Let's appreciate Houston, y'all.
Photo: October's Very Own
Even though Drake is from Toronto—a fact we couldn't forget if we tried—he's shining the light on H-town this weekend with Houston Appreciation Weekend. And while Beyonce seems like a likelier host candidate for this kind of celebration considering it's (a) her hometown and (b) the inspiration behind her greatest unreleased song (IMHO) "Bow Down/I Been On," Drake has made the social centerpiece of this thing a pool party, which trumps all weirdness/confusion/side-eye I might have been harboring. I mean, who doesn't love a pool party? Anyway, we're guessing Bey would be proud of Drake's initiative. Also, there's merch.
Exotic Minajesty is coming.
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Usually when an artist releases a perfume it's tied to their album release, but in Nicki Minaj's case, her upcoming The Print Print means she has TWO different perfumes on the way: Onika and an "exotic edition" of Minajesty. (TBH, we wouldn't expect anything less from a woman who makes a portmanteau of her name and a royal title.)
Happy Birthday, Ye! Photo: Splash News
Today is Kanye West’s birthday, y’all! Judging by how epic his wedding was, we doubt Kanye will be skimping on the celebration for his his 37th year. Last year’s party guests included Beyonce, Jay Z, and Nas. While there’s no point in even trying to speculate how it will go down and what he will wear–with all of his designer friends, the possibilities are endless–we can say with relative confidence that there will be ice cream. Even if you haven’t obsessively followed photo trails of Kanye’s whereabouts over the years, surely you’ve seen the photo-turned-meme of 'Ye looking at his happiest while enjoying an ice cream cone. So, to help celebrate Kanye’s birthday, even if you don’t make this year’s uber-exclusive guest list, we rounded up some of the best ice cream-themed clothing online that you can wear in spirit. You don’t need Red Octobers to show your love for Yeezy.
If you’re lactose intolerant, maybe ease into showing your Yeezy pride with these subtle ankle socks. We wouldn’t want the temptation to be too strong—but these still send a message. Plus, priced at only $1.50, the commitment is low.
If College Dropout-era Kanye is your favorite, this Ben & Jerry's ice sweatshirt is perfect for you. Back in those days, Kanye was all about maximalism–the more logos the better. One of his first press images was of him carrying a Louis Vuitton backpack, so he definitely would have approved of this brand-centric sweatshirt. Nowadays, 'Ye’s all about minimalism.
Thanks to PacSun, your local mall is about to be cooler than it’s ever been. The mass retailer has been making serious strides in their offerings lately, from stocking their shelves with Yeezus tour merch to partnering up with streetwear brands Diamond Supply Co. and Been Trill. Now, come June 10, you’ll be able to cop the A$AP Mob’s style at any of their stores. While we’re still waiting for their debut studio album, you can at least shop their capsule collection.
Beyonce on the cover of 'T.'
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One thing 2014 has been lacking is Beyonce magazine covers. Save for her Out magazine cover, Bey has kept an especially low profile in the press since she released her self-titled opus last December. Lucky for us, that just changed: T, The New York Times style magazine, tapped the elusive Queen B for their new issue and, like the song goes, she’s looking flawless as ever.
Bey is killing it on the fashion front with her black Louis Vuitton dress and splashy jewel bib necklace. Though her hair is longer, it seems to be just as wet as it is in the "Drunk in Love" video—let's all agree to have wet hair all summer, K?
Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.
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At the CFDA Awards tonight where she's currently presenting the Womenswear Designer of the Year award, Lupita Nyong'o did just about the most deserving thing of that honor she could: She went out on a limb in the name of fashion, switching up her usual monochromatic gown game. Lupita completely slayed the red carpet in a splashy Suno jumpsuit.
Been watching 'Ghost World,' Katy?
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Uh, is it just us or has Katy Perry been spending her extra hours online, googling “counterculture?” Over the past few months, she’s dyed her hair slime green, shopped at VFILES, and even worn Lil B’s face on her dress, which is all to say she’s come a long way from her quirky pinup “I Kissed a Girl” days. Honestly though, we’re feeling this new Katy—especially her most recent look, which seems to nod to one of the greatest films ever made, at least if you ask me: Ghost World. It’s just one of those movies that sticks with you, scene by scene, pithy phrase by phrase, and, of course, outfit by outfit. So when we saw Katy wearing thick-framed glasses, a throwback grunge look with her faded slime green hair, combat boots, and a general air of apathy, we immediately thought of movie’s awesome protagonist Enid, played by Thora Birch.
Pharrell's Stan Smiths for Colette.
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We forgive you if you’re having trouble keeping up with all of Pharrell’s fashion and design collaborations. It seems like there’s a new one every week: Comme des Garçons perfume, a Kartell table lamp, compost jeans made by G-Star Raw—for the sake of time, we’re gonna stop here. But Pharrell’s latest collab makes more sense than any of his others. The singer/producer/current Adidas collaborator teamed up with upscale Paris retailer Colette on 10 custom pairs of Stan Smiths personally painted by Pharrell for a good cause: proceeds go toward his charity From One Hand to Another, which provides educational tools to underserved kids.
Aesthetically, this collaboration could have gone in two very different directions. This year, Pharrell has been spotted in yin and yang custom takes on the Stan Smith: a sparkling pair encrusted with Swarovski crystals and, for daytime, a crafty pair covered in doodles.
Lana Del Rey and her selfie on the cover of 'Intro.'
Photo: Intro Magazine
Considering #selfie was last year’s word of the year for Oxford Dictionary and every Instagram user on the planet, we’re not surprised to see that a magazine published an editorial spread consisting solely of smartphone portraits taken by its subject. But the fact that Lana Del Rey stars in that spread is not something we would have guessed. Over her three-year meteoric rise as Lana Del Rey, Lizzy Grant has positioned herself as the queen of all things vintage Americana. So, it’s pretty unexpected to see her through the lens of something as current as a selfie rather than a handheld grainy retro camera like the one used to shoot her “National Anthem” video. But the change of scenery—er, filter?—is suiting her well.
Check out Pharrell's first fragrance.
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We've known since last fall that Pharrell would be releasing a fragrance. In March it was announced that he would be collaborating with Comme Des Garcons on the scent and that it would be called "G I R L," just like his most recent album. We also found out that despite its name, the scent would be unisex. That preliminary info held us over for a few weeks, but we wanted more. We always want MOAR. Good news: Today Pharrell revealed the forthcoming bottle and what the fragrance would actually smell like to WWD.
The scent, packaged more like a sculpture than your average perfume bottle, is definitely something you’ll want to put on display. It features a colorful cartoon by Kaws, a friend of Pharrell's and the artist who designed the 2013 VMA Moonman, NBD. The 100-ml. bottle is priced at $135 and a 10-ml. travel size version costs $30.
While reading about a scent doesn't exactly reveal, y'know, what it smells like, it can help sculpt what to expect. For this unisex fragrance, you'll be sniffing on “top notes of neroli, lavender and white pepper; middle ones of iris, styrax and violet, and base ones of vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood and sandalwood,” according to WWD. Those things might sound a little out there on
paper a screen but–hey–we trust Pharrell.