Hooked: Nicki Minaj's Vintage W Cover & Lady Gaga Gets 'Bloody' in Harlem

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Nicki Minaj | W Magazine | November 2011

Get Hooked as Nicki Minaj goes classical as Madame de Pompadour on the November cover of W and Lady Gaga is spotted in Harlem in a "bloody" new look for 'Marry The Night' music video.

Nicki Minaj Channels Madame de Pompadour in W

Nicki Minaj had been quite the magazine queen this month gracing the covers of Marie Claire and now W. I must say this may be my favorite November cover to date. The cover features Minaj in an 18th-century motif, shot by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli.

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"In her performances, Minaj makes very explicit and ­challenging use of her beauty and her body, so I thought of comparing her to some of the most famous courtesans in history: the Marquise de ­Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and ­Madame Rimsky-­Korsakov," explained Vezzoli on his vision of the shoot. Linking Nicki with Madame de Pompadour is quite a brilliant feat as Ms. Pompadour pushed the boundaries of fashion and art in her day.

The 18th-century courtesan inspired Nicki cover is part of W's "Fashion Meets Art" issue. What do you think of Nicki as a classical, perhaps one may even dare say refined, lady?

Gaga's "Bloody" Marry The Night Look

While shooting her latest video for the single, "Marry The Night" in Harlem, Mother Monster broke out a custom-made double zip lambskin jumpsuit by New York City designer, Asher Levine. The fierce and aggressive look is meant to go along with the video's grungy theme, which is described in a press statement as "bloody" and also a "nod to New York downtown refinement." What do you think of the new look?

Venus X's New Mix

The empress of hot fashion week runway sound Venus X has collaborated with Ghe20 Goth1k sidekick Shayne, creating a new mix for the ultra chic downtown shop Opening Ceremony.

Vogue Editor's "X Factor" Audition

Vogue's European editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles, showed he knows more than just fashion when he auditioned for "X-Factor" on request of Anna Wintour. recently released video proof of this venture (watch it here). What do you think of Bowles's vocals?


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