Kristen Stewart and Nicolas Ghesquière.
Photo: Norman Jean Roy/ VOGUE
The fashion world is a little (okay, maybe a lot) like high school. So what happens when VOGUE handpicks the most stylish, talented, and creative young ingenues out there today and splashes them across the pages of its new September issue? Yeah, it's basically like a really, really chic version of the cool kids' lunch table. But don't worry, because we've got your ticket in with "The VOGUE 120." According to the website, this is a list of "The Stylish Singers, Designers, Actors, Models, and More (Under 45) of the Moment," and it definitely doesn't disappoint. You can peep the entire portfolio in the issue now, but before you rush to the newsstand, check out our favorites here. Kristen Stewart leads the pack, posing with Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière and decked out in the French fashion house's gorgeous futuristic wares. We love how her arm is draped casually over his shoulder, like they've been best buds forever (and shoot Balenciaga campaigns between shopping trips and coffee runs). SO.CUTE.
Lady Gaga writes on the benefits of manicure in latest "V" magazine column.
Photo: Courtesy of "V" Magazine
Paws up, ladies! Lady Gaga is back at the writing desk for V Magazine and contributing pearls (and rhinestones and glitterbombs) of wisdom for her guest column. The latest hot topic for Gaga Memo No. 7? The genuine importance of manicures. It makes sense. If your hallmark gesticulation has you and your fans flashing your tips at all hours of the day, y'all better make sure your nail beds don't suck (sorry, Karen Smith!). At MTV Style, we always have our eyes glued to the growing nail art landscape, but Mother Monster makes some solid points about the health and maintenance virtues that go hand-in-hand with regular manicures.
By now we're quite used to sad Lana Del Rey, sultry Lana Del Rey, and mysterious Lana Del Rey. Smiley Lana Del Rey, however, is a version we haven't seen quite as often, in editorials at least. The retro-cool singer usually sticks to pouty, scorned lover poses when she's under the high-fashion lens, but in her new editorial for Vogue Italia, shot by the legendary Ellen Von Unwerth, Lana takes up all of her usual poses while also cracking one of the sweetest smiles we've seen on the pop star yet. Yes, she still has her big hair, although it's been taken down a notch, and is clad in super luxe looks that are both pin-up sexy and classically glamorous, but there's a new quality to the character that Lana is playing in the photos.
Miley Cyrus for "Marie Claire."
Photo: Courtesy of Marie Claire
Before we get started, let's give you a minute to pop your eyeballs back into your skull. Truthfully, have you ever seen Miley Cyrus look sooooo #FASHUN as in this Marie Claire September issue cover shoot? This is not to say that the girl doesn't look fashionable every day because that's just wholly untrue. Miley is one of the most fashion-forward PYTs in the game, early-adopting trends with reckless abandon and 100% KILLING THEM. We just mean we just had the wind knocked out of us by the happy amalgamation of this costume jewel encrusted Christian Dior frock, the side-swept tousled bob, and the expert-status broken-down doll Miley is giving that would bring a tear to Miss J. Alexander's eye.
If there's one gal that is effortlessly gorgeous 24/7, it's Selena Gomez. In the September issue of Teen Vogue, the singer/actress/all around mini mogul let her natural beauty shine through in barely-there makeup and breezy hair while perusing the gorgeous Malibu shore. She sported a chambray American Eagle Outfitters shirt tied at the waist over a floral Jill Stuart bralet that we LOVE. She finished the look with a gold Gucci necklace, stacked rings, and Giles & Brother bracelet. Oh, and if you're wondering how Selena manages to look SO at ease in this cover shot, we think it has a litttttle something to do with how she related to the clothes she was wearing on set. Selena said, "It was really comfortable. It probably described my style more than any shoot I've done." Aww, that's what we like to hear!
Justin Bieber's 2012 cover of "Rolling Stone."
Photo: Mark Seliger/Rolling Stone
Since Justin Bieber's latest Rolling Stone cover hit the interweb via Twitter, the inevitable comparisons have been FLYING. Much like the public's knee-jerk reaction to Bieber's "Boyfriend" music video, the cover snap and all it represents (you know, Bieber's "Hot, Ready, Legal" coming of age *wipes drool from corners of mouth*) has been juxtaposed with boy-to-man crossover success Justin Timberlake and his first solo Rolling Stone cover from 2002.
Gawker pointed out that the mag recycled Bieber's bold cover lines from Lindsay Lohan's 2004 Mean Girls era cover, and it's been brought up more than a few times around this office that the outfit Justin's sporting is pretty similar to the one Jennifer Lawrence wore for her Rolling Stone cover girl debut earlier this year. There's another crucial comparsion, though, that is outright BEGGING to be made: the one where we pit this 2012 cover outfit against the look he wore for his very first Rolling Stone cover just last year.
Justin Bieber's 2011 cover of "Rolling Stone."
Photo: Terry Richardson/Rolling Stone
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the August issue of 'GQ.'
Photo: Courtesy of Nathaniel Goldberg/'GQ'
I don't know anyone that doesn't have a slight crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I mean, how can you not? He's got that lovable boy next door charm mixed with a KILLER fashion sense and super cute smile to boot. Whether he's dressed down in a T-shirt and jeans or all layered up in fall's biggest fashions, Joe can do no wrong. Case and point: His latest spread for the August issue of GQ where he shows off his fancier side. For his cover look, he channeled straight-up adorableness in a fitted gray tweed vest with a sky blue shirt and skinny polka dot tie. We love how the tie clip peeks out from under his vest and how the super short (and wide!) collar adds a vintage-y feel to his ensemble. Also, that messy-yet-styled hair is just putting us over the EDGE, y'all. *fans self* Obviously we need more JGL, STAT.
Colton Haynes in the July/August issue of 'Essential Homme.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Essential Homme'
If y'all aren't watching Teen Wolf right now, you're missing out on some serious amazingness. See: One of the show's stars Mr. Colton Haynes (above). This TV drama is not only a killer (heh) show, but it's also bringing to light some of the rising Young Hollywood talent and their incredible style. We already knew that Colton has some serious acting chops, but, um, we're prettttty sure modeling couture clothes comes in at a close second. Colton covers the July/August issue of Essential Homme and his sultry summery spread is surely making our heads spin! In a dramatic (and inviting!) poolside shot, Colton sports a cashmere Gucci cardigan with nothing underneath (GULP) paired with floral jacquard Gucci pants that we LOVE. He finished the look with some patent leather Hermès oxfords and a clean-cut 'do. Mmmmm.
The Next Issue app puts all your favorite magazines at your fingertips.
Photo: Next Issue Facebook
Recently I was in the basement of a big house in the suburbs, poking around, and I noticed that every wall of the distinctly un-manly cave was lined with magazines. I was drawn towards the white spines like a dog to a bone, and when I got close enough, I realized that the person whose house it was (not telling who) had what appeared to be every single fashion magazine published since the 80's. I so badly wanted to flip through the pages, smell the perfume sample-y smell, but I held back. It wasn't my house after all.
Next Issue, a new app created out of a partnership between a company of the same name and publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc. is like a digital version of that Vogue and Glamour filled basement. For a flat monthly subscription price, users can read 39 of your favorite mags from their tablet or phone!
Rihanna for "Harper's Bazaar."
Photo: Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
If you ever get a chance to take a visit to the mystical and magical MTV Style headquarters, you'll find us swimming eyeballs deep in fashion mags. Maybe you're envisioning all of the clumsy papercuts a scene like that would yield, but just pump the brakes on The Judgement Train™ for a second because being in these close-quarters with glossies is something we really enjoy. And as long as magazines like Harper's Bazaar keep pumping out brain-pettingly beautiful spreads like this here cover shoot with Rihanna, we won't be reconsidering our paper-wading practices any time soon.