Rihanna in 'Vogue.'
As expected, Rihanna is Vogue's March 2014 cover girl. Not as expected? Just how amazing the interview is. Like, I already thought RiRi and I were close (I follow her on Instagram, etc.), but after reading the article, we're, like, tight. *crosses fingers to demonstrate closeness* I mean, now I know her jewelry is "all fake—from Claire’s." I know everyone in her entourage calls her "She," and I know that she does her very own eye makeup using MAC eyeliner. That's the type of stuff only best friends know, right?
Another new Rihanna BFF is Plum Sykes, author of the feature, who not only hung around with Rih for the day, but was #blessed to be styled by her, too. One of the first pieces RiRi dresses Plum in is an oversized jacket (from Alexander Wang, natch) because, Rihanna reveals, "More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better." You also don't need to wear a shirt or bra with a big jacket, so there really are multiple benefits.
Lorde on the cover of 'V' magazine.
Photo: V magazine
When it comes to covers, V magazine can do no wrong. The publication has a killer streak of taking the artists we love to see and transforming them into eye-popping cover stars. Remember Lady Gaga’s semi-nude recent run? Or when Miley tried out a pink faux-hawk and men's briefs? This time around, for their March music issue, V tapped four of our favorite artists to emerge in 2013: Lorde, Haim, Banks, and Say Lou Lou for a set of decidedly demure alternate covers.
Kristen Stewart + Nicolas Ghesquiere 4EVA
Photo: Getty Images/GIF: MTV
In the latest issue of Marie Claire, cover girl Kristen Stewart really lets her hipster flag fly. She reads some of her original poetry, lounges around in Vans and dog tags, casually talks about modernist literature...you know the drill by now. But then suddenly, somewhere between the sneakers and Steinbeck, she gets to talking about Nicolas Ghesquiere (creative director of Louis Vuitton, formerly of Balenciaga). As she tells the tale of her introduction to the designer and the world of high fashion in general, it reads more like a romance novel meet-cute than anything else. Check out what she had to say (along with some imagined romantic subtext on my end, identified in italics):
"I did a photo shoot with Bruce Weber when I was 14 for Interview magazine. I met Nicolas Ghesquiere."
Kristen pauses, flipping her auburn bed-head to the other side, switching her part—a nervous tick when interviewers come close to striking an emotional chord. She looks off into the distance, lost in the memory of that chance meeting with Nicolas. A delicate and knowing glimmer flashes in her green eyes, though it disappears just as quickly.
Azealia Banks on the cover of 'Galore.'
Photo: Rony Alwin for Galore Mag
Azealia Banks (times three!) is on the cover of Galore's brand new Music & Friendship Issue. And, rather than having you traipse all over town to round up three different covers, as many mags do, Galore has given us three Azealias for the price of one. Multiple images means multiple outfits, which, maybe, should be the new cover standard?
The A.Z. front-and-center wears a metallic crop top and matching skirt, which, surprisingly, are not sold together but are the creations of two different companies: That's Totally Fine and This Is A Love Song. Along with coordinating metallics, the MC also shows off her affinity for pasties for the cover with some 3-D butterflies (and very little else). We've seen a lot of pasties in our day, but it's been a while since we've seen any that would mess with the drape of your shirt. (Side note: There are so many pasties in the world, y'all.)
Is Rihanna fronting the next issue of 'Vogue'?
Photo: Getty Images
NAVY! Are you sitting down? No? OK, we'll wait. (*cue Jeopardy music*) That was for your own safety. Now brace for impact because it looks like your fearless leader, Rihanna, has MAAAYYYBE just landed herself the cover of Vogue yet again. (For the third time, NBD.) And we don't recall hearing ANY jumped-the-gun mumblings about this one, so congrats on keeping such a MAJORLY BIG DEAL under serious wraps, Vogue staffers. Until now, at least!
Lady Gaga on the March cover of 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Harper's Bazaar
After being noticeably absent from our lives thus far in 2014, Lady Gaga has resurfaced on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. While we've missed the multi-outfit days of November, between the spread and interview, there is a ton of fashion in this piece. There's prob enough to tide us over for, like, at least a week.
The spread was shot by Gaga BFF Terry Richardson, and on the cover she rocks a short blonde 'do and no shirt. She's not Miley-level nekkid—she has on a sparkly Saint Laurent jacket. And after staring at this picture for a few minutes, I'm honestly not sure what you could wear under that jacket, so no shirt seems pretty reasonable, IMHO.
Taylor Swift on the cover of 'Glamour.'
Photo: Glamour magazine
She may look like the sweet girl next door, but Taylor Swift's mischievous grin on the March issue of Glamour shows her sassier side. I mean, pairing that smile with the cover quote: "I would repeat all the same mistakes." The undertones are very #noregrets (dare we say #YOLO), BUT her wardrobe stays true to the twee T.Swift to which we're all accustomed. She wears a Rachel Comey dress with lace and ribbon details in the cover photo, and to soften things up a little, she traded her trademark red lipstick for a lighter shade of baby pink.
Photos: Vanity Fair/The Academy Awards
Does Vanity Fair know something we don't? Or did they just, like, happen to think, almost exactly one month before the Academy Awards, that a long, slinky gold dress was the perfect choice for our new favorite "It" Girl, Lupita Nyong'o? To be fair, we've yet to see something that doesn't look good on Nyong'o, but this dress is kind of suspiciously foreshadowing, considering the season (awards, not winter).
Yesterday, VF released a sneak peek (and by "sneak peek," it appears they mean the entire three-page pull-out) of their 20th annual Hollywood Issue cover, which was shot by famed photog Annie Leibovitz and "celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors." Despite the fact that Lupita didn't make the front fold, we certainly think she's the center of attention.
Miley Cyrus for 'W.'
Photo: 'W' Magazine/Foam finger: Amazon
No, the headline isn't wrong. This is a picture of Miley Cyrus, not Lady Gaga. Can you believe it? We barely can, TBH. After Miley's W cover leaked last week, we knew the full story and spread would likely be out soon. What we didn't realize was just how soon. A mere three days after the leak, the spread has arrived in full. Obviously, we need to discuss it.
While the piece, penned by Ronan Farrow, is titled "Miley Cyrus Laid Bare," Miley does little laying and is not entirely bare in the spread shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The bleached brows and longer bob she has on the cover remains throughout the spread, but instead of using only a pillow, she (partially) covers up with clothing, like a fully unbuttoned Balmain leather jumpsuit.
Miley Cyrus is ready for the world to see her 'W' magazine cover.
Photo: Getty Images
"Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa." That's how we might've have reacted to Miley Cyrus' latest move. No, not her gingham onesie from Miley Cyrus: Unplugged. We're talking about her semi-naked cover for W, which just leaked, where all that’s between her and the camera is a pillow and about five pounds worth of silver bracelets and rings. But, in reality, we’re kind of more like "ooooh." Maybe we’re one too many twerking episodes past being shocked by anything Miley does nowadays. Between her infamous Terry Richardson shoot (yes, the one where she showed off the front-thong to Rihanna's denim thong) and her "Adore You" video, which got her banned from French daytime TV, we have seen a lot of Miley's skin. But, also, on the Miley spectrum, this is pretty tasteful shot.