Ariana Grande for 'Complex' Magazine.
Photo: 'Complex' Magazine
When we think of Ariana Grande, the first thing that comes to mind (after her multi-octave, mini-Mariah voice, of course) is her super-girly, vintage style. She’s like a tiny ‘50s housewife, but with way longer hair and way higher heels. The squeaky-clean starlet has never met a floral, a-line dress she didn't like, which is why we ACTUALLY gasped out loud when we saw her new photos for Complex magazine. Grande channels gangster glam in the mag’s December issue and resembles a mob boss’ well-dressed wife or like, the deviant star of a film noir.
Iggy Azalea on the cover of "Complex" Magazine.
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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.
Miley and Rihanna both sported Chanel's logo suspenders...but who looks best?
Photo: @MileyCyrus' Twitter/Courtesy of 'Complex'
Given their super-nerdy connotation, suspenders aren't exactly the most obvious luxe designer piece to obsess over. But if there's anyone can make the Steve Urkel staple officially cool, it's Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. Together. We first spotted Ri working Chanel's white logo suspenders back in January on one of her seven (!!) Complex covers, giving the accessory her signature edgy twist with a camo print bra, oversized bottoms, and a hair bandanna. Now it's Miley's turn, and she's following suit with similar take on the black version. Paired with a white belly-baring top and black trousers (not to mention, an insane gold manicure), Miley's total proof that suspenders really do work IRL...it's all just a matter of how you style 'em.
Solange in the June/July issue of "Complex".
Photo: JUCO/ Courtesy of "Complex"
It doesn't matter whether she's rocking brick print suits in her music video for "Losing You" or breathing new life into tired festival fashion at SXSW, Solange Knowles looks good in pretty much everything. Seriously, though, has this girl EVER had a bad outfit? *crickets* Yeah, that's what we thought. So given her fashion cred, it should come as a surprise to pretty much nobody that the über-talented younger Knowles sister has landed herself yet another magazine cover, this time for Complex. The publication's self-proclaimed "sexy but classy cover shoot" shows Solange sporting her signature red-orange lipstick and gazing straight up against the bold blue background. The minimalist profile shot is compelling enough on its own, but flip inside the issue and it gets even better, like Solange lounging upon plastic-covered chairs in colorblocked separates. See even more awesomeness below!
Woman in tech?
OK for those of you who don't know, Complex just published a list of "The 40 Hottest Women in Tech" and it's kind of a sh**show. In full disclosure, I used to work there and genuinely adore some folks who presently do but as eyerolly as I've been with "Hottest Asian Porn Stars" and "Hottest Republicans," I have to admit that I'm bummed out by this latest gallery. Like, I get it. They're traffic warlocks and people gotta do what they gotta do and I'm certainly not ruffled at the prospect of an SEO gambit that knocks the horrible AskMen.com article off the top slot in searches for "hot women in tech." I'm just disappointed that it wasn't at least backed-up by an otherwise awesome list championing the sincere gains made by women in a male-dominated industry. Check out this intro:
Technology has been a boy's club for most of its existence. Just another unfortunate repercussion of the patriarchy. But that's been slowly changing, and over the last decade we've seen a number of wonderful, intelligent, and cunning women make inspiring strides in the field of technology.
Promising, right? But then the gallery kicks off with Marina Orlova the host for YouTube channel HotForWords. In the portrait, she's wearing a seemingly painted on bra-sized vest with a tiny necktie and no shirt. She's cited as the "popular internet sensation" who now hosts a show on "Sirius Satellite Radio for Maxim." And then there's Sara Jean Underwood, formerly of G4TV's Attack of the Show. It seems the accomplishment that the 'Plex dudes felt most apt in calling out insofar as her contribution to the industry is that she went on to be a Playboy playmate. SAD. FACE.
Aubrey Plaza for 'Complex.'
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The last time we spotted Aubrey Plaza on a magazine cover, she was snuggling up to a cat on the front page of Bust. Now she's posing with another prop for the April/May issue of Complex, but instead of a cuddly animal the actress is double fisting two cans of silly string?! Yep, our favorite Parks and Rec star is showing her funny side yet again for the mag, dressed in a simple pink romper and adorned with some, um, festive accessories (if you can even call silly string that...?). She also shows her stuff inside the feature posing with a bear mask, banana peels, AND a Whoopie Cushion, all while still managing to squeeze in some impressive smize action. Hey Tyra, better watch your back!
2NE1 for 'Complex.'
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Guys, it's time to admit it: 2NE1 have officially solidified themselves as style icons. All four ladies—Dara, CL, Minzy and Bom—continue to completely dominate every photo shoot they do with inspiring, out-of-the-box looks. Proof: Their latest spread for Complex mag! They pulled out ALL the stops for this shoot—we're talking neon fur dresses, plastic chains, and leather tees, just for starters. Jeremy Scott outfitted their '90s-candy-raver-meets-The-Muppets ensembles (above), and we seriously can't get enough. Dara sported a shaggy blue fur dress paired with combat boots, while CL wore a neon green monster graphic tee and RIDIC nail art. Minzy showed off a magenta stuffed animal hoodie paired with graphic print leggings, and Bom sported a furry blue mini-dress that is TOTALLY reminiscent of Cookie Monster. Nom. Nom. Nom.
To say that Rihanna is the master of Instagram selfies is nothing new. I mean, her feed is littered with perfectly-lit self portraits, and in the February/March issue of Complex magazine, she totally owns up to it. "It's narcissistic, but whatever—everyone does it. I’m capturing personality... Everybody has their thing they like or don't like to see. It’s all in your head. That's why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek." Complex took this theme and really (really!) ran with it for their latest issue—they released not one, not two, but SEVEN COVERS with Rihanna sporting a completely different outfit in each. They also let RiRi have her own way with a Polaroid and published some seriously revealing selfies, which, um, are sorta NSFW. All looks were outfitted by stylist Mel Ottenberg and photographed by Zoe McConnell, and in one of our favorite cover shots (above), Rihanna wore camo print bra top, Chanel suspenders, oversized black trousers, large Chanel hoop earrings, and a bow-tied bandana.
A$AP Rocky on the December/ January cover of 'Complex'.
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Well, it’s official: A$AP Rocky is a certified fashionisto. The dude with the “Goldie” grin hasn’t even released an album yet (waiting until 2013 for Long.Live.A$AP is a major exercise in patience for us) and he’s already sitting pretty on the cover of the Dec/Jan issue of Complex. Spotting him in a super dreamy Alexander Wang bomber and a slew of sparkly gold charms, it’s impossible NOT to fall in love with the rapper all over again. A$AP Rocky is one of our favorite kind of boys – one that really and truly loves fashion… and reps it. Are we surprised? Nah. The dude’s got swagger for days and knows it. “These jeans are Balmain, and I wear them with a Supreme jacket,” he says in the interview. “Of course I’m influencing.” There’s something totally charming about the super tough persona mixed with an uber enviable wardrobe. A$AP Rocky could throw down hard in a rap battle against the greatest…but he might need to remove a few cocktail rings first.