Best friend in tow and eager to play dress up, Miley Cyrus arrived at the Agoura Hills, California, set of our cover shoot clad in skinny black J Brand jeans, studded Zadig & Voltaire boots, and a shredded vintage tee. Despite having posed for more photographs than the pope, the 18-year-old delighted in trying on racks of crystal-embellished looks as if it were her first time in front of a camera. The MC team's objective: to bring a quiet sophistication to the star's can't-be-taught confidence. The tools: everything from an AF Vandervorst chain-mail frock to a daring lace-up Roberto Cavalli (which Cyrus loved so much, she came this close to wearing it to the American Music Awards). Tribal necklaces were deemed particularly "rad" by the Nashville native. But the highest affections were reserved for Mom Tish, to whom Cyrus mouthed "I love you" in between shots.
Dress, price upon request, Roberto Cavalli.
Jacket $428, Guess by Marciano; guess bymarciano.com.