Fashion

The Quiet Radicalism of Kanye West’s Fashion Collection

Say what you like about Kanye West — everyone does — but there’s one thing for certain, and that’s that America’s most consistently fascinating musician is a mass of contradictions. They’ve always manifested to various extents in his music: braggadocio and self-awareness (contrast his verse on the remix of Beyoncé’s “Ego” with “Runaway,” for instance), arrogance and vulnerability, the desire to control his public image and the propensity for doing spontaneous, often ill-advised things that undermine it. They all seem to come back to a desire to which a lot of us can relate: wanting to be accepted by the establishment while at the same time wanting to tear it down. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that it’s his ongoing obsession with fashion, and specifically the new line he’s created for Adidas, that have thrown these contradictions into the sharpest relief. … Read More

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Kanye Played a New Track, “Wolves” feat. Sia and Vic Mensa, at His Adidas Presentation

Yesterday was the culmination of years’ of work for Kanye West, and it happened all at once: West presented his… Read More

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Coming to a Butt Near You

Ladies, the time has finally come: Benedict Cumberbatch’s face can now be worn on your butt (Cumberbutt?). L.A. retailer Poprageous… Read More

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Music’s 40 Greatest Style Icons, Ranked

Imagine if The Beatles never wore those collarless suits, or if Madonna never wore a tattered wedding dress on MTV. What if David Bowie had never thought to transform into Ziggy Stardust, or Cher had never worn that glittery body stocking under a leather jacket on the Navy ship? No meat dress for Gaga, no ruffled shirt for Prince, no cape for James Brown, no trash bag jumpsuit for Missy Elliott. Fashion changes our perception of artists, particularly those who routinely get up in front of thousands to perform. If musicians so choose, style choices can reflect and support their artistic choices. Many of the 40 icons of personal style on this ranked list have used clothes in a conscious, specific… Read More

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‘Spice World’ Outfits, Ranked

Few would say Spice World — the distinctly British musical comedy made by the Spice Girls at the height of their fame in 1997 — is, well, good. It is, however, a unique film in the landscape of scripted comedies made by famous musical acts. With just a little more plot, it could have reached the heights achieved by The Beatles’ Help!, which is to say: Spice World could be Monty Python levels of zany, not to mention far more surreal. As it stands, it’s more A Hard Day’s Night than Magical Mystery Tour, which is undoubtedly a positive. … Read More

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Great Fashion Moments From 13 Classic Holiday Films

We’ve guided you to offbeat holiday films, classic holiday films, anti-Christmas movies, excellent holiday movies, lousy holiday movies, and a holiday movie so lousy it’s excellent. Now let’s talk about holiday movie fashion. Sometimes I watch old Christmas movies just to ogle the stunning, shimmering formal dresses inevitably worn by the female leads. It’s a productive use of time over the holiday break, clearly. … Read More

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Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends. … Read More

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