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It’s surprising to learn that Kerry Washington’s Elle US June 2013 cover is her first for a major title despite having a very successful career, with recent achievements including her blockbuster ‘Django Unchained’ being nominated for an Oscar, and being the first black woman to be cast in a lead role in a network drama for ‘Scandal’, which was just renewed for a third season.

For someone who has such amazing style on the red carpet, I feel she was let down with this editorial.

The cover shot by Horst Diekgerdes which sees her wearing Marc Jacobs is just OK, but inside the mag her Tom Ford, Balmain and Armani looks could’ve all been much better.

Kerry opens up to Elle about her early years, her career success and, of course, fashion.

On her current success: “I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on ‘Scandal’ and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie – I don’t get to ask for more.”

On getting red-carpet ready: “I found out I enjoy the process. All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”

On the career Washington thought she’d pursue: “I imagined I’d be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identity. I’d figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people.”

When asked if as a girl she thought she’d ever consider modelling or becoming a film actress: “I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”

Credit: Elle US

Carey Mulligan - June Cover - Harper's Bazaar

We are going to be seeing a lot of Carey Mulligan this month, with her eagerly anticipated movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ due for release.

Gracing her second major title, the British actress is the June 2013 cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar UK, which hits newsstands today.

Her fresh springtime shoot sees her, not surprisingly, wearing Prada on the cover, paired with her husband’s Hunter wellies, with an additional 10 pages of glorious summery looks by Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Erdem.

Carey talks to the mag about her drive, which has seen the Londoner progress from low-budget British films to a lavish Hollywood production of The Great Gatsby. She also talks about working with Leonardo DiCaprio and her marriage to Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons, plus she explains how she keeps her feet on the ground.

Here are some extracts from her interview. The Full interview appears in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Wednesday 1 May 2013. Also available as a digital edition.

On playing Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’: “Daisy was difficult to work out, but so fun to play… Baz also gave me about seven biographies of Zelda [Fitzgerald] and a stack of love letters from Ginevra [King]. You can so easily see where Fitzgerald has taken Daisy from. Just the way Zelda and Ginevra wrote – there were lines we stole for the script.”

On Michael Schumacher vs Leonardo DiCaprio: “Well, he [Leonardo DiCaprio] wasn’t my pin-up, but he was for a lot of my girlfriends. Michael Schumacher [was my pin-up]. I used to watch Formula 1 with my dad when I was little. When I did the audition [for the role of Daisy in ‘The Great Gatsby’] with Leo in New York I walked away grinning. Just the idea that if I never got any further, I had just spent an hour and a half acting with Leonardo DiCaprio.”

On why she chose to marry in a Prada wedding dress: “I have worn a lot of Prada and always loved their clothes. I always felt very comfortable. They were the first designer house that ever lent me anything; I wore Prada to the Oscars. The people who work there are so lovely and really just non-scary fashion people.”

Credit: Tom Allen for Harper’s Bazaar

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On the second of three covers for Elle magazine’s Women in Music May 2013 issue, Rita Ora wears a textured and feathered Chanel Couture frock – the same Chanel dress we saw recently on Charlotte Casiraghi – with a blossoming headpiece by Ken O’Rourke, black leather gloves and open-toe over-the-knee leather boots.

On her second cover, the British singer was photographed in Calvin Klein and a glittering, ultra-chic Mickey Mouse headpiece by Philip Treacy, with black whiskers pencilled in on her nose. The rest of her high-fashion photo shoot – which was shot by Thomas Whiteside – sees her wearing Dior Couture and Valentino Couture.

Inside the magazine, the singer opens up about her personal style, meeting Jay-Z and even her childhood idols, the Spice Girls.

You can read more over at Elle.com or read some of the extracts below.

On her childhood idols, the Spice Girls: “I just remember watching them – not even meeting them – and I was completely mesmerized. It feels great to meet someone who is not human, but is.”

On meeting Jay-Z in 2009 after her ‘big break’: “I didn’t think in a million years that I’d fly to New York to meet one of the biggest music moguls of our time.”

On not allowing her label to dictate her music: “That should never be allowed! It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.”

On her Marchesa MTV EMA dress: “I went up to [Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman] and said, ‘Hi, I’m Rita. Nice to meet you. I need to wear your dress.’ She was like, ‘What dress?’ They’ve got 10 million dresses. I said, ‘Look, I have your dress as the screen saver on my phone. This red dress needs to be on my body.’”

Credit: Thomas Whiteside for Elle US

Carey Mulligan for Vogue US May 2013

We should not be surprised to see a Great-Gatsby-inspired American Vogue cover featuring Carey Mulligan hit the newsstands just before the movie’s release on May 10.

The British actress channels her inner Daisy Buchanan for the May 2013 cover – which was captured by Mario Testino – wearing an Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 chartreuse gown and dripping with roaring-twenties-inspired jewels, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

The rest of her editorial includes pieces from Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Chanel, plus my favourite – Alexander McQueen.

In the magazine, Carey talks about the movie and how she prepared for the role.

The Vogue May 2013 issue hits newsstands on April 23.

You can read more over at Vogue or read the extracts below.

On waiting to find out if she had got the role: “I was trying to be cool, but oh, it was horrible. It was terrifying, the suspense. I was winding down on shooting ‘Drive’, so I wasn’t working that much, just waiting around for the phone to ring and for me to be disappointed.”

On making the Great Gatsby: “It was crazy and exhausting and quite overwhelming… the biggest, craziest production I’ve ever been involved in.”

On her good fortune in Hollywood: “It’s unsettling that you get exactly what you wanted. Not like some version of it, not a slightly lesser version of it, but exactly. You’re like: This is weird. It is weird.”

Credit: Mario Testino for Vogue

Adele Elle US May 2013

UK singer-superstar Adele covers the May 2013 issue of Elle US for their Women In Music issue, which also features Alicia Keys and Rita Ora.

The Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy winner was shot by Thomas Whiteside at L.A.’s EastWest Studios – the studio made famous by icons like Frank Sinatra – wearing a black lace vintage Alberta Ferretti dress and sporting a beehive ‘do and smoky eyes.

The music issue includes a tribute to Adele and the thoughts of fellow musicians – including Katy Perry, Britney Spears, John Mayer and legend Barbra Streisand – on her meteoric rise to fame.

Adele talks to Elle about taking her time with her third album, the highest point of her career, the worst show she ever performed and the song which always gets her on the dance floor.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On her third album: “I’m writing the songs now, and then I’ll want to rehearse them for a while. As much as I love my first album, there are still things that I wish I had done differently. So I don’t want to rush anything. You’re only as good as your last record, so if I put out something that’s shit, nobody’s going to buy it. If it’s crap, people will be like, “Why was she ever such a big deal?” So I have to take my time. I mean, if it takes me three years, I imagine people will start getting a bit nervy… but I’ll do my best to avoid that.”

On the high point in her career: “Winning the Grammys! To be nominated for a Grammy would have been a highlight, but winning just blew my mind.”

On the worst show she ever played: “One of my first gigs, in 2006, in a dinky little pub in East London. I didn’t realize that I was headlining: I thought I was on at 8 p.m., but it turned out that I wasn’t on until about 2 a.m. It was a Friday night, so I had invited all my friends and my family, and there were probably another 300 people there who had heard about me and come to watch me. Anyway, I got so drunk between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. I played three songs, I forgot the words, and I fell off my chair. It was a free show, thankfully. Can you imagine paying to see someone forget their own lyrics and fall off their chair? Worst thing ever. That’s why I stopped drinking”.

On her go-to party song: “When I want to party, I play “Crazy in Love.” That’s always been the song that my friends and I get ready to; or before I go on a first date, I play it to feel sexy.”

The publication will be hosting it’s annual ELLE Women In Music event in New York City this evening with Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora, Mia Moretti, and Jourdan Dunn all expected to attend.

Elle’s May 2013 issue hits newsstands April 23.

Credit: Thomas Whiteside for Elle US

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Keira Knightley graces the cover of Marie Claire UK‘s May 2013 issue looking radiant wearing a red Valentino gown shot by Nathaniel Goldberg.

The rest of the editorial sees her wearing Tom Ford, Gucci, Balenciaga and of course her favourites Chanel and Valentino.

In her interview, Keira talks about getting engaged to Klaxons keyboard player James Righton, the definition of success and coping with fame.

The May 2013 issue is out now.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On how she defines success: “I’m not sure if I can define success. I think if I get to the end of my life having hurt as few people as possible, making sure the people who mean the most to me know they have been loved, I will be happy. Success in work, whatever work, will come and go.”

On coping with fame in Hollywood: The machine that allows you to make movies, the trade-off [requires] you to sell it. Selling it means making yourself a public figure. You can’t cultivate the mystery. My problem is I like mystery

On her upcoming wedding to James Righton: “I could have six weddings. God, that would be expensive. We’ve not big-wedding types. I don’t need to have all that. I’m just trying to enjoy the engagement bit. My parents are together after 40 years. The fights are there, but they love each other. It’s not like the first three months, the frost two years, whatever it is, but I think it gets more interesting, or I hope so.”

Credit: Marie Claire UK




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