Interview Germany aren't doing too badly as covers stars go. For their debut they managed to bag Leonardo Di Caprio followed by Lana Del Rey and their latest issue, which is on newsstands now, features girl de jour Jennifer Lawrence. The actress appears wearing one of those great but not very wearable Dolce & Gabbana jumpsuits that have been making the cover rounds recently and looks great doing so.
But crazy body aside, it's the accompanying editorial piece that really won me over. 'Sometimes I think, I should rather have more artistic answers ready,' she told the title. 'But the truth is: I’d like to be Bridget Jones and I am interested in Hulk Hogan.' When asked what she plans to do with her first pay check she joked that she wants to 'bathe in a pool full of pasta.' I'm sold!
While the fashion industry may be courtingLana Del Rey at the moment, Rihanna is still the big fish. When she wears clothes, they sell. Take Boy London for example. When she wore them on the Jonathan Ross show recently, their pieces sold out in Selfridges. As she told Ryan Seacrest on his morning show recently, the same is true of her capsule collection with Armani which she confirmed was 'very, very successful.'
Now she wants to capitalise on her own celebrity and is in talks about finally launching her own clothing line. 'I want to design. This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I’m working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect,' she said. 'I want people to really trust me before I just say 'Buy it because it's mine.''
Without much intention on her part, Lana Del Rey continues to be a source of controversy. First up was the critics slamming what seemed to be an overnight rise to fame and you'll remember the controversy that ensued after she bagged the big March cover of Vogue UK and had a Mulberry bag named in her honour. Now, the singer is under fire about her music again.
Yesterday the 25 year-old tweeted this picture which is set to be the cover art for her new single 'Blue Jeans. The image shows Del Rey lying on the floor with a man's had around her neck causing many to argue that she is glamorising violence. While the shot isn't perhaps the most responsible image, calling her out would warrant criticising just about every other singer in the chart's today.
Mulberry always have a strong front row but the front row line up at their show this morning was particularly interesting. After Rihanna made an appearance at the Stella McCartney presentation last night, many assumed that she would appear at Mulberry today but instead, all eyes were on Lana Del Rey.
In a twist of marketig genius, the brand dropped a press release first thing this morning announcing that they have created the 'Del Rey' bag in the singer's honour, which they confirmed would debut at the show. Naturally then, it became pretty clear that the 'Video Games' singer would be in attendance and that she was. Sporting the white ostrich skin bag, Del Rey sat front row with Pixie Geldof and rapper de jour, Azealia Banks.
The 'Alexa' bag named after Alexa Chung made sense. Whatever you think of the presenter, her innate sense of style is undisputed and more importantly, it is quintessentially British which matches Mulberry's heritage. Del Rey on the other hand seems to have catapulted to fame over night simple for being an antidote to the pop songs we haven't been able to get a break from recently rather than for anything else. While her debut track 'Video Games' was everywhere last summer, her album continues to get panned by critics and Alexandra Schulman was forced to defend choosing her to cover British Vogue's March issue earlier this month. It therefore begs the question - why would Mulberry honour a celebrity who doesn't have a strong link to the brand and whose credibility is the subject of much debate?
Since dropping her debut track 'Video Games' last summer, Lana Del Rey has been everywhere. While her face has appeared on just about every magazine over the last few months, her debut album continues to get panned by critics internationally. The controversy surrounding her sudden rise to fame had Alexandra Schulman feeling the need to defend her decision to book the singer to front British Vogue's important March issue
Now, the singer fronts the latest issue of T magazine. Like all of her other cover shoots, she looks good but her current stardom begs makes you wonder - is she a legitimate musician or just a pretty face or 'skinnier Adele' as the magazine writes.
When we heard that Karl Lagerfeld would guest editor French newspaper Metro for the day, we were excited. Kaiser Karl is known for delivering a good sound bite and as you would expect, it was business as usual.
On Lana Del Rey:
I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad.The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She's not alone with implants.
March has been a good month for magazine covers. British Vogue with Lana Del Rey, British ELLE with Alexa Chung and Harper's Bazaar US with Gwyneth Paltrow have all been particularly strong and are definitely worthy of being the second most important issue of the year. While I haven't been crazy about US ELLE's recent covers, this is the best they have released in a while. Blake Lively looks effortless and natural wearing Victoria Beckham for the Tom Munro-shot cover.
Last year we predicted that Lana Del Rey would have a good 2012 and it looks like we were right. After bagging that big cover of Interview recently, the singer has just bee revealed as the cover star of British Vogue's March issue. It's no secret that March is the biggest issue of the spring/summer season so this is a big one for Del Rey.
Shot by Mario Testino, the singer is styled by Lucinda Chambers in Louis Vuitton S/S12 which has been making the rounds recently. Alexa Chung is also wearing pieces from the collection on the March cover of ELLE UK.
Lana Del Rey is everywhere. Aside from her distinctive music sound, it is her lips that have caught our attention so it only makes sense that they are the centre of attention in her February 2012 cover for Interview Russia. Just in case you hadn't already noticed that them already, the magazine placed a bee on there just to make sure you get appreciate the 'bee-stung' proportions of her lips.
Although the cover looks similar to some of the singer's other ones with the beehive hair and heavy 60s make-up, I really like it.
2011 really felt like a good year for Solange Knowles. While in the past we have always thought of her as Beyonce's younger sister, last year was the first time many people stopped and paid attention to her and it's hardly surprising. Her style and penchant for brands like Opening Ceremony and Dries van Noten has won her a legion of fashion fans and she's starred in big campaigns for both Rimmel and Carol's Daughter.
2012 looks to be even better for Knowles as yesterday, news broke that she has just signed with Next Models. Like Lana Del Rey who signed with them last week, she will join the agency's 'talent' category along with stars like Elie Goulding and Alexa Chung. Vogue UK, who are already calling her the 'next big thing', have confirmed that she will guest-blog on the website fo their 'Today I'm Wearing' feature.
Hopefully this is only the beginning of great things for Solange.