This Month In The Lady Mags: May Flowers

The May 2010 issues of women’s magazines are on newsstands now. So which of these suckers will make for the best plane ride and/or lazy afternoon in the park? After the jump, we’ve rounded up the highlights from each magazine so you can see which is worth your $3.99. Marie Claire
The May issue of Marie Claire features oodles of stories about fascinating women. First up: Jillian Lauren, a 36-year-old American who at 18 became one of the Sultan of Brunei’s 40 girlfriends. Spoiler alert: she ended up falling for him. Also interesting: a jail house interview with Pamela Smart, whose teenage boyfriend killed her husband. I also enjoyed work tips the magazine gleaned from three women who are CEOs of their own mega-million companies, despite being under 40. But if you were expecting an in-depth interview with Jessica Simpson, who appears on the cover sans makeup and airbrushing, prepare to be disappointed—there isn’t one. Instead, she gives a few lame hairstyling tips and talks to some women on the street about what feature they love most about themselves. Luckily, the mag makes up for that with a gorgeous fashion spread with Vanessa Paradis, the stunning French woman who calls Johnny Depp boyfriend.
Grade: B

In Style
In Style’s Color Issue contains as many bright hues as a Pantone color chip book—with loads of accessories, clothes, and home decor items in gorgeous blues, yellows, greens, reds, you name it. Also awesome in this issue: a three-page peek at Rachel Zoe’s insane collection of big, gold, often animal-themed costume jewelry. Another celeb piece I was into: “Ask Rachel,” a style advice column from Rachel Bilson. I also love that the mag chose Gwen Stefani as their cover girl—the images inside of her are stunning (plus, she’s in her own designs, which is cool) and she tells the story of how she first started wearing red lipstick. (Answer: to look hot in her used Honda Prelude.) And a style idea I will totally be rocking this season is the Little White Dress as the antidote to the Little Black one, as modeled by Emma Roberts.
Grade: A

A year ago, I would have rolled my eyes at seeing Lauren Conrad on the cover. But now that she’s been retired from “The Hills” for a season, it was nice to read what is going on with Los Angele’s favorite everywoman. But this issue had two pieces that were bigger highlights for me. First, a ridiculously adorable fashion spread of the ladies of “Glee” (including Tina and Mercedes!), in party dresses. Also amazing: the story on 26-year-old Amy Karn on page 192. Amy started out life as Brendan and made the transition to a woman in college without the support of her family but with the serious love of her friends. The story is amazing, going far beyond cliches about feeling trapped in the wrong body. And the fact that Amy is able to find dudes to date on OKCupid who are cool with the fact that she hasn’t had genital reconstruction surgery yet is seriously refreshing.
Grade: B

I was a little worried about this issue of Lucky when I saw Hilary Duff on the cover wearing a not-so-flattering yellow tank and a pair of high-waisted jeans similar to the ones that got Jessica Simpson into trouble. And I was right. In the whole issue, I only tagged three pages as having items I need to get now—far less than normal. But the highlights? Seeing the Lucky staffers with the best hair on Kim France’s editor’s letter. The Sophia Loren fashion on page 75. Their prediction that tie dye will be wrestled back from hippies for seriously cute pieces this summer. On the “eh” end of things—I didn’t see one suit that I loved in their huge bathing suit package. What gives?
Grade: C-

The mag for cool chicks turns 11 this month and decided to celebrate with an interview with Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper about their M.A.C. lipsticks, from which sale proceeds will go to the M.A.C. AIDS fund. Also amazing in this issue—an interview with Floria Sigismundi, the genius (lady!) director who brought us “The Runaways.” Also, an adorable profile of Erykah Badu shows the intense level of admiration she has for her children. And in the cover story with Zoe Saldana, the actress really lets loose—dropping f-bombs left and right and using phrases like “partied my t*ts off.” Yes, please.
Grade: A

Yay! An issue of Vogue that doesn’t weigh 90 pounds. Page 122 proves that we are fashion psychics—the mag declares that Breton stripe shirts are back in a big way, which we’ve been telling you for eons. Another item that will be big this spring: imperfect pearls set in avant-garde ways, like, oh encrusted on Lady Gaga’s face. The majority of the issue is an exploration of American style, coinciding with the Met Costume Institute’s exhibit on the same. Love the Annie Leibowitz shot of Taylor Swift and the pieces on sculptor Rachel Feinstein and military medevac pilot Jesse Russell, who is saving lives in Afghanistan. Though, is it just me, or does Sarah Jessica Parker seem to be on the cover every other month with an epic fashion spread to accompany it?
Grade: B