I've spent more hours than I would like to admit listening to Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy,
rocking back and forth and sobbing imagining what the woodsy singer smells like. Ok so maybe not, maybe I was doing that other thing (but we're not gonna talk about it, ok?) but when I saw that luxury fragrance maker Sanae Intoxicants is releasing a scent with Oldham, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Oldham is a legend, not just for his work as Bonnie "Prince" Billy but also as Palace, Palace Music, and Palace Brothers. In his various incarnations he has created some of the most breathtaking and heartbreaking music, while bending genres and always keeping listeners guessing. With a punk rock approach to classic American folk music, Oldham is a new breed. As such, it's hard to imagine just what such a man would want to smell like. I asked a friend what she thought, and, being totally on my wavelength, she said "beards and tears," but I think it's so much more than that. According to the description of the scent, this isn't some Bon Iver-y woodsmoke, fresh snow, and beard oil, chopping firewood and being romantic fragrance. No, with tobacco, jasmine, and an ingredient we're unsure about called assam oud (which appears to be an oil extracted from agar wood), the scent, we think, without having yet smelled it, resembles the olfactory profile of a summer night spent outside, surrounded by lush plants, in a quiet moment during a raucous adventure. Like Oldham's music, there's nothing cruncy-sounding about the scent, and it's far more sophisticated than simple. Just the combination of tobacco and jasmine is enough to have us totally intrigued, as is the fact that the scent is suitable for both men and women. More info on how you can cop a bottle of Bonnie Billy for yourself after the jump.
Katy Perry in sparkly nude this weekend and at the Arthur Premiere in 2011.
Katy Perry had a very busy weekend. Not only was the pop star named Billboard's Woman Of The Year, she was also honored by The Trevor Project with their 'Trevor Hero Award.'The organization, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ teens, honored Perry for her outspokenness about suicide, and, according to the organization's CEO, Abbe Land, because "she has done so much to empower youth." Katy looked beautiful on the red carpet, in a sequined, light-beige Marchesa gown that hugged all over her envy-inducing curves while still being demure. When we first saw it, though, we got a weird feeling. "Have we seen this dress before?" we thought, and immediately began racking our brains for a similar style on the singer. Two dresses came to mind, and one in particular stuck out because of the also-similar beauty look she rocked with it. We're talking, of course, of the one-shouldered number Katy wore to the premiere of then-husband Russell Brand's film Arthur in April of 2011. Last year, Katy paired the gown, which featured more of a mermaid shape, a central, starburst sequined pattern and slightly less form-fitting construction, with super long, loose black waves and a center part. For The Trevor Project red carpet, Katy also kept her jet black mane loose, adding a crown braid to the slightly shorter, loosely curled look. There was another dress that was creeping into our brains as well, though. Check it out after the jump.
Taylor Swift at the 2012 ARIA Awards.
Oh, what's a pop star to do? You're going to an awards show, and not only do you have to pick out a killer gown for the red carpet, but you ALSO have to come up with an amazing on stage look! So many outfits, so little time. While we sometimes wish we had reason for multiple costume changes throughout the day, it IS a delicate balance that must be struck when choosing one's looks for a show. At Australia's ARIA awards, two of our favorite ladies both on stage and on the carpet showed us how it's done with their looks. Taylor Swift took to the carpet in a stunning floor-length Ellie Saab gown. The dress, which featured a fitted bodice with a slightly-more-va-va-voom bustline than we're used to seeing on Taylor, had sheer panels along the sides and back. It's part Grecian goddess, part bridal, and part princess--just the right amount of grown up and youthful for our girl Tay. She kept her beauty look simple and elegant, her hair swept into a low bun, pink lips, and a smoky eye. The gown covers them, but beneath those cascading folds of fabric she was also wearing Jimmy Choo heels.
The editor function on the Polyvore iPhone app.
It's totally unhealthy and pretty embarrassing, but sometimes I sleep with (one of my two, never both, I'm not an animal) iPhones next to my pillow. It's probably a sign that I work too much, or am addicted to the internet or something, but I'm betting I'm not the only one who occasionally cozies up with a little black or white rectangle between the sheets. Being able to carry your whole life in your pocket is basically a given these days, and having all of your apps at the ready is a key part of that. Up until now, one of fashion's favorite social media platforms, Polyvore, was still trapped in the land of the browser, but all that is changing: the style collage leader has just announced an iPhone app. Oh right, now you get why you heard the cheers of a thousand fashion bloggers yesterday. It wasn't because just they all got free two day shipping from Cyber Monday. The app has everything the in-browser interface does, with an extremely user-friendly mobile interface and access to thousands of products. It's "street style on the go," because you can make collages the moment you see something you love, allowing you to create living mood boards that represent your inspiration from moment to moment, day to day. You can also follow your favorite Polyvore users, of course, and keep up with their boards when you're on the go. Did we mention it's free from the app store, and you can download it now?
Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey taping their Rockafeller Center tree-lighting performances.
If the holidays had a celebrity spokesperson, it would be Mariah Carey. The woman LOVES. CHRISTMAS. Like, we kind of think she has a secret wing of her house that's actually the North Pole, and she just hid it from us in that incredible episode of MTV Cribs where she keeps changing her outfit. Or maybe she has a magical Christmas wardrobe, Narnia-style, that transports you to Santa's workshop. Mariah can do anything. You know what, Mariah Carey is Santa Clause. How can we be so sure? Well forget for a second that "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the single greatest Christmas song of all time. Forget that. Also forget how much Mariah likes to say "festive." You can discard all of that evidence and just LOOK AT HER OUTFIT for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. Look at it long and hard and tell me your nose isn't filled with the scent of evergreen and gingerbread. The legendary diva was also joined onstage by Justin Bieber, who bundled up in a luxe military-inspired coat in textured leather with gold buttons and matching zippers. With two looks on the stage, however, Mariah really stole the show. To perform her aforementioned modern classic x-mas anthem, the singer wore a playful, structured red frock that we just can't get enough of. While the short frock might not be the most weather-appropriate, it's certainly, um, turning up the temperature with a plunging neckline and curve hugging skater silhouette in a shade so red it almost seems to vibrate. Throw in ornate silver beading and a pair of over-the-elbow gloves and Mariah is veritably ornament-like.
Carly Rae Jepsen is Cosmo's January cover girl.
Photo: Courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine
Carly Rae Jepsen is showing herself to have staying power. With a mega-hit like "Call Me Maybe," which was not only a smash on the radio and on the charts, but on the internet as well (but you know ALL about that, we're sure), there's always the danger that your pan-flash will be just that. The tune has been out for over a year now, though, and with a second album and a Billboard Rising Star of 2012 designation, it's fair to say that there's more to Jepsen than just one tune. She is also teaching us lessons on the versatility of a simple haircut, with her signature blunt bangs and thick, long mane taking her from viral videos to the red carpet and back. Now, she's not the first to sport the wash and wear cut (there might even be some Style staffers who have been rocking it since before "Call Me" was a glimmer in Carly's eye), but she manages consistently to make it look different from cover to cover, mag spread to mag spread. On the January cover of Cosmopolitan, Carly is artfully disheveled, with her bangs and chin-length layers pushed forward, very nearly obscuring her smudgy, smoky eye.
We love a good collab, that's for sure. Not only because they allow us to snag some of that pret-a-porter style at a more reasonable price point, but also because designer collaborations allow us to see our fave clothiers stretch their muscles in a new way. The Neiman Marcus and Target CFDA holiday collection is basically the ultimate collabo, with some of our fave selections being cookie cutters from Band Of Outsiders, an Alice + Olivia bike, and a Derek Lam skateboard, and that's just scratching the surface. It also features our favorite (or rather, one of our TWO favorites) model Karlie Kloss in the super cute campaign, bounding around both print and film and generally looking like a holiday elf-goddess. We showed you the behind the scenes from the shoot, but now we have the full commercial for your viewing pleasure. Karlie is the classic sweet girl, what with her midwestern charm and cookie-making side hustle, so it makes sense that she would front a campaign so filled with good cheer. And yeah, it also helps that she's one of the biggest supermodels in the world. Watch the full commercial after the jump and tell us what you think!
Demi Lovato is no stranger to ink. She said she had "nine or ten" tats back when the "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" documentary premiered in March, but since then the count has no doubt increased. Just this weekend, Demi paid a visit to celeb tattoo artist (and makeup mogul) Kat Von D, to add some new art to her corporeal collection. Once you get to a certain point with tattoos, you have to start building on what you already have, and that's precisely what Demi did here. In the documentary, Demi explains that her 'faith' tattoo is a matching tattoo shared between her and a best friend that she met in treatment. The tattoo stands both for the friendship and for the fact that she says "faith has gotten me to where I am today." The new ink, which surrounds the 'faith' tattoo and spans the length of Demi's forearm, shows birds flying from the letters up to her wrist. Birds are also a common tattoo theme for Demi, so none of this is much of a surprise.
It's nearing the end...we're on the plane from Berlin to London and things have taken an interesting turn. Long waits on tarmac and in buses, no sleep, and no sightings of her royal highness since our initial ascent into the skies has the denizens of the Rihanna plane feeling restless.
Mary HK Choi: AHHAAHAHAH it’s pandemonium on the plane. We’ve just left Berlin after a rooooough time in Paris and the Fuse guys in front of us just sabotaged the Official Rihanna documentary by chanting “B Roll” in unison and it was genius. Playboy dude just asked them to recreate it for HIS camera but they aren’t having it because that dude is “just trying to scoop an angle!” It's every man for himself. I wish they hadn’t given us German meat chips for our 4:00 AM plane snack because it’s making me punchy. I also love that we have twelve drink tickets pooled between us because drinking would make us barf. We may be teetotalers after last night.
[Pause to reorganize the mountain of chocolate and cornichon sitting on our tray tables. Also so Maud can lick meat chips off her fingers.]
Maud Deitch: I tried to get people on Twitter to place bets about when they think we’ll actually take off for London, but nobody’s biting. I think when we have to build our own feudal society from the rubble of the plane after the revolution, bookie is a pretty decent position to be in. I, personally, think we’ll leave at 4:45 AM, which is exactly 4 hours and 45 minutes from the time that the original itinerary said we would arrive in London.
MHKC: Normally, I’d agree with you but the delays have gotten longer and judging from the previously established trajectory we’ll be leaving at 11:00AM. I’m also beginning to think she’s a figment of my imagination. This is SUCH a good argument for holograms. As in, I wish we were all holograms.
Rihanna performing in Stockholm.
Photo: Mary H.K. Choi
The following is a conversation between me and Maud during a 90-minute delay on a Stockholm tarmac waiting for Rihanna who we know ARRIVED at the nightclub at 5AM last night and proceeded to pour and do a grip of shots. We also can’t get our wheels up because we’re waiting for a bunch of reporters who can’t sit the F down because they were raised by wolves. Wolves that were CLEARLY tortured and abused at the hands of THEIR forebears because holy crap, this is ridiculous.
Mary H.K. Choi: Oh my god, I’m so tired and this flight out of Stockholm is one majillion hours late. I wish they hadn’t served all the mimosas at 9 in the morning.
Maud Deitch: My coffee high wore off about 20 minutes ago and then I started Googling whether or not there are bed bugs in our hotel in Paris. People need to sit down.
MHKC: I legit can’t think about bed bugs right now. I haven’t been checking my mattress seams at all. I’m just so relieved every time we see a bed. I have to say though, I love that they’ve been putting us in the same seats in Home Plane because any change in the one routine I’m hanging onto would end me. Stockolm was a trip, thought. So fun. Best show yet?
MD: Definitely best show yet. Ri seemed way into it and the small variations in the set list made a huge difference. That guy doing the modified “Rollin’ With The Homies” dance from the balcony really solidified the whole thing. Thanks for pointing him out. Also we need to talk about “Stay” because it made me feel a lot of feelings (which is a theme for me this trip I think).