Kanye West's '80s and Heartbreak' created from socks (left) and the original album cover.
Photo: Famous Sock Covers Tumblr / Amazon
There are some seriously ridiculous Tumblrs in the black hole of the blogosphere, but our latest discovery just might take the weird/crazy/cool prize of them all- at least for this week. Behold, "Famous Album Covers Recreated With My Socks." Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like... and yes, it's kind of amazing. Inspired by iconic album art from over the years from musicians like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Pearl Jam, the brains behind the site have crafted their own version using.... the contents of their sock drawers.
If you follow Kanye West on Twitter, you've probably heard of The Fancy. Not because he's updated his verified account on the Pinterest competitor (*ACHEM* still blank as of August 9, 2012), but because he's promoted it not once but twice to his 8,252,169 followers and hinted at his involvement with the tech start-up. We have no idea how likely or unlikely it may be that you've heard of the website since we live and breath internet vapor, but we'll give you a little run-down anyway. The Fancy combines the visual collaging made popular by Pinterest and Tumblr with the shoppability of Svpply and packages it all together in a winning (and lucrative!) combination that has reportedly piqued Apple's interest. More importantly to us, though, we get to full-on culture vulture on the wish lists of our favorite music and fashion icons via verified celebrity accounts! Along with the pricey cars and high-end wardrobe staples, some of these celebs are fancying some really funny stuff (which we're sure were all meant in jest). To follow are just a few of our findings. Enjoy!
Rick Ross fancied this Louis Vuitton Jason Mask.
Photo: Getty/The Fancy
Equal parts fabulous and terrifying, rapper Rick Ross fancied this Louis Vuitton leather Jason mask.
Cindy Crawford plays dress-up with comedian Tracey Ullman at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1990.
So what if I was swaddled in diapers when House Of Style premiered in 1989? And so what if I wasn't even BORN when The Tracey Ullman Show first hit airwaves? Does that mean I can't appreciate, nay, fall COMPLETELY head-over-heels over the glowing junction of pop culture where the two intersect? Not at all. Out of the bananas deluge of classic House of Style clips we've resurrected for our collection (around 170!!), this bit from Episode 5 wherein Tracey Ullman and Cindy Crawford rendezvous at the Plaza Hotel to play dress up in seeeeerious designer duds is hands down my favorite. To the point where my face is paralyzed in a permanent smile attack and my cheeks feel like they're about to fall off and regenerate a new set.
Justin Bieber at his exclusive acoustic concert on July 17 in Sydney, Australia.
Photo: Getty Images/Cartoon Network
Call us crazy, but Justin Bieber's hair has been looking particularly cartoon-y lately. I mean, it's not Jared Leto Dragon Ball Z kinds of cray, but it's just SO gosh darn perfect it could appear in the Saturday morning cartoon programming no questions asked. See: The Biebs today in Sydney (er, yesterday? Australia time confuses us. #aussiesarealwaysinthefuture) at an exclusive acoustic performance sporting an absolutely perfect 'do. Not only did his coif look too good to be true (seriously, not even ONE hair out of place? How is it curved yet straight at the same time? Ridic!), but his entire ensemble sort of reminded of something... like an ACTUAL cartoon that already existed. Hmmm, tight black rolled-up tee, super dark shades, sky-high blonde 'do? Who could this be?
Kanye West at the Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2009 show.
Photo: Getty Images
You may remember that back in 2009, Kanye West uploaded a self-deprecating video of himself to his blog (R.I.P. KanyeUniverseCity) decreeing his new name: "Martin Louis The King, Jr." It was an attempt to make light of the fact that he and his (then) newest sneaker collaboration boasted the same name - the Louis Vuitton Don. And to comment on the waves he made sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week January that same year wearing the head-turning, cherry red kicks. Welp, now, more than THREE YEARS after that video and Kanye's ceremonious self-renaming, Jeremy Watt has developed the Kanye Nickname Generator which doles out über-fashionable monickers much like Yeezy's for all who dare to take part. Also, it desecrates any and all chances for productivity in your day. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Lady Gaga's "Simpsons" pork chop dress and her 2010 Video Music Awards meat dress.
Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Getty Images
I don't know what the world is like without The Simpsons. That's not some cheap ploy to position myself as the biggest Simpsons fan ever; it's just the truth. Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie have been an integral part of pop culture as I know it since before my spongey baby brain could even make memories. Since its inception on The Tracey Ullman show, I've seen the Simpsons world and the fashion community intersect a few times, but over the past 25 years, never before has it been quite like this. Lady Gaga's major feature guest starring in Sunday night's Season 23 finale (May 20, 8 p.m. EST on FOX, like you didn't already know) is already a huge deal (umm, HAI, an entire episode dedicated to your visit to Springfield? #bucketlist), but as soon as we caught wind of her 18 different episode outfits, we knew we had to beg someone from the Simpsons camp to talk to us about this ASAP. Thankfully, legendary writer/producer extraordinaire (and all-around smart, funny dude) Al Jean answered our pleas and gave us the scoop on the hotly anticipated episode and all its animated fashions.
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld as Simpsons characters.
Photo: Courtesy of aleXsandro Palombo/HumorChic.Blogspot.com
D'OH. It looks like The Simpsons have made their way into the style scene! Illustrator aleXsandro Palombo transformed some of our fashion faves into Simpsons characters and, um, we're DYING over these. We had to share this image of Anna Wintour looking as orange-y as ever in a tight, long-sleeved black dress sporting her signature bob and always-on sunglasses. (Cue Corey Hart's "Sunglasses At Night" music video.) If we could see her feet, we bet she'd be sporting those cross-strap nude Manolo Blahnik heels! And, awww—look at Karl Lagerfeld as Homer Simpson. We rarely see Chanel's creative director in anything but a black suit, crisp white shirt and black tie. He, too, NEVER takes off his sunglasses—even moreso than Anna. Honestly, we've only seen Uncle Karl without glasses like, once or twice, and he looks a bajillion times less intimidating. Guess that's why he always keeps those suckers on! (Cue Corey Hart's "Sunglasses At Night" music video AGAIN.) Homer, er, Karl's white hair is slicked back into a sleek pony per usual, and even though we can't peep his hands, we're guessing he's sporting some fingerless black gloves. Oh, and don't worry, that protruding tummy is ALL Homer.