Taylor Swift on the April issue of Vanity Fair.
Photo: Vanity Fair
Has the time come for Taylor Swift to stop playing dress up and start acting serious? While we never thought our Swifty would give up her girly girl, magic fairyland ways, her recent Vanity Fair cover has us thinking that maybe there are more mature days to come for the pop-country mega star. Maybe it all started when she began wearing pants on the regular, or when she did that sultry quick-change at the Brit awards, but there's a change afoot for our girl. Taylor graces the April issue of Vanity Fair, and the tight, windswept portrait seems to usher in this new age of her girlhood. Taylor poses with minimal makeup, maybe a little highlighter to make her deep blue eyes pop, her hair a mess, in an ornate jeweled dress and matching wrap, her hands draped over an acoustic guitar. This is one we can't wait to see fashion credits for, also, not because of the dress, which is beautiful, but because of Taylor's A+ ring game. Two cuff rings and an incredible sapphire grace the singers fingers, and we desperately want to know where she (or the shoot's stylist, more likely) acquired them. Forget about boys and gossip, tell us about the stuff!
Russell Westbrook for Flaunt magazine.
Photo: Flaunt Magazine
We've been keeping you updated on Russell Westbrook's rise to fashion ubiquity ever since the Oklahoma City Thunder forward started making waves in the 2012 NBA Finals post-game interviews with his lenless glasses and colorful couture shirts. Having staked a style claim to him so early, it's been really fun to watch him rack up editorial after editorial as the Thunder work their way toward this year's Playoffs. The latest notch in Russ 44's magazine belt (err, not that kind of magazine belt) comes courtesy of Flaunt magazine and is a MAJOR one because West is the first athlete to grace the glossy's cover! *wipes away single happy tear*
Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke for 'V Magazine'.
Photo: Via 'V Magazine'
Full disclosure: despite whatever our moms might say about catching a cold, we're TOTALLY guilty of leaving the house with wet hair (sorry we're not sorry?). It's usually the result of pressing the "snooze" button too many times and just not having the energy to deal with a blow dryer, but hey, if Shailene Woodley can rock the just-showered look on the red carpet, then we figure it's alright for the streets of Brooklyn. The folks over at V Magazine clearly feel the same way, since they've styled Girls actresses Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke in slick, side-swept 'dos in the glossy's new March issue. Equal parts "OMG I'm so late to work!" low-maintenance and high-fashion glam, the look's runway cred owes a lot to Alexander Wang, who's shown wet-looking hair on the catwalk multiple times the past couple of seasons.
Kevin Durant for "Teen Vogue" and Russell Westbrook for "L'Uomo Vogue" magazines.
Photo: Teen Vogue/L'Uomo Vogue
Not only did Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook make waves on the court by leading their Oklahoma City Thunder team straight to the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, the dynamic duo made names for themselves as bonafide style stars by way of their head-turning post-game ensembles off the hardwood. Now, in this second month of 2013, KD and Russ are getting the Vogue treatment with shoots in Teen Vogue and L'Uomo Vogue, respectively.
There's an unmistakable new attitude toward fashion in the world of sports. No longer is having an interest in, let alone a flair for, style a fringy, sourly regarded thing. Athletes are embracing fashion, and the fashion world, in turn, is reciprocating. In no sport is that more wide-spread at the moment than basketball, and with the season inching closer and closer to the NBA Playoffs (kicking off in a little over a month), editorial outlets are picking up steam on their hoops coverage, shining style spotlights on the league's best and brightest.
Vanessa Hudgens for 'Paper.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Paper'
Vanessa Hudgens, is that even you?! She looks so unbelievably different here, it's hard NOT to do a double-take when you first glance at the actress's new fashion editorial in this month's Paper magazine. The Spring Breakers star has totally ditched her classic California girl style for Dior, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton in the boundary-pushing spread...sort of like a mashup of Joan Jett rebelliousness with a bit of David Bowie glam thrown in for good measure. Her shaggy mullet, paired with her dramatic kohl-rimmed cat eyes, berry lips, and edgy fresh-off-the-runway outfits, is Vanessa Hudgens as we've NEVER seen her before. Think '90s chokers, bold brows, and fearlessly defiant poses that practically pop off the pages. See more of her glam rock transformation below!
It seems like we just can't get enough of CL. The 2NE1 star is one of our favorite fashiony gals as of late because she's always decked out in THE most bold and badass ensembles (think: head-to-toe neon fur and allover gold baroque prints). But, when we peeped the K Pop star in the March 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar, we saw an entirely new side of the singer. She ditched her typically bright ensembles for some seriously high-fashion all-black duds, and she still killed it. In her first look (above), she sported a black floppy hat with a lace button-up bell sleeve shirt and diamond leopard earrings. She went for a SUPER dramatic beauty look with an extra thick cat eye, bold matte red lip, a swipe of bronzer, and eggplant nails. PERF!
Remember back in November when Rihanna leaked her V Magazine photos, in which she appears in flagrante delicto alongside Kate Moss? Shot by the inimitable Mario Testino, the spread basically made the internet explode, but I don't think anyone expected to have to wait this long to see the real thing. The racy photos were shot by the inimitable Mario Testino, and feature Kate and Rihanna in various states of undress, save for a heavy, glossy dose of black eyeliner and the occasional splash of lingerie and menswear. The accompanying article addresses the leak head-on, saying that it was the result of a hack that Rihanna thought was the real deal until the magazine told her otherwise. "I posted them because I was so excited...I was so bummed because I thought they were so sick," Rihanna says in the article accompanying the shoot, and we TOTALLY feel her. Can you imagine how hard it would be to shoot with a LEGENDARY model like Kate Moss and an equally incredible photographer and then have to wait months to show off your photos? TORTURE, we say! Rihanna wasn't the only one who was super excited for the pairing, however: Kate and her daughter Lila Grace are huge Rihanna fans as well! Check out a behind the scenes video from the shoot after the jump, and try not to get too hot and bothered.
G-Dragon and Taeyang for 'Vogue' Korea.
Photo: Courtesy of Big Bang's Facebook
We'll admit it—we need more K Pop in our lives. More specifically, we need more Big Bang. The 5-piece Korean boy band is ALWAYS dolling out the freshest looks (um, remember when they wore metallic Minx manicures? YEAH.), so when we peeped them in the March issue of Vogue Korea, we basically lost our shiz. It looks like the entire Big Bang crew didn't make it to the shoot, but G-Dragon and Taeyang had enough stylin' duds to seriously stun us. In the first look, G-Dragon wore a "Vogue" snapback (heh) with a white tank, leather shorts, skeleton X-ray knee-high socks, black sneakers, and tons (TONS!) of layered necklaces. He BA-ROUGHT his beauty game by sporting shimmery smokey eyes, statement brows, and half red, half green hair. Speaking of beauty, check out Taeyang's killer blonde and black braids! #DEAD He also wore drippy eye makeup and a smudge of liner below his lower lids. For his outfit, he wore a "Jewelry" snapback, oversized black and white graphic tee, leather pants, luxury branded boots, and the THICKEST platinum diamond chain we have ever seen. Whew, is it getting hot in here or is it just us? *fans self*
Beyonce for "The Gentlewoman" magazine.
Photo: The Gentlewoman
If you're on 24/7 Beyonce Watch like us, you will have noticed that Mrs. Carter just posted what appears to be her entire The Gentlewoman cover shoot to her Tumblr. Bey posts up for the editorial spread against another minimal backdrop and in black-and-white (as is the style of the mag). In keeping with the "bare it all" M.O. of her "Life Is But A Dream" HBO documentary (premiering tomorrow night at 9PM EST!), Beyonce wears a series of simple but chic outfits (por ejemplo: a black cashmere sweater and white floral skirt, both by Dior, on the cover), a slicked back, super-straight ponytail, and little to no makeup. The honesty of image is striking to say the least.
Miley Cyrus and Tish Cyrus at Rachel Zoe's runway show today.
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Oh HEY, Miley Cyrus! We've been wondering where the pop star would touch down during Fashion Week ever since she first hinted on Twitter she'll be attending the shows. But despite our prediction that she'd cruise straight to London, turns out the singer made a pit stop in New York City! She sat front row at pal Rachel Zoe's show this morning alongside her mom Tish and Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles — which actually makes TOTAL sense considering Miley is the mag's newest cover girl. Oh, and did we mention she looks killer? Because she does. Miley may have had some wardrobe issues pre-trip, but judging from her red hot Rachel Zoe jumpsuit, clearly she got 'em sorted out.