Cover Girl: Lily Collins for Lucky Magazine

Posted on March 20, 2014

What a cute dress. What a dumb necklace.


Lily Collins covers the April 2014 issue of Lucky magazine in a Saint Laurent dress photographed by Todd Cole and styled by Kathryn Neale.


The last time we saw someone with a padlock around their neck, they were shirtless and wearing chaps. Just saying.

We don’t know… is labeling a bunch of young actresses LUCKY GIRLS really all that great an idea? We’re asking. “TIPS FROM PRIVILEGED PRETTY GIRLS! INSIDE!” Sure, it’s a play on the magazine’s name, but the phrasing sounds a little tone deaf to us.

Meanwhile, inside:

On her love of tattoos: “I’ve always loved body art,” says Collins. “I remember being with my mom on Venice Beach when I was really young, and we walked by this guy on a Harley who was covered in tattoos. I was this little British girl, and I went up to him and said”—here she slips seamlessly into her usually dormant British accent—“ ‘Your tattoos are so pretty!’ That was probably the last thing he wanted to hear.” In her case, though, it’s true: If it’s possible to characterize tattoos as ladylike, Collins’, in her own delicate handwriting, fit the bill. As for the pain? “Look, women go through worse things,” she says, with a wave of her hand. “Waxing hurts more than tattoos. And tattoos are permanent, so if it takes a little pain to get there, that’s okay.”

On the star’s daring side: “I love pushing the boundaries with fashion,” she says. “I’m feeling a little bit edgier and sexier.” Her movie wardrobe often influences her personal style. During Mirror Mirror, she was all about pretty and princessy looks, but by The Mortal Instruments, in which she played Clary Fray, a demon-fighting, sword-wielding “Shadowhunter,” she’d gone to the sartorial dark side. “It was like, Whoa, I never thought I could wear heeled boots and chains and leather pants and kick ass, but I can. It was empowering.” Reminiscing about the white Cushnie Et Ochs leather dress she wore to the L.A. premiere of TMI, she says, “It had slashes all the way up to the bust­line! We had to tape my parts perfectly.” The tiny Houghton gown she wore to the Madrid premiere was another risky pick. “You could roll it up into a ball—that’s how little a dress it was! I had to be so strategically placed. One wrong move would have been a paparazzi’s dream.”

On what the future holds: “One day I would love to be a mom, but right now I’m so excited about my work.” With fashion, as with acting, Collins’ greatest pleasure is slipping into character. “I like disappearing for a little while. I always wanted to be someone who could take other people into a world with me. As an actor, I’m able to jump into a story and become someone else for a time. It’s a beautiful journey.”


We have no thoughts. We’ve seen two of her movies, Mirror Mirror and Mortal Instruments. And while we don’t recall her offending our sensibilities in either one, the fact is, we don’t recall anything else about her either. She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t make much of an impression onscreen, so far as we can see. Are we missing the appeal?


Saint Laurent Spring 2014 Collection



It really is a cute dress. Apparently, you’re supposed to wear it with a really focus-pulling necklace.


[Photo Credit: Todd Cole for Lucky Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • VermillionSky

    The dress looks better on her than on the model. Like the belt and hate the necklace.

    • Clash D

      Hate the necklace on the model as well, the styling doesn’t suit the dress imo.

    • tereliz

      I had that exact necklace and a similar dress in 1995. Obviously I wore them at the same time with Doc Martens.

      ETA “had” is misleading. “Made” would be more appropriate,

  • SewingSiren

    No doubt she IS a lucky girl. A very pretty one also. She outdoes the model in this look.

  • Alicia

    The worst thing about the necklace is that it obscures the other necklace, which I think is probably really pretty.

    I’ve only seen her in TMI and I thought she was OK. Not memorable, but fine.

    • kimmeister

      My first thought was that you had seen her in Too Much Information. *giggles*

      • Alicia

        Although admitting that I have seen The Mortal Instruments probably does count as Too Much Information.

        • LesYeuxHiboux

          I rented it thinking it was Beautiful Creatures (which turned out to be not too bad.) I very much regret that mistake.

          • Alicia

            I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. My expectations were not high and Jamie Campbell-Bower did things to my nethers. So I read the books and was suitably punished for having had impure thoughts.

    • paginatrix

      My 8-year-old loves “Mirror Mirror,” so I’ve seen it eleventy-million times. She’s quite appealing it it, though the role isn’t very demanding.

    • Clash D

      I find both necklaces awful. The smaller, flimsy one looks like it’s missing a pendant and the stylist thought ‘oh, let’s MacGyver a padlock to a chain as a second necklace to make it look less noticeable’. Yeah rite.

  • bhl_1123

    I’m just not a fan of lip patterns. I don’t really like any pattern that evokes a body part–lips, hearts (even if they aren’t the correct shape), anything. Is this just me?

    • Aidan B

      Yeah, I’m not crazy about the lips either. It just reads tacky to me. Great shaped dress, though; would love to see it in a different pattern.

    • sagecreek

      Not just you!

    • Jessica Freeman

      No, I am not a fan of hearts at all.

    • kimmeister

      They are super juvenile and I would expect them in a junior’s collection at Sears, not Saint Laurent.

    • Joanna

      No lips, hearts, and ESPECIALLY loath the recent fascination with mustaches!

  • amanda siegelson

    i don’t mind the necklace – it’s very sid vicious, which is a style i’ve always found appealing. but the lipstick! why no mention of the revolting lipstick????

    • Laura Renee

      Who doesn’t want to imagine kissing raw organs, mmm.

    • FrigidDiva

      I found the lipstick FAR more offensive than the necklace, but that necklace just looks ridiculous.

    • MilaXX

      I like the dark lips but it’s a hard shade to wear. Even harder than red. You need to buff your lips because any imperfections will show. Then you need to blend liner and lipstick or it starts to bleed.

  • mlle

    Why is ombre lipstick a thing?

    • barbarienne

      Is it ombre, or just contrasting liner and color?

      God, I hope we’re not going back to that again. I spent most of the 90s wanting to wipe everyone’s mouths because they looked like they’d been eating ice cream.

      • mlle

        It looks like she’s wearing two colours of lipstick, with the darker one on the inside of her lips. It’s like the opposite of that tip I’ve read about a thousand times in magazines about brightening your face by adding gloss to the centre of your lips.

        • MilaXX

          I don’t this this is an attempt at ombre, this is just poorly blended

        • kt

          you are 100% correct. I work in beauty and the “new thing” is layering dark brown gel eyeliner over lipstick to deepen it. It has the bonus of looking like you’ve chewed a heart Khaleesi-style

          • formerlyAnon

            I love hearing stuff like this, it brings chortles of amusement to me in my hermit’s cave.

          • LesYeuxHiboux


  • MilaXX

    I think she wears the dress better than the model, but needs to lose the padlock & chain. I don’t find her memorable as an actress, but she doesn’t offend either.

  • ballerinawithagun

    She must play Jennifer Connelly’s daughter!

    • Sheneve Butler

      She already has.

      • ballerinawithagun

        What did I miss?

        • Sheneve Butler

          She played Jennifer Connelly’s daughter in Stuck in Love.

          • ballerinawithagun

            Thanks! Had to ask my husband…Forgot that we had recently watched Stuck in Love.

  • Eva_baby

    I like the handcuff necklace….on someone else…wearing something else. She doesn’t have the panache to carry it off here.

    Otherwise, eh, she’s pretty. I probably couldn’t pick her out of a line-up later though.

    • gabbilevy

      Honestly, if the two loops were linked (and ditch padlock), it might be kind of great.

      She and Emilia Clarke are having a fight to the death over who in Hollywood has the best set of Power Brows. At the moment, it think it’s Lily by a hair (lol) because she seems to know how to balance the rest of her face, this terrible lipstick shade notwithstanding.

      • DTLAFamilies

        Somewhere Brooke Shields is rolling her eyes and laughing.

    • BLauD

      Emma Watson wore it in Elle. I remember seeing it on here earlier this week… Last week? Recently.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Let’s hope her bike is still where she left it parked!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I think she has a better future as a model than as an actress, since she seems to have more personality on a picture than acting.

  • Betsy

    She’s very pretty. I’ve only seen her in The Blind Side and honestly, any young actress could have played the part she played. She was…fine. I am thinking the reason she gets work has something to do with the fact she is Phil Collin’s daughter, yes? Gives her a story, an in.

  • cocohall

    She was in The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock as the cheerleader daughter, too. Her sense of herself is certainly very different from how she comes across on screen. Which could mean two things: she is an excellent actress and able to disappear into a role; or she is clueless. She is very pretty, but I would agree that, to date, there has not been a lot of impact in her roles. I can’t help thinking that if she were not Phil Collins daughter, we would not be discussing her at all. Not a fan of the dress either. But she is lovely.

  • SugarSnap108

    Never thought I’d like a dress that’s covered in lips, but here I am … The necklace is insane, but I kind of love that ring that looks like a fancy splint.

    • Gatto Nero

      Poised to flip someone the bird at any moment.

  • Capt. Renault

    That necklace. How to knock your teeth out in one easy step.

  • decormaven

    Funny- she’s wearing a dress with a lip motif and her lips are wearing an abundance of product. Dress ok, but the lip treatment on her is a bit much.

  • Noah

    Jewelry courtesy of Lowe’s Home Improvement.

  • Latin Buddy

    Her appeal? Skinny, white, privileged offspring of a successfully skinny white privileged male :)

    • your face

      To be fair, Phil Collins has a good deal of talent stuffed in that skinny white package. I’m neutral on Lily, but must unabashedly pro on Phil.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Can the “do tattoos hurt?” question die? It is the most ridiculous question ever.

    She tends to be quite forgettable in her roles. I don’t recall one scene of her from Mirror, Mirror and didn’t even realize the was in The Blind Side until @cocohall:disqus said it.

    • RussellH88

      I couldn’t get a tattoo. I imagine crying out and running from the tattoo parlor.

      I’d end up with a tattoo of a freckle.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I had one artist warn me if I passed out he would tattoo a flying penis on my back. The tattoos and parlors are not usually for the faint of heart.

      • kimmeister

        I feel like that’s a scene in a movie, possibly with Tom Hanks. Big?

      • Alicia

        My aunt has half-a-tattoo because she has the lowest pain threshold in the world and wouldn’t let them continue. Mind you, she was in Vanuatu and they were using traditional bone needles, so it may well have hurt more than your modern implements.

  • FrigidDiva

    She just makes me think that there’s a factory out there pumping out clueless pretty girls that want to act and model, which I suppose is a less poetic way of describing Hollywood. She doesn’t do anything that really makes her stand out from any of the other young actresses out there today. Yawn.

  • boweryboy

    “The last time we saw someone with a padlock around their neck, they were wearing shirtless and wearing chaps.”

    Right? I immediately thought cock rings? Really?

    • formerlyAnon

      The original statement just made me snort. You, however, made me laugh out loud.

      Stop it. Or I won’t be able to read this at work.

  • RussellH88

    My 51 year old mother wears that shade of lipstick.

    • formerlyAnon

      You must show her this and let her know she’s at the leading edge.

  • OffToSeeHim

    That dress is kickass. With her coloring, it’s beautiful!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Excuse me — of course she’s a “Lucky girl” — lucky to be born to rich parents in a developed nation in the 20th century. Extremely lucky to have won the DNA lottery that caused her to be thin, beautiful and healthy. Lucky to have had connections that allowed doors in Hollywood to be opened to a girl of mediocre talent. Lily Collins is the very definition of luck.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    At the hardware store where I work, I could make you one of those necklaces in about 5 minutes, for about 10 bucks.

    • Monabel

      And, if necessary, advise against it?

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Precisely. Like maybe redesigning it so it doesn’t shriek DIY!

    • formerlyAnon

      Ahhhh. The crafter’s dream. Just imagine the markup!

    • SierraDelta

      Are you taking orders?

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Love the dress but the lippy is a crime against her face. I don’t have a problem with the “Lucky Girls” tag, actually I prefer it. It acknowledges that these girls lucked into wealth, privilege, and good looks. While they no doubt did some work and put themselves out there, they got to start pretty high on the ladder and I’d rather a nod to that than pretending they are somehow more deserving than others.

    • Qitkat

      In my head I heard “Lucky Girls” in the Angry Birds voices.

  • KT

    GREAT dress, really adorable hair, goofy-ass necklace, strange lipstick choice, stepford wife expression. This was a high-impact look at first glance, but gets worse the longer you look at it.

    And no, you’re not missing the appeal.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    The print reminded me of L’wren Scott’s Banana Republic collection; I was hoping that the dress was hers.

    • kimmeister

      RIP L’Wren Scott.

      • demidaemon

        True. Such a shame and tragedy.

  • Melissa Bumbs Grant

    It’s a choke chain with a padlock. A much better use for such a thing than on a dog but a wee clunky for me

  • CheriCPat

    and good panties. Apparently you are supposed to wear it with cute panties, because there is no doubt they will be seen by the world.

  • Fuchaforever

    Like the dress, like the lipstick, hate the lock. Yeah she’s just another starlet…don’t get the appeal either…

  • stu844

    Isn’t that the same necklace that Emma Watson was wearing in the Elle spread? On another note, I love Lily’s hair here.

    • kimmeister

      It’s the exact same necklace.

  • Kerry McCombs

    I’ve never seen her in anything. I just know she is Phil Collins’ daughter.

  • B_C_J

    The dress is fun. The lipstick is too severe.

  • Morales Mike

    Thank you TLo for not calling them “ass-less” chaps. You should be writing EVERYTHING. : )

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t really care if she can act. I just love looking at her gorgeous face

  • BLauD

    Didn’t I just see that necklace somewhere else? I don’t think I’ve seen this particular cover before, but maybe I have… off to search and see if padlock chains around the neck is becoming common…

    • BLauD

      I knew I had! It was on Emma Watson in her Elle shoot…

  • unbornfawn

    Emma Watson was wearing that necklace in the Elle spread. Her’s was deployed better. Still a stupid necklace, and its pulling focus here.

  • Let it out

    I really dislike the “Lucky Girl” tagline. It strongly implies that all Allen brings to the table is prettiness. We don’t know how hard she works, or whether she’d be a better actress with better directors and better parts. Yes, of course it is great for Allen to fit a media ideal, but it’s also really dismissive to pigeon-hole her as someone who skates through life. She certainly doesn’t get respect from the people at Lucky.

  • Matt Wołoszyn

    Necklace is Rodarte I believe.

    • Synnamin

      really?? ugh. It’s a choke collar for a dog and a padlock. $10 from the local hardware store.

  • Jecca2244

    she’s British?? love the dress. although it seems more DKNY than Laurent.

    • MilaXX

      Yes she’s singer Phil Collins (Genesis then solo) daughter.

  • kt

    The new EIC of Lucky is a bit of a smacked ass, so unfortunately, things that probably seemed cute to her in her office come off as pretentious to the point of obnoxious in real life. Each letter to the editor is more myopic than the last. That said a “Lucky girl” is supposed to be the real, indi-ish girl who was the antithesis of the Vogue woman, when the magazine began. And Lily Collins is both lovely and forgettable.

  • NinjaCate

    ” She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t make much of an impression onscreen, so far as we can see. Are we missing the appeal?”

    Nailed it. I’ve seen a few of her movies, and while she’s gorgeous, she’s honestly just a big nothing onscreen. I want to like her so much, but she doesn’t leave much of an impact.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    That dress looks like like vintage DVF. Also, I wonder what kind of tips Kristen Stewart could offer us?

    • Qitkat

      …vintage DVF that had a weed whacker taken to it.

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s a cute dress, though I wonder what sitting in it is like. I think the belt is unnecessary, and if you must have it and the necklace (term used loosely), I’d prefer a belt without any visible metal.

    • Qitkat

      Sitting? terrifying!

  • Lilak

    (Dear me, that model must be smelling one heckuva bad smell.)

  • Bexxx

    You guys, I had NO idea she’s the spawn of Phil Collins until I read the comments. The More You Know!

  • somebody blonde

    You are missing the appeal. She doesn’t have it as strongly, but she has something like Audrey Hepburn’s appeal- extremely adorable mannerisms, wholesome flirtatiousness, etc. I’m betting hers is limited to people who are attracted to women, to be honest, which is why my boyfriend and I love her.

  • snarkykitten

    Yes, but are her tattoos any good?

  • quiltrx

    I was first seeing the little v-necklace and about to say “what’s wrong with…OH.” Then I saw the Home Depot Collection necklace.

  • judybrowni

    Nope, that dress don’t need no hardware around the neck.

    I think people will notice you without it, honey.

  • FancyPhilly

    If anyone can tell me where that necklace from the cover (the smaller one that looks faintly like an arrow), I promise I’ll love you forever and ever.

  • GeoDiva

    Lucky Magazine’s editorial choices have been very questionable since they hired Anna Wintor’s protege.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    i love her brows; i do. i just wish she’d … set them a bit further apart. tweez the tween some more. that’s all. because they’re sort of but not full frida kahlo, she looks a little cross-eyed to me.

  • MannahattaMamma

    A dress? Im thinking it’s a long jacket. Call me old-fashioned if you will but usually “dress” means “fabric that goes past my lady bits with some room to spare.”