Iman Shumpert rocks a flat top on the court.
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Keeping ourselves apprised of all the intersecting happenings in the worlds of music and fashion doesn't leave us with much bandwidth for sports. For the New York Knicks' youngest player Iman Shumpert, though, we're willing to make exceptions. So willing, in fact, that we're carving out this explicit time to illustrate why (if you didn't already) you need to know about this guy. During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Shumpert suffered a knee injury — a torn ACL and meniscus, to be precise — which kept him off the court for the entire summer and for much of this season until a little over a week ago. But injury didn't keep Shumpert down, he used his time away from the hardwood to rehab his knee, release one of history's most palatable NBA player-turned-rapper crossover mixtapes (go ahead and check out the rest of the rapping baller annals for proof), and cultivate a clear style identity — one that extends much further than the flat top haircut that's been garnering him so much attention lately.
This coming Sunday, Super Bowl XLVII kicks off in New Orleans. For those of you (or, you know, us) less interested in the clash of the Harbaugh brothers, Beyonce's hyped up halftime performance might have you referring to the event as The Beybowl. The only athletic moves you're concerned with are the ones happening in whatever inevitably massive choreography number this photo is hinting at, and the only pigskin on your mind is whether or not Queen Bey will take the stage in leather. Thanks to Bey, the idea of sculpting a snack stadium is no longer your projected highlight of the night. (Though, the stomachache from loading up on too many football-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches may still be the lowest point.)
Miley Cyrus on the cover of "Cosmopolitan" magazine.
We don't know about you guys, but we're really glad Cosmopolitan reconsidered their roll-out plan for Miley Cyrus's March cover. Initially, the magazine teased they'd be releasing Miley's first post-pixie cut cover shoot piecemeal, starting last Friday. On paper, that seems like a fantastic idea. Get several days of buzz out of one image? Umm, HELLO, promotional jackpot! And then, a little after noon, they tweeted out a cropped version of her cover. The inevitable reaction was best summed up by Miley herself, "just what we've all been waiting for! A picture of my crotch."
Beyonce sings at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
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• Beyonce wore Pucci to the 2013 Inauguration and rode the buzz from her rousing national anthem performance (for one reason or another...) throughout the week.
• Lady Gaga's Inaugural Ball gown made headlines this week, not just because people were forced to delay gratification of seeing it (no press pics allowed at that party!), but also because her ball gown was, well, a gown covered with balls.
• Taylor Swift posed as Rapunzel for Disney Parks' new ad campaign this week. Even though this shouldn't be that surprising given T.Swizzle's track record with fairy-tale themes (Enter "Love Story"), we're still super excited about it.
• Kanye West added another mask to his wardrobe with the cherry red balaclava he wore to Maison Martin Margiela's Paris Fashion Week show. Either that or Yeezy's more serious than we thought about warding off flu season.
• We learned what Justin Bieber's hair looks like in the morning. Spoiler alert: international pop stars are not immune to bedhead! #peacockhair
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Katy Perry sports a new look on "The Ellen Degeneres Show."
Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Katy Perry ranks among a very special legion of pop stars who change up their looks at BREAK-NECK speed. From Uncle Sam chic to Roy Lichtenstein latex to straight-up classic glamour, Katy's propensity for sartorial shape-shifting is nothing new. Or at least, it shouldn't be? Somehow, though, she manages to shock with each new outfit, especially this handlebar moustached game show host style transformation she underwent for her pal Ellen DeGeneres's birthday.
Ever heard of London Loves LA? It's a UK-based e-boutique that sells thrifted and vintage items — everything from tees to leather to accessories — that sister Sophie and Ella source from "secret Los Angeles locations." Also, if you're a One Direction fan, Harry Styles LOVES this place! Remember this "Hipsta Please" shirt Harry sported back in June? It's a Kid Dangerous design brought to Harry courtesy of *drumrollll* the London Loves LA ladies. Well, according to the 1D dude's Twitter, he linked up with the tee-toting sisters earlier this week, and they've stocked Mr. Styles up with a few more shirts from their selective stock!
Kanye West wears a red mask to last night's Maison Martin Margiela Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show.
Photo: Splash News
Soooo are masks Kanye West's new thing or is the bright red balaclava he wore to Maison Martin Margiela's Paris Haute Couture show last night just his way of trying to beat the cold? We know it's skin-crackingly frigid over here on the East Coast, but this knit face-covering seems a little extreme for the cool 34°F (not even below freezing!!!) the City of Lights caught last night. This meteorological knowledge plus Ye's recent history with masks lead us to believe only one thing: Kanye wore this cherry red ski mask in the name of FASHUN.
Welp, looks like Justin Timberlake got us again. In the wee hours of this Thursday morning, JT dropped the full version of his "Suit & Tie" lyric video not even a full day after taunting us with this delicious teaser. We were surprised as it was to see Timberlake actually starring in the lyric video (clad in swoon-worthy Tom Ford BTW), but the full version is way exceeding our expectations. While there's no Jay-Z cameo (and accordingly, JT would be right to save that for the official music video) nor is there a fitting room montage à la The Sweetest Thing, there are a HEFTY number of outfit changes. Thus, we're breaking this bad boy down look by look — our first lyric video!
BRINGING FEDORAS BACK
A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" lyric video.
Photo: RCA Records
DAG NAB IT, JUSTIN. I thought we told you you didn't need fedoras anymore??? We suppose it's part of your signature steez, and it lends to the classic Sinatra/Rat Pack thing you're embodying both with your career and this song in particular, but man... Truthfully, you don't need them. In the same breath, you've definitely done worse, so I guess we'll suck this one up.
DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump.
Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom
Happy humpday, everybody! For your weekly Wednesday helping of weird, I present to you: DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump. Part high-heeled Mary-Jane, part epic '90s flatform, and a dash of peeptoe, this Frankenshoe, brought to our attention courtesy of our friends at The Frisky and Incredible Things, is (in a word) confusing. The Mary-Jane and peeptoe steez evoke demure sweetness but that whopper of an inverted wedge is unmistakably head-turning and even a little badass. It's a (apologies in advance) walking contradiction! *ba dum TSHHHH* On top of trying to define this shoe's direct line of heritage, we want to know if you, dear readers, would wear it.
A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" lyric video.
Photo: RCA Records
We like to think of ourselves as a relatively insightful bunch here at MTV Style. Justin Timberlake drops a new single (his first solo dolo project since FutureSex/LoveSounds was released in 2006) called "Suit and Tie", and accordingly, we should expect whatever video comes with it will feature JT in a... *drumrollll* suit and tie! You don't need to be Nate Silver to predict that. And yet, we're STILL just as excited and slack-jawed and barely mustering up enough energy to fan ourselves with both hands to stall system overload from watching this 30-second teaser (JUST THE TEASER) of the "Suit and Tie" lyric video as if we had known nothing at all.