Alicia Keys for Reebok.
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We already know what you're thinking: Daaaang, Alicia Keys looks good. I mean, sure, we're used to seeing our girl sporting her Reebok Classics collection in public (it's been almost a year since she launched her debut shoes!), but there's something about her dark and sultry fall 2013 sneaks that really get us going. In the spring, she introduced some seriously colorful sneaker wedges, and this time she's bringing them back with a more winter-ready aesthetic. Think: navy blue, black, and red colorways with suede and reptile emboss detailing. Mama like!
Some things in life are just meant to be, and a Jeremy Scott x A$AP Rocky fashion collab is definitely one of those inevitable things. (Though, for the record, Jeremy's said he's open to a rap collab, as well.) The bold runway designer and Harlem-born MC recently announced that they've teamed up on a special edition pair of adidas Originals sneakers, and ever since that news broke, we've been dying to pick their brains about the project. Lucky for us, we had just that opportunity this past weekend at the adidas Originals store on New York City's Wooster street just before a meet-and-greet attracting a crowd of 300 some-odd fans for autographs and pictures with the JS Wings 2.0 Black Flag creators.
Looks from Jonathan Simkhai's spring/summer 2014 collection.
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We don't mean to pick favorites, but we love Jonathan Simkhai. The New York-based designer is relatively fresh to the New York Fashion Week scene (his first show was in 2010!), but he's already won over buyers at Barneys, Shopbop and Bergdorf Goodman, just to name a few. His sporty-meets-edgy-meets-feminine pieces are a fresh take on super cool work wear (or, heck, any kind of wear!), and we're obsessed with his graphically bold designs. His spring/summer 2014 collection features everything from breezy palazzo pants to sultry cut-out crop tops to super mod frocks, and we NEEDED to find out more about this visually-inspiring line. Luckily, we got a chance to catch up with Jonathan himself to tell us about his collection inspiration, live presentation music, and the type of girl he designs for. Check it out below!
Not much more of New York Fashion Week left! What will life after Fashion Week even be like? How will we survive? What will fill our days? Well, the good news is we don't have to think about that yet. And—YAAAAS—we're still in the midst of our collab with #shehashadit and its creator, Jarvis Derrell. Jarvis is breaking down street style snaps from NYFW and guiding all the KWEENS out there to be more EFF FORT LESS. Peep Jarvis' input while you can; it won't last 4eva, though we wish it would!
Street style shot of Adi Haeman during New York Fashion Week.
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WHEWWWWW, Yasssssssssssss Kween!!! Now THIS is how you serve a look kids!!! Bold, Brave and Badass!!! Guuurrrlll, this ode to Janis is serving us sanctified modest bohemian jailbird hair on Broadway couture, and I am living for every single bit of it!!!! Guuuurrrlll, but I must issue a DISCLAIMER!!!! - don't try this at home Kweens!!!!! I once attempted to serve a Zara houndstooth printed gown with a sensible Forever 31 flower blouse, tying it all together with a Gucci knock off belt I bought in Chinatown for $5!!!! Whoops!!! The world just wasn't ready!!! Friends were lost, weaves were pulled and several of my baby daddies stop calling me!! #damn #everybodyaintable #shehashadit #clash #stash #serve #nonequitybohemianrhasphody #janisjoplin #earthmother #beetlejuice #obsessed
Rihanna in London, at the launch of her newest Rihanna x River Island collection.
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Another day, another opportunity for Rihanna to leave the house in a varsity jacket with no bra on underneath. Tuesday, amiright? Over the weekend Rih hit the New York pavement for a shirtless shopping spree, but she's in London now—different time zone—so she's allowed to repeat looks. And this outfit she wore to launch her Rihanna for River Island collabo is a whole lotta look. Let's break it down, shall we?
Emmy Rossum, Kat Graham and Nick Jonas at New York Fashion Week Events.
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The stars have certainly made this Fashion Week an exciting one. We've seen them stomp the runway à la Rita Ora, or even make a NYFW debut, facial hair included (you can't hide that miniscule moustache Biebs). And while we're struggling to remember whether we even put makeup on this morning, we're glad the celebs are still well-groomed and out in full force for the photogs. We're on the downward slope/climb/exhausting long-haul of the week, y'all. Here's who we've spotted perched in the front row.
King Krule plays at Bowery Ballroom.
Photo: Jon Snyder
Certain New York evenings are significant and judging by my Instagram feed from last night, loads of people had heaps of fun at the DKNY 25th anniversary party held down at Wall Street. But further uptown, at Bowery Ballroom, I went to see 19-year-old Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, play to a packed but intimate crowd upon the release of his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. It was mind-bogglingly, face-meltingly pleasurable. The kid is really important.
Cast in a soft violet light, the flame-topped, gangly Brit arrived onstage promptly at ten and didn't say much at all outside of singing or introducing his songs. It was all, "this one's about living under the sea," or else "this one's about the sky," which seemed exactly right for someone responsible for this season's most depressing, profoundly English tunes.
Since this is a style site I'll leave the music reviewing to others but I will say that a great place to start (for the uninitiated) is to watch the "Easy Easy" video on repeat because it's perfect for fall in that it's. Just. Gutting. It's wistful but hopeful and you feel like you've missed everything already. And if you've been on a fashion week bender, you might as well have a good, self-indulgent cry so you can leech out some of the crazier-making caffeine and vestigial alcohol shambling in your system.
Kanye West on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
In case you missed it, Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform his rumored next single, "Bound 2." Kanye's stage presence was, as usual, captivating, but his accompaniment—a choir of lil kids, The Roots, and Charlie Wilson—really made the performance memorable. Also memorable? Kanye's opening line, in which he definitely maybe dissed Ray J, rapping, "Brandy little sister lame and you know it now." #BURN We see what's happening here! Ray J, Kanye West is callin' you a girl: you're not Brandy's little sister, you're her little brother!! SCANDAL.
Rita Ora, Iggy Azaela, and A$AP Rocky perform at DKNY's 25th Anniversary party during New York Fashion Week.
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As if a surprise runway walk from Rita Ora (accompanied by a seriously dope Spring 2014 collection that's both nostalgic and forward-thinking) wasn't enough, DKNY threw itself a GIGANTIC 25th birthday party last night in New York's Financial District punctuated by a high octane performance from the next face of the brand herself. The crowd itself was star-studded with a huge range of fashion fans, from Hailee Steinfeld to John Legend and his hilarious model boo Chrissy Teigen to Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis. But the stage ALSO boasted its fair share of famous faces as Iggy Azalea, Melanie Fiona, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg all made surprise guest performance appearances.