey cover is sent to subscribers only. Bazaar’s newsstand cover is more of a typical fashion image, as it features a close-up of Hadid — horse not included.

Maybe Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey realized that animal covers don’t sell, or the odd coincidence was brought to light late in the game? Bailey often uses the subscriber cover for more risqué shoots — the most memorable in recent years was the glossy’s Rihanna cover where she sits in a shark’s mouth. No such luck here.

Either way, both subscribers and newsstand readers do get a glimpse at Lagerfeld’s extended shoot of Hadid, wearing Chanel. The two-page spread showcases Hadid, donning a black Chanel Haute Couture gown, stands regally next to her four-legged friend.

So all you neigh-sayers can calm down.

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