There's a big thing happening in France this week, and I'm not (just) talking about the Kimye wedding. It's the week of Cannes Film Festival, the film world's most glamorous series of premieres and presentations set in the south of France. The usual Hollywood suspects—Gosling, Pattinson, Lawrence—are all there, but there is one very unexpected participant in the Cannes festivities: Justin Bieber. And for the most part, it hasn't even been the egg-hurtling, lip-biting Biebs we've seen so much of lately (more on "for the most part" in a bit). Cannes Bieber seems to be a little more suave, a little more debonaire, a little cleaner cut with his tailored separates and a slicked back David Beckham-reminiscent 'do.
Pharrell Williams and the lamp he designed for Kartell.
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First off, hi! I'm back. Did you miss me? Did you even know I left? Probs not, but I'm writing for MTV Style again—this time from the West Coast. [Insert smug sunglasses emoji here.] But enough about that, let's get down to biz aka talking about Pharrell doing stuff—and by "stuff" I mean "designing lamps." Between creating a fragrance, collabbing with Adidas, and performing at awards shows, the N.E.R.D. frontman certainly wears many hats (heh). For his latest venture, Pharrell took on the world of furniture design by creating his own version of Ferruccio Laviani’s classic Bourgie table lamp. Italian furniture company Kartell invited Pharrell and 19 other designers (including Lenny Kravitz!) to re-imagine the iconic lamp on the 10th anniversary of its debut, and he totally killed it.
The couple that conceals their faces together stays together.
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Right on the heels of Jay Z and Beyonce releasing "Run," photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were snapped before heading to the gym for a pre-wedding workout. Kimye were caught wearing matching bandanas, in addition to a decidedly lowkey outfit for Ye: a gray hooded sweatshirt, cropped sweatpants, tights, and Nikes. Kim, was also wearing tights + a hoodie and a swagged-out leather "Yeezy" jacket. It appears that remaining inconspicuous was not a chief concern. One can only assume they were listening to Ye's "The New Workout Plan."
Meanwhile, hip-hop's premier royal couple stepped out in matching balaclavas in their never-to-be-released film "Run." She with a white blazer, lacy bra top, and trousers; he in a white crewneck tee, blazer, and pants.
Excuse my French, but I'm in France...and these ain't the real Red Octobers.
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Picture this: You're a huge fan of Kanye West, and you're in Paris the week before his much-anticipated wedding to Kim Kardashian. You catch wind of where he might be in the next few hours, grab the prized Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers you dropped a lot of coin for on eBay, and head over to the spot in hopes of catching his eye. You actually see Kimye and get RIGHT IN THERE. This is your moment. You're gonna get Yeezy to sign your Yeezys. You make eye contact, present your beloved scarlet kicks and a Sharpie, and Ye obliges with a massive grin. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And then he tells you they're fake. *screeeeeeeeching brakes* WHAT?!?!?!??
Robert Pattison is currently in Cannes promoting his TWO new films: The Rover and Maps to the Stars. The Cronenberg film isn't the first time that Pattinson has teamed up with the Canadian director—their first collaboration was on 2012's Cosmopolis. However, it's his wardrobe that has been garnering more attention, at least here in MTV Style HQ. It's one thing to see your teen idols age (sorry guys, it happens) but to see them go full-on DAD is a little scary. Yet there's something about R-Patz's new looks that seems oddly familiar.
That’s when it hit me, we’ve seen this before. That white undershirt is a clear “Dad” tell.
5 Seconds of Summer in the "Don't Stop" music video.
Photo: Capitol Records
5 Seconds of Summer has exhibited impressive dedication to their cutoff band tees—they even wore 'em for last night's Billboard Awards performance, which was a BFD because it marked their U.S. TV debut. Wearing decades-old Misfits tees with the sleeves chopped off was a ballsy move, since the other dudes in attendance—Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Michael Jackson (sorta)—pulled out all the stops, but I'm giving enthusiastic applause for staying true to their style.
Which is why I'm surprised they went and switched things up on us for the "Don't Stop" music video, their second single off their soon-to-be-released and soon-to-turn-my-world-upside-down debut album. The guys dropped jaws (and trou) by trading their now-ubiquitous cutoff shirts for superhero costumes. Their look was more Power Rangers than Avengers, but nonetheless, the masked vigilantes saved the day. Like actually saved the day, because it was a super lame Monday before this video entered the world, and now it's super super. Because superheros.
5 Seconds of Summer at the Billboard Music Awards.
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The Billboard Music Awards marked 5 Seconds of Summer's first-ever televised performance in the U.S. (Translation: Us Americans are soon going to be just as obsessed as their fellow Aussies already are.) So, yeah, tonight was a pretty major milestone for the about-to-be-HUGE boy band, and making a big first impression calls for pulling out all the stops, style-wise. Taking a cue from boy bands past, the dudes hit the stage wearing something we've never seen on them before—matching outfits. This was no all-white-everything suit situation like Backstreet Boys' heyday, nor was it anything like One Direction's color-coordinated pocket squares, because 5SOS aren't your average boy band.
Howie is praying that he won't spill ketchup on his white pants.
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It's been a decade and a half since Backstreet Boys' third album, Millennium, hit the airwaves, forever changing our lives and the legacy of boy bands as we know it.
Unlike the dudes in *NSync, who each had their own respective personal styles, BSB exhibited an admirable dedication to matching. They matched in the videos off of their first and second albums (see: "Quit Playing Game [With My Heart]" and "As Long As You Love Me" for two prime examples), but their propensity for outfit coordination hit a truly impressive note during their Millennium era.
When you think of the word "millennium," what do you think of? The year 2000? Nah. You think of five dudes dressed in head-to-toe white and that's thanks to the album cover and, largely, this video. This monotone look was iconic enough that Blink-182 spoofed it in one of their videos. These outfits deserve attention and we're gonna give it to 'em.
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Yasssss. Just in time for the weekend is a brand new video from NY-based rapper Le1f. The video features Le1f as the only man around (and alive?) dancing atop of ruins, and crossing swampland in a way that is supes elegant in a deserted and abandoned forest setting before making his way to a mysterious light on the other side of the woods. Excited about this video and all of the looks styled by Andreas Aresti yet? Then let's get started!
Still from Le1f's 'Sup' video.
Photo: Terrible Records.
Who's that mysterious hooded figure in the olive green jacket? And what's up with that light?