Hold on to your Margiela masks, boys and girls. This style-drenched Yeezus tour is only just getting started. And we're not just talking about the performances themselves; we're talking about the outfits, the merchandise, the freestyle speeches, each and every part lovingly touched by Kanye's fashionable hands. And rest assured, Ye is not keeping the essence of Yeezus confined to the stadiums or his mountain-covered stage. You may remember that late last week he took some special edition t-shirt designs to PacSun. Well, now, he's opened his very own Yeezus tour pop-up shop in Los Angeles (right next to fiancé Kimmy K's DASH).
Kanye West's Yeezus tour merchandise sold at PacSun.
Need a little more Yeezus in your life? If you're still waiting for Kanye West's first solo tour in five years to hit your city, never fear. Ye and PacSun are bringing you at least one aspect of the show NOW: the clothes. No, not Yeezy's custom Maison Martin Margiela performance outfits. As of today, the surf/skate/streetwear mall staple is carrying special edition Yeezus tour merch online and in select store locations.
It's crunch time, y'all. Halloween is NEXT. WEEK. If you haven't figured out what your costume is going to be by now, chances are you're feeling a little uninspired. Your roommate already claimed Miley Cyrus or you missed the boat on that Lady Gaga group costume, and your friends aren't big enough Beliebers to get that Justin Bieber as Robin look. That's OK. We still haven't even touched on the wild and wonderful hotbed of Halloween costumes that is television. Since everyone and their mom is going use All Hallows' Eve to mourn the gaping hole left by the end of Breaking Bad, we're going to skip it because those DIYs (even "sexy" versions) already exist. Same goes for Game of Thrones and the already Halloween-ready zombies and witches of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story respectively. We're helping you out with the tougher, slightly more unorthodox costumes.
JA'MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL
Photo: HBO/Spirit Halloween/ASOS/eBay
That's right. Ja'mie's back. Chris Lilley is bringing everyone's favorite Private School Girl back for a new series starring the "Ja'miezing" Miss King. The new show will hit HBO Sunday, November 24th at 10:30 p.m. EST, and you better believe we'll be watching—no offense, anything else that's on TV at that time. Bonus: since the premiere is after Halloween, you can recycle this outfit for a "no fugly skanks allowed" viewing party.
Praise be to VH1 and TLC for this biopic (airing tonight at 9 p.m. EST)! Not only does it give us a look at some previously untold TLC history—by way of Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama—CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story afforded us the opportunity to talk to T-Boz and Chilli themselves about the wardrobing process for the film and the group's rise to style infamy which maaaayyyy or may not have caused this writer to go into cold sweats immediately following this interview. It's not every day you get the chance to talk to your heroes, OK??
While you were carving pumpkins and putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume this weekend, Kanye West was kicking off his Yeezus tour in Seattle. His first solo tour in five years, Yeezy held nothing back, giving his audience a massive show (a two-hour 27-song set list to be exact) complete with an enormous mountain-shaped set, a cameo from Jesus, and of course, a bajillion fashion Easter eggs (our favorite!)—and we're not just talking about MTV News' Rob Markman's first-hand account that Kanye's Red October Yeezy 2s have red glow-in-the-dark soles.
Hear that? *pushes index finger to your lips...yes, through the computer screen* That's the sound of Halloween being HALF A MONTH away! So far, in our quest to prepare you for all your costumed comings and goings this year, we've hooked you up with political, cinematic, and even *achem* culinary All Hallows' Eve inspiration—along with celeb-based ideas like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry costume ideas. NOW, make way for a bevy of Trick or Treat-worthy getups inspired by pop's golden boy: JUSTIN BIEBER!
JUSTIN BIEBER IN SPACE
To infinity and Bieb'yond.
Photo: Official Rock Star Costumes/Spirit Halloween/Chachi Pants/Halloween Costumes
Sexy Pizza, Sexy Fries, and Sexy Burger Halloween costumes.
The "sexy" Halloween costume has been a holiday staple of sorts since long before Mean Girls made fun of it in 2006. The practice of young ladies turning lingerie into costumes has been plaguing All Hallows' Eve for at least a decade, and while it may have started with skimpy versions of cop costumes or firefighters or animals, it's since spread to just about everything: "sexy" ninjas, "sexy" children's toys, "sexy" Hannibal Lecter, and who could ever forget those "sexy" Sesame Street characters? Welp, it turns out there are also food costumes. Thus, this week's Food Friday topic.
Given that dressing up as food is notably on-trend this year AND given that the sexualization of Halloween costumes knows no bounds, we should have seen this one coming. I mean, why (other than, you know, a preference for modesty and the fact that late October can get pretty chilly) would you rather wear an XL sweatshirt printed with a blown out photo of greasy pepperoni pizza when you can wear this costume from Yandy.com which comes with a built-in crust neck pillow instead?? And one thing is for sure: a skintight bodycon minidress is exactly what I want to wear after eating super-sized French fries and a Big Mac.
Kanye West on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Photo: ABC/Jimmy Kimmel Live
I would track the events leading up to Kanye West's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live for you, but then, I'd be here writing the biography of Mr. West and all you really want is more context for the things he said last night. More recently, the Kanye x Kimmel chat can be traced back to the revealing interview Ye had with BBC 1 Radio's Zane Lowe wherein he spoke very candidly about classism in the fashion community, his qualifications as a designer, and how he and Virgil Abloh had the idea for leather jogging pants 6 years ago but were turned down by Fendi. It was impassioned, it was classic Kanye, and it made its way into a Jimmy Kimmel sketch which had kids reenact the interview, bleeps and all.
Welp, Ye didn't find it funny and later took to Twitter to let out his frustrations with Kimmel and the spoof. The tweets (which incidentally revealed that Yeezy is preeeeetty gifted in the ways of Meme Generator) have since been deleted, and the two sat down last night to publicly talk it all out and make nice. As with any time you give Kanye an open platform, the conversation was rife with quotables (shouts to our friends at Buzzworthy for putting them all on t-shirts because duh), but it was also littered with some pretty serious fashion subtext. Thus, we're giving Ye's best fashion quotes a closer look.
A still from Tyler, The Creator's "Tamale" music video.
Photo: Odd Future Records
Last night, Tyler, The Creator released a music video for his Wolf banger "Tamale." As always, the four-and-a-half minute short is visually stunning, and as always, Wolf Haley finds a way to weave in his Golf Wang designs. (Real talk, if I were a rapper who made and sold clothes, I'd wear them in my videos, too.) The different with "Tamale," though, is that dude (from what we can tell) ALL Golf Wang for the duration of 8 outfit changes from this collegiate donut snapback to the Flog Gnaw beanie and box cutter tee he wears to close out the video. It's basically like a video lookbook for the Fall/Winter 2013 Golf Wang collection.
Along with giving you a chance to role play as someone else—be it superhero, vampire, or Miley Cyrus—Halloween can also be a good opportunity to show everyone how politically clever/satirical you are (assuming you're not already doing that every week as a member of the Saturday Night Live cast and writing team). Last year, we had the 2012 Presidential Election and that unforgettable Big Bird comment from Mitt Romney as topical inspiration. This year, we have the government shutdown.
CLOSED NATIONAL MONUMENTS
Statue of Liberty and Lincoln Memorial closed for business.
Photo: Spirit Halloween/Zoro Tools
When the government shuts down, so do the government owned and operated national parks and monuments. That means: your plans to visit all those historically rich American landmarks have been foiled until things are back up and running again. Make your Statue of Liberty costume current events-appropriate by wearing a "Sorry, we're closed" sign around your neck. Or go more D.C.-centric as a closed Lincoln Memorial.
+ Statue of Liberty: Statue Of Liberty Adult Women's Costume ($26.99)
+ Statue of Liberty Torch: Light Up Liberty Torch ($6.99)
+ 'Sorry, We're Closed' Sign: Open/Closed Sign ($2.29)
+ Abraham Lincoln Costume: Abe Lincoln Men's Costume ($39.99)
+ 'Closed, Please Call Again' Sign: Open Closed Store Sign With Clock ($3.99)