Taylor Swift for Keds.
Photo: Courtesy of Keds
IDK about you (~but I'm feeling 22~)(LOLJK), but when I heard that Taylor Swift's new Keds campaign was called "Bravehearts," I expected some kilts or at least a little swipe of blue face paint. A nod to the First War of Scottish Independence is decidedly NOT what T. Swizzle and her girl gang are all about here (but the ads are similarly uplifting?). Here's the major takeaway: There are a million ways to be brave. T. Swift and her band of merry sneaker-wearing pals reveal their acts of courage while modeling the brand's Spring 2014 collection. From learning a new language to dying your hair (and we're assuming revolution can fall under here as well), the ads encourage girls everywhere to just go for it. Jump in with both feet (get it?), if you will.
Erykah Badu and Riccardo Tisci for 'V' magazine.
Photo: V Magazine
Erykah Badu’s relationship with Givenchy keeps getting better. Not only did the neo-soul songstress partly inspire the fashion house’s Afrocentric-meets-Japanese spring collection, she was also tapped to star in their campaign. And it’s one of the better ones of the season, with Badu flawlessly modeling some of the collection’s strongest looks, like the off-the-shoulder beaded mask tapestry and the deconstructed tux kimono with a top hat. In a batch of campaign photos Badu posted to her Facebook page, she also mixes pieces from Spring '14 with ones from past seasons and her signature turban.
Solange just released a TON of sneak-peek pics from her "Girls of Blaze" Disc Collection campaign for Puma, and you better grab your sunglasses because this ish is BRIGHT. Her debut as art director for the sporty kicks brand dropped in November, and while the focus there was prints on prints on prints, these ads are all about color on color on color. And we are INTO IT.
Rita Ora for Material Girl
Photo: Courtesy of Material Girl
If you're in major need of a pick-me-up on this icy day, might we suggest peeping Rita Ora's brand new Material Girl campaign? (The polar vortex better watch its back, because these pics are HOT.) While the Fall 2013 campaign for Madonna's clothing line with her daughter, Lola, featured Rita posted up alongside prominent London landmarks, the Spring 2014 portfolio is all about Miami! Rita shows off the new collection as she struts down Ocean Drive and leans on vintage cars, and the clothes definitely reflect her summery attitude.
Honestly, we would have been perfectly happy with the first set of Erykah Badu campaign photos for Givenchy. They're refreshing and statuesque, and though they're few in number, just the fact that EB is fronting this thing is good enough for us. But then (THEN), she posted six new pics on Facebook showing off pieces from the fashion house's Spring/Summer 2014 collection with iconic items from the recent past like the Rottweiler tee, the star collar, and the Pieta print (all magnified by her own natural beauty).
Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevigne, Eliza Cummings, and A$AP Rocky for DKNY.
Photo: DKNY's YouTube Page
With all of the brands that A$AP Rocky name drops in “Fashion Killa”—all 27, to be exact—it’s pretty crazy that it took this long for one of them to tap the song as a promotional soundtrack. Fittingly, DKNY, who already released a print campaign featuring A$AP, is the first. In the video for DKNY’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, perrrfectly timed for the Super Bowl this Sunday, master funny face-maker Cara Delevigne tosses a football around Times Square with fellow models Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cummings while they’re all wearing sporty logo-emblazoned gear by the brand. Rocky is tossed the ball only once. Ladies, look to Rocky: He's open, he's open! Football has never looked so fun. Seriously though, when’s the last time you saw someone crack a smile while throwing around a football? When’s the last time you saw someone spike a football while standing on a taxi? #CaraDelevingnesTouchdownFace
Elle Fanning for Miu Miu.
Photo: Miu Miu
All in favor of adding a Best Manic Pixie Dream Girl in a Fashion Promo category to the Oscars lineup this year? AYEEEE! We're pretty sure any of the four ladies from Miu Miu's new Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video would walk away victorious. As we already knew, the fashion house wisely chose Elle Fanning, Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bella Heathcote to headline their newest campaign. But you guys, NOTHING can adequately prepare you for the epileptic romp that is this commercial, shot by photographer duo Inez and Vinoodh.
Set to a techno Porter Robinson track, the video includes about 75 zillion shots (more or less) in the span of a minute. While each separate shot could easily be isolated and repurposed for print, the video game quickness of the chopped-and-screwed final edit is way cooler, especially with addition of translucent Miu Miu patterns overlaying the footage. You really have to watch this thing a couple dozen times to pick up on all the nuances, but let us help you out with a basic fashion breakdown...
A few looks from Nicki's spring line.
Photos: @nickiminaj's Instagram
With most of the country reaching below-freezing temperatures this week, it's getting kind of hard to remember what spring feels like. Dresses without tights? Never heard of such a thing. Open-toed shoes? Those don't exist! Shorts, you say? WTH are SHORTS? *rocking in a corner in the fetal position because it's warmest* Don't worry, Barbz—it'll all come back soon enough. Just let Nicki Minaj take the reins from here.
Stacked with brights, pastels, and a whole lotta leg, Nicki Minaj's spring collection for Kmart has us longing for the days when our snow boots were covered in dust in the back of our closets. Minaj posted a slew of preview pics on her Instagram, revealing several new silhouettes and prints. (But everything's still totally true to Nicki, e.g., skin-tight, bootylicious, etc.)
Sky Ferreira for Maison Kitsune.
Photo: Maison Kitsune
Back in November, we were gifted a single shot from Sky Ferreira's campaign for Maison Kitsune. Grungy and glamorous, Ferreira almost made us think that we too could wake up in our winged eyeliner looking just as low-maintenance luxe. Almost. Then we tried it and were horrified by the drippy-eyed monsters we saw in the mirror. Thankfully, Kitsune FINALLY released some new pics for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, and we're, like, 90% sure we can actually pull off some of these other NYC-based shots ourselves. (Given the right Instagram filter, a tiny dose of Photoshop, and every single amazing piece from the brand's "New Wave" line, that is.)