When the devil crosses paths with pop music, Prada doesn’t usually come into the equation.
But that and other unusual pairings take place in Fashion Rocks, a new magazine hitting stores Tuesday. The mag is the work of the creative team behind Vogue magazine, including editorial director Anna Wintour — the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Beyoncé and Jamie Foxx are on the first cover and will be featured in a behind-the-scenes set visit of their upcoming movie, “Dreamgirls” (see “Jennifer Hudson’s ’Dream’ Is Reality: R&B Album, Starring With Beyonce, Jamie Foxx” ). The issue also has in-depth features on Elton John and Justin Timberlake and a sneak peek at Courtney Love’s diaries.
The annual publication, which formerly appeared as a free supplement with Vogue and other magazines, is tied to Fashion Rocks, a September 7 event at Radio City Music Hall, which will feature musical performances by Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, Black Eyes Peas, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Scissor Sisters and Kanye West. A two-hour special will air the following day on CBS.
A special section of the magazine called “Model Fans” is devoted to models meeting their favorite musicians, like Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bündchen meeting tattooed soul rocker Ben Harper.
“I know every song [of his] by heart — and backward,” says Gisele, who arm-wrestled the multitalented artist during the photo shoot and flexed her muscles for him too.
And who knew Gisele could play a mean guitar? The Victoria’s Secret star brought her guitar along to the photo shoot.
“She’s a really good guitar player,” Harper said. “Just watch. She’ll put out an album, and it will be huge!”
Other creative pairings include supermodel Karolina Kurkova with Swedish group the Sounds and Glasgow’s Franz Ferdinand with Australian model Gemma Ward.
Ethiopian queen Liya Kebede saunters down the streets of New York with English band Elbow, who joke about how normally they “have a terrible time dressing,” said lead singer Guy Garvey. “It’s just one more hassle.”
Still, the photo shoot didn’t go as badly as they’d expected, with the band actually enjoying the chic, preppy designs from Diesel and Penguin.
“I was led to believe fashion shoots are really intense, but it was real easygoing,” Garvey said.
Another featurette focuses on supermodel Shalom Harlow, who was stoked to meet psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips.
“People think fashion is the enemy of rock and roll,” said lead singer Wayne Coyne, who favors Paul Smith, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss suits, often slightly rumpled and worn with an undone bow tie. “Rock and roll is supposed to be authentic, pure, but I can think of someone, like a Johnny Cash, who really is an emblem of authenticity. The things he wore sometimes are what made him iconic in a way.”
Here are some top models’ current playlists, according to Fashion Rocks:
Gemma Ward’s most-played songs
- Franz Ferdinand – “Auf Achse”
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Where the Wild Roses Grow”
- The Rolling Stones – “She’s So Cold”
- Nirvana – “About a Girl”
- Ween – “Baby Bitch”
Liya Kebede’s most-played songs
- Elbow – “Station Approach”
- Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved”
- Bob Marley – “Redemption Song”
- Kanye West – “Gold Digger”
- Kelis – “Millionaire”
Gisele Bündchen’s most-played songs
- Ben Harper – “Excuse Me Mr.”
- Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes”
- Coldplay – “Green Eyes”
- Lauryn Hill – “Forgive Them Father”
- Keane – “This Is the Last Time”
Shalom Harlow’s most-played songs
- The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
- Kate Bush – “Aerial Tal”
- Roisin Murphy – “Ruby Blue”
- Smog – “The Well”
- Zero – “This World”
Karolina Kurkova’s most-played songs
- The Sounds – “Queen of Apology”
- Warren G – “Regulate”
- 1 Giant Leap (featuring Michael Stipe and Asha Bhosle) – “The Way You Dream”
- George Michael – “Flawless (Go to the City)”
- Citizen Cope – “Sideways”