A still from Le1f's 'Letterman' performance.
Photo: Late Show With David Letterman
You GUYS. Le1f made his national television debut last night on the Late Show With David Letterman, and we could NOT be more excited about it! The NY-based Greedhead MC performed his horn-speckled "Wut" track—a year-round banger in these parts of the interwebs—with gobs of choreography, a dancer on either side, and a backup band boasting Blood Orange/Dev Hynes. MAJOR. Oh, and also, he did it all in a full Hood by Air ensemble courtesy of Shayne Oliver himself. *brushes shoulders off*
Jennifer Lopez in a still from "I Luh Ya Papi" video and at the Grammys in 2000.
Photo: Island Def Jam/Getty Images
In addition to serving up a whole lotta half-naked dudes (#hey), Jennifer Lopez's new music video for "I Luh Ya Papi" serves up some gender equality realness. At the beginning of the video, a record label exec is pitching video locations to J.Lo and her friends (I always bring mine to meetings too) and they're, like, really terrible. A water park? How about no. The zoo? Hard pass. Jennifer and her friends decide the video should feature Jennifer in the role of a ~typical~ video guy, with the gender roles reversed. There is, for example, a shirtless man washing a car/his body while J.Lo and her friends look on. Typical Thursday where I come from, TBH.
One of biggest gender reversals in the video, at least fashion-wise, though, is when J.Lo dons a jumpsuit that is quite reminiscent of her infamous 2000 Grammys dress. I can't believe people made a big deal about this, you guys. She was wearing a full-length Versace gown that showed a little bit of chest and stomach skin. Everything else was covered. Simon Cowell wore deeper Vs on American Idol every Tuesday and Wednesday night on network TV. Anyway, it seems that because she is imitating men in her video, J.Lo wears a similar print in a similar color scheme, but it ends in pants, rather than a skirt. Talk about a power suit, riiight?
Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX at the 2014 Woodies.
Photo: @thenewclassic Instagram
When Iggy Azalea tweeted that her Woodies Festival outfits would be bringing some “schoolgirl realness,” we weren’t sure if that meant she’d be reprising her Clueless-inspired “Fancy” look or taking inspiration from schoolgirl looks her pop peers have worn. Lucky for us, her love of Clueless fashion knows no bounds. Plus, Iggy doesn’t abandon a theme. So she stepped out in an entirely new costume, inspired by one of the greatest teen films in history.
Iggy had already worn Cher’s iconic suit in the video, so last night she wore a pair of yellow plaid hotpants of the same pattern and styled it with a sheer black shirt, a gold chain belt, and, of course, knee highs. Charli XCX—who performed “Fancy” with Iggy and four background dancers wearing matching plaid bottoms and yellow-and-black sports bras—wore a less obvious Clueless-inspired look that Cher still would have approved of: a hot-pink-trimmed black minidress with a chain-link cutout heart and, yes, knee highs.
Lady Gaga on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
As expected, Lady Gaga is in Austin at SXSW. Before her appearance on the Doritos #Boldstage, she hit up Jimmy Kimmel Live in a voluminous white dress and hat designed by Gareth Pugh. Oh, and they're both made from coffee filters. *pauses to allow you to process that information* Gaga revealed that in an attempt to "upcycle," she chose the dress and hat for her performance in Austin. Gee, I wonder where she got the idea to create her Austin wardrobe from household items? IDK, maybe these Doritos dress suggestions I offered last week? I see you, Gaga.
Lady Gaga on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
She and Jimmy discussed fashion (she got her flying dress at CVS, JK) and he inquired about her choices, and whether we'd ever see her in "Gap jeans" or "a nice pair of khakis." Ever the self-promoter, she told him to watch her performance because he might be in for a surprise. Did she dress like a Best Buy employee as Jimmy suggests? Did she wear a dress made from Doritos bags? Nah.
Nicki Minaj on the 'Senile' set in Moschino.
Photo: @nickiminaj Instagram
Witnessing a model wear a black leather two-piece with "Moschino" written in all-caps gold lettering across her stomach, forehead, leg, and boobs, your first thought might be, "Wow, who could possibly find a reason to wear that outfit IRL?" Well, we now have an answer for you: Nicki Minaj! The MC recently uploaded a massive batch of Instagram shots, each one featuring Jeremy Scott's aforementioned badass bikini. The impromptu photo shoot took place on the set of her video for "Senile," the single from Young Money's Rise of an Empire compilation (which explains why Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Tyga make cameos in some of the pics).
Emma Watson on the cover of 'Elle.'
Photo: Elle Magazine
When you think of cowgirl-chic fashion, several celebrities probably come to mind immediately. Dolly Parton, obviously. Or maybe her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, especially with her recent MTV Unplugged wardrobe. But you prooobably don't think of Emma Watson...ever. The brainy British actress is more Shakespeare than Stagecoach, for sure. But she totally has us fooled on her new Elle cover, where she looks as comfortable in her Western-inspired outfits as any ranch hand we've ever seen (which, granted, isn't many, but go with us here). She IS still Emma Watson, though, so of course she mixes her signature poise and style with the subtle country feel of the shoot. She starts with a double denim exas tuxedo (designer-made, natch), and the inside photos feature even more down-home flair.
You know what your Thursday needs? A sweet, sweet R&B slow jam. Listen, I know Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" is a pretty aggressively ~seductive~ track to wedge into your work/school week, but just be glad I'm dispatching this toward the end of your day and not at 9 a.m. while you're finishing up your bagel and cream cheese. Also, it is EXTREMELY underrated in the universe of music video style. Since you likely don't remember this one off the top of your head, I'm breaking this #TBT down for you look by look.
Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" music video
Photo: Motown Records/GIF: Jenny Shafei
Hey, remember when the Backstreet Boys were all lined up and glowing in pristine linens in an airplane hangar for their "I Want It That Way" video? Boyz II Men's above look predates that by five years. Fittingly for the early '90s, the dudes are working with bizarro, boxy-tailored pieces, and Wanya Morris in a jacket and trousers with a mismatched vest, and Michael McCary in a sleeveless vest with a Nehru collar. Also, some sort of cane and/or rain stick. IDK what's up with that. I don't remember that being a trend then.
Iggy is not going to school, believe it or not.
Photo: Getty Images
With the 2014 Woodies Festival mere hours away at SXSW, we can barely wait to see what Iggy Azalea has planned, wardrobe-wise. On Tuesday, Iggy tweeted that her costumes would be serving up some schoolgirl realness, and we know when Iggy does a theme, she does it hard (see: Halloween, the video for "Fancy"). In anticipation of her outfit, we figured we'd see what she'd look like in some schoolgirl inspired outfits other stars have worn. She has, of course, already given us a preview of what she looks like in a cheerleading uniform and Clueless attire (both school-ish...), but these are some different styles. Let's take a look.
Karl Lagerfeld loves emojis.
Photo: Getty Images/emotiKARL/Photoshop: MTV/Maeve Keirans
In case you missed the marriage of everyone's favorite two things (emojis and Karl Lagerfeld), Karl designed a set of emojis to coincide with the launch of his fragrance line. The app, which you can download now, is called emotiKARL and contains Karl-approved emojis, like various hands with fingerless leather gloves, the many emotions of Choupette, perfume bottles, and more. Since I have read, cherished, and savored a vast number of Karl interviews in my life, I am fairly confident I have an idea of how his emoji proposal meeting went down. Here is my fictional account of the meeting in our latest installation of Fashion Fanfic.
NB: In honor of Karl, I originally wrote this story in French. I have since translated it to English, though, so you don't have to.
Roberto Cavalli's Bangerz Tour sketches.
Photo: Roberto Cavalli
Miley Cyrus is beginning to rival Beyonce in ever-changing onstage outfits. Over the weekend in Milwaukee, she debuted a new leotard and a jacket made from stuffed animals. A mere two days later, in Dallas, she broke out two new Roberto Cavalli looks. We knew to expect some Cavalli on this tour—he shared his sketches in January—but we didn't know we would get TWO in the same night. Miley, you're spoiling us.