Justin Bieber debuts filled in tattoo sleeve.
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Welp, at this point, we're just confirming the inevitable. Justin Bieber has finally gotten that left forearm tattoo sleeve. We say "inevitable" because the way he's been racking up permanent emblems on that specific spot over the past several months more than suggested that this would be on the horizon. It started innocently enough, Biebsy inked himself with "Believe" in cartoon block letters in commemoration of his coming-of-age album of the same name. Then, he added this owl illustration. Next to that, he branded himself with a mysterious "X," and from there, the progression accelerates to break-neck speeds.
We're firing up our credit cards this morning as we finally get the chance to cop Kanye West's highly anticipated Yeezus, but thanks to a little leak Friday afternoon, we've been able to preview the tracks (and/or blow out our speakers with them over the weekend) before today's official release. The album is a stark, splintering departure from the lush, sweeping orchestral tendencies of Ye's previous My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, with Yeezus instead riddled with electricity and synth and DRUMS and #yeezyscreams. The new sound is unexpected and may only be immediately welcomed by ride-or-die Yeezy fans, but as far as lyrics go, Kanye brings his knack for storytelling and unflinching wit out full-force per usual.
Yeezus (much like West's accompanying New York Times interview) is rife with quotables, ranging from the acerbic "I'd rather be a d*** than a swallower" on his call-to-action "New Slaves" to the arguably tongue-in-cheek "Hurry up with my damn croissants" off "I Am A God." One thing is for sure, though: there's no shortage of fashion references. Rap Genius may have the most comprehensive unpacking of ALL of Ye's lyrics, but this world is our turf. (In Yeezy's own words, "Don't talk about style 'cause I'll embarrass you.") Thus, we took the liberty of noting every fash-specific line on Yeezus and are decoding them all right here.
Kanye West's Yeezus album has yet to enjoy its official release (get your plastics ready for purchase time tomorrow!), but that isn't stopping the Been Trill crew (which includes Ye's friend and style consultant Virgil Abloh) from teasing out what their captions are describing as "tour merch #yeezus x ##" (## being shorthand for the art collective often stylized "#been #trill"). Knee-jerk reaction is shock that without the album in anyone's hands, there's already talk (and maybe confirmation?) of a tour, but since we're about FASHUN here, we're going to talk about this "merch" aspect. First up, Heron Preston, late Been Trill recruit and that dude behind the bootleg Nascar factory defect shirts, posted this snap of himself wearing a black long-sleeved shirt printed with Yeezy's mug from the "New Slaves" projections across the front and "YEEZUS" in all caps with fangs down the exterior letters along both sleeves (better look here).
Who else loves summertime awards shows?? *raises two hands waaaaay up because obviously we're biased* Our favorite stars coming together dressed to the warm-weather red carpet nines? Yes, PLEASE! One of our faves, the MuchMusic Video Awards popped off last night, and its step and repeat was stacked with season-appropriate stunners from Demi Lovato to Taylor Swift and everyone in between. We boiled it all down to our top five best dressed ladies of the night. Peep our picks below!
DEMI LOVATO IN SAINT LAURENT
Demi Lovato at the 2013 MuchMusic Awards.
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Not only did Demi win big in the show, scoring the MMVA for International Video of the Year with "Heart Attack," she slayed on the red carpet in sleek Saint Laurent. D lightened her blonde hair a touch for the event (at which she also performed). All the better to pop against that black, high-necked, long-sleeved, strong-shouldered mini, AMIRITE?
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This morning, Kim Kardashian gave boyfriend Kanye West the ULTIMATE Father's Day present: reportedly giving birth to their brand new baby girl and officially making him a dad just in time for the holiday! Ye may have his hands full at the moment with the much-anticipated release of his Yeezus album right around the corner, but he's also made explicitly clear just how excited he is to be a father. Knowing Yeezy, we think it's pretty safe to say that this baby girl is going to be better dressed than most fully developed humans, and the likelihood that much of her closet will be stocked with exclusive one-of-one pieces is extremely high. New momma Kim said it best during a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this year, "If anyone knows Kanye, they just know how into fashion he is, and I think he’s going to have things, like, specially made. I don’t think hand-me-downs are going to work. I think it has to be, like, really fun stuff." We've heard scant of this "really fun stuff" since then, but if Mr. West is fielding suggestions, we have a few.
• Dior made honest women of us this week by both confirming the rumors that Robert Pattison would be the face of their Dior Homme fragrance AND giving us the first image from his campaign.
• On the eve of the official release of his Yeezus album, this week was all about Kanye West, from his Beyonce-laden birthday party to his Governors Ball performance, from that New York Times interview to today's big leak. #yeezyseason
• We got a behind-the-scenes look at Nicki Minaj's Kmart collection. It may not be for everyone, but between the larger-than-life prints and sexy silhouettes, it's definitely hallmark Miss Minaj.
• One Direction had a party for their perfume launch. It was in London. On top of a high-rise building. There was a life-size box and some twirling. In other words, it was perfect.
• Our girl Kristin Cavallari got married and in gorgeous satin, mermaid silhouetted Monique Lhuillier no less. CONGRATS, K.CAV!
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Katy Perry on the cover of Vogue's July issue.
Holy moly, what a morning of firsts for Katy Perry and her Katy cats (her fans, not these cats)! Those, like us, with eyeballs squarely locked on her Twitter feed know will know that KP launched her brand spankin' new Instagram account this morning. And what special snap did she use to kick it off? A teaser for her VERY FIRST VOGUE COVER! *hyperventilates trying to imprint the historical moment forever* That's right, ladies and germs. Our girl Katy is officially a Vogue cover girl.
Did you know Kanye West has a new album coming out next week? It's kind of a small project, and Ye generally downplays everything he does, so it's understandable that you might not have heard about it... JOKES. Yeezus the man and the record have been everywhere for the better part of the past month and definitely this week. From premiering music at Governors Ball to celebrating his birthday with a star-studded party, from his Manhattan album listening party to the New York Times interview heard 'round the world, Kanye has ramped the anticipation for his sixth studio album waaaay up over the last few days. As we broach release week (the album officially drops on Tuesday, remember?), we want to make sure all the true blue Kanye fans are prepared for the coming of Yeezus. Thus, we've wrangled up a haul of the best Yeezy fan merch (affectionately termed around here as "Stan Swag") for your consumption. And don't worry, it's all (relatively) reasonably priced, so you won't be spending everything on Alexander Wang.
Miley Cyrus attends the New MySpace Launch event in Los Angeles.
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Make way for the latest sartorial news from the poster child of IDGAF, Miley Cyrus! Billy Ray's babygirl turned up (literally, and you know, figuratively) on the red carpet of last night's new MySpace launch event in L.A. in a head-turning, eyebrow-raising ensemble, but as her confident stance and smug mug suggest, she's throwing up deuces to haters. If you squint at Miley's outfit-of-choice, it's not reeeeeally anything we haven't seen before—toeing the line between hard-edged and sexy by pairing badass materials with cuts the highlight the *achem* female form.
She reprises her favorite T by Alexander Wang leather bra top, wearing it under a patent leather bomber jacket by KTZ. Her pants are baggy but she wears them with immaculate white boss lady Christian Louboutin pointed-toe pumps—an overall silhouette similar to the outfit she wore to Pharrell's birthday party. Pretty standard stuff for Miley. Except for those pants. Those deserve a closer look.
Maison Martin Margiela gold half-frame lensless glasses.
Look, we know the whole lensless glasses thing isn't new. I mean, just last year at precisely this time, we watched as the 2012 NBA Finals morphed into a kind of fashion face-off centered on the things. But these? These Maison Martin Margiela gold half-frame specs (if you can even call them that) are a completely different story. Instead of thick, Buddy Holly frames these are of the dainty reading glasses variety wherein only the upper half of the frame exists and is rendered in some sort of metal. Without lenses though, this is really just a strangely cut, hinged headband that you just happen to wear on your face.