Taylor Swift on the April issue of Vanity Fair.
Photo: Vanity Fair
Has the time come for Taylor Swift to stop playing dress up and start acting serious? While we never thought our Swifty would give up her girly girl, magic fairyland ways, her recent Vanity Fair cover has us thinking that maybe there are more mature days to come for the pop-country mega star. Maybe it all started when she began wearing pants on the regular, or when she did that sultry quick-change at the Brit awards, but there's a change afoot for our girl. Taylor graces the April issue of Vanity Fair, and the tight, windswept portrait seems to usher in this new age of her girlhood. Taylor poses with minimal makeup, maybe a little highlighter to make her deep blue eyes pop, her hair a mess, in an ornate jeweled dress and matching wrap, her hands draped over an acoustic guitar. This is one we can't wait to see fashion credits for, also, not because of the dress, which is beautiful, but because of Taylor's A+ ring game. Two cuff rings and an incredible sapphire grace the singers fingers, and we desperately want to know where she (or the shoot's stylist, more likely) acquired them. Forget about boys and gossip, tell us about the stuff!
Russell Westbrook for Flaunt magazine.
Photo: Flaunt Magazine
We've been keeping you updated on Russell Westbrook's rise to fashion ubiquity ever since the Oklahoma City Thunder forward started making waves in the 2012 NBA Finals post-game interviews with his lenless glasses and colorful couture shirts. Having staked a style claim to him so early, it's been really fun to watch him rack up editorial after editorial as the Thunder work their way toward this year's Playoffs. The latest notch in Russ 44's magazine belt (err, not that kind of magazine belt) comes courtesy of Flaunt magazine and is a MAJOR one because West is the first athlete to grace the glossy's cover! *wipes away single happy tear*
Rihanna graces not one but two covers for Elle UK's April issue.
Photo: Elle UK's Facebook
Remember last week, when we gave you that sneak peek of Rihanna's April Elle UK cover? We know, there's been SO MUCH crazy Rihanna news since then, but seriously, wrack your brains because we have the real deal right here! That's right, feast your eyes on Rihanna's TWO Elle UK covers! I'm sure you're sick of hearing us blab about how insanely beautiful Rihanna is. You're rolling your eyes and saying, "we get it guys, she's like a unicorn bathed in gold dust," yeah yeah yeah, but C'MON SERIOUSLY?! The blue-bathed shoot has us clamoring for the red lipstick and hair cutting scissors. On the first cover, Ri is seated on a stool looking smolderingly at the camera wearing a black and white checked crop top and a high-slit skirt. The look is Carnaby Street meets 90's raver, with the very 60's silhouette of the crop top colliding with the zipper accents of the skirt, which appears to be nylon. With Rihanna's flawless pixie cut, smokey eyes and a red lip, the time twist of a look is brought together with a modern, sophisticated flair. On the second cover, Rihanna gives another take on black and white, wrapped in a shawl shot through with an abstract floral, with just a hint of black and white bustier peeking through. Her beauty look is consistent through the two covers, and we wonder how the interior spread expands upon the themes introduced here and in the sneak peek image we've already seen.
Rihanna covers the April issue of 'Elle' UK.
Photo: Mariano Vivanco/ 'Elle' UK
It's a good thing you can never have too much Rihanna in your life, because let's be real: the girl has been EVERYWHERE these days. Between dropping her bare-all music video for "Stay," slaying the style game at the Grammys, and oh, debuting a little side gig called the River Island collection this weekend, she's doing enough to make anyone feel like an underachiever. In conjunction with all these projects, the pop star graces the April cover of ELLE UK, which we've got a sneak preview of right here! The magazine has *thankfully* leaked the image about a month early, showing Rihanna peering seductively over her shoulder dressed in a minimalist black and white ensemble.
Beyonce for "The Gentlewoman" magazine.
Photo: The Gentlewoman
If you're on 24/7 Beyonce Watch like us, you will have noticed that Mrs. Carter just posted what appears to be her entire The Gentlewoman cover shoot to her Tumblr. Bey posts up for the editorial spread against another minimal backdrop and in black-and-white (as is the style of the mag). In keeping with the "bare it all" M.O. of her "Life Is But A Dream" HBO documentary (premiering tomorrow night at 9PM EST!), Beyonce wears a series of simple but chic outfits (por ejemplo: a black cashmere sweater and white floral skirt, both by Dior, on the cover), a slicked back, super-straight ponytail, and little to no makeup. The honesty of image is striking to say the least.
Taylor Swift for 'ELLE.'
Photo: Carter Smith / ELLE
Only about 12 hours after Taylor Swift nabbed a Grammy for her Hunger Games track "Safe and Sound" and got the internet talking about her opening performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," we have even MORE news about the pop star for you: she's the new ELLE cover girl! Taylor fronts the magazine's March issue in a '60s-inspired dress by Louis Vuitton, looking the every bit the part of a mod style icon with blunt bangs, kohl-rimmed eyes and major lashes. Oh, and while it might SEEM like the frock is sheer underneath the yellow checks, upon further inspection it's evident that this cocktail dress is lined with a nude slip. We know Taylor's been branching off into deep-plunge neckline and cutout territory, but we don't think she would be scandalous enough to pull a Rihanna quiteeee yet. This retro cover look is one of many Tay rocks in the eclectic spread, which covers the style spectrum from punk (pink hair!) to bohemian to classically girly. See more after the jump!
Beyonce for Vogue.
FINALLY. It's here! Beyonce's official Vogue cover is finally HERE. We know it was hardly an entire weekend that we had to wait for this since the Givenchy-clad images of Bey on the Power Issue first leaked, but compared to the break-neck Beyonce Update time we'd grown accustomed to over the weeks flanking her Super Bowl halftime performance (a hotly buzzed about Inauguration national anthem, more images from GQ, rapid-fire rehearsal photos, a new fragrance campaign, and a gigantic world tour announcement), holding this over our heads for more than 24 hours KILLED. Thankfully, though, Vogue has quelled our maddening anticipation with the release of not only Queen (or King, if you prefer) Bey's cover but her seriously drop-dead spread.
Beyonce wore Givenchy to the 2012 Met Gala.
Photo: Getty Images
While you were out flooding Instagram with pictures of your snow day (or your otherwise Saturday morning for anyone out of the range of Winter Storm Nemo), Beyonce's Vogue cover leaked courtesy of Beyonce Fan vertical BeyonceLite. Mrs. Carter graces the March "Power Issue" cover, a vision of feminine strength. Her hair, a tawny brown, is swept up in a chic updo, and her beauty look is matte and natural with peachy beige-colored lipstick and winged double eyeliner. The makeup is continued into the inside pages where Queen Bey shape-shifts between scarlet boudoir wear and floaty separates, but it's on the cover that she wears the MOST boss lady outfit of them all: crisp, asymmetrical Givenchy that's both soft and stalwart.
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Paramore covers this week's 'The Guardian Guide.'
Photo: via 'The Guardian Guide'
Fact: Hayley Williams can wear just about ANYTHING and make it look good. The Paramore frontwoman shops at the Target kids section, works baby bangs, flaunts Mickey Mouse tights, and now she's gracing the cover of The Guardian Guide in a duct tape dress. Ok, maaaaybe it's not QUITE the same as those taped prom dresses some girls wear to their high school proms and you can barely see it tucked under her leather jacket, but still— this Cheap Monday frock has statement tape accents splashed across the bodycon gray silhouette. The dress first debuted back in 2002, and of course, just like basically everything the singer wears, it's sold out. But who says you have to scour eBay for the real thing? Thanks to American Apparel and duct tape from your local hardware store, this is basically the easiest DIY project ever.
Demi Lovato on the cover of British "Cosmo On Campus."
Photo: Marc Hom/Cosmopolitan
Our deep love for Demi Lovato is not a thing we keep secret around here at MTV Style. From her killer pipes to her arguable Topshop addiction to her airtight beauty game, Demi hits all of our favorite intersections of music and style. That's why, even though we're pretty sure this cover snap for the Spring Term 2013 issue of British Cosmo On Campus is recycled from Lovato's American Cosmopolitan cover shoot with Marc Hom, we're STILL bananas excited for it. I mean, look at this girl! The windblown loose ringlets? The sweet, underwire dress with a natural waist? The GLOWING bronzed skin that is starkly reminding us of our severe Vitamin D deficiency? She's a goddess.