Missy Elliott Graces ‘Elle’ Cover in Marc Jacobs

Photo: Mark Seliger for Elle June 2017

Missy Elliott is the cover star for Elle’s June ‘Women in Music’ issue, looking absolutely fly in Marc Jacobs’ Fall 17 hip-hop influenced collection.

It’s not the first time the iconic pair have collaborated: Elliott starred in Jacobs’ incredible Fall 16 campaign with Susan Sarandon, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.

Jacobs’ showed his excitement about the hip-hop legend donning his pieces for her big comeback cover:

Elliott hasn’t released a full album since 2005, though she released a new music video for the song “I’m Better” in January – and if her cover slot for Elle is any indication, our dreams might come true that a new mixtape could unexpectedly drop this summer.

Check out her latest vid below:

Interestingly enough, another musical majesty today announced her Elle UK cover – so, something to consider:

Visual Xanax: Find the Light

In any situation the clouds might settle, the cold’ll roll in, the view can seem bleak.

All it takes is a moment to find the light, and everything will seem brighter again.

Photo: Johanna Rhodes photographed by Gilles Bensimon for Elle, November 1990

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Elle’s Head Honchos Talk Fashion Bloggers

Apparently it’s fashion panel week in NYC. While Francisco Costa, Maria Cornejo and Yoehlee Teng gathered to discuss celebrity designers and the cost of sustainable fashion late last week, some of the biggest names off Elle‘s masthead were featured in a similar panel last night at FIT called ELLEvated. Except, at the latter, which Fashionolgie provides hefty notes on, fashion bloggers took up much of the discussion. As per usual, teen blogger Tavi stole the spotlight: “I don’t think Tavi even knows what happened five years ago,” Elle‘s Creative Director Joe Zee said in defense of editors who have spent years if not decades following what’s happening in fashion. Zee went so far as to post the question, “if you don’t know what you’re talking about, then do you really have the credibility to talk about it?”

Revered stylist and fashion editor Kate Lanphear disagreed: “there’s also something beautiful about these fresh voices that can say something that maybe sometimes someone who does have a lot of credibility misses, or they see it through a really fresh eye.” Anne Slowley, who has taken issue with Tavi’s inexperience in print before, on the other hand, took a truly no holds barred approach to criticizing the Style Rookie. “First of all, she’s been 13 for like, the last 4 years — but she’s put herself in the center of the cyclone. She swore she’d never sell out and now she’s being paid by Target to do video . . . It’s like, her father’s an English professor, I don’t know. Her editor at Harper’s [Bazaar] said her copy comes in clean . . . I work with New Yorker writers, their copy doesn’t come in clean.”

The latter is definitely suspect but one of the most controversial points raised throughout the panel wasn’t Tavi. “They have fashion advertisers on their sites, or their blogs . . it’s really changed the way that they’ve reported on fashion,” Lanphear notes. Given the fact that Bryanboy and Tavi, for starters, dedicate posts to gifts they receive from high-fashion heavyweights like Miuccia Prada, they are inherently providing advertising platforms much in the same manner as magazines. The difference: with fashion blogs, the line between editorial and advertorial is significantly more fuzzy. The question becomes, would Tavi have dedicated five separate ‘mood’ posts (one of which is pictured here) to Miu Miu SS10 accessories had she not had them (most likely gifted) in her possession? Probably not. But is her influence over her audience any less potent as a result? Surely not. It’s a new, and exponentially potent form of marketing and not one that should be taken lightly.

Anne Slowey Hunts for America’s Next Top … Magazine Editor?

Just how possible is it to advocate environmental sustainability and run a fashion mag? Just ask Anne Slowey, the theatrically menacing editor at Elle. Taking to the CW (see what wonders that did for 90210), Slowey summons a diverse crew of young hopefuls and inducts them into her elaborate power play in order to find the glossy’s next junior editor. I suppose that’s more effective now that wannabes aren’t so eager to intern at the magazine. Although I’m hedging my bets on fewer love triangles and no Amazonian trannies, tonight’s premiere of Stylista promises just as many displays of editorial solipsism as Ugly Betty, if not more.