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40 posts tagged "Jay-Z"

Mario Testino Takes to Instagram

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Mario Testino has photographed everyone from Joan Smalls and Gisele Bündchen to Jay Z and Jennifer Lawrence—plus, he’s lensed countless covers and editorials, for everyone (and we mean everyone) from V Magazine to Vanity Fair. The legendary Peruvian photographer was not, however, on Instagram—until now, that is. We well know that if there’s any place to leak behind-the-scenes footage, it’s on the Internet. And with his esteemed roster of collaborators, who knows what filtered finds Testino’s account might bring. Needless to say, he deserves a “Follow.”

Andres Serrano’s Transgressive T-shirts

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Andres Serrano

Artist collaborations are a dime a dozen in fashion, but transgressive photographer Andres Serrano (if you’re not familiar with his controversial works like Piss Christ, perhaps you recognize him from Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby music video) was one of the last creatives we’d expect to see popping up in the mainstream market. So we were shocked to see Serrano team up with Altamont Apparel on a new range of T-shirts featuring some of his envelope-pushing images, including Piss Christ, Black Baby Jesus, America, and The Morgue. The coolest part is the accompanying video, which delves into Serrano’s methodology. “Sometimes art that is not completely understood is the best art of all, because it has a dynamic and push and pull,” he says in the short. “I like to find beauty in the most unexpected places.”

HOV for the Holidays

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Barneys x Jay Z

If you’re looking to give your loved ones a set of gilded brass knuckles this holiday season, look no further than Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s collaboration with Barneys. Following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, who designed a holiday workshop for the retailer in 2011, Hova has worked with labels such as Proenza Schouler, En Noir, Rick Owens, Acne Studios, Lanvin, Balenciaga (above, top right), Balmain (above, bottom left), Hoorsenbuhs (who had a hand in the aforementioned ring, above, bottom right), and more to create a series of limited-edition products—all of which will be displayed and for sale in a special gallery in Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship, beginning November 20. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the project, which the pair have dubbed A New York Holiday, will be donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation. We’ve got 99 problems (give or take), but, thanks to this team-up, holiday shopping ain’t one.

Photos: Courtesy of Barneys

Designers Still Want To Collaborate With Kanye West

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Giuseppe Zanotti and Kanye West

Or, at least, Giuseppe Zanotti does. In an interview with Jay-Z’s Web site Life + Times, Zanotti, who previously collaborated with West on a few pairs of outrageously priced sandals for the rapper’s Spring ’12 ready-to-wear collection, offered, “I really would love having a guest designer like Kanye during Milan’s fashion week. He could shake the system with his adrenaline.” Who knows—maybe bringing the Kingdom of Dopeness to Milano is just the kick in the rear the city’s fashion week needs…then again, maybe it’s not.

Photo: John Sciulli/ Getty Images

Hova Plays Hooky

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Jay Z and Beyonce

A shade-throwing Taylor Swift, an N’ Sync reunion, and glitzy grillz are just a few of the things we saw at MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards last night. But perhaps the biggest shocker was the absence of hip-hop’s king and queen, Jay-Z and Beyoncé (though the pair reportedly stepped out for the after-party at the Dream Downtown’s Ph-D). While we’re a bit surprised that the two didn’t turn up to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center—the home of Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Nets—we can appreciate the fact that Miley’s live twerking demonstration was no Marina Abramovic performance.

Photo: David X Prutting / BFAnyc.com