Frank Ocean arriving at the Christian Dior Fall 2013 Paris Fashion Week show.
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It's been a long time coming, but as of this morning in Paris, Frank Ocean has officially attended his first fashion show! *wild chorus of "AWWWWwwww"s* The real story here, though, is that the Grammy award-winning singer didn't just make his sartorial society debut, he did it sitting front row at this Paris Fashion Week's most anticipated show: Christian Dior. Never one for fashion theatrics, Frank kept his look simple with the crispest, most immaculate white button-up worn over slim but still loose trousers. His accessories were minimal, too, with a black leather band, rectangular face watch, one white earring in the shape of a wide chevron, and a pair of what appear to be trusty black and royal Jordan 1s.
Happy 19th birthday, Justin Bieber!
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WHAT. How is it already Justin Bieber's 19th birthday?? It feels like just yesterday I was watching him ride Segways around Madison Square Garden, inter-cut with vintage kidrauhl footage. (MAYBE because I re-watched Never Say Never earlier this week, but I digress...) On the same tip, it also feels like I was JUST heralding the onslaught of Bieber's new adult chapter after turning 18. In so many ways, this is pretty indicative of how weird turning 19 is. For everyone, not just international pop stars. It's all very "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." Or, you know, "boy" and "man" in Bieber's case.
You just made your adult debut at 18, but this is your last year as a teenager. Magazines are swaddling you in "swaggy adult" menswear, but off the clock, you're celebrating your birthday with no shirt and honestly are barely wearing pants. Don't get us wrong; we're definitely not complaining. We just know there comes a time in every dreamy teen idol's career that they shed the togs of their youth and slip into a pair of chinos. But like, really, really good ones. In honor of this final leg of Justin's teenage years, here are 19 outfits the dude probably won't be able to get away with after this year. ENJOOOOOYYYYYY!
Talk about a Throwback Thursday! Last night, Lauren Conrad posted this picture of some vaguely familiar-looking distressed capri jeans to her Instagram with the caption, "Cleaning out my closet and I found the pair of jeans I wore to move into my first apartment. How did I think these were OK?" Oh, RIGHT. We remember this LC denim moment because WE WERE THERE. Sort of. We watched it all play out on the series premiere episode of The Hills! It's all taking us to really warm and fuzzy places where visions of Juicy Couture terrycloth sweatsuits, Louis Vuitton monogram handbags, and Von Dutch trucker hats dance in our heads.
If you ever wondered how Jenni Farley earned her JWOWW nickname, look no further than the image above. *jaw drops to floor, cartoon eyes bust out of sockets* The boldly buxom Jersey Shore alum (now one-half of the Snooki & JWOWW main ticket) stripped down in the name of LGBT rights, marriage equality, and a stop to bullying for the NOH8 campaign, and BOYOYOYYY is she taking the duct tape motif to the next level.
would you wear this Cat Cape Kotatsu Blanker?
Photo: Courtesy of Japan Trend Shop
You'd think by now we'd be sartorially unshakable. Between Etsy eyelash jewelry and toilet paper roll rings on high fashion runways, you'd think we've seen it all. And then we stumble on something like this Cat Cape Kotatsu Blanket from Japan Trend Shop. I'll truncate it to "Cat Cape" when referring to it from here, but only for convenience, not because I'm positive it's a cape. By all of my previous understanding of what a cape is, this only kind of meets the mark. Where's the fastening at the neck? Why are there backpack straps? Why is she wearing it around the house (as opposed to say, flying through the air with superhuman strength)?
L-Boy in Odd Future's Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook.
Photo: Odd Future
Nothing makes me pine for spring (and summer!) harder than a short-sleeved button-up shirt covered in hot air balloons. Also, heart-shaped sunglasses, but those aren't actually part of the Odd Future collection. New England readers beware, you're in for some serious coast envy. The OFWGKTA hip-hop collective (which also maintains a rapidly growing streetwear line and shop based on Los Angeles' infamous Fairfax Avenue) has just released a brand spankin' new lookbook for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The photo series stars Lionel, Lucas, and more of OF's closest friends modeling OF's newest togs, from this here balloon woven shirt to the classic cat-emblazoned designs (like this Trash Wang tee) that we've grown to know and love.
Justin Bieber's new "X" arm tattoo.
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Honestly, how many tattoos is Justin Bieber going to get? I know this is very "Kids these days!" and "Get off my lawn!" and *shakes balled-up fist at the sky*, but come on, man. As MTV Style's resident Bieber Stan and (self-proclaimed) expert, I feel like I'm throwing up alerts about Justin's new ink at least once a month. Actually, now that I'm looking back, I pretty much HAVE been writing about Bieber's tattoos once-a-month since last September (with the exception of November which was all about Harry Styles' new avian chest tatt). February officially ends tomorrow, but Bieber has just made me an honest woman (as far as my conjectures about my coverage of his body art, that is), eking one out before the month closes: a giant serif "X" on his forearm.
Kevin Durant for "Teen Vogue" and Russell Westbrook for "L'Uomo Vogue" magazines.
Photo: Teen Vogue/L'Uomo Vogue
Not only did Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook make waves on the court by leading their Oklahoma City Thunder team straight to the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, the dynamic duo made names for themselves as bonafide style stars by way of their head-turning post-game ensembles off the hardwood. Now, in this second month of 2013, KD and Russ are getting the Vogue treatment with shoots in Teen Vogue and L'Uomo Vogue, respectively.
There's an unmistakable new attitude toward fashion in the world of sports. No longer is having an interest in, let alone a flair for, style a fringy, sourly regarded thing. Athletes are embracing fashion, and the fashion world, in turn, is reciprocating. In no sport is that more wide-spread at the moment than basketball, and with the season inching closer and closer to the NBA Playoffs (kicking off in a little over a month), editorial outlets are picking up steam on their hoops coverage, shining style spotlights on the league's best and brightest.
A$AP Rocky for Mr Porter.
Photo: Mr Porter/Bruno Staub
We're intimately aware of Mr Porter's knack for creating swoon-worthy, productivity-annihilating dude-fashion editorials, but this latest shoot with A$AP Rocky really takes the cake. The world already knows that Rocky is a pretty mother...y'know as are SO many of Mr Porter's other subjects (see Paul Wesley, Douglas Booth, and Matthew Gray Gubler for further proof), but the Harlem-native's shoot is a welcome change of pace for the men's style destination. Where most Mr Porter subjects skew kind of conservative — crewneck cable knits, classic chinos, nautical stripes — Rocky embraces trends, adopts them early, and wears them devastatingly well.
Justin Bieber wears a gas mask while shopping at ACNE in London.
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Style universe, help us give up a rousing welcome to the newest celebrity accessory trend and every paparazzo's biggest nightmare: full-face masks. On his recent trip to London, Justin Bieber joined the ranks of fellow face-shielders Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Tyler, The Creator with this here black GAS MASK he wore to go shopping at ACNE. Taking the murdered out all-black-everything look to the extreme, Biebsy rolled up to the Swedish label's London boutique wearing (toe to top) patent leather dress shoes, slim fit leather pants, a black tank top, a zip-up minimalist leather jacket, and was accessorized with the aforementioned full-face respirator, a black Brooklyn Nets snapback, and his go-to Jesus piece.