Jay Z

Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Jay-Z (in Rocawear) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
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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.


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One Direciton

One Direction at "dance" rehearsal.
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Oh, good morning. Scratch "good," it's actually the best morning because we have all been treated to an exclusive video clip from One Direction's movie, This Is Us. Sweetening the deal? MR. HARRY STYLES ISN'T WEARING A SHIRT IN THE MAJORITY OF THE CLIP #heyyyyy. The sneak peek features the five 1D dudes discussing their feelings on boy bands and how they're different from their predecessors, *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, in particular, 'cause they don't dance. [Cut to dance rehearsal where they are attempting to shimmy and feign coordinating.] But who can even notice their moves, TBH, when Harry is parading around shirtless? Not me, that's 4 sure.


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Have you heard the NEWS? Drake is performing at the 2013 VMAs! Usually when announcements like this happen, we rack our brains and pour over the last few runway shows to come up with performance outfit predictions, but this time, we're doing thing a little differently because unlike the other VMA performers this year, Drizzy has his own (unofficial) Dress Up app. Obviously, that means we HAD to use it to create some "Started From The Bottom" stage ensemble suggestions.



Started from the bottom, now you're here.
Photo: Dress Drake App

Wanna make a real "now I'm HERE" style statement? This vibrant orange variety jacket + camp pants situation is a definite head-turner. Finish it off with some Jordan cements for that hypebeast cred.


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robert pattinson

New York 2013: Yup, looks about right. Robert Pattinson, Dior and the Chrysler Building are all still here.
Photo: Dior

FINALLY! Well, sort of. This summer, Dior has made an art out of the science of stretching things out. Every time the French fashion house released another still from their hotly-anticipated Dior Homme fragrance campaign with Robert Pattinson, it felt like our days got a little longer and our hearts sank a little deeper. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! (Other than serving as a constant reminder that R. Patz is definitely still the sparkliest of all former vampires.) IS HE EVER GOING TO TAKE HIS SHIRT OFF?! (Because we need to re-confirm the sparkle, natch.)


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One Direction

One Direction on the red carpet at the 'This Is Us' premiere.
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As you may know, our pals/husbands in One Direction are starring in their own feature film, a documentary, called This Is Us. The movie hits theaters August 30th (I'll be there at midnight, the only fan in the world old enough to go at midnight), but its world premiere was today in London and, among thousands of fans who camped out overnight (yeah, I was there, JK I MERELY WISH!!!!), were the five One Direction lads dressed in coordinated black-and-white ensembles, monochrome coordination that they're already familiar with. I took on the task of poring over hundreds of photos of the premiere—yeah, you're welcome—to break down each guy's look.


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We think David Beckham is selling something here. Ab grease?
Photo: H&M

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.


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Don't be so quick to *hold a beat* walk away. We have some BIG Video Music Awards news that's gonna rock your body, world, late-August schedule, EVERYTHING. Justin Timberlake (as in THE Justin Timberlake) is performing at the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25! Not only will JT be hitting the VMA stage for the first time in 6 years, but MTV is also doling out highest honors to Timberlake, presenting him with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. From his formative days in *NSYNC to this year's hotly anticipated (TWO PART) 20/20 Experience, from Justified to "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake's footprint on pop culture, especially in the music video space, is gigantic. SO, is there any better excuse than this to take a look back at Justin's contributions to music video fashion? (Answer: Nope.) Here are our top 10 favorite Justin Timberlake music video wardrobes of ALL-TIME. In GIFs!


Justin Timberlake

*NSYNC's 'I Want You Back' music video.
Photo: Trans Continental Records/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

Back in 1997, a little 5-man singing group called *NSYNC dropped their eponymously titled debut album. On that record was a track (#8, if we're getting really specific) called "I Want You Back." (P.S. If you don't get goosebumps during the boys' first staggered chord, you should probably close out of this browser tab now because this is not the post for you.) It was the group's first official single, and our music video introduction to Justin Timberlake. And what an intro it was. Single Sinbad earring, ripstop nylon jackets (like all the boys at school used to wear), an evident appreciation for over-sized sporty separates, and yea, the baby blues didn't hurt either.


Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' music video.
Photo: Zomba Recording/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

After *NSYNC, JT embarked on what has become a colossally successful crossover solo career. One of our favorite songs and music videos from his premier reinvention stage is now and will forever be "Cry Me A River," a Timbaland-produced kiss-off track inspired by the end of his relationship with Britney Spears. It was moody, somber, but still a little bit vengeful, and accordingly, Justin was clad in all black and soaking wet from rain. The static shots with his hood up are THE BEST.


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Harry Styles

Harry Styles teases the new One Direction perfume ad.
Photo: One Direction YouTube

As you probably have written on your calendar, One Direction's first fragrance, "Our Moment," hits shelves in 11 days, on August 25th. As you also probably know, the VMAs are that day. Is August 25th gearing up to be the greatest day in history? Yes. Yes, it is.

We already have some of the deets on 1D's first foray into fragrance: it's a "vibrant and playful fruity floral," comprised of pink grapefruit, wild berries, redcurrants, jasmine, freesia, musk, and a touch of patchouli. A familiar recipe: combining several things (scents/band members) for perfection. I can dig it. The packaging is ultra-feminine, with a pale pink bottle that's topped off with a bedazzled crown and some tulle. The packaging will appeal to both teen girls and the Queen of England, an intersecting demographic that is normally very hard to achieve. Congrats, boys, killin' it as always!


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Kendrick Lamar

Enter the age of Kendrick Lamar in white tees and Nike Cortez sneakers.
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Last night and all day today, Kendrick Lamar has been at the forefront of every hip-hop conversation thanks to an inspired (as if any one adjective could do it justice) verse on a track called "Control" which was originally meant for Big Sean's forthcoming Hall Of Fame album but won't appear reportedly due to sample-clearance issues. The centerpiece of discussion is Kendrick's heated by-name call-out of a laundry list of MCs: J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller and even Sean and Jay Electronica who flank K-Dot on the track. More than a jarringly high profile call-to-action name drop, though, Lamar's verse is an iron-fisted mandate, an ultimatum that the entire rap game step up lyrically else he's pilfering all his friends' fans. What does this have to do with style? Amidst Kendrick's tough love edict to elevate the genre, he also rejects high fashion, ushering in a new era for his personal style.


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One Direction at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
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Take notes, boys. One Direction has just served up a catalogue's worth of model dude outfits for fall at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. We've watched this 5-piece boy band grow from meticulous color-coordination to the loose use of denim as a wardrobe unifier. This latest red carpet and stage showing, though? That's just exemplary laid-back guy styling at its best. Let's start with 1D's TCAs arrival. Every dude showed up in a pair of jeans of varying washes and silhouettes (stone-washed relaxed fit for Liam, dark resin and cuffed for Louis, white and tight for Zayn, vintage wash and slim fit for Niall, and basically painted-on for Harry). The guys' shoe game is out of this world, and almost every one of them wore an excellent transitional jacket, save Harry who chose instead to wear a collared shirt unbuttoned just below his diaphragm and a wide-brimmed felt hat. Very John Mayer, no?


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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