It was a big year for short hair. Models, singers, and actresses all made drastic chops to their 'dos, or at least toyed with the idea. In early 2013, Karlie Kloss' bob was named the haircut of 2012, but this year, stylish women dared to go shorter. Here are some contenders for this year's best haircut award. Though, I'm not sure what the prize is. Sorry, ladies.
Jennifer Lawrence's hair in 2013.
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Considering her most popular role has its own signature braid, Jennifer Lawrence's pixie cut was totally unexpected. Not unexpected? How good she'd look with a new length. J.Law had long hair throughout awards season, which she wore up, down, and to the side to collect her multiple awards for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
In April she chopped her locks off into a lob (long bob, FYI), and in November she went full platinum pixie. Her Hunger Games: Catching Fire red carpet style has been taking advantage of her new hair's bold ~edge~, and we can't wait to see how she styles her 'do for each award show at the top of 2014.
Britney Spears applies her Fantasy scent in her video for 'Perfume.'
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The video for Britney Spears' latest single, "Perfume," was just released and, wow, Britney must smell really good. She applies perfume ALL over her body. Is that how you get perfume to last? Spraying it on your stomach? I will take advice from a woman who has 12 scents to her name.
Obviously, with a song title like "Perfume" and bottles of Fantasy to sell, Britney and her team didn't miss the perfect opportunity for slow-mo shots of the pink sequined bottle as Britney applies enough for a few days. At those quantities, it's sure to rub off on the man you're having an affair with, Brit. His girlfriend will definitely smell your perfume.
Britney and her team weren't waiting for a perfectly named single to peddle perfume in her videos, though: Her various scents have made appearances for years! Let's take a look at some more cameos, shall we?
The many looks of Miley Cyrus.
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If we've learned anything about Miley Cyrus this year, it's that she probably owns more high-cut bikini bottoms than anyone in the free world. We've also learned that if it weren't for New York Fashion Week, there's a chance she could have been single-handedly credited with reviving the sartorial styles of the 1990s. And even though crop tops first started cropping up (heh) on runways back in October 2012, Miley was definitely one of the trend's earliest AND most enthusiastic supporters (like that time she wore four in 24 hours this summer). You might even say that her newfound personal style was, and is, miles (heh) ahead of the curve.
Fashion in the '90s was primarily characterized by a kind of laid-back minimalism. (Not pantsless minimalism, per se—but maybe that's Miley's modern twist?) Leaving the neon spandex, leg warmers, and bulky shoulder pads of the '80s behind, the following decade was heavily influenced by Seattle's grunge-rock scene (tartan flannel, overalls, Doc Martens) and hip-hop streetwear (labels, a ton of flashy bling). Comfort was key, but even more important was the ability to have your style convey a sense of rebellion and anti-establishment. And that's exactly what Cyrus claims to stand for. "It's almost punk rock to like me because it's not the right thing to do," she told Cosmopolitan. "Like, society wants to shut me down."
So, to celebrate Miley's BIGGEST and most stylish year to date (sorry, Hannah Montana fans), we've laid out the many ways that her evolving look has paid tribute to the decade in which she was born. In the words of 2 Unlimited, frozen in time by Jock Jams and Space Jam, "Y'all ready for this?" (DUN NUH NUH!)
Lady Gaga in Peter Movrin at LAX.
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Remember when Lady Gaga showed up at LAX late this November in head-to-toe leather and silk? She was a vision of future-goth, dripping with inky fabric that pooled at her feet as she prepared to board an 11-hour flight to Tokyo. You were likely either bewildered or amazed. At first glance, the eye-bugging outfit, created by Slovenian designer Peter Movrin, seems better-suited for hanging out in a museum than being worn on an airplane (can you imagine trying to use the teeny tiny in-flight bathroom in this thing?), but that's exactly why it works for the ARTPOP singer, whose recent album is, among many things, an ode to where avant meets accessible.
As it turns out, Movrin's sensibilities match Gaga's in more ways than one. The designer, a self-proclaimed Iris Van Herpen obsessive, creates wearable art that embraces “the ugly”—an idea that Mother Monster has sartorially toyed with many times, especially as of late. (See also: the artwork for singles "Dope" and "Applause.") The creation Gaga wore, which hails from Movrin’s Gothic architecture-inspired Franz Madonna collection, and we caught up with the designer over the phone to figure out exactly how much Gaga’s travel threads weigh, what went into its making, and Movrin's own forays with wearable meat.
Nicki Minaj models a dress from the spring line of her Kmart collection.
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Back in early November, Nicki Minaj posted a photo to her Instagram wearing a chain-print dress from her Nicki Minaj Collection for Kmart, which wasn't included in the fall line. That got us wondering whether her Minajesty was, in fact, designing a second season for Kmart and, well, we just got our answer: She is!
Nicki, after a brief Instagram and Twitter hiatus (never leave us again!), posted pictures of herself in a multicolored graffiti-print dress with the caption, "NickiMinajSpringCollection #SneakPeak." This print is definitely new, but the signature cut and fit resembled her fall collection. It seems safe to say most of Nicki's designs are going to be both tight and short. Or they'll work with no shirt on underneath. Every designer has her classic looks.
Katy Perry on the cover of 'Marie Claire.'
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Katy Perry continues her grunge-gone-light phase on the cover of Marie Claire, wearing a lilac leather jacket, matching skirt, and safety-pin necklace. Her hair is, if you haven't noticed, very black these days. It matches her crop top and smoky eye and is mussed to perfection.
With the exception of her Prismatic performance outfits, which have Katy swaddled in every color at once, KP has been dressing primarily in darker shades (black, bordeaux, black, navy, did we say black?) since starting press for Prism. Maybe she's in mourning for her "California Gurls" alter ego? Or maybe she just likes black? On this cover, though, she's styled in pastels (kinda springy for a January cover, amirite?), and we're reminded of a time not long ago when all she wore were bright colors. Even on her head.
Bieber's new kicks?
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Over the weekend, Justin Bieber shared a photo of some fresh white kicks with the caption, "New Adidas I designed." Say whaaat? Man, Bieber really IS following in Kanye's footsteps. First, he wears a kilt in his "All That Matters" video, and now he's designing shoes for Adidas? Swag. Unfortunately, other than this Instagram post, little information has been shared about this apparent collaboration. One source told us that they could possibly hit shelves in the spring, but nothing will be confirmed until after the holidays. HMPH! *crosses arms, pouting* We don't appreciate being teased, especially where shoes are concerned. Shoes and/or Justin Bieber, actually. (The lengthy lead-up to that short film for The Key was pure agony.)
L to R: Lady Gaga in chaps, an iPad wedding dress, and with a Christmas tree on her head.
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Lady Gaga wore more outfits in one weekend than most people do in, like, a year. These were obviously not your run-of-the-mill T-shirt and jeans either. One of her dresses featured a working iPad, and she paired another with winter's hottest headpiece: a decorated Christmas tree. She managed to squeeze in six other looks, and as usual, they're all worth discussing, so let's get to it!
Miley's got a brand new bob.
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Welp, it's official: Miley Cyrus is a magician. How else could you explain her overnight hair transformation? On Friday, Miley performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in L.A., where her pixie cut was softly combed over, revealing a shaved side. Business as usual, basically. Then suddenly, without warning, Cyrus showed up to an event on Saturday sporting a classic blunt bob with baby bangs. Now, we all know that in recent months, Miley's been vocal about wanting to grow her hair back out—but adding inches within hours? That's straight-up sorcery.