Nicki Minaj in Tom Ford on the cover of Elle.
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It's wild that seeing an incredibly recognizable, super famous woman without makeup could be described as anything close to shocking, but we have to admit, it sometimes is. We're used to seeing Nicki Minaj done up with the bright pink lipstick, full lashes and flawless hair. Sure, she's been simplifying her style in the new year, but it's still nothing close to the no-makeup look she's rocking on the April cover of Elle. With her long blonde hair loose, damp and wavy and not a single dab of color anywhere on her face, Nicki looks like she could have just (flawlessly) gotten out of the shower. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside and (of course) styled by Joe Zee, Nicki is wearing a Tom Ford leather jacket on the cover, and very little else, save for a pair of American Apparel leggings.
Taylor Swift and her stylist Joseph Cassell on the cover of 'The Hollywood Reporter.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'The Hollywood Reporter'
If there's one thing we've learned here at MTV Style, it's that for every celebrity or musician we peep on the red carpet, there's an insanely talented stylist behind them. And you know what? The job ain't easy! They have the pressure of creating iconic looks time and time again, which can make (or break!) a person's entire career. It's time to finally get to know the names behind the oh-so-famous faces, so The Hollywood Reporter put together a list of the top 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood. And, yay, some of our old faves (Johnny Wujek! Brad Goreski! Rachel Zoe!) managed to make the cut!
'Teen Vogue' collection bralette and shorts.
Photo: Courtesy of Macy's
A clothing line designed with the help of the editorial team at Teen Vogue?! Yes, please. Macy's announced today that they've teamed up with the glossy for an exclusive, fashion-forward juniors line, available in 150 Macy's stores and online TODAY. The spring collection, which includes everything from basics (like printed leggings and tank tops) to jumpsuits to bralettes (and literally everything in between) is priced between $20 and $60. In a comment to Women's Wear Daily, Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley explained, "We've had terrific success with our branded mobile game, Teen Vogue Me Girl, and with our bedding collection, so apparel was the next logical step.” We think so too!
Kristin Cavallari wearing a Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad dress in the February 2013 issue of 'Splash.'
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We don't mean to be overly dramatic, but the world might have just ended. We all watched Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad's tumultuous relationship go down on Laguna Beach, but it seems as if the two have officially made amends. K Cav appeared in the February issue of Splash magazine wearing—gasp—a Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad dress! We don't want to put words in Kristin's mouth, but, um, she's kind of showing MAY-JUH support for LC by sporting a dress she designed in a mag for ALL to see (and she looks dang good in it). Kristin wore the black Jasper dress ($240), which features a fitted, sweetheart bodice and layered tulle skirt. She paired her frock with black Chinese Laundry pumps ($75) (I mean, duh, she has her own line, people), GORGE curly blonde strands, bold red lips, and shimmery bronze cheeks. But, like, what does this mean for the infamous twosome?
A$AP Rocky covers "L'Uomo Vogue" magazine.
Photo: L'Uomo Vogue
It would be pretty bold to say that A$AP Rocky is single-handedly making menswear a LOT more interesting for us with his unpredictable oscillation between streetwear and high fashion, but... he kind of is! Dat PMF racks up yet another fashion editorial, landing himself on the on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue's March 2013 issue. We knew it was only a matter of time before Rocky made his Vogue debut, and it only makes sense that his introduction to the legendary glossy would be via the magazine family's Italian menswear vertical. You know what also makes sense? That they would swaddle him in Milan's finest: Dolce & Gabbana. Maybe it's silly to expect anyone to get a Vogue feature but with Rocky's excellent taste, hobnobbing with designers, sitting front row, and even modeling in fashion shows, it seems only logical. Also, the Harlem fashion killa kind of already tipped us off to the new cover.
Selena Gomez on the April issue of 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Harper's Bazaar/Terry Richardson
Sometimes it's the little things that makes life worth living, y'all. I mean, at this point we can look forward to seeing Selena Gomez's adorbs little face on a mag at LEAST once a month (see: her most recent NYLON and Glamour covers), which means we can consistently feast our eyes on tons of fun, fashion-y Selena goodness. Today we were hit with the April issue of Harper's Bazaar, where Sel looks like a TOTAL beach babe in her spring-ready ensembles. She sported a red and white striped Dolce & Gabbana blouse and shorts with bright red lipstick, a smoldering smoky eye, and her typically on-point waves. But, when we peeped the spread, it turns out that Ms. Gomez not only killed it in the photo shoot, but in the interview as well. (Duh.)
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.