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.
Emma Watson for 'Wonderland' magazine.
Photo: @wonderlandmag's Instagram
Today, while everyone and their mother was rehashing the Grammys, Emma Watson was sitting at home in sweatpants (or sweatpants under a dress?), eating pain au chocolat and admiring her dual covers for Wonderland magazine. OK, so I don't know ~for sure~ that Emma Watson ever wears/wore sweatpants today, but she MUST have been gawking at her covers, because WOW.
Vanessa Hudgens for 'Nylon.'
Photo: Nylon magazine
While we are the #1 fans of Demi Lovato's blue hair and its first feature on the cover of Nylon, we were eagerly waiting to see who the magazine tapped for their February cover. Well, we finally got our answer: It's Vanessa Hudgens! Two Disney stars in a row? Maybe Miley for March? The ex-Mousketeer hat trick is tempting.
Anyway, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Let's talk Vanessa. While the actual cover isn't out yet, Nylon just released some preview shots from her spread, and we are definitely feeling her styling. In one shot, she wears a pink bra with an Armani Exchange leather jacket and sheer Burberry Prorsum skirt. Are bras and leather jackets really becoming a thing? Katy Perry just wore the look in GQ, and if that's the trend for spring, I better stock up on publicly acceptable bras now.
Selena Gomez for 'Seventeen.'
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Selena Gomez decided to take it one at a time in her newest Seventeen cover story. She wears a series of cropped T-shirts in the shoot, each bearing a different word of empowerment: dream, loyal, power, respect, and brave. We looove the head-to-toe styling of each look, featuring statement necklaces, printed skirts, and high-waisted lace shorts, but the talkative tops are definitely what stand out the most.
Lena Dunham practice for 'Vogue.'
So, you've landed your first Vogue cover. Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Wait, that's not right. If you're Lena Dunham, you call Hamish Bowles, the international editor-at-large for the magazine, of course. And what do you wear when Bowles arrives? Perhaps your white, collarless shirt from Fred Segal? After all, it IS your most capable-looking outfit. JK, scratch that, too. If you're Lena Dunham, you wear your silky white pajamas with piped black trim. Because it's about comfort, not capability. Save the stiff shirts for the actual shoot, amirite?
Katy Perry for 'GQ' magazine.
The text on Katy Perry's February GQ cover claims that she "goes pin-up" for the issue, which makes her the most modern pin-up model we've ever seen. Like, the spread kinda just looks like most of her other magazine spreads, because she is neither pulling classic poses, nor styled in the iconic Bettie Page way. Pin-up or not, she looks ah-may-zing.
In one shot, Katy shows off her squatting abilities by straddling a fire extinguisher. She's laughing, so it seems unlikely that a blaze is ravaging the set of her GQ photo shoot. As far as what she's wearing, KP matches her pink Cosabella bra to her Giuseppe Zanotti heels and her white Chloe blazer to her "skirt" from H&M. GQ calls it a skirt, but it looks like a pair of bejeweled, high-waisted hot pants with fringe to me. Psst, men at GQ, if there's a hole for each leg, the piece is no longer a skirt. Just a li'l women's fashion tip from me to you.
Lupita Nyong'o for 'Dazed & Confused.'
Photo: Dazed & Confused
If you don't know, now you know. We're barely into January and 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o is already being touted as the "It" Girl of 2014. The former Yale drama student has snagged a slew of covers in recent months, including DuJour and W (NBD), and now she's SLAYING it as the star of Dazed & Confused's SO apropos "Girls Rule the World" issue. Oh, and did we mention she's also one of the newest faces of Miu Miu? (Yeah, we did. But we're going to mention it again because it's a fashion moment worth repeating.)
Diane von Furstenberg: "The Original Wrapper"
Photo: Harper's Bazaar
Being bookended by two beautiful fashion icons for your first ever photo shoot with Harper's Bazaar is definitely something to smile about (no matter how head-scratchingly incongruous your inclusion in the photo is). Wale does just that as he’s holding up the svelte, high-heeled legs of iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and international supermodel Bar Rafaeli for the magazine's February 2014 issue. It's the lead image for a piece entitled “The Original Wrapper”—see what they did there? *wink wink nudge nudge*—which commemorates the 40-year anniversary of DVF's timeless wrap dress. As model Rafaeli puts it, the photo is meant to highlight "the wrap and rap combined," and also to give context to that très punny headline. But hey, it’s not every day a rapper graces the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, so fine, if they needed a play on words to do it, we’ll take it.
A$AP Rocky for Teen Vogue.
Photo: Teen Vogue
WHEW! You can let out a sigh of relief now, A$AP killas. We found A$AP Rocky! After laying relatively low since the November release of his somber "Phoenix" video, the Harlem MC has reemerged (like a phoenix?) in the pages of Teen Vogue's February issue. Alongside model Kyra Green, who's sporting new Die Antwoord-esque baby bangs, Rocky models paneled skinny jeans with bow ties and bomber jackets, and an updated hairstyle of his own.
Ariana Grande on the cover of 'Teen Vogue.'
Photo: Teen Vogue
The new year hasn't even started yet, but Ariana Grande already has two very different magazine covers under her belt. While her Cosmopolitan joint features Ariana in a black crop top and skirt, her Teen Vogue cover incorporates tons of light, airy pastels in pink, purple, green, and blue. It's no secret that Ariana loves a good headband, so accordingly, Teen Vogue embellished her signature half-up half-down 'do with a twisty gray band. (I know what I'm wearing on my next bad hair day. That thing covers the entire top of her head!)