Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover of 'Vogue.'
Well, well, well, looks like all of those lunch dates with Anna Wintour finally paid off because guess who just got her—err, their—first Vogue cover? KIMYE! In what will most likely be the most fascinating cover story of all year, Vogue profiled Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in anticipation of their upcoming, surely epic wedding. I mean, just look at the tagline: Their fashionable life and surreal times #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE. We can only guess what that entails. We have SO MANY questions. “Who is making Kim’s wedding dress/what will Kanye wear/what will North wear/how do you even top this proposal?” only scratches the surface.
Jay Z and Kanye West reunite the Throne at SXSW.
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Don't rub your eyes. The above picture of Jay Z and Kanye West is, in fact, NOT from 2011. Jay and Ye joined forces again LAST NIGHT (March 12) during Austin's SXSW music festival—a Watch the Throne reunion of epic proportions that was only just announced this Monday (March 10). Amidst many of their solo hits—"Tom Ford," "New Slaves," "Izzo (HOVA)," and "Runaway" to name a few—Yeezy and Hov performed Throne classics like "H*A*M," "Who Gon' Stop Me," "No Church in the Wild," "Otis," and of course, "N***** in Paris" for their two-hour, 35-song set. But the music wasn't the only part of the Throne they brought back: They also resurrected their Givenchy performance steez.
LeBron James puts on his mask.
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Masks: They've been around forever! Perhaps even literally since anthropologists haven't been able to pinpoint the origin of face coverings (yet). The world's oldest known surviving mask is made of stone, dates to 7000 B.C., and currently lives at Musee Biblique in France, but there's no telling whether people were shielding their mugs well before that or not.
Masks come in all shapes and sizes, from lacquered, half-face, Phantom of the Opera joints to flashy but flimsy full-dome luchador numbers. Much of the time they're purely aesthetic—a visual aid to some form of entertainment (see: Jabbawockeez) or meant to conceal identity (Anonymous' Guy Fawkes)—but they're functional accessories, too. A mask is a muzzle for Hannibal Lecter, a kind of painkiller for Bane, and far less terrifyingly (well, to some), a facial shield for Lebron James, who has been wearing a mask during games since breaking his nose last month.
Kanye West on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.'
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Last night, Kanye West was a guest on the second episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, and, as usual, he talked about fashion. What was unusual, at least according to the internet, was the tone with which he spoke. It was soft, and his notoriously unwieldy comparisons were (mostly) in check, seeming to better illustrate his point. The thing is, though, that what he said last night is, bare bones, the same stuff he's been saying for months. All he did was lower his voice.
Yeezy's all on ya sofa, dese da Red Octobers
SOOOOOO-PRISE! While you were chugging mimosas, Nike shock-dropped the Air Yeezy 2 "Red Octobers" at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday (February 9). With no warning, those rapscallions announced the release via Twitter. To which the world said, "SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY."
The shoes reportedly sold out in 11 minutes. (That's how long it took for the "it's ova" tweet to appear.) Any turkeys lucky enough to be paying attention were able to yoink pairs for a sensible $245 bucks each. Sneakerheads who were caught off guard could now pay upwards of $5,000, judging by the current "buy it now" prices on eBay. But buyer beware: Fake Red Octobers have been floating around for months!
Express your feelings through Whitney, Drake, Mariah, Kanye, Walt, and Jesse.
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With Valentine's Day still over a week away, you might not have considered what to get for your BF/GF/frand/dog/cat/unrequited crush. There are plenty of options out there (chocolate, teddy bear, jewelry, etc.), but what you actually give doesn't matter, as long as it's accompanied by a cool card. Sure, you could buy the same Disney Princess valentines you gave out to everyone in your class in fifth grade, OR you could step your game up. We've searched high and low on this vast internet for cards that don't suck. Check 'em out below—you still have time to order!
Express your feelings through Kanye West.
WARNING: This card is only appropriate for, like, your longterm BF/GF and/or your mom. Telling someone you love them like Kanye West loves Kanye is a lotta love, and not everyone can handle it. The man has a lot of love for his own genius, so don't give this card out to the guy who makes your coffee every morning. You may love him for one to two minutes per day, but that love does not come close to approaching Kanye's level of self-love.
We’ve got to hand it to Ye. After a year’s worth of fashion rants (will we ever forget the leather jogging pant?) and one abbreviated overpriced collection for A.P.C., Kanye West is finally living up to his design aspirations. Maybe all of those monologues are just part of his creative process? His second effort for the French brand A.P.C., which was announced on the low last December, just debuted at Paris Fashion Week and it’s full of #dopeness. Kanye’s personality is stamped all over it, from the double-denim looks—and one with a flag-like cape that could have hung in the Yeezus pop-up—to the moody zipper-stitched parkas paired with parachute pants, Timberlands, and balaclavas. For every dark look, there was a suited counterpart, styled with glasses and jackets worn as capes.
But did you really expect Kanye would deliver a collection without a monologue? Think again! After revealing that the collection was inspired by “paint colors” and his idea of the modern family—"It's about what is the new family—it's like me, Kim and North”—Kanye went innnnnn on the industry’s refusal to take him seriously: “Every factory I go to, every time I sit down and talk about it, it’s like whether I’m talking about clothes from the hip-hop side of things or talking about clothes with someone that is in the fashion industry to not have a prejudice against the U-shaped curve of success in your field.”
Kanye is excited about his collaboration with adidas.
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While there has still been no confirmation on Adidas' end, Kanye West revealed that his collaboration with the company is, in fact, going forward and will launch in September. The details of what exactly will be released remain a mystery, but Kanye told Chicago DJs Stylz & Roman that he and Adidas would have "something in September." Oh, right, he's also designing clothing and will have stand-alone stores. Looks like Adidas is making Ye's wildest dreams come true!
When we first heard news of his partnership with Adidas, we posited that the company must've offered him a pretty sweet deal that extended beyond designing shoes. It seems, at least according to Kanye, they have. Ye mentioned that he had just returned from Germany, where he visited the Adidas headquarters and had one of the "greatest creative days of [his] life." He seems genuinely excited about the people he is working with and the resources he's been offered to "paint with." Maybe 2014 will be feature a calm and collected Kanye speaking softly about fashion rather than ranting against it?
Kanye West is going to have some new Virgil Abloh swag to wear just in time for spring. Though he'll probably have access to Off-White, Virgil's new label, long before then. Ugh, being famous and the longtime BFF of a very popular designer is the best. Remember how quickly he got his hands on Pyrex Vision?? Like, HOW?? JK, I know how. (Money. Status. Power.)
Off-White is—according to Style.com, who spoke with Virgil—"a streetwear-meets-fashion line that builds on, and expands upon, Pyrex Vision." While Pyrex was screen-printed on other brands' shirts, Off-White will be "a full cut-and-sew line, made in Italy." Oh you fancy, huh? The line will marry Virgil's interests in Martha Stewart (LOL) and "shabby chic" aesthetic elements with athletic sensibilities. Imagine what Martha Stewart would wear to play streetball on Nantucket and you've got Off-White. Not really, but imagining Martha in oversized hoops shorts is a fun way to pass the time.
Kanye West was full of fashion-centric quotables this year.
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Aside from the birth of his first child, an epically romantic proposal to girlfriend/baby mama Kim Kardashian, and releasing one of the most critically debated albums of the year, which was then accompanied by a massive, production-heavy national tour, 2013 was kinda quiet for Kanye West, amirite?? I mean, like, we BARELY heard a peep outta the guy! *pauses for effect, then busts up in belly laughs* NAAAHHHHTTTTT. If anything, we've never heard so much of Yeezy. Especially on the topic of fashion.
Ye's year-long commentary on/battle with the fashion industry has kept us busy for the duration of 2013. Between lyrics likening his experience putting together his own line to picking cotton and others that publicly acknowledge Forever 21, Mr. West gave his
2 infinity cents on the subject of style, and we've distilled the stand-outs.