Considering the thisclose relationship between fashion and music these days, there's no shortage of bands who transform their live performances into a danceable kind of fashion show. But if you ask us, not many have perfected the art QUITE as well as Diamond Rings. This Toronto-based musical outfit of John O'Regan has a style that's as awesomely futuristic, forward, and boundary-pushing as his signature electro-throbbing sound. And once you check out videos for his tracks like "Runaway Love" and "You And Me," you'll see how this is no small feat. We were dying to know his secret, so we tracked down John just before he hit NYC (his final tour date this year!) to talk about his early days, his superhero inspiration, and why he no longer wears his mom's leggings onstage.
Ricky Martin and his MAC Viva Glam lip conditioner.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
Breaking news that you already knew: Ricky Martin is really really hot. Nothing makes that more undeniably clear than sitting with him in his Evita green room with five other journalists, all enveloped in the BEST smelling, perfectly humidified air for a The Bachelor-style group date (or round table interview, whatever you prefer to call it *hair flip*). The cause for the mid-week a fairytale moment? Ricky's involvement with MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign and World AIDS Day (which is Saturday, December 1 a.k.a. tomorrow!). Last night, the Broadway star/philanthropist obliged us all with a few moments before showtime to discuss the collaboration and what it means to him.
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When we first heard that One Direction might be creating their own perfume about a month ago, we didn't want to get our hopes up TOO high about the project just in case it never actually happened. But now we can officially commence the freakout, because the news is confirmed! WWD reported this morning that the boys have landed a deal with Olivann Beauty for their very first 1D scent. They've done an impressive job keeping it a secret, since Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall, and Louis have been working, brainstorming, and crafting ideas for about six months(!) on the project. Pssst: hear that steady, high-pitched sound? Yeah, it's the excited screaming that we imagine is happening from girls all around the world right this second...and you can bet it's going to get a LOT louder when the perfume hits stores next fall.
Around these parts of the Internet, Chrissy Mahlmeister is our resident Commander-in-Chief of all things Jared Leto. From his recent absence of eyebrows to his one-time mullet and difficulties with knits, she has it all committed to memory and organized in pristine little Oxford manila tab dividers. HOWEVER, given my preoccupation with the style world's bizarro underbelly (Ex. A, B, and C) and a deep appreciation for makeup artistry, I'm borrowing the reins momentarily for a very important question. Which is more impressive: Jared Leto in lady makeup for his upcoming role in Dallas Buyers Club OR this lady (a.k.a. selfOblivion) who made an INCREDIBLE tutorial for Jared Leto makeup?
A still from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" music video.
Photo: Ryan Lewis Productions
Listen. We know Macklemore & Ryan Lewis uploaded the "Thrift Shop" music video to Ryan's Youtube channel just about three months ago. And that they have a new video for their new single "Same Love." We know that The Shark Face Gang rolls deep and bought up enough tickets to The Heist World Tour to sell out multiple huge domestic AND international city venues. And that the dudes are getting this all done without being signed to a major record label. Yet. If your playcount for this new album is creeping toward the triple digits, we feel you, and sure, this all may be old news. But for those of you unconverted Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans out there, get ready for what is quite possibly more awesome (used as a noun) than you were prepared to digest this Thursday morning. We're breaking down their "Thrift Shop" music video (which is about, duh, THRIFTING)!
Fact: any band that puts an "!" at the end of its name wins an automatic place in our iTunes library. But along with their perky moniker, it's the danceable beats and happy-go-lucky-vibe of London fivepiece Citizens! that REALLY won us over for the long haul. These boys pack some major musical punch on their debut album (out now), AND with a self-described "rock n' roll-meets-Englishman" wardrobe, you can bet they look good doing it. Hedi Slimane clearly thinks so. The Saint Laurent designer spotted the group at a festival this summer and immediately tapped frontman Tom Burke for the fashion house's new campaign, setting off a bajillion questions in our brains: Is this the beginning of a second modeling career? Has he been practicing his "Blue Steel" ever since? How did he and Hedi become SUCH good friends? Luckily for us, Tom called in from the tour to give us the scoop on his new gig, Citizens! fashion philosophy, and why he wishes he had style like Jagger.
Um, Jared Leto? Is that you? *rubs eyes* Today when Terry Richardson posted pics of the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman on his blog, we barely recognized the typically scruffy-faced singer slash actor. He shaved off his ENTIRE FACE, people. Beard, mustache, brows—the whole shebang, and we're still in shock. Before you start to get worried, though, he ditched his facial fuzz for a role in Dallas Buyers Club, so we gotta give props for his serious dedication to the craft. *golf claps* In October, Jared sported a full beard and brow-age with the same slicked-back hair, but he gave off a more approachable, chic-woodsman vibe (if that's a thing). Today, his chiseled jaw is in FULL effect with a only a smudge of eye makeup below his lower lids. We have to admit we kinda miss those fuzzy bad boys framing his baby blues oh-so-perfectly.
It's hard to believe that just mere months ago we had absolutely NO idea about the general awesomeness that is Zebra Katz. But lucky for us (and everyone with an internet connection), times have officially changed, and nowadays it's tough to scroll through Tumblr, Twitter, or pretty much any music blog without spotting the New York City rapper and his debut single "IMAREAD." In less than a year, the recent signee to Diplo's Mad Decent imprint has firmly cemented his music industry takeoff status, opening for Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks earlier this summer and racking up remixes left and right. So what's the next logical step? Invading the fashion world, obviously. If you don't believe us, just ask Rick Owens.
The regular NBA season kicked off this month, and while we're uuuusually more clued in to the everyday happenings of fashion front rows than post-game press conferences, this just might be the year we officially change our tune. We caught the basketball bug late last year thanks to those Finals faux glasses, but add Jay-Z and Beyonce as courtside staples for 2012-2013? We're sold. In honor of Hova and Queen Bey's sporty styles (and the fact that the Carter-Knowles family has been steadily rallying support for the Brooklyn Nets all year), we're kicking off the first of a series of monthly recaps of their courtside outfits. LEGGO!
NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on November 3, 2012.
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Match-Up: Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final Score: 100-107 Nets
On Jay-Z: Solid black t-shirt, tucked-in gold chain, gold watch, camouflage pants, and custom "Brooklyn Zoo" by PMK Air Jordan 1s
On Beyonce: Matching printed Tibi shirt and pants set, two-tone patent Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe heels, Erika Pena "Obama" earrings
Why We Love It: Bey and Jay are not the kind of couple to go OVERTLY matchy-matchy on you. At most, they'll give a little simultaneous leather action, but you're likely to never see this couple in full-on high school prom (or *achem* Destiny's Child status) coordinates. This doubled-up print situation is about as far as they go, and we love them for that. The way the forest greens of Jay's camo complement the oxblood base of Bey's outfit is very autumnal and feels way better on our eyeballs than, say, this.
While the status of Justin Bieber's IRL girlfriend may be up in the air, J.Bieb's Girlfriend perfume is rock steady and gets a press reboot just in time for the holiday season *WINK* with its very first commercial! Where Girlfriend is the "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" next-step from Bieber's Someday debut scent, the ad spot for the new fragrance is similarly more mature. It's not mature in, like, a Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Burberry Body way. We just mean that Bieber and the new fragrance take one appropriate, teenage-sized step away from Someday and its whispered promises and luxury ice cream sundaes.