Danny Brown in Uniqlo's "Life in a Minute" video portrait.
Photo: © Keith Haring Foundation. Licensed by Artestar, New York
The creative geniuses over at Uniqlo have already given us some really cute clothes (and a case of hair envy!) to look forward to for spring 2013, but the Japanese retailer isn't finished quite yet. It's serving up another helping of style, this time starring the one and only Danny Brown. The rapper and former Mark McNairy model is part of the brand's UT TruckShop, a seasonal promotion that takes Uniqlo's rad new UT tees on the road... literally. Danny will join fellow faces like Miss Info and Curtis Kulig at pop-up events, performances and t-shirt stores around New York City this April. Before all THAT kicks off (his performance is this weekend!), check out Danny's new campaign video. His is the first of Uniqlo's "Life in a Minute" clips, which give us an intimate peek inside each artist's life in a mere 60 seconds. Watch it below, and find out more about the campaign here!
Courtney Love for Saint Laurent Paris.
Photo: Hedi Slimane/Dazed Digital
As far as fashion rock stars are concerned, Hedi Slimane is the top of the heap, so it's only natural that he would enlist the help of some actual rock stars for his latest Saint Laurent Paris portrait series. We already shared the first glorious image, of Marilyn Manson, with you last week, and now we have not one but THREE more images from the campaign for you to feast your eyes upon. Slimane recruited Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink to style themselves in looks from past and present collections, and the results are austere, brooding portraits that function almost as a branded extension of Slimane's ongoing Rock Diary project. Initially we thought this was Slimane's latest SLP campaign, but further info courtesy of Dazed has revealed that like with all of his endeavors the boundary pushing designer-slash-photographer isn't doing anything the traditional way.
You know, we're starting to get used to this whole Saint Laurent Paris thing. Sure, we miss the ol' YSL days, but ever since former Dior Homme creative director Hedi Slimane took over the fashion brand, we've been loving his black and white ads that feature moody portraits of our favorite musicians. Earlier this year, Beck was front and center in his campaigns and Grimes even collaborated on a capsule collection with the designer. But you'd never guess who Hedi picked as the face of his newest ad—Marilyn Manson! I mean, yeah, you probably knew from the headline and photo above because y'all can read, but, guys, this is uh-mazing.
Beyonce for H&M Summer 2013.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
Holy mother of announcements. THE RUMORS WERE TRUE. Beyonce really was shooting a campaign for Swedish retail juggernaut H&M in the Bahamas earlier this year, and boyoyoyoy, does she look beautiful! Just in time for the onslaught of spring (come on, Mother Nature—New York is ready for it...) AND for the kick-off of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour come April 15, H&M will soon begin rolling out commercials, print ads, and outdoor billboards for the fashion house's summer campaign starring "Beyonce as Mrs. Carter in H&M."
Rita Ora for Superga.
Photo: Courtesy of Superga
So we've been keeping some very close tabs on Rita Ora's new modeling gig as the face of Italian sneaker company Superga (see exhibits A, B, and C), but while much of our, uh, "research" thus far has been restricted to rumors and Instagram pics, now we can finally witness the campaign in all of its hi-res glory! Straight from the brand itself, these pics showcase Rita showing off her true sneaker steez— making even a long silk dress and a full face of makeup look streetwear-cool with her tan lowtops. Complete with soft, Marilyn Monroe-esque waves and retro sunglasses, Rita's look has fully convinced us to push the rest of our shoe stash aside for the moment. This spring, it's ALL about sneakers. #sorryimnotsorry
Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders.
Photo: Band of Outsiders
In a little under a year, Frank Ocean has catapulted from being relatively unknown to releasing a buzzworthy debut album (Channel Orange) and garnering Grammy accolades for said release. But it's not just the music world that Ocean is dominating, this past year, he's also been getting love from the fashion community, hobnobbing with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, posing for GQ magazine, attending his first-ever Fashion Week in Paris, and NOW, he's starring in his first ever fashion campaign. Frank is lending his smiling eyes and pearly whites to Band of Outsiders for the label's newest Polaroid campaign (previous stars have included Michelle Williams, Harry Potter dudes Rupert Grint and Tom Felton, and Kirsten Dunst), and the result is devastatingly heart-warming.
It seems like forever ago when we first announced that Rita Ora was replacing Alexa Chung as the new face of Superga—which, in blog years, 6 months totally is— but not to worry, because the singer's official campaign has landed! Rita is the face of the sneaker brand's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, and she Instagrammed a sneak peek of the ads earlier this morning. The debut image shows the pop star-slash-NEXT model chilling in the recording studio wearing the Italian label's classic white low tops. We're already extremely well-aware that Rita Ora is a steadfast sneaker fan, but rather than wearing them with maxi dresses or jumpsuits, this time the singer's paired 'em with lacy pink shorts and an off-the-shoulder sweater.
You know what's even better than those Sky Ferreira and Forever 21 Festival 2013 Capsule Collection photos we showed you last week? OK, even though a massive gift card to buy all the clothes for ourselves would be nice, right now we're actually talking about a fashion movie-meets-music video, starring the singer herself! And yes, it's totally happening. While shooting the ads at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, Sky and the F21 crew also did a little multitasking, crafting a whole new music vid for her super gorgeous single "Lost In My Bedroom." Aptly titled Desert Disco, the sun-drenched clip is THE perfect mashup of the breezy, concert-inspired collection and Sky's catchy soundtrack. In addition to checking out the video, peep our exclusive behind the scenes clip below! Makeup touch-ups, Sky goofing off on-camera...it's all here. So watch the sneak peek, and start your California dreaming early.
Taylor Swift in her Diet Coke commercial.
Photo: Entertainment Tonight/Diet Coke
We never thought we would hear Taylor Swift talking about aging gracefully, or at least not yet. But that's exactly what she talks about in Entertainment Tonight's behind the scenes interview on the set of her brand new Diet Coke commercial. She's not talking about wearing long sleeves and remembering to moisturize your neck, however. Taylor is talking about her personal style. We've actually been wondering, as of late, if Taylor has been taking more fashion risks, and it seems that she has, but for no reason other than the fact that she's a grown up lady now, and such things are appropriate. "In my life I've just tried to be the age that I am," Swift says, "so being 23, it's fun to play with your style, it's fun to kind of edge it up once in awhile." She goes on to joke about people saying she's being edgy by wearing shorts for a performance, laughing, "I'm wearing more clothes than anyone here!" We get it though, Tay, you want to try new looks, see what works (which could pretty much be the definition of being in your early 20s). Her new Diet Coke commercials show her playing around just that way, dressed up in everything from a red ball gown to a super tight, silver mini dress, with every other look along the way. We can't wait to see the full commercial, but in the meantime, watch the behind the scenes video after the jump!
Peter Vack in 7 For All Mankind's "A Beautiful Odyssey."
Photo: Courtesy of 7 For All Mankind
Have you guys been suffering from I Just Want My Pants Back withdrawals as much as we have? Yeah, it's rough. But we've got good news, because Jason— sorry, Peter Vack— has returned to the small screen! Well, kind of. The actor is the star of 7 For All Mankind's Spring 2013 campaign video, "A Beautiful Odyssey," which debuted yesterday online. Photographed and directed by the one and only James Franco and co-starring former hockey pro Sean Avery, the mini film is a choose-your-own-adventure story that's stocked with some soap opera-worthy scandal. Expect a botched wedding, a love triangle, and some hot and steamy moments (plus cute clothes, of course), and the best part is, YOU get to choose what happens. Intrigued? Find out more below!