Nicki Minaj modeling looks from her Kmart collection.
Photo: @nickiminaj Instagram
So long, marketing campaign! Nicki Minaj and her Kmart collection don't need ya because Instagram exists, and that's where Nicki posted 13 pictures previewing her upcoming collection. Minaj debuted some of the looks IRL last week at New York Fashion Week: she wore her starry-print leggings and cropped turtleneck to Jeremy Scott's show and her slashed acid-wash jeans to perform for Alexander Wang's after-party, but it wasn't until she posted a deluge of pics yesterday that we were able to get a full idea of what to expect from the collection as a unit.
Of the 11 looks Nicki posted yesterday, six are dresses and five are matching tops and bottoms. There are both long and short-sleeved crop tops, skirts, pants, leggings, and jackets: Nicki has you covered on every front.
The designers Dolce & Gabbana may be in hot water, sentenced to prison for tax evasion, and enduring multiple lawsuits, but that's not stopping Riff Raff from glorifying the design duo in his latest single and music video. Titled "Dolce & Gabbana," the track's hook hammers home that the Neon Icon only devotes time to ladies who rep the Italian label. (Miley, Katy and ScarJo, looks like today's your lucky day!) With a title like that, you can expect more fashion lyrics where that came from, so we pulled out our favorite style-centric lines and set them over stills from Jody Highroller's hilarious new video. Enjoy!
A still from Riff Raff's "Dolce & Gabbana" music video.
Photo: Mad Decent/Photoshop: MTV
Justin Biber in a still from the "Lolly" video.
Photo: Island Def Jam/Candy Crate
Look who's gettin' literal! Maejor Ali just released his video for his single "Lolly," which features Juicy J and Justin Bieber, and it looks like Biebs took the lolly/candy theme as fashion inspo. There are some dancing ladies who are holding lollipops, but it's Bieber who dressed the part of the candy man: he wears two different outfits that give candy the respect it deserves.
The first candy look is his candy button jacket: the black leather jacket is decked out with a quilted hood and brightly colored polka dots. And I thought you could only get one of those elements added to a jacket to make it extra #swaggy. Shows what I know. The backdrop of the set and the video's lighting and special effects are colorful, but the rest of the actual humans in the video are decked out in a black, white, red, and camouflage. Bieber is the only one to stray from the pack.
HELLO, NEW DESKTOP BACKGROUND. In a recent spread from T Magazine, Justin Timberlake pierces our hearts with his eyes and makes us want to live in black and white FOREVER. He also appears quite pensive in kind of a worrisome way, in which case, we are totally here for you, JT. Seriously, cry us a river. (Heh.) We are available at a moment’s notice if you need a shoulder to weep on when Jessica isn’t around, or whatever.
Harry Styles and Rihanna in a matching print.
Photo: Getty Images
Sound the alarm: Harry Styles and Rihanna are fashion twins. Yep, the British boybander and Bajan babe both have an affinity for cartoon hands holding cigarettes. Who knew? Well, I'm not saying that Harry Styles definitely reads this blog, but I am saying that yesterday I pointed out his hilarious hand games in the front row at the House of Holland London Fashion Week show and today he's wearing hands printed on his shirt. Read the signs: I know I am.
Jay Z's awkward dive gets embroidered on a Yolo Polo.
Photos: Splash News, Drake Yolo Polo
OK, so they didn’t exactly hear out our request to add Wheelchair Jimmy to the collection, but the creators of the “Drake Yolo Polos” are back on the meme scene, and they’re still reppin’ hip-hop’s most adorably awkward moments with dedicated embroidery. Like that time when Miguel accidentally went all WWF on a fan at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, or that other time when paparazzi caught Jay Z making a hilarious face while diving off a yacht in Italy alongside his beloved Bey-Bey. Stars! They’re just like us! Except they don't get to wear OUR pretty faces on their shirts, so I'd consider this a win for the normal people of the world. But seriously, these awkward celebrity moments were made to be remembered on 100% cotton shirts, and I don’t know about y’all, but I think I just found a reason to go golfing.
Iggy Azalea on the cover of "Complex" Magazine.
Photo: Complex Magazine
Just as we were getting ready to say goodbye to summer, Complex magazine goes and releases a summery, Hawaiian-themed cover and spread featuring Iggy Azalea. Now we won't be able to leave summer behind until the magazine leaves stands in November. SUMMER 4EVER, Y'ALL. The colorful cover features a naked Iggy (*GASP* SCANDAL!) on a bed of flower leis, a few of which are strategically placed to cover some crucial areas. If this cover doesn't make you want to drench your bed in flower petals and then roll around in them, nothing ever will.
Yeah, yeah, we know New York Fashion Week is officially over, but we needed a FULL weekend of recovery before we dove in and picked out the top nail art looks from all the shows—and it also happens to be Manicure Monday. (How perfect!) We have to admit, though, that this year we definitely saw designs of a whole different variety. Sure, we peeped some straight-up half moon manis (Peter Som!) and glitter gradients (Nicole Miller!), but overall we were incredibly impressed with how much designers were willing to experiment with their tips. From mechanical 3D nails to purposely-imperfect manis, we found 10 shows that totally took nail art to the next level. Check 'em out below!
Nail art from The Blonds' New York Spring 2014 Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images
OK, this image alone speaks volumes about the diversity of nail designs The Blonds had in just ONE NYFW show. Their Tweety Bird-inspired collection certainly included some on-theme bright yellow designs, but they also incorporated clear acrylics and—get this—a mechanical accent nail that came with a clear hinged door (top right). UH HUH, you can thank CND for that lovely creation.
Dev Patel as Neal Sampat on Season 2 Episode 5 of HBO's "The Newsroom."
The blow of the end of this second season of The Newsroom is somewhat softened by its uncharacteristically happy ending (and teetering on the brink of the fall TV season *exhaaaaaaales*), but there are just no two ways around it: we're going to miss Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) and his elegant grandfather cardigan game.
Dev Patel as Neal Sampat on Season 2 Episode 2 of HBO's "The Newsroom."
Maybe we were too wrapped up in reacquainting ourselves with Aaron Sorkin's mile-a-minute dialogue in the first season, but this second season, we just couldn't help admiring the excellent layering job done by ACN's resident tech whiz kid and feeling like we needed to rethink that frumpy emergency "work cardigan" we leave draped on the backs of our desk chairs. (Oh, COME ON, you all have them!!)
Rihanna in custom Alexander Wang.
Photo: Getty Images/@badgalriri Instagram
The first celeb to step out in pieces from Alexander Wang's new collection? Rihanna, duh. Of course, pieces straight from the runway aren't even #swag enough for Rih; she's been photographed showing off custom pieces. How's that for turnaround time? Maybe when you hang out with a designer at #PhashionWeek, he expedites your pieces? It def seems that way.
Last week, four days after the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014 show, Rihanna stepped out in a pink "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt which wasn't on the Wang runway. On the runway was a white sweatshirt with sheer panels, the "Parental Advisory" logo strategically placed to keep the look PG. Rih paired her Phresh Out The Runway sweatshirt with black leather pants and a white leather baseball cap. She wore white Manolo Blahnik pumps, which is too bad, because Alexander Wang debuted some new shoes at his show that go perfectly with the "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt. Could it be that Rihanna can't get multiple pieces from this brand new collection?