Azealia Banks in a Balmain jacket and Beyond Retro Hoodie.
Photo: Dazed & Confused/Sharif Hamza
It was the gasp heard round the internet last week, when word started to spread that Azealia Banks' Dazed & Confused cover was going to be banned in seven countries. Seven! That's just madness. More mad than that, even, was the fact that when all this hullabaloo was going on hardly anyone, besides the people at Dazed themselves, had actually even seem the cover. Needless to say, our minds began to wander, and with the little bit of information that we had (pink phallice, "held up like a cigar"), we were left without too many words besides, "I wonder when we'll see it." Not to say that we're easily scandalized, or at all precious with our lady rap stars. Indeed, Azealia has a tendency towards evocative, sexualized lyrics, so it's only appropriate that she would carry over her performance persona into her press presence. When the cover was finally revealed, lurid, fuchsia condom "cigar" and all, we have to say we kind of dug it. Sure, it's a little bit, um, squirm inducing and we probably wouldn't want to read it around our grandma (we already saw Black Swan with her and that was awk enough for our whole lives, thanks), but Azealia looks totally mermaid-ilicious in a Balmain vest and seapunk-seafoam locks that we can't stop staring at.
Azealia Banks and Diplo on the cover of 'VIBE.'
Photo: Courtesy of VIBE
Helloooo, new music power duo alert! We've already gotten wind of Azealia Banks and Diplo's double explosion of hip hop amazingness a few months ago, when Azealia dropped her Diplo-produced track at a Chanel event in Tokyo. Now they've joined forces again, this time around sharing the spotlight on the cover of VIBE. It actually makes total sense, considering how much these two have in common; besides securing some prime music chart real estate, the pair has also emerged as the fashion world's newest music darlings. They've both repped downtown designer Alexander Wang in ad campaigns and stylish vids (Azealia's the newest face, whereas Diplo showed off his own good looks a few seasons back), and we can always count on their rad personal style to kill it both onstage and off.
FINALLY! Lady Gaga's been dropping hints about her new September VOGUE cover ever since we reported wayyy back in the summer that she was confirmed to grace the glossy. Now the wait is over...and let's just say it was totally worth it. She debuted the photos via Twitter last night, and they.are.amazing. Honestly, we weren't sure what to expect-would she work a similar cropped bob and severe makeup as her last VOGUE cameo? Would she channel her Bride alias like she did for L'Uomo Vogue? Turns out Mother Monster did a total 180, showing off her glam hourglass figure in a violet Marc Jacobs gown and sky-high blonde hair. Gaga's muse for her look? She said last night of the cover, "I'm totally channeling fozzibear," and also "Who else sees me channeling Ru Paul on the cover of VOGUE." Hey, if there's ANYONE who can turn a Muppett and a drag queen into a high fashion mashup, it's Gaga.
Gwen Stefani in Oscar de La Renta in September's 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Harper's Bazaar'
Chalk it up to her SoCal upbringing or unofficial membership to the boys' club (which you get when you're the only girl in an all-dude band), but Gwen Stefani doesn't normally do pink. Black tank tops? Sure. Baggy printed pants? Obviously. But Barbie pink? Not so much. However, the musician, designer and mom goes high fashion in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, working designers like Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Jil Sander, and, not so shockingly, totally kills it. This is the lady who singlehandedly convinced us to buy an animal print suit, after all. But proving that she hasn't ditched her low-maintenance roots entirely, Gwen completes the couture dresses with a messy topknot and gorgeous, everyday makeup. See?! In this case, opposites really DO attract.
Miley Cyrus for "Marie Claire."
Photo: Courtesy of Marie Claire
Before we get started, let's give you a minute to pop your eyeballs back into your skull. Truthfully, have you ever seen Miley Cyrus look sooooo #FASHUN as in this Marie Claire September issue cover shoot? This is not to say that the girl doesn't look fashionable every day because that's just wholly untrue. Miley is one of the most fashion-forward PYTs in the game, early-adopting trends with reckless abandon and 100% KILLING THEM. We just mean we just had the wind knocked out of us by the happy amalgamation of this costume jewel encrusted Christian Dior frock, the side-swept tousled bob, and the expert-status broken-down doll Miley is giving that would bring a tear to Miss J. Alexander's eye.
Kreayshawn models BAPE at the flagship store.
Photo: Courtesy of i-D Magazine
It's no secret that we at MTV Style are head-over-heels in love with Kreayshawn. I mean, what's not to love, y'all? A great eye for style, killer eyeliner skills, swag pumping out her ovaries, and, oh yea, she's been IMMORTALIZED in BAPEd-out fashion! We told you the BAPE x Kreayshawn limited edition tees were on their way, but that's not where the streetwear meets Oakland rapper collisions end. i-D magazine caught up with Kreay during a visit to the London flagship store, shot some video and photos, and thankfully, shared the wealth with the Interwebz.
Katy Perry is pretty in pink on Elle's September cover.
Photo: Elle/Carter Smith
The September issues are coming! The September issues are coming! With the summer quickly waning (can you believe it's already August?) and fall creeping in through the cracks between our tired air conditioners, it's only natural that we're starting to get giddy about the fall fashion mag onslaught. Imagine our excitement when we learned that Katy Perry would be the September cover girl for Elle! Ever since her space-alien-chic photo spread in Vogue Italia, we've awaited every new Katy cover with rapt anticipation, wondering if she'll go back to her old sunshine and sparkles style, or if we'll see more of the austere, boundary pushing Katy we saw in that shoot. The Elle cover is something of a combination of the two, we have to say--Katy is sporting an ultra long, super straight version of the purple and black mane she's been sporting as of late, a curve hugging bubblegum pink dress with, yes, sparkles, and our favorite part, yin-yang nails. Katy tweeted a photo of the tips almost two months ago, with the caption "light cannot exist without darkness," and we're pretty certain this is the very same mani.
If there's one gal that is effortlessly gorgeous 24/7, it's Selena Gomez. In the September issue of Teen Vogue, the singer/actress/all around mini mogul let her natural beauty shine through in barely-there makeup and breezy hair while perusing the gorgeous Malibu shore. She sported a chambray American Eagle Outfitters shirt tied at the waist over a floral Jill Stuart bralet that we LOVE. She finished the look with a gold Gucci necklace, stacked rings, and Giles & Brother bracelet. Oh, and if you're wondering how Selena manages to look SO at ease in this cover shot, we think it has a litttttle something to do with how she related to the clothes she was wearing on set. Selena said, "It was really comfortable. It probably described my style more than any shoot I've done." Aww, that's what we like to hear!
Tavi Gevinson on the current issue of Bust.
Photo: Courtesy of Bust
It's rare that you get to see someone, who isn't a famous musician or actress, grow up before your eyes, but that has certainly been the case with Tavi Gevinson. Not to say that she's even "grown up" just yet--the Rookie editor is still only 16, but it seems like ages since she was a wide eyed 11 year old attending her first fashion week. Tavi is on the cover of Bust magazine this month, interviewed by one of her fellow Rookie editors about everything from her disillusionment with the fashion world, which occurred when Anna Wintour asked her, "When do you go to school?" while sitting front row with Tavi during fashion week, to her plans for the future. On the cover, Tavi is wearing her blond hair in the beehive hairdo that she taught so many girls how to do themselves on Rookie, and a soft, sage colored turtleneck sweater. Is it just us, or does the blogger-wunderkind look more than a little bit like Michelle Williams? It takes your breath away how much the teenager has changed since her days experimenting with hair color and layering, but it's also just right, and what being a teenager is all about.
Tavi looks California cool.
Photo: Courtesy of Bust Magazine
Inside the mag, Tavi looks more like herself, in a combination of colors and prints from the 90's, and classic pieces, calling to mind classic 50's high school style and the on-screen ingenues of the 60's. Flowery Dr. martens are paired with a printed poodle skirt and fruit punch colored lips, as Tavi sits on a garden wall that would not be out of place in her much beloved California, where she says she plans to move after high school. Read the article and see more photos here.
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Robert Pattinson on the cover of 'BlackBook.'
Photo: Autumn De Wilde/ 'BlackBook'
Robert Pattinson can pull off a sleek Gucci suit like nobody's business, but we all know that the Cosmpolis star would rather wear beat-up jeans and a comfy t-shirt over formalwear any day. This is why we're excited to see him in his signature lowkey style, gracing the cover of BlackBook's fashion issue, no less. Oh, and did we mention it's the perfect excuse to take a break from all the K.Stew cheating drama while STILL getting your R.Patz fix? Well, it is. Fashion photographer Autumn de Wilde (who's also responsible for those gorgeous Rodarte x Los Angeles Philharmonic images) shot the actor in a California roller rink dressed in graphic tees, jeans, and the occasional plaid shirt. Spoiler alert: he wears them all very well.