Kate Hudson graces the September cover of British Elle. Photo: Courtesy of British Elle

British Elle really knows how to celebrate.

In honor of its 25th anniversary, the UK magazine is releasing a special collector's issue for October starring a heavily made up Kate Hudson.

The cover features a close-up of the bubbly Almay brand ambassador, who sports tousled waves and intense purple-hued smokey eyes. (Has somebody been watching "To Wong Foo" again?)

Hudson, who was photographed by Ben Hassett while vacationing in Tuscany, also opened up to the magazine about her love life (new boyfriend Matt Bellamy of Muse is "lovely," she says), her passion for music (Neil Young and Bob Dylan rank high), and her fashion loves.

"I'm an accessories person," she says. "I love comfortable clothes [like this flight suit, eh?] and a lot of accessories.

"When it comes to clothes, my personal style has never changed. I'm very specific about the things I like –- a lot of printed dresses, lots of different textures.

"I can't get away from flowing things. I don't like clothes that constrict me. It's, like, 'Would you like to put some clothes on?' 'No, I wouldn't!'

"I've got a lot of friends in the fashion industry and I have so much respect for them –- they work so hard.

"Stella [McCartney] dresses me. What I love about her is that everything she designs is comfortable. She understands where women want to cover themselves, where they want things to be flattering."

For more of the Elle shoot, visit Elle.tv or pick up the October issue, out today.

Meanwhile, check out Lindsay Lohan's glamorous cover shoot for Vanity Fair.