Rihanna is often heralded as the queen of transformations, but Nicki Minaj doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Just look how flawless she looks on her recent Instagram spree with her natural hair, straightened and pulled into a tight ponytail, then subsequently into an elegant tri-bun—pretty sure she just coined that last 'do. (Though, Katy Perry's Grammys look comes pretty close.)
Taylor Swift for Keds.
Photo: Courtesy of Keds
IDK about you (~but I'm feeling 22~)(LOLJK), but when I heard that Taylor Swift's new Keds campaign was called "Bravehearts," I expected some kilts or at least a little swipe of blue face paint. A nod to the First War of Scottish Independence is decidedly NOT what T. Swizzle and her girl gang are all about here (but the ads are similarly uplifting?). Here's the major takeaway: There are a million ways to be brave. T. Swift and her band of merry sneaker-wearing pals reveal their acts of courage while modeling the brand's Spring 2014 collection. From learning a new language to dying your hair (and we're assuming revolution can fall under here as well), the ads encourage girls everywhere to just go for it. Jump in with both feet (get it?), if you will.
Get it while it's hot!
Picking out the perfect card for your Valentine can be a daunting task. Do you go for one that sings? Should you settle on sentimental or funny? If you go for funny, is the one you picked out, like, FUNNY-funny or is it funny-ha-ha? Meaning will they laugh out loud or feign a courtesy chuckle? So many questions! Only one real answer: get him/her/them a pizza Valentine. No, not a pizza in the shape of a heart, but one of these pizza-themed Valentine's Day cards that we rounded up for the occasion. We guarantee you'll knock this one out of the park. As long as they love pizza. (But, I mean, if they don't love pizza, you should probably consider that a red flag.)
IDK about you, but my favorite greeting cards are the ones that inspire a classic rock sing-a-long (and trust me, they're few and far between, my friends). Double-dog-dare your significant other to try and NOT and belt out their best Janis Joplin when they open up this card, and then make them pay you in kisses when they lose. Or money. Money's good, too.
Beyonce has you covered this Valentine's Day.
Photo: Getty Images/Beyonce's Online Shop
If rapper and pop star valentines won’t cut it for your boo, don’t sweat, Beyonce has you covered. The First Lady of Pop is releasing a Yours & Mine box set just in time for V-Day, and it comes with Beyonce-approved lingerie, so you can tell your loved one, “I just wanna say you’re mine.” We always knew Beyonce was thoughtful, but this box set is another reminder: For $40, you’ll get any combination of his & hers, hers & hers, or his & his undies and can choose from boxers and boyshorts emblazoned with “Yours” and “Mine” (the title of her song with Drake) in her album’s iconic pink font. (SERFBOARDT sweatshirt not included.) Just be sure to order by February 8 to guarantee delivery in time for the holiday.
New York Fashion Week's hottest show is VFiles Made Fashion. This show has everything: orange hunting motif, neoprene perfecto jackets, Furby stoles, the entirety of Been Trill, and a human subwoofer. What's a human subwoofer? It's that thing when the DJ (Mess Kid) plays the bass of his runway soundtrack (which included an ill "Survivor" remix, BTW) so loud that you feel it reverberating in your teeth and jowls and your face amplifies the sound for everyone around you.
In all seriousness, this year's VFiles NYFW show (the second VFiles Made Fashion show ever) showed a little something for every flavor of fashion-lover—sporty, minimalist, glam goth. That is, so long as your taste lies somewhere on the spectrum from club kid to inexplicably avant garde (what has two thumbs, AMIRITE???).
Looks from the ASSK Fall/Winter 2014 collection shown at the VFiles Made Fashion New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images
The first of the night's three collections was ASSK, a Parisian (by way of Australia) duo who the night's program describes as having met "by chance at a [New Year's Eve] party." Ooh, ~mysterious~. The ASSK aesthetic is meant to blend one designer's familiarity with luxury design with the other's fash-boner for #SPORTS. A pretty accurate assessment of what was shown; the end result really is the perfect marriage of both elements. This Fall/Winter 2014 collection takes the neon orange and forest prints of classic hunting gear and reimagines them on very rich-looking, coordinated streetwear separates. Also of significant note from the collection: metallic snapback capes and water-bottle holsters.
Erykah Badu and Riccardo Tisci for 'V' magazine.
Photo: V Magazine
Erykah Badu’s relationship with Givenchy keeps getting better. Not only did the neo-soul songstress partly inspire the fashion house’s Afrocentric-meets-Japanese spring collection, she was also tapped to star in their campaign. And it’s one of the better ones of the season, with Badu flawlessly modeling some of the collection’s strongest looks, like the off-the-shoulder beaded mask tapestry and the deconstructed tux kimono with a top hat. In a batch of campaign photos Badu posted to her Facebook page, she also mixes pieces from Spring '14 with ones from past seasons and her signature turban.
Coco Rocha, AnnaSophia Robb, and Colton Haynes at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014.
Photos: Getty Images
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Can you believe it's time for New York Fashion Week again? And for next fall's clothes? Liiike, it's pretty hard to imagine that in a few months we won't feel the need to cover every inch of our skin for fear of frostbite, but I guess we gotta believe it. I mean, the designs heading down the runway today seem to hint that warmth will visit us again, so we'll trust in them. Fashion has never misled us before, right?
Besides the actual runway looks, though, one of the best parts of any Fashion Week is peeping the celebs who flock to sit front row and cavort with other famous faces. We're not even a full day in and we've already spotted a few of our faves like Coco Rocha, AnnaSophia Robb, and Colton Haynes. AnnaSophia bared the cold in a crop top and a skirt for the Houghton show, while Coco and Colton layered pants, long-sleeve shirts, and jackets for the BCBG Max Azria and Richard Chai shows.
Rita Ora for Rimmel.
Photo: @ritaora's Instagram
Hey, #RITABOTS! Consider your uniform (almost) complete. Yesterday, Rita Ora's new Material Girl campaign dropped, providing us with some graphic-print goodness for our spring wardrobe. Today, Ora decided to give us a sneak peek of her upcoming Rimmel London campaign, which pretty much gives us the icing on our sartorial cake (i.e. lipstick).
With her platinum bob tussled into chunky waves, Ora flashes a perfect pout in a deep crimson color that better be included in her upcoming collection for the British beauty brand. We got a brief glimpse of the line back in October, when Rita shared some BTS snaps from her shoot and a quick look at the chubby lipstick "crayons" she created for her debut makeup collaboration.
Miley Cyrus in bed with Mert and Marcus.
Photo: @mileycyrus' Twitter
Welp, it was just a matter of time until Miley Cyrus went completely topless for all to see. The signs were there: the pasties she wore to promote Unplugged, her Rolling Stone cover, her totally naked W cover where she uses a pillow as a coverup. The list goes on. As it turns out, Miley lost her pillow and went full-on topless—no pasties this time—for W. Fittingly, in the wee hours of the night, she tweeted a picture of her back in her bed, topless, and next to the photographers who took the portrait with the caption, “Coming soon in @wmag ‘bedtime portraits by @mertalass & @macpiggott’ so xxxited check it out to 2 the real deal.” We can’t begin to guess how the other “bedtime” portraits turned out?
Emma Watson for 'Wonderland.'
Photo: Wonderland magazine
There are only, like, two or three people on the planet who don't already want to be IRL friends with Emma Watson, and after they get a load of her Wonderland interview—in which she spills about her social anxieties and wondering if she should apply for an internship—she'll probably be getting a certificate for being a BFF in the mail. The girl is just innately lovable and sweet as pie.
On the flip side, the accompanying fashion editorial—which seems to go with the first of her dual covers, the one Em herself describes as "Afro Prada Bruiser"—suggests there's also latent sultriness to the ex-Hermione Granger. She's always seemed wise beyond her years, but now, her vamped-up wardrobe and smoldering eyes finally seem to be catching up. For starters, Emma channels her inner biker babe in a Diesel Tribute minidress constructed of patched leather. With its zip-up front and tiny straps, this dress is a far cry from Hogwarts' strict dress code.