Gwen Stefani on the October issue of 'Elle UK.'
Photo: Via Elle UK
Gwen Stefani never looks bad. Like, ever. Even if you peep her evolving style over the past few decades, she always managed to look on-trend yet totally timeless. Also, she doesn't age. Basically, she's an anomaly, and when we peeped the October cover of Elle UK with our Gwenie on the front, it reaffirmed everything we thought about her—she's still perfect. When she's not being a mom or fronting No Doubt music videos or doing her L.A.M.B. fashion line or designing children's clothes for Target *gasps for breath*, she's just one FIERCE lady. See: The photo above. Me-ow.
Elizabeth Olsen on the cover of 'Bullett'.
Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Bark/Bullett
Whether it's Blake Lively, Alexander Skarsgård, or Daniel Radcliffe, BULLETT list of past cover stars reads like a who's who of Hollywood (not to mention, a rundown of our celebrity crush list). But while the publication has definitely seen its fair share of hotties, we've got to admit- its latest crew might be our most favorite yet. Elizabeth Olsen, Pharrell, and British actor Aaron Taylor Johnson cover the "Romance" issue in total triple threat fashion, each sporting their own take on the theme. Elizabeth Olsen channels her inner fairytale princess on her cover above, Chanel high-necked dress, Dior jewelry, and pale pink hair. Talk about a transformation! The choppy 'do might be a wig, but the actress works the modern day Snow White look to perfection with magenta lipstick, porcelain skin, and a soulfully angelic gaze.
Marina Diamandis on the cover of 'Foam'.
Photo: Foam magazine's Facebook
When- not if, when- Marina Diamandis enters your life, you'd better make room in your closet AND your iTunes library. The Welsh singer burst upon the music scene a few years ago as Marina & the Diamonds and has stayed busy since, thanks to DIY pop singles like "Obsessions" and "Mowgli's Road." Now with two full-length albums to her name and a headlining tour underway, the 27-year-old songbird has earned a cult following for her music AND her entirely original style. She sports onstage staples like old-school cheerleading jackets, metallic minidresses, and flouncy skirts, conjuring up images of a fashion love child between Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry...if they decided to move to Pleasantville, that is (shout out to Assistant Editor Gaby Wilson for the spot-on style reference!). Marina's been working serious beauty game these days too, rarely seen without bubblegum pink lipstick, major mascara, and her trademark miniature heart on her left cheekbone. So it's only appropriate that she shows off all of this for the October/November issue of Foam magazine.
Katy Perry on the cover of "L'Officiel" magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of L'Officiel
Has Katy Perry officially (or *achem* L'Officiel-ly *ba dum TSH*) rounded out the hair rainbow yet? The orange hair she's sporting for the cover (and inside spread!) of L'Officiel magazine has to put her pretty close, right? Throughout the course of the last 365 days, we've seen Katy Perry go from pink to a brief flirtation with blonde only to go back to pink then to BLUE then purple and now she's back to trusty old black. BUT nowhere in that sequence of hair colors did we see Katy rock this particular shade of naranja. And the texture of her hair looks kinda natural, as in maybe not a wig! What gives?
Iggy Azalea on the September/October cover of 'Flavor' magazine.
Photo: Via 'Flavor' magazine
We don't know what exactly it is about Iggy Azalea that makes us go completely insane. Like, whenever we see a picture of her we need to stop and stare at it for a few seconds (OK, minutes) longer than we should until it gets to that point where we feel creepy. And then Flavor magazine comes along and drops their September/October issue with Iggy on the front with not one, but TWO different covers, and it completely does us in. I mean, WUT. TWO AMAZING PICS OF IGGY TO STARE AT. Cue the sweating. For her first look, she went all-out goth in a killer wide-leg black jumpsuit with a cut-out bustier paired with a long, embellished coat worn as a cape. She BA-ROUGHT her accessories game by slipping on piles of bangles, studded rings, and silver chokers. For a pop of color, she sported fire engine red matte lipstick with her signature cat eye and high ponytail. PERF.
Emma Watson brings a youthful freshness to classic British style.
Remember when Emma Watson cut her hair? Just in case you've forgotten: in 2010, the actress chopped off her long locks into a sleek, mod pixie, marking the end of the Harry Potter era. Two years have passed, now, and we're gearing up to watch Ms. Watson in a starring role in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which comes out exactly one month from tomorrow, and we're so excited (can you tell?)! The actress is the T Magazine, The New York Times' Style Magazine's, Fall 2012 cover girl, in a spread that plays off of her English roots in tweeds, suits, and hunting caps, while also showing off the nuanced edge that Watson has made a name for herself for. Wearing an Armani jacket, Burberry Prorsum hat, Isabel Marant Sweater and Harry Winston earrings, Watson looks perfectly prepared for a day out on the moors, although her black, double winged eyeliner adds a high fashion tension to the otherwise classically androgynous look. The overall beauty look for the shoot is clean and bright, although completely appropriate for fall. Watson's fresh, clear skin is flawless, and her light freckles are allowed to come through. The heavy, timeless cat eye is used in all of the shots, sometimes with two wings, other times in its 1960's incarnation as in the magazine's cover image, which you can see after the jump.
Azealia Banks in a Balmain jacket and Beyond Retro Hoodie.
Photo: Dazed & Confused/Sharif Hamza
It was the gasp heard round the internet last week, when word started to spread that Azealia Banks' Dazed & Confused cover was going to be banned in seven countries. Seven! That's just madness. More mad than that, even, was the fact that when all this hullabaloo was going on hardly anyone, besides the people at Dazed themselves, had actually even seem the cover. Needless to say, our minds began to wander, and with the little bit of information that we had (pink phallice, "held up like a cigar"), we were left without too many words besides, "I wonder when we'll see it." Not to say that we're easily scandalized, or at all precious with our lady rap stars. Indeed, Azealia has a tendency towards evocative, sexualized lyrics, so it's only appropriate that she would carry over her performance persona into her press presence. When the cover was finally revealed, lurid, fuchsia condom "cigar" and all, we have to say we kind of dug it. Sure, it's a little bit, um, squirm inducing and we probably wouldn't want to read it around our grandma (we already saw Black Swan with her and that was awk enough for our whole lives, thanks), but Azealia looks totally mermaid-ilicious in a Balmain vest and seapunk-seafoam locks that we can't stop staring at.
Azealia Banks and Diplo on the cover of 'VIBE.'
Photo: Courtesy of VIBE
Helloooo, new music power duo alert! We've already gotten wind of Azealia Banks and Diplo's double explosion of hip hop amazingness a few months ago, when Azealia dropped her Diplo-produced track at a Chanel event in Tokyo. Now they've joined forces again, this time around sharing the spotlight on the cover of VIBE. It actually makes total sense, considering how much these two have in common; besides securing some prime music chart real estate, the pair has also emerged as the fashion world's newest music darlings. They've both repped downtown designer Alexander Wang in ad campaigns and stylish vids (Azealia's the newest face, whereas Diplo showed off his own good looks a few seasons back), and we can always count on their rad personal style to kill it both onstage and off.
FINALLY! Lady Gaga's been dropping hints about her new September VOGUE cover ever since we reported wayyy back in the summer that she was confirmed to grace the glossy. Now the wait is over...and let's just say it was totally worth it. She debuted the photos via Twitter last night, and they.are.amazing. Honestly, we weren't sure what to expect-would she work a similar cropped bob and severe makeup as her last VOGUE cameo? Would she channel her Bride alias like she did for L'Uomo Vogue? Turns out Mother Monster did a total 180, showing off her glam hourglass figure in a violet Marc Jacobs gown and sky-high blonde hair. Gaga's muse for her look? She said last night of the cover, "I'm totally channeling fozzibear," and also "Who else sees me channeling Ru Paul on the cover of VOGUE." Hey, if there's ANYONE who can turn a Muppett and a drag queen into a high fashion mashup, it's Gaga.
Gwen Stefani in Oscar de La Renta in September's 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Harper's Bazaar'
Chalk it up to her SoCal upbringing or unofficial membership to the boys' club (which you get when you're the only girl in an all-dude band), but Gwen Stefani doesn't normally do pink. Black tank tops? Sure. Baggy printed pants? Obviously. But Barbie pink? Not so much. However, the musician, designer and mom goes high fashion in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, working designers like Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Jil Sander, and, not so shockingly, totally kills it. This is the lady who singlehandedly convinced us to buy an animal print suit, after all. But proving that she hasn't ditched her low-maintenance roots entirely, Gwen completes the couture dresses with a messy topknot and gorgeous, everyday makeup. See?! In this case, opposites really DO attract.