Missy Elliott photographed by Hype Williams.
Photo: Courtesy of "V" magazine
For more than two decades now, Hype Williams and his keen creative eye have been defining an entire culture. The New York native put his undeniable stamp on hip-hop from its infancy with his dynamic music video direction. From the regional chill sceneries of Tupac's "California Love" and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa" to the fish-eye lensed absurdity of Busta Rhymes's "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" and Missy Elliott's "The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly]," Hype Williams has etched his iconic moving images and style vision into the brains of a generation. So you can imagine our squeals of delight when we learned V Magazine's Music Issue (fronted by the one and only Justin Bieber) would feature never-before-seen Hype Williams snaps of Missy, Kelis, Bow Wow (né "Lil"), Kanye West, Jay-Z, and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Aaliyah. Prepare yourself for an old-school fashion flashback of EPIC proportions.
Justin Bieber for "V" magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of "V" magazine
The decibel at which my ladychild heart screams for Justin Bieber is admittedly way unhealthy (and let's face it, borderline illegal) for a woman of my age. The image of Biebs set against a backdrop of fireworks and the Magic Kingdom that's strewn across my desktop, I'm sure, doesn't help my case either, and real talk, it's only a matter of time before Justin's entire V magazine cover shoot occupies every stretch of bulletin board space flanking my work area. But why should I be ashamed of that? If you've never taken a tour of the Kidrauhl archives, you're (a) missing out and (b) probably unaware of what a legitimately talented vocalist this kid is. He may have started out a precocious little tyke, but pubescent voice changes withstanding, Bieber has the potential to ride out an impressively long-lived career.
The image of Justin as teenybopper sensation has hardly worn off yet, but as Le Biebs nears adulthood (turning 18 in March), he's already beginning to exude and carry himself with a little more maturity. I mean, it takes something more than a child to break hearts shooting "Blue Steel" from behind a cutout raw-edged Dolce & Gabbana sweater. Granted, he still has an unshakable baby face, but Bieber manages to vascillate betwixt the weirdtresting spheres of Boy and Man throughout the entire Nicola Formichetti-styled/Inez and Vinoodh-shot interview spread.
Alexander Skarsgård and Joe Manganeillo in the January 2012 issue of "August Man."
Photo: Courtesy of the "August Man" Facebook page
While we were replaying episodes of True Blood on our DVR and suffering from total TB withdrawal, it seems hotties Alexander Skarsgård and Joe Manganiello were busy suiting up for magazine covers. The sexy beasts have surfaced on August Man looking more put together than humanly possible. In fact, they're both so unbelievably well-dressed that we can't choose which steamy cover outfit we like better! How does one decide between Skarsgård's take-me-out-to-the-ball tux (and gloves?!) and Manganiello's perfectly layered ensemble?
It's been a while since we were first introduced to Lady Gaga's Bride alias via her "You and I" music video. You probably remember her as Gaga's ultra-determined alter ego who walked for miles in platform heels to the point of serious crimson injury. Now, nearly half a year since her debut, Bride makes a triumphant return in this multipage spread for L'Uomo Vogue, styled by Nicola Formichetti and shot by the incomparable Gaga go-to's Inez and Vinoodh.
We don't know about y'all, but we are GRIPPING our rolling desk chairs with white-knuckled anticipation for the release of Justin Bieber's V Magazine cover. The glossy hits stands in exactly one week, but if you're like us and already pulling out your hair thinking about how long it will take for next Thursday to roll around, here's a treat to tide you over. Along with a link to preorder this special "Music Issue," V and cover shoot stylist, Nicola Formichetti (you MAY have heard of him, IDK *intense sarcasm*), have revealed this teaser image featuring HALF of Bieber's mug. (!!!!)
Maybe it's our loopy sleeplessness from staying up all night to read Kanye's Twitter soliloquy or perhaps that taunting grin Justin is shooting our way from behind our computer screens (via a seriously Bieberlicious desktop wallpaper) that's making us so frenzied about this partial disclosure, but we are squealing with delight at the sight of this thing. It may not seem like much, but we're still getting a LOT out of just this portion of the final image.
Rachel McAdams romps around for "Glamour."
Photo: Alexei Hay/Courtesy of "Glamour"
It's easy to type this: WE LOVE Rachel McAdams. Who doesn't? She's a total girl's girl, stole our hearts in The Notebook, and dated our fantasy boyfriend Ryan Gosling. But did you know that she was a competitive figure skater and worked at McDonald's for three years? Or that she still lives with her brother in Toronto? She's a star who's just like us (for real). Aside from starring in the upcoming tearjerker The Vow with yet another man-crush, Channing Tatum, she also covers the February 2012 issue of Glamour magazine and romps around in the cutest, sassiest array of Valentine's Day-inspired frocks in the accompanying photo shoot.
Elle Fanning on "Teen Vogue," and Dakota Fanning on British "Elle."
Photo: Courtesy of "Teen Vogue"/"Elle UK"
We spy a family feud! No, we're not talking about all those fights you had over the holidays with your siblings—we're talking about sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning BOTH flashing their faces on the February covers of two huge mags. Younger sis Elle Fanning covers Teen Vogue, while Dakota dons the front of Elle UK. We love both of the fresh-faced blonde beauties' fearless approach to fashion shoots, but we NEED to proclaim a winner. Why? Because we can, duhhhh. Elle rocks a sleeveless red lace Miu Miu dress on Teen Vogue paired with long, no-nonsense flowing locks, natural makeup, thick black lashes, and a cute-to-boot smile. Dakota went a bit more sultry for her cover—she sports a pink, lace-collared Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2012 dress, a deep-parted barrel-curled bob paired with a swipe of goldish-brown eyeshadow, a crimson red matte lip and matching nails. Judging just by the covers, it's already a close match! Do we love Elle's approachable, all-American look or Dakota's come-hither beauty game? I think we need to peep their fashion spreads to declare a winner!
Just because we're blogging all up on the internets doesn't mean that we've COMPLETELY forgotten about those beautiful, printed, glossy things that you can hold in your hands called "magazines." In fact, we love 'em! Every month we're inspired by covers and editorials—from the art direction to the styling to the startling transformation of a celeb into someone so glamorous or ethereal that they're virtually unrecognizable—the work that goes into creating such a moment is admirable. Let's look back at the year through the most memorable magazine moments to hit the newsstands.
BEYONCE ON 'DAZED AND CONFUSED'
Beyoncé on the cover of 'Dazed and Confused.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Dazed and Confused'
Styling: Karen Langley; Photography: Sharif Hamza
We'll never forget the moment we spotted Beyoncé's strawberry ice-cream/leopard-print nails, head-to-toe custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci outfit and teal-lined lids on that June cover of Dazed & Confused—it reflects everything that makes Bey Bey. She's down-to-earth yet glam and oozes sex appeal without ever looking salacious. Her summery shoot inside a trailer park was also the setting for her "Party" video that filled us with envy (we like to partaaaay). Man, everyone's clothing on that set was LEGIT. Probs the camera crew, too.
Elle Fanning wearing Rodarte spring 2012 couture.
Photo: Bill Owens/Courtesy of "A Magazine"
We can't get enough of Elle Fanning here at MTV Style. Every time we spy some new street style photo of her looking resplendent in a cute dress and ballet flats or walking the red carpet in Chanel, we spend time oohing and aahing over it in way that is probably borderline creepy. (We love you, Elle!) For such a young age, Miss Fanning already has her own sense of style, and we look forward to watching it evolve throughout her teen years. One label that she seems to align herself with is another of our faves, too, and that's Rodarte. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have cultivated a wildly original line that continues to wow the fash-masses. What's more, they enjoy frequent collaborations with stores like Opening Ceremony and with magazines such as Lula. They recently collaborated with A Magazine to curate an issue centering on themes involving their home state of California as well as their collections. Lucky for us, there's an ENTIRE SHOOT featuring Elle wearing Rodarte's spring 2012 couture collection in places like a lonely pool or in the confines of a 1960s-style bathroom. Oh, and did we mention there's also some Pearl Jam and psychedelic surf boards thrown in for good measure?
Lana Del Rey for "Spex" magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of "Spex"
Did we call it or WHAT? Back in July, we gushed about then unknown Lana Del Rey's covetable vintage "Gangster Nancy Sinatra" style, and now, scant a half-year later, girl and her music videos are blowing up all over the interwebz and she's fronting foreign magazines. Lana graces the cover of Spex magazine, the German glossy that rolled out one of our absolute favorite images of a barefaced and vulnerable Lady Gaga to date, for its forthcoming Jan/Feb 2012 issue. If it weren't for the immaculate lighting, with nary a hair out of place, we'd put money on this image being a candid or test shot, one wrong move away from being relegated to the cutting room floor. That, instead, the snap was decorated in German cover lines just makes it THAT much more amazing.