Oscar-nominated stunner Jessica Chastain arrived in Brooklyn (on time!) for her MC cover shoot looking very much the emblem of city sophistication: black Armani sweater; faded gray Rag & Bone skinnies; a buttery Alexander McQueen tote in one hand, soy latte in the other. As she pored over racks of exquisite gowns pulled straight off the Paris couture runways (some of which took thousands of hours to sew by hand), Chastain asked pointed questions about each in an effort to understand the designers' visions. Once she picked her favorites, she eased in front of the camera like she was born to be there, a flame-haired fashion Aphrodite rocking out to her own '80s-era playlist that included Duran Duran, The Police, and The Bangles. She even sang along to "Rio" while making her way down a spiral staircase in some pretty fierce Manolos. Does this woman have talent or what? — Ashley Ross
Bra, $44, Calvin Klein Underwear; headpiece & earrings, prices upon request, Armani Privé; fabric, editor's own. On eyes: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Charcoal Black.
Shoes $49.95, Shoedazzle; shoedazzle.com.
Dress, shoes, headpiece & strap, price upon request, Gaultier Paris; bra, $44, Calvin Klein Underwear; briefs, editor's own.
Cuff price upon request, Chanel Fine Jewelry; (800) 550-0005.
Dress, price upon request, Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci; earrings, price upon request, Wilfredo Rosado; ring, price upon request, Repossi.
Clutch price upon request, Valentino Garavani; valentino.com for stores.
Dress, price upon request, Valentino Haute Couture; earrings, price upon request, Solange Azagury-Partridge; jagged-swirl cuff, $1,000, smooth-swirl cuff, $900, Lynn Bann. On hair: Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renew Moisture Mist.
Clutch $1,525, Dolce & Gabbana; (877) 70-DGUSA.
Dress & mask, prices upon request, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal; bra, $44, Calvin Klein Underwear.
Watch price upon request, Dior Timepieces; (866) 675-2078.
Dress & pants, price upon request, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal; bra, $44, Calvin Klein Underwear; gloves, $85, Gaspar Gloves.
Earrings $1,980, Simon G. Jewelry; simongjewelry.com for stores.
Shoes $89.90, Zara; zara.com.
Dress, price upon request, Elie Saab Haute Couture; choker, price upon request, VBH.