Get Hooked and check out Lana Del Rey’s new H&M advertisements, see Azealia Banks’ controversial Dazed cover, find out what role Alicia Keys will have on “America’s Next Top Model” next season, get the details on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s potential new shoe line, and more.
Lana Del Rey Pouts in Her New H&M Ad Images
Lana Del Rey’s gorgeous but melancholy fall H&M ads have arrived. The misty-eyed singer channels the vintage grace of Priscilla Presley in the new campaign, while still clinging on to her casual nonchalance. Hot fall items modeled by the “Video Games” singer include a pink angora sweater, floral print leggings, a range of pastel knits, leather pants, and cinched-waist tops.
H&M will also release a Johan Renck-directed video of Del Rey covering Bobby Vinton’s string-laden 1963 tearjerker “Blue Velvet” as part of her campaign. It will be released in full on H&M’s website on Sept. 19, and a condensed version will later air as a commercial.
Azealia Banks’ Blows Up, Gets Racy on Latest Magazine Cover
There will be no missing Azealia Banks’ controversial Dazed & Confused cover on newsstands this week! The cover, which was banned in seven countries — Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Malta, Switzerland, India and Thailand — features the Harlem songstress smoking an inflated, raspberry-colored condom like a cigar in a gorgeous black Balmain vest, punk-infused emerald wig and bright eye makeup. The evocative scene is juxtaposed with an appropriate title: “Azealia Banks Blows Up.”
The magazine seems to be pleased with the controversy, last week tweeting, “Just been told our upcoming @AZEALIABANKS cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?”
Alicia Keys to Mentor Contestants on ‘ANTM’
Alicia Keys will be joining the next season of “America’s Next Top Model” as a mentor, TV Guide reports. When the 19th season of the CW reality show airs on Aug. 24, guests like Keys will be invited onto the show to give contestants alternative style and media instruction.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Could Design a Shoe Line: Report
Rumors are abuzz that Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are collaborating on a shoe line. Radar Online first reported that the couple had a meeting with Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR, which owns brands like Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Kimye was said to have discussed the possibility of starting up a high-end collection with the CEO’s backing.
The idea of a West/Kardashian shoe line is already getting experts excited and causing a stir in the fashion industry. “The potential is huge,” Howard Bragman, longtime Hollywood publicist and vice chairman of Reputation.com, told WWD. “They are both brand names that have separately sold millions of dollars worth of product. Kim knows the shoe [industry] and it makes a lot of sense. This could be a case of one plus one equals three.”
Kardashian is familiar with the show world, but West is no stranger either. He designed the infamous “Air Yeezy II” trainers for Nike, created the shoes for Dion Lee’s Resort 2013 collection, and also worked on pearl heels for his own fashion label with famed footwear designer Guiseppe Zanotti.
Do you plan to buy any of the clothes in Lana Del Rey’s H&M ads? Is Azealia’s Dazed cover too risque? Will Alicia Keys be a good mentor to the young models? Could a Kimye shoe line be successful? Let us know your thoughts on the latest fashion news in the comments below!