That was fast! After a brief stint as a brunette, Britney Spears made the switch to a bold red hue late last week. While the star has never been a redhead before, we have seen her in two very similar looks — back in 2003, Spears showed off a dramatic fire engine hue in her “Toxic” video, and later donned an auburn wig with blunt bangs for the “Womanizer” video in 2008. Six years later, the singer’s crimson hair has made a comeback, and is still flattering as ever. Besides, we’re sure the shade helps her get into character by the time she plays “Toxic” each night at her Las Vegas show! Get more hair inspiration by checking out the celebrity hair makeovers of 2014 in our gallery.
From Cupcakes to White Chocolate, Britney Spears Shares the Scoop on Her Flirty Fantasy Fragrance RemixJan 10, 2014 @ 8:20 am
Britney Spears knows a thing or two about a good remix — The Dreaming version of her song “Perfume” is in heavy rotation on our playlists, and now, she’s allowing life to imitate art by remixing her iconic Fantasy fragrance into two new scents. Fantasy the Naughty Remix and Fantasy the Nice Remix will be rolling out in February, each presenting a different side to the star. Judging by her sexy red carpet picks and risky dance routines, we’re sure Spears had no trouble channeling her seductive side to mix up the Naughty Remix, which is a flirty blend of white chocolate orchid, cupcake accord, orris root, and heady woods. We couldn’t help but wonder, what was her inspiration for the Nice Remix? “My nice fantasies are definitely dreamier and bright, such as spending a day at the beach with my boys or a romantic dinner with that special someone,” she told InStyle.com exclusively of the airy jasmine, kiwi, and musk blend. “The Nice Remix shows the more confident, playful side of me.” We love it! Find Britney’s Fantasy Remixes at Kohl’s locations nationwide and kohls.com for $58 each starting in February.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and the stars are busy prepping, playing, and posing with Santa (just peep at Heidi Klum’s shot with Mr. Claus himself!), along with a few holiday-staple characters, including snowmen and elves.
But if you were too busy doing some last-minute shopping to check out Instagram lately, no worries. We rounded up the best and most recent celebrity photos celebrating the holiday, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Britney Spears is no stranger to the platinum end of the spectrum — of her eight albums, seven of them have received the certification, and now her strands are following suit. The star revealed her pale blonde hue on Instagram, a change that may have happened for her upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, which is set to start on the 27th. Although her hair and makeup are always on point, when it comes to beauty, Britney admits that she’s more complexion-obsessed. “I’m more of a skin-care girl. I’m obsessed because of my mom, that’s what she totally believes in,” she told us in our January issue. “I also love face creams. I have no problems trying new brands.” What do you think of her new look? Tell us in the comments below!
Calling all Britney fans: To celebrate our annual color issue featuring Britney Spears, we have not one, but two signed gift sets of her Fantasy fragrance, and we’re giving them to you! The iconic lychee, jasmine, and kiwi blend — which makes a cameo in the star’s new “Perfume” music video — has long been a staple on our vanities for years, and combined with the singer’s autograph adorning the box, the new sets are a must for any Britney enthusiast. Here’s how you can win: First, follow @InStyleMagazine on Instagram, and snap a picture of the star’s cover, demonstrating your most-innovative use of color. And get creative! Anything from intricate prints and flashy nail art to saturated jewel tones and high-impact solids will be considered. Once you’ve taken your photo and added your filter of choice, be sure to use the hashtag #InStyleBritney to submit your entry. The contest opens today, and will run through Thursday, December 19, so start piecing together your most-colorful ensembles now. Plus, if you want to pick up a matching set for your friend, you can find the Britney Spears Fantasy Gift Set priced at $45 on target.com and Target locations nationwide. Scroll down for the official rules, and pick up InStyle’s January issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now!
Late this past fall, cover story writer (and InStyle’s Fashion Features Editor) Isabel González Whitaker went out to L.A. to interview Britney Spears, just as the singer was gearing up for her two-year Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me. During an extended break, Spears sat down to answer reader questions and was impressively candid and in control. The following is an excerpt from the article, “American Idol,” published in InStyle’s January 2014 issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
In a dance studio in an industrial area east of Los Angeles, Britney Spears is rehearsing for her lavish Britney: Piece of Me show, which is set to debut December 27 at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood. The two-year gig, as she describes it, will be nothing less than wild: moving stages, glittering costumes, scores of hunky backup dancers, rain—and snow—machines. This space, however, is decidedly unassuming. Perhaps the only indication that something special, someone glamorous, might be inside the nearly windowless concrete block: two paparazzi stationed on the sidewalk beyond a tarred-over parking lot, positioning their long lenses through a wire fence.
The chorus of “Toxic”—“Of all my songs it’s my favorite,” Spears says later—blasts from a back room and into the tiny lobby, so loud the framed photos of ballroom dancers on the walls pulsate. After the chorus ends a choreographer counts off beats—“Five, six, seven, eight!”—and then it replays some 20 times more. Accenting the acoustics is the squeaky sound rubber-soled shoes make as they pivot across high-gloss floors. It’s hard to tell whether it’s one person—Britney?—or her 14 dancers back there. One thing is for sure: It’s sweltering, as if she’s determined to replicate Vegas’s desert heat as part of her boot camp. And then the song switches.
“Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I’m stronger.” —“Stronger,” 2000
This chorus gets just three plays, and that’s plenty of time to catch the message: It’s a resilience anthem if ever there was one. Spears may have made it a mega-hit 14 years ago, but the dance-pop song seems even more poignant now for the singer, who has managed to weather challenging times and make it back from the dark corners.
And boy, is she back: The 32-year-old has just come out with her eighth album, the very personal Britney Jean; the lead single, the whip-smart dominatrix ditty “Work Bitch,” topped the charts when it was released this fall. The 96-date Britney: Piece of Me show has her joining the ranks of Vegas legends in residence like Céline Dion and Elton John. Then there’s her family life, which keeps her happy and on track. Photos she posts on Instagram show her two smiling and playful boys, Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7, on family vacations, at birthday parties, and in kiddie-size car-racing gear. While she won’t talk about it or even mention his name, a nice-guy boyfriend also seems to be in the picture.
It’s easy to imagine that a Vegas performance of “Toxic,” or other iconic hits like “… Baby One More Time” or “Oops! … I Did It Again,” might unite fans in a frenzy of shared nostalgia. But nowadays “Stronger” is the sound-track to her life. It will have her devotees screaming along in solidarity, cheering on the pop star who can’t be stopped.
Soon enough it’s time for a lunch break, during which the singer will excitedly answer questions from InStyle readers. Spears, in her signature off-duty look (a fitted tank, cozy sweatpants, hair in a sweetheart topknot), strides into the lobby. Undistracted by the commotion of dancers walking past her, she heads into an adjacent bare-bones office whose single window is draped with hastily hung black fabric to keep out prying eyes (and lenses). She settles into a leather armchair and places her Starbucks iced coffee on the wooden desk. Sweat has smeared mascara nearly down to the tops of her cheekbones, a sign she’s been dancing for two hours straight with the temperature cranked high. If Spears is tired, she’s not letting on; she sits upright in the chair, takes a sip of her drink, and is ready to, OK, let’s say it, work, bitch.
For the full story — where Britney talks about her killer bod, being a mom, and wanting a “mini-me” little girl — pick up a copy of InStyle‘s January 2014 issue available on newsstands and for digital download now. Click here to buy or subscribe.
It’s true: Britney Spears is InStyle‘s January cover girl! The queen of pop broke the news during her visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, where she showed off the gorgeous photo of her in Dior (which you can find on newsstands beginning Friday, December 13).
It’s been quite a big week for Brit, who just celebrated her 32nd birthday on Monday and released her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, on Tuesday. For her chat with Ellen, the seasoned performer took a break from rehearsing for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (kicking off December 27), which Spears told Ellen “is probably the hardest show I’ve ever done.”
We got a sneak peek of the show’s rehearsal during our interview — for details on what we found out, and to see Britney’s photo spread (where she dons designers like Helmut Lang and Jason Wu), pick up a copy of InStyle‘s January issue, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, December 13th. And stay tuned next week for more online exclusives on our upcoming feature with Britney, including a look behind-the-scenes at our cover shoot!
In the meantime, quench your thirst for all things BritBrit by checking out her beauty transformation.
Happy Birthday, Britney Spears! The queen of pop turns 32 today and she certainly has a lot to celebrate: In 2012, she was music’s top-earning female, and this year, she has continued to bring on the hits (check out her recent video “Work B*tch”) — her eighth studio album Britney Jean hits stores tomorrow, and she begins a two-year gig at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 27th. To celebrate her day, look through the gallery to see Britney’s style evolution from pop teen icon to music mogul.
Plus, tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a very special announcement from Britney tomorrow at 4pm EST. You won’t want to miss it!