Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders.
Photo: Band of Outsiders
In a little under a year, Frank Ocean has catapulted from being relatively unknown to releasing a buzzworthy debut album (Channel Orange) and garnering Grammy accolades for said release. But it's not just the music world that Ocean is dominating, this past year, he's also been getting love from the fashion community, hobnobbing with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, posing for GQ magazine, attending his first-ever Fashion Week in Paris, and NOW, he's starring in his first ever fashion campaign. Frank is lending his smiling eyes and pearly whites to Band of Outsiders for the label's newest Polaroid campaign (previous stars have included Michelle Williams, Harry Potter dudes Rupert Grint and Tom Felton, and Kirsten Dunst), and the result is devastatingly heart-warming.
James Franco for 'Bullett' magazine.
Photo: Via Bullett
Listen, we're MORE than excited about all the chitchat surrounding Spring Breakers and it's upcoming release, especially when it relates to James Franco. I mean, we can't get enough of his sick braids, Hawaiian shirts, and all-around Riff Raff-inspired Florida rapper steez in the film, but, we have to admit, when we peeped Bullett magazine's latest photo shoot featuring Mr. Franco, it felt like the BIGGEST breath of fresh air. James is completely stripped of his gangster nuances—no tattoos, no grills, and (perhaps most importantly) no cornrows. Instead, he takes on an entirely different era—the '80s! James is juxtaposed against KILLER surrealist art deco backgrounds while sporting bold suit jackets and feathered hair in a spread that feels very (as Gaby Wilson put it) "Miami Vice meets Salvador Dali." We couldn't agree more. In his first look, James wears a fire engine red suit jacket with a matching red and white striped tie, black trousers and crisp white shirt. We love his fake-outdoor-but-obviously-in-a-studio set-up that (thanks to some serious mood-lighting) really brings the drama.
A still from Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" music video.
Photo: RCA Records
Save for all those costume changes as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, it's been a while since we last saw Justin Timberlake in anything BUT a suit and tie. Well, teamed up with the official release of his The 20/20 Experience album, JT has revealed a new music video for his "Mirrors" track, and (ZUT ALORS!) it appears that change is nigh. For his second 20/20 single, Timberlake shirks his crisp tailoring in favor of some knitwear—a black turtleneck, to be more specific.
Ryan Gosling goes metal for "The Place Beyond The Pines" movie wardrobe.
Photo: Focus Features
The honest truth is that we, the humble keyboard tappers here at MTV Style, will find literally ANY excuse to write about (and thereby ogle) Ryan Gosling. He repeat wears Burberry? That's totally a post. He custom-designs his leather jackets? Let's write about it. He broke up a fight in the middle of downtown Manhattan? But what's the style angle? Oh, he's wearing a tank top? Okay, do it up! The latest in Ryan-Gosling-wearing-clothes news is that MTV has received brand new exclusive photos of the dude's next upcoming film release The Place Beyond The Pines, and hooooooo boy, his movie wardrobe is definitely a new look for RyGos.
We're not sure when it started, but it's growing unmistakably clear that we have a kind of sixth sense for One Direction tonsorial updates. It's like the instant a strand of hair is put in a new place, it rings in our ears like a homing signal. Which one of our favorite Brit-Irish boy band members is experimenting with his tresses this time? The posh, often-suspendered Louis Tomlinson! It looks like Louis is taking 1D's support of UK charity Comic Relief Project's Red Nose Day to the next level, dying his hair red to match.
If 2013 SXSW is any indication, the bucket hat will be even bigger this spring and summer.
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It's difficult to pinpoint when and who exactly started the late '80s/'90s bucket hat trend. Was it LL Cool J circa "Going Back to Cali" or Nickelodeon's Salute Your Shorts? Thanks (or no thanks) to sparse documentation of that initial rise of the fisherman's chapeau, the world may never know. One thing is for sure, though: the hat with the 360 brim is experiencing a major present-day comeback, and nothing has made that more abundantly clear than the stages of this year's SXSW music festival. Bucket hats of all shapes and sizes made their way onto last week's Austin stages by way of Usher, Kid Cudi, ScHoolboy Q (of COURSE), Joey Bada$$, IamSu, ScHoolboy Q again, Smoke DZA, and Prince SAMO.
Ryan Gosling in 'The Place Beyond the Pines.'
Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features
We hope y'all have been saving up some SERIOUS cash because we have a stellar reason throw down some dollars: Ryan Gosling. Before you start hyperventilating, here's what we mean: Ryan plays a badass motorcycle stuntman in an upcoming flick called The Place Beyond the Pines. Obvi this means he'll be sporting TONS of tee, jeans, and leather jacket ensembles in the film, and we're lucky enough to able to swipe one of them up straight from the set! Profiles in History will put Ryan's iconic red leather jacket up for auction on their site starting March 29, and part of the proceeds will help benefit Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California. (And you thought your love of Ryan Gosling would go to waste.)
No boring concert tees for us.
Justin Timberlake has been on my mind a lot. Sure, it's because we've been chronicling his "Suit & Tie" steeze and waiting not-so-patiently for The 20/20 Experience to drop, but let's be real, I (and I think I can speak for the rest of MTV Style when I say this) never really stopped thinking about JT, since all the way back in his N'SYNC days. Those frosted tips will forever hold a place in our 12-year-old hearts. In fact, I asked my best friend, whose bedroom wall was a veritable shrine to mid-to-late '90s teeny-boppers, whether she had a photo of JT up there (I could only specifically remember a giant picture of Paul Walker), and she replied with an unprintable, all caps portmanteau that I can't repeat here but involved "absolutely" and another, less polite word. Always the hunkiest of the boy band members, Justin was everyone's pre-teen fantasy boyfriend, and he hasn't really fallen out of favor as we've all grown up. While we may no longer decorate our bedroom walls with pictures of hot celebrities (I mean, I don't, but more power to you if you still do), there's something to be said about being a fan and showing it. Maybe a normal person would wait until Justin and Jay-Z come to their city and buy a concert tee, but that's so totally boring when the internet has a whole host of more creative ways you can show off your stan status.
Skrillex and the new G-Star "Illwood" jean.
Photo: Courtesy of G-Star
OK, so we already know there are about a zillion and one reasons out there to love Skrillex. His addictive dark, throbbing music (which we can soon hear in Spring Breakers, ahhh!). That signature half-shaved 'do, which has inspired an entire celeb fan following AND has even garnered its own name and hashtag, #Skrillexhair. His sleek, all-black personal style. While all of these traits are impressive, it's this undeniable steez that fits most perfectly with the artist's new gig, collaborating with denim giant G-Star. But while the producer has mostly stuck with scoring the brand's videos until now, we just got word that now he's dipping his hands into the design side of the biz with a brand new style of jeans. Get the scoop below!
Harry Styles inks himself with a new butterfly chest tattoo.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of @harrystyles' Instagram
I guess we haven't seen Harry Styles shirtless since whenever One Direction filmed their "Kiss You" music video, but the dude reportedly got inked up with this butterfly ab tattoo in January. We say "reportedly" because we've only seen this photo Harry posted to Instagram without comment or a glimpse of his signature mop top, BUT Celebuzz managed to snag a pic of a wider shot of the same image from the tattoo artist Lyam Sparkes’ Flickr page (before he deleted it) with unmistakably Harry details.