You know what your Thursday needs? A sweet, sweet R&B slow jam. Listen, I know Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" is a pretty aggressively ~seductive~ track to wedge into your work/school week, but just be glad I'm dispatching this toward the end of your day and not at 9 a.m. while you're finishing up your bagel and cream cheese. Also, it is EXTREMELY underrated in the universe of music video style. Since you likely don't remember this one off the top of your head, I'm breaking this #TBT down for you look by look.
Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" music video
Photo: Motown Records/GIF: Jenny Shafei
Hey, remember when the Backstreet Boys were all lined up and glowing in pristine linens in an airplane hangar for their "I Want It That Way" video? Boyz II Men's above look predates that by five years. Fittingly for the early '90s, the dudes are working with bizarro, boxy-tailored pieces, and Wanya Morris in a jacket and trousers with a mismatched vest, and Michael McCary in a sleeveless vest with a Nehru collar. Also, some sort of cane and/or rain stick. IDK what's up with that. I don't remember that being a trend then.
Jay Z and Kanye West reunite the Throne at SXSW.
Photo: @jerrylorenzo's Instagram
Don't rub your eyes. The above picture of Jay Z and Kanye West is, in fact, NOT from 2011. Jay and Ye joined forces again LAST NIGHT (March 12) during Austin's SXSW music festival—a Watch the Throne reunion of epic proportions that was only just announced this Monday (March 10). Amidst many of their solo hits—"Tom Ford," "New Slaves," "Izzo (HOVA)," and "Runaway" to name a few—Yeezy and Hov performed Throne classics like "H*A*M," "Who Gon' Stop Me," "No Church in the Wild," "Otis," and of course, "N***** in Paris" for their two-hour, 35-song set. But the music wasn't the only part of the Throne they brought back: They also resurrected their Givenchy performance steez.
Pharrell is teaming up with Comme des Garcons.
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Pharrell Williams, the great collaborator, has just added another joint project to his résumé: a unisex fragrance with Comme des Garcons. From Daft Punk to BAPE, he has a knack for bringing established entities into his creative ecosystem and helping bring forth a beautiful, refreshing take on something you already loved. But he's more than just the ultimate remix artist; his collaborative projects are so wildly successful because of his ability to marry his own original creative sensibilities with a keen eye for curation—he knows precisely the best elements of a sound or an aesthetic to elevate. For all of the above reasons, we're SO excited about this forthcoming scent. The only thing we're disappointed about is: We sort of feel like we should have seen this coming.
Pharrell Williams performing at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Pharrell's "Happy" performance at the 2014 Oscars was backdropped with a giant screen of Despicable Me minions wearing their leader's Vivienne Westwood hat. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Pharrell was wearing the hat again—THE HAT THAT MEMED THE WORLD. Inspired yet again by Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" video, but ramped up a bit for the occasion, this time he copped his classic Adidas track jacket in black leather and a crispy, more formal classic black Buffalo crown. Twitter wondered if the sequined kicks on his feet were Red Octobers, but while they did mirror the all-over crimson of Yeezy's feet, we vote no. We're fairly certain he'd never wear Adidas with Nike at the same time, and we see some telltale triple stripes. He did match his mic and earpieces to his footwear, though, with rubied veneers glimmering like jewelry.
Pharrell Williams at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
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Quick! Someone claim @pharellsshorts because that handle is going to go fast. [Editor's note: ZANGIT! Already taken.] For the Academy Awards, Pharrell Williams pulled the ultimate fake out and hit the red carpet in ~shorts~. The Best Original Song nominee (“Happy”) had been flaunting his now-iconic Vivienne Westwood hat across town leading up to the ceremony in a wide spectrum of colors. Naturally, we expected that he’d reprise its standout Grammys appearance at the Oscars, but Pharrell opted for a Lanvin shorts suit (sans headgear) instead.
Transformation timeline from Echelon to Rayon
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Jared Leto is a man of many talents. In addition to fronting Thirty Seconds to Mars and having some seriously enviable ombre hair to ever grace this Earth, he beautifully portrayed a transsexual AIDS patient named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Jared went through a major physical change in a short amount of time for the role, so we figured, in honor of Jared's nomination for Best Supporting Actor, we would take a look back (mostly via Leto's own Instagram) at his transformation. Let's get this started.
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Jared Leto before Rayon.
Photo: @jaredleto Instagram
Before undertaking the role of Rayon, Jared had a full beard and impersonated Abe Lincoln for fun. He wore his hair in a man bun.
If you haven't paid much attention to the fierce competition raging in the Oscar race for "Highest Pants," don't worry—we're here to break down the contenders for you. The creased slacks designed by Casey Storm in Her were given a lot of attention because of their extra-long zippers and hidden buttons, but they were not, in fact, the only high-waisted pants on screens this Oscar year. Below you'll find the four films vying for the coveted trophy, in the order that we think is least to most likely to win (this completely trivial category that we made up). Cast your vote in the comments at the bottom of the post. Best of luck to all.
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Matthew McConaughey lost over 40 pounds to play the role of Ron Woodroff in Dallas Buyers Club. His character continues to lose weight throughout the film due to his battle with AIDS, so a belt was necessary to hold up the jeans on his wiry frame. From the front, the pants don't look all that high, but from the back, you can see how they're cinched, sitting at the top of his waist. On the waistline spectrum (your grandfather to Britney Spears in the "I'm A Slave 4 U" video), they could sit higher, but they could also definitely be lower.
Harry's heart is officially within reach.
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Sorry, world (and Maeve, especially). You put up a good fight, but I just figured out how to make Harry Styles my husband. No, it doesn't have anything to do with One Direction's new perfume, or repairing Harry's holey/holy black jeans, headgear, and fashion shows, or taking down his lyrically outspoken famous ex. *WINK*
I've come to the conclusion that Harry Styles, both figuratively AND literally, wears his precious little heart on his bulging bicep sleeve. And I'm going to take full advantage of my recently acquired knowledge by appealing to his love of symbolic body art. Yep, that's right. I'm going to get a tattoo of my cardiac muscle on my left arm, just like the one Hazza casually debuted on a recent outing, so that there'll be no question in his mind that we are TOTALLY made for each other. Two hearts, beating as one. #notpsychoatall
Travi$ Scott for Mr Porter.
Photo: Mr Porter/Beau Grealy
"I just hate stuff that's not fresh," Travi$ Scott tells Mr Porter, the menswear e-tailer who's snapped a slew of sexy men (including Miguel, Jared Leto, and A$AP Rocky) in the FRESHEST of designer duds. "Fresh is about maintaining an ill aesthetic at all times." True to his word, Scott kicked back at the shoot looking nothing less than that, wearing only black suede Balmain biker trousers and a few gold chains.
But as the first of Porter's pictures prove, the 21-year-old Kanye West protege had no problem transforming from shirtless and tat-strapped to a casually dapper rapper, dressed in a crisp, white Christophe Lemaire button-up, black sweatpants by Neil Barrett, and slip-on sneakers by Maison Martin Margiela. (We assume that the diamond-lined grill is his own, and are not-so-secretly stoked that there's no mention of Porter's interviewer getting to swap spit like we did last year at the VMAs. *brushes shoulders off*)
One Direction thinking about That Moment.
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Directioners, y'all better start bathing in Our Moment, because One Direction already has a new perfume on the way. In a video just released by the band, Harry reveals that a new edition of Our Moment, not-very-creatively named That Moment, will be released soon. Before we get to this new perfume, can we talk about the video? Is this 30-second clip the reason Harry was MIA when the band won its first award at the 2014 Brit Awards? He's in the same outfit and a dimly lit room—who knows how long he was hanging out in there. Is it called That Moment because of that moment when Harry was nowhere to be found? Some questions have no answers.
The new fragrance, Harry tell us, will take some of the old notes like "pink grapefruit and jasmine" and mix them with "green apple and violet." The best part, though (LBR, we're not buying it because of how it smells), is that it'll come in a "swanky new bottle." YAAAS. Swanky bottles are the best kind of bottles!! Let's check this bad-boy bottle out!