Just a fraction of Frank's trucker hats from the "30 Rock" series' seven seasons.
Just moments ago, NBC aired the series finale episode of 30 Rock. The wound is still fresh, and we're still VERY much in full mourning of the Tina Fey television masterpiece. With tears in our eyes, we're kissing and turning over framed desktop pictures of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and erasing Dr. Spaceman's (Chris Parnell) number from our phones. Along with the belly laughs, the unforgettable characters, and single-handedly giving us the green light to emphatically call our friends, family, and co-workers "nerds," 30 Rock has supplied us with a wealth of memorable fashion moments, from Liz Lemon's Brooklyn Without Limits jeans to her Princess Leia wedding dress. How could we ever forget Tracy Jordan's (Tracy Morgan) EGOT necklace? Or *sniffle* Kenneth Parcell's (Jack McBrayer) page uniform? Or that time Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) was pitted against Miss Piggy for a "Who Wore It Better"? If we had to pick the ONE fashion element of the show we'll miss most, though, it would definitely, absolutely, HANDS DOWN be Frank Rossitano/Judah Friedlander's signature trucker hats.
When we first saw James Franco in character for Spring Breakers (via Selena Gomez's long-lost Instagram account), truthfully, we thought it was loosely based on Kevin Federline. Leave it to our buddies at Fuse and their direct line to Riff Raff to set us straight: the most notorious From G's To Gents alum claims to be the muse of this Harmony Korine flick's leading dude. As much as we'd wanted a resurrection of Popozao, this revelation was much, much better. Now that the trailer's out and there's a much more concrete release date (Spring Breakers opens March 22 in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide on March 29), Fuse caught Riff Raff for another quick touchbase. Spoiler alert: it's golden.
ZOMG, you guys. LOOK at the sweatshirt A$AP Rocky Instagrammed himself wearing yesterday. Do you see what that says?!?? It reads, "RAF A$AP" in white, paint stroke lettering. RAF! As in, the immeasurably talented Raf Simons, helm of his own line and new artistic director of Dior. AS IN, the very same Raf Simons of is one of Rocky's absolute favorite designers on the planet. And what's more? The caption that went along with the picture is even better: "RAF SIMONS 1995 X A$VP - FRIENDS AND FAMILY." Ajakhdfjkgh, ex-CUUUUUSE me? Holy. Mother. Of Couture. A$AP Rocky and Raf Simons are teasing out a collab. This is MAJOR news.
A$AP Rocky and Adam Lambert wear Kokon to Zai church embroidery hoodies.
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Talk about a clash of the TITANS! We really, really hate to do this since A$AP Rocky and Adam Lambert are two of our hands-down favorite dudes in the fashion game, but when two beloved celebs wear the same article of clothing, let alone one from a label as (relatively) unknown as Kokon to Zai (the same dudes behind Kanye West's metalhead sweatpants!), we have to ask: who wore it better?
Rocky posted this Instagram of himself on "a random street in London" wearing Kokon to Zai's church embroidery hoodie from the label's AW 2012 collection. A statement-making piece of outerwear is not easily forgotten, so we IMMEDIATELY remembered that Glambert wore the very same tunic sweatshirt for his VH1 Divas Live "Ray of Light" performance.
Justin Timberlake and Tom Ford.
If ever you're talking about menswear, there's a fairly high likelihood that at some point Tom Ford will come up in your conversation. The designer-slash-film director (of 2009's A Single Man) is a suiting legend, having served as creative director for Gucci and YSL before launching his eponymous line. We all know menswear has been on Justin Timberlake's mind lately, with his new single "Suit & Tie" making waves with its sartorial subject matter and the accompanying lyric video. Not to mention the fact that we haven't even seen the full length music video yet. In the aforementioned lyric video, JT is outfitted in what are clearly expertly tailored wares, and their provenance is revealed through the flash of a tag, revealing that none other but Mr. Ford himself is behind them. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise--Justin has been wearing Tom Ford on the regular for awhile now--but little did we know that it wasn't just the lyric video that the two had teamed up on. In fact, Ford is designing Timberlake's suits for the official video as well, and for the album and single's accompanying artwork. The full album, called The 20/20 Experience, will be released on March 19th. What did Tom Ford himself have to say about his collab with the great JT? See for yourself after the jump!
Iman Shumpert rocks a flat top on the court.
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Keeping ourselves apprised of all the intersecting happenings in the worlds of music and fashion doesn't leave us with much bandwidth for sports. For the New York Knicks' youngest player Iman Shumpert, though, we're willing to make exceptions. So willing, in fact, that we're carving out this explicit time to illustrate why (if you didn't already) you need to know about this guy. During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Shumpert suffered a knee injury — a torn ACL and meniscus, to be precise — which kept him off the court for the entire summer and for much of this season until a little over a week ago. But injury didn't keep Shumpert down, he used his time away from the hardwood to rehab his knee, release one of history's most palatable NBA player-turned-rapper crossover mixtapes (go ahead and check out the rest of the rapping baller annals for proof), and cultivate a clear style identity — one that extends much further than the flat top haircut that's been garnering him so much attention lately.
Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford at the 2013 SAG Awards.
You KNOW we're beyond obsessed with the return of Justin Timberlake, and feel like "Suit & Tie" is a song made just for us, so you shouldn't be surprised that we were literally swooning when we saw JT step onto the 2013 SAG Awards red carpet this evening. We figured he would go classic for his first-post-lyric-video-suit-wearing occasion, maybe in a black Tom Ford? Oh no, that's too easy for the suit and tie master...JT stuck to Tom Ford but fully committed to being the flyest dude in the red carpet game by opting for a brown and fawn plaid suit, muted brown plaid shirt and navy wool tie. We know what you're thinking: that's a LOT of plaid, and yeah, plaid on plaid on plaid is a major fashion statement, but you know what we're thinking? It's a statement in the best way. Need we even mention his pocket square? That Gatsby hair? Need we? Ok yeah, more on all that after the jump!
Ever heard of London Loves LA? It's a UK-based e-boutique that sells thrifted and vintage items — everything from tees to leather to accessories — that sister Sophie and Ella source from "secret Los Angeles locations." Also, if you're a One Direction fan, Harry Styles LOVES this place! Remember this "Hipsta Please" shirt Harry sported back in June? It's a Kid Dangerous design brought to Harry courtesy of *drumrollll* the London Loves LA ladies. Well, according to the 1D dude's Twitter, he linked up with the tee-toting sisters earlier this week, and they've stocked Mr. Styles up with a few more shirts from their selective stock!
Kanye West wears a red mask to last night's Maison Martin Margiela Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show.
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Soooo are masks Kanye West's new thing or is the bright red balaclava he wore to Maison Martin Margiela's Paris Haute Couture show last night just his way of trying to beat the cold? We know it's skin-crackingly frigid over here on the East Coast, but this knit face-covering seems a little extreme for the cool 34°F (not even below freezing!!!) the City of Lights caught last night. This meteorological knowledge plus Ye's recent history with masks lead us to believe only one thing: Kanye wore this cherry red ski mask in the name of FASHUN.
Welp, looks like Justin Timberlake got us again. In the wee hours of this Thursday morning, JT dropped the full version of his "Suit & Tie" lyric video not even a full day after taunting us with this delicious teaser. We were surprised as it was to see Timberlake actually starring in the lyric video (clad in swoon-worthy Tom Ford BTW), but the full version is way exceeding our expectations. While there's no Jay-Z cameo (and accordingly, JT would be right to save that for the official music video) nor is there a fitting room montage à la The Sweetest Thing, there are a HEFTY number of outfit changes. Thus, we're breaking this bad boy down look by look — our first lyric video!
BRINGING FEDORAS BACK
A still from Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" lyric video.
Photo: RCA Records
DAG NAB IT, JUSTIN. I thought we told you you didn't need fedoras anymore??? We suppose it's part of your signature steez, and it lends to the classic Sinatra/Rat Pack thing you're embodying both with your career and this song in particular, but man... Truthfully, you don't need them. In the same breath, you've definitely done worse, so I guess we'll suck this one up.