Lana Del Rey for British "Vogue."
Photo: Courtesy of British "Vogue"
OK, it's official. Lana Del Rey is EVERYWHERE. The "Video Games" chanteuse's incandescent rise to fame has become a cross-continental event. Not only has she arrived stateside in a sort of Lana-Turner-plucked-from-the-stool-of-a-diner sort of way, she's a total sensation over in the U.K. now, too. Case in point, the cover of British Vogue. Not to shout it or anything, but this is MAYJAHHH. Shot by world renowned photo king Mario Testino wearing a gorgeous yellow broderie anglaise blouse from Louis Vuitton's spring collection, Del Rey looks like a retro Hollywood starlet in an art deco jeweled hairpiece and cat eyes but keeps her trademark Brooklyn hipstah cred with a three-fingered matte sparkle knuckle ring. Also? British Vogue thinks she's "Oh so pretty!" and also fascinating. What else did they have to say?
As you might already know, the Queen of Pop, aka Madonna, is performing at this Sunday's Super Bowl. This is completely major for the following reasons: A) because she's still performing like a PRO after all of these decades, B) she is going to perform during a football game of all events, and C) she will be debuting a new song off her forthcoming album MDNA that might possibly include assistance from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Aside from all that, we're freaking out about what Madonna's going to wear. Thus, in solidarity, we've been thinking about how we can rock the Madonna look at the annual Super Bowl party. Never ones to go for an all-over costume-y type of affair, we've decided that it's easier to accessorize Madge-style by mimicking her looks of yore and drawing inspiration from her numerous music videos. Thus, here are some Madonna-themed accessories to shine a ray of light on your party proceedings...
Lady M was into crucifixes, stacked bracelets, gigantic bows, and anything and everything studded in the early '80s. We think this Deena & Ozzy Confetti Studded Bucket Bag has Madonna Louise Ciccone written all ovah it. Toss it over a leather jacket, denim mini, and black booties, then accessorize with these ASOS Black and Rhodium Bracelets. Don't be afraid to mega stack them either. (You can never have enough, trust us!) The same goes for double-layering your crucifixes. We particularly like the juxtaposition of the edgier Premium Spike Cross Necklace and Metal Cross Post Earrings with the sweetness of Bando's Big Black Bow Headband, which harkens Madonna's early "Borderline" video.
Sketches from the Alberta Ferretti for Impulse Only at Macy's collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Macy's
When you think about it, we're living in pretty spectacular times in terms of being able to buy designer clothing at affordable prices. With all of the capsule lines and designer-slash-department-store collaborations happening, pining for that runway look doesn't seem so soul-crushing. One of the leaders in designer diffusion lines is Macy's, and its Impulse collection. The department store has already paired with Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli, and the results were wearable, well-received, wallet-friendly, and very much in line with the designers' usual aesthetics. Macy's recently announced that the next Impulse designer will be Alberta Ferretti, who is known for her gorgeous dresses and feminine silhouettes. From what we've seen of the sketches thus far, these pieces are going to touch upon Ferretti's Italian roots, hint at the sunny Amalfi coast, and also probably cause a total fashion frenzy.
From left: Rooney Mara attends "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" press conference and Japanese premiere in Tokyo.
Photo: Getty Images
Rooney Mara is having a moment. Although it's not difficult to fathom her current popularity in Hollywood (and throughout the world) as a result of her dynamic, Oscar-nominated turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we all knew this was coming when she was first cast in the film. But even though a rising starlet is suddenly in fashion doesn't mean she's necessarily going to kill it in actual fashion, so we've waited for rampant red carpet trampling to see what kind of style she would slay. Well, we're happy to report she hasn't disappointed! Aside from making our Top Girls to Watch in 2012 list, Miss Mara has been turning it OUT on the low-pile carpets in everything from cutout dresses to darker designer ensembles for her mega press tour. (She's already graced the cover of Vogue too.) But we've noticed that while modern and well-structured, most of RM's color palette veers on the more monochromatic side. Call it dour, sleek, or utterly devoid of color and happiness, but we've been craving a bit of brightness for the fictional Lisbeth Salander. Well, it seems as if she was saving her LIGHT moment for Japan.
Artist Claire Milner's Swarovski Marilyn Monroe portrait commissioned by Rihanna.
Photo: Splash News
If you haven't been clued into the style world of Rihanna lately, let's just say you have a LOT of catching up to do. First of all, our multifaceted gal just landed a fashion reality show that will air in the U.K. this summer (no word on whether we'll get it stateside), and she also acquired a new "Thug Life" tattoo. It seems like she's truly enjoying her adopted hometown of Los Angeles too, as she's taken to attending Lakers games and Cirque du Soliel shows wearing American flag T-shirts and head-to-toe leather. It's also been reported that she's currently zhuzing up her L.A. pad and recently commissioned a $160,000 Marilyn Monroe portrait made entirely of Swarovski crystals. Created by U.K. artist Claire Milner especially for Ri-Ri, the art piece took four months to finish, measures 5 by 5 feet, is covered in 65,000 crystals, and weighs 182 pounds. Let's discuss, shall we?
Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska on the March 2012 cover of "Vanity Fair."
Photo: Shot exclusively for VF by Mario Testino
There are few magazine covers that give us pause, render us speechless or, conversely, catalyze wild banshee screams the likes of which are rarely seen beyond the edges of a Scottish plateau, but the March 2012 cover of Vanity Fair has us doing all of that and more. Shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino, the cover is an ode to young Hollywood's finest actresses as well as to art deco fashion of the 1920s and '30s. Also, it's a three-page fold-out behemoth of brilliance featuring Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska vamping to the lens with their best glamour doll countenances. Fold this baby out and you'll encounter lounging lovelies Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Lily Collins, Brit Marling, and Felicity Jones, too. Squint at all of this pastel parfait elegance for too long and your eyes will cross, your pulse will quicken, and there's the distinct possibility that the need for smelling salts will arise. You guys, this cover is so INSANELY AMAZING that we think it might be the best Hollywood cover in the history of Vanity Fair Hollywood covers, and we haven't even begun to discuss the fashion in this dream spread yet. Just *breathe*...
Gossip Girl was so insanely monumental this week, we can barely form words beyond ZOMG, GAHHH, NO WAY, and SAY WHAT. (And yes, they need to be in all-caps.) You guys, it was epic, and it should be as it marked the 100th episode of the show! What started as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe's iconic performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" courtesy of Serena (Blake Lively) in full-on pink dress va-va-va-voomness morphed into Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) arriving as Audrey Hepburn and doing a tug-of-war with S over Lonely Boy Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley). Alas, it was all part of Serena's dream, and when she awakens we're smack-dab in the middle of Blair's wedding day. The house is royally atwitter with B's impending marriage to Sour Patch Kid Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco (Hugo Becker)—even though we know she's still totally in love with Chuck (Ed Westwick)—and royal mama Sophie (Joanne Whalley) is still intent on stopping this wedding charade, calling it a "business deal." Well, she's not the only one who wants to see this "happy" day perish.
As is typical of her über-villain style, Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) appears out of nowhere to ruin Blair's special day and decides to go about it by posing as an altar boy. ("Bless us Father, we are about to sin.") Meanwhile, everyone's appealing to Chuck to be the one to rescue Blair from this sham of a marriage, including his best bud Nate (Chace Crawford) who seems to be falling for the sweet catering girl who may or may not be the new/real Charlie Rhodes. So, what happened? There was a wedding (sort of), an intervention (kinda), a complete character turnaround, and then the ultimate reveal of reveals that will leave you GAHHHHing as much as we still are right now. (Like we said, EPIC.) If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
Photo: The CW
SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Dress: Redux Charles Chang-Lima
Elizabeth Olsen on the cover of the March 2012 issue of 'ASOS' magazine.
Photo: Todd Cole
Elizabeth Olsen is making quite the name for herself. Even though her last name is synonymous with her well-known designer siblings, the Olsen twins, who also got their start in showbiz before venturing into the world of fashion, Elizabeth is focused on the craft of acting and in playing unconventional roles. Lucky for those of us who are style-obsessed, she's into dressing the part on the red carpet, too. Already one of our 2012 Girls to Watch, Miss Olsen continues to catch our attention when wearing everything from glam designer dresses to killer tiger sweatshirts. (Oh, yeah, and she's pals with Karl Lagerfeld.) Still a relatively new style star, we're sure all of that is about to change with her new role as the cover star of the March 2012 issue of ASOS magazine.
David Beckham wearing David Beckham Bodywear for H&M.
Photo: Alasdair McClellan/H&M
If you haven't felt your world tilt or had the pleasure of being knocked off your office chair by the semi-nakie nudieness that is David Beckham wearing nothing but his boxer briefs for his new bodywear line for H&M, then I suggest you catch yourself up. Like I've said before, David Robert Joseph Beckham is a CLASSIC. He appeals to both the women (duh) and the soccer-loving menfolk and, really, he's a stand up dude who works hard and loves his family. What's not to (fall in) love (with) here people? The David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection is a full line of structured men's undergarments due to hit H&M stores on Feb. 2, and the first commercial to mark the launch of the line is set to debut during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, Feb. 5. But thanks to the fine Swedes of Hennes & Mauritz, we all get a sneak peek of the upcoming commercial to watch-slash-gaze-slash-drool-slash-pass-out over. You guys, we are DYING and are slightly worried at the prospect of collective combustion when this thing airs in its entirety on Sunday.
An animated Christopher Lloyd and Tavi Gevinson in the animated short film "Cadaver."
Photo: Courtesy of Jonah D. Ansell/"Cadaver"
Just when we thought the multifaceted, preternaturally talented teen fashion blogger-slash-media-mogul Tavi Gevinson couldn't get any cooler or more diversely creative, she goes and does a film. Yes, an actual FILM. And that's not all, folks, she sings in this thing too. Oh, and did we mention it's animated? Seriously, there's nothing this gal can't do. Aside from running her teen site Rookie, interviewing her girl crushes, posing for French fashion mag covers, and going to high school every day like a normal sophomore, she has recently started appearing in motion pictures too. There was the cameo she made in pal Spencer Tweedy's music video, and now she stars in the new animated short film Cadaver, written and directed by filmmaker Jonah D. Ansell, who cast Tavi in one of his earlier short films. (Who knew she was an actress?!) Not only does Tavi do a fantastic voiceover job in this fantastical love story about a human cadaver that comes back to life, she sings one of the sweetest renditions of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" we've ever heard. Um, can we just emphasize that Neil Young RARELY gives permission to any artists to record this song, and he personally gave Tavi permission. So, yeah, this is HUGE, y'all.