NO MORE SHIRTS.
Photo: W Magazine, Elle UK, Versace, Vogue Brazil
If you've had regular internet access for the past year, you've probably been noticing the same trend we have: All the celebs are going shirtless. ALL OF THEM. Granted, the whole concept of going shirtless or topless isn't new. For one, the Shirtless Cover Dude™ has been an integral part of Men's Health's business model for years. And as a rule, dudes baring their chests isn't all that uncommon to begin with, especially as we head into warmer months. Or if you follow Justin Bieber on Instagram (or on magazine racks [or at airport security]).
But the practice of women stripping off their tops—outside of, like, a Playboy magazine—isn't nearly as commonplace. Or at least, it hasn't been until recent days and was perhaps never more prevalent than this week. We thought 2013 was going to be the most shirtless year ever. (I mean, 2013 saw the introduction of Best Shirtless Performance to the MTV Movie Awards!) We were wrong. Gone are the days of being excited/scandalized by the occasional no-bra red carpet ensemble, topless magazine spread, or nearly-nude selfie. These are everyday sights in 2014 and THEN SOME.
Jay Z and Beyonce wear ski masks for their On The Run tour poster.
Photo: @beyonce's Instagram
I'm not sure how many instances it takes to be able to officially dub something a "trend," but I'm pretty confident, we can call ribbed ski masks a ~thing~ at this point. If not just now, then much, much earlier. You've probably seen it by now, but Jay Z and Beyonce are touring together (!!!) and the poster they released yesterday in promotion of the their On the Run joint tour depicts the power couple in matching black ski masks. The knit face coverings are, yes, a throwback to your "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" Hov and Bey, but they're also one more stop on the seemingly never-ending train of celebs wearing ski masks. What's that you say? You didn't know ski masks were trendy? OMG, don't worry, I'll catch you up.
TYLER, THE CREATOR
Tyler, the Creator performs in a ski mask.
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I know Tyler, the Creator didn't invent the ski mask, nor does he bogart it as a signature, but he's one of the earliest sightings of a ski mask I can recall from recent times.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS
Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots performs in a ski mask at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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Also, you may have just heard about Twenty One Pilots thanks to their high-energy performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, but their ski masks were not a nod to Spring Breakers or to Russian punk band Pussy Riot (more on both later). They're a hallmark steez for the band and have been for years.
Photo: Asos/River Island/Urban Outfitters/Zara/Need Supply/American Eagle
In case you missed the news: The Goonies is coming back. Director Richard Donner seemingly confirmed the news over the weekend to TMZ and is even in ongoing discussions with the original cast to return. Inspired by this news, Chunk's love of Hawaiian shirts, and one of spring's biggest trends, we sought out the season's finest florals. They're everywhere—from shoes to hats and everything in between. We collected a few of our faves and rounded them up for your consideration/enjoyment/shopping needs, etc. Check 'em out below, and if you introduce the flowery print to your wardrobe, be sure to do the Truffle Shuffle whenever you can.
Photo: Nasty Gal
This maxi dress from Nasty Gal features a subtle floral print. The colors are muted, but the oversized flowers speak for themselves—spring is here.
Photo: American Eagle
This American Eagle skirt combines the colors and print size of a typical Hawaiian shirt, but features it on a skirt and against a black background, making it automatically more wearable. The best part? It's on sale for under $25!
Hey readers, here's another round of Fashion Fanfic. In this installment of fantasy celebrity conversations, we find Jerry Seinfeld, along with the rest of the Seinfeld crew (Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus), at the iconic Tom's Restaurant discussing exactly what is the deal with "normcore" and how a fashion movement about nothing is kind of something. Here's how we think it went down.
Jerry sat down at his usual booth at Monk's Cafe, no, that wasn't right, at Tom's Restaurant, located on the corner of West 112th Street and Broadway in Morningside Heights. He sometimes had to mentally correct himself and distinguish between reality and a passing facsimile of reality, even if it was loosely based on his own reality. Sometimes, it got so confusing. "What was the deal with—" began his inner monologue before he heard the door open, and spotted Jason Alexander's bald head in the doorway.
They hadn't seen each other since filming a promo and an episode for "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which some had speculated would be an official Seinfeld reunion. Sadly, that was not to be. However, it was nice to get the gang together when in town. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was rumored to possibly show up to join them, now that she had finished filming season three of Veep. No one had seen Michael Richards for years.
Karlie Kloss wearing slides for 'Interview' and a pair of Adilettes
Photos: Interview Magazine/Adidas
Look at this foot. It's been over a year since the slow immersion of the athletic slide and its brethren into the annals of high fashion, and it hasn't exhausted itself yet: For one, this season in New York, rising label Houghton revisited Celine's furry Spring 2013 slippers, with similar versions in shearling and mohair for Autumn 2014. For two: A year on, designers are still pushing them in a direction you might not have imagined, or wished for—normcore, as it were, with the foot being the locus of all of normcore's attendant politics. Marni's Spring 2014 line, for instance, features flip-flops on a platform that align with the '30s spectator theme of the collection but also recall some of the more awkward moments of our late-'90s adolescence. (Damn, Marni, at least it's a platform—the further our feet are from the gross New York sidewalk, the better.)
Lorde at the Grammys and models from Creatures of Comfort and Adam Selman's NYFW runway shows.
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When Lorde hit the stage at this year's Grammy Awards, instead of grabbing our attention with a glittery thong or an elaborate set, the 17-year-old New Zealand export appealed to our digital tastes with her dark, dripping, dip-dyed finger art. We'd spotted similar styles on Michele Lamy, the eclectic wife, muse, and creative mind behind Rick Owens, and at Mara Hoffman's F/W 2011 presentation, but now it seems like this alternative form of nail art is turning into a full-blown trend.
It's only the second day of New York Fashion Week, but we've already caught painted fingers on the runways of designers like Creatures of Comfort and Adam Selman. CofC mirrored Lorde's Grammy nails by bronzing their models' fingers from tip to joint. Selman went with a cleaner, more graphic style, adding tattooed black bands on all five fingers, like a string of permanent midi-rings. But, lest you be deceived (and as is usually the case with almost any trend), in fashion, everything old is new again—and finger art is no exception.
Taylor Swift and Amy Adams at the 2014 Golden Globes.
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Listen, I've lived in several neighborhoods over the course of my five-plus year tenure in New York—but after the 2014 Golden Globes, I'm 99.9% sure that the only block I want to live on from now until forever is the COLOR BLOCK. *ba dum TSH, swings microphone around on cord, points and winks at crowd* Seriously, though. We saw a lot of trends at the second major awards show of the season: braids, brights, and most surprising, man-buns. But none made their mark quite like the color-blocked gown.
Taylor Swift, nominated for Best Original Song for "Sweeter Than Fiction" from One Chance, chose a sweetheart-cut, pre-Fall 2014 gown by Carolina Herrera, which featured a black partial bustier and cherry-red body with a gathered train. Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical winner Amy Adams (for American Hustle) wore a Maison Valentino number with an imitable color scheme, but Adams' pick featured a Merlot-tinted top and an *ACHEM* more risqué plunging neckline.
The year of two thousand and thirteen came bearing gifts of gold, going shirtless, and Beyonce, but right now, we're focusing on GOLD. Here are five of our favorite pieces of golden glam we added to our closets this year. *sits down*
Jeremy Scott's gold Adidas Originals Teddy Bear sneakers.
Photo: Jeremy Scott/Rory Rockmore
Jeremy Scott kicked off the holiday season with a tinsled bang this November, dropping gold and silver versions of his iconic teddy bear sneakers as part of his ongoing collab with Adidas Originals. These sparkling beauties feature open-armed teddy bears and matching gold laces, glinting and gleaming atop glittered gum soles. Glitter in the sole = glitter in the soul. Add that sparkly stuff to anything and watch how quickly it becomes my beary fave. *ba dum TSH*
Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in 'Elf.'
Photo: Warner Bros.
This year, celebrities contributed an immeasurable gift to the greater good by making it acceptable to wear baby pajamas in public. Often long-legged, lined with fleece and sometimes in the form of an adorable animal, the onesie has been embraced by everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. Hey, grown women deserve to be cozy and cute, too! Yet despite their growing popularity in 2013, we're pretttty sure that a few classic Christmas movies (like Elf, for example) ~actually~ tried to make onesies happen YEARS ago. But alas, no one paid attention—until now. Thanks for your help, celebrities! We'd definitely consider this a Christmas miracle.