FASHION Magazine Summer 2013 Cover: Lana Del Rey


Fashion Magazine Summer 2013 Lana De Rey

Photographed by Mark Williams and Sara Kirakawa, styled by Heidi Meek with fashion direction by Zeina Esmail, Lana Del Rey wears a top, $165, by Catherine Malandrino and skirt, $325, by Pink Tartan. Creative consultant, Johnny Blueeyes. Hair by Anna Cofone for Emma Davies agency/oribe. Makeup by Pamela Cochrane for Nars cosmetics. Manicure by Ashlie Johnson for the Wall Group/Chanel. Fashion assistant, Melissa Watanabe.

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There are so many questions surrounding Lana Del Rey. As one of the most enigmatic pop stars of this generation, the 27-year-old talent stands as a sphinx in a sea of overexposed bold face names. Taking a break from recording “Young and Beautiful“—her just-released track off The Great Gatsby soundtrack—the Queen of Sadcore escaped from the confines of the L.A. studio she was toiling in to spend a day shooting with FASHION magazine in Malibu’s Zuma Beach area. The breath-taking beachfront spot Del Rey handpicked for the cover seemed to transport the crew into her dreamy world of ‘50s pinups and MGM icons, evoking the essence of Lana Del Rey videos off her debut, Born To Die, her latest E.P. Paradise and her new duet, “Summer Wine,” which features her boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neill.

Features Editor, Elio Iannacci had a chance to witness the magic unfold and chat with Del Rey after her epic 10-page photo shoot was done.

Here are a few of the highlights from the upcoming FASHION Magazine Summer 2013 Cover story on Lana Del Rey:

On the inspiration behind her cover look: 
“Every shoot I do, I have a theme. I’ve been watching old Spanish films and my new record has a Spanish guitar on it so that actress-signorita vibe so its been on my mind. We always listen to The Eagles “Hotel California” while we get ready.

Fashion Magazine Summer 2013 Lana Del Rey

bra and briefs, both price on request, and earrings, $1,200, by dolce & gabbana

On women she admires: 
“I believe in Amy Winehouse. I know she’s not with us anymore but I believe she was who she was and in that way she got it right. I would say an actress like Lauren Bacall also got it right. She never let anyone [persuade] her to be something she wasn’t. She was strong. She always looked like she knew what she was doing.”

On being called anti-feminist: “I get it. It looks like I’ve chosen a path of submission. But I’m a modern day woman in so many senses. I pay my way and work hard for things but it is my choice that at the end of the day I have a dominant male in my life that is hands-on. Someone who wants what he wants the way I do. I get so tired of trying to have it only my way, it’s nice to have someone else who also has their life and opinions. I have to be so assertive in life that its nice to feel escape through a really passionate romance.”

On her romance with Scottish rocker Barrie-James O’Neill: “He’s on tour and opens for me. We sing some Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood duets together. I’ve been seeing him for a year and a half and he’s even more of a meticulous, devout artist than I am.  He can’t keep his hands off the piano, ever. Whenever I’m not writing he always asks, ‘why aren’t you writing?’ We kick each others asses. We give each other input every night.”

On her musical philosophy: “Einstein said ‘your imagination is more important than intelligence,’ and I have a very, very big imagination. I love to live in my internal world and will never stop seeking influences and visions for my art.

To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine Summer 2013 issue starring Lana Del Rey, available on newsstands May 20, 2013.


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  • Linda

    Best cover FASHION has ever done

  • JavierDixon

    Cannot wait to read this. Love this writer.

  • FashionMarauder

    These pictures are really gorgeous and I like the fact that she comes off as intelligent.

  • Anne

    First Lana magazine i can get here in Canada without ordering! this is amazing! <3

  • lanafan

    jesus.. she is the most perfect woman.. no wait.. human in the universe.. omg <3 lanaaaaaa

  • Kelly

    Woooah. This is probably the most gorgeous Lana cover I have ever seen …I’ll be picking this up as soon as I see it. What she says this sneak peak is gangbusters.

  • 60cent

    Mag cover of the year

  • AnnaTon

    Why can’t Vogue do something as beautiful as this?

  • SRinker

    soooo amaaaaaaazzzzzzing.

  • CythniaPascale

    I just received my copy in the mail today and I love this issue and this cover. The interview with her gave me such a refreshingly different perspective on who Ms. Del Ray is. I have read other stories about her that seem to miss this point on what she is trying to achieve but this story really picked up on how she is an artist who does not play by anybody’s rules. I appreciate that your website story was not the same one as inside too. I hate when I buy a magazine and see the same thing on the website.

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