Let's appreciate Houston, y'all.
Photo: October's Very Own
Even though Drake is from Toronto—a fact we couldn't forget if we tried—he's shining the light on H-town this weekend with Houston Appreciation Weekend. And while Beyonce seems like a likelier host candidate for this kind of celebration considering it's (a) her hometown and (b) the inspiration behind her greatest unreleased song (IMHO) "Bow Down/I Been On," Drake has made the social centerpiece of this thing a pool party, which trumps all weirdness/confusion/side-eye I might have been harboring. I mean, who doesn't love a pool party? Anyway, we're guessing Bey would be proud of Drake's initiative. Also, there's merch.
Snag some OVO from Nordstrom!
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If you aren't already on your way to Toronto to pick up one of Drake's 2014 varsity tour jackets from Roots Canada, then we are seriously starting to doubt your devotion to Drizzy. JK! We weren't able to swing a flight either. But we did catch wind of a pretty great alternative if you're sweatin' some limited-edition October's Very Own gear (you'll still have to go to Canada for that jacket, though). Starting TODAY, February 14th, Nordstrom will officially become the first national retailer to carry apparel by OVO. #HYFR
The exclusively designed merch, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, and knit caps, is debuting as a part of Nordstrom's ongoing Pop-In Shops project. Launched in October 2013, the specialty shops house a series of themed collections that rotate every four to five weeks. This time, the theme is "Heartbreakers Club," which Nordstrom says is "inspired by men with heartbreakingly good style." Check! Drake definitely qualifies. BRB while I put a Band-Aid on my aorta.
Drake debuted the jacket on 'Saturday Night Live.'
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In January, Drake hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. Remember? As the show began, he sauntered onstage with a big grin and proceeded to ace his first monologue. He was wearing charisma, confidence, and a fine lookin' letter jacket. You may have admired this quality jacket. The craftsmanship. The signature OVO crew details. The way it seemed to give him just a little bit more Drake Power.
Well, good news! You too can get your very own extra Drake Power, as long as you've got $458 to drop and maybe a ticket to Toronto. Drake teamed up with Roots Canada to launch his 2014 tour jackets, and they'll be available starting February 15 at a Toronto Roots location. So far this is the only information available—one might wonder if they'll be up for sale elsewhere? But considering his 2011 Roots jacket collaboration was a limited edition and sold out quiiiiiickly, this might be a campout situation.
Drake wearing Jaden Smith's face to perform at the 2013 iHeart Music Radio Festival.
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While Miley Cyrus went white and sheer for her performance at iHeart Radio Music Festival this weekend, Drake took his performance wardrobe in the opposite direction. Drizzy took the stage in a long-sleeve black OVO t-shirt that was emblazoned with a graphic version of Jaden Smith's face. Normally, it may seem strange to find a grown man wearing a teenager's face on his shirt, but this shirt and Jaden's face have a backstory.
Drake has been REALLY excited about words lately. I mean, the man can’t stop wearing them. Remember that big hookah party scene in the “Started From The Bottom” video when Drizzy and his whole posse were wearing shirts emblazoned with the song title? (Words.) And then there was that time when he wore his “Nothing Was The Same” baseball jersey on the red carpet at the VMAs. (Words.) And that photo (above) from his Instagram last week? OK, you get the gist. Basically, he’s been wearing giant word prints for a while now, and TBH, it’s not a terrible way to pump people up about your new material—especially when logo-mania is having a major #FASHUN moment.
Drake wearing sweaters on Feb. 17 and Aug. 26.
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It's no secret that Drake loves his comfy sweaters. In fact, the rapper is so well known for his pullovers and zip-ups that he's constantly being questioned about it! Most recently, GQ sat down with Drake to grill him about—you guessed it—those sweaters, and Drake dished on his top three pullovers, which designer he wants to collab with, plus, um, a little sentiment to all his sweater haters.
Drake on his favorite sweater: It's a toss-up between three sweaters. I'd say one would be obviously the OVO Owl Sweater. I can wear it repetitively and no one calls me out on it. I have a cashmere Hermès sweater that I love. Lastly, any of my Missoni sweaters.