Last night, in the greenroom of Webster Hall, New York City born-and-bred rapper Le1f suggests we go off into a corner, to what appears to be a closet, to do our interview. The dirty concrete room has a long bench upholstered in a dirty plaid and a thick armchair that looks like it would emit a cartoon puff of grime if you sat in it. Le1f sits on the bench and gestures to the chair in his sweet, raised-right way, "you take the nice chair," he says, but I opt for the bench beside him, fearing bedbugs and that the noise from the room beside us, where rapper Killer Mike is preparing to open MTV Hive's CMJ showcase, will impede my recording. Le1f is tall and handsome in a pair of maroon harem pants and navy bomber jacket, and he speaks in such a way that seems giggly and bashful, but in that somehow pointedly self-assured. After his breakout video, "Wut" made him an overnight sensation, both in the music press and in the fashion world, Le1f has been all over the place, playing shows, performing at New York Fashion Week (MTV Style caught up with him when he performed for Asher Levine), and appearing in media from Pitchfork to Gawker to Artinfo, who labeled him one of the new poster boys for so-called "gay rap." Le1f is certainly not afraid to make his sexual orientation known, although the label can be reductive as far as the actual music is concerned, so needless to say he's on the rise. We sat down with Le1f to discuss everything from his influences—musical and sartorial—and the possibility of a fashion collaboration between himself and Greedhead label founder and Das Racist member Himanshu Suri, something that we're crossing our fingers will actually happen (please, please). Read the q & a below, and prepare to fall in love.
Zac Efron for John John Denim.
Photo: Courtesy of John John Denim
In August, Zac Efron blessed the world with his beautiful-yet-badass John John Denim campaign, and we are still thanking him for it. Laugh all you want, but just peep one photo from that photo shoot, and you'll completely understand. (See: Image above. YUP.) Lucky for us, the Brazilian clothing brand released another portion of Zac's John John Denim campaign—this time in commercial form. (Meaning: We get to see those giant muscles in action. Gulp.) In it, Zac sports tons of distressed denim in a VERY Fast and the Furious-inspired ad. Like, there are probably more shots of cars burning out and bumpin' the hydraulics than actual fashion, but we ain't mad.
Jay-Z wore custom Carter #4 Brooklyn Nets jerseys for the Barclays Center opening concerts.
Photo: Getty Images
Usually when an artist like Jay-Z gets something custom-made, it's extremely exclusive, one-of-one, never to be created again. Apparently, that isn't the case with the Carter #4 Brooklyn Nets jerseys Jigga wore throughout his sold-out 8-show inauguration of BK's Barclays Center. Jay has autographed and posted 10 of the limited edition jerseys up for auction through NBA auctions.
Justin Bieber knows his sneakers. Whether he's wearing studded Supras, gold Skytop IIs or swanky suede YSL, he has enough sneaker swag to convince even the MOST high heel-obsessed girls that they need a pair of identical kicks. Let's face it: the Bieber effect is in overdrive, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. So in a totally genius move, Justin's just signed on with the adidas NEO brand as its newest "Global Style Icon." This means that the singer will rep the sneaker and lifestyle brand starting in 2013, including fronting ad campaigns, making personal appearances, AND a top-secret project that Biebs hints at below. What do you think it is?!
Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week.
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This morning, Kanye West bestowed a gift upon the internet in the form of a one-minute song snippet titled "White Dress." *THANK YOU, UNIVERSE!* The new track MAY not surpass "Christian Dior Denim Flow" in terms of model name-dropping, or be as divisive as his epic Twitter fashion rant, but we've gotta give it up for Kanye, because the guy crams a LOT of style shoutouts into just 60 seconds. In the possible ode to his future wedding, the rapper's various references include everything from Kurt Cobain flannel to glistening lip gloss to Christian Louboutins. The only thing to make the song EVEN better? A handy-dandy picture guide to go along with the lyrics (ahem, obviously), so we've created one below. Enjoy!
Putting Das Racist in a streetwear campaign, let alone one governed by as much New York heart and tongue-in-cheek humor as Moss, is SUCH a good idea. It's the kind of perfect match that we really wish we had thought of ourselves. *princess waves goodbye to the missed opportunity* Heems and Dap (no Kool A.D. this time *sheds single tear*) star in the fall/winter lookbook (which, BTW, was shot entirely on an iPhone 5 in INSTAGRAM) walking around NYC, reenacting Grant Wood's "American Gothic", and exploring park foliage. And they do it all while wearing hyper-colorized, hyper-patterned tees, crewneck sweatshirts, and varsity jackets from Moss's most recent collection most of which you can actually cop RIGHT NOW (or at the very least, pre-order)!
One Direction covers "Seventeen" magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of Seventeen
WOW. *initiates slow clap* Way to GO, Seventeen magazine. Adorable Brit-Irish boy band One Direction has FINALLY graced the cover of a major U.S. magazine (their first one!!), and guess what? It's YOURS. And we have to say, they're looking exceptionally heart-meltingly approachable in this blue hued, color-coordinated casual wear. Heathered navys and henleys and light-weight fall knits! *fans self with nearby notebook* HOW. ARE. THEY. SO. CUTE??? As Seventeen mag's newest cover boys, the 1D dudes also posed for a full inside spread complete with 5 individual shots of Louis, Zayn, Harry, Liam, and Niall that are both great at giving a better look at each guy's style, but also are PERFECT for locker-decorating.
Jay-Z closed his sold out 8-show inauguration of Brooklyn's Barclays Center last night with a ROARING crowd and jaw-dropping surprise appearance from international superstar wife Beyonce. The Carters put the final stamp on the "Home of the Brooklyn Nets" with a heart-warming encore performance of "Young Forever," but before Jigga even stepped on stage for Sunday's final show, he made headlines by taking the subway to the concert. Naturally, Jay opted for some equally head-turning togs for the out-of-the-ordinary (well, for a legendary emcee, that is) transportation move: a Jean-Michel Basquiat t-shirt from MTV Style favorite Deer Dana.
Photo: Courtesy of Nichola Formichetti
It's a daunting pursuit to accurately describe fashion magician/sartorial-slaying super-hero/"Nicopanda," aka Nicola Formichetti. Also, I'm frightened of those Little Monster paws, so take it easy you guys. But I will blog the obvious: he's amazing. Reminders: as Gaga's Fashion Director, Formichetti is responsible for upgrading the universe's reigning pop sartorial superstar's penchant for hair bows and disco sticks for racy rotting meat dresses/bloody berets and nabbing many an award (see: 2011’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award) and Vogue cover (I personally fashion fancy the Lynn Yaeger moment albeit with a cotton candy bob). Formichetti’s also creative director of Mugler, and let me just say, last week's immaculate show, resulted in me having euphoric dreams involving patent leather perfection and spitting Azealia Banks' flows in my sleep. #SorryRoomie Additionally, he's fashion ambassador for UNIQLO, EIC of Vogue Hommes Japan, and supremely talented at being a foxy drool-inducing dream boat. *Faints* I'm also quite impressed with the fashion-y fact that he made pandas chic. #WhoRunTheWorld? So, as y'all can imagine, I'm SO EXCITED for today's especially special Favorite Things. Spoiler Alert: If you're anything like hot messy me, you will want everythang. You will open a credit card or seven in preparation for the debut of his Nicopanda line and international pop-up shops. You will drunk cry tequila tears whilst getting a Nicopanda tramp-stamp. In short, ahuh, I totally wanna marry the fashion knight (had to!).
Adam Lambert on his new 'Trespassing' EP cover.
Photo: Courtesy of RCA Records
Whoa, are we having déjà vu? Adam Lambert released his Trespassing remix cover art today (the EP will be available to purchase October 16 and pre-orders are being accepted now), but we were doing some serious double takes when we first peeped this image. Adam's silhouette stands against a golden-yellow background with a wide-brimmed Stetson hat that casts an aura of mystery (and '90s throwback style) over Glambert's entire look—especially paired with those pitch-black aviators. We also have a LOVELY eyeful of supple black leather thanks to his high-collar, asymmetrical jacket (with the collar folded down), but it's all a little too familiar for our taste. We racked our brains and—A HA!—FINALLY remembered what this reminds us of... Ms. Azealia Banks!