Driver, roll up the partition, please. I can only watch Beyonce's "Partition" music video in private because this ish is WAY TOO STEAMY. *douses face with a cup of cold water, fans self vigorously* Members of the esteemed BeyHive (of which I am most definitely a part) have been watching this vid—along with the other 16 from her visual album—since late last year, but it just dropped in full for the world wide web to view today! Directed by Jake Nava and styled by B. Akerlund (plus Ty Hunter, obvi), the short follows Mrs. Carter through a VIVID mid-breakfast fantasy sequence.
A still from Beyonce's "Partition" music video.
Photo: Sony Records
We open on King Bey posted up in very Downton Abbey eating quarters, nomming on breakfast and tea (presumably with her hubby Jay Z). She's clad in a crisp Chanel robe, CC certified earrings, black-rimmed Tom Ford cat-eye reading glasses, and a turquoise silk lingerie set with black lace details from La Perla Neglige. Oh, also BRIGHT red lips and nails.
On last night's Teen Wolf, most of our old friends were back together, teaming up to rob an armored truck. You know, just normal high school things. One friend who was MIA was Stiles, which is because he had committed himself to a mental institution so he couldn't kill/maim/deceive anyone else in Beacon Hills. So thoughtful, that Stiles.
The majority of the episode was focused on Stiles, who was surrounded by a sea of gray uniforms, but outside of the hospital's gates, we were treated to fleeting glimpses of fashion. Allison, for instance, flaunted her love for denim. She matched with Scott in double denim last season, but she upped the ante last night: triple denim (OK, not all at once).
Allison and Scott on 'Teen Wolf.'
At the beginning of the episode, she appeared in overalls, which is worthy of discussion in and of itself. Sure, overalls seem to always be making a ~comeback~, at least according to magazines and stores, but actually seeing them on a human's body IRL is a challenge. But Allison Argent breaks them out like NBD and wears them with a chambray shirt tied around her waist? She's c
hambray. This look is the new Canadian tuxedo, as far as I'm concerned. It's actually denim ON denim. And it's not the only time she wears the material in the episode!
Pharrell and his rainbow of hats.
Photos: Getty Images
You guys. Pharrell Williams' hat game is just getting better and better. We didn't think that was possible, seeing as the oversized millinery he wore to the Grammys is already more famous than you or I will ever be. But then again, we didn't realize the now-infamous Vivienne Westwood accessory comes in a variety of bold colors, many of which Pharrell has been wearing lately. What's better than a brown Buffalo hat? A FUCHSIA Buffalo hat.
Shirley Kurata and Lena Dunham on the set of Dunham's book shoot.
Photo: @officialautumndewilde's Instagram
For an actress who's regularly in her underwear (or less) on screen, it makes perfect sense that Lena Dunham would be similarly outfitted in the shoot for her debut book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned." Most authors' photos (you know, the ones on the back flap of the jacket with bios and accolades) are rigid and reserved, snapped from the shoulders up like a practiced school portrait. A very practiced, non-pimply, precisely outfitted school portrait, but a school portrait, nonetheless. Then again, most authors don't (1) have their first Vogue cover before their first book release and (2) have styling and photography help from Shirley Kurata and Autumn de Wilde.
A still from Haim's 'If I Could Change Your Mind' video.
Photo: Polydor Records
Haim has always had a penchant for the vintage. Their 2013 album Days Are Gone is a glorified compendium of lite-FM rock that we still have on repeat. In their video for “If I Could Change Your Mind,” they really dial up the retro vibes, referencing '70s American Bandstand and '60s girl groups with their killer synchronized dancing. Haim even brought in Aaliyah and the Backstreet Boys’ choreographer Fatima Robinson to assist with their moves, which is another kind of throwback. But even with their spectacular dancing, we're just as interested in the clothes.
The video opens with the sister trio standing in a circle over their instruments and cloaked in black—both sartorially speaking and in terms of the set lighting. Director Warren Fu—whose previous client list includes Aaliyah, Daft Punk, and the Strokes—plays around a lot with lighting in the video. The ladies Haim stick to a minimal color palette: black boxy leather jackets with black bottoms.
Chains on chains.
In January, Nicki Minaj previewed a bunch of looks from her spring collection with Kmart. We noticed several new items, including cropped T-shirts, shorts, and high-rise jeggings. What we didn't notice, until we peeped the full collection on Kmart's website, was how many chain prints Nicki has introduced for spring. It's as if throwback Chanel and Versace gave birth to octuplets made from spandex! Sort of.
Nicki's love for chains and chain prints comes as no surprise, actually. Her Minajesty has worn a Chanel chain belt on many occasions, and a very ornate chain print appeared in the first collection. Now, though, she's amped the print up into multiple iterations and sprinkled them on the majority of the clothes.
Sure, the Oscars are the crown jewel of awards season fashion as far as the red carpet is concerned, but don't sleep on the Costume Designers Guild Awards. The clothes from your favorite movies and TV shows (and even commercials) deserve love, too, and the CDGAs is where they get it. Being that we're fans of style off and on the screen, we're breaking down this year's biggest winners.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
A still from "Behind The Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
Category: Outstanding Made For Television Movie Or Mini Series
Winner: Behind the Candelabra costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick
What Makes This Wardrobe Rad: It's no secret that we loved (still and will forever love, TBH) HBO's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Between Michael Douglas drenched (DRENCHED) in head-to-toe baby pink sequins and Matt Damon swanning out of kidney bean-shaped pools in bedazzled man-kinis, what's not to love, amirite? Liberace is the definition of over-the-top opulence, and BOY, Ellen Mirojnick delivered.
A still from "Behind the Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
And, while it's hard to tell because Douglas and Damon (AND ROB LOWE) are pictured pulling so many Drakes ("I wear every single chain, even when I'm in the house"), dripping with gold at every hour of the day, I dare say Ellen didn't go too far overboard with the baubles and gems. In a really surprising way, it all feels just right.
Katy Perry knows about accessories.
Photo: Getty Images
Katy Perry just made dressing for her upcoming Prismatic World Tour a cinch. Today WWD revealed that the singer is teaming up with Claire’s on a line of accessories inspired by her new album. Talk about a match made in heaven. Claire’s was already the sparkling beacon of the mall—just imagine how much shinier it’s going to get once Perry’s inevitably holographic gear hits its shelves. If there’s one thing we know about Katy Perry, it’s that she can’t resist a theme.
Rita Ora performs at Philipp Plein's Fall 2014 runway show.
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Attention, up-and-coming female musicians: There's a new standard for "making it," and it ain't playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. (Although, that's probably not a bad indication, either.) Just like Angel Haze before her and Iggy Azalea predating that (AND the incomparable Grace Jones ahead of them all), Rita Ora made a surprise appearance at Philipp Plein's runway show yesterday, providing the live soundtrack for his "American Dream"-themed Fall 2014 collection.
Ora emerged on the stage from a custom-made, black matte El Camino, wearing a black, ruffled, high-low skirt (#RitasLeftLeg), a sweater with a gold braided band, and a gold studded ten-gallon hat and matching studded cowboy boots. And while her entire outfit was no doubt provided by the designer himself, Ora got SERIOUSLY hooked up with those boots—which, at the time of her show-opening performance, hadn't even gone down the runway yet. (But when they did, NAOMI CAMPBELL was rocking them in silver.)
Beyonce in her new Versace performance outfit.
True to our prediction, Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show wardrobe got a major refresh. Bey didn’t only recruit Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to design ***flawless duds for her post-visual album set, she also tapped Donatella Versace. We didn’t exactly see that one coming, though. Tom Ford seemed like a likelier match given the designer’s love of the Carter family (see: the custom heels he made for Blue Ivy, all of the times Bey has worn him, and, of course, his most recent collection, inspired by Jay Z’s song named for him #meta). Although Donatella has pretty much pledged her allegiance to Lady Gaga, let's be real: Who isn’t vying to dress Beyonce?