Carey Mulligan is Vogue's May cover star.
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue
Heaven is a chartreuse velvet gown. On the May cover of Vogue magazine, The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan gazes into the camera, her shoulders thrust forward and hand draped over her knee as if she's just asked you a question that she already knows the answer to. She's quite literally dripping in jewelry, but the real star of this cover snap is THAT DRESS. Thick, iridescent yellow-green velvet, draped at the neckline and fitted through the skirt, hugs Carey's body like it was sewn onto her. It's impossible, between the dress and her very jazz-age metallic cloche, not to immediately think of Daisy Buchanan in Gatsby, the lovestruck character Mulligan plays in her upcoming film. Her beauty look, however, is pointedly modern, with a matte, true red lip and a light dusting of blue-green across her eyelids.
AnnaSophia Robb on the cover of Seventeen.
Have the Wednesday blues got you down? Well, here's some sparkle to light up your mid-week. AnnaSophia Robb is the May Seventeen cover girl! The Carrie Diaries star is all smiles on not just one but TWO covers of the legendary teen mag, and they're both so cute, please don't make us pick favorites. We can hardly believe it's already summer cover time, but indeed it is, and on the first cover AnnaSophia is wearing a floral swimsuit that has us positively swooning. A structured one piece with a mirror print of english roses and frills at the neckline and around the leg openings, the suit is NOT your average Speedo. Styled with a bright yellow cardigan and chunky, layered necklaces, the cover is part day by the pool, part dress up. Our favorite part, though? You can just make out that our cover girl is wearing bright turquoise eye shadow!
Adele on the May issue of 'ELLE.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'ELLE'/Thomas Whiteside
No joke, we were in the middle of reading a piece about Adele's potential wedding dress (it might be designed by Jenny Packham!) when this GORGEOUS ELLE magazine cover landed in our inbox. We were all, "OMG, OMG, OMG," until we realized she's also rotating covers with Rita Ora and Alicia Keys for the May Women in Music issue. Yasss! For Adele's look, they decided to amp up her soft-yet-stunning retro glamor vibe by shooting in the iconic EastWest Studios, which is famous for recording Frank Sinatra's greatest hits. Her black lace Alberta Ferretti dress was the perfect backdrop against her STUNNING beauty game—a killer bouffant with a soft smoky eye, nude lips, and a touch of shimmery bronzer. Perf!
Russell Westbrook on the cover of "ESPN" magazine's Photo Issue.
If you haven't read Sam Alipour's interview with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook for ESPN magazine yet, I'm squarely marking it as required reading for every human I care about (consider yourself in that league—yea, YOU!). First of all, the Q&A is incredibly long but only because Russ SO warrants it. For someone catching as much attention (and magazine features, holy moly!) as he has been for the past year, it's a little unheard of for the general public to know almost nothing about him. Welp, thanks to ESPN and Alipour that's all about to change as their conversation is published alongside a candy-colored fashion spread in the mag's 2013 Photo Issue.
The franchise we typically use to celebrate interviews we love that we didn't conduct ourselves is called "5 Things We Learned," but in this case, there was absolutely NO way we would be able to narrow this down to just 5 things. The banter between Westbrook and Alipour is DRIPPING with innumerable nuggets of precious Westbrook history and trivia: how he almost went to Stanford University for academics alone, how sometimes he bowls by himself, how and why he loves math, and the reveal that he has over 100 pairs of glasses (though, that shouldn't come as that huge a surprise all things considered). But trust me, it gets SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Grimes for'Hunger' magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Hunger'
You hear that? That sound is just the undeniable buzz that zips around the MTV Style HQ whenever one of our faves like Grimes, Rita Ora, or Iggy Azalea finds herself firmly planted upon some glossy prime real estate. But now that that all THREE emerging stars have landed themselves individual covers for HUNGER magazine, this buzzy feeling has morphed into a bonafide EXPLOSION that practically crackles right off of the screen. Publications are quickly learning that one way to sell issues like hotcakes (or, in this case, concert tickets) is to produce multiple covers and often with more than one star. So perhaps taking cues from Teen Vogue's success with all five of its One Direction covers, HUNGER upped the ante with seven different editions for Spring/Summer 2013, each featuring a different rising female artist. Yes, you read that right...seven! In addition to Grimes, Rita, and Iggy, Jessie J, A*M*E, Gabrielle Aplin, and Crystal Renn all landed smack dab on an issue and repping a style that's undeniably her own. Editor-in-chief Rankin handpicked each of the girls himself, explaining, “I had begun to notice a pattern emerging in film and fashion, but most notably in music; where people (most obviously, young women) were taking control of their creative lives and output in a way I hadn’t seen before,” he said. So the natural step was to put them on the cover of his magazine, and it's an awesome thing he did.
Beyonce's actual British "Vogue" magazine cover.
Photo: British Vogue
Remember that time we hand-drew Beyonce's leaked British Vogue cover? Welp, dropping right alongside a cryptic teaser goading fans to "#BeyHereNow" at 9 AM EDT tomorrow morning (sorry, wait, WHERE is it I should BEY??), the real thing is finally out now! Finally, we get to see the high resolution, full-size, real thing. We get to see Bey in all her baby blue (baby Blue?) striped crop top, sequin pencil skirt, Jonathan Saunders-clad glory. This is exciting to us on so many levels, but perhaps most uniquely to us is the reasoning that now we can check our work and see whether we got any of those guessed cover lines right!
Emma Watson cover the May issue of British 'GQ'.
Photo: Courtesy of British 'GQ'
We already know that Emma Watson is a versatile actress. After all, her genre-skipping onscreen roles are exactly the reason she's received the MTV Trailblazer Award! However, the 22-year-old's talent for transforming herself isn't restricted just to movies— she's proven her style chameleon status time and again in magazines, too. But despite her recent edgy Marie Claire UK look, her preppy-cool NYLON style, and repping her inherently chic beauty in T, the actress's new British GQ cover STILL called for a double take, because it's just so different than how we're used to seeing her. The star graces the publication's May issue decked out in total Bling Ring fashion, channeling her onscreen alter ego Nicki with the same long hair and body-hugging styles she sports in the forthcoming Sofia Coppola flick. The cut-out dress might conjure up major '90s Pretty Woman vibes (see the resemblance?), but the body jewelry, the giant Frappuccino, and the sunglasses propped atop her head keeps the ensemble firmly planted in the here and now.
As if the, erm, questionable headlines and double-dose of SMIZE weren't enough to have me talking about Justin Bieber's two Teen Vogue covers for weeks (between status updates on his recently quarantined pet monkey OG Mally Bieber, that is), the teen arm of the Vogue editorial juggernaut also released the rest of Biebsy's feature photos. That's right, Beliebers. On top of two smoldering cover options, Teen Vogue has bestowed unto the world 10, nay, 11 more photos from Justin's shoot with the magazine.
The new images show Bieber from all angles—frontways, sideways, fully-clothed, fully shirtless (though, we suspect he considers his left side his "good side" since over half of the snaps feature it)—and yet, somehow I'm still unsatisfied. Perhaps my expectations are unrealistic. Perhaps it'll take actually purchasing the issue and thereby reading the full interview, rather than this excerpt, for all that to subside, for me to feel like I've really seen Justin in a new light, but MAN, do I still have a ton of lingering questions. I'd hate to bore you, but I also refuse to keep this ish bottled up. Thus, I whittled them down into five catch-all inquires, and well, here they are!
WHAT DOES JUSTIN'S CHAIN TASTE LIKE?
Justin Bieber tastes his chain in this "Teen Vogue" cover shoot.
Photo: Teen Vogue
Three of the Teen Vogue photos picture J.Biebs with the diamond cross pendant of his chain hanging out of his mouth. It raises so many questions. Does Justin have an oral fixation? Was he directed to do this or was this his own idea? Is this a habit he's always had that I'm only just now becoming aware of? But the most important question is: what does Justin's chain taste like? It's gotta be at least kinda good if he keeps coming back to it, right?
Justin Bieber on the May issues of 'Teen Vogue.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Teen Vogue'
The last time we spotted Justin Bieber on Teen Vogue's cover, it was September of 2010. He sported his signature side-swooped 'do, a striped pullover sweater, and a sheepish grin on his baby-faced visage. This time, though, Biebs graces the May issue (twice!) bringing SO much face (and 'tude), it's clear his transformation from tween heartthrob into smooth almost twenty-something is complete. He oozes with confidence, pairing hissky-high, pomade-infused locks with a white tank top and gold chain (not much unlike his performance look from late last year [see: exactly the same]). He fiercely smizes over his tattooed shoulder, locking us into his brown-eyed gaze so hard we can baaaarely function.
Demi Lovato's new album art.
Photo: Hollywood Records
We initially thought Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack" single art was edgy, but our girl really outdid herself for her DEMI album. Miss Lovato first teased the art this morning with a tweet directing her fans to a site where they could "scratch" to reveal the full photo. Several clicks and nine panels later, Demi serves excellent smoldering face for the album cover, clad in little more than black lipstick and smudgy silver body paint.