This month's issues delivered lots of great pictures and managed to avoid the floral clichés of spring. Even Vogue delighted with its treatment of Beyoncé, who was thankfully stripped of her Sasha Fierce alter ego — fashion-wise, at least. Zoo did some fantastic things with Gareth Pugh menswear. Dazed & Confused shot a fantastic avant garde spread at Stonehenge in the snow. L'Officiel Hommes presented one of the finest collections of scantily clad male models we've seen in a single issue. And Gisele's got a gun! See all that and more in the slideshow.
Most Disappointing Spread -- Cindy Crawford in Harper's Bazaar
In the magazine, this spread comes right after Gisele's. In her spread, Gisele is done up in a variety of looks, wearing clothes by Prada, Chloe, and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. Turn the page and there's Cindy, looking like she stepped out of a Land's End catalog.
Best Hot Mess -- Alice Dellal in British Vogue
Alice Dellal needs three things: clothes, hair above her left temple, and a shower. That said, we couldn't imagine her any other way than how she's pictured here, and almost don't want to.
Best Men's Editorial -- Zoo
At left you see a ruff by Gareth Pugh, at center you see Maison Martin Margiela leggings, and at right you see Alexander McQueen. All are almost impossible, if not impossible, to pull off, but so, so fabulous.
Best Ad -- Liz Claiborne
Isaac Mizrahi undertook a great challenge when he signed on to design Liz Claiborne. The company seems to be banking on his personality rescuing the label as much as his design talent. So having him ham it up in the ads was a good move. Wouldn't you want to hang out with him in an elevator?
Best Comeback -- Beyonce in Vogue
Anna Wintour hath stripped Beyonce of her Gareth Pugh and her Thierry Mugler and forced her into a Jil Sander dress, which looks lovely. Sasha, you've been fierce and all, but oh, Beyonce, how we've missed you.
Worst Comeback -- Pete Doherty in i-D
Pete Doherty talks about how "organized" and "clean" and "healthy" he is in the article in i-D accompanying this spread. So why isn't he the one in the bathtub?
Least Progressive Accessory -- i-D
This poor thing doesn't deserve this metal muzzle.
Best Women's Editorial -- Dazed & Confused
Shot at Stonehenge, this spread manages to be creepy and silly at the same time. Model Kate Somers wears Louis Vuitton and Gianfranco Ferre at left and an Alexander McQueen catsuit at right. Clothes are dangling from the tree at center. Why make like a tree and leave when you can make like a tree and model?
Best Celebrity Portrait -- Eva Mendes in Lula
We have never felt like we wanted to be Eva Mendes, but the dress she got to wear for this shoot has totally changed our minds.
Most Embarrassing Celebrity Portrait -- Sienna Miller in Nylon
This was taken in February of 2007, but that does not make it okay.
Most in Need of a New Pose -- Rachel Zoe in Marie Claire
Zoe demonstrates her de facto stance: hand on hip to form isosceles triangle while looking shocked at the world around her. Couldn't she at least experiment with equilateral triangles?
Most Ridiculous Rain Outfit -- Nylon
Who wouldn't want to walk around in the rain in a studded clear cape with eight-inch heels and no pants?
Best Girl Group -- Lula
Oh to be 12, innocent, and see-through again!
Best Weave -- Allure
This might have won Best Hair, but notice how the hair is combed back by her forehead, which suggests it's fake. But still, the style is to be applauded. Go big or go home.
Worst Editorial -- Paper
Based on how this is styled and presented, we would not pay more than five cents for any of these garments. And we assure you they cost much, much more than that.
Most Overexposed Collection -- Prada
At left you see spring Prada in Allure. At right you see it in i-D; it appeared in countless spreads this month. People ought to remember it as something more than the show so many models fell down in this season.
Best Use of Color -- Surface
Considering this is the height of spring/summer spreads, it's surprising more of this month's editorials didn't feature color like this. Hopefully the magazines are saving that up for neon-happy fall.
Most Ill-Conceived Spread -- Teen Vogue
There are so many things wrong with these pictures. First, the guy is wearing overalls. Second, on the right he is wearing a suit under and over his overalls at the same time. Also, why is the girl walking on railroad tracks in high heels with a guy who looks like he came from the marching band at the Pickle Fair one town over? It's a rude imagining of Dawson's Creek meeting Clueless.
Best Example of Why Lindsay Lohan Needs a Day Job -- Glamour
Oh look, it's Lindsay Lohan as Madonna. Britney did that in 2003, thanks.
Best Use of Glitter -- W
It's only a matter of time before Lady Gaga starts walking around with pockets full of glitter to throw into the air, as demonstrated here by lovely model Eniko Mihalik.
Best Model -- Lakshmi Menon, Dazed & Confused
Lakshmi could not be weighed down with more gold or beaded frippery. But still, we notice her before we notice all that shiny stuff on top of her.
Best Example of Eighties Revival -- Zoo
This editorial is inspired by Stephen Sprouse. Louis Vuitton's not the only one who knows how to do a Sprouse revival right.
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