While just about every non-fashion blog post about Lana del Rey in the past month suggests a backlash; the singer, whose debut album came out Tuesday, continues to ascend the fashion ranks. Case in point: here she is on the cover of British Vogue wearing Louis Vuitton. And not just any issue. She covers March, spring's equivalent to the September issue. And perhaps fashion's equivalent to her SNL performance, which many critics say she did too soon. Luckily, she doesn't have to sing on a magazine cover.
Vulture recently tracked Lana del Rey's backlash, from her birth to her smaller-lipped life as Lizzy Grant to the debut of Born to Die. Overall, critics haven't been impressed and the album's response has been a continuation of her widely panned SNL performance. Some quotes from reviews:
"But the whole thing is just a godawful mess." --Stereogum
"“Born to Die” doesn’t solve Ms. Del Rey’s problems because it isn’t aware of them; it’s a multiple choice test with every answer scanned “C.” --New York Times
"In an album full of sultry Lolitas practically begging to be abused, there’s even a song called “Lolita.” If that all sounds like a recipe for some campy fun, it isn’t." --Chicago Tribune
Still, the fashion world's love for her won't die. Although many Fashion Spot commenters thought this Vogue cover was boring, they were more critical of Vogue than del Rey, who we know is capable of more interesting photographs.
Though, the album has apparently made it to number one on iTunes in 14 countries, so maybe all press is good press? Del Rey, who is signed to Next, told Rolling Stone of her SNL performance, "I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine." So, which, between looking beautiful and singing well, style vs. substance, is really more important?