"True Grimes" in 'Style.com/Print.'
Photo: Nick Haymes/Courtesy of Style.com
The last edition of Style.com/Print saw Cara Delevingne working a striking lipstick-smudged mouth on its cover, and now the mag's returned with a slick new issue featuring another one of our favorites. This time it's Grimes, who shows off her fashion stuff in designer duds by Altuzarra and Jeremy Scott and fills the publication in on life when she's not on the road. Photographed in her home in Vancouver (literally, in her house!), this "True Grimes" spread stars the musician chilling on the cluttered counter and lounging in bed... with her teddy bear, no less. Proving that her endearing humility and effortless style is no act, Claire Boucher remarks to writer Jonathan Durbin that despite sitting front row at shows like Chanel last season, she's still sort of a fashion newbie. In fact, she says, "I had never read fashion magazines until I was in them." Wait, what?!
Grimes for'Hunger' magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Hunger'
You hear that? That sound is just the undeniable buzz that zips around the MTV Style HQ whenever one of our faves like Grimes, Rita Ora, or Iggy Azalea finds herself firmly planted upon some glossy prime real estate. But now that that all THREE emerging stars have landed themselves individual covers for HUNGER magazine, this buzzy feeling has morphed into a bonafide EXPLOSION that practically crackles right off of the screen. Publications are quickly learning that one way to sell issues like hotcakes (or, in this case, concert tickets) is to produce multiple covers and often with more than one star. So perhaps taking cues from Teen Vogue's success with all five of its One Direction covers, HUNGER upped the ante with seven different editions for Spring/Summer 2013, each featuring a different rising female artist. Yes, you read that right...seven! In addition to Grimes, Rita, and Iggy, Jessie J, A*M*E, Gabrielle Aplin, and Crystal Renn all landed smack dab on an issue and repping a style that's undeniably her own. Editor-in-chief Rankin handpicked each of the girls himself, explaining, “I had begun to notice a pattern emerging in film and fashion, but most notably in music; where people (most obviously, young women) were taking control of their creative lives and output in a way I hadn’t seen before,” he said. So the natural step was to put them on the cover of his magazine, and it's an awesome thing he did.
Beyonce's actual British "Vogue" magazine cover.
Photo: British Vogue
Remember that time we hand-drew Beyonce's leaked British Vogue cover? Welp, dropping right alongside a cryptic teaser goading fans to "#BeyHereNow" at 9 AM EDT tomorrow morning (sorry, wait, WHERE is it I should BEY??), the real thing is finally out now! Finally, we get to see the high resolution, full-size, real thing. We get to see Bey in all her baby blue (baby Blue?) striped crop top, sequin pencil skirt, Jonathan Saunders-clad glory. This is exciting to us on so many levels, but perhaps most uniquely to us is the reasoning that now we can check our work and see whether we got any of those guessed cover lines right!
As if the, erm, questionable headlines and double-dose of SMIZE weren't enough to have me talking about Justin Bieber's two Teen Vogue covers for weeks (between status updates on his recently quarantined pet monkey OG Mally Bieber, that is), the teen arm of the Vogue editorial juggernaut also released the rest of Biebsy's feature photos. That's right, Beliebers. On top of two smoldering cover options, Teen Vogue has bestowed unto the world 10, nay, 11 more photos from Justin's shoot with the magazine.
The new images show Bieber from all angles—frontways, sideways, fully-clothed, fully shirtless (though, we suspect he considers his left side his "good side" since over half of the snaps feature it)—and yet, somehow I'm still unsatisfied. Perhaps my expectations are unrealistic. Perhaps it'll take actually purchasing the issue and thereby reading the full interview, rather than this excerpt, for all that to subside, for me to feel like I've really seen Justin in a new light, but MAN, do I still have a ton of lingering questions. I'd hate to bore you, but I also refuse to keep this ish bottled up. Thus, I whittled them down into five catch-all inquires, and well, here they are!
WHAT DOES JUSTIN'S CHAIN TASTE LIKE?
Justin Bieber tastes his chain in this "Teen Vogue" cover shoot.
Photo: Teen Vogue
Three of the Teen Vogue photos picture J.Biebs with the diamond cross pendant of his chain hanging out of his mouth. It raises so many questions. Does Justin have an oral fixation? Was he directed to do this or was this his own idea? Is this a habit he's always had that I'm only just now becoming aware of? But the most important question is: what does Justin's chain taste like? It's gotta be at least kinda good if he keeps coming back to it, right?
Justin Bieber on the May issues of 'Teen Vogue.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Teen Vogue'
The last time we spotted Justin Bieber on Teen Vogue's cover, it was September of 2010. He sported his signature side-swooped 'do, a striped pullover sweater, and a sheepish grin on his baby-faced visage. This time, though, Biebs graces the May issue (twice!) bringing SO much face (and 'tude), it's clear his transformation from tween heartthrob into smooth almost twenty-something is complete. He oozes with confidence, pairing hissky-high, pomade-infused locks with a white tank top and gold chain (not much unlike his performance look from late last year [see: exactly the same]). He fiercely smizes over his tattooed shoulder, locking us into his brown-eyed gaze so hard we can baaaarely function.
Seriously, British "Vogue," we need to know if this is real.
Photo: MTV/Gaby Wilson
Okay, so... Let me explain. Yesterday, a photo leaked (courtesy of Beylite's Instagram) of what LOOKS like a forthcoming issue of some international Vogue magazine with the always lovely Beyonce gracing the cover. Since last night was the UK premiere of Beyonce's Life Is But A Dream documentary and the May issue of British Vogue would hit newsstands right as King Bey's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rolled into town AND Beyonce is wearing an entire look ripped from Jonathan Saunders' Spring/Summer 2013 collection (the current season!), it seems a pretty educated guess by Beylite to pin this on the UK edition of the glossy global franchise. For followers of fashion and gigantic Beyonce Stans (uhhh, what has two thumbs and made that "Bow Down" single art her Facebook cover photo???*), this is MAJOR news. You also probably get that. What you DON'T get, however, is why we're posting about this with a hand-drawn version of the suspected cover.
Just when we think the bond between Jeremy Scott and 2NE1's CL can't get any stronger, the fashion designer and K-pop star collab once again to make our stone cold fashion hearts melt--this time for i-D magazine! The oh-so-cool twosome have been extremely open about their BFFness (yeah, that's a word), and CL even explained how they partnered up in i-D's latest issue. "When our first album came out, Jeremy saw the video, and I was wearing his shoe collaboration with Adidas. [...] You know when you meet someone and you just know you’re going to be good friends? We had that connection and since then we’ve been like best friends." Awwwww! Well, we couldn't be more happy the two besties linked up because the results we get when they are together are PHENOM. See: The photo above. JS decked out CL in his finest (and most fluorescent!) duds for their latest i-D shoot, and we're obsessed with her hot pink and yellow street wear-meets-raver Jeremy Scott for Adidas puffy coat, hoodie, bustier, and sweatpants ensemble. WERK.
Kate Nash in Galore Magazine.
Well hello there, Kate Nash! The MTV Artist to Watch is performing tonight at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC, but she's also all over the latest issue of Galore magazine, looking fierce and making us long for bike riding weather. Shot by Galore editor-in-chief Jacob Dekat for the Women Who Rock Issue (featuring cover girl Chanel Iman, of course), Kate took to the New York City streets in an INCREDIBLE bejeweled bra top and hot pants from The Blonds, layered over her own fishnet top, and a necklace from Toujours Toi. Nash is channeling a punk rock pin-up in her usual victory rolls, her brown hair streaked with bleached blond, a flawless cat eye and bright red lip. Earlier this month, we chatted with Kate about her style, her music, and more specifically, her new album Girl Talk, and she made it very clear that she's no slouch when it come to fashion. Her Galore shoot reflects just that, with unexpected styling and a super fun approach to already fun pieces.
A$AP Rocky for "Interview" magazine.
Photo: Interview Magazine
We've known for a minute that A$AP Rocky and Alexander Wang are buds. They share similar tastes in fashion and music and bridge the two effortlessly every time they link up—whether that's by Rocky wearing Wang's threads for a magazine shoot, the two collaborating on a campaign video, or (our favorite) setting up a li'l video chat date. For their latest issue, Interview magazine didn't just swaddle the Harlem MC in high fashion for photographs (as he's proven to be so. good. at. doing.). Instead, they put him on the phone with Wang, sat back, and transcribed.
James Franco for 'Bullett' magazine.
Photo: Via Bullett
Listen, we're MORE than excited about all the chitchat surrounding Spring Breakers and it's upcoming release, especially when it relates to James Franco. I mean, we can't get enough of his sick braids, Hawaiian shirts, and all-around Riff Raff-inspired Florida rapper steez in the film, but, we have to admit, when we peeped Bullett magazine's latest photo shoot featuring Mr. Franco, it felt like the BIGGEST breath of fresh air. James is completely stripped of his gangster nuances—no tattoos, no grills, and (perhaps most importantly) no cornrows. Instead, he takes on an entirely different era—the '80s! James is juxtaposed against KILLER surrealist art deco backgrounds while sporting bold suit jackets and feathered hair in a spread that feels very (as Gaby Wilson put it) "Miami Vice meets Salvador Dali." We couldn't agree more. In his first look, James wears a fire engine red suit jacket with a matching red and white striped tie, black trousers and crisp white shirt. We love his fake-outdoor-but-obviously-in-a-studio set-up that (thanks to some serious mood-lighting) really brings the drama.