Travi$ Scott for Mr Porter.
Photo: Mr Porter/Beau Grealy
"I just hate stuff that's not fresh," Travi$ Scott tells Mr Porter, the menswear e-tailer who's snapped a slew of sexy men (including Miguel, Jared Leto, and A$AP Rocky) in the FRESHEST of designer duds. "Fresh is about maintaining an ill aesthetic at all times." True to his word, Scott kicked back at the shoot looking nothing less than that, wearing only black suede Balmain biker trousers and a few gold chains.
But as the first of Porter's pictures prove, the 21-year-old Kanye West protege had no problem transforming from shirtless and tat-strapped to a casually dapper rapper, dressed in a crisp, white Christophe Lemaire button-up, black sweatpants by Neil Barrett, and slip-on sneakers by Maison Martin Margiela. (We assume that the diamond-lined grill is his own, and are not-so-secretly stoked that there's no mention of Porter's interviewer getting to swap spit like we did last year at the VMAs. *brushes shoulders off*)
Lupita Nyong'o talks to 'Essence.'
You know how sometimes you just get so sick of your hair that you threaten to chop it all off? (Personally, I feel that way every summer. Subway neck sweat is NOT cute.) Well, Lupita Nyong'o, whose close-cut 'do has been the envy of everyone, waited almost two decades before indulging that urge. In a behind-the-scenes video from her forthcoming photo shoot with Essence, Nyong'o admits that the motivation behind her now-famous look was, in short (heh), laziness.
"I didn't always wear my hair short," she says. "In my adolescence, I always had long hair and it was relaxed. As of the age of 19, I just got really fed up with always going to the salon and it taking so much effort to look presentable before you leave the house. So, I just one day decided to cut it off, and I cut it all off! I was a skinhead and my mother was unamused," she says with a smirk and a giggle befit for her teenage self.
Shirley Kurata and Lena Dunham on the set of Dunham's book shoot.
Photo: @officialautumndewilde's Instagram
For an actress who's regularly in her underwear (or less) on screen, it makes perfect sense that Lena Dunham would be similarly outfitted in the shoot for her debut book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned." Most authors' photos (you know, the ones on the back flap of the jacket with bios and accolades) are rigid and reserved, snapped from the shoulders up like a practiced school portrait. A very practiced, non-pimply, precisely outfitted school portrait, but a school portrait, nonetheless. Then again, most authors don't (1) have their first Vogue cover before their first book release and (2) have styling and photography help from Shirley Kurata and Autumn de Wilde.
Rita Ora performs at Philipp Plein's Fall 2014 runway show.
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Attention, up-and-coming female musicians: There's a new standard for "making it," and it ain't playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. (Although, that's probably not a bad indication, either.) Just like Angel Haze before her and Iggy Azalea predating that (AND the incomparable Grace Jones ahead of them all), Rita Ora made a surprise appearance at Philipp Plein's runway show yesterday, providing the live soundtrack for his "American Dream"-themed Fall 2014 collection.
Ora emerged on the stage from a custom-made, black matte El Camino, wearing a black, ruffled, high-low skirt (#RitasLeftLeg), a sweater with a gold braided band, and a gold studded ten-gallon hat and matching studded cowboy boots. And while her entire outfit was no doubt provided by the designer himself, Ora got SERIOUSLY hooked up with those boots—which, at the time of her show-opening performance, hadn't even gone down the runway yet. (But when they did, NAOMI CAMPBELL was rocking them in silver.)
Britney's new and newer 'dos!
Photos: Splash News/@britneyspears' Instagram
Just when we were starting to get used to Britney Spears' prodigal return to her follicular roots, it looks like Brunette-ney up and changed her hair color yet again, y'all—which makes her new hue the third tint she's tried out this year. (Cue "Oops...I Did It Again" and/or "My Prerogative.") Spears started the year off as a blonde, toyed around with chestnut brown for the better part of February, and, according to pap pictures and fan photos from a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, is currently rocking a rich, red hue.
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Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace go together like peanut butter and jelly, like eggs and bacon, like stick-straight platinum extensions and deep tans (at least where the singer and the designer are concerned). And much like a newlywed couple fresh off their honeymoon, the perfectly paired duo just cannot stop gushing about one another. After Gaga penned an ode to Versace with her song "Donatella," Versace paid tribute to her bestie by making her the face of her label's new campaigns. As if that weren't enough, now Donatella has shown her love for Mother Monster by singing her praises with an essay in V magazine.
Lorde in 'Vogue.'
Lorde's goth-leaning style is more than just a fleeting trend. From the sensible pantsuit she chose for her performance at the Grammys to the glittering, glamorous Tom Ford gown she wore last night at the Brit Awards, her typically dark palette is decidedly not a reflection of doom and gloom and teenage angst. In fact, her onstage outfits indicate an incredibly mature sense of self.
Katy Perry performs at the 2014 Brit Awards.
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There are some things about history that you'll never learn in school. Like, for example, what a modern day rave might have looked like in ancient Egypt. Thankfully, Katy Perry was able to fill in that blank during her performance today at the 2014 Brit Awards. After previewing her Egyptian-themed video for "Dark Horse" last week, Perry had all of Britain bowing down before her when she took the stage as the magical, mystical, totally trippy Queen Katy Patra.
Perry Patra descended upon her (mostly) shirtless subjects aboard a golden chariot, as Egyptian queens do, wearing a high-neck, neon leotard with a coordinating jacket that may or may not have been stolen from the tomb of Isis. (JK, it's all custom-made by Nicolas Jebran, and I seriously doubt color technology was this advanced back then anyway.)
Looks from Tom Ford's Fall 2014 collection.
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Tom Ford debuted his Fall 2014 collection in London yesterday and we NEED to talk about it. Let's start with the basics: Ford sent two identical dresses down the runway (in black and orange), both of which were emblazoned with the shorthand version of everyone's favorite lyric from Jay Z's "Tom Ford" and the year the designer was born (1961).
Ford called his design, "a knockoff of the knockoff"—a concept we last heard when M.I.A. drew inspiration for her Versus Versace collection from the knockoff Versace items sold on the street by bootleggers. The knee-jerk reaction is to assume that Ford was merely referring to a similarlyprinted BBP tee that Jay Z rocked back in December on his Magna Carta World Tour (and has been seen wearing again in Bey's most recent vacation photos). But that only accounts for one "knockoff": his own of the BBP shirt. Confused? Don't be. There's a simple explanation.
Much to the dismay of naysayers/trend forecasters everywhere, nail art ain't goin' nowhere, y'all. In fact, I'm happy to report that it's alive and well and majorly #THRIVING on the Fall 2014 runways at New York Fashion Week. Nail artists pulled out all the stops this season with a brand new class of innovative designs, patterns, textures, and shapes. If you're still struggling to paint both hands without going through an entire bag of cotton balls and polish remover (no shade), you might want to take some notes. Unless you're into the finger-dipped trend, in which case, carry on. Check out our picks for the most creative nail art designs from New York Fashion Week after the jump!
Nail art at The Blonds.
Photos: Getty Images/CNDworld's Instagram
Here we have a small sampling of the nail art The Blonds sent down the runway for their Fall 2014 show. Welp, that'll do it, ladies and gentlemen. I think we can all go home now. They won nails. Congrats, CND. I don't even know how to describe half of these, because they are SO insanely detailed. Also because there are SO many. Like, there's at least fifteen in plain view. And that's not even counting those pink pointy suckers (which would no doubt get flagged as weapons by the T.S.A.). Just when we thought it couldn't get more diverse than last season's show, The Blonds went and outdid themselves. Literally.
Nail art at Cushnie Et Ochs.
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Cushnie et Ochs called in their BFF manicurist, Pattie Yankee, for this stiletto-tipped, iridescent, oil-slick paint job that created a holographic illusion in certain kinds of light. HOLOGRAPHS, people. On fingernails. What's next? A life-size projection of a shirtless 2Pac performing the show's soundtrack? (Hey, it could happen.)