Adam Lambert covers the 'Obsession' issue of Fiasco Magazine.
Photo: Fiasco Magazine
Excuse us for a sec while we pick our jaws up off the floor....because WOW. How amazing does Adam Lambert look on the cover of Fiasco magazine?! We may know and love the singer for his totally OTT outfits (see exhibits A, B, and C), but who knew he looked SO good rocking clean cut minimalism, too? He's on the new "Obsession" issue for the London-based publication, smizing hard in leather-trimmed overcoat, collared shirt and black tie. Oh, and get this— there's absolutely ZERO eyeliner in sight! This no-makeup look paired with his slick side-parted gray hair is such a departure from Adam's signature statement aesthetic, we almost wouldn't recognize him were it not for those piercing blue eyes. Bottom line: this is Glambert as we've never seen him before.
Welp, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are dating now.
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Okay, Internets. I think it's time we rip off the band-aid. I think it's time we just accept that Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are dating now. They've been spotted together pretty much every single day of this week and are even holding hands (also, spending nights together in hotels, but listen, I'm just not emotionally there yet). One Direction fans, I FEEL you. Times like these are hard. But if you really love something, let it go, right? Plus, you can always find an upside to any situation, especially this one.
For one, Swift even admitted to Cosmopolitan UK that the one thing she doesn't understand about relationships is "how to make them last." AND the holidays are a reeeeeally tricky time to start a new fling, what with the combining of gift-giving expectations and undefined relationship parameters. There's a lot of potential to slip up and hurt feelings. If you're twiddling your fingers maniacally right now, we don't blame you, but if you're going to sack it up and try to support the newly dubbed "Haylor" couple, here are some gifts you could send Taylor and Harry's ways this holiday season. Kill 'em with kindness, right?
As much as we'd love to bestow unto the Internet a complete history of Justin Bieber's Christmas morning outfits from the snowflake-covered baby buntings to the superhero footie pajamas (these are merely educated guesses), but at this point, we just don't have access to those resources. (*ACHEM* A little help, Scooter Braun? *wink wink nudge nudge*) While we wait for the fateful day those pictures turn up on our doorstep, here's a retrospective on the pictures of Justin Bieber's Christmas performance outfits that we DO have!
DECEMBER 24, 2007
It, of course, all starts with YouTube. Bieber's Christmas stage looks go as far back as his kidrauhl account. And this old school video and recording of Stevie Wonder's "Someday At Christmas" is just about as iconically BIEBER as "Baby." What did J.Biebs wear for his premier Christmas cover? A black backwards fitted cap, an oversized denim jacket with a red t-shirt underneath, and a pair of black track pants.
Tick, tock, tick, tock...hear that? It's the sound of the end of 2012 creeping closer and closer! (cue the dramatic soundtrack). But before we usher in a whole new era of style and music madness, we're NOT finished with the current one quite yet. For the next few weeks, join us on a trip down memory lane where we wax nostalgic about all the awesome things 2k12 had to offer. We've already hit mag covers, nail art, and just yesterday, Instagram selfies. Next up, let's hear it for the boys.
Unless they happen to change up their looks as much as, say, Adam Lambert or Jared Leto, it's a fact of life: we just don't talk about the beauty and grooming habits of the dude portion of the population as much as we do the ladies. But now that we're officially wrapping up the year, it's time to give the guys some cred for their killer grooming game...namely, their facial hair. 2012 has seen some WILD moments, from the failproof five o'clock shadow on Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson, to creative designs (hey, Riff Raff!) to looks that literally require a double-take (coughJaredLetocough). So we've combed through the photos over the past 365 days to bring you the boldest mustache, beard, and brow incarnations from some of our favorite boys. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it....
ZAC EFRON'S CLEAN CUT SCRUFF
Zac Efron at a screening of 'The Lorax' in February.
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Sure, he may flex his biceps and a teeny 'stache in the steamy John John Denim commercial, but this year Zac Efron was really ALL about the clean cut scruff. Kicking things off way back in February at the premiere of The Lorax, the actor offset his perfectly tousled hair with just enough stubble from swaying too far on the pretty boy spectrum. This Disney star is all grown up (but not TOO much, moms!).
Miguel talked to us about his eclectic style.
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Before I jump into that one time I got to interview Miguel in the backseat of a moving van (no, that's not a euphemism for anything), I do believe a hearty congratulation is in order. From the bottom of our glitter-laden MTV Style hearts, we're sending mad love and props to the souful crooner because he just racked up FIVE Grammy nods last night including Song of the Year for his falsetto-dripping single "Adorn." It doesn't come as THAT much of a surprise, though, since Miguel's been riding high on critical acclaim for his Kaleidoscope Dream sophomore album since its release in early October. The sound of the record is unique in its ability to feel simultaneously nostalgic and cutting-edge fresh, and we can't help but notice (you know, being a fashion blog and all) that his style has morphed considerably since his debut record All I Want Is You and feels a lot like his new sound. Fortunately for us, Miguel obliged our requests to talk his ear off about fashion influences and runway trends and leather chaps while he tried to get a meal in despite our abrasive journalistic pushiness (the man is a SAINT, guys). Now, we're going to share the information and thoughtful words we mined from him with you!
We're nearing the end of 2012 (or if you follow the Mayan calendar, the end of the world), so what better way to usher in the new year (or, again, the end of time) than by reflecting on these last 365 days? At MTV Style, we're doing just that in the only way we know how: daily recaps of the BEST nail art and magazine covers and MORE as we make our way to New Year's Eve. Grab a cup of cocoa with extra marshmallows, and get a little nostalgic with us about our favorite style moments of this year.
Instagram has only been up and running for a little over two years, but the camera + filter + community app has risen to excellently-executed College Humor parody status ubiquity, and thus, a reflection on 2012 wouldn't be complete without it. Admittedly, much of the daily news lineup around here hinges on whether or not our fave celebs are Instagramming their latest outfits or beauty looks, so there's DOUBLE incentive for us to stay constantly refreshing our feeds. There are Instagrams that feature food, ones that spotlight shoe game, jealousy-inducing landscape photos (thanks a lot, Ed Droste) and enough dog and cat pics to keep Cute Overload swimming in content for the next 800 billion years, but we're gathered here today to celebrate one specific type of Instagram (no straight-up Twitpics — sorry, Miley, Demi and Gaga): the selfie.
RIHANNA: INSTAGRAM'S MOST WANTED
Kicking it off with a bang is Instagram's Most Wanted: Rihanna. By that, we mean that Miss Robyn Fenty is, in our opinion, the BIGGEST celebrity perpetrator of The Instagram Selfie. Just look at all those self-shot photos. And the looks she's willing to out-stretch an arm for run the gamut from way done-up, kissy-faced glamour shots to baroque accessory-dripping streetwear, to no-makeup vacay snaps, and with good reason. The girl is a brick house, and with over 3 million followers (and counting!) clearly nobody minds.
Earlier this week, we had a conversation with Diamond Rings' John O'Regan about his performance and music video style, and the way that his look has evolved in the whirlwind couple of years since he burst onto the scene. From dancing in front of a graffiti-covered (greenscreen) wall in leggings and an enormous denim jacket in his video for "All Yr Songs" to wearing a custom-studded leather jacket on Letterman, O'Regan has evolved from rocking vintage and classic sports jerseys and electric glitter makeup to rocking super slick monochrome, on-point accessories, and yeah, still a pop of color once in awhile. He hasn't done it alone either. If you've watched John's videos, particularly "Wait & See" and the more recent "Runaway Love," you might have noticed a little blonde cutie dancing behind him. That's no video extra, oh no, that's John's right hand woman, creative director, stylist, makeup artist, and, yes, cousin, Lisa Howard. Lisa does it all, even HAND STUDDING the leather jackets and sneakers that John wears, and that's no small task. When we saw Lisa at a gathering to celebrate the release of Diamond Rings' sophomore album, Free Dimensional, her fingers were literally bleeding from spending all day studding sneakers for John's Letterman performance. Seeing dedication like that, we knew we had to share her secrets with the world, and she was kind enough to take a break from her breakneck touring schedule to answer all of our pressing questions.
Jay-Z reps Brooklyn Nets gear.
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First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAY-Z! We hope you and your girl Beyonce are doing it up big today and celebrating all the crown jewels of your empire. Thanks to the intimate behind-the-scenes packages your Life + Times outlet has been creating, we can celebrate right along with you, and this "Road To Brooklyn: The Look" video, which reveals an in-depth view into overhaul and refresh of the Brooklyn Nets brand, is one of our hands-down favorites thus far.
I've spent more hours than I would like to admit listening to Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy,
rocking back and forth and sobbing imagining what the woodsy singer smells like. Ok so maybe not, maybe I was doing that other thing (but we're not gonna talk about it, ok?) but when I saw that luxury fragrance maker Sanae Intoxicants is releasing a scent with Oldham, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Oldham is a legend, not just for his work as Bonnie "Prince" Billy but also as Palace, Palace Music, and Palace Brothers. In his various incarnations he has created some of the most breathtaking and heartbreaking music, while bending genres and always keeping listeners guessing. With a punk rock approach to classic American folk music, Oldham is a new breed. As such, it's hard to imagine just what such a man would want to smell like. I asked a friend what she thought, and, being totally on my wavelength, she said "beards and tears," but I think it's so much more than that. According to the description of the scent, this isn't some Bon Iver-y woodsmoke, fresh snow, and beard oil, chopping firewood and being romantic fragrance. No, with tobacco, jasmine, and an ingredient we're unsure about called assam oud (which appears to be an oil extracted from agar wood), the scent, we think, without having yet smelled it, resembles the olfactory profile of a summer night spent outside, surrounded by lush plants, in a quiet moment during a raucous adventure. Like Oldham's music, there's nothing cruncy-sounding about the scent, and it's far more sophisticated than simple. Just the combination of tobacco and jasmine is enough to have us totally intrigued, as is the fact that the scent is suitable for both men and women. More info on how you can cop a bottle of Bonnie Billy for yourself after the jump.
Looks like Kanye West is reading the Grace Coddington memoir.
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Welp, I guess we know what NOT to get Kanye West for Christmas this year: the Grace Coddington memoir. He already has it! As if it weren't already hard enough to holiday shop for the man who has everything! Ye tweeted a pic of his copy of Grace: A Memoir on a marble countertop this weekend, captioning it simply, "GRACE." Who said people (even Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum record-selling people) don't buy IRL books anymore??