Models on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Runway fashion borrowing from hip-hop culture is hardly a new phenomenon. The trend took off back in fall of 1991 when Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld divisively tried his hand at “the ‘nouveau’ rapper look,” piling gold chains on his models, while his peers Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Neuville took similar inspiration. Now it’s pretty much a commonplace for designers to look to the genre and even tap its key players to walk in their shows. Just this weekend, Angel Haze strutted down DKNY’s runway.
Last season at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang—who’s merged the two worlds throughout his career—referenced ‘90s rap when he sent out "Parental Advisory" sweatshirts to the beat of Pharoahe Monch’s 1999 single “Simon Says.” A moment that perhaps also stuck with Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville when they were planning their Fall ‘14 collection.
Day Four of New York Fashion Week means we're halfway done with all this #FASHUN. Thankfully, we still have a few more days of #shehashadit's Jarvis Derrell taking on NYFW street style for us. Yesterday was rife with exposed skin and colorful hair, but today is full of layers, fur, and hats. So many hats. In case you missed any of Jarvis' earlier posts, you can peep 'em here—otherwise see below for what's been going down today on the street.
A New York Fashion Week attendee.
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Whewww YAAAASSSSS Kweens YAAAAASSSS!!! Well Kiesha, it seems icy cold Day 4 of New York Fashion Week via da streets was nothing but a glorified shondalatribute to MewMaws' (that's white people for "Grandmas'") closets all over the world!!! OBSESSED!!! Whew guurrrlll, I was just liiiiiving for it! Like this brave Kween for example, bringin' layers back...(YEP) in this fierce homage to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games going on right now! I call this ensemble "Trans-Siberian Boogie Woogie Disco Kween from Avenue C!" ...bring it all together with a sensible pair of oversized, overpriced, non-prescribed She's All That pre-makeover scene glasses and frames, and guuuurrrlll we're talking straight up Comfort ELAGANZA Extravaganza!!!! SERVE!!! #modest #everykweenaintable #painfullyhip #goldmetallicmirrorskirt #perfect #nowreflectonyourchoices #whoisthatkweeniseestaringstraightbackatme #patterns #prints #andfur #ohmy #kieshacalldrphil #wereperforminganintervention #imherebecauseiloveyou #jk #iactuallylovethis #lies #butimnotmadatyouroutfitkween #imfuriouswithyourshoechoice #whyyyy #rude #blackpantyhose #gaygasp #shehashadit #dontlookatme
It's Brunette-ney, b****! (Heh.) Over the weekend, Britney Spears shared a photo of herself that, at first glance, appeared to be some new promo for her Fantasy Remix perfume collection. "Spice up Valentine’s Day by getting ‘Naughty & Nice’ ((pun intended)) ," Spears tweeted while posing backstage at her Las Vegas vanity. But wait—that's not the same dark fringed wig she wore in the ads. In fact, we're pretty sure that's not a wig at all. And this isn't even an (official) ad. Could it be?! Britney's gone back to brunette, y'all!
Rita Ora, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zendaya at New York Fashion Week.
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As you may have concluded from our coverage over the weekend, New York Fashion Week marched along on Saturday and Sunday. It's Fashion Week, as in seven days, and not just the work week of regular ol' Joes. There were a ton of shows over the weekend, including DKNY, Christian Siriano, and Diane von Furstenberg, so celeb sightings were at an all-time high.
Somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'.
Photo: @mileycyrus's Twitter
This Friday, Miley Cyrus will kick off her highly anticipated Bangerz Tour, and judging solely on photos she tweeted this weekend, it's going to be one big party in the U.S.A. (So, be sure to pack a dream and your cardigan. And maybe some pasties.) In the behind-the-scenes rehearsal snaps, Cyrus, surrounded by dancers wearing stars and stripes, puts a #turntup twist on patriotism in a red-white-and-blue sequined leotard (a look we've learned is custom-made by Miley's stylist, Simone Harouche), coordinating cowboy boots, and (what we believe to be) the same countrified blonde bob wig she wore during Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged.
There are also some trippy cartoon visuals in the background that will no doubt serve a greater purpose to be revealed come Friday. "Even though parents probably won't think this, I think my show is educational for kids," Cyrus told Fuse in a recent interview. So, maybe those visuals are, like, Miley-versions of Schoolhouse Rock??? Pretty sure we've learned our lesson by now that when Cyrus is involved, ANYTHING is within the realm of possibility.
Yeezy's all on ya sofa, dese da Red Octobers
SOOOOOO-PRISE! While you were chugging mimosas, Nike shock-dropped the Air Yeezy 2 "Red Octobers" at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday (February 9). With no warning, those rapscallions announced the release via Twitter. To which the world said, "SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY."
The shoes reportedly sold out in 11 minutes. (That's how long it took for the "it's ova" tweet to appear.) Any turkeys lucky enough to be paying attention were able to yoink pairs for a sensible $245 bucks each. Sneakerheads who were caught off guard could now pay upwards of $5,000, judging by the current "buy it now" prices on eBay. But buyer beware: Fake Red Octobers have been floating around for months!
Azealia Banks on the cover of 'Galore.'
Photo: Rony Alwin for Galore Mag
Azealia Banks (times three!) is on the cover of Galore's brand new Music & Friendship Issue. And, rather than having you traipse all over town to round up three different covers, as many mags do, Galore has given us three Azealias for the price of one. Multiple images means multiple outfits, which, maybe, should be the new cover standard?
The A.Z. front-and-center wears a metallic crop top and matching skirt, which, surprisingly, are not sold together but are the creations of two different companies: That's Totally Fine and This Is A Love Song. Along with coordinating metallics, the MC also shows off her affinity for pasties for the cover with some 3-D butterflies (and very little else). We've seen a lot of pasties in our day, but it's been a while since we've seen any that would mess with the drape of your shirt. (Side note: There are so many pasties in the world, y'all.)
Happy Sunday, y'all! As you may have heard, Jarvis Derrell, a.k.a. the brains behind #shehashadit, is breaking down New York Fashion Week street style for us, and OMG, today was a doozy. As usual, Jarvis breaks down some choice looks for us and teaches us hashtags that we'll be incorporating into our daily lingo/tweets ASAP, so check out his latest
dispatch masterpiece below!
Michelle Harper at New York Fashion Week.
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Whhhhhhheeeeewwwwww YAAAAASSSSSSSSSS Kweeen YAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!! Serving all kinds of miraculous East Village REALNESS, and I am living for it!!! Momma always said, "You can't spell 'Put a ring on it' without 'exposed nipples,'" amen! That's how she met my Dad on JDate, back when it was a classifieds section in the newspaper! This Kween refuses to be upstaged by Sister Cyrus' latest photo spread, and NYC street photographers are all the better because of it!! SERVE!!! #eastvillage #experimentalfabrics #freeflushotsinalphabetcity #thankgod #letitgo #thecoldneverbotheredmeanyway #butlonghairdoes #ihadthatsamehaircutinfourthgrade #futuristicnaughtybettyrubblehybrid #realness #bringithomewithgrammysnecklace #ilove #brave #shehashadit
Angel Haze, Chelsea Leyland, and A$AP Illz walk the DKNY Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week runway.
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In celebration of her 25th anniversary DKNY show, Donna Karan sent a diverse lineup of models down her New York Fashion Week runway. Rather than pulling strictly from modeling agencies, Karan cast a wide net across New York City, enlisting a band of New Yorkers to premiere her Fall 2014 collection. The DKNY roster included NY-based fashion veterans like Angel Haze, who moved to Brooklyn when she was just 16 and was the face of Mark McNairy's lookbook last year; Chelsea Leyland, a Big Apple transplant from across the pond with experience fronting Cole Haan's Fall 2012 campaign; and A$AP Mob's very own A$AP Illz, repping for Harlem (you might remember him from 2013's Pyrex Vision debut).
Many outlets and individuals were elated that this DKNY show featured "real people" among the models. This is a little problematic, because I'm pretty sure models are real people (unless they've been holograms or sentient robots this whole time and I just haven't paid enough attention), even if the physique typical of high-fashion runway models doesn't reflect the majority of current living humans. But also, since all of these people walked this runway to showcase clothes, that qualifies them as models, at least for this purpose—an idea supported by snaps of the program which seemed to ignore the model title altogether, listing even career models on the roster like Devan Mayfield Nykole and Masha Korchagina by different distinctions: "artist (painter)/health practitioner" and "actress/biologist," respectively.