While the January cover of some of our favorite fashion magazines is a blank canvas for the creativity of teams and editors alike, ELLE makes for an interesting case when it comes to deciphering their first cover of 2018.

Dress: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello; Black resin and gold-plated hoop earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane

Back in September, ELLE US underwent some major staff changes and welcomed Nina Garcia as newly installed editor-in-chief who welcomed a true modern-day style icon in her own right Zoe Kravitz for her debut cover at the magazine. Shot by Poala Kudacki, the ‘Rough Night’ star and face of Saint Lauren’t Spring 2018 collection, poses in a dress by fashion wunderkind Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, worn with chunky Kenneth Jay Lane earrings that perfectly compliment her pixie haircut against a crisp baby blue backdrop.The styling, both on the cover and in the spread, boasts a fresh take on the creative direction of the magazine by selecting the otherworldly beautiful Zoe Kravitz.

Zoë Kravitz for Elle January 2018

Inside, in a setting that isn’t directly putting Ms. Kravitz in context, she is photographed in a full Gucci look with indigo pants and low-cut, embellished jacket boasting an over-sized satin bow in fuchsia that cinches the waist, while the look is finished with satin-toe Stella Luna pumps.

Crystal-embroidered silk jacket, $4,300, silk crepe pants, $1,500, both, Gucci, gucci.com. Diamond and white gold stud earrings, Hearts On Fire, $895–$2,500 per pair. Satin pumps, Stella Luna, $327.

Elsewhere stylist Samira Nasr has her clad in head-to-toe retro appeal that only the actress can do oh-so-well. She wears all-leather Versace separates like a true renegade on one page and sports a wool man’s suit by Dior like a true lady on the next.

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Such is the chameleon nature of the actress who recently starred in HBO’s hit series ‘Big Little Lies’, she is able to transform without ever failing to put her style stamp of authenticity no matter what role she plays in life or on screen.

Printed-silk twill shirt, $1,980, pants, $1,600, both, Gucci, at select Gucci stores nationwide. Gold-plated hoop earrings, Vita Fede, $165.

In her interview with Janelle Monae, she talks about her superstar parents, her childhood without TV, the importance of being honest and her style influences from Audrey Hepburn to the boys from Stand by Me.

A snippet from the interview…..

JM: Let’s get into some beauty, because we’re speaking to ELLE. You’re this chameleon. And it doesn’t feel forced. Like, whenever I look on your Instagram or see you on the red carpet, it’s like its own genre—the Zoë Kravitz genre. How do you feed your evolution as a style icon?

ZK: I remember when my grandmother died, and after the funeral, I wanted to make my mom laugh. So I put on a suit, drew on a mustache, put on “The Boy Is Mine,” by Brandy and Monica, and performed as the boy. It was weird, but it made her crack up. For me, clothes are a gateway to characters. I watch Audrey Hepburn movies and I’m like, I want to do my makeup like that. I watch Stand by Me and I think, I want to look like a boy.

Grab a copy of ELLE’s January Issue now on newsstands. Read the full interview here.


Photos Courtesy of Elle Magazine

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