This month's magazines comprised the most whimsical batch in ages. Dogs, a cat, and parrots made a strong and adorable showing. i-D found a clever way to shoot ultratrendy pink clothes. A catlike Beyoncé posed with her stage-costume designer, the great Thierry Mugler. French Vogue delivered a kinky girl-on-girl-on-hose editorial. And In Style somehow managed to make Chace Crawford look less than sexy. See those images and more in the slideshow.
Best Editorial - i-D
Practically every newspaper in the world has printed an article about how "in" bright pink is for ladies and men. Finally, i-D examines the trend in a creative spread that excludes ties and sweater vests.
Best Designer Portrait - Marie Claire
Thierry Mugler and Beyonce look amazing together. Like he's about to punch his fist skyward and airlift off on a glorious journey to a land where robots and motorcycle bustiers roam wild and free!
Worst Celebrity Portraits - In Style
Somehow, In Style managed to make Chace Crawford look, frankly, a bit gross. Likewise, the wet-dog look is not working in Joe Jonas's favor.
Best Couture - V
Anna Wintour wore that Chanel haute-couture dress on the left to the Met gala last month. If only she'd dipped her eyelashes in tar. The dress on the right is by Dior.
Best Model - Meghan Collison in Italian Vogue
Collison was a favorite of Stephen Meisel in 2007, but fell off the radar until this season. She makes a stellar comeback this month with a cover and spread for Italian Vogue.
Least Versatile Model - Hye Park in Elle
We adore Hye Park, but her poses in this spread were too formulaic: ass to wall, head to sky, pretend like if she thinks hard enough, it will rain.
Best Puppies - French Vogue
Those extra handbags she has are probably filled with plastic poop bags.
Best Kitty - S
This photo pairing is too obvious, but the cat model really emotes.
Least Tasteful Spread - British Vogue
Patrick Demarchelier shot Daria Werbowy in Kerala, India. She mingles with the locals wearing $1,300 silk-lame pants by Michael Kors (top right) and a $1,400 Max Mara dress (top left). When she finished touring in the punt she washed an elephant in a $15,500 frock by Ralph Lauren. The average per capita income in this region is estimated to be between $298 and $350 a year--not even a Kors pant leg!
Best Hat Paradox - W
The umbrella hats (by Alexander McQueen) on the left are Uber-functional and fashionable. The headgear on the right wouldn't do much good for humans, though birds could make a nice nest in there.
Worst Styling - British Vogue
If fashion magazines can make pantslessness catch on, it is their duty not to experiment with nipple pasties.
Most Nonsensical Outfit - i-D
The dress by Comme des Garcons is amazing, but what is going on here? She's punching herself in the face for forgetting the rest of her space suit and foiling her moonwalk?
Best Face - Mixte
Mixte did similar face stickers last month. Bless them for trying to make this happen, though it might be a better fall trend, since there's no way these will win in a battle with perspiration.
Most Mantastic Spread - S
Male models make the world go round.
Best Metal Outfit - V
This iconic piece is by Thierry Mugler. You might remember it from Lady Gaga's recent "Paparazzi" video. No word on whether she engaged in cage battle to fight Beyonce for it.
Best Diva Pages - Marie Claire
The Beyonce spread touched our hearts so much, we had to give it two awards, a first here in the Cut's monthly editorial awards. From left to right: Sasha Fierce, Sasha Swimmers Ear, Sasha Watch Out or I'll Kick You in the Face, Hiss.
Best Homage to Cafeteria Workers - Mixte
Worst Trend Revival - In Style
The problems with jelly shoes: (a) they hurt, (b) they make your feet stink, (c) they're for 4-year-olds. So thanks, but no thanks.
Kinkiest Spread - French Vogue
Pun not intended. Kudos to the models for making this look believably pleasurable. The image on the right gives new meaning to the term "psycho hose beast."
Best Use of Glitter - City
As glitter experts, we can safely say it probably took a whole week of showering to get that stuff off.
Most in Need of Pants - S
So, this is gratuitous. We hope these ladies are fishing for pants. Panties, at the very least.
Worst Matching - Teen Vogue
Items of apparel that share similar color palettes do not necessarily go together. Staring at this for four minutes is less painful.
Best Housecleaning Gloves - Vogue
These are Proenza Schouler. They probably cost several hundred dollars, perhaps over a thousand. At last, Vogue readers are apprised of an alternative to those awful rubber gloves Duane Reade sells.
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