Kanye West was full of fashion-centric quotables this year.
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Aside from the birth of his first child, an epically romantic proposal to girlfriend/baby mama Kim Kardashian, and releasing one of the most critically debated albums of the year, which was then accompanied by a massive, production-heavy national tour, 2013 was kinda quiet for Kanye West, amirite?? I mean, like, we BARELY heard a peep outta the guy! *pauses for effect, then busts up in belly laughs* NAAAHHHHTTTTT. If anything, we've never heard so much of Yeezy. Especially on the topic of fashion.
Ye's year-long commentary on/battle with the fashion industry has kept us busy for the duration of 2013. Between lyrics likening his experience putting together his own line to picking cotton and others that publicly acknowledge Forever 21, Mr. West gave his
2 infinity cents on the subject of style, and we've distilled the stand-outs.
Is Kanye collaborating with A.P.C. again?
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By now, it’s become routine for Kanye x A.P.C. collaborations to be revealed on the low in magazine profiles—which is seriously shocking given how vocal Ye is. Recall how the pair’s first time working together was revealed in one unassuming sentence—"That might be accomplished by his new men’s capsule collection of jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies for a hip French brand, to be unveiled in July"—that took a few glances to unearth thanks to the endless Yisms sprinkled throughout the piece. Well, according to a recent profile of A.P.C.’s founder Jean Touitou at Business of Fashion, the pair will unleash another capsule collection. "If I do a collection with Kanye West, obviously I’m taking risks," Touitou told BoF, who then wrote "Touitou confirms that A.P.C. will collaborate with...Kanye West...again."
Nicki Minaj models a dress from the spring line of her Kmart collection.
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Back in early November, Nicki Minaj posted a photo to her Instagram wearing a chain-print dress from her Nicki Minaj Collection for Kmart, which wasn't included in the fall line. That got us wondering whether her Minajesty was, in fact, designing a second season for Kmart and, well, we just got our answer: She is!
Nicki, after a brief Instagram and Twitter hiatus (never leave us again!), posted pictures of herself in a multicolored graffiti-print dress with the caption, "NickiMinajSpringCollection #SneakPeak." This print is definitely new, but the signature cut and fit resembled her fall collection. It seems safe to say most of Nicki's designs are going to be both tight and short. Or they'll work with no shirt on underneath. Every designer has her classic looks.
Bieber's new kicks?
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Over the weekend, Justin Bieber shared a photo of some fresh white kicks with the caption, "New Adidas I designed." Say whaaat? Man, Bieber really IS following in Kanye's footsteps. First, he wears a kilt in his "All That Matters" video, and now he's designing shoes for Adidas? Swag. Unfortunately, other than this Instagram post, little information has been shared about this apparent collaboration. One source told us that they could possibly hit shelves in the spring, but nothing will be confirmed until after the holidays. HMPH! *crosses arms, pouting* We don't appreciate being teased, especially where shoes are concerned. Shoes and/or Justin Bieber, actually. (The lengthy lead-up to that short film for The Key was pure agony.)
Looks from the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's December 2013 collection.
Life's a beach for Lauren Conrad right now. In the last two months alone, she's managed to nab a Cosmo cover AND one seriously studly fiancé. If I were LC, I'd be like, "Welp! I think that pretty much covers it for 2013. My job here is done." But instead of coasting through the remainder of December, Conrad decided to go all can't stop/won't stop on us by releasing a ton of sneak-peek pics from her latest LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's collection, which will hit stores later this month. Stacked with cozy knit sweaters, dainty dresses, and collared blouses, the winter line has made life (no joke) an ACTUAL beach for the designer, who modeled the collection on the sandy shores of Southern California.
Kanye West outside of Hot 97 studios.
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Forget the Kanye West shoe collaboration you knew/loved/couldn't afford: Ye is leaving Nike for adidas. (How much are the existing Air Yeezys gonna go for now? Like, 10 billion dollars?) Kanye nonchalantly announced his new partnership during an interview with Hot 97 yesterday and while royalties seem to be the driving force behind the swap, adidas also offers more (dare we say it?) clothing design opportunities for Ye.
The Nike x Kanye partnership made total sense: Kanye loves Nikes and, as he mentioned in the Hot 97 interview, Yeezys made people excited for shoes in a way they hadn't been since the first release of Air Jordans. Kanye was the first and at the time for first inking the deal, only non-athlete working with Nike, which made him special, which, as we all know, is Kanye West's #1 fave thing. However, when Nike teamed up with Eminiem, the company was suddenly "not doing [him] any favors." And so, it seems if Kanye isn't going to be special anymore, he'd rather get royalties, which Nike wasn't offering to him.
Ke$ha in the music video for "Timber."
Photo: Pitbull's Facebook page
After performing "Timber" together for the first time Sunday night at the American Music Awards, Pitbull and Ke$ha released the music video for their song via Pitbull's Facebook page yesterday. And it is SAUCY. Basically, it's kind of like they took two different music and spliced them together to look like one big global party. In the first, Ke$ha has a sexy hoedown in a saloon with a bunch of Coyote Ugly-types, while the second features Pitbull doing a lot of sexy dancing at a pristine beach with a ladyfriend. There's also some stray sharks swimming around, but they aren't very sexy at all.
Step aside, Angelina's right leg. There's a new show-stealing limb in town and it belongs to Gwen Stefani. More than a month after announcing that she'd be collaborating with OPI on her very own nail polish collection, Stefani flashed some majorly toned leg in one of two new promo pics posted on Twitter. Hey baby, hey baby, HEY. Both shots are totally drenched in a deep, rich red—from her dual-slit, Asian-inspired gown to her lips, nails and the background itself. It's striking, for sure, but it also happens to be the line's signature shade: Over & Over A-Gwen. SO PUNNY!
Leave it to Beyonce to give the world an exclusive sneak peek of her hubby’s highly anticipated and buzzed about holiday collection with luxury retailer Barneys. While the power couple attended a launch event at the flagship store in New York City to celebrate Jay Z’s latest collaboration, Beyonce took to Instagram to rep her man in all-Shawn-Carter-everything. Now ladies, if you caught yourself singing, "If I were a boyyyyyy, I'd shop Barney's Holiday Collection, too", don't fret. Beyonce is out to prove that Jay's got something for the ladies, too.
Let's start from the top. Beyonce is rockin’ the heck out of that snapback isn't she?! Now, this is no ordinary fitted, Barneys' Mixed Exotics Brooklyn Cap is a python brimmed leather Just Don sports cap with a $875 price tag. Then, there’s her sporty puffer jacket. This limited edition leather-sleeved varsity jacket is crafted with black channel-quilted nylon and costs a whopping $2,295. But money ain't a thang when you've got pockets like the Carters, right?
Ke$ha’s jewelry collaboration, Kesha Rose by Charles Albert, has been on shelves for a few months now. Any Animal will tell you that it’s totally weird, which is both a compliment and a testament to Ke$ha’s ability to translate her ~unique~ style sensibilities to an entire line of accessories. The pieces are broken up into mini-collections and are stacked with stunning stones, spikes, blue roses (her signature symbol) and penises. Yup, penises. Big, small, on rings, earrings and a necklace, the cartoonish male genitalia is undoubtedly the most *achem* recognizable item in the bunch.