Azealia Banks in 'V' Magazine.
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We couldn't have named V Magazine's spread better ourselves—Azealia Banks, Grimes, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX and Porcelain Black really are the "Girls Of Now." From their killer music-making abilities to totally-on-trend style, these young ladies are totally pushing the boundaries in ALL aspects of their life, and we love that. Up first: Our fashion-y fave Ms. Azealia Banks. She stunned in her super long, purple mermaid waves, Dior hat, black sequin Donna Karan blazer, Alexander Wang leather bustier, and striped Norma Kamali briefs. (If only WE looked this good sans pants. *sobs*)
Ellie Goulding performs 'Only You' for ASOS.
We first tipped you off to ASOS's ridiculously rad holiday campaign a couple of weeks ago when we unveiled the brand's #BestNightEver images with Azealia Banks, Ellie Goulding, and model Charlotte Free. Now that these sparkly, spangly, and downright ADORABLE pics have had some time to properly sink into our fashion subconscious (is that even a thing?), our girl Ellie G. is here to help jumpstart our shopping list, and who's going to argue with that?! The U.K. singer has just released a new music video for the concept campaign, showing off an exclusive cut of her single "Only You." The breezy, electro-pop track is pretty awesome in itself, but get this— from her embellished top to her cracked PU shorts to her wedge ankle boots, it's 100% shoppable! Mhmmm....genius.
Rita Ora has been switching up her style lately.
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We've fallen pretty hard for Rita Ora's almost aaaaalways sneaker-clad style (Exhibits A, B, and C). The sporty kicks are such an integral part of her personal steez that she's even been named the newest face of Superga! We know, though, that styles evolve many times over, and it looks like our girl Rita might be on the verge of a new fashion chapter. Judging from a few of her most recent public appearances, Ora's ditched the sneakers and streetwear (for the time being) in favor of some more markedly high fashion ensembles.
Alexis Krauss in Obesity & Speed's Spring 2013 lookbook.
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Remember a couple of weeks ago when Obesity & Speed's Lyz Olko hinted that her upcoming collection was going to be totally BANANAS?! OK, so maybe those were our words, not hers, but the truth remains— the New York designer has outdone herself yet again, this time injecting her signature grungy basics with a decidedly sporty twist. Think shortsleeved sweatshirts with mesh insets, shredded tie-dye tees, and awesome "Can't Lose" tanks that remind us a lot of our old lacrosse pinnies....except a lot cooler, of course. Plus, this season comes with an added bonus— the spring lookbook stars none other than Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss as the ultimate cheerleader dropout. Win-win!
Kristen Stewart promotes 'On The Road.'
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It's official: sometimes a really great outfit works just as well as coffee at waking us up. Don't believe it? Just check out Kristen Stewart, who has made dreary Monday morning a LOT more exciting with this seriously eye-opening ensemble. There's no doubt the actress has been upping her fashion game in a whole new way recently (her creepy Halloween costume and otherwise), but her latest style transformation might be the best one yet. Hot on the heels of her recent Glamour Poland cover, the star hit the red carpet this weekend to promote On The Road wearing—wait for it...a sleek white bustier top. Whoa. The menswear-inspired look comes courtesy of Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which makes Kristen THE very first person to rock the outfit off the runway. Considering her supertight status with the label's designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, we're not at all surprised about this special treatment. But now that Ghesquière shockingly announced his departure from the French fashion house this morning, what does that mean for K.Stew's relationship with the brand?
Digital artist visionary/sartorial slayer aka Kesh had me at "HEY GIRL!" (Okay, maybe I said that to her whilst drooling over her goth Princess Leia-ish buns.) There was also our subsequent bonding over Britney's obscure naughty pop gem known as "Phonography". It was a grey evening at the Standard Hotel Grill and Kesh was kicking it at the bar with our mutual dark poptress BFF, Natalia Kills, both clad in their best goth garb and working the most purrfect cat eyes in the universe. And so it began. I thought I already knew a lot about Kesh via stalking her (hiiii, she's the mastermind behind Azealia Banks' ravishing raver bananas-ly Beetlejuice-tinged look at Coachella) and is a front row staple at every fashion week/fashion show that matters. I've also been itching whilst schvitzing for an invite to "The Cave" in her LA pad, where, as it's been told, Kesh brews her creative magic, photographing other aesthetically-awesome artists (see: Blood Orange, Venus X) in the ultimate meeting-of-the-well-dressed-minds. But I didn't expect our heartless-heart strings to bind us together for eternity. I blame it on the English accent and black lipstick kisses and maybe the Illuminati.
Courtesy of Glamour Magazine.
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Selena Gomez is adorable, but there's so much more to her than just that. The former Disney star may be most known for her time on the channel, for her pop career with band The Scene, and for her role as half of pop's most powerful couple (the other half being, obviously, Justin Bieber), but beyond the fact that she's breaking into more grown up film roles this year with her part in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which is being released just in time for, yeah, Spring Break in March of 2013, Gomez is showing herself to be whip smart, savvy, and beyond anything else, compassionate and concerned for the world beyond Hollywood. This is why, when Glamour announced this year's Women of The Year, it was no surprise that Selena was it. As the youngest-ever U.S. UNICEF ambassador, Gomez's life isn't all glitz and glam, when she's not working she's out there making a difference all over the world. In the article, Selena talks about visiting Ghana for the United Nations, and even taking part in the Global Poverty Project's Live Below The Line Project, where she spent a week living on just $1.50 a day.
Carly Rae Jepsen in Houston yesterday.
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Demi Lovato and Alexa Chung aren't the only stars having a major Topshop moment these days. Carly Rae Jepsen is hot on their heels, rocking the U.K. retailer regularly both onstage AND off. Just after wearing not one, but TWO different Topshop ensembles to Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars," the Canadian singer is at it again. This time she chose to wear a sparkly face-motif dress from the brand's Louise Gray collection. Covered in sequins and splashed with a starry smile, it should go without saying that this Flash Face frock is a guaranteed attention-getter...oh, and did we mention it's on sale?
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Confession: even though we're, uh, past the middle school gaming days, we're still suckers for Super Mario Brothers (and Tetris, and Minesweeper, and Pac Man...). Turns out we're not the only ones— Sarah Hyland's got a soft spot for old-school Nintendo, too. The Modern Family actress has signed on to rep TWO brand-new projects from the gaming company. The first, called "Style Savvy: Trendsetters," is a shopping-based game where users create and manage their own stores, from designing the interior of the shop, to stocking the boutique, to making sure their customers are happy. Think of it as living vicariously- er, virtually- through your favorite editors, buyers, and industry insiders. Plus, you can check out what the other players are into, with over 12,000 clothes, shoes, and accessories to choose from. Shopping without spending any money? We'll take it!
Taylor Swift's Elle Canada Cover.
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Taylor Swift may have strayed from her sparkly dress wearing past lately, in favor of ladylike a-line dresses and *gasp* pants, but her glittering former signature style is out in full force on the cover of Elle Canada's December issue. The stunning gown calls to mind Tay's nude, sparkly look from her IHeartRadio performance, but, needless to say it takes it to a whole new level. Featuring a form fitting mermaid cut, what appears to be a sweetheart neckline and a long train, the gown would be totally at home on the Oscars red carpet. Taylor pairs the dramatic dress with easy, carefree waves and her signature red pout, making the look, which could so easily be thrown over the top by too-glitzy hair and makeup, look natural and elegant.