Cover Craze: Michelle Obama’s 2nd Vogue Cover, Kim K for Cosmo, Nicki Minaj’s Makeunder For Elle, & More!


I know I’m looking forward to April for more than the fabulous spring fashions & big upcoming movies, but I have a lot of exciting professional changes ahead of me. However, there’s so much going on in terms of our favorite magazines & the big international headlines are looking more & more fabulous, guiding where fashion is headed as the weather begins to warm up. In this latest post for Cover Craze, I went all out with a total of 15 covers that I just couldn’t stop looking at & reading up on.

The biggest news in covers is that First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Vogue for the April 2013 issue in a sleek two-tone Reed Krakoff sheath dress, photographed by the always impressive Annie Leibovitz. In an interview with Jonathan Van Meter, FLOTUS discusses parenting, marriage, her duties as First Lady, as well as fashion. She shares with readers, “If you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people & make them feel comfortable as well.”

Michelle Obama for Vogue, Julie Bowen for Lucky, & Emily VanCamp for Marie Claire Australia April 2013.

On the cover of Lucky, two-time Emmy winner & star of Modern Family, Julie Bowen, looks like the modern & sexy cool mom that we all wish we had, wearing pieces from Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Stars, & Pandora. Inside the svelte blond is contemporary & chic in J.Crew, Juicy Couture, Jimmy Choo, & DKNY. Speaking of TV stars, Revenge actress Emily VanCamp looks smoldering in a cut-out Michael Kors dress on the cover of Marie Claire Australia, sharing the spotlight with her dashing male co-stars  Gabriel Mann (Nolan), Barry Sloane (Aiden), & Nick Wechsler (Jack).

Marie Claire shows The Incredible Burt Wonderstone actress Olivia Wilde in a sexy sheer blue dress, as she talks about her engagement to Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudekis. As for Marie Claire UK, Mila Kunis, star of Oz the Great & Powerful, talks about her breakout performance in Black Swan, upcoming Hollywood projects, & taking a break from back-to-back movies.

Olivia Wilde for Marie Claire, Mila Kunis for Marie Claire UK, & Zooey Deschanel for In Style April 2013.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, who takes the cover of In Style in a stunning Carolina Herrera gown. Also featured in the issue are pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Chanel, & Nicholas Kirkwood, as she talks about her love of all things nail art & being a role model for girls.

I featured Selena Gomez‘s breezy spring look for Harper’s Bazaar in my last Haute Headlines post, but what was awestruck by the young star’s shoot by Terry Richardson featuring red carpet looks by Akris, Dior, Calvin Klein, & Prada. The down-to-earth Texas native & star of Spring Breakers talks about her family traditions, stardom, & her new role as a single lady.

Elle unzips rapper / American Idol judge Nicki Minaj without the big neon hair or exaggerated eyelashes that she’s always famous for donning. Also, Elle UK pays homage to another star in music, Rihanna, who looks effortless in a checkered Louis Vuitton outfit (like from the collection we’ve seen on Kirsten Dunst & Kerry Washington). She talks about her future, family, & more from the pixie-cutted pop star.

Selena Gomez for Harper's Bazaar, Nicki Minaj for Elle, Rihanna for Elle UK April 2013.

Kim Kardashian is always in the news & while photogs are tracking her pregnancy style, you can see her pre-baby-bump curves on the cover of Cosmopolitan in a Sophia Loren-inspired look. Smash star Katharine McPhee look positively fresh-faced for front & back covers of Women’s Health. She models various different makeup looks including striking blue eyeliner, enhanced cheeks, & bold red lips. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is the focus of People Style Watch & for her stylish red carpet looks in Stella McCartney, Hugo, & Michael Kors. Also, the mag looks at her street style in Thakoon & Tory Burch, as well as her changing hairstyles for previous films like Silver Linings Playbook, The Hungry Games, & X-Men: First Class.

Kim Kardashian for Cosmopolitan, Katharine McPhee for Women's Health, & Jennifer Lawrence for People Style Watch April 2013.

Lastly, we see country crooner Taylor Swift for Vanity Fair, talking about how she’s the target of constant jokes regarding her love life, including the jab that Tina Fey & Amy Poehler made during last month’s Golden Globes. A topless Kate Hudson let her natural beauty shine for Glamour, decked out in layers of Chanel necklaces. The mom of two talks about her romance with Muse frontman, motherhood in her thirties, & how she balances it all. I almost missed seeing Emily VanCamp‘s second April cover for Canada’s Fashion magazine, but I was glad to catch the former ballerina & leading lady for the Captain America sequel in this gorgeous snake-print dress & necklace, both by Gucci.

Taylor Swift for Vanity Fair, Kate Hudson for Glamour, Emily VanCamp for Fashion April 2013.

For more celebrity posts, check out black & white looks worn by Jessica Chastain & Jessica Alba, the neon trend as seen on Jennifer Lopez & Freida Pinto, Kate Winslet for Lancôme’s latest ad campaign, & complete red carpet coverage from the Academy Awards! Which magazines are your favorite for April? Which look makes for the best cover? Happy Styling!

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Magazine Must-Haves: Lady Gaga in Harper’s Bazaar, the Best Preppy Finds for Spring, & the Cast of Bridesmaids!


This month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar features none other than Lady Gaga, the pop powerhouse & unlikely fashion icon of the century.  The singer / songwriter / performance artist discusses plastic surgery, her fitness regiment, & the late-Alexander McQueen.  If you’re a subscriber to the mag, you’ll see the cover with LG in an all-black Thierry Mugler ensemble.  The on-stand copies show off the pink-tressed Gaga in a Versace top & skirt.  However, both looks are furnished with cosmetics by M.A.C, which the singer is the spokesmodel for in the Viva Glam ads.

If you noticed on the subscriber’s issue, the magazine devotes the month of May to summer fashion.  Even though I’ve been waiting for spring fashions, I’m loving the selection of summer picks that can be incorporated this season too! A far cry from Lady Gaga, the magazine has selected some of these easy-to-find preppy items that can help build up a fresh look for these warmer months.

Take these yellow thick-strapped espadrilles sold @Gap (which are a little pricey compared to some of the similarly looking summer wedges @Payless) & pair them with a neutral-toned look of a ruffled blouse & assymetrical shorts.  For a nautical look, try a striped tee like this one from Michael Stars with cuffed capris & peep toe espadrille flats.  The foundation for any layered spring look or breezy summer outfit is a reliable & crisp white tee to go with an abstract printed skirt & ruffled platform heels.  Go with a denim shirt if you’re looking to don a country look with an embroidered belt mini skirt & some short distressed cowboy boots.  Last but not least, top off your outdoors look in a cute straw fedora, which would be perfect for a belted romper, cropped denim jacket, & braided t-strap sandals.

Something else worth checking out in this issue is a fashion spread of the very funny cast of the new movie, Bridesmaids, realizing the consequence of their Hangover-like shopping spree.  I recently wrote two articles for another site where I contribute, featuring a poster & the first trailer for the film, as well as two raunchier trailers for the highly-anticipated comedy (all @Movie Buzzers).  The movie stars  Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Maya Rudolph (Away We Go), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Rose Byrne (Insidious), Elie Kemper (The Office), Wendi McLendon-Covy (Rules of Engagement), John Hamm (Mad Men), and the late Jill Calyburgh (Love & Other Drugs). Don’t these funny ladies of comedy look super chic?  The movie is due out May 13th!  Happy Styling!