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Behind the Scenes: Jennifer Lopez’s April Cover Shoot

The pages of our annual April “Color Issue” never fail to amaze with rainbow-bright delights, and there’s no one as colorful or as vibrant (or beautiful!) as JLo. As such, we did our due diligence and packed for the shoot with luggage teeming with brilliant dresses (including one art-inspired Chanel creation), bold clutches and dazzling jewels.

Flip through the gallery above to get a behind-the-scenes feel of the cover shoot, and then head on over to InStyle.com to read about the atmosphere, which songs JLo danced to, and more.

Behind the Scenes: What It Was Like to Interview Britney Spears for the January Issue
I’m the Fashion Features Editor at InStyle and in addition to assigning and editing cover stories and fashion features, I sometimes get to write them. This was the case with Britney, who I have long admired since I was an editor at Teen People in the early 2000s. Here’s a step-by-step account of our interview that didn’t make it into the story:
1. As I walked up the dance rehearsal space, I could hear “Toxic” blaring. It’s one of my personal favorites and immediately took me back to her famous MTV snake performance. If I wasn’t nervous before about interviewing a cultural icon, I was then.
2. I was greeted by a very nice and slight guy who manned the door the whole time I was there. He basically acted as a bouncer, checking people in and out, but didn’t have as hulky or intimidating a presence as I would have thought someone in that role should have.
3. I hung out the lobby for a while waiting, listening to the rehearsal in the neighboring room, but it would get really crowded at times with handlers and business associates. It was also extremely hot in the space. Eventually I migrated to an empty locker room area that was a tad cooler.
4. At one point I saw the show’s producer, Baz Halpin, walk by and I asked to speak with him about the production. He told me about the snow and rain elements of the show and the number of dancers. He’s also worked with Pink and Katy Perry.
5. Shortly after I spoke to Baz and after about three spins of the chorus of Stronger, dancers started pouring out of the back room/rehearsal space. I heard someone mention something about lunch and then, sooner than I thought she appeared. In the midst of the scrum, Britney walked by. Her publicist ushered me into an adjacent office and we shook hands just like you would in a very professional greeting (firm handshake, mutual eye contact, polite pleasantries).
6. I didn’t include the shoes in the write-up of what she wore: totally cute hot pink Nike sneakers.
7. The next few minutes were really hectic as there was a tiny fridge in the office and the dancers were popping in and out to grab their lunches while someone else stood on a chair to affix thick black velvet fabric to the single window in the space (to keep out the lenses). Britney, who had taken a seat across from me, was just chilling. Even though she had obviously just been working out hard (and in that heat), her skin looked flawless.8. During the interview, she was funny, open, warm, and down to earth. Sure she was guarded about certain topics—relationships—but very open about other topics, like her disdain for how society puts too much pressure on women to look thin. In fact, one of my favorite quotes that didn’t make it in and that I think reflects her matured sense of self and her emerging perspective on the important things in life, is this one: “If you have a point in your life in which you are 15 pounds overweight, it’s okay. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.”
—Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker
The January issue of InStyle is on newsstands now. Read an excerpt of the cover story on InStyle.com.
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: What It Was Like to Interview Britney Spears for the January Issue

I’m the Fashion Features Editor at InStyle and in addition to assigning and editing cover stories and fashion features, I sometimes get to write them. This was the case with Britney, who I have long admired since I was an editor at Teen People in the early 2000s. Here’s a step-by-step account of our interview that didn’t make it into the story:

1. As I walked up the dance rehearsal space, I could hear “Toxic” blaring. It’s one of my personal favorites and immediately took me back to her famous MTV snake performance. If I wasn’t nervous before about interviewing a cultural icon, I was then.

2. I was greeted by a very nice and slight guy who manned the door the whole time I was there. He basically acted as a bouncer, checking people in and out, but didn’t have as hulky or intimidating a presence as I would have thought someone in that role should have.

3. I hung out the lobby for a while waiting, listening to the rehearsal in the neighboring room, but it would get really crowded at times with handlers and business associates. It was also extremely hot in the space. Eventually I migrated to an empty locker room area that was a tad cooler.

4. At one point I saw the show’s producer, Baz Halpin, walk by and I asked to speak with him about the production. He told me about the snow and rain elements of the show and the number of dancers. He’s also worked with Pink and Katy Perry.

5. Shortly after I spoke to Baz and after about three spins of the chorus of Stronger, dancers started pouring out of the back room/rehearsal space. I heard someone mention something about lunch and then, sooner than I thought she appeared. In the midst of the scrum, Britney walked by. Her publicist ushered me into an adjacent office and we shook hands just like you would in a very professional greeting (firm handshake, mutual eye contact, polite pleasantries).

6. I didn’t include the shoes in the write-up of what she wore: totally cute hot pink Nike sneakers.

7. The next few minutes were really hectic as there was a tiny fridge in the office and the dancers were popping in and out to grab their lunches while someone else stood on a chair to affix thick black velvet fabric to the single window in the space (to keep out the lenses). Britney, who had taken a seat across from me, was just chilling. Even though she had obviously just been working out hard (and in that heat), her skin looked flawless.

8. During the interview, she was funny, open, warm, and down to earth. Sure she was guarded about certain topics—relationships—but very open about other topics, like her disdain for how society puts too much pressure on women to look thin. In fact, one of my favorite quotes that didn’t make it in and that I think reflects her matured sense of self and her emerging perspective on the important things in life, is this one: “If you have a point in your life in which you are 15 pounds overweight, it’s okay. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.”

—Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker

The January issue of InStyle is on newsstands now. Read an excerpt of the cover story on InStyle.com.

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: Getting the Victoria’s Secret Angel Treatment
"This year’s annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featuredsome incredible show-stopping moments (per always), including Behati Prinsloo sashaying down the runway in floor-length feathered angel wings while fiancé Adam Levine gave her a standing ovation, Karlie Kloss donning a nude sequined bodysuit, and Taylor Swift serenading the crowd in a sparkling mini-dress.
But there’s more than one way to look like a Victoria’s Secret model without having to sport lingerie in front of a crowd (phew). We challenged Victoria’s Secret makeup artist Colleen Creighton, who created the sexy, dewy makeup on this year’s Angels backstage, to recreate the look on us.
Colleen, equipped with a suitcase full of products, set up shop in my office yesterday morning and got to work, transforming me from tired and pale to glowing and runway-ready.To recreate the sultry brown eyes, rosy bronzed cheeks and balmy nude pout seen on Candice Swanepoel and the other Angels, Colleen began with a tinted moisturizer base, followed by dark, sexy eye makeup, dark chocolate eyeliner and several coats of mascara (the most important part, in my opinion!). Then she completed with look with a shimmery blush and bronzer, and sealed it with a kiss—in the form of an VS Makeup Color Drama lipstick in Melt.” — Kim Peiffer, Senior Fashion News Editor, InStyle.comGet the look—check InStyle.com for a step-by-step tutorial and see Kim’s transformation video!
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: Getting the Victoria’s Secret Angel Treatment

"This year’s annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featured
some incredible show-stopping moments (per always), including Behati Prinsloo sashaying down the runway in floor-length feathered angel wings while fiancé Adam Levine gave her a standing ovation, Karlie Kloss donning a nude sequined bodysuit, and Taylor Swift serenading the crowd in a sparkling mini-dress.

But there’s more than one way to look like a Victoria’s Secret model without having to sport lingerie in front of a crowd (phew). We challenged Victoria’s Secret makeup artist Colleen Creighton, who created the sexy, dewy makeup on this year’s Angels backstage, to recreate the look on us.

Colleen, equipped with a suitcase full of products, set up shop in my office yesterday morning and got to work, transforming me from tired and pale to glowing and runway-ready.

To recreate the sultry brown eyes, rosy bronzed cheeks and balmy nude pout seen on Candice Swanepoel and the other Angels, Colleen began with a tinted moisturizer base, followed by dark, sexy eye makeup, dark chocolate eyeliner and several coats of mascara (the most important part, in my opinion!). Then she completed with look with a shimmery blush and bronzer, and sealed it with a kiss—in the form of an VS Makeup Color Drama lipstick in Melt.” — Kim Peiffer, Senior Fashion News Editor, InStyle.com

Get the look—check InStyle.com for a step-by-step tutorial and see Kim’s transformation video!

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: InStyle's December Issue Cover Shoot with Jennifer Lawrence

Beloved by all, Jennifer Lawrence has charmed the nation, and our December cover shoot was no exception. She worked her magic at the 17,000-square-foot hangar-turned-studio, turning on the smolder in white-hot coveted pieces, including the likes of Proenza Schouler, Celine, Valentino and Giles. Flip through to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the “girl on fire.”

Flip to page 433 of the December issue to see which images made the cut. In the meantime, read all the extras that JLaw dished to us that didn’t make it into the story.

Behind the Scenes: Passing the 1 Million Fans Mark on Facebook
"With our Facebook fans creeping toward 1 million, we knew we had to celebrate someway, somehow. In anticipation of the big moment, I headed to Party City yesterday on a mission to get some celebratory supplies. I purchased six balloons (in InStyle white and red, of course) and a big bag of confetti. As we waited for our fans to pass the million mark, we planned our video down to the last toss of confetti, and this morning our social media dreams came true. Thanks to all of our fans!”
—Jennifer Davis, Assistant Editor, InStyle.com
Watch our celebratory Instagram video (turn up the volume to hear us cheer)!
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: Passing the 1 Million Fans Mark on Facebook

"With our Facebook fans creeping toward 1 million, we knew we had to celebrate someway, somehow. In anticipation of the big moment, I headed to Party City yesterday on a mission to get some celebratory supplies. I purchased six balloons (in InStyle white and red, of course) and a big bag of confetti. As we waited for our fans to pass the million mark, we planned our video down to the last toss of confetti, and this morning our social media dreams came true. Thanks to all of our fans!”

—Jennifer Davis, Assistant Editor, InStyle.com

Watch our celebratory Instagram video (turn up the volume to hear us cheer)!

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: Alex and Marianne at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

What Alex had to say:

"This year marks the 18th Annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, but it was just my second time photographing backstage at the event. Marianne and I crowded into the room with other journalists and photographers to capture the models getting ready for the big show. The hardest parts were navigating around all the people (the media, makeup artists and publicists) and figuring out how to achieve the best lighting in an all-pink room! After that it was a breeze. Who could complain about spending a little time with the Angels?" —Alex Reside, Photo Editor, InStyle.com

What Marianne had to say:

"When the credentials photographer at the Victoria’s Secret on-site press room told me I could do whatever I wanted in the picture for my pass, how could I pass up the opportunity to try out my best Karlie Kloss impression? 

This was my second year covering the backstage beauty portion with our photo editor Alex. After speaking to lead makeup artist Dick Page and lead hairstylist Orlando Pita on the models’ glamorous looks, I took a few notes for my own beauty routine, and even found out VS Angel Erin Heatherton and I had a few things in common—namely, our appreciation for the art of primping. “Every day that I work for Victoria’s Secret, I always learn something new about how to do my own hair and makeup,” she told me. “I may miss the party because I’m taking too long to get ready, but for me, getting ready is like 90% of the fun.” —Marianne Mychaskiw, Assistant Editor, InStyle.com

See all the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show highlights and the beauty details from backstage on InStyle.com!

Behind-the-Scenes: InStyle's Man of Style Orlando Bloom

In our eyes, dreamy actor-slash-Broadway star Orlando Bloom is a real-life Romeo (without the tragic ending, of course). Get in on the behind-the-scenes action to see how the man of the hour stays cool (and dry) in front of the lens at the InStyle November Man of Style photo shoot.

Which images made the cut? Visit InStyle.com or flip to page 348 of the November issue for a hard copy to gaze at (and to frame).

Behind-the-Scenes: Kids’ Halloween Costumes in the October Issue
"While shooting H&M’s adorable Halloween costumes for the InStyle October issue (page 124), we had to deal with some pretty difficult talent. But instead of the typical requests for green juice and kale salad, they insisted on extra chocolate chip cookies and iPhone video games. It was ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day’ at the Time Inc. Digital Studio, and we cast our own mini-mes as perfect little vampires, pirates and Marie Antoinette.”
—Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
Photo credit: Darrell Blakely for InStyle.com

Behind-the-Scenes: Kids’ Halloween Costumes in the October Issue

"While shooting H&M’s adorable Halloween costumes for the InStyle October issue (page 124), we had to deal with some pretty difficult talent. But instead of the typical requests for green juice and kale salad, they insisted on extra chocolate chip cookies and iPhone video games. It was ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day’ at the Time Inc. Digital Studio, and we cast our own mini-mes as perfect little vampires, pirates and Marie Antoinette.”

—Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle.com

Photo credit: Darrell Blakely for InStyle.com

Who We Met: Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes from CW’s Arrow

Who: West Coast Bureau of InStyle: Karen Levy, Tessa Trudeau, Glynis Costin, Nicola Jones, Janelle Grodsky

Stars: Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes

Where: LA Office

Karen says: “Over the summer, we were treated to a visit from not one, but two stars from one of our favorite TV shows, Arrow. They each came in on separate days due to their shooting schedule and gave us insight on what to expect in Season Two, but we were sworn to secrecy so you’ll have to watch to find out what happens! We can tell you that in real life Emily is addicted to Instagram and is an avid tweeter (her handle is @emilybett for both!). We swapped filter tips. 

When Colton arrived at our office a couple weeks later, our editorial assistant, Tessa Trudeau, who is normally never star-struck, pushed me to the side to get closer to the former Abercrombie model when it was picture time. But he is used to being gushed over by his fans, which dates back to his Teen Wolf fame. After meeting him, I get it now.”

An all-new season of Arrow starts tonight on the CW!

Photo Credit: Janelle Grodsky, LA Office

Behind-the-Scenes: Prepping for the Emmy Awards

Two of our LA Editors attended the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night, catching a firsthand glimpse of the action on the red carpet and at the ceremony. How did they prep for the star-studded event? See below:

My coworker, Karen Levy, lent me this beautiful color-blocked Geren Ford dress (the lightweight silk made it easy to jump from the Emmy Awards to the various after-parties). I started prepping the day before, with a sleek blowout at Dry Bar. The day of, I refreshed my ‘do with a curling iron and did my own makeup, deciding on a bold fuchsia lip to offset my dark ensemble. A gray Target clutch, black Zara heels and simple rose gold bangles completed my look.” — Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA Office

"I borrowed a pale pink asymmetrical dress by Camilla and Marc and accessorized with my own Jimmy Choo heels, J. Crew clutch and House of Harlow earrings. On the morning of the event, Dry Bar helped me create the perfect waves to amp up my look for the evening. I finished by doing my own makeup, keeping the look natural and soft with pinks that would complement my dress. It was important to be chic yet comfortable for a long night of Emmy fun!" — Stephanie Samson, Special Projects Editor, LA Office

Read all about the 2013 Emmy Awards on InStyle.com!