Beyonce performs "Grown Woman" in Kenzo on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr
Just in time for her "Grown Woman" track's mass leaked circulation around the interwebz, Beyonce (or Team Beyonce) has JUST uploaded behind-the-scenes footage of the number's Paris premiere. FINALLY, after just under a month of stalking grainy smart phone-captured videos and the few high-quality images Bey posted to her Tumblr, we actually get to see that custom, technicolor, animal print-esque Kenzo romper in action! Mrs. Carter debuts the song with an inspired dance number that has Bey and her backup dancers (also in what looks like custom Kenzo) swimming in energy up to their eyeballs. Each girl has a kind of extra mini-train situation attached at the waist and ruffling out into an abbreviated cascade down the back of the romper, adding a little extra volume, movement, and drama to the truncated stage outfit. Fortunately for us, when Beyonce does something, she never does it half-way—she and her team unveiled all at once a grand total of EIGHT behind-the-scenes video packages from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour!
Rita Ora debuts blue hair.
Photo: Via @RitaOra
Well, looks like Katy Perry's not the only one pumped up for the new Smurfs 2 movie this summer! Rita Ora's feeling blue, too— but rather than dressing in head-to-toe cerulean like our girl KP, Rita took cues from Katy circa 2012 and dyed her HAIR. Fresh off her gorgeous Met Ball appearance earlier this month, where she rocked a custom Thakoon gown, the pop star showed off her new blue 'do on Instagram earlier today. She blasted out two photos of the bold look this morning, saying "Today it's smurf day #rehearsals #album2 #bluehairday". Wait, so in addition to a brand new haircolor, Rita's ALSO prepping her new album?! We.Cant.Wait.
Photo: Mary H.K. Choi
You guys, I am officially, 100% not worried about the future at all. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, and met a GRIP of #sciencebabies who basically have the whole overpopulation, disease, natural disaster thing under control. Seriously. I am basically poolside writing this entire post in a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses because I am so relaxed now.
So, the way ISEF works is that 1,600 pre-college kids from 60 countries descend upon the Phoenix Convention Center floor and it's row upon row of roped off booths where each contestant presents their project. Apparently, it's untoward to refer to the shindig as a "science fair" what with more than $3 million in grants and awards at stake, but basically everyone's competing for the Big Prize, a.k.a. the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award. The competition is fierce since these dudes have already SMOKED school contests, regional contests and state contests.
The cool thing about the day I visited is that it was the day after the official judgement (postscript: these are the winners) so the vibe was a little more chill. No one yet knew who had won but everyone had presented and tap-danced their faces off the day prior, so they got to unclench and hang out a bit. I even saw a little mild-grade flirting which was cute, reassuring and terrifying when you consider what that means for the following generation of SUPERGENIUSES. Hopefully, they'll be kind rulers.
Photo print socks!
Photo: Via Shop Jeen/Hollywood Mirror/Nasty Gal
In case y'all missed the memo, digitally-printed clothes are in. Christopher Kane started it all with his ultra-realistic galaxy print back in 2011 and since then, it's been a non-stop free-for-all covering everything we own in whatever crazy photos of nature/food/animals we can find. So far, we've seen everything from dresses decked out in clouds to pants covered in flowers to sweaters smothered in French fries, but this spring we've decided to take on one area of our ensemble that is often overlooked--the socks. Now, we know what you're thinking, "Who cares about socks?" Well, first off, we do--especially right now! This spring is ALL about wearing ankle socks with shoes (we're talking pointy heels, platform wedges, stacked booties, EVERYTHING) to spice up our wardrobe. Don't believe us? Everyone from the editors at Elle to Rihanna to the fashion icons at Nasty Gal have been behind this trend, so we're absolutely-mega-sure this is something that's going to stick.
Kanye West performs "New Slaves" on Saturday Night Live.
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If you are, in any way, a Kanye West fan, the likelihood that your weekend was insurmountably OWNED by Yeezy (or rather, by Yeezus) is a good one. Ye kicked off our Friday night with the drop of a new song, "New Slaves," and accompanying visual. A music video of sorts, Team Yeezy didn't just upload the clip to the interwebz; instead he took the "New Slaves" premiere out into the physical universe, setting up viewing sites in some 66 worldwide locations and projecting the visuals onto choice buildings. After a short intro loop of discount price and sale tags, a massive tight-shot of Kanye's face staring squarely into camera and rendered in grayscale, a kind of verse-spitting Yeezy version of Shepard Fairey's OBEY Giant, appeared sprawling on the walls and windows of museums, universities, hotels, landmarks, and (most notably to us) high fashion boutiques and shopping districts across the globe. The track itself is fraught with controversy, its lyrics jarringly blending racism and consumerism, and with projection sites like FIT University, New York's 5th Avenue Prada store, the Chanel boutique on Rodeo Drive, and Versace's Miami house, it's unavoidably clear that fashion is at the center of focus.
Whew, we don't know about you guys, but we're already dreaming about the three-day weekend ahead. In case you forgot, next Monday is Memorial Day, which means we have a few extra hours to soak in the sun and do one of our FAVORITE holiday pastimes (other than shopping)—eating. Don't judge! We all know that we'll spend the majority of our day off standing next to the grill stuffing our faces with some of our favorite meaty treats: hot dogs, hamburgers—you name it, we'll eat it. To celebrate this joyous
feast occasion, we found some BBQ-themed nail art to get you stylishly in the mood for this weekend's festivities. Warning: drooling may occur.
Dang, if there's one thing we love fresh off the grill, it's a cheeseburger complete with ALL the fixings. Luckily, there's a mani that can reflect any meat-lover's dream: super gratuitous close-ups of burgers painted on each finger. Make sure to include the sesame bun, ketchup, lettuce and cheese! (Extra points if you make it drippy.)
Rebecca Minkoff and Taylor Swift.
Photo: Getty/Diet Coke
It all started with a t-shirt. Can you believe that something so ordinary is responsible for launching a career as extraordinary as Rebecca Minkoff's?! Well, back in 2001, the designer released her take on the iconic "I Love New York" tee. The top caused a fashion explosion, and 12 years later she has clothing, shoes, and accessories stamped with her name, and is one of the most well-known designers out there today. Now she's teaming up with Diet Coke and Taylor Swift to give another young designer the chance she once had, with the Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. The competition asks young designers to put their innovative, creative spin on the iconic Diet Coke logo and packaging, for the opportunity to dream up a tee that will then be sold in Target stores all over the country. Not only that, but the winner will also get $10,000 and a chance to meet Taylor Swift herself. Pretty major prize, huh? Last week we chatted with Rebecca herself about the contest, what she'll be looking for, and her own inspiration. Don't think she's giving away any secrets, though—you're going to have to think up a boundary-pushing design all on your own. We know you can do it, though!
We're going to venture to guess that Hangout Fest might actually be the hardest music festival to dress for. Not only is it, well, a music festival, but it's a music festival AT THE BEACH. We don't mean on the boardwalk, or overlooking the sand and the waves. No, Hangout is actually IN the sand. Do you wear that cute festival dress or go full sunshine in a bikini? Either way, our Hangout correspondents model Chrissy Teigen and Miss Alabama 2012 Katherine Webb know a thing or two about fashion, and they were embedded in Gulf Shores, Alabama all weekend long. In other words, they were the perfect people to take part in a little festival fashion challenge. Each of the ladies had to find their wildest look, the cutest look, and their best man, and then compare each team to see who was the festival fashion challenge winner. They only had 60 seconds to assemble a sartorial dream team, plucked straight out of the sand. How did each of the girls do, and who was the winner? You'll have to watch to find out.
Macklemore switches up his looks at 2013 Hangout Fest.
Photo: MTV/Gil Kaufman
There are a few style things about Macklemore that we know to be unequivocally true: he's not afraid of a little Southwestern vibe, he's into fur coats, and there is a 99.9999% chance he will wear a tank top on stage. SO imagine our unbridled excitement when he adhered to not one, not two, but all three fashion truths AND gave us an extra outfit during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's multi-song performance at this weekend's 2013 Hangout Music Festival! The moment was major to say the least.