Photo: Roc-A-Fella Records/Gif: Jenny Shafei
How's this for a Monday morning bombshell? It's been ten years since the release of Jay-Z's "Change Clothes" track featuring Pharrell Williams. Ten years!! And while the music video didn't exactly tell an accurate story of how time would unfold after its debut—it opens with Jay walking into what's meant to be his retirement party, though, spoiler alert: he released Kingdom Come just three years later—"Change Clothes" did have a strong and lasting influence on hip-hop style.
It's only fitting, right? If going sans shirt AND bra is a trend, you have to find some way to cover up your ladylumps given, y'know, laws. Enter pasties. Nicki Minaj used black plus signs to finish off her Fifty Shades of Grey Halloween look while a sparkly purple pasty was integral to Miley Cyrus' "Lil Kim circa the 1999 VMAs" costume.
As you well know by now, thanks to Miley as Lil Kim, Iggy as Cruella De Vil, and Ellen DeGeneres as shirtless Nicki Minaj, Halloween is RIGHT. NOW. If you don't have a costume yet, you, my friend, are a certifiable Lazy Girl™. Hey, us, too! *high fives* We're a special breed that needs to stick together, so just in case you need some help figuring out what kind of costume you can cobble together for tonight, we're throwing you a few ideas.
A VIDEO GAME MODEL
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Home Depot/Amazon
Laziness Factor: 5
Originality Factor : 8
Thanks to the wide availability of Morphsuits this Halloween season (they're selling them at Urban Outfitters right now!), you can easily pull together a simple yet effective video game model costume. Cop an all-black Morphsuit then laden it with strips of yellow duct tape from your local hardware store and some ping pong balls (a.k.a. "sensors") glued to your joints! Sure, there's some assembly required, but you also don't have to do your makeup OR hair. Or you can just wear the black Morphsuit and be a ~shadow~, but this look is way cooler, TBH.
Kanye West drops by 97.1 AMP for an interview.
Photo: 97.1 AMP Radio
You can pretty much call it a universal truth now: any time you give Kanye West a microphone, you're guaranteed to get at least one quote that will spark up further conversation (more like ten quotes that instigate a chorus of psychoanalytical think-pieces, but when it comes to numbers, we like to keep things conservative around here). Or in his own words, "every time I talk, there's a crack in the matrix." Such was the case when Yeezy stopped by L.A.'s 97.1 AMP to chat about his Yeezus tour merch, his recent engagement to Kim Kardashian, and, as always, beauty, truth, and awesomeness. We've pulled out our favorite Easter eggs from his interview (previously unconfirmed designs!!!!!!) and are adding a little bit of context for the uninitiated in the wonderful world of Kanye West fashion.
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??