Rita Ora and Madonna, just two Material Girls hangin'.
Photo: Courtesy of Material Girl
Universe, say hello to your new Material Girl: #1 MTV Style girl-crush Rita Ora! The time has come for the Macy's line produced by Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon to change its guard, and while it's sad to see former brand ambassador Georgia May Jagger go, she couldn't be transferring the baton into more capable hands. After all, Rita has the experience and skill to back up this kind of title, having starred in an adorable Superga campaign and perfected her smize.
Kanye West's "New York Times" portrait.
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If you haven't already read Jon Caramanica's interview with the (typically) press-elusive Kanye West for the New York Times, go ahead and put this post on pause, open this link in a new tab, and get caught up. Ye and Jon conduct the several-hour-long conversation over the course of three days, discussing West's upcoming sixth solo studio album Yeezus and its position in relation to the rest of West's musical annals. The discourse is candid, unapologetic, and a kind of dream interview for any card-carrying Kanye fan as Yeezy drops bombs like, "Dark Fantasy was my long, backhanded apology," (I'm sorry, WHAT? Are we to infer that his most critically acclaimed release wasn't even that true to himself??) and "Yeah, people asked me to change my name for [808s & Heartbreak]." *jaw drops and tongue rolls out of mouth like a Persian rug with cherub imagery*
The interview is a hotbed of quotables like, "Beauty, truth, awesomeness," and "I am the nucleus," and dubbing himself, "the Michael Jordan of music," each of which make us miss more and more when Ye had a blog and was regularly active on Twitter, but it's the moments when he weaves fashion into their discussion of his music evolution that we're going MOST bananas over (naturally). Check out our favorites below, and be sure to read the interview in its entirety on NYTimes.com because wowowowow it's GOOD.
Beyonce's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is shaping up to be a kind of magical fashion Easter egg hunt, each month or week or day unveiling a new style-centric facet to the international concert behemoth. First, there was the high fashion custom designer performance wardrobe (which BTW just keeps growing, see: the above printed gown which we've never seen before and suspect to be a Pucci [UPDATE: It's Roberto Cavalli!] add for "Standing on the Sun" for the North American leg of the tour). Then, we found those dress rentals included in her VIP ticket package, she made her tour merch available online, and she decided to auction off an opportunity to be part of her concert style team for a night. NOW, King Bey is commemorating her world tour with a limited edition of her Heat fragrance created specifically with The Mrs. Carter Show in mind.
Justin Bieber's adidas NEO summer campaign.
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What's better than static images of Justin Bieber? Moving images! OK, so it's not preferred to seeing him in the flesh, but still, it's pretty cool. Welp, the folks at adidas NEO just released this behind-the-scenes video from Justin's latest NEO photoshoot, bringing us one step closer to candid IRL Biebsie. And clad in summer-ready casualwear! In the minute-long clip, we get a glimpse at the moving parts that go into putting together a campaign. What we learned from the video is that this is no standard studio shoot with a white seamless backdrop.
Isabel Marant and Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.
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Just when you've FINALLY convinced yourself that the next collaboration couldn't possibly get more exciting than the last, H&M reveals that the international retail giant is teaming up with Isabel Marant. The French designer is probably best known for her boon of a footwear innovation, the sneaker wedge, but that's only the tip of the iceberg in her fashion arsenal. Marant has a knack for infusing feminine bohemian elements with gritty urban edge and a keen eye for tailoring—the makings of every style savvy tomboy's dream closet.
Nicki Minaj at her Kmart collection press conferece.
Photo: Courtesy of Kmart
Is anyone else getting super anxious for the official drop of Nicki Minaj's Shop Your Way collection with Kmart? Barbz, I know you feel me. We've been following along since the first mention of the collaborative clothing line, carved out time for the live press conference, set our alarms for the first look, and even placed our ballots for the t-shirt slogan contest. Each step taking us closer to the collection's slated launch this fall but also forcing us to ask a little louder, "CAN WE HAZ YET?" Welp, here's another milestone to add to the road to the line's final unveiling: behind-the-scenes video of Nicki and her design team working on the collection.
One Direction and their Our Moment perfume.
Photo: Eden Parfums
Directioners across the globe are well-aware that last week, their favorite fab five-some—better known as One Direction—launched their very first fragrance. The boy band's Our Moment perfume marks the second time 1D has dabbled in the beauty department (the first was by way of a collection of nail polishes) just this year, but already it seems the guys are bigger experts than we thought. Last week, the dudes held a special launch event in London for the forthcoming scent complete with smell testing and a life-size box reveal. While we may still have a while to wait until we can officially get our hands on the eau de Direction, we're biding our time with this video package from the Our Moment launch party.
Beyonce wore Topshop to Kanye West's birthday party.
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What do you wear to Kanye West's birthday party? That's a question we'll probably never have ask for ourselves but still gives us second-hand anxiety regardless. I mean, this is a man who'll vehemently rap, "Don't talk about style 'cause I'll embarrass you," and we believe it. So, if you're showing up to a soiree in celebration of Yeezy, you better have your outfit right. In Beyonce's case, the answer is simple: Topshop. Yup. King Bey will rep Gucci for Chime for Change, Givenchy on the Met Gala red carpet, and a laundry list of the planet's hottest high fashion designers for her The Mrs. Carter Show world tour, but on dear Kanye's born day, she jumped for the crown jewel of the UK retail business.
LeBron James and his stylist Rachel Johnson.
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LeBron James is one of the biggest names in sports. Today, tomorrow, and for the better part of the forseeable future. Tonight, King James and his Miami Heat teammates take on the San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals. As you may or may not know, LeBron was equally as lauded for his presence off the court during last year's Finals, thanks to a little healthy fashion competition between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that kind of precedent, there's no telling what this season's match-up has in store on the style front, but we hit up LeBron's long-time trusted stylist Rachel Johnson to try and extract those answers before game time anyway.
Rachel, along with Dwyane Wade's stylist Calyann Barnett, is one of the pioneers of the whole sports styling scene. She's seen it grow from scrounging up custom-tailored designer duds from the few labels that would do it to anchoring an agency of stylists (Thomas Faison) and outfitting the hottest player in the game. We caught up with her to chat about dressing LJ and since we're nearing the end of basketball season, where in the world of sports we might be able to get our fashion fix next. Check it out!
Selena Gomez in the "Getaway" movie trailer.
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What happens with you combine Drive and Saw? I don't know for sure, but I bet it looks something like this new Ethan Hawke / Selena Gomez film, Getaway. Warner Bros. Pictures just released the movie's trailer, and in it, Ethan Hawke plays a guy who appears to have been taken hostage by an unseen voice broadcasting within his fancy schmancy Shelby Mustang. There's a lot of speeding, swerving, and panicked steering wheeling gripping and then halfway through, Selena appears, clad in a baseball cap, hoodie, and suuuuper dark, stick-straight hair.