Rihanna behind the scenes, working on her River Island collaboration.
Photo: River Island
Tomorrow's the day, everyone. Prepare yourselves: new Rihanna for River Island finally hits stores tomorrow. The collection has been teased since early July and last night we saw Rihanna and her blue lipstick attend its launch party, but tomorrow is the day the masses can get their hands on Rihanna designed and approved threads. We got our hands on some behind-the-scenes photos of Rih, and her style secret weapon slash co-designer, Adam Selman, putting finishing touches on the collection.
Alicia Keys for Reebok.
Photo: Courtesy of Reebok
We already know what you're thinking: Daaaang, Alicia Keys looks good. I mean, sure, we're used to seeing our girl sporting her Reebok Classics collection in public (it's been almost a year since she launched her debut shoes!), but there's something about her dark and sultry fall 2013 sneaks that really get us going. In the spring, she introduced some seriously colorful sneaker wedges, and this time she's bringing them back with a more winter-ready aesthetic. Think: navy blue, black, and red colorways with suede and reptile emboss detailing. Mama like!
Rihanna in London, at the launch of her newest Rihanna x River Island collection.
Photo: Getty Images
Another day, another opportunity for Rihanna to leave the house in a varsity jacket with no bra on underneath. Tuesday, amiright? Over the weekend Rih hit the New York pavement for a shirtless shopping spree, but she's in London now—different time zone—so she's allowed to repeat looks. And this outfit she wore to launch her Rihanna for River Island collabo is a whole lotta look. Let's break it down, shall we?
As far as we can tell, Nicki Minaj never met a form-fitting piece that she didn’t like. But what IS new is this particular head-to-toe outfit snap, which Minaj debuted on her Instagram earlier today, taken at the shoot for her Kmart collection. #OFFICIAL. We’ve seen that blue-and-gold Versace-esque baroque print before (on samples for a keyhole dress and this very same two-piece tracksuit), but this donked-out edition courtesy of Nicki's *achem* physique is braaand spankin’ new! But wait. Does this thing have Spanx sewn in? If not, can someone please come take away all of the pizza from the Greater New York area? Kthx.
Theo flashes his limited-edition jacket.
Photo: Surface to Air
Living it up isn’t JUST about wine and chocolate for musician Theophilus London. As evidenced by his many clothing collabos, the dude’s way into fashion, and he’s well on his way to being a certifiable cross-over. Remember that swiggity-sweet glow-in-the-dark bomber he previewed on Instagram earlier this year? Well, get ready to put your bills on hold because it’s officially available for purchase (and is exclusive to the U.S.)! That’s right, folks. For a mere (lolz) $850, you could be the proud owner of London’s limited edition, NASA-inspired, reversible jacket that he co-designed with Surface to Air. Last night, Theo launched his latest collaborative project with a special performance at the label’s New York Flagship store, and we were there to peep the action.
Rihanna is ready to rock.
Photo: badgalriri Instagram
Rihanna can now add "reality show producer" to her resume (a document which I'm not sure exists): her new show Styled to Rock will be hitting the Style Network on November 5th. Who better to discover the next big design talent than the rockstar herself? Oh, how about Pharrell Williams, model Erin Wasson, and Ri's stylist, Mel Ottenberg? Yeah, they'll def do.
Courtney Love belts out a ballad about Etsy.
Photo: Vanity Fair
FLASHBACK: At the 1995 VMAs, Courtney Love, the hard-rocking, hard-talking front woman of Hole, chucked her MAC makeup compact at Madonna during an interview with Kurt Loder. #Can’tBeTamed. Now, after nearly 25 years as the most unfiltered female in rock and roll, Love is a lot less concerned with crashing conversations and has turned her focus toward fashion.
Since serving as a dutiful muse to Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane, Love’s officially ready to kick her Never The Bride label (which debuted in 2011) into full gear. Ladies of the ‘90s, REV. YOUR. ENGINES! In fact, the OG of grunge chic apparently has plans to give Rodarte a run for their money. SCURRT! Yup. It’s like that.
Coming off the end of a U.S. tour, Love, who’s also releasing a memoir and heading back to Hollywood, recently phoned it in to Vanity Fair to talk about plans for her Victorian rebel collection, the pains of being popular and her six-figure online shopping addiction. Girl, we feel you. Not so much the six-figure stat, but binge shopping on the interwebz is most definitely a real problem. And the first step is admitting it. Here’s what we learned from the VF chat:
Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Jay-Z (in Rocawear) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Talk about a Throwback Thursday! Back before Kanye West was selling out high fashion white tee collaborations, before A$AP Rocky was a fashion killa, there was a Brooklyn boy by the name of Jay Z (though, it had a hyphen then) building himself from a businessman into a "business, man" with a little streetwear line he dubbed Rocawear. Using Roc-A-Fella Records as the foundation, Mr. Shawn Carter and his long-time business partner Damon Dash decided they would spin the MC's success into other creative business avenues. Before Hov was rocking Tom Ford, he was making a sartorial name for the R-O-C. And on what red carpet did Jay rep Rocawear in its debut year? The 1999 VMAs, DUH.
We think David Beckham is selling something here. Ab grease?
In the immortal words of Adam Sandler circa 1995, "Sooo hot! Want to touch the hiney! Awoooo!" You guys, David Beckham, 38, is shirtless again. No, not on the soccer field–he's definitely still in retirement. Besides, ain't nobody got time to watch an entire game when you're really only there for the celebratory money shot in the event of a win. This season, Sexy Becksy is kickin' it with H&M for his eponymous Fall 2013 Bodywear Collection. And if you remember the line's February debut (and smokin' hot, larger-than-life window adverts), this means that the dude isn't just shirtless–he's modeling manties, too.
Barbz, the moment has finally come--our leader/fashion god/head Barbie Nicki Minaj posted pics of her wearing some actual living, breathing pieces from her yet-to-be-released Kmart clothing collection on Instagram, and we're (appropriately) freaking out. Sure, we've peeped some samples in the showroom and weighed in on Nicki's design process early on, but it looks like the line is ready for us to get our grubby little hands on. (Cue: evil cackle with a perfectly-timed thunderclap.) First up, we peep Ms. Minaj in a matching printed long-sleeve (mock turtleneck?!) crop top and leggings ensemble that REALLY shows off her killer bod. (I mean, does this set come with a flat stomach because we're gonna need that too. Kthxbi.)