Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls cover Vogue.
Photo: Vogue UK/Vogue Australia
In 2012, House of Style co-hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss became bonafide mainstays on the pages of the fashion’s heaviest-hitting publications. Karlie and Joan are individual powerhouses, but this year they really became a gruesome twosome. We'd like to think that House of Style solidified their BFFL status, but other iconic moments together included storming the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and landing individual covers for W Magazine's July issue. With a glowing (and growing) CV, it comes as no surprise that BOTH Karlie and Joan ranked among Vogue's top 10 featured models for 2012.
It's no secret that 2NE1 and Jeremy Scott are total besties (he designed their first world tour outfits, after all) so whenever the K-pop group and badass designer get together, we KNOW it's gonna be good. See: The latest issue of Hong Kong mag Ketchup. Umm, haiii! 2NE1's own CL graced the cover (alone!) decked out in Jer's latest duds, and we CANNOT get enough of all that gold. Jeremy tweeted that CL is sporting his gold flourish silk bomber jacket, scarf print dress and flourish Jeremy Scott x Linda Farrow shades. Also, PUH-LEASE notice the dangling pearl tear drops on those bad boys. *claps* Her beauty game is equally out of control—she wears a shiny, fire engine red lip, a platinum blonde high bun, and a killer talon ring. For her jewelry, she amped up the gold even MORE with a thick medallion chain and matching earrings.
Ashley Smith shot by Ellen von Unwerth.
There's a new mag on the fashion-y block and it's like nothing you've ever seen before. Meet Galore magazine, sizzling up many a fancy mag stand RIGHT NOW, with the voluptuous model Ashley Smith (whose ressy includes Alexander Wang's SS/11 T line and Diesel's SS12 Mert and Marcus campaign) as its cover girl. Oh, and shot by the iconic Ellen. von. Unwerth. *Chokes on coffee, dies* FYI: Ellen, who is responsible for shooting the biggest starlets in the world and transforming them into sex kittens/flapper girls/bondage vixens et al, is also responsible for making my face leak in fandom with Britney aka Godney's latest “Fantasy Twist” campaign and video. So thanks for that, girl. The magazine is the brainchild behind Lovecat fanzine founders/crazily creative duo/my best grunge-y dressed homies, Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat. They, along with Ellen and Ashley, hosted the Galore invite-only launch/hangover-inducing bash over the weekend with glam guests in attendance including The Blonds (Phillipe's bleached mermaid locks = heaven), Natalia Kills (ROCKING VINTAGE CHANEL BLING), and the gorgeous Andrej Pejic (marry me, now). The bash also acted as the video premiere for Ellen's salacious "Ride It", starring Ms. Ashley Smith and shot in conjunction with the sexy Galore spread. Spoiler Alert: The potentially NSFW video involves tatted male models in pony masks whilst being seduced by a cowboy hat/corset-wearing Smith. You can watch it here. You're welcome. If you for some unknown reason blink, you may or may not think you're watching a young Anna Nicole Smith being amazing. Oh, did we also mention we have an exclusive chit-chat with the boyz, Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat, and ELLEN VON UNWERTH after the jump?! #ChristmasCameEarly
In case you haven't noticed, Girls star Lena Dunham has been KILLIN' it in the fash mag department as of late. First there was her punky-meets-schoolgirl-chic ASOS magazine spread, then she went fresh-faced (and flawless!) for i-D's latest cover, and now she's taking us waaay back in her '60s-inspired shoot for Entertainment Weekly. Lena's grown-out pixie cut and gorgeous doe eyes created the perfect canvas for channeling Twiggy's iconic beauty look. She sported a deep part with a slight bouffant in the back paired with super defined brows, heavy lashes, and the oh-so-infamous hand-drawn lower lashes. AMAZING.
Rita Ora goes girly for 'Glamour' UK and models masculine pieces for 'Harper's Bazaar' UK.
Photo: via Rita Ora's Facebook/ NEXT Models Tumblr
With a handful of amazing singles, unforgettable live performances, and a new modeling contract under her belt, 2012 has been an absolutely epic year for Rita Ora. We're not exactly fortune-tellers, but we're still willing to place bets that 2013 is going to be equally as awesome for Jay-Z's Roc Nation protege. The U.K. singer already has one foot firmly planted in the future, with two magazine cameos for January, showing off just HOW versatile the star really is. The 22-year-old shows her girlier side on the cover of the new issue of Glamour UK working a sweepy side ponytail, a floral Christian Dior shirtdress, and not a sneaker in sight (!). It might be a different Rita than the one we're used to obsessing over for her kooky-cool style, but the girl pulls off this pretty femininity perfectly. Almost as perfectly as she does the menswear-inspired ensembles for Harper's Bazaar UK, we might add. Because let's be honest: two Ritas are ALWAYS better than one.
Yep, it's true—2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn't a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.
The hyper speed instant gratification of the Internet is awfully nice, but there's also something to be said for closing that laptop and cuddling up with your favorite glossy's new issue. There's the satisfaction of feeling the pages in your hands, that half paper half perfume ads fashion mag smell, that's the perfect combination of comforting and indulgent. I mean, until you get a paper cut, that is (we still work on the internet, after all). But seriously, we love fashion mags for many reasons, not least of which being their COVERS. Seeing our favorite celebs looking amazing, and often going out of their comfort zones. taking risks, and revealing new looks is something we look forward to every month. This was a big year for our fave mags AND our fave stars, which made picking our faves SO. HARD. But we did it, you guys. Just for you.
One Direction On Wonderland
One Direction (and puppies! on the November December cover of Wonderland.
One Direction and puppies. There's really nothing more to say, this cover speaks for itself. It's like Wonderland magazine has concocted a secret love potion that should never have been secret. It's a no brainer, right? You combine perfectly coiffed young pop stars, crisp collars and soft cashmere with snuggly, squirmy little white lab pups and what do you think is going to happen besides a collective gasp-swoon-faint combination.
Whilst stalking singer Natalia Kills' Twitter feed this week (as I do), my face began to leak/black heart began to beat as Kills revealed she’s gracing Dedicate magazine’s latest cover! She's in great company when it comes to the edgy French fashion mag's past cover girls, though, which have included other cat-eye superfans like Beth Ditto and Jared Leto (hehe). But we NEED to examine the drop dead gorgeousness that is the cover(s) ASAP. Uh huh, you read that right—TWO covers for which you can choose/drool upon. First up, I'm obsessed with the closeup cover number one showcasing Natalia's killer complexion, amazing Rooney Mara-rivaling bangs, and sultry goth lipstick pout. There's also a Rad Hourani vest over a leather collared shirt (with a zipper makes me QUITE happy) and don't even get me started on those banging brows and that shadowy smize.
Frank Ocean is one of GQ Magazine's 2012 Men of the Year.
Photo: Courtesy of GQ
To say that Frank Ocean's 2012 was eventful would be a vast understatement. Between releasing one of the most critically acclaimed records of the year (BTW it's his debut studio album, NBD), the letter heard 'round the world that immediately predated its release, and the slew of "firsts" that followed for the breakout artist, we're pretty sure that hoisting Ocean to high honors on a list like GQ's Men of the Year is met with little to no objection. Did we mention the listing comes with a fall fashion spread (with the whole Odd Future crew!!!) to boot? Well, it does. And it's ADORABLE.
Rita Ora in the upcoming issue of British 'Vogue'.
Photo: via Rita Ora's Twitter
Well friends, we're calling it now: Rita Ora just might be Rookie of the Year! She's pocketed a #1 album in the UK, a massive world tour opening for Coldplay, and three #1 singles all AFTER being anointed by the inimitable Jay-Z. *checks watch to see if there's still time to make a dent in long list of life goals* As if her résumé wasn't impressive ENOUGH, the songstress now gets to bask in some hometown glory on the pages of Vogue UK for its December 2012 issue. The Roc Nation protégé and unequivocal style icon stuns in a spread that plays close to her own unique, bold choices. With an otherwise natural beauty look, Rita flaunts her signature red lip and loosely swooping blond coiffure. HELLO, high-waisted satin shorts and... is that a festive color scheme? We see you.
Taylor Swift in the Dec/Jan issue of 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Harper's Bazaar'/Paola Kudacki
Guys, Taylor Swift has officially taken over all the fall/winter fashion mags. From Glamour to Marie Claire to ELLE, T-Swift's sparkling baby blues and blonde locks are the focus of everyone's attention as of late. Today she landed yet another killer photo shoot—this time with Harper's Bazaar—but, unlike her traditionally whimsical covers, she ditched her girly dress obsession for *gasp* TROUSERS. That's right, Tay Tay has an entire spread dedicated to pants. And, hey, if you think we're kidding when we say she's got a thing for frocks, check this out: She told Harper's she owns hundreds. "I'm in a predicament where I can't wear a dress twice or else it's pointed out in magazines, so"—she starts laughing—"unfortunately I have to shop for dresses all the time." (That doesn't seem so bad.) In one look from the spread, she sports an all-white Emporio Armani ensemble complete with Stella McCartney platforms, and in another outfit, she goes '60s mod chic in a monochromatic white Sportmax top paired with striped trousers and Alexander Wang pumps. Perf!