A still from HBO Films' trailer for "Behind The Candelabra."
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While it doesn't fit neatly into the "typical" Memorial Day activities, you better BUH-LIEVE I'm wedging HBO Films' Behind The Candelabra into my weekend of burgers, barbecues, and being outside. Just in case you didn't already know, Candelabra is an HBO Original biopic, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on the memoir of the same name penned by Scott Thorson about his life with pianist/vocalist Liberace. Scott and the notoriously extravagant Liberace are played by Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, and if that alone isn't enough to get you to tune in Sunday night 9 p.m. EST, just watch the trailer and prepare to be floored by the record 30+ outfits crammed into the just-under-2-minutes-long preview.
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Gala and afterparty.
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Amanda Seyfried's Fall 2013 Givenchy campaign has officially landed, and in her second turn as the face of the luxe brand, she's going moody, dark....and Disney?! We may have recently spotted the actress sporting a fedora in the fashion house's "Very Irresistible" perfume commercial just a few months ago, but this time the spokesmodel's taking cues from cartoon animals and gypsies alike in the new ads, which debuted today on WWD. Shot by photography duo Mert and Marcus Piggott, these brooding achromatic images show Amanda giving some MAJOR face in Givenchy's abstract graphic Bambi (yes, that Bambi!) t-shirt, matching clutch, and dark lipstick. It's a great look and a seriously dramatic departure for the star, who paired her double Givenchy ensembles with a nude lip and slick ponytail at the Met Gala earlier this month.
Beyonce and some of her Rent The Runway picks.
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A-ha! We knew there was something in the works between Beyonce and RentTheRunway.com. Ever since we got wind that her Mrs. Carter World Tour VIP tickets included $600 worth of designer dress and accessory rentals from the site (AND a personal styling hotline), we couldn't wait to find out more about Bey's partnership with the brand. As it turns out, you not only have the chance to sport couture outfits at insanely low prices, but you also have the opportunity to wear a dress that King Bey picked out herself. Rent the Runway launched The Beyonce Boutique (seriously, that's what it's called) where you can shop all of her favorite dresses, jumpsuits and accessories from the site, which basically means you can pick out a dress hand-picked by Beyonce to wear to Beyonce's show and be the biggest Bey stan of all time (without anyone having to know).
Prepare your closets...Lazy Oaf x Nasty Gal is coming!
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You guys. Summer is SO SOON we can practically taste it. But along with melty ice cream cones, longer days, and nonstop sunshine, here's one extra thing to get you pumped up for the season: Nasty Gal and Lazy Oaf's brand new, just-announced, sure-to-be-epic collab! Now, we realize we may toss around the word "favorite" a lot and make several high-flying proclamations around these parts of the internet, but please trust us when we say there are few labels that have quite as strong a hold on our closets (and wallets) as these guys. A Full Nelson, if you will. So when we get word that these two companies are teaming up on a '90s-inspired collection hitting stores this summer, you know it's gonna be awesome.
Just some bangs beanies. Hanging out.
I don't hate hats. But I wouldn't say I love them either. I like how they look on other people. And I appreciate their functional qualities like keeping your head warm or shielding you from the sun and UVA/UVB rays, etc.etc. ZZzzzzz. But I guess you could say I have a general aversion to them. Does that mean I will NEVER let one touch my head? No. But I always find them difficult when they do. I'm a fussy, fidgety person and I have a lot of hair, and that combination makes the process of affixing a hat to my dome (not to mention keeping it on) its own special, waking nightmare. If you are my polar opposite (meaning: if you love hats and have no hair), boyoyoy, do I have a product for YOU! Enter the bangs beanie.
Kim Kardashian's Riccardo Tisci floral Met Gala dress reimagined for Kanye.
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ATTN: EVERYONE! Mark your calendars for June 2, because some seriously important Kimye bizness is going down. Well, important if you've following this whole Kim Kardashian and Kanye West baby situation (which, let's be honest, it's kind of tough to hide from...). The official invite for Kim's baby shower has leaked, and according to TMZ, she's requesting that attendees wear "Garden Chic" attire. Hm...we never took Kim to be the gardening type, but perhaps she's still feeling the floral vibes after her Riccardo Tisci Met Gala gown? Or maybe she's just cashing in on one of the most consistent trends of the season ("Florals for spring? Groundbreaking."). Either way, we can't wait to see how all the guests interpret the theme, because you know it's going to be good. And pleasepleaseplease fingers crossed that Kanye shows! Sure, dudes making cameos at baby showers isn't always a thing— but hey, Wiz did it for Amber, so there's definitely hope that Yeezy comes decked out in his flowery best. In our wildest dreams, Riccardo Tisci would craft 'Ye a custom jacket splashed with Kim's Met Gala motif...but just in case that DOESN'T happen, we've rounded up some other garden party duds perfect for the occasion.
Avril Lavigne on the cover of Nylon.
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When it came out in 2002, I used to listen to Avril Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, over and over again on my headphones in the dark. The spokeswoman for sad, "Complicated" teenage girls, Avril was the early aughts' Alanis, and at least everyone I knew was completely into it. It's more than a decade later, now, and both we—the girls listening to Let Go in the dark and Avril herself—have grown up, but she is still going strong, making music and refining her signature skater girl style. This month, she's on the cover of NYLON's music issue, giving a cuts-right-through-you stare that has us fully convinced that growing up hasn't taken away a hint of her edge.
A still from Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" music video.
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If you're anything like me, every time you hear Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It," you have the hook stuck in your head for DAYS. Suffice it to say, it's been basically half-a-week since Selly did her thang on the Billboard stage, and I'm STILL muttering "nananana"s under my breath in the middle of conversations. I'm sure you've been playing the music video on endless repeat (just as I have at my desk), and I'm pretty confident the general consensus among all who set eyes on the clip is that this new, grown-up look is a good one on Selena. The maturity of her "Come & Get It" steez is due in part to excellent risk-taking couture but is mostly thanks to that KILLER bright red lipstick.
Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.
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In case you missed it, Nicki Minaj sartorially slayed it at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend while performing "High School" onstage with Lil Wayne. She sported a decked-out gold and black studded motorcycle jacket with badass giant shoulder spikes, ripped leggings, high-heel booties, a gold Chanel logo snapback, and crop top. We fuh-reaked out over this look because it's SO throwback Nicki with the straight jet black hair, pale pink lipstick and skin-tight leggings. Little did we know, though, Barbs actually had a WHOLE OTHER version of this killer look that she wore earlier that day (!!!), which we peeped in a video she released this morning.