I'll let you in on a little secret: Sometimes I love menswear more than ladyfashion. It's not some weird deliberate thing, or a self-hating thing, it's just that dudes have so few options with which to play dress up that when an ensemble catches my eye, it's usually a glorious symphony of layered details. Or it's something so out-of-its-tree bonkers that I can't help but break it down and golf clap.
It's almost 2012, which is the year (according to the Mayan calendar and most of the internet) that all land masses catch fire right before sliding into the ocean, thereby killing everything. As such, we can't very well enter into it neglecting all the lads because they're adorable and something we'll miss when everything is gone. Especially Ryan Gosling.
Mark Ronson at the European Premiere of "Arthur" on April 19, at the Versace for H&M Fashion event on Nov. 8, and DJ and at the launch event for the Nike Sportswear "Live For The Game" Ultralounge on June 16.
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Mark Ronson is a frickin' treasure. Dude is merciless when it comes to killing me dead with the most shut-it-downiest details. Peep this: We've got three suits. The first has a satin shawl collar with harem pants that's coupled with a nehru shirt. The sheen of the lapel is mirrored in the sheen of his super-black dress sock so the eye is drawn directly into his shoe. It's an elegant line that begins at the shoulder and is unencumbered by a shirt collar or bowtie. The second is head-to-toe fuchsia with saturation points at the jacket buttons and shoes, and the last is not a suit so much as it is a twill trouser (possibly denim) with a double-breasted peacoat/blazer hybrid and a crewneck tee. Extra points on the trompe l'oeil tip. ACK. So good.
Kreayshawn wears Gucci Gucci eyelashes.
Photo: Courtesy of Kreayshawn's Instagram
If Kreayshawn ever actually wore Gucci it probably wouldn't be the end of the world, but it would definitely cause an uproar. These "Gucci Gucci" fake eyelashes just might be the closest we'll ever get to seeing Kreay rep a luxe brand name. She could have gone a host of ways with this allusion to her explosive first single—an airbrush tee, a bejeweled choker, an ornate manicure, whateverwhatever—but we're obsessed with this specific adventurous beauty route she took. It's subtle (you know, compared to that fluorescent green top she's sporting) but will definitely turn some heads.
Douglas Booth in Mr. Porter.
Photo: Courtesy of Mr. Porter/Laurence Ellis
Gulp. Um, hi, Douglas Booth. *shyly waves* We're SO sorry to interrupt your diligent theater studies, but we really need to talk. The last time we spoke was more than a year ago, and boy, how things have changed since then. We spotted you in this week's issue of Mr. Porter, and we have to say that you're growing up into a fine, stylish young actor right before our very eyes. And, we know you're only 19, but DANG, you can really sport winterwear like no one we've ever seen. (We're not creepy, we swear!) In his first studious look, he sports a chunky knit beige Givenchy wool sweater over a J. Crew cotton tee paired with swept-back hair, perfectly trimmed stubble, and a pondering stare. (He's PROBABLY wondering, "Where have my MTV Style girls been all of 2011? Oh, how I miss them so!" NBD.)
xoJane gives Sammi "Sweetheart" a make-under.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of xoJane
Tear. Oh, don't mind us, we're just proud mothers watching our dearest Sammi Sweetheart blossom into a stunning model with effortless beauty. You guys, feast your eyes on Sam's brilliant photo shoot for xoJane.com. No, that's not the extra eggnog from last night's holiday party playing tricks on you—it is indeed Sammi sans tons of eye makeup, mascara, bronzer, cleavage, and eyeliner. And ZOMG, she looks amaze! Don't get us wrong: We LOVE Sammi all glammed up, but isn't she just as beautiful without all her party girl makeup?
FredFlare Festive Christmas Tree Hat and Yokoo Peppermint Chain Scarf.
Photo: FredFlare; Yokoo
OK, we know you're probably in crazy holiday mode at the mo', trying to get last-minute shopping done, rushing around gathering ingredients for a festive meal, or still looking for the perfect party outfit. (And also doing your best not to think about New Year's Eve prep next week. Eesh!) Sometimes we get lost in the frantic frenzy that is The Holiday Season and forget that we're supposed to, you know, HAVE FUN. So, what's the easiest way to look like you're in the spirit even when you miiiiight not be there emotionally just yet and wish you could curl up with some eggnog and a repeat viewing of The Holiday? Throw on an accessory that screams holiday. Not only will this put you in the mood for gathering around the hearth in your most Christmas-y of Christmas sweaters, but it will show everyone else that you're totally down with the yuletide cheer. To put it simply, these accessories do the work for you.
Take this FredFlare Festive Christmas Tree Hat ($24.99) for instance. It's the alternative to the Christmas sweater! Aside from being a full-time resident of Holiday 'Dorbsville (a place where holiday lights flash all year-round and mistletoe grows like errant bamboo), this hat fulfills all of your I'm-wearing-festive-attire needs. We think it's perfect for when you need to say, "This festive Christmas hat with a star on top proves that I'm completely participating in this Christmas caroling right now, even though it looks like just my lips are moving and no sound is coming out." We're also digging this Peppermint Chain Scarf ($90) from Etsy sensation Yokoo. It's a chain, it's a scarf, it's a total style statement in candy cane colors. Doesn't Yokoo's expression say it all? But wait! There's more...
A DIY Chanel ornament.
Photo: Courtesy of P.S. I Made This's Instagram
Why should all the style be relegated to humans? Sure, dogs and cats and other fauna are gussied up in teeny frilly pet clothes from time to time, but what about the plants, y'all? Trees need some fashion lovin', too! Apparently the peeps at P.S. I Made This are behind us here because they're embracing yuletide with a few key DIY Chanel-inspired ornaments. These gold chain wreathes encircling rhinestone-laden interlocked C's add so much sophisticated sparkle, you'd never know they were homemade! The self-reliant spirit of these tree baubles are admirable, inspirational even, but if you're just too busy (or, like us, too lazy) to set your nimble fingers a-crafting, we've rounded up a few purchasable fash-forward pieces for your Tannenbaum.
Rihanna performing in West Hollywood on Nov. 17.
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Can we be honest for a sec? We basically die and are reborn each time Rihanna plays dress up. In the spirit of the incomparable Madge (that's Madonna for you youngins), Rihanna reinvents herself more often than most people change clothes. Each time she does, we just HAVE to take a minute out of our increasingly busy schedules to glorify and dissect the Bajan beauty's new look. And no, we are not ashamed. For her new album, Talk That Talk, Ri Ri has completely transformed into a bad-ass, grunge-loving, rocker chick! We drool over each photograph we see of the pop princess in combat boots, faded jeans, pin curls, and a FIERCE poker face. And just when we thought we had obsessed more than humanly possible, we got a glimpse at a behind-the-scenes video for her latest song, "You Da One."
Katy Perry in the making of "The One That Got Away."
When Katy Perry released her tear-filled "The One That Got Away" music video last month, we dived into EVERY look from the video. From her punk-rock inspired ensembles to her 80-year-old fashion game, no corner of her video was left unturned. But honestly, after all was said and done, we were still left with soooo many fash-related questions. How did they age Katy in SUCH a real way? How long did it take? What inspired Katy and Diego Luna's vintage ensembles? Who was the stylist? WHY CAN'T WE LOOK LIKE KATY? OK, that last one is more of a general question, but we are 100 percent serious about all the rest. Luckily, MTV took some behind-the-scenes footage while making the video and answered ALL of our questions!
Lime scuba dress from the Michael Kors Resort 2012 collection and the Nasty Gal version.
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kors/Nasty Gal
It's not out of the ordinary to see standout runway pieces metamorphosed by other retailers, so seeing the heralded Michael Kors lime green scuba dress (which has become a kind of hallmark for the 2012 MK Resort collection) given the knockoff treatment by Nasty Gal wasn't entirely a surprise. While this certainly isn't as near a match as that Miu Miu / ASOS midi dress, the similarities and like-minded sentiments behind both styles are undeniably present. With nearly the entire office deserted due to holiday travel (except über-essentials like the Style team *hair flip*), we're left to our own devices, reaching out to the far corners of the internet for entertainment. So, let's play a game! Which design do you prefer?
This isn't to say that the well-dressed men and women of the world are a dime a dozen, but when TWO sartorially savvy individuals come together in one supernova of couple FASHUN, it's hard not to sit up and take notice. Fine, celebs have other humans who concoct outfits for them and lend them all the runways' latest swag, and that makes the likelihood that we drool over their vestments that much greater. But duo looks that are both coordinated and NOT disgustingly matchy-poo? Well, that's a fashion unicorn, no matter your tax bracket. It's rare when two stars step out in a pair of looks that strike such a harmonious aesthetic chord as the following couple outfits that we've deemed the Best of 2011, so in their honor, we're glorifying the ish out of 'em. Enjoy!
SELENA GOMEZ AND JUSTIN BIEBER
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber at the 2011 American Music Awards.
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We've been all over these Lovebirds Of The Year (a title awarded just now by me, the sole judge), Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, for their adorable couple style from Day 1. But when Selieber hit the red carpet for this year's American Music Awards and turned it waaaaay out in these Gatsby-esque Old Hollywood ensembles, we just about lost it. From the pewter silk to the '20s evocative fringe, the tailored velvet to that SIDE PART, our eyes lit up like so many color-changing Lisa Frank hearts. The retro styling on pop music's latest teen king and queen created a red carpet step-and-repeat juxtaposition so refreshing that we can't imagine forgetting it next year either.