Step away from that heart-shaped Whitman’s Sampler, proceed to the nearest newsstand, and treat yourself to a copy of New York magazine. There are gems aplenty in this Spring Fashion Issue–expertly deployed Avant-Garde (“The world’s most abused typeface,” per a colleague of its designer, Herb Lubalin) that fits the mod moment decreed by Marc Jacobs in spring 2013 collections for his own label and Louis Vuitton, William Van Meter‘s profile of the glittery/grungy Olivier Zahm (pull quote: “I’m from another kind of gender called the artist. It needs a special bathroom”), charming trend directives such as “A Single Ruffle Adds Fluffle”–but the creamy filling is “Candy Land,” a visual feast of a portfolio lensed by Will Cotton.
The creator of painterly confections has taken up his camera to capture sartorial prodigy Elle Fanning frolicing amidst frosting, candy, and sprinkles, the latter doubling as bright blue eyeshadow inspired by the Dior runway. To discover those sweet treats, of course, you’ll have to tear your gaze away from the cover, in which we think 14-year-old Fanning’s cake topper chapeau–inspired by a Vivienne Westwood Red Label design–winks sweetly at the April 1958 cover of Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe and masterminded by then fashion editor Diana Vreeland.