Lucy Hale for FLARE Magazine

Posted on June 04, 2014

This is one of those “Pretty Girl” posts that we usually wind up fighting over. You wouldn’t think so, but there it is.

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lucy Hale covers the July 2014 issue of FLARE magazine photographed by Jason Kim in a Michael Kors blouse, a Dolce&Gabbana skirt, and a Bootmaster belt.

On calling out ex-boyfriends, Taylor-Swift-style: “I don’t really keep in touch with many of my ex-boyfriends. But there are some digs in the album for sure.Taylor’s untouchable. She made country quote-unquote ‘cool.’ And she made it OK to talk about your problems. And be vulnerable. And talk shit about your ex-boyfriend. That’s so fun! Everyone wants to do that.”

On the risks of putting out an album: “It’s very scary being open, being vulnerable, putting your- self out there at the risk of failing. The scariest part is working so, so hard for something and then it not paying off. But that almost doesn’t even matter to me anymore. Making the album was the best experience of my life.”

On the perils of Hollywood: “All the bad things you hear are definitely true. This town will chew you up and spit you out. The mindset of an actor is always thinking five steps ahead. It can change at the drop of a dime.”

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2014 Collection

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Valentino Spring 2014 Collection

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (8)Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Collection

Lucy-Hale-FLARE-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (9)Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 Collection


And the fight usually goes something like “Why are we featuring this one? It’s just a bunch of ‘pretty girl’ pictures.” To which the response is usually – and this is just a paraphrase, mind you, “You shut your whore mouth and do what I tell you. ” In that respect, we’re a lot like the Vogue offices, in terms of general atmosphere and forms of address.

But the looks are funky-cute and appropriate, since she’s got some sort of country music album dropping. We’re digging the Ronstadt-esque Cowgirl Chic thing going on – although that D&G skirt is insane. We guess this editorial stood out because these clothes seem like an expression of something she’s trying to get across about herself. They’re not just generically fabulous or weirdly over-sexualized.  To call it “real woman” might be overstating it, since we’re still firmly entrenched in the fantasy world of the average fashion editorial, but at least you get the sense that there’s an actual person underneath that finery.



[Photo Credit: Jason Kim for FLARE Magazine, IMAXTree,]

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  • TAGinMO

    “It can change at the drop of a dime.”

    {Eye begins twitching}

    • FibonacciSequins

      ? I see “dime”, not “time”.

      • TAGinMO

        Oops…typo. Fixed. Point stands.

        • queeniethebold

          Right. You drop a dime on someone. Or something changes at the drop of a hat. Sheesh.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Or something ‘turns on a dime’ doesn’t it? Is there a word like ‘malaprop’ for people who mix-up idioms? If not I think we should invent one…

          • queeniethebold

            Yes — if you’re quick, you can turn on a dime. And yes, i think her usage definitely qualifies as a malapropism. 😉

          • TAGinMO

            Yup, she combined “at the drop of a hat” and (as @Eclectic_Mayhem:disqus points out) “turn on a dime.” But I hadn’t really given “drop a dime” any thought. That’s Advanced Malapropism right there: smashing up two idioms to form a third, which you then use incorrectly. Kudos to you, Miss Hale.

          • MoHub

            To quote my favorite, from season 4 of Top Chef: “It’s not brain science.”

            I kept waiting for someone to refer to “rocket surgery.”

          • withonlytwo

            Since that long-ago episode (Oh, Casey), we’ve taken to referring to “rocket surgery” in our house. It was probably helped along by the fact that my husband does actually do “brain science.”

          • MoHub

            So glad I’m not the only one who remembers this. Bless you, my dear!

          • Sarah

            Huh. I always thought it was about a very tight turning radius, not speed.

          • queeniethebold

            i’ve never heard that, have always heard it in terms of speed/ability to change direction quickly. My Border collie, for example, was so fast and nimble she could turn on a dime.

          • Sarah

            My way would be like “My car has such a tight turning radius I can make a u-turn in the space of a dime.”

          • TAGinMO

            I’ve heard it used both literally and metaphorically.

          • kimmeister

            Hmmm, it’s not exactly a Spoonerism either.

          • Allison Angier

            My favorite spoonerism:

            “Mardon me, Padam, but this pie is occupewed. May I sew you to a sheet?”

    • MissusBee

      Love it! The BKs will judge your outfit and your diction!

      Although technically Malapropism is mixing up words that sound the same, often creating an absurd alternative meaning, like saying someone was ‘prostate on the ground’. I think Lucy is just mixing metaphors, although seeing as you can drop a dime, it’s not too bad.

  • Lily

    These are actually really cute looks, and the styling fits her well. Not too mature or over-sexualized. In fact, she looks most uncomfortable posing in the blue dress. Love the mix and match with the other two outfits. Country Vogue done right.

  • decormaven

    How original to use hay bales and cattle trailers to get across that one is “country.” And for the love of Mike, Taylor Swift never made country “cool”. It was cool a long time before that moppet ever popped on the scene.

    • poorellensmith

      I’ve never understood how Taylor Swift made country ANYTHING, since she just barely sorta kinda maybe even makes actual country music! Isn’t she more of a standard pop singer with country-ish roots?

      • MilaXX

        Yep, and I’ll take Dixie Chicks Country pop over Tay Tay any day of the week.

        • Thomas

          Or Shania Twain!

    • smayper

      And the split-rail fence, just to make SURE we get it.

  • fiddlecub

    I just can’t with the bow. Not at that size; not at half the size; not at a quarter of that size.

    I just can’t.

    • 3boysful

      I am with you on that. Love the cover look except for the damn bow. HATE.

      • smayper


      • GeoDiva

        Ditto….. that giant black bow is just awful!

    • mixedupfiles

      The bow would be awful if it weren’t that size.

      • fiddlecub

        I don’t know that the bow can be saved! Won’t someone think of the children??!!

  • Capt. Renault

    “She made country quote-unquote ‘cool.’ And she made it OK to talk about your problems. And be vulnerable. And talk shit about your ex-boyfriend.”

    Oh, honey, let me introduce you to a few people — Patsy and Loretta, Mother Maybelle, here’s Cindy Walker…

    • decormaven

      If she thinks Hollywood is brutal, wait til she works with the old-timers in Nashville.

      • Capt. Renault

        There’s nothing wrong with being young and innocent, but that’s exactly why you’ve gotta do your homework.

        • decormaven

          Agreed. I wish her well; these are nice photos. However, she will need to bone up on the roots- the real roots- of country music before the doors of Nashville will swing open for her.

          • Ginger

            I wish more performers would look to the roots of country music. This new crap that they churn out is enough to make one’s ears bleed. Now I sound old and out of touch and one of those “Back in MY day” people…and I’m only 38. Harrumph *crosses arms and scowls*

          • sweetestsith

            The state of country music is just SAD. For me, the 90s & early 2000s were a fantastic time in country. It was vibrant, and there were some incredible singers at work. You could tell singers apart and everything!

            Every time I flip through a country station (I swear!) I hear yet another sub par remake (similar tune/feel/theme, marginally different lyrics) of a fantastic song. It makes me feel like and old fogey – and I’m not even out of my 20s!

          • Ginger

            And in my humble opinion, the early/mid 90’s is when it started heading south. NOBODY will ever compare to the likes of Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, those before and even early George Strait. And these girls just wish they could hold a candle to the likes of Dolly Parton.

            ETA: I have OPINIONS about kolaches and country music. I can RANT! HA!

          • semirose

            I agree absolutely that the crap they play on the radio is exactly that but there is some good country being produced still, it’s just not the super bro party songs that the radio wants to play these days so it never gets airtime.

    • Imasewsure

      I think she was talking about voicing “problems” not PROBLEMS which have been a staple of fabulous country sangers since the dawn of time. Taylor makes a living whining about trivial teen girl crap and I guess she sort of did make it “cool” for a certain (whiny self-indulgent) crowd. She ain’t no Patsy but she’s fine…

    • Violentcello

      Thank you. I beg your goddamn pardon, missy, but Taylor Swift didn’t do shit for country.

  • Lori

    What is that D&G skirt made out of? Will whatever it is bend enough to allow the wearer to sit in it? Does it make your bum sweat as much as it looks like it would? Inquiring minds are sort of afraid to find out, actually. I can’t even talk about the giant bow. The other outfits are fine in that cute girl in an editorial way.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I’m guessing the skirt is embossed leather?

      • Lori

        So yes to being able to sit down and to the sweaty bum. Good to know.

      • sweetestsith

        I think so, I have a chunk of embossed pleather from the 80s with a similar look. This is probably real leather though. 😛

      • Kayceed

        I think you are right. In my neck of the woods they call it hand-tooled leather – mostly seen on belts and bags. I think it is beautiful.

  • CB

    She looks strikingly like Selena Gomez and/or Mila Kunis in some of these pictures.

    • charlotte

      And Selena Gomez has also been given the Ronstadt treatment by magazines.

  • a_liking

    the fence picture is lol-worthy because of that pose. otherwise, I quite like all this. especially that last outfit – I love it – but only in this context!

    • MilaXX

      Looks like she trying to cut one,

  • FibonacciSequins

    Kudos to whoever put together these looks for her, they all look better than the way they were originally modeled. It’s also nice to see a young woman going for pretty over sexy. I feel the Linda Ronstadt vibe, and also some young Dolly Parton in that first photo.

  • Donna Tabor

    The skirt on the cover looks like it’s made of metal ceiling tiles.

    But she is very pretty.

  • @Biting Panda

    She’s a gorgeous girl, in my mind she’s the anti Lea Michelle.

  • smayper

    In the white skirt picture, she is walking past a horse trailer. Sporting footwear that is unsafe at any speed. Please keep in mind that where there are horses, there is horse manure. Now remember that her skirt is WHITE. Disaster, meet opportunity.

  • Karen Belgrad

    She’s the perfect mashup up Elizabeth McGovern (circa “She’s Having a Baby”) and Danica McKellar (circa Winnie Cooper)

  • Sarah

    I don’t know anything that Taylor Swift made cool. Then again, get off my lawn.

  • MilaXX

    Meh, I only really like the white ruffled skirt picture. The rest are pretty generic.

    • jtabz

      Agreed —
      The Chanel skirt/Vuitton jacket combo oozes confidence and personality. The rest kinda pale in comparison.

  • Alicia

    I’m only really familiar with this girl from the Fuggirls Pretty Little Liars recaps, where she wears terrible clothes and seems to have no neck. So this is a total win and possibly even an attagirl! in my book.

  • Anita Karenin

    can’t tell her apart from Selena Gomez

  • quiltrx

    I like the black jacket with the sequin throwup on the front.
    And that first look? Florence Welch is digging around her closet, trying to find it.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Flo’s legs with that skirt? I die.

  • International Model

    The Linda Ronstadt reference hit the button. She’s never had more personality – I am living for that large bow around her neck.

  • Danielle

    The Chanel skirt looks amazing on her, which is impressive since that entire collection was tough to swallow.

  • demidaemon

    I guess these look like clothes she might pick out for herself, is what you are saying. However, I think they might veer a bit into country cliche land, which is a bit too on the nose for me.

  • crash1212

    Darling…turn on a dime – drop of a hat.

  • LadyVimes

    I have no idea who she is, but I love that first outfit. This editorial gets snaps from me for being interesting rather than just pretty.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Unexpected, relevant styling that looks fabulous. What more can a girl taking a swing at country stardom asked for? She comes across as genuine and grounded, which is just right for country as well. Excellent opening moves, Ms. Hale.

    • Annistella

      Totally agree. Touches on all sub-concious points to set her up for breakout country star. I bet a lot of singers are shaking this editorial at their agent saying “this! this is what I want – paris fashion country western rocker edge’.

      • decormaven

        Her team has lobbed an excellent launch- her album is trending on top chart at ITunes. Listened to a bit of it- it should appeal to those who favor current contemporary country in same vein as Tay-Tay.

  • Qitkat

    I thought for sure there would be Seinfeld puffy pirate shirt comments, no? Just me then. Agree on ugh to the bow.
    I love the navy suede fringed dress with the big-assed butterfly(?) belt. Lurve it! She’s pretty cute in all the looks though I haven’t a clue of her music or acting.

  • marlie

    I think she looks very pretty. All of these looks suit her. Nothing revolutionary, but that’s ok with me. Bonus, her sound bytes aren’t cringe-inducing.

  • malarson2

    Oh my lord…is that last model Chelsea Handler? I might still have a chance cut that long coveted runway career…

  • Gloriana Reginata

    Can’t say that I did get a sense of a real person behind the clothes, but I did get a sense of a stylist who can choose some very effective belts: perhaps Sophie Turner could have turned to them for an alternative to that bustibelt object she had on.

    Alas, I fear it was probably also the same stylist who allowed the big black ribbon to go unchallenged, instead of lopping it off and incurring Michael Kors’ wrath.

  • prisma

    I am going to do my best to use “You shut your whore mouth” tomorrow at work.

  • Accademia di Moda

    Love Lucy Hale’s equestrian look for Flare Magazine! The navy friengs and gold embossed skirt are absolutely stunning! Paired with a structured white top and bow, she looks effortlessly gorgeous!

  • Melmmmendes

    Ugh I want a big ruffly fringey Chanel skirt SO BAD

  • Sophie

    Hate the giant bow, love (surprisingly) all the other looks.

  • David Kresner

    Completely unrelated, that model in Vuitton needs an intervention. Undernourished, methinks.

  • smh4748

    The wrestling championship belt with the blue dress is my favorite. Lucy Hale Smackdown! Now there’s an idea for a fresh editorial…

  • CatLady

    I like the fabric pattern and the cut of the D&G skirt, though the fabric itself looks too stiff.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    The Chanel/Vuitton combination reminds me of a modern saloon girl, but sort of punk. I like it :)

  • BayTampaBay

    Love the Chanel white skirt and the shoes she wears with it.

  • Rhonda Shore

    She and Selena Gomez could play twins.

  • numenah

    Enjoyed all of this–far more than the runway looks. I have no idea who this kid is but really talented styling.

  • stubbornthoughts

    “…And talk shit about your ex-boyfriend. That’s so fun! Everyone wants to do that.” Stop right now.

    Third photo looks like she’s relieving herself after hours of holding it.

  • katiessh

    Did anyone else completely forget she existed? I seriously looked at that first photo, said out loud ‘who is that’? And had to scroll up to look at the heading

  • trisker

    “Shut your whore mouth” had me giggling all day!

  • Gisselle Och

    Excuse me how can i get the magazine? Can i order it? Or?

  • altermyego

    I think that whomever paired the tops and bottoms for her did a much better job than whomever did it in the model pictures. Much cuter. Especially adding the belt to the blue dress with the fringe.