Oprah behind the scenes

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Lounge Act

Cut to the Chaise: Oprah and her cabana boys—set designer Todd Wiggins and his team.

Since the most visible part of her face would be her cherry red lips, our cover model offered very specific direction on the shade: "I don't like a solid red," said Oprah. "You need to layer your reds so there's more of a tone-on-tone effect." She had less complicated feelings about her bright Satya Twena topper. "I do love a good hat," she said as she faux-sipped her prop cocktail. Quipped Gayle King: "You once wanted to do a hat issue every year, remember?"

On Oprah: Top, Caroline Constas, $395; ShopBop.com. Pants, Lafayette 148 New York, $298; Lafayette148NY.com for similar styles. Hat, $275; SatyaTwena.com. Earrings, Vhernier, $9,650; Miami, 786-615-2722. Ring, $7,500; JillHellerJewelry.com. Bracelet, Faraone Mennella, $31,000; New York City, 212-752-5884.